India vs Bangladesh: Shakib's absence is a blessing in disguise, former Shahriar opener feels
KOLKATA: all terrain held Shakib Al Hasan The absence of the T20I series against India could be a blessing in disguise for Bangladesh and a great opportunity for young cricketers to become stars at night, said the former T20I captain. Shahriar Nafees .
Bangladesh suffered a severe blow on the eve of its departure to India when ICC imposed a two-year ban on its Test and the T20I Shakib captain for failing to report three suspicious approaches.
Without Shakib, the world no.1 ODI all terrain and senior hitter Tamim Iqbal , which had skipped the tour for personal reasons, Bangladesh will lack the experience of up to 151 T20Is when they start the three-game series in Delhi on Sunday.
There could not have been a greater opportunity for young Bangladeshi players to test themselves against such a large team as India, said Shahriar, who played 24 tests, 75 ODI and a T20I, in an exclusive interview with PTI.
The whole world sits and watches when India plays. It is huge for young people to become stars for Bangladesh.
Mahmudullah, a deputy of Shakib, known for his calm behavior and ability to finish, was appointed captain of the three T20I.
Mahmudullah has not yet reached the IPL, but has been part of the Caribbean Premiere League, representing Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts&Nevis Patriots and has been its most improved T20 player.
And with the lucrative IPL auction scheduled for next month, it is a great opportunity for future Bangladeshi stars, including Mahmudullah, who has led the country 11 times before.
He is an established player. I hope it fills the void left by Shakib, said about Mahmudullah, who has taken Chittagong Vikings and Barisal Bulls to the final of Bangladesh Premier League in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
It can be a blessing in disguise for the whole team. It is for them to make it count before the IPL and the Twenty20 World Cup in one year.
Great opportunity for the boys. All teams have already started preparing for the T20 World Cup. For Bangladesh, the countdown begins tomorrow, the former 34-year-old said.
The record is also strongly at stake against them, as Bangladesh has not yet won against India in T20I in eight games.
But Shahriar feels that the rivalry between Bangladesh and India in the recent past has reached a halt, similar to a confrontation between Indo-Pak.
If you see in the last three or four years, a positive and healthy rivalry is being brewed between Bangladesh and India, which brings back memories of the Indo-Pak rivalry. In that regard, Bangladesh will fight hard and strive to win its first T20 match against India, he said.
It will undoubtedly be very difficult for Bangladesh without the trio of Shakib, Tamim and (all bowling) Mohammed Saifuddin (injured). But in the T20 format, if you can take advantage of the crucial opportunities, nothing is ruled out. If the whole team gets up and plays to their potential, nothing is ruled out.
The T20I series is followed by two Tests where they will launch their World Test Championship campaign under the new Captain Mominul Haque.
During the odd 10 days, Bangladesh cricket is going through turmoil. It's time to keep going forward. The most positive is that we have come to play against all difficulties. We have to keep a positive attitude, he said referring to the players. Strike ahead of the series.
India is one of the leading countries in test cricket and we could not have asked for a better start. It would be a much harder series than the T20I. I am sure that we will present a stronger challenge than South Africa. said.
In a first record, both teams will also play their first Test under lights in Eden Gardens from November 22 to 26.
We all look forward to it and I am sure it will further strengthen the link between the two countries, he concluded.