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Youngsters will perform if given greater responsibility: Shakib

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 Published: 09:46 PM, 7 January 2022   Updated: 09:47 PM, 7 January 2022

Youngsters will perform if given greater responsibility: Shakib

Youngsters will perform if given greater responsibility: Shakib

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said on Friday (January 7) that his team's victory in the first Test against New Zealand has helped break the myth that it's a team dependent on only five top players, referring to the five seniors - Mashrafee bin Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim - who have been integral to the side over the last decade.

Bangladesh won the historic Test without the presence of four of those. While Mortaza hasn't played Tests for a while, Mhmudullah retired from the format recently. Tamim was ruled out due to injury and Shakib did not travel with the team due to family commitments.

Bangladesh earned the victory on the back of some of the younger players, with the likes of Mahmudul Hasan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ebadat Hossain playing important roles, complemented by seniors like Mominul Haque, Liton Kumar Das and Mehedy Hasan.

The victorious team compromised of only two players above the age of 30. "The way the year has started it's unbelievable," Shakib told reporters. "I'm very happy. Credit should be given to every player of the team, as well as the coaching staff. The way everyone tried because we had not played well last year.

"This year is a big challenge for us and we have started on high, I hope we can do better in the future. Only on rare occasions have Bangladesh played such good cricket, and they played impressively in such a tricky condition under so much pressure.

"The most pleasing thing is that media always feel that there is no player in the team apart from the four or five cricketers. At least, that is proved wrong and I believe they (young cricketers) will play better in the future if they are given responsibility."

Shakib, who missed the Test series due to family commitments, is eyeing to prepare for the upcoming Bangladesh Cricket League's one-day format, scheduled from January 9, followed by Bangladesh Premier League, slated from January 21.

"BCL ODI is part of the preparation,'' said Shakib, who is making lesser appearances in domestic cricket lately. "We have a busy international cricket schedule coming ahead and so I want to start international cricket with the best possible fitness and performance. I think BCL is a good build for that.

"If I can play a few matches in BCL and then if I can take the confidence from the BPL matches, it will be good for me ahead of ODIs and T20s against Afghanistan,'' he concluded.

Bangladesh are scheduled to host Afghanistan for a five-match white-ball series in February, comprising three ODIs and two T20Is.