Not that we haven’t improved, everything has improved: Shakib
Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan did not play the Dhaka Test due to injury. He was present in the Chattogram Test but didn’t play almost full match due to the same reason. However, after two Test defeats, Shakib refused to accept the failure in Tests.
Bangladesh’s path in Test cricket is 20 years. Even after a long journey of two decades, the Tigers have very little success. The main team of West Indies did not come to Bangladesh tour. The visitors were also whitewashed in the ODI series. However, the opposite picture in the Test series.
After Chattogram, Bangladesh lost the Dhaka Test despite the hard fight. After such a performance, when criticism was flying around, captain Mominul Haque also admitted that Bangladesh has not improved much in Tests in 20 years.
Shakib, however, is reluctant to accept such demands of most cricketers. According to him, Bangladesh have improved.
In a virtual press conference as the goodwill ambassador of a private organization called ‘Friendship’, Shakib said: “Today I thought I would not talk about cricket. But still I have to say. Defeat is not desirable. But not just in cricket, there will be win-lose in all sports. There is nothing to think about it. And not that we haven’t improved. Everything has improved.”
Bangladesh’s next series is against New Zealand next month. However, Shakib will not go on that limited overs tour. His absence, however, is not due to injury, but due to paternity leave.