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‘I think we are very clear about the best team’

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  • 14 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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‘I think we are very clear about the best team’
Sridharan Sriram

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Bangladesh’s T20 technical consultant Sridharan Sriram insisted that he is not too worried with all the noises going around regarding his experimentation with the side.

Since Tamim Iqbal retired from T20I cricket, Bangladesh had 16 different opening pairs in 43 games they played so far while they also changed the opening pair on 19 occasions.

 In the ongoing tri-series, the Tigers opted for four different opening pairs in four games and still looked not settled as far as their opening combination but Sriram said that he’s not losing his sleep over it.

“I think we are very clear about the best team we want to play so the captain, myself and the director are all on the same page. We’re quite clear as to what combinations we want,” Sriram told reporters on Thursday.

“I think we have got two to three combinations in mind and given the conditions we face on the day, we might modify and adapt accordingly,” he said.

“You look at it as experiments but we look at it as different combinations. I don’t think it’s an experiment,” he said, adding that it is not the opening slot, rather they have to understand that they need to tick all their boxes before the World Cup.

“It’s not about one slot (opening). I think for Bangladesh to win the game, everything has to come together. It’s not only about the opening slot or just about the pace bowlers. It’s about the entire team,” he said.

“We had two opportunities against Pakistan. We had to score 100 in the last 10 overs in the first game and we had to defend 100 in the last 10 overs in this game. We came up short in both games by small margins but these are little margins where we got to learn.”

Sriram said that he is very open to changing the World Cup squad while adding that he is impressed with the way Soumya (23 and four runs) played in the two matches.

“He (Soumya) played a shot and got out. That’s the intent. I think he was selfless and played for the team. He tried to get going in the first few overs when we got only six or seven runs. He tried to force the pace and got out but it happened,” said Sriram.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team is expected to fly to Brisbane on Saturday ahead of their first practice match against Afghanistan, scheduled on October 17.

 Team manager Rabeed Imam and skipper Shakib Al Hasan will, however, leave for Melbourne today as there is an official photoshoot and press conference of all 16 captains of the World Cup teams.