DHAKA: With no Shakib Al Hasan in the side, Bangladesh are already handicapped in the experienced department against South Africa. Bangladesh, led by Mushfiqur Rahim, are scheduled to play a 2-Test, 3-ODI and 2-T20I series in South Africa. Rahim has pinned his hopes on players such as Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman to rise to the occasion.
Rahim said, “Every player wants to do well. There has been a lot of talk about Imrul, Sabbir and Soumya. While criticism is acceptable, please don’t do it unnecessarily. If they can’t perform, Bangladesh will lose more.”
He further adds, “It will take a lot of time to replace these players. It is hard to perform consistently so please don’t question them repeatedly. If they do badly, at least they will know that people around them are supportive.”
In the Test series against Australia, Imrul and Soumya failed miserably, while Rahman managed to cross the 50-run mark once.
Speaking on Shakib’s unavailability, Rahim opined, “We need two players to replace Shakib. It is a bad news for a captain that the No. 1 player is missing. But those who will play in his place have a great opportunity in front of them. We played without Shakib against West Indies, Zimbabwe and New Zealand and we won, but we will still miss him. I hope he can use the break to recover fully.”
Asked if Rahim himself needed a break from Test, he said, “I haven’t become such a big player that I will need a break.”