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Bangladesh vs West Indies – New roles for Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar in West Indies ODIs – NEWPAPER24




Bangladesh vs West Indies – New roles for Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar in West Indies ODIs

2021-01-18 12:09:53

Shakib Al Hasan can be eased again into the thick of issues in his comeback sequence. He’ll bat within the center order, and never at No. 3, the place he scored two centuries and 5 fifties on the 2019 World Cup. That spot will now be taken by Najmul Hossain Shanto, a younger left-handed batsman who’s making an attempt to determine himself within the facet.

For the reason that World Cup, Bangladesh have performed solely six ODIs however they’ve already used 4 batsmen in that place. Shanto has proven good kind at that place in Exams in opposition to Pakistan and Zimbabwe final 12 months, however he nonetheless has so much to show in ODIs.

Russell Domingo, the top coach, believes the transfer not solely offers Shakib some respiratory area but in addition ensures the center order is stocked together with his expertise, alongside Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. It is an experiment they need to make now, to see if it may be a viable choice constructing into the 2023 World Cup. He confirmed, although, that nothing was set in stone.

“Clearly Shanto has been in actually good kind,” Domingo stated. “He performed within the final sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe and we have to be sure that we develop some younger batters. Within the sub-continent, the highest three is one of the best place to develop younger batsmen. It’s nice to have Shakib again. He had an unbelievable World Cup at No 3.

“In the mean time I’m in all probability considering of getting the skilled gamers of 4, 5 and 6 being Shakib, Mushfiq and Riyad. It offers us good maturity and expertise within the middle-order. We all know taking part in within the sub-continent the place the middle-order is so vital.

“Shakib hasn’t performed worldwide cricket shortly so batting at No. 4 would give him the respiratory area coming again into the facet. We all know he’s a world-class participant. This batting line-up isn’t set in stone. There is a lengthy approach to go for the World Cup. We have to have a look at numerous choices earlier than we choose a batting line-up.”

Domingo was additionally fairly clear that Soumya Sarkar will now don the function of a finisher, fairly completely different to what he is accomplished up to now. He has batted outdoors the highest six solely twice in ODIs and as soon as in a T20I final 12 months.

“In the mean time I feel the top-order is fairly established with Tamim [Iqbal] and Liton [Das] opening the batting. We need to perhaps take a look at Soumya within the center order. We’re looking for somebody that may be an influence hitter within the back-end of our innings, and perhaps bowl just a few overs.

“I do know Soumya has at all times performed on the prime of the innings. We have to attempt to discover guys who can match into these roles because the season goes on. By the point we get the World Cup, everyone has performed at numerous roles, after which we are able to finalise what’s our greatest line-up.

“In the mean time we’re Soumya to bat within the middle-order and end video games with somebody like (Mahmudullah) Riyad. He has expertise and he’s a clear hitter of the ball. I’ve loads of religion in his batting. Hopefully he can put collectively some good performances.

“It’s a robust function at No. 6 and No. 7. Generally you want ten an over and also you get a superb ball. Generally you are available in at 50 for five, and also you get a superb ball. It’s a robust state of affairs and other people should be affected person to permit him time in that function.”

The one remaining space that begged curiosity is whether or not Bangladesh can have a pace-heavy assault, or whether or not they may proceed to depend on spin. Domingo stated that he needs to play three seamers, notably with the upcoming New Zealand tour in thoughts, the place he believes Bangladesh will not play multiple spinner.

“There isn’t any doubt that we at all times needed to play no less than three seamers in our 50-over facet,” he stated. “There’s some thrilling younger prospects for the time being. Guys like Shoriful [Islam] and Hasan Mahmud. Rubel [Hossain] and Mustafizur [Rahman] have been bowling very well. Taskin [Ahmed] has proven enchancment. There’s an entire host of men pushing for locations. We’d like to ensure we offer them the chance to play one-day cricket.

“I feel we won’t simply be a crew that performs spinners on a regular basis. We’re going to New Zealand in six weeks’ time. There I can guarantee you we are able to play just one spinner so we’ve got to ensure we’ve got seamers who’re able to play worldwide cricket. I can not see myself taking part in an ODI with out three seamers.”

Domingo nonetheless does not need to deal with this West Indies sequence as something however a aggressive one. He stated that they’ve acquired footage of all of the uncapped gamers, who he believes can have some extent to show in Bangladesh.

“(Efficiency analyst) Shrinivas (Chandrasekaran) has accomplished some fairly good work for us. He has obtained footage on just about all of the gamers from the CPL and home one-day tournaments. He managed to get a few of these clips for us.

“We have now had a have a look at all of the gamers. They could be an inexperienced worldwide facet however loads of them have performed CPL and home cricket. They’ve superb information. We can’t take them with no consideration. It will likely be a tricky problem. West Indies is a proud cricket nation.

“These younger gamers can have some extent of show. They need to be sure that they set up themselves within the sides. They’d be very motivated. We have now to be on our recreation from ball one. We will not count on West Indies to roll over. It will likely be a hard-fought and shut contest. We will not be complacent going into the sequence.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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