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We should win: Shakib

Published : 28 Mar 2024 09:15 PM

Former skipper Shakib Al Hasan believes Tigers are capable to win the second Test against visiting Sri Lanka, scheduled to take place tomorrow in Chattogram. 

Hosts Bangladesh suffered a 328-run defeat at the hands of the Islanders in the first of the two-match Test series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. 

The Tigers now gear up for the second Test to bounce back to at least to draw the series, as the visitors are leading with 1-0.      

Shakib, who had been suffering from an eye problem and initially opted to keep himself out from the Sri Lanka series, later on expressed his desire to get back in the red-ball format and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also include him to the squad for the second Test. 

Shakib Al Hasan, now the member of the Parliament also said, “I always hope that we should win. We have been struggling in Test cricket, so it would also be a tough one. But I believe that we should do well against the Lankans. In fact, I think we have to win the match.” 

Shakib will be returning to the longer version cricket almost after a year. He played the last match in Test against Ireland in April 2023 and after that he did not play any longer-version international or domestic cricket.     

“I don’t have any personal goals. I don’t think I ever bothered about personal targets and achievements as long as I have been playing cricket. I always thought about how I could contribute to my team. It is a great honour to perform and represent my country. So, obviously, I am happy and proud to be returning to Test cricket,” Shakib added.

The celebrated all-rounder has been in decent form when performed well in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League (DPL) in 50 over match.   

Shakib, who played for Sheikh Jamal demonstrated a match-winning performance against Gazi Group in BKSP-3 Wednesday. Shakib scored a 65-ball 53 and returned with impressive bowling figures taking two wickets for 14 runs in nine overs to help his sides to a 39-run win.