Tiger’s new strategic plan for Afghan test

Test captain Shakib Al Hasan took the center stage immediately after returning home from the USA as he got busy with devising strategic plan for the Bangladesh’s upcoming one-off Test series against Afghanistan.

The match is seen as Tigers preparation for their two-match away Test series against India with which they would start their ICC Test Championship game.

Shakib reached the country at the early hour of Saturday and some hours after he was seen in the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS).

The opening day of the skill training camp began at the Sher-e-Bangal National stadium with head coach Russell Domingo taking his charges into the drawing board to discuss his plan of action while Shakib approving it as the team leader before going into the nets to have some batting session at the SBNCS center wicket. After the skill camp was over BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan had a meeting with the coaches and national selectors along with Shakib. It is believed they discussed about their plan for the upcoming Test series against Afghanistan and also for the forthcoming ICC Test Championship.

“We have got some new staffs in our group after the World Cup and therefore it was significant meeting,” Akram Khan said here on Saturday.

“Since we have a Test series coming in the next month, we have discussed about it. The discussion revolves around what will be our policy and what about our strength.”

Terming the new head coach Russell Domingo a professional coach, he said that they have discussed to how they could achieve their expected result in both home and away in Test cricket. Away Test result becomes significant with the advent of the ICC Test Championship and Bangladesh would play their most of the Test matches in the coming two years in away. “In our discussion with Domingo, we discussed to how we can improve Bangladesh cricket in terms of both home and away result. 

Earlier we just used to think about home result and we will focus on away result also. We have discussed mainly what we have to do to achieve this result, what the captain wants, what will be the role of the selectors.”

Akram said they have also focused on to increase the strength of pace bowling, considering that the fast bowlers would have to take onus in the away condition.

“In the last two years, we have been trying to give something to our pace bowlers in our own condition. We have decided that our strength of the team in home and away will be same. We have decided to give them true wicket in our country.”