National selector predicts Shakib will start at No. 4 in the lineup
The captain of the Bangladesh T20I team, Shakib Al Hasan, is prepared to switch to third base, which is not his favoured position, if necessary. The T20I tri-series in New Zealand, which also included Pakistan, was Bangladesh’s penultimate international match before the T20 World Cup in Australia. The batting order for the T20 format is still being worked out in Bangladesh.
Shakib, who will be rejoining the team after sitting out the two-match series against the UAE owing to CPL obligations, might bat at position No. 4. Sabbir Rahman, the temporary opener, might be replaced by Soumya Sarkar or Nazmul Hossain, or they could start at position three if Litton Das returns to the opening position.
The batting order is expected to include Afif Hossain at number five, Yasir Ali, Mossadek Hossain, and Nurul Hasan after them. The team management is impressed with Mehidy Hasan at the top and would want to keep him as one of the openers.
Shakib has scored 1034 runs at an average of 28.72 and a strike rate of 122.36 while batting third in 40 games. Since being allowed to play again following his suspension, the left-hander has participated in 25 games and has recorded 478 runs with a strikeout rate of 111.68 and only one hundred. The club administration feels Shakib is most suited to bat at number four where he can oversee the middle order while allowing Litton or anybody else handle the three position. Shakib recently made a half-century in the CPL.
In the CPL, he batted at number four and fared well. I believe he will adjust as needed to Australian pitches (even if he is pushed to four),” selection panel member Habibul Bashar told Cricbuzz.
To be honest, it’s not like Shakib is meticulous about his batting order. When we asked him about his position in the batting order, he said that he had no trouble batting at three or four, demonstrating his flexibility.
“Shakib’s willingness to take every pitch is the most important consideration,” Many people believe that he won’t bat anyplace other than three, but the truth is that he does not have this attitude. Being the captain gives him a fresh perspective on things, and he appears to be more than willing to do anything that would benefit the team. He is delighted to bat wherever.
He’ll likely bat in position four in Australia, with another player filling in at third. Our five, six, and seven seem to be repaired “said Bashar.
According to Bashar, Shakib’s recent performances have been somewhat hampered by the pressure put on him to score more runs at No. 3, which has led to his dismissals. He frequently attacks while batting third since he is bearing the brunt of the runs, and occasionally he is out attempting to chase runs, said one witness.