Bangladesh’s bowling has enough variety that can trouble England in the upcoming one-day internationals, said chief selector Minhajul Abedin on Monday, as the Tigers began their preparation the three-match series.
Bangladesh enjoyed success with their pace attack in the recent time and despite England’s apparent weakness against spin bowling, Minhajul said they are unlikely to change the squad.
Pace bowler Al Amin Hossain was brought back at the expense of Rubel Hossain, who appeared to have lacked match practice during the home series Afghanistan.
The Tigers also retained pacers Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam to join skipper Mashrafee bin Muratza for a four-pronged pace attack.
Shafiul only played one match in the Afghanistan series and did not perform anything exceptional but still the team management retained him as he helped create the much needed varieties.
‘There is variety in our pace attack as all four bowlers are different to each other,’ said Minhajul.
‘Rubel [Hossain] and Al Amin [Hossain] are similar kind of bowlers. Both of them are in-swinging bowlers,’ he said
Shafiul [Islam] is an out-swinger so we included him while Taskin is a sort of bowler, who largely depends on his pace. We also have the experience in Masharfee bin Murtaza,’ he said.
Mihajul have similar faith in spin attack , where Mosharraf Hossain will join Sakib al Hasan with Mossaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain remaining as back-up.
‘But we are confident as we have varieties in our spin. There is Mossadek[Hossain], Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain along with seasoned campaigners,’ he said.
Though they are lacking as far as leg spinner is ncerned, Minhajul believe it won’t hurt them much in the series.
‘We don’t have quality leg spinner. Look at the National Cricket League where there is only one leggie is playing,’ Minhajul told reporters pointing his fingers towards Dhaka Metropolis player Tanveer Haider.
Bangladesh left no stone unturned with their preparation and it was evident when 30-year old left-arm pace bowler Shafaq al Zabir was seen in the nets.
Shafaq, who lost his prime a long time ago and now is working as an employee of BCB, has been included as Tigers wanted to have some practices against a left-arm seam bowler keeping in mind of England’s David Willey.
Tigers are keen to make an impression against the visitors when they take on them in the warm-up match at Fatullah today be putting some positive outcome that will help them in the long run.
Four cricketers of the 14-man national team squad- Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Nasir Hossain and Al Amin have been included in the BCB XI against the visitors in the warm-up game.
‘Naturally if we can do well in the warm-up it will help us to pick up our momentum,’ said Minhajul.
Tigers have won six series on a trot at home and will eye to become only the second nation after Australia to win seven consecutive ODI series.
Australia is the only team so far to have the record of 10, nine and seven consecutive series wins while each of the other Test nations barring Zimbabwe has won six consecutive series at least once.
England on the other hand will have the same target as they have won six consecutive ODI series after World Cup last year.
But young Mossadek Hossain, who made an impressive debut against Afghanistan, was confident that Tigers will win the race thanks to their home advantage.
‘In our condition we are the favourites and we believe that we will do well against them,’ said Mossadek.
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