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SA tour will get tougher if Aus don’t come: Shakib

SA tour will get tougher if Aus don't come: Shakib


Shakib Al Hasan wants Australia to come in August-September to play two Tests. But the series is hanging due to ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers’ Association. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “অস্ট্রেলিয়া সিরিজ হওয়াটা জরুরি”]

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The first Test is scheduled to kick off from August 27 at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will host the second Test from September 4.

If Steve Smith’s men do come, it will be 12 years since Bangladesh have faced Australia in Tests. A 13-man squad has already been announced for the tour.

None of the players in current Bangladesh squad have played a single Test against mighty Aussies. Even Shakib’s 49 Tests did not feature any match against Australia. He has five-wicket hauls against all other nations he has played.

“If Australia don’t come, then we have to go South Africa directly which will get tougher for us. We need them to come to do well in South Africa. Hopefully Australia will come and I will be fit and it could be a good series for us,” said Shakib.

World No. 1 allrounder needs one more Test to complete his landmark of half century of Tests. He is happy to get the opportunity to play over 30 Tests.

“If I was speaking about it a few years ago, I would have been happy with even 30 Tests. So it’s ok if I think on the basis of that context.”


-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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