Bangladesh warned of T20 backlash

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 16,2018

 
 

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes (C) shares some thoughts with Mahmudullah (L) and Tamim Iqbal (2nd-R) during a training session at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on December 12. — AFP photo

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes on Saturday warned his charges against the backlash from West Indies in the three-match Twenty20 international series, beginning this week in Sylhet.
Bangladesh beat West Indies in the Test and one-day international series by 2-0 and 2-1 margin respectively, but were expecting a tough fight from the visitors in shorter-format of the game.
This is the format that best suites West Indies own brand of cricket and they have shown it by lifting the ICC World Twenty20 title two years ago in India.
Bangladesh hit their egos when they also beat the side 2-1 in this format in July-August in the Caribbean and USA and Rhodes believed it kept them hurting more than anything else.
‘T20 is the best format for West Indies. They are the world champions and they will be very difficult to beat,’ Rhodes told reporters in Sylhet.
‘Having said that, the way we beat them in the West Indies was a very special victory for us. It was a little bit unexpected but the boys did extremely well to win that last game in Florida.
‘They are hurting again, like all teams that you play against and if you win, you can expect some sort of backlash. I think the West Indies, with some new players, who have arrived here, will be tough opposition.
‘It’s the format that they know very well. We will give it our best shot. They always do, the boys. They keep surprising me because they come up with some great performances.
‘Now we have got some continuity with regards to winning series, so wonderful news for Bangladesh,’ he said.
The first T20 will be played on Monday at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in the country’s northeast, while Dhaka will host the next two matches on December 20 and 22.
Rhodes had high hopes on skipper Sakib al Hasan, a Twenty20 expert, who led Bangladesh successfully to win the series in the Caribbean and in USA.
‘As I said before they are a good side. If we played like we did in those games in Florida, then we’ve got a good chance,’ said Rhodes.
‘A lot of good things happened in the series, including Sakib Al Hasan’s captaincy, it was magnificent in that series.
‘I think the one thing about Sakib is that he has played a lot of T20 all around the world, internationally and also as part of the franchises. So he is vastly experienced and he has been playing that format.
‘As a coach I lean on the captain, they are quality people and cricketers. Two wonderful captains to work with,’ he said, referring to Test and Twenty20 captain Sakib and one-day international captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza.

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