Shakib wants to do ‘really well’ against WI
Shakib Al Hasan believes Bangladesh should perform exceedingly well when they face second-string West Indies in three ODIs and two Tests.
West Indies announced their squads without having the names of Test skipper Jason Holder, ODI captain Kieron Pollard, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran and six others – all ten who opted out of the tour.
Shakib, who will make his return to international cricket, sees a new challenge in performing as an individual as well as repeating (or bettering) the results of the 2018 series.
“No. No pressure. But there is always an expectation. I too have one. Considering that, I will try to get back to my original state. Once the play starts everything will be clear. It won’t be easy but I will try my level best,” Shakib said after landing in Dhaka from USA.
“The teams West Indies have given, I think it would be disappointing if we don’t do very well against them. We should do really well.”
The ex-captain also thanked the Caribbeans for agreeing to tour Bangladesh.
“There preparation was going on when we were supposed to tour Sri Lanka which didn’t happen eventually. I’m happy that West Indies are coming. Must thank them. Bangladesh are returning to international cricket because of them. I’m excited,” he added.
Shakib played nine matches for Gemcon Khulna in Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 and scored 110 runs and took six wickets. He did not play the final but his team claimed the title.
In 2018, Shakib’s Bangladesh beat West Indies 2-0 in Tests at home. The ODIs ended in 2-1 to Bangladesh while the T20Is went to West Indies at the same margin.