Shakib calls for rotation policy for success in the long run

Bangladesh all-rounder and Shakib Al Hasan believes the team needs new strategies and plans to become successful in the long run.

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It’s needless to say that Shakib Al Hasan was Bangladesh’s top performer in the World Cup and he had his best tournament in his career so far. After a long hectic tournament, the all-rounder asked for rest in the Sri Lanka series and he was rightly given so. However, Bangladesh were in a spot of bother as the hosts Sri Lanka won the series 3-0 comfortably.

In the absence of Shakib, Liton Das and skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the two senior players Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal couldn’t fill their space and continued with their poor form. According to reports, Mahmudullah is still unfit, yet he played in the series,

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Shakib, who is set to fly to Saudi Arabia on Friday to perform Hajj said the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) need to start the rotation policy if they want success in the long run. He also gave India as an example, the team which manages the rotation policy exceptionally well.

“When these breaks are in place, you can give more opportunity to players and you will have players in the pipeline as well,” Shakib said. “So we have to plan by looking at the bigger picture. I am just talking about part of it, but we will definitely discuss this in more details.”

“I will give you an example from India. Their players had the least injuries in their history last year. One of the main reason was their rotation policy. It helped them build many players who got exposure. At the same time, their players were fresh when they came to the side. Everyone, including Virat Kohli, got rested for one of the formats,” he added.

Shakib also feels the responsibility falls on both sides while indicating that both player and coaching staff might need to take a break sometimes.

“A player can’t play all the time, they need to take breaks. The responsibility falls on both sides. It is also the responsibility to understand. A player is saying that I need or a break, or the coaching staff is telling a player, you need a break. So both sides must understand.”

However, the dynamic all-rounder is hopeful that BCB is planning something good for the upcoming years.

“I am sure the BCB are planning for the next three or four years. We have already appointed two coaches, and once all of them get together, the BCB can put forth their strategy. If we can work together, I think our cricket can go forward like it did in the last four years,” he concluded.

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