Bangladesh has had trouble in T20Is in the past, but under Shakib Al Hasan, the team has improved in the last few series, resulting in a win against Afghanistan in their most recent series.
One of the most important things about the team during the Shakib era has been its ability to change its strategy on the fly. Now that the World Cup is over, the attention moves back to one-day cricket, with the Asia Cup coming up soon.
With the new ball and more effort, death bowling has gotten better. Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain, and Mustafizur Rahman have all changed and shared parts, which gives the impression that it’s important to be able to respond to different roles depending on the situation.
Tawhid Hridoy and others have met the team’s needs with the bat. Shamim Hossain seems to be more sure of himself, and captain Shakib has been able to set the tone for the rest of the team. Also, the level of skill on the field has hit new heights because of the stress on health.
The next challenge is the Asia Cup, and the Tigers will start training for it on July 29. Shakib thought that the trust from the T20Is could be carried over to the ODIs, since switching from one type of match to the other was common in recent years. Players like Hridoy were able to prove themselves in local events like the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) before being promoted to the ODI team after playing in the England T20I series.
“Most of the players who have played are in ODIs or vice versa, and we can be confident since we’ll be playing this team in the first game of both the Asia Cup and the World Cup. “It will give them a lot of confidence,” Shakib said after his team won the series on Sunday.
Shakib also talked about the value of being flexible. He said, “If everyone can bat everywhere, it won’t be hard for them to change when things get tough. The bowlers are in the same boat.”
It’s hard to move thoughts from one medium to another. Since the ODI unit had done well in the past, they were seen as a stable team. But losing two games to England and Afghanistan has also made people wonder how they will play in the Asia Cup and World Cup.
The idea of a set team may only change slightly, and the Asia Cup could be the final test. Since the captaincy is still up in the air, it would be up to Chandika Hathurusingha to keep the ODI team moving forward.
Putting Mushfiqur Rahim at number six has already paid off. When Afif Hossain came in to start the game against Afghanistan in the second T20I, the idea of being flexible got new ground. This idea could also spread to the ODI team.
“There are set roles for some players on the national team. In these spots, it’s hard to come in from the side. About Afif’s opening position, top selection Minhajul Abedin told the media yesterday that the players should get their minds ready to show their skills whenever the chance arises.
He also said that fitness would be an important factor and that “the conditioning camp will help with issues related to fitness.”
Minhajul said, “The Asia Cup is very important, and we hope that everyone will be healthy so we can pick the best team.”
Bangladesh’s plans for the future would be shown to be good if they looked at players in different roles and put recent successes first.