Asia Cup 2022: Shakib Al Hasan said that the likes of Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim don’t need to be reminded of their responsibilities.
Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur know what their responsibilities are for Asia Cup: Shakib. Courtesy: Twitter
- Bangladesh will start their Asia Cup campaign on August 30
- Bangladesh are yet to win Asia Cup despite playing 3 finals
- Shakib showed faith in his senior teammates for Asia Cup
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan reckoned that Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim don’t need any reminders regarding their responsibilities in the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mahmudullah has recently come under the scanner for his lack of form. Moreover, he was also replaced by Shakib as the new T20I skipper for the Tigers.
Mushfiqur hasn’t been in the greatest of form either. However, Shakib, who was named skipper until the T20 World Cup in Australia, said that he has enough faith in the experienced duo.
“Both of them are a very important part of this system. They are aware of it. They know what their responsibilities are, and what their challenges are. They know exactly what situation they are in. I have nothing different to say here,” Shakib was quoted as saying in a press conference.
“After playing for so long, they are aware of the whole situation. We also know what we expect from them, as I said – they are a very important part of the team,” he stated.
Bangladesh have undergone a few changes after injuries to quite a few of their stars. Fast bowler Hasan Mahmud and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan Sohan were earlier ruled out of the tournament. Mohammad Naim Sheikh has been added to the Bangladesh squad.
The Magura-born Shakib said that he wouldn’t be scratching his head with playing elevens for now, and would rather think about it one or two days before their opening match.
“I am not thinking about the batting order or the eleven now. We are trying to prepare with the best. I will think about how the XI will be 2-1 days before the match. Players who are used to play in a specific batting order will try to find it with our best. We will work on the problem. 2-1 days before the match, I will think about who will be best for the team,” Shakib added.
Bangladesh are scheduled to play their first match against Mohammad Nabi’s Afghanistan on August 30 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
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