Habibul Bashar has given his opinion about Bangladesh’s team combination as the Tigers take on Australia in the fifth match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval. He would like to see Mehedi Hasan Miraz play. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “মিরাজকে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বিপক্ষে ম্যাচে দেখতে চাই”]
Bangladesh played with four regular bowlers in their first game against England which proved costly for them on a flat track. Former captain and Champions Trophy ambassador Bashar has said that it was tactical mistake by Bangladesh. So, he would like to see off-spinning all-rounder Miraz against Australia.
“Bangladesh made a tactical mistake by going a bowler short against England. With there being no second chances, it must play with five bowlers this time around. It will be another flat track at The Oval if there is no rain, which means you must have the extra bowler. And even if there is help from the weather, an eighth batsman isn’t of much use if the top-seven don’t come up trumps.
“I would like to see Mehedi Hasan in the playing XI, and Mashrafe Mortaza can even toss the new-ball to the 19-year-old off-spinner. There are a lot of hard-hitting opening batsmen who don’t like playing spin at the beginning of their innings, so that won’t be a bad idea. And once the ball gets old, he will obviously be quite a handful, as he has shown in his brief international career,” he explained in an ICC column.
He also thinks that even an extra fast bowler ahead of Miraz would be fine. He wants the bowlers strike big time in the do-or-die game.
“Bangladesh might also opt for a pace bowler instead of Mehedi, and that’s fine as well, so long as the intent is to play the extra bowler. At the end of the day, in a must-win game, the need of the hour is to take wickets, as Mashrafe and the think-tank will be well aware.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com