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Dean Jones sees Shakib’s absence as ‘positive’


Dean Jones feels the absence of Shakib Al Hasan for one-year will help the team management to focus on their combination.


Highly experienced coach Dean Jones, who has been a part of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in the past seems the absence of Shakib Al Hasan a positive thing for Bangladesh cricket. He feels it give the team to try out new players and find the right combination before the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“I know the organizational problems with BPL. At the same time, Shakib will be ready to play the T20 World Cup. He will be available. But now it’s time to see if Mahmudullah can do the job. It will need good planning by selectors.”

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Jones also gave an example of the Australian that played in the 1987 World Cup.

“In 1987 World Cup, Australia were ranked the worst team in the competition. We lost eight games before the World Cup. Days before the tournament, we got the players to know what their roles are. That starts now,” he said.

Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is currently passing the toughest period of his cricketing career after the International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a one-year suspension for not reporting bookies’ approach.

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