Bangladesh will hope to get over their disastrous Test outing against the West Indies as soon as possible as they play West Indies in a three-match T20I series under the captaincy of Mahmudullah. Bangladesh have been severely criticised for their outings in the long format of the game, after their back to back series losses at home against England and then against West Indies away from home.
T20I captain Mahmudullah ahead of the T20I on June 2 has backed the Shakib Al Hasan-led side to come good and stated that the youngsters need time to settle into the squad.
“Munim (Shahriar) is still new and Bijoy (Anamul) is just coming in. They will have to be given the right opportunity and at the same time, me and the team management must ensure that they can play with peace of mind and get their opportunities in the correct way,” Mahmudullah was quoted by Cricbuzz.
“In home conditions, I think we’re consistent but we lack improvement in away conditions. Many of the players are still young and inexperienced and will have to be given time,” he elaborated on the Test squad.
Speaking on the T20I side of things, the captain said that Bangladesh will have to assess the conditions as quickly as they can before playing an aggressive game.
“In T20Is, you have very little time in the game, so you need to be very much aware of the conditions that will be provided. The game sense has to be applied. Our motto will be to be very positive and aggressive at the same time,” he said.
Bangladesh were poor in their last World Cup outing, with the majority of the blame pushed to Liton Das for his failures with the bat and in the field. However, the batter has been in brilliant form since then and has amends to become one of the best batters in the world in current form.
“Shakib is there, Liton too. Me, Afif, Sohan and Mosaddek are there. Sheikh Mahedi too. I think we’ve got very good batting depth and our bowling attack is good with variety.”
The captain drew inspiration from their win against West Indies in their last tour which was hosted in the United States of America.
“I was talking to Shakib while travelling in the bus to arrive here. When we entered the dressing room, we were recalling how we played and won during that tour,” he said.
“It feels good to think about it but that was a long time ago. It’s a new venue for us and we’ve to be mentally ready to have that adapt,” he concluded.