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Bangladesh Want To Go To 2021 T20I World Cup With Confidence: Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan believes Bangladesh has more than enough time to prepare for the T20 World Cup, and that the team will head to the upcoming tournament in UAE and Oman having built a “winning mentality” following recent series victories against Australia and New Zealand.
Bangladesh will arrive in Muscat at least two weeks ahead of their first match, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will be playing the IPL’s UAE phase, which Shakib Al Hasan feels will help him collect intelligence for the team. Bangladesh is in preliminary Group B with Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman for the tournament that begins on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Bangladesh vs New Zealand. Image Credits: Twitter

Shakib Al Hasan: Since Bangladesh Will Be In Oman At Least 15-16 Days Before T20I WC, Players Will Have Enough Time To Acclimatize

Bangladesh named all the players who completed a series win over New Zealand in their squad for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup. Mahmudullah Riyad will lead the side that took a 3-1 lead in the New Zealand series on Wednesday with one match still to play.
Bangladesh, with a mix of established performers and rising new stars, have fielded an unchanged side for the first four matches against New Zealand. Mohammad Naim and Liton Das retained their places as openers in the World Cup squad after established opener Tamim Iqbal declared himself unavailable.
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images.
“I am hopeful that the IPL will help everyone,” Shakib said. “We will be spending time in those conditions, play matches too. Mustafiz and I can share the experience with the rest of the team. We will understand the other players’ mindset, what they are thinking about the World Cup, and then report it back to our players.”
“Our team will be in Oman at least 15-16 days before the World Cup, which is enough time for acclimatizing with conditions and wickets. I don’t think pitches and conditions here will have any impact over there. We have built a winning mentality, which will help us be confident in the World Cup.”
Shakib Al Hasan, however, continued to criticize the pitches at the Shere Bangla National Stadium where Bangladesh won the last two T20I series against Australia and New Zealand. Shakib Al Hasan was one of four batters to score more than 100 runs in the two series, averaging 17.66 with a 97.54 strike rate batting in the top-order in nine games. The collective batting average in both series was 14.73 and 16.48 respectively.

Shakib Al Hasan: Bangladesh Well Prepared By Winning The Last 3 T20I Series

Shakib Al Hasan had said after the first match against New Zealand that the pitch was more difficult than the ones used in the preceding Australia series. He said that the batters will have to forget about playing in Dhaka if they are to do well in the T20 World Cup.
“Those who played the last nine-ten matches, are all out of form. That’s how the wicket was. Nobody did well. I hope the batters don’t count this performance. Careers will end if any batter plays 10-15 matches on these wickets. Let’s not take this into account. Everyone will try hard to win games for the country.”
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“I think we are well prepared, by winning these last three (T20I) series. There’s been a lot of criticism about pitches and low scores, but there’s nothing better than winning. Such a winning streak takes confidence to a different level. You wouldn’t have it if you played well but lost. We want to go to the World Cup with confidence.”

In their last three T20I series, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe, Australia, and New Zealand. The side has gotten the experience of playing on low and spinning tracks and the same kind of surfaces can be expected in the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh will arrive in Muscat at least two weeks ahead of their first game, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will be playing the IPL’s UAE phase.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan says Bangladesh will head to the 2021 T20 World Cup later this year full of confidence after series wins against Zimbabwe, Australia, and New Zealand. Bangladesh’s Twenty20 side defeated hosts Zimbabwe 2-1 in July, beat Australia 4-1 at home in August, and completed a 3-2 series victory against New Zealand in Dhaka on Friday.

Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain

Reserves: Rubel Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob

Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
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Ashwell Prince Appointed As Full-time Batting Consultant Of Bangladesh

Ashwell Prince, the former South Africa batsman has been appointed as the full-time batting consultant of the Bangladesh team until the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Ashwell Prince will now discontinue as the head coach at Newlands-based Western Province Cricket Association to take up this task. Ashwell Prince will take over the duty from Englishman Jon Lewis permanently after having an impressive stint with the Bangladesh team during the Zimbabwe series.

Ashwell Prince
Ashwell Prince. (Photo by Mike Egerton – PA Images via Getty Images)

Ashwell Prince Another South African Coaching Consultant Of Bangladesh

The former Proteas batter Neil McKenzie was the batting consultant of Bangladesh prior to Jon Lewis. The former Proteas coach Russell Domingo is the head coach of Bangladesh currently whereas Ryan Cook is the fielding coach. Ashwell Prince is thus another South African addition to the coaching contingent of the side. Previously, the BCB had expressed their interest in extending Ashwell Prince’s contract as the batting consultant up to the T20 World Cup.

“We had appointed him for the Zimbabwe series initially. Since it will be hard to get a coach before the T20 World Cup, we took a bit of feedback and it has been generally positive. I think some of our batsmen did really well in Zimbabwe. Some of the players told us that they have confidence in him. They are satisfied with his work,” Akram Khan, the BCB’s cricket operations chairman had stated as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

The Bangladesh cricket team impressed everybody with their performances against Australia in the recently concluded T20I series. Australia struggled as their batting line-up couldn’t hold the fort for the team.

Australia sank to a new low in their T20I history when they were bowled out for a mere 62 in the fifth and final match against hosts Bangladesh on Monday. In their chase of 123, Australia was bundled out for their lowest total in T20I history as Bangladesh completed a 4-1 series win.

Bangladesh Clinched Victory Against  Zimbabwe And Australia Recently

The script quite didn’t change for any of the games as they were completely outplayed by Bangladesh. The hosts registered a dominated series win of 4-1 against the hosts. It was Bangladesh’s first bilateral series victory against the mighty Australians.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Previously, when the team was up against Zimbabwe they secured victory in the one-off Test match and also continued their momentum in the white-ball series. They clinched victory in the ODI series 3-0 while they won the T20Is by 2-1. Ahead of the T20 World Cup in the UAE, these series victories would have boosted the confidence of the side.

Shakib Al Hasan, who was nominated alongside West Indies’ Hayden Walsh Jr and Australia’s Mitchell Marsh for Player Of The Month, had a stellar July.  The Bangladesh all-rounder starred in the side’s series wins against Zimbabwe – he scored 145 runs and picked up eight wickets in the ODIs and followed that up with three wickets in the T20Is at an economy of 7. He also picked up five wickets in the one-off Test, comprising a 4/82 in the first innings, as Bangladesh won by 220 runs.

With his performance, Shakib Al Hasan also became just the second bowler to the landmark of a hundred wickets in T20Is, joining Lasith Malinga on the list. He now sits at 102 wickets – only five away from the Sri Lankan quick – at an average of 20.64 and an economy of just 6.80.

Against Australia, Shakib Al Hasan picked 7 scalps averaging 18.14 with the ball at a strike rate of 16.86 and an economy rate of 6.46. In the 5 T20Is, he amassed 114 runs.

Shakib, Marsh, Walsh
Shakib, Marsh, Walsh
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Shakib Al Hasan, Mitchell Marsh And Hayden Walsh Jr. Nominated For ICC Player Of Month For July 2021

Shakib Al Hasan, the all-rounder of Bangladesh, Australia’s all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, and West Indies leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr were nominated for the ICC Player of the Month Awards for July 2021 in the men’s category. International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the nominees for the ICC Player of the Month Awards for July 2021 to recognize the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket.

The Player Of the Month Award was instituted in January this year to recognize the best international performances across formats for male and female cricketers. The nominees for the monthly men’s awards this time are Shakib Al Hasan (BAN), Mitchell Marsh (AUS), and Hayden Walsh Jr (WI) while Hayley Matthews (WI), Fatima Sana (PAK) and Stafanie Taylor (WI) figure in the women’s shortlist.

Shakib Al Hasan contributed to all three formats of the game as Bangladesh won the series against Zimbabwe last month. - REUTERS
Shakib Al Hasan contributed to all three formats of the game as Bangladesh won the series against Zimbabwe last month. – REUTERS

Mitchell Marsh Was Australia’s Leading Run Scorer And Wicket Taker In T20Is Against West Indies

Mitchell Marsh, Australia was the backbone of the Australian T20I set-up against the West Indies after a promotion to bat at number three worked wonders. In the Caribbean, Mitchell Marsh amassed 219 runs in five T20Is at an average of 43.80 that included three half-centuries.

His bowling too was at par with his batting as he claimed 8 wickets with an economy of 6.76. Mitchell Marsh ended the series as the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker for Australia.

Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh is another all-rounder to make the nominations who was consistent across formats versus Zimbabwe. In the one-off Test, Shakib Al Hasan snared a total of five wickets, followed by a five-wicket haul in the first ODI and he ended as the highest wicket-taker in the series with 8 scalps.

His purple patch followed him in the next match this time with the bat as he blazed to an unbeaten 96* and completed a tricky chase and series win against Zimbabwe.

Hayden Walsh Jr. Ended As The Leading Wicket Taker In Both ODIs And T20Is Against Australia

Hayden Walsh Jr. picked 19 scalps in 13 ODIs, and 23 scalps in 26 T20Is. He has represented two countries-USA in 2019 and West Indies. He played 9 matches for the USA and 30 matches for West Indies.

West Indies' Hayden Walsh Jr. (Source: AP)
West Indies’ Hayden Walsh Jr. (Source: AP)

Hayden Walsh Jr, West Indies, the right-arm wrist-spinner had a sensational time with the white ball. In the five T20Is and three-match ODI series against Australia, Hayden Walsh Jr never went wicketless in any game.  He thus ended as the leading wicket-taker for the West Indies in both the ODIs and T20Is – 7 wickets in ODIs, which included his maiden five-wicket haul and 12 scalps in T20Is.

Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 Getty Images
Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 Getty Images
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Mahmudullah Recalled To Bangladesh Test Squad

Mahmudullah has been recalled to the Bangladesh Test squad after an absence of over a year. The 35-year-old batsman, who is the captain of the Bangladesh T20I team, last played a Test in February 2020.

Injuries to senior players keeper Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal led to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) turning to Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah last played a Test for Bangladesh in February 2020.
Mahmudullah last played a Test for Bangladesh in February 2020. (Reuters Photo)

Mahmudullah Returns To The Test Squad While Shakib Al Hasan Whose Last T20I Came In September 2019 Returns To T20I Squad

Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020, against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, and was subsequently left out of the series against Zimbabwe last year and against West Indies and Sri Lanka this year. Mahmudullah was also among a handful of cricketers to be given a white-ball-only central contract in 2020.

He averages 31.77 amassing 2764 runs from 93 innings in 49 Tests but was inconsistent and didn’t show much sign of improvement in the lead-up to his axing. He was in form in early 2019, scoring 22, 146, 13, and 67 in the two-Test series in New Zealand, but then had a top score of 39* in four Test matches, where he totalled only 109 runs in eight innings. Though out of the red-ball side, the 35-year-old has been a regular in the Bangladesh white-ball teams.

“During an emergency meeting yesterday that included the selectors, the board president (Nazmul Hassan) and myself, we decided that we can’t take a chance with the injuries,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan is quoted as saying.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“Because of the situation, we decided to make the squad bigger. We are 80 percent sure that he (Rahim) can play, but we don’t want to take a chance. We want to have a backup batsman in the squad.”

The Zimbabwe tour also marks the return of all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan to the Bangladesh Test and T20I squads. Shakib Al Hasan last played a Test match against West Indies in February.

He missed the three Tests against Sri Lanka as he was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2021 Indian Premier League before the tournament was postponed due to a bio-bubble breach. His last T20I came in September 2019, after which a thigh injury forced him out of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand.

Bangladesh Plays Zimbabwe In 1 Test, 3 ODIs And 3 T20Is

Tamim Iqbal also returns to the T20I squad after taking leave from the New Zealand tour. Bangladesh plays Zimbabwe in one Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is in a tour that will last from July 7 to July 27.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP

Tamim Iqbal withdrew from the Super League stage of Prime Bank Cricket Club’s campaign in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) after suffering a knee injury, while Mushfiqur Rahim has a fractured finger, which he sustained last week while playing in a DPL match. The wicket-keeper batsman, in a major blow to Bangladesh, had fractured his index finger ahead of the Zimbabwe series.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. He scored 237 runs in the three matches and helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second ODI.

Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations chairman Akram Khan said Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim are recovering from injuries, and thus added Mahmudullah for his experience. Mahmudullah has played 49 Tests scoring 2764 runs at an average of 31.77. He has also picked up 43 wickets.

Test squad: Mominul Haque (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Shoriful Islam
ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shoriful Islam
T20I squad: Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim
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Mushfiqur Rahim Fractures Index Finger Ahead Of Zimbabwe Series

Mushfiqur Rahim, wicket-keeper batsman, in a major blow to Bangladesh, has fractured his index finger ahead of the Zimbabwe series. Mushfiqur Rahim sustained the injury while playing in a Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 match on Monday. The scan reports were released on Tuesday which revealed the extent of the injury.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. He scored 237 runs in the three matches and helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second ODI.

Mushfiqur Rahim (Image: ICC)
Mushfiqur Rahim (Image: ICC)

Mushfiqur Rahim Has Come Up With A Hairline Fracture On His Left Index Finger

Mushfiqur Rahim had earlier chosen to skip the T20I series during the Zimbabwe visit. He informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board about his choice. This is the first run through Mushfiqur Rahim has requested a break in his international vocation up from when he has been injured. Since making his first appearance in 2005, he has addressed Bangladesh in 74 Tests, 227 ODIs, and 86 T20I games.

“We did a CT scan on Mushfiq’s hand, which has come up with a hairline fracture on his left index finger,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Debashish Chowdhury, BCB’s chief physician, as saying.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP

“We have asked him to take a break of one week, but we are hopeful that the recovery won’t take too long since it is a hairline fracture. We will review the injury after one week, and then we can determine what to do next,” he added.

Bangladesh is slated to leave for Zimbabwe on June 29 to lock horns in a one-off Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is. The ODI series will form part of the inaugural 2020–2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Bangladesh last toured Zimbabwe in April and May 2013. Originally, two Test matches were scheduled to be played on the tour, but one of them was removed in place of an extra T20I match.

Mushfiqur Rahim Had Earlier Informed The Selectors That He Wanted To Pull Out Of The T20I Series Against Zimbabwe

Earlier this month, Mushfiqur Rahim had informed the selectors that he wanted to pull out of the T20I series against Zimbabwe. Last month, Bangladesh clinched the ODI series against Sri Lanka 2-1 after suffering a loss in the third ODI. Mushfiqur Rahim played a key role in Bangladesh’s triumph scoring 237 runs in three games including a stunning ton.

Bangladesh have lost five out of seven away ODI series since April 2015 AFP/Getty Images
Bangladesh have lost five out of seven away ODI series since April 2015 AFP/Getty Images

After the series win, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said he wants the side to come out victorious in games away from home. Bangladesh’s recent 2-1 win over Sri Lanka was their tenth ODI series win at home out of the last 11 such engagements going back to 2015. However, the picture is very different when playing ODIs – perhaps their favourite format – away from home.

They have the best win-loss ratio at home since April 2015 (minimum 20 ODIs played), but among the worst away win-loss ratios in the same period. This, a result of Bangladesh having lost five out of seven away ODI series in this period, their only win coming against West Indies in 2018 after tying the series against Sri Lanka the previous year.