After a rollercoaster ride in the recently concluded three-match ODI series, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are now set to lock horns in an exhilarating T20 Series. Despite a disappointing start where Bangladesh suffered consecutive defeats, they managed to turn the tide in the final game, salvaging a victory to sign off the ODI series on a high note.
With the T20 series just around the corner, the home side, Bangladesh, is now determined to kick-start the limited-overs format with a flying start. The stage is set for a thrilling encounter as both teams gear up to display their skills and compete fiercely for T20 supremacy.
T20 Series Starts Tomorrow
This will be the last T20 series for both sides before entering the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup. However, Bangladesh will play in the Asia Cup before World Cup. This series will be very crucial for every player from both sides to attract the attention of the team selectors. To secure a place in the team, young players will try to impress the selectors in this series.
Anyway, Bangladesh have done very well in the T20 series this year. They defeated giants like England. Besides beating England, Bangladesh also won all three games of the series to complete a clean sweep. After that, The Tigers have defeated Ireland in a three-match T20 series. Bangladeshi captain hopes to continue the winning run against Afghanistan also.
What has Shakib said?
Shakib Al Hasan, the No.1 all-rounder and the T20 captain of Bangladesh, had a pre-match press conference today ahead of the series. As t20 cricket is a shorter version of cricket, anything can happen, according to the skipper.
Shakib Al Hasan said, “We want to win both the matches although it will not be so easy. You can consider favourites whoever you want. Afghanistan are definitely a very good team. We are not thinking of anyone in particular. Our team is also not dependent on anyone. We want to win by team performance.”
“All teams have equal challenges in this format. There is no such thing as a small team or a big team. Any team has the ability to beat any team. The challenge is something to enjoy. The challenge is what makes this format so enjoyable,” Shakib added.
“We perform at our best as a team when we maintain a focused mindset, free from undue concern about the opposition. Our collective performance thrives when we adopt an open-minded approach and concentrate on our own game. It is during moments of excessive preoccupation with external factors such as the playing conditions and the strengths of our opponents that we tend to experience nervousness or a dip in our performance. Therefore, minimizing these distractions becomes crucial for us to excel and deliver our best on the field.”
Shakib was asked about Tamim Iqbal’s retirement saga
A lot of things happened during the series against Afghanistan. Tamim Iqbal, the ODI captain of Bangladesh announced his retirement after the first match of the series. But after a day full of drama, Tamim Iqbal withdrew his retirement.
In the pre-match press conference today, Shakib Al Hasan was asked about the issue of Tamim Iqbal and its effect on the dressing room. Shakib clarified, “Actually, from the outside, it may seem like a lot. In the dressing room I never felt we were unsecured or we are now. I think the atmosphere is always good. People always say the situation in the dressing room is good or bad because of the results. I don’t think whether we win or lose, the dressing room atmosphere changes much. We always try to improve by playing positively, to contribute to the team.”