I personally asked Shakib to bat at No.4: Tamim
It was two days earlier of the series when Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo revealed that Shakib Al Hasan would not bat at No.3 but new ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal says further changes may still be made.
Bangladesh have been searching for a perfect No.3 batsman across formats over the years. In 2018, all-rounder Shakib got promoted to one-down which brought the results all were waiting for.
Shakib averages 58.85 at the third position, where he has scored 1177 runs in 23 ODIs with two centuries, striking at 88.76 per hundred balls. Bangladesh management decided to send Shakib to number three, a transition from middle-order.
However with a year and a half gap due to suspension, Tamim suggested Shakib to bat at number four in the West Indies series. The latter accepted it.
“He was clearly told [about this] when we started the camp. I talked to him personally as well. He heard it, understood it; no issues. Moreover, this decision gives him to stay relieved because he has come back after a long time,” Tamim said.
“We are aware of how well he has done at number three. The records speak for him. But I personally asked him to bat at four. He will be back to No.3 if he doesn’t feel good at No.4 and he fully agrees with it.”
Shakib’s one of the career highlights has been scoring 606 runs in eight matches in the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Many would have thought Bangladesh might finally had their best batsman batting at this slot.
For now, 22-year-old Najmul Hossain Shanto will take Shakib’s place.