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Bangladesh have plenty of areas to improve: Shakib

Shakib Al Hasan said Bangladesh batsmen are not accustomed of playing wrist spin.



Bangladesh have plenty of areas to improve: Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan fails to shine in the one-off Test against Afghanistan. Photo: BCB

A rookie Afghanistan handed a frustrating defeat to Bangladesh following the home team’s dismal show in the one-off Test series. The 224-run loss made Bangladesh the only team to be defeated by all ten Test playing nations.

Captain Shakib Al Hasan, who voiced strong notion about winning in any means prior to the beginning of the encounter, acknowledged their shortcomings and the necessity to work out the lacking if they aim to come out with positive results in the near future.

“It’s a combination of both – lack of application from our batsmen and the way they bowled. They deserve this win,” Shakib said after the post-match conference.

“After playing for 20 years, we can’t say it’s a build-up process. It’s been a while since we played our last Test match, but Afghanistan kept the pressure on us, credit goes to their hard work.

“We need to forget this match soon and look forward to the T20I series. They are a very good side in that format, so we need to focus on the series, keeping the World T20 in focus.”

Bangladesh were bowled out scoring 205 and 173 in their two innings of the match whereas Afghanistan reached to 342 runs in their first innings.

Rashid Khan literally destroyed Bangladesh with 11-fer in the match and Shakib Al Hasan admitted the hosts batsmen are not used to play wrist spin.

“We have both technical and mental shortcomings. We are not used to playing any kind of wrist spin, although we planned and prepared against our leg spinners in the nets,”

Shakib said.

“Unless you are successful in the middle, that practice doesn’t work. I don’t think anything was wrong in the approach, but there are problems in our execution, or playing with a big heart.”

The Afghan spinner claimed 5/55 in first innings and 6/49 in second innings.

“When you are fearful, your execution doesn’t quite come off. Liton hits everything well in T20s, but he couldn’t do it in Tests. The coach also said that we should play with a bigger heart.

“We play with a lot of pressure and fear. At the end of the day, it is a cricket match. But it is not everything. We end up taking so much pressure on ourselves, we make performing harder.

“And when we can’t perform, the pressure increases,” he added.

However Shakib defended the decision of not playing a single pacer in the team, said Bangladesh pacers have poor economy rate that could down the team in the very first day of the Test match.

“I said before the Test match that the pace bowlers must deserve a place in the team,” Shakib said.

“Interestingly, I was seeing their stats today, and their economy rate is 4.41. If they bowl 90 overs, they will concede 400. We are out of the game on the first day.

“If they bring it down to 2.8 or 2.9 and they have a good strike rate, we can pick them. Just check their stats from their home Tests in the recent past, and you will see what I mean.”


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