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Tough competition for No.7 position, says Shakib



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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan reckoned that there will be tough competition among the six to seven players in the roaster to take up the number seven spot in the ODI squad.

There are a number of cricketers in the line-up like Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad, Yasir Ali Rabbi with Mehedy Hasan, who BCB are trying to play at number seven in the 50-over format since the home series against Ireland.

“I am sure the selectors coach and decision makers will think good for the team. We will have our right combination when we go to the World Cup and it will depend on opposition and condition. In some grounds four pacers might play while there will grounds where you wil have to pace bowler. In some field you need six bowlers while in some places we will need five bowlers. When the decision is taken you have to take lot of things into consideration. Now we are just having trials,” he said.

Shakib believes the team management will find the right choice before the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup 2023, scheduled to be played in October.

“From personal point of view the competition is not only about one guy there are many guys for it (number seven position). Everyone is performing there and if you see domestic cricket there is Afif, Mossadek, Sohan while Riyad bhai is playing brilliantly. There is Rabbi with the team while Miraj is batting at seven, So there are six to seven option for one place and so the decision is not easy to make. I am sure keeping the World Cup into mind the coach, selector and captain will take the right decision,” he added.

Shakib was hopeful for a better presentation on the World Cup stage this time, he also reckoned that they must capitalize on every opportunity and make adjustments to all three departments for a good outcome.

“The condition is always fair in ICC tournaments and it is even for every team. We have to do well in all department if we want to do well. In the last World Cup we had a good chance but couldn’t capitalize it due to some small mistakes. We must make sure that we don’t repeat those mistakes. Certainly other teams are improving in their respective areas but we have to improve if we want to compete with them,” he added.