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'Tone down' World T20 expectations, Shakib tells home fans

Mohammad Isam

March 10, 2014

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'We have to rely on our natural skills' - Shakib

Shakib Al Hasan has urged Bangladesh's fans to be reasonable about their team's chances in the World T20. Similarly, he wants to be remain sensible and calm on the field, and expects the same from his team-mates.

"As the tournament is at home, we will have the support but there shouldn't be too much expectation," Shakib said. "I have heard people say, 'Let the cup stay at home.' But I think we have to tone that down a bit.

"Please support us, the team will do better. But everyone has to take the result sportingly. Too much expectation does put undue pressure on us."


The Mirpur crowd threw their '4' and '6' placards at the Bangladesh team after they had been bowled out for 58, Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, March 4, 2011
Shakid Al Hasan: "I have heard people say, 'Let the cup stay at home.' But I think we have to tone that down a bit" © Getty Images
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As the Bangladesh captain during the 2011 World Cup, Shakib has first-hand experience of how expectations could have a major impact on the team. In that tournament, Bangladesh were routed for 58 against West Indies, but bounced back to win against England a week later. Soon enough, however, the pressure seemed to catch up again and they folded against South Africa.

Bangladesh's current form should not boost expectations, but there is still tremendous interest in the World T20, particularly as Bangladesh will open the tournament against Afghanistan on March 16.

Shakib wants the team to show better understanding of the situation out in the middle, and his team-mates to remain cool when under pressure. "What we have to do in T20s is to keep a calm head and give our best. We become too excited in T20s. I think everyone is responsible enough to understand these things and do the right thing for the team."

Shakib said that there is no taking any team lightly in T20 cricket, irrespective of where they are ranked. "Nepal is a big team to us. We are a big team to Pakistan, India and Australia. An over or a ball can change a T20 game. On paper there can be a favorite but on the day, I don't think there is any favorite.

"We should fear everyone because we don't know much about Nepal and Hong Kong. Say we score 160 but someone from the other side scores a hundred. Scotland have done that to us in the past. We have to be careful in all the games. It is hard to recover from a mistake in a T20."

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Posted by StevieS on (March 14, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Cricket_is_Unpopular our team is almost completely different than that second rate one that went to Bangladesh and the team was under a lot of turmoil after the Taylor sacking.

What have we done recently besides that Bangladesh tour? beaten Australia in Australia in a test match, beaten India in the ODi series and the test series, beaten England in England in the ODI series, beaten South Africa in South Africa in a ODI series, Drew the test match series 1 all V Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, won the test series V West Indies, drew the test series V England in New Zealand but were the better team and should of won. Now what has Bangladesh done over the last few years beside beating New Zealand? How many test series you won, how many ODI series you won away from home? You should have full grounds since you have about 150 million people vs 5 million people and yet you are still a far inferior side, ask any neutral who is the better team. Stop deluding yourself.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

I don't thing BD can make in to Super eight. I predict Ireland and Afganithan whos going to make it.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 2:43 GMT)

what is purpose of shakibs bating or bowling when BD has won only 4 test matches in 16 years , what a performance

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 13, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

@Gagg: "Why not keep going back and you ill find New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh more times in Bangladesh than they have lost"??? - Your point? looks to me just shear desperation. I don't think anyone from our current BD squad have even played from years 00-06 :P its all about the present and future mate and the fact of the matter is your team have been struggling against a team like Bangladesh drawing 2 test matches and lost for the 7th straight time in ODIs lol and that too without Shakib who btw has a fantastic record bat and ball against your team a guy where you just said "can't bat or bowl" lol :) unlike NZ Bangladesh have a rising young team who is currently hosting several major tournaments, have excellent new grounds and massive and passionate support that packs grounds in numbers unlike some literally all empty :D

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 13, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

@Gagg: "Shakib is a allrounder in that he can't bat or bowl"??? - lol Shakib ODI batting record average 35 with a strike rate nearly 80. Bowling average is 29. In tests he averages 38 and its increasing with every test he is playing now and bowling average in tests is around 32 :P he's only 26 years old as well. Kane Willliamsons is a part time bowler whereas Shakib is a full time bowler but even being part time he still averages a pathetic 40 in tests with the ball. Had he bowled full time with that dodgy action I think its fair to say his bowling average will sky rocket to over 70 lol

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 12, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Finally there is something to cheer about. BD won the first match in 2014, even though it's a warm up match against UAE.

Posted by StevieS on (March 12, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Cricket_is_Unpopular 2010?? Why not keep going back and you ill find New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh more times in Bangladesh than they have lost. Bangladesh have never won a game against New Zealand outside Bangladesh, ever, even provincial New Zealand teams are better if they play in New Zealand.

Posted by StevieS on (March 12, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

Cricket_is_Unpopular these guys with averages of around 40. Shakib is a allrounder in that he can't bat or bowl. Kane Williamson has a bowling average about the same and a bating average of around 40 as is Guptills average.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 12, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

@Longmemory: that proves you were no where near sensible by saying the only sensible thing he said in the entire interview was to fear every team may be you read that part only but talking about entire:-D... i am sure Shakib meant by the word fear is just not to underestimate Nep & HK as they don't know much about them simple...& by doing that in such case BD has records of losing with such associate teams & recently they also lost to Afg! Due to weak bowling, lack of bowling change at the right time, handling pressure in such moments by not losing a must win game at the end & then immense pressure from the fans..on all that is they need to work on considering their last several loss...

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

@Longmemory: that proves you were no where near sensible by saying the only sensible thing he said in the entire interview was to fear every team may be you read that part only but talking about entire:-D... i am sure Shakib meant by the word fear is just not to underestimate Nep & HK as they don't know much about them simple...& by doing that in such case BD has records of losing with such associate teams & recently they also lost to Afg! Due to lack of weak bowling, bowling change at the right time, handling pressure in such moments by not losing a must win game at the end & then immense pressure from the fans..on all that is they need to work on considering their last several loss...

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