Steve Rhodes is anxious about Shakib Al Hasan’s absence on the upcoming New Zealand series. Though Shakib Al Hasan has a small possibility to join in the middle of the tour it’s sure that vice-Captain is not in the ODI.
Shakib Al Hasan absence
Team Bangladesh will face New Zealand on Wednesday in Napier. On the press conference, Bangladesh Coach Steve Rhodes claimed them as underdogs. Bangladesh never won in New Zealand against them. Here an opportunity came but the squad is incomplete without Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin as well.
As we know about the recent form of Shakib Al Hasan. His ambidexter performance in BPL-19 with ball and bat brought him the man of the tournament. But a finger injury dropped him from the series.
Steve Rhodes, Bangladesh Coach
“The BPL has taken a lot out of them. We have two players now missing out on the tour, Taskin, and Shakib. It has been hectic and it has been tough for them. I don’t know the whole tour. But certainly at the start of the ODI series, he won’t be available and it is a big blow to us. There are not many Shakib Al Hasan’s around the world.”
“It’s a really big task. It doesn’t mean we can’t win. I think we have played some excellent cricket in the ODI format recently, beating Windies a couple of time. We should take a lot of heart from that. Coming out here against New Zealand, we know it’s going to be very difficult, very realistic. We quite like being underdogs. We can surprise a few people being an underdog. I think New Zealand know they have got to play some very good cricket to beat us.”
“Steve Rhodes remembered about Champion League clash, Where Bangladesh won the match surprisingly, “Yeah, a lot of them bring back that memory. I am sure New Zealanders do to and it is probably an inspiration for them too. But one thing about this squad that we have moving forward for the World Cup as well, it is vastly experienced now,”
Finally, Steve Rhodes is anxious about Shakib Al Hasan’s absence. But it’s true that Bangladesh has the ability to beat New Zealand in ODI but Rhodes acknowledged that is a difficult task for them.