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6 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM

Shakib hopes Tigers will fare well in Dhaka Test

He visits Ekushey Boi Mela to unveil the cover of his book ‘Halum’
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Shakib hopes Tigers will fare well in Dhaka Test
Bangladesh iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan seen in the midst of his fans while unveil the cover of his book ‘Halum’ at the Ekushey Boi Mela in the capital yesterday. Independent photo

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Bangladesh iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said on Monday that he is hopeful of faring well in the second and last Test of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur.

Shakib also said that the way they staged a comeback in the Chittagong Test that will provide a big boost in their confidence in the upcoming Test.

“I’m optimistic about the next Test in Mirpur, where Bangladesh won Tests against the top-flight England and Australia,” said Shakib Al Hasan.

“I think there will be staged a good fighting in the second Test,” Shakib told media yesterday while he was attending a launching programme of Yonder Music apps what Robi and Airtell SIM-holders will use to hear music without spending any data.

America-based company with the collection of two crore songs formally started their journey in Bangladesh to entertain local song buffs without money or subscription.

“The way we staged a comeback that will give us confidence in the next Test. I’m sure it’ll benefit us in Mirpur,” he added.

When asked about his comeback in the next two-match T20 series after second Mirpur Test, the premier all-rounder said that it will clearly be understood on February 10 after untying his bandage from his finger.  

 “Now I’m quite well. At this moment, I don’t need to have take medicine,” the 30-year-old all-rounder said.

“As the injury is serious, it’ll take some more times that’s a normal thing. The bandage of the finger is scheduled to untie on February 10. And then, the update will be known,” he also said.

“The dressing is doing regularly. As the bandage will be removed on February 10 and the real movement will since be started. Then it’ll clearly understand within the next two or three days how much I recuperated from my injury and could play for the next T20 series or not. I think I could play the series because it deemed to me an important series,” he added.

The spin all-rounder said that when a player don’t play any match or series or tournament due to injury or other reason he will obviously feel much than others.

“If a player misses a match or series or tournament for any reason, he will obviously feel very badly,” he regretted.

“It would be better if I could play it. I went to Chittagong and witnessed the Test match for two days. It’s a different experience to watch outside of the game. I prefer to play and perform in the ground as that was my job,” he told.

“Hopefully I could be recovered and soon play for the team,” he said.

“Last year I was injury free so I had got to play some more games. This year I fell into injury. Hopefully it will not come again and play throughout the year.”

Praising Mominul Haque’s draw-producing innings in Chittagong, Bangladesh Test and T20 skipper said that Mominul has quality to play for Bangladesh across all the formats.

He also said that he has capability to supersede his runs from 2000 to 10,000 in Tests if he gets chance to play more games than other players amongst our whole lots.

“None have any question about his ability. I think, he is a good play for all the formats. He has ability to do well always,” he thought.

“The way he thinks there is no more players in our team. I’m very happy for him that he played two good innings. The second is more special than the first one because he played a good innings for the team in a precarious condition. To be honest, I feel at night that Bangladesh will not save the match from the defeat. But I’ve a thought in mind if no wicket is fallen till the lunch then the result could be different,” he opined.

“But Liton also bats outstanding. And Mominul was for the entire Test. I hope he will continue it in the next also. I want that he plays good cricket throughout the year,” he added.

He said that he will not be surprised if he saw him to crack another two centuries in both the innings of the next Test in Mirpur.

“Coach and team management will decide whether he plays in one day or not but I think he has every ability to play across all the formats. He is a quality player, no doubt. He proved it again yesterday,” he said.

“He scored so far 2000 runs. Hopefully he will score 10,000 among us. He has that ability. I am sure if he could play more matches, he will obviously do it. He will do before than us. I want that he will play more games,” he also said.

“We’ve another important match ahead. I hope he could make centuries in both the innings. He is such a player that is not unexpected. It’s possible for him to play good cricket in every match and innings. I’ll not be surprised if he could hit centuries in both innings of the next Test,” he added.

 Later, the World’s No 1 all-rounder went to Ekushey Boi Mela to formally release his children book ‘Halum’ what he informed through his verified facebook page earlier on the day.

“Hope to see you all at the official Book Launch of Halum! Today at Pearl Publsihers Pavilion No. 6 between 3-6 pm at Boi Mela 2018,” Shakib said.

He hopes that this book inspires our children to dream big and reach for the stars no matter what their profession ends up being. Halum!


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