Bangladesh got off to a screeching start in the Antigua Test, losing six wickets in the first session to eventually be bowled out for 103, with six batsmen falling for ducks. In the second innings as well, they were looking for an innings defeat before Shakib and Nurul Hasan put on a 123-run partnership for the seventh wicket to set the West Indies a short target of 84 runs, completed with seven wickets in hand. .
“I didn’t have high expectations from this match, but I think we had the ability to do better. We missed that opportunity. We were behind the first session, which meant we were always recovering in the game. There are not many technically sound cricketers.
“Everyone has technical issues. But they have to find ways to score runs, stay at the crease. It has to come from a personal level. But it (coaching) is not my area. It is for the coach to discuss. It will be difficult for me to be coach and captain at the same time. It will help me if everyone sticks to their job,” Shakib was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo after the match.
Shakib, who scored fifties in both the innings of the match (51 and 63), was hopeful that Bangladesh could make a comeback in the second Test starting June 24 in St Lucia.
“You can’t guarantee that a lot of changes will be good for the team. But if you look at the numbers, we’ve lost four wickets for less than 100 runs in 12 out of 16 innings. It’s very worrying. Only one solid Team effort can get us out of here. I know we can get out of this. We’ve been here before, so I’m sure we can come out.”
Shakib referred to talking to his predecessor Mominul Haque and said that if the batsman feels like taking a break, he can do so. Mominul relinquished Test captaincy this year to focus on his batting but scored 0 and 4 in Antigua. In his last nine Test innings, he has been dismissed for single-digit scores.
“It is difficult for me to say, but I talk to him (Mominul) regularly and we will talk again. If he feels that he needs a break, then it can happen. Decision making right after the match Not ideal. Let’s take a break for two days. On our next day of training in St. Lucia, we’ll think about what’s best for the team.”
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