Shakib not playing positive for us: Ervine
Bangladesh will play their third bilateral full series since the ICC (International Cricket Council)) handed two-year ban on the then skipper Shakib. Out of eight international matches without the ace all-rounder, the Tigers have managed only one win so far, which was a T20I win over India in Nagpur.
Zimbabwe cricket team are currently touring Bangladesh for one-off Test, three ODIs and two T20Is. With Bangladesh tottering in the past six months, Zimbabwe’s stand-in captain Craig Ervine feels this is a good opportunity for them to beat the hosts.
“It is a good thing for us that he is not playing. He is obviously an integral part of Bangladesh and has been over the last few years. It is positve for us but again we have to concentrate on our strength,” Ervine told the reporters on Sunday.
Zimbabwe are too playing the only Test without their three key players – captain Sean Williams (family reason), pacers Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara (injuries).
“We will be missing Williams, Jarvis and Chatara. Those are big players for us. But it opens the door for other guys and there is an opportunity for other guys as well.”
Since 2013, out of Bangladesh’s five Test wins over Zimbabwe, four of them came when Shakib was in the playing eleven. Shakib missed the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe at home in late 2018 when Bangladesh succumbed a defeat in the first Test and then turned around in the next.