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Prince not worried about top-order form

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 28th August, 2021 09:44:38 PM
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Prince not worried about top-order form

Bangladesh’s batting consultant Ashwell Prince said on Saturday that he’s not losing his sleep with the current form of their top-order batsmen ahead of the five-match T20I series against New Zealand, scheduled from September 1 in Dhaka.
 
The Tigers’ opening slot came under scrutiny for their repeated failure against Australia during the last T20I series earlier this month.
 
Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim opened the Bangladesh innings in the first four T20Is where they failed to form any decent partnership while making only 28 and 91 runs respectively during the five-match series.
 
“Personally I am not really concerned about the opening batsmen. I think we had one or two good partnerships in Zimbabwe but conditions were tough against Australia. It is not easy to score boundaries frequently as you would in pitches where the ball is coming on,” Ashwell told reporters after the team’s practice.
 
“Adapting to the conditions is important. The partnership would be important. I think we have a strong competition in the opening position. I am sure Liton Das will get an opportunity in this position (opening position) as well,” he added.
 
Prince believed that New Zealand will be better prepared in the upcoming series against Bangladesh as they got a chance of making plans by watching the recent Australia matches.
 
“I think we can expect New Zealand to analyze and plan well, using the recent Australia series to learn from. They are a street-wise team who would plan meticulously against every batsman, bowler and pitch. They will use every bit of information to help them,” he said.
 
Ashwell claimed that the returns of Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton in the side will surely help the juniors in the home series against New Zealand.
 
The duo missed the just-concluded series against Australia due to personal reasons but expected to be fulfilling the major role of scoring runs in the low and slow wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
 
“The batsmen from the Australia series had a nice discussion yesterday, sharing with guys like Liton Das and Mushfiqur (Rahim) who didn’t play in that series. These are experienced guys but they shared what worked and what we would like to improve on from the Australia series, taking it into the New Zealand series coming up,” said Ashwell.
 
Meanwhile, Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned to practice on Saturday after completing his three-day quarantine in the team hotel.
 
Shakib spent most of his time batting while he also bowled six overs in the net and ended his opening day session by doing range hitting practice along with Afif Hossain in the centre wicket.
 
Prince insisted that the mixture of youth and experience makes the Bangladesh team a dangerous side.

“What really excites me about this Bangladesh team is that we have a good mix of experienced players and young players. Not just in the batting department, but also in the bowling department.
 
“We have some Under-19 World Cup winners, so they are bringing youthfulness and experience of being successful in a big tournament.
 
“It really feels as though there’s a good connection of experience and youthfulness. There’s a good quality in every department – fast bowling, spin bowling and batting,” he added.