Bangladesh spinners will shine, hopes Rhodes
Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes voiced strong backings for rest of the spinners in the team to bring success in absence of Shakib Al Hasan.
While the Zimbabwe series is looming and Bangladesh, playing on their home soil, with a team tethered by injuries of mainstream performers in the team, a bunch of young faces could reveal the actual strength and potential of the team.
Steve Rhodes, during his briefing in front of reporters in Mirpur on Thursday told Riyad is a far better bowler than is actually thought of and Nazmul Islam Apu also is also a spinner with quality and skill.
“Apu is a quality spin bowler and he has shown that in the shortest format and we know that he can do well in the ODI format.”
“If Apu plays, we have two quality spinners. Riyad [Mahmudullah] is a far better bowler than people think. Fazle, if he plays, can also bowl some overs. Shakib is an unbelievably talented spinner, batsman, fielder and tactician and he can’t be replaced. We have to make up in other areas in the team. There will be a bit more responsibility on Mehidy,” Rhodes reckoned.
Uncapped Ariful Haque who has been included in the squad for the Zimbabwe series, is under long term plans as per the revelation of Rhodes.
“Ariful is definitely a player we would like to see. If we don’t test them out, how do we know if they are any good or not?,” he said.
Rhodes further narrated, “Ariful, Soumya and Saifuddin are all the same type of players. Ariful is definitely a player we would like to see. I was delighted that Soumya got two 70s and a five-wicket haul in the NCL game. The timing is terrific. I was in contact with him. He is the type of player who can push out some of our players.”