Shakib Al Hasan, a veteran all-rounder, has encouraged everyone to be realistic in their thinking and has said that it is hard for the team’s fortunes to turn around in a day or two. Shakib has been selected as Bangladesh’s Twenty20 International (T20I) captain by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), who will also lead the team in the Twenty20 World Cup in 2022.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reached this choice after taking into consideration the fact that Bangladesh is falling farther and further behind in the shortest format and that the southpaw’s guidance might be the beginning of a turnaround in their fortunes moving ahead. Their performance in the shortest format is surprising given that they have only managed to win 19 out of 46 matches in prior competitions. The record of Bangladesh is so poor that in the eleven Twenty20 Internationals that have taken place since the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE in 2021, they have only won two of them.
What did Shakib Al Hasan say?
“I do not have any objectives. My main ambition is that we can perform well in the World Cup and these are the preparations for it,” Shakib said.
“We are living in a fool’s kingdom if someone believes that I can alter things within one or two days, or that someone else will come to fix it for me. If you can think logically, you will realize that our actual growth will be visible when the team truly plays well at the World Cup in three months,” he added.
“As you can see, we started playing this version (format) for the first time in 2006. Since then, we have not had very successful outcomes, except for the final of the Asia Cup. After that point, we have fallen so far behind in this version that we have no option but to begin over from scratch,” he continued to say.
At the forthcoming Asia Cup 2022, which begins on August 27, Bangladesh will be competing intending to make a positive first impression. They finished in second place in both of the competitions that came before it, in 2016 and 2018, respectively.