How Bangladesh Cricket can gain the most today?
Bangladesh meeting West Indies in the Tri Nation ODI series in Ireland on 17 May is a foregone conclusion.
Nothing more than academic interest is left for the last pool match today against the host Ireland. But Bangladesh must utilize this stress free opportunity for gaining the most from it. Some members of the fifteen member squad like Liton Kumer Das, Rubel Hossain have not got any opportunity yet.
Bangladesh needs also to test Taskin, Farhad Reza for their usefulness . Yasir and Naeem Hasan are also in the squad. But at the same time Bangladesh needs keeping the winning momentum going. The first match against the home team was rained out. Ireland batted superbly against West Indies scoring over 300 Runs.
Hence there is no way team tigers can be complacent at all. What can they do? How can they get maximum out of it. Off course Bangladesh will want a fully fit Bangladesh best eleven for the final and for the World cup.
To start with Liton Das may get an opportunity resting Mushfiqur today . Liton can open with either Tamim or Soumya . Shakib and Mustafiz can also be rested for the match bringing in Yasir and Rubel replacing them. I would also like to see Saifuddin coming in place of Mahmudullah.
Sabbir Rahman may be promoted in the batting order for giving him match practice. In two matches Bangladesh played he didn’t get opportunity. Taskin may also be given a go. In such state the playing eleven would be Tamim, Liton, Soumya, Mithun, Yasir, Shabbir, Miraz, Siafuddin, Mashrafe, Rubel and Taskin.
Tamim and Soumya are in great nick. Mithun played a good innings. It would be a bit of a risk replacing Shakib, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah together. In such case rest of the batsmen would have to shoulder additional responsibility. Four pacers including Saifuddin would be an experiment. We have to rest Mustafiz as we must not burn him out. There will be no better opportunity to judge how relatively faster combination of pacers in Taskin, Rubel and Saifuddin perform. Abu Jayed Rahi in his debut match did not look that impressive at all.
Hope Bangladesh think tank has good measure of the situation. They are the best assessor of the situation and the requirement of the team. They know what will be the best combination. Some reasonable risks can be taken but that must not make the team vulnerable to defeat. Let Bangladesh cricket team continue to entertain.