It is hard to overemphasize the significance of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for Bangladesh. Playing 56 Tests, 206 ODIs and 76 T20Is, the 32-year old player, holding a plethora of experience, is considered as the best player produced by the country. However, not reporting a fixing approach landed him in a two-year ban.
With his absence from the national team, Bangladesh has been found struggling against the top teams as Shakib was phenomenal, particularly in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament. Reviewing all this, head coach of Bangladesh Russell Domingo urged the youngsters to step up and make the most of the given opportunity.
The 45-year old didn’t deny the quality and balance Shakib brings to the table, but added that his unit still has enough depth to challenge Pakistan. He also admitted that Bangladesh will have to be at the top of their game to take down the top-ranked T20I team in their backyard. It remains to be seen how Bangladesh fares against Pakistan in the three-game series.