Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. Getty

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan has stated that he is not mentally prepared to lead the team in any of the formats. The all-rounder is currently the captain of the T20I and Test side and will lead Bangladesh in the upcoming one-Test match against Afghanistan. Hasan said that he is not interested in the leadership role.

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The talismanic all-rounder believes he can deliver the goods to the team in a better way if he is focussing only on his game. However, as the Bangladesh team is not in great shape, Shakib has taken the responsibility of getting the team back on the right path.

Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. AFP

Want to get the team back on track.

“I am not even mentally prepared to lead in Tests and T20s,” the all-rounder said to newspaper Prothom Alo.

“In fact, I am not really interested in leading in any format. I can focus on myself if I am not captaining, which would help the team.

“But the team is not in good shape, so I understand that I have to lead to get it back on track.”

In fact, Hasan believes it is the right time to give the captaincy baton to a young player. The all-rounder added that the young players will only learn when they will have the responsibility on their shoulders.

Time for the young generation to take responsibility.

“I want to see the younger lot to take responsibility. We [Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim] got captaincy at a very young age, but they have now turned 26, 27.

“Unless you give them responsibility, you won’t know what they can do. The World Test Championship and T20 World Cup are up ahead, so we should plan for the next four years.”

On the other hand, Bangladesh 50-overs skipper Mashrafe Mortaza had a poor World Cup as he took only one wicket in the eight matches. Shakib Al Hasan said it had a bad impact on the team as the captain was not able to lead from the front.

Bangladesh | Mashrafe Mortazaa
Mashrafe Mortaza. Credit: Getty Images

“I had the belief that we could go further in this World Cup and it may have been possible if we had contributions from everyone,” he said.

“When a player doesn’t perform, he thinks more about himself than the team, which creates the problem. I think it happened in Mashrafe bhai’s case.

“It was a big issue, for himself and the team, that the captain wasn’t performing. The captain has to perform, but we were behind in that aspect.”

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