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'Bangladesh can succeed in Pakistan like Sri Lanka did during the T20Is' - Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh Tour of Pakistan

'Bangladesh can succeed in Pakistan like Sri Lanka did during the T20Is' - Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan has cited the example of Sri Lanka's T20I whitewash over Pakistan last year as the template for success for the Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh side in the forthcoming series in Lahore.

The number one-ranked Pakistan were stunned by a trio of losses in the T20I encounters by a relatively inexperienced Sri Lankan team.

The spate of Sri Lankan victories made possible majorly through the guile of Wanindu Hasaranga later resulted in the axing of Sarfaraz Ahmed as the Pakistan skipper.

Although Bangladesh are not really spoilt for choice in the spin department, Shakib reckons their depleted squad has the talent to overpower Pakistan.

“I would hope everyone will go there [Pakistan] safely and return home well after the series," Shakib was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune during a promotional activity for one of his endorsed brands.

"Obviously, Bangladesh can get success there as Pakistan recently lost the three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka at their home 3-0. So, I think we should also do well."

Bangladesh are expected to face a stern challenge in the absence of two of their seniormost players - Mushfiqur Rahim, who opted out of the Pakistan tour in light of security concerns, and the suspended Shakib.

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The veteran all-rounder was sanctioned by the ICC for his failure to report corrupt approaches and subsequently received a two-year ban in October 2019 with 12 months of the sentence suspended.

Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque were then chosen to lead Bangladesh's T20I and Test sides respectively in India after the punishment was imposed on regular captain Shakib.

Their tour of India kicked off in grand fashion when Mushfiqur's magical half-century sculpted a historic win in the opening T20I of the three-match series. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman will not be in action for the short-form contests against Pakistan.

Shakib avoided giving answers to most questions regarding his anticipated comeback later this year.

He admitted a longing to represent his team in the field once again and revealed to be in contact with head coach Russell Domingo and his personnel.

“I'm still in touch with the head coach. I always talk to him and other coaching staff,” he said.

“When you have been dealing with any activity for long, you will definitely miss that. It’s no matter whether you like it or not. I'm missing cricket and that's very natural."