Shakib available to bowl in Dhaka Test – Allan Donald

by  Atif Azam  •  Last updated on Wed, Dec 21, 2022, 11:22 PM

Allan Donald, Bangladesh’s pace bowling coach, has said on Wednesday (December 21) that the hosts are expecting Shakib al Hasan to bowl in the second Test against India.

It’s a much needed boost for Bangladesh as Shakib managed only 12 overs in the first innings of the first Test, due to the rib injury that he sustained during the second ODI in the Dhaka. Bangladesh called left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed as back-up of Shakib and after the opening Test head coach Russell Domingo had hinted that Shakib might play purely as a batsman in the second match. Shakib’s inability to bowl could have forced the hosts to make a handful of tweaks to their playing XI in order to accommodate three spinners.

Donald, however, cleared the air on the eve of the game. “Shakib is okay, he will bowl. He was bruised and battered in the one-day game here, but he has gone through that. He is available for selection, and available to bowl,” Donald told reporters. Bangladesh will now have two pacers in their line-up for the Dhaka match.

“Any selectors here? (laughs) If I am talking out of the room a little bit, it will be the same three spinners and welcoming back Taskin and Khaled as well. Sorry to the selectors but I am talking out of the room a little bit. That’s what I can see happening. Good news is that Shakib is good to go. Looking at the pitch, I think he will very much come into play,” he said.

“Taskin is good to go. He wanted to play the last Test but he was very much short of a gallop in terms of rhythm. The build-up in the last Test was crucial for him. He is looking forward to the contest,” he said explaining Taskin’s exclusion for the Test series opener.

Donald also noted that Bangladesh needed to follow the batting template from the second innings in Chittagong. Bangladesh were folded for 150 runs in the first innings and paid a heavy price for it.

“We want to win. It doesn’t matter where you play India, you put that in your highest order of achievements. We know 150 didn’t cut it for us. We have spoken about the values of our partnership. We need to be much more resilient, which we showed in the second innings. We are desparate to win. A lot of people including me wants to go home for a delayed Christmas with a win under our belt.

“You got one chance to cash in. You win the toss, hopefully bat first, and make 350 or 380. I am guessing what the value of that first innings score might be. Pitch looks fairly dry so you have to cash in first innings. It is your only chance to set the Test match up in the first innings,” he said.

“The second innings batting is a blueprint for us. The young man has surprised many. It is the first time I have seen Zakir. I love his attitude, boldness and attacking mindset. He has come to play. He showed that he can take on the very best bowlers. He has been a terrific breath of fresh air. He backs himself,” he added

Donald also felt that their fielding needs to be sharper considering all the dropped catches.

“If we bowl, we have also shown that in the first innings when we had India 48 for three. We dropped couple of tough chances but we cannot drop at this level. Then you get put to the sword,” he said.

“When those chances come, you have to take it. The dropped catch by Ebadot (sorry Ebadot!) is kind of mistakes that we can’t make. It takes such a long time to build pressure and be patient, resilient and creative, game seems to be going nowhere. You just have to stick at it, and take that half-chance. That’s the brutality of Test cricket. We have to be much more clinical in that area,” he concluded.

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