Bangladesh’s T20I captain after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s retirement, the all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan claims that this 2-match series in the shortest format is the Tigers’ best route to ending their dry spell. He also emphasized that being a 20-over game for each side, it doesn’t provide much thinking time which will suit his teammates.
With Shakib taking up the T-20 ranks, Bangladesh now has three different captains in three different formats, with Mashrafe leading the ODI team while Mushfiqur Rahim is captaining the test squad.
This is the first time since 2011 that Shakib has been given the captaincy after getting dismantled by Zimbabwe. Upon returning as the leader, Shakib said that he won’t take any kind of extra pressure “I don’t have any feeling about it [captaincy] and I am not thinking about it either. The more you think the more you have problem. We need to play as a team and everyone is matured so just hope that they understand their role. T20 is a short format and you don’t have much time to think and [you] have to come up with your best on the spot. It can be good for us as there is very little time to think. In Test and ODIs there is lot of time to think that can complicate things at times. But as the time is short here the chance of complications is also reduced and just by keeping everything simple we can come up with good brand of cricket.”
Bangladesh absolutely look lost in South Africa as they’ve been suffering comprehensive defeats in the whole tour. With the T-20 format coming up, they’ll be hoping to put up some fight with key stars like Kagiso Rabada & Imran Tahir being rested by the ‘Proteas’.