Shakib ready to face Windies

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is preaching calm as his team prepares to face the West Indies in the upcoming series. Shakib, the left-handed batsman and left-arm spinner, was recently replaced by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim in the top job.

Shakib believes the Bangladeshi batsmen will have a challenge against the West Indies bowlers. He said the young West Indies batsmen could do well in the series, which includes two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and a T20 International. The series bowls off on Tuesday with the one-off T20.

”It is a challenge for our batsmen, if we could do well against them our confidence will be much better. But I think our batsmen have this confidence of producing the goods. Still, our batting group has to be careful and disciplined against their pace bowlers, if they want to do well,” he said.

“They [West Indies batsmen] are inexperienced, but they have good batsmen. Obviously we have to do perform in all departments if we want to do something good against them.”

He expressed disappointment at the Tigers’ lack of Twenty20 experience at the top level, though he is happy with how the team has prepared.

“No matter how much we work on it, the best way is to play lots of matches. We play international T20s after 3-6 months. It becomes difficult to adjust. If we play them regularly, at least play one every series, it would do us a lot of good,” said Shakib.

“I think the preparation has been very good. We played lots of matches, there was a tournament. We’ve all been working hard during the practice sessions. I think we’re better prepared than what we were before the Zimbabwe series.”

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 01:44