Shakib Al Hasan confident of Bangladesh doing well in T20 World Cup 2024 amid ‘high expectations’

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Shakib Al Hasan said that ‘expectations will be high’ from Bangladesh when they take part in the T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the United States of America (USA).

Shakib, who last played competitive cricket in the ODI World Cup 2023 on Indian soil, reckoned that the Tigers have been in good form in the shorter format over the last 12 months.

Shakib recently joined the Rangpur Riders camp at the Bashundhara Sports Complex ahead of the 2024 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

“Expectations are high every time, and it will be the same this time too, since we have been playing very well for the last one year in T20 editions,” Shakib was quoted as saying to the reporters.

Bangladesh are placed in Group D along with Sri Lanka, South Africa, Netherlands and Nepal.

“The team is balanced now and everyone is playing well and we played well in New Zealand and so expectations will be high. It will be played in the United States and West Indies where our cricket perhaps will be more suitable, so we will have a chance there,” he stated.

Recently, Bangladesh beat New Zealand in T20Is in the latter’s backyard for the first time after winning by five wickets at the McLean Park in Napier.

Shakib also said that he will discuss with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) before a call on his national captaincy is taken.

“No discussion on it (national team captaincy) so far but I will talk with the board and there will be a discussion about it. Later a decision will be taken in this regard by everyone that will be best for the team,” Shakib added.

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