• Monday, March 02, 2015

Shakib awaits tough game

Sports Reporter

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan came up with a philosophical view over the hosts' challenge in the ICC World Twenty20 Super 10 stage that kicks off with the match against defending champions West Indies tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
"Tough. I think we have to play our best cricket because we are going to play against four world champions. We are going to face a stiff challenge. On the other hand, you can take it in a positive way. It is a challenge where we can prove that we can be competitive against the top sides and we have got the ability to win matches against them," said Shakib, who celebrates his 27th birthday today, while talking to reporters at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
The Tigers, who qualified for the second phase despite their frustrating defeat to Hong Kong in the last qualifying game at Chittagong, have got India, Pakistan and Australia in their Group A beside the West Indians.
Everybody will be looking forward to see how Mushfiqur Rahim's men approach their first game since the embarrassing Hong Kong defeat, which not only broke the hearts of million fans at home but also raised many eyebrows about their approach to the game.
"They [West Indies] are very unpredictable which is somehow a positive thing for us. If they play to their best then you will simply die but we have a good chance if it's not their day. It's very difficult to comment on them," said Shakib when asked about their tomorrow's opponents.
Admitting that defeat always upsets the rhythm, especially when it came against an amateur team like Hong Kong, Shakib once again requested everybody not to watch their matches with expectation, rather he requested them to enjoy the game.
"As I said before the tournament, it's always good to enjoy the game without any expectations. And definitely you criticise if we play bad cricket, but please support us if we play good cricket," he suggested.

Shakib, who also came under the scanner for his denial to take a winning single against Nepal, wanted to be happy with the second round berth and found no reason to focus too much on the defeat, which he thinks is a part of the game. He also said everybody is focused and hundred per cent committed to play good cricket.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2014

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