We have supporters here as well as Bangladesh: Babar
The Pakistan cricket team has come to Bangladesh after almost six and a half years. In the meantime, they have practiced for four days. Babar Azam's team will take the field from Friday. But before that, on the way to practice from the team hotel, the Babars understood, what is their support in Bangladesh?
On the eve of the match (Thursday) the topic came up in the virtual press conference about the return of spectators to the field in Mirpur. With this series, the spectators are returning to the cricket field of Bangladesh after almost a year and a half. However, due to coronavirus warnings, fifty percent of the full capacity tickets will be sold.
A Pakistani journalist wants to know from Babar about this, the spectators are returning to the field of Bangladesh after a long time. There were also spectators at the World Cup. But even if the people of Pakistan shout for their country, Dhaka will have all the visitors of the host country. What does the captain of Pakistan think about this issue?
Babar replied with surprising information. In just four days, he has realized that there are supporters of Bangladesh as well as Pakistan in this country. Those who have always seen the team bus of the Babars on the way to and from the practice have always given encouragement and raised their hands in support. On their basis, Babar hopes that there will be Pakistani supporters on the field as well.
The visiting captain commented, 'Whenever we went to practice, people stood all the way, cheered us up, waved their hands. So I think we have a lot of supporters here beside Bangladesh. People saw us there during practice and cheered us up. '
as a team, we will enjoy and whenever we come to Bangladesh, the spectators have always cheered us up. They have supported not only their own team but also the Pakistan team. It makes us feel good and helps. '
There will be no run like in Emirates here: Babar
Bangladesh cricket team played slow wickets against New Zealand and Australia before the T20 World Cup. None of the 10 matches in the two series have scored too many runs. The highest score of 131 runs in five matches against Australia and the highest score of 181 runs in the series against the Kiwis.
Another T20 series is starting in Bangladesh from Friday. Where Bangladesh and Pakistan will face a three-match. Like the previous two series, these three matches will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. This time the matches will be all in the light of day.
However, Pakistan captain Babar Azam is not expecting too many runs from the wicket of Mirpur. On the eve of the match (Thursday), he said directly in the press conference that the run in the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates will not be the same as in Bangladesh. However, Babar's team will play with the same plan as in the UAE.
Practicing what I understand, runs like the Emirates will not be here. Here you have to keep the wicket in hand, then the work will be easier later. In the World Cup too, we wanted to run as many runs as possible after keeping the wickets in hand, this plan will remain here. The more I hold the wicket, the more effective it will be. '
Asked about the wicket at the time, Babar said, 'I haven't seen the wicket yet. I can't say so. Anything can happen. Whether the wickets are the same as before or different as many matches as I have played in Dhaka, somewhat slower wickets. Spinners have support. But I played in BPL 4-5 years ago. I will go today and see the wicket and plan how I will play. '
How many are making their debut in the first match?
After the utter failure in the World Cup, the informal practice started before the national team returned to the country. The new team director Khaled Mahmud Sujan started training with seven youngsters Nazmul Hossain Shant, Parvez Hossain Emon, Saif Hasan, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Touhid Hridoy, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, and Tanvir Islam.
From there, three (Nazmul Shant, Saif Hasan, and Yasir Ali Rabbi) got a place in the squad against Pakistan. The trio was expected to play in the first T20 match of the series on Friday (November 19). That was not thought of. Opener Liton Das, backup Soumya Sarkar, and number three Shakib Al Hasan are absent this time, Mushfiqur was also left out.
Therefore, from the batsmen who are in the team of 16 people, at least three more people have to be chosen along with Naeem Sheikh. Otherwise, there will be at least seven batsmen in the batting order. In order to do that, you have to play Shant, Saif, and Yasir Rabbi in the general equation. Shant has played three T20s before. Although Saif played Tests, he still did not wear red and green jerseys because he was white. Rabbi did not play for the national team in any format.
But because of the team combination, it is difficult to say which of the three youngsters will be in the team. Looking at the type of practice, it seems that the innings will be started with left-arm Naeem Sheikh and right-handed Saif Hasan. Then Saif will make his T20 debut. And Nazmul Shantar has three possible batting positions. Maybe the team will be sorted by him one down.
Now captain Mahmudullah Riyadh is the best possible option in the next batting position. Then I was thinking about Yasir Rabbi. This young willow man from Chittagong can play with open arms. Has the ability to take big hits. He could be the first choice as a clean heater in the middle order.
But when Yasir Rabbi plays, again a bowler is reduced. So the chances of his debut are relatively low. It will not be a surprise to see Shamim Patwari there. Shamim Patwari can play at number five to seven. He also has the ability to play with open arms. He also bowls off-spin.
Other than that, the chances of someone else making their debut are very low. If a third pacer is played, Shariful will inevitably be taken. This young left-hander will be Mostafiz-Taskin's partner.
On the other hand, even if three spinners are used instead of three pacers, there is no chance for anyone new to join the team. Then maybe Lagi Aminul Biplob will be seen with Nasum and Mehdi. Biplob has already played seven T20s.
This means that Saif Hasan has the highest chances of making his debut. With Yasir Rabbi can start a T20 career. However, as mentioned above, the inauguration of Rabbi Yasir depends on some 'if-but'.