“Absence Of Senior Players Big Miss”: Bangladesh Captain Shakib Al Hasan

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan on Wednesday rued the absence of experienced players like Liton Das, but said they have enough quality in their ranks to paper over their unavailability in the Asia Cup. Bangladesh will face six-time and defending champion Sri Lanka on Thursday. But they will be without veterans like Das, Tamim Iqbal and Ebadot Hosain, all ruled out due to different reasons. While Das could not recover in time from viral fever, Iqbal and Hosain are injured.

“Of course, it (absence of veteran players) is a big miss. If you talk about Liton, he has been part of the team for the last four or five years, and he was doing consistently well for Bangladesh.

“But having said that this will give an opportunity to someone else and I hope they make full use of this opportunity,” Shakib said here during the pre-match press conference.

Shakib hoped that young players like Towhit Hridoy, who was a part of Bangladesh’s U-19 World Cup winning side in 2020, will put their hands up in the Asia Cup.

“As far as Towhit is concerned he is really playing well for us this year. He has done well in the recent LPL (Lanka Premier League) and that should give him a lot of confidence going into the Asia Cup. He is going to play for Bangladesh for a long time,” said Shakib.

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