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Shakib is a very good skipper: Russell

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 Published: 10:02 PM, 4 January 2019   Updated: 10:02 PM, 4 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Andre Russell, Dhaka Dynamites' powerful all-rounder, noted that the franchise has the right balance and experience in their ranks to put up a good show in the Bangladesh Premier League, starting on January 5.

Russell isn't the only big name in the side. Dynamites, who reached the final of BPL 2017-18, have retained the explosive Windies trio of Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Rovman Powell. Shakib Al Hasan will again captain the side. The likes of Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom and the seasoned South African pacer, Andrew Birch, add depth to the side.

"I think we have a good team," Russell said. "Our expectation is still to win. But it's a new set of guys and I have played with most of these guys before. New tournament and new year too, so we have to start on the right foot and see and where we go from there. We are a good team. We have good experienced players. So at the end of the day, we just have to make sure we put all the experience into good use."

Russell also praised Shakib's leadership skills and pointed out that he has already played alongside the Bangladesh all rounder at Kolkata Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs.

"Shakib is a very good skipper. I have played with him at KKR and Jamaica Tallawahs as well. He plays hard and at times, he may get grumpy and that's how the captains are. We are all professionals and once we make an error, the skipper is going to react hard. As a captain, I know he will do his best to lead the team," he said.

Russell also observed that the BPL is set to be a competitive tournament with a host of foreign stars like AB de Villiers, David Warner, Steven Smith, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shahid Afridi, Alex Hales and co. partaking in the tournament.

"It's going to be competitive. Those guys bring something special to the tournament. At the end of the day, they are human beings but they are special (players), especially AB de Villiers and David Warner. We all know how destructive they can be.

"We just have to make sure that we get them out as soon as possible when we play against them. The longer Warner and AB de Villiers bat, more the damage they can do. Playing against these guys we have to plan a bit harder and more technical. But these guys are good for this tournament," he said.

Dynamites will start their campaign against the Mehidy Hasan-led Rajshahi Kings on January 5. Lance Klusener, the former South African all rounder and the coach of Kings, sounded confident about his side's chances and observed that they have more than enough players with knowledge of local conditions.

"I think Bangladeshi players are coming from playing a lot of cricket and that's good. There are couple of players from England who have not played for a while. But the make-up of our side is players from sub-continent. We have very few from outside (the subcontinent), so hopefully that will be a good step because we think that they have better knowledge to play in these conditions.

"I am not trying to put too much attention to the other teams. I think our focus will be on ourselves (about) what we can do. Obviously, there are some really good teams out there and there is no easy game. But our focus will be on ourselves and what we can do to try and win games," he said.

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