Shakib Al Hasan is undoubtedly the biggest name to emerge from the alley of Bangladesh cricket. Currently ranked number one all-rounder in the ICC rankings for all three formats, the newly appointed T20 skipper Shakib is an integral part of the core group of players, who have brought about the Renaissance in his country’s cricket in the past couple of years.
Recently, on the sidelines of his Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the southpaw was addressing a promotional event in the City of Joy, where he was asked to elaborate more about the current state of Bangladesh cricket.
Referring to that quarry, Shakib hailed the current scenario of the Tigers. He opined that the combination of the Bangladesh team is really good right now and it is being reflected in their performance. For the all-rounder, this is the best ever team Bangladesh have ever had. Overall Bangladesh cricket is on the right track, according to the 30-year old star.
“We have a few good batsmen, good pacers, and good spinners too. I feel this team of ours is the best so far. I don’t have any complaints. Our cricket is on the right track. Our performance in the last two years is a testimony to that fact.”
In the ICC ODI rankings, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led team is in the seventh position and they have qualified for the next month’s Champions Trophy (Featuring top eight ODI teams in the world) after a gap of 11 years. Besides, in the race for direct qualification for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Bangladesh are currently ahead of Pakistan and West Indies.
Recently, Shakib has been appointed as the T20 skipper of the Bangladesh team. The Men in Green, however, has a dismal record in this format (Only 21 victories in 67 matches so far with a win percentage of 32.30, which is even lower than teams like Afghanistan, Ireland and Kenya) and Shakib made it clear that time has come for them to emulate their success in 50-over’s cricket and Tests in the T20 Internationals as well.
“It [Bangladesh’s performance in T20Is] depends on how you take it. Yes, we are doing well of late but we don’t have a good T20 record. We need to improve on that aspect. When I was ODI or Test skipper, our situation was like that. We just couldn’t win. Then we started winning slowly and now we are winning matches regularly. So, in T20 our target is to reach that level,” he mentioned.