Hathurusingha will feel worried if Tamim stays at crease: Ashraful

Due to the absence of Shakib Al Hasan in the first Test against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh will be low in confidence and they have to face their former coach Chandika Haturusingha, this time in the longer format of the game. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘সাকিব-তামিম খেললে প্রতিপক্ষ আতঙ্কে থাকে’]

For tackling with the tactics of Hathurusingha, the senior players have to step up their take and have to take the responsibility, believes one of the best Bangladeshi batsman of his time Mohammad Ashraful.

He said: “Test series will be difficult. We had a good chance in ODI series, but we failed. Sri Lanka have a good Test record. Recently, they drew two matches against India at their home. They won 2-0 against Pakistan. So the series will be difficult. To do well, the seniors have to perform well.”

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About Tamim Iqbal: “Our batsmen are not used to playing in spinning tracks. We didn’t play in such conditions in our domestic cricket. The players who will be set have to play long innings. Specially, Tamim will be under a lot of pressure. Because he is in form and experienced player too. If he can stay in the wicket, then Hathurusingha will be worried and when he gets out quickly, our team’s moral goes down.”

About Shakib Al Hasan: “The opposition team feels concerned when Shakib-Tamim plays. The absence of Shakib is a big loss for the team. Hathurusingha spent 3 years with us, so he definitely knows everything about us. After losing their first two matches in the tri-nation series, how Sri Lanka fought back was amazing. We have to take all their 20 wickets in both the Test matches.”