We are better than Afghanistan: Shakib

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has claimed that Bangladesh are a better team than Afghanistan given that Tiger cricketers are much more experienced. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ নিজেদের নিয়েই সাকিবদের ভাবনা] 

We are better than Afghanistan: Shakib
Shakib dejected after getting out. ©Getty Images


The pressure is on Bangladesh following 136-run and seven-wicket defeats to Afghanistan and India on back-to-back days in two different cities. Despite that vice-captain Shakib believes that the Tigers can make a comeback in the tournament with two games still to go,

“We have been in this type of situation in the past and we did overcome. So, I feel we have the capability (to come back). We will have to try to play our normal game which we are used to. Although the circumstances won’t be that easy but there’s no reason why we can’t,” Shakib told the reporters in Dubai on Saturday.

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With Thursday match (Bangladesh vs Afghanistan), the Afghans have now three wins in six ODIs against Bangladesh. They defeated Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament.

According to Shakib, Bangladesh are still better than number ten ranked ODI nation Afghanistan. He said that the players would go on to the field with this mindset.

“Afghanitsan have played a lot better than us in this Asia Cup,” he said. “But I believe we are a better side than them and that’s how we should perform tomorrow (Sunday). We have won more matches against bigger teams than them. Moreover, we are above them on the rankings.

“Our target should be to think about our own game and not worrying about the opposition. If we can do the things right then we can defeat any team in one-dayers.”

Bangladesh had lost to Afghanistan by 0-3 in a T20I series in Dehradun this year. Afghanistan are currently ahead of Bangladesh in T20I rankings.

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