Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan feels that the upcoming three-match T20I series against West Indies will be a vital one for the visitors as per as their ICC T20 World Cup preparation has been concerned.
The tourists, who suffered a massive 0-2 series defeat in the recent two-match Test series against the hosts, will be eyeing to make a turnaround when they face West Indies in the forthcoming T20I series.
After the completion of the T20I series, Bangladesh will play only against hosts Zimbabwe (three T20Is) and in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in this format before taking part in the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
“If you consider the preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup, it (T20 series against West Indies) is important because we will play the Asia Cup and then the World Cup. So we don’t have much time and considering that it is a very important series for us,” said Shakib, who previously hinted that he might not feature in the Zimbabwe series.
“I think it will be a big challenge for us taking on West Indies in the T20Is. If we can do well here, this confidence will really help when we play the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. It will help us carry a good mindset in Sri Lanka as I know Asia Cup will be a really tough one where there will be India, Pakistan and Afghanistan whom I considered to be good teams to play against.
“Sri Lanka are also playing well consistently. We have a lot of areas where we can improve but if we can play as a team I believe that we can win this series (against West Indies),” Shakib added.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh limited-over side, which are scheduled to depart for Dominica today, seem to face travel disturbances after Saint Lucia Meteorological Services issued a national weather alert on Tuesday noting that a tropical cyclone could form within one or two days.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh mightn’t get the service of Shakib in the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies (which will be played after the T20I series) as the series won’t be part of the ICC World Cup Super League.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is likely to replace him in the ODI squad while a team source informed The Daily Sun that Taijul is also likely to be included in the T20 side as a backup for Nasum Ahmed.