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Asia Cup 2023 – Shakib Al Hasan, Chandika Hathurusinghe downplay rivalries with SL, Afghanistan

Just lately, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh 2-1 in a three-match ODI sequence in Chattogram earlier than the house facet hit again by profitable the T20I sequence 2-0. Bangladesh received their final bilateral ODI sequence towards Sri Lanka, though Sri Lanka, the co-hosts of the Asia Cup, dominate the head-to-head file 40-9. The 2 sides will meet on August 31 in Pallekele earlier than Bangladesh face Afghanistan in Lahore on September 3.

Shakib, although, mentioned that the rivalry between Bangladesh and these two groups is extra for followers, because the gamers have grown to know one another by worldwide encounters and franchise leagues and do not take it as significantly.

“I do not just like the phrase ‘rivalry’,” Shakib mentioned. “We’ve been aggressive towards each these groups lately. They struggle their hardest to win; we additionally give it our all. This stuff are good for the followers. It’s good for the sport. We additionally need it to be this fashion. We need to win on the finish of the day. Since everyone knows one another, there’s not a lot rivalry throughout the gamers.”

Bangladesh’s head coach Hathurusinghe echoed Shakib’s ideas. “I am not conscious of the rivalry, however then, these days, these two groups performed actually good video games towards one another, particularly within the earlier Asia Cups,” he mentioned. “So I believe each groups give us a great problem.

“On the similar time, I believe we had some success towards them within the current previous. So we do not take the rivalry under consideration, however our technique towards each groups is [focused on] how we will get a bonus.”

Bangladesh’s large query on this Asia Cup can be whether or not they may play with 5 – 6 bowlers. One further bowler will imply they find yourself with an extended tail, though Hathurusinghe mentioned that the bowlers have labored onerous on their batting lately.

“Not by likelihood, however by situation, we would play that form of mixture [six bowlers]. We hold that in thoughts. The bowlers skilled on their batting loads in in all probability the final two months, three months with our talent coaches.

“Taskin [Ahmed] improved loads [as a batter]. He has given us proof as properly towards England. He closed the sport out. On the similar time, in case you bear in mind, Shoriful [Islam] confirmed towards Eire and the Afghanistan recreation what he might do, and bought us over the road. Different batsmen additionally work onerous. To call just a few, Hasan Mahmud has come a good distance and Fizz [Mustafizur Rahman], in his personal method, is hitting large, large, large photographs.”

Shakib, nevertheless, is conscious that Ebadot Hossain’s absence – Ebadot could not recuperate from the knee harm he sustained towards Afghanistan in July – might be a blow to his facet. “We’ve had a great preparation however it’s unlucky that Ebadot is not within the facet,” he mentioned. “He was fairly an essential member of the staff. It’s a setback.

“I nonetheless, nevertheless, imagine that we will attain far with this staff. We’ve to qualify first. We need to take it one match at a time. We aren’t pondering too far forward. We are going to attempt to get a great consequence, and win each recreation.”

“The staff and I are fairly assured about Tanzid’s means,” Shakib mentioned. “It doesn’t suggest that he will not be a great participant if he does not do properly in two or 4 matches. The other can also be true. There’s numerous time in hand.

“I need him to benefit from the recreation and the atmosphere across the staff. We are going to attempt to make him really feel as comfy as doable. If he feels that method, he may give one thing good for Bangladesh.”

Tanzid and Tanzim Hasan Sakib, the right-arm quick bowler who changed Ebadot, make it eight cricketers from Bangladesh’s Beneath-19 World Cup-winning facet from 2020 to have obtained call-ups to the senior staff throughout codecs. Shakib mentioned that it was good to have them within the squad as they carry their World Cup-winning mentality to the dressing room.

“They’ve received the World Cup as soon as, so that they have the profitable mentality. They’ll encourage our staff to do one thing main, too. They need to win, so that is one thing important for a staff. I’m hopeful that they carry this mentality to the staff, which can assist us construct the dressing room atmosphere because of this.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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