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'We should win': Shakib before joining Tigers ahead of second SL Test

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Mar. 28 (thedailystar) - Former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said that he believes the Tigers have the capability to do well and even win their upcoming Test against Sri Lanka. 

Bangladesh, led by Najmul Hossain Shanto, suffered a 328-run hammering at the hands of the Lankans in the first of the two-Test series in Sylhet. The Tigers now gear up to face the same opposition in the second Test in Chattogram, starting from March 30. 

Shakib, who had been suffering from an eye problem and initially opted out of the Sri Lanka series, expressed his desire to get back in the red-ball format and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) did not hesitate to add him to the squad for the Chattogram Test. 

"I always hope that we win. We have always struggled in Tests, so it will be tough. But I believe that we should be doing well against Sri Lanka and that we should be winning Tests against them," Shakib told the media following a commercial engagement in Dhaka today. He then departed for Chattogram to join the Test squad. 

Shakib will be returning to the longer format of cricket after a while. He last played a Test against Ireland in Mirpur in April last year and has not played any longer-version domestic cricket afterward.

"I don't have any personal goals [for the second Test against Sri Lanka]. I don't think I ever bothered about personal goals and achievements for as long as I have been playing cricket. I always thought about how I could contribute to my team. It is a great honour to perform and represent your country. So, obviously, I am happy and proud to be returning to Test cricket," Shakib added.

Shakib has been in decent form lately. He performed well for Sheikh Jamal with the ball in hand in his first two Dhaka Premier League (DPL) matches recently before coming up with a match-winning performance against Gazi Group in BKSP-3 yesterday. Shakib scored a 65-ball 53 and returned impressive figures of two for 14 in nine overs to help Sheikh Jamal to a 39-run win.

  Comments - 8

  • Rathu Hatharasbola Thursday, 28 March 2024 09:30 PM

    The Bangla Organisers should make sure that there is a Glass Door

    Navi Thursday, 28 March 2024 10:43 PM

    They will have to have all bangladeshi Umpires on the ground and as 3rd umpire as well.

    Navi Thursday, 28 March 2024 10:49 PM

    drop Kusal mendis or else he is sure to sell his wicket. Also all Bangladeshi umpires will have to man the ground and third Umpire positions.

    Karu Thursday, 28 March 2024 11:31 PM

    Political influences for the fair game of cricket. ICC are you blind? He should have to choose 1 cricket or politics.

    DOT Friday, 29 March 2024 07:29 AM

    Bangladesh team will bounce back. Their seamers are in good form and our top order is very vulnerable. It will be a tough ask for SL team.

    Terrence K Friday, 29 March 2024 09:24 AM

    Bangladeshi team should not rest on their laurels of achievements in domestic cricket. Remember you all are facing a formidable Sri Lankan team who outsmarted you in the first test that is why the Sri Lankan cricket coach for the Bangladesh team has taken time out not to be present to face the consequences of a defeat which will tarnish his reputation due to the poor performance of the Bangladeshi team!!!!!

    Kandy whip Friday, 29 March 2024 09:43 AM

    If Bangladesh to win the 2nd test i think they need to convince ICC to have all Bangladesh umpires including TV umpire plus total control of DRS system. If not winning the match only be a dream

    Mohan Friday, 29 March 2024 11:53 AM

    The Bengal tigers got tamed in the 1st test. Will they come fighting in the 2nd test? Let's wait and see.

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