Controversies chased the gamers like shadows culminating within the suspension of Shakib Al Hasan, however Bangladesh’s T20 skipper Mahmudullah mentioned on Wednesday that the highest participant’s absence from the India tour will act extra as motivation than handicap.
A 15-member squad arrived right here, a day after certainly one of its best gamers was handed a two-year ban by the ICC, for a tour that may have three T20Is and two Assessments.
“Now we have to play with our coronary heart for the nation,” Mahmudullah was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
“I feel this (Shakib’s absence) will work as motivation for us. I feel there’s no better honour than enjoying for the nation. The accountability to steer the facet lies with me, so I’ll attempt to give it my all,” mentioned the T20 skipper and a veteran of many battles.
Mahmudullah, nevertheless, admitted that will probably be a tough task towards India. “The statistics don’t lie. It’s a robust ask, however it’s not unattainable.
“Now we have to carry out as a workforce, and guarantee we make the most of each alternative.”
In what’s a quite younger facet, Mahmudullah will solely have one other senior participant Mushfiqur Rahim to lean on for assist in the absence of Shakib and opener Tamim Iqbal.
“Undoubtedly, I’ll miss him (Shakib), since now we have performed collectively for therefore lengthy,” Mushfiqur mentioned.
The previous skipper mentioned that Shakib’s absence is also seen as somebody getting injured and being out of motion.
“It’s robust to play with out him as he’s the No. 1 participant. If somebody was injured for a yr, which may have been anybody, then it will have been a gap for the youthful gamers. It’s a problem to beat India of their residence turf however a problem additionally means a possibility,” Rahim mentioned.