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Tigers ready to bring back regular openers

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  • 11 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigers ready to bring back regular openers

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The Bangladesh team management is likely to bring regular openers – Soumya Sarkar and Najmul Hossain Shanto in their next game in the tri-nation T20I series against New Zealand on Wednesday as they want to see how they fare in the seaming conditions.

Bangladesh opted for make-shift openers during their do-or-die game against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup with Mehidy Hasan Hasan and Sabbir Rahman and carried on with them till their game against Pakistan before opting to drop Sabbir after his series of failures since returning in the national set-up after a long gap.

Mehidy was relatively successful and made some contribution but his performance as an opener in the condition like New Zealand is making the team management think twice whether they should continue with him or see Soumya and Najmul, who already opened the innings against New Zealand on Sunday, where they stand before the World Cup.

It was learnt that the team management is seriously considering Soumya for their next game and after Najmul did decently against New Zealand (33 off 29 balls), they are asking for regular openers instead of make-shift arrangements.

Mehidy, as an opener, is clearly struggling to deal with 140 kmph bowlers in the bouncy wickets in New Zealand and as a result, Soumya comes into the equation and now it remains to be seen whether the left-handed batsman seized the opportunity or not.

“Look we have to see where everyone stands before the World Cup. So we may opt for some changes in our next game. Mehidy is really working hard and we know what he has in store for us but as we are trying to figure our best possible playing XI for the World Cup, we will rest him and see someone else in his position like Soumya Sarkar,” a member of the team management told The Daily Sun.

The official added that they also might want to see the other pacers as well suggesting that Mohammad Saifuddin might be given a chance. The official added that Shakib Al Hasan was demoted at seven against New Zealand due to right-hand, left-hand combination and there is nothing more into it.

Bangladesh T20I skipper Shakib’s surprise demotion at seven in their second game against New Zealand in the ongoing tri-series raised quite a few eyebrows.

Lot of speculations were going around more so after it was reported that the team management did not allow him to play in the opening game as they did not wanted to take any risk with him as he arrived after a long journey and only had a night sleep when the Tigers were preparing to take on Pakistan in the series opener.

“Look at that point, they were using an off-spinner and so we felt that a right-handed batsman will be more effective and that is the reason we opted to send him down at seven. He also agreed with the idea and was willing to bat down the order,” he said.

Bangladesh will be desperate to win against New Zealand to keep alive in the tri-series after they conceded their second successive loss against the same team.

After being restricted to 137- 8, Bangladesh could hardly challenge the hosts as they reached 142-2 in 17.5 overs to complete their first win in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Shakib also echoed the same sentiment during the post-match presentation. Shakib informed that he decided to go down the order as there were two spinners operating and the team management wanted to have a right-hand, left-hand combination.

“I was supposed to bat up but two spinners were bowling and we wanted to have a left-right combination,” Shakib said, adding that their batting needed to have a major improvement.

“Batting is one area we need to improve and will keep on working on it. It is hard to keep energy up when you lose two games. The World Cup is coming up and the next two games will be crucial for us,” he added.