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World Twenty20: Shakib Al Hasan optimistic ahead of Pakistan clash

Mirpur: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan admits everything that could have gone wrong for Bangladesh at the ICC World Twenty20 so far has gone wrong, despite them being the hosts.

He added that it is wrong to expect skipper Mushfiqur Rahim or himself to be the team’s saviours every time.

“There is no guarantee that me and Mushfiqur will be able to bail the team out every time. Maybe now the management is thinking of promoting me back to No.3 and let us see. Before, I was batting at No.3 and it gave me 15 to 16 overs, now also at No.4 it is giving me 15 to 16 overs, so there is nothing to complain. But I failed in the last two matches.

“After losing the last two games, the morale is obviously down, but the beauty of T20 cricket is that you can always come back in the next game. There’s no team that can say it will win. It’s so short, if you make a mistake, it’s hard to come back.”

Hasan even went on to hit out at those who complained about Bangladesh putting in shoddy performances. “I don’t think a lot of people really expected that we would qualify for the semi-finals. Our target was to qualify for the Super-10 and then win against one or two of the top countries. We still have that chance.”

Hasan even believes that they can beat Pakistan on Sunday. “Pakistan’s bowling attack is one of the best in the world. But we have run them close in recent matches and we will take heart from that and give our best,” he said.

“Even though cricket is a team game, a lot depends on individual performances. We are not being able to play our best cricket and that is also affecting our individual performances. If four or five of us got runs, our bowling is doing fine. And we could have fielded better, which would have lifted the overall performance. It would have helped us stay competitive.”