Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan believes their recent T20 series victory over Afghanistan will greatly boost his confidence heading into the 2023 Asia Cup. Shakib Al Hasan stressed that most of the T20 team players will also be a part from the ODI settings.
Bangladesh completed a facelift in the two match series against Afghanistan, winning both games convincingly. The series win holds special significance for Bangladesh as it marks their strong comeback after losing the three-match ODI series 2-1 to Afghanistan at home.
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The Shakib Al Hasan-led side beat the opposition by six wickets in a rain-affected game at Sylhet on Saturday 16 July. They restricted the opposition to just 116 runs in 17 overs. The local team chased the target with four balls to spare.
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80 to 90 per cent of cricketers will play in ODIs: Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan said the series win will provide a big confidence boost for the team ahead of the Asian Cup.
“From here (T20 squad) around 80 to 90 per cent of cricketers will be playing in ODIs and this is a huge confidence boost for us ahead of the Asian Cup.” Shakib said after his team’s victory.
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Flexibility is good for the team – Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan stressed the importance of players being flexible in the lineup to win games in the shortest format.
“If there is flexibility it is good for the team. In T20, a number seven might have to do the same job that starters have to do. If the openers bat for 15 overs, he may also have to play the next five overs.” added.
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“If everyone can hit everywhere, it won’t be difficult for them to adapt when they face a difficult situation. The same goes for bowlers when they bowl in different situations.
The five or six bowlers that we have… our job is to make it easy for the batsmen and we always try to. Now, with the combination we have, we are seeing some healthy competition between pacers and spinners and this is a good thing for the team.” He concluded.
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