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Bangladesh- West Indies Series

Donald advised Taskin to be fast and aggressive



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Tigers’ fast bowling coach Allan Donald had been trying to inspire confidence in Taskin Ahmed, who had been flourishing for the Tigers in South Africa before his injury, ahead of the T20 series in the West Indies.

Yesterday [Tuesday], the Bangladesh squad practiced in St Lucia, and Taskin was eager to learn how to shape himself up after returning from injury and what his role will be heading into the T20Is.

"I talked to him (Donald) to understand what my responsibility would be after coming back from injury. He was making me understand that the type of bowler I am, my your role is to be fast and aggressive," Taskin told the media.

Bangladesh is preparing for the shorter formats, and Taskin, who was called up to replace Mohammad Saifuddin, last played in the format against Pakistan at home in 2021.

Donald, according to the fast bowler, advised him to maintain his aggression whether he was being taken for runs or not.

"There will be times you give away runs. Sometimes you will take wickets alone and win the match but you should not waver from your role. You have to stick to your role and be focused. As days progress, your rhythm will get better and we're going to work more going forward," Taskin said about what Donald's instructions had been.

Bangladesh had not have a pace attack for a long time, but the resurgence of Taskin, together with Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, and Mustafizur Rahman, makes the Tigers' bowling attack a more threatening proposition.

Taskin was enthused after Test captain Shakib Al Hasan praised his efforts in spearheading Bangladesh's pace attack.

"Obviously very inspired to hear Shakib bhai speak such words. It will give me added inspiration. Will try to maintain process to improve myself and overcome weaknesses. There are still weaknesses and improving on those can help make me a more complete bowler so that I can help the team win more in the future. That's the goal.

The first of the three-match T20I series against West Indies will begin on July 2 while the second and third match of the series is scheduled on July 3 and 7 respectively.