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1 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Tigers look to settle with opening pair in Tamim, Soumya

Tarek prefers Mossadeq ahead of Sabbir in first XI
SPORTS REPORTER, DHAKA
Tigers look to settle with opening
pair in Tamim, Soumya
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal talks with team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon (L) and selector Habibul Bashar Sumon as skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortza stretches during a practice session on The Kennington Oval ground in London yesterday. BCB Photo

Former national player Tarek Aziz Khan said that Bangladesh appear to have a settled opening combination in Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar in the ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in United Kingdom (UK).

In this case, what will be wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das, who has been taken as a back-up wicketkeeper despite having his dismal run of form? After 27 matches, Das averages less than 20 and has struggled in recent times.

Tarek thinks that if the team management thinks they should rest Soumya or Tamim in any match, Liton might be included in that place. But It’ll not be right for the team management to drop or scrape Soumya from the opening pair because he played well and looked set with Tamim Iqbal in the tri-nation series in Ireland.

But he said that if the management wants to play Liton in the middle or lower down the order, he will be done well as he has good strength and can play power cricket what they have seen in many occasion especially in the last Asia Cup. In this case, that’s the different case if he agrees to play in such position.

“I think, Soumya is the right choice and should be the first choice. He is doing well and gradually trying to back in form,” said Tariq Aziz Khan.

 “Besides batting, his bowling will be handy for us. Actually we can get two good options from him. If he fails to sparkle with both aspects, then Liton may come in the groove especially in top-order,” Khan told at North Ibrahimpur residence in the capital city day before yesterday.

“Shakib will bat at no. 3. None can stop him. Even we should not bring him down the order. He has enough capability to contribute for the team,” he added.

The complication Bangladesh have for the number seventh batting position which could be resolved by either Mosaddek Hossain Saikat or Sabbir Rahman Saikat. But he thinks that they should keep Saikat in the first choice as he is faring well right now.

“We’ve seen to get chance both two of them. Considering the performance of the last match of the triangular series, I think, Saikat should be kept in the first choice of the playing XI against South Africa match,” the former national colour viewed.

“But if it’s not possible, in that case, the management can give chance both two players together on the basis of the opposition,” he maintained.

He said that they have to play both Shakib and Mehidy Hasan Miraj as they have no leggy or wrist spinner in the bowling battery to give extra-edge for the team on English conditions.

“We’ve no leg spinner or wrist spinner. But Shakib and Miraj are the best option for us. If Miraj could give support Shakib it would be better for us,” he said.

“Even we have no bowlers the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Jasprit Bumrah. But those who are in the fold are enough good for us. We’ve to fight with those players that could be enough for the damage of the opposition in the pressure-filled match of the flagship event,” he also said.

“Despite picking players to fill in their respective roles, the Bangladesh team has lacking an x-factor player who can change the game on his own, a player who can win them the game out of nowhere,” he added.

Those teams have big power hitters the likes of Chris Gayle or Hardik Pandya that can come in very handy in the batting-friendly England pitches..

“We’ve no such big-power hitter players. So we’ve to fight what we have in our arsenal,” he concluded.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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