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I want to bat at number three: Shakib Al Hasan


During the preparatory stages of Bangladesh before flying off to Ireland, ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was under a bit of frown for not returning to the country from the Indian Premier League to participate in the team’s training session.

 

Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 65

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But the premier performer blew off all the criticisms with his sublime performance in the field. His bat shone during the one-off practice match against Ireland XI where Bangladesh suffered a big defeat and once again Shakib Al Hasan’s run a ball 61 cruised the subcontinent side to achieve the comfortable 8 wicket victory against Windies in their first match in the Tri-nation series.

With a World Cup 2019 is in close distance, world number one all-rounder said it would be preferable to him to be able to bat at number three.

“There was a time when I had to come on to the crease before first 10 overs even if I batted on number five. But now things have changed, I don’t get a chance to bat before 35-40 overs if I bat at number five position,” he said after winning against West Indies.

“For me I think [batting] the earlier the better. So personally speaking I want to play on number three. I have also expressed my desire to the coach and the captain, but I don’t have any problem to play anywhere for the team,”

Shakib Al Hasan said.

Bangladesh open their World Cup campaign on June 2 against South Africa at The Oval.

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