Bangladesh’s newly appointed T20I skipper, Shakib al Hasan emphasized on Saturday, that if anyone believes the team’s fortunes can change in the blink of an eye then they are living in a fool’s paradise.
Shakib didn’t sound entirely confident of all these moves but wanted to say that nobody thinks that one factor can change the team’s T20 approach straightaway. The all-rounder urged everyone to have patience, and said that if they can perform well in the T20 World Cup , it will prove that the team is moving towards right direction.
“If someone thinks that I can change things within one or two days or someone else will come to change it, then we are living in a fool’s kingdom. If you are able to think practically, our true development will be seen when the team really does well in the World Cup in three months’ time.
“When a baby starts walking [the first] steps are very difficult but gradually things become easier and I hope that we will also be able to start walking step by step like a baby and then move forward.”
“See, we first played this type of version (format) in 2006. Since then, we have not had good results, except the Asia Cup final. We are far behind in this version from that point so we have no choice but to make a new start.
The BCB have elected Shakib as their new skipper until the upcoming T20 World Cup with the motive to change things and the Bangla tigers want to address concerns to stop their rut in the T20I format.
BCB have also included Sridharan Sriram as their technical director with the hope to see that if his experience can help Bangladesh in the upcoming International assignments that include Asia Cup and a tri-series in New Zealand involving Pakistan.
Shakib added that he is not expecting Sriram, who is arriving tomorrow, to do miracles overnight.
“I don’t think there are many things to expect from him as he (Sriram) has been a part of a team like Australia for five years and our World Cup will also be in Australia so his experience will be helpful for us.
“It’s difficult to say how much change will come in this Asia Cup because there is very little time. But as I said, we all have responsibilities here, from the coaching staff to the support staff, BCB, fans, even the journalists also. If we all are able to work together, then it seems to me that a new journey can start.”