BAN vs AFG: Shakib Al Hasan Terms T20 Series Win Against Afghanistan As A "Huge Confidence Boost" Ahead Of Asia Cup 2023

Updated - 17 Jul 2023, 01:49 PM

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan believes that their recent T20 series victory over Afghanistan will greatly boost their confidence leading into the Asia Cup 2023. Shakib Al Hasan emphasized that the majority of the players from the T20 squad will also be part of the ODI setup.

Bangladesh completed a whitewash in the two-match series against Afghanistan, winning both games convincingly. The series victory holds special significance for Bangladesh as it marks their strong comeback after losing the three-match ODI series 2-1 to Afghanistan at home.

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The Shakib Al Hasan-led team beat the opposition by six wickets in a rain-affected game in Sylhet on Saturday, July 16. They restricted the opposition to just 116 runs in 17 overs. The home team chased down the target with four balls to spare.

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80 To 90 Percent Cricketers Will Play In The ODIs – Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan said that the series win will provide a major confidence boost for the team ahead of the Asia Cup.

“From here (T20 squad) around 80 to 90 per cent of cricketers will play in the ODIs and this is a huge confidence boost for us ahead of the Asia Cup,” Shakib said after his team’s win.

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Flexibility Is Good For The Team – Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan emphasized the importance of players being flexible in the lineup in order to win matches in the shorter format.

“If there is flexibility it is good for the team. In T20s, a number seven might have to do the same job that openers have to do. If the openers bat for 15 overs he might have to play the next five overs as well,” he added.

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“If everyone can bat everywhere, they won’t find it difficult to adapt when facing a tough situation. The same goes for the bowlers when they bowl in different situations.

The five or six bowlers we have… our job is to make things easy for batters and we always try that. Now with the combination we have, we are seeing a healthy competition among pacers and spinners and this is a good thing for the team,” he concluded.

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