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No margin for error going into second round: Habibul Bashar

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  • 27 August, 2022 21:34:21

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Sports Desk: Asia Cup has started today. Asia Cup is going to be held in T20 format for the second time after 2016. Meanwhile, Bangladesh's recent performance in the popular and shorter version of cricket tells how fragile they are in T20. Moreover, there is no tested batter in this edition. Tested cutting master Mustafiz is also out of form. Recently, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reshuffled the staff and team to change the performance of the team. BCB has appointed Indian T20 specialist and technical consultant Sridharan Sriram for this purpose. Bangladesh is a three-time finalist in this tournament of excellence in Asia. Tigers, runners-up in the last two seasons. Shakib Al Hasan's team is determined to fight for the title in the final. However, to reach the final, Bangladesh will have to overcome the difficult obstacles of the group stage and the Super Four. The first round will be fought against Afghanistan-Sri Lanka. BCB selector Habibul Bashar Suman feels that it is not easy to face the two teams. Besides Afghanistan, Sri Lanka is in Bangladesh's group. So Suman sees no chance of making any mistakes in the group stage. He said, "Everyone wants to do something special in this tournament. Going to the second round is a tough challenge for us, and so is the group. A top team will be eliminated from here. There is not much room for mistakes here. .” The recent trial in T20 is not at all in favor of Bangladesh. Therefore, Bangladesh's hope of playing the final in the tournament is also weak. Shakib also said the same before leaving the country for Dubai. Sridharan Sriram will be in the Bangladesh team as a technical consultant like the new head coach in the UAE. However, on the question of whether Bangladesh can turn around under this new coach, Habibul Bashar Sumon said, "Change depends on the game and it will be understood on the day of the game. In practice, everything can be considered open. Everyone can play their best. Everyone is very positive in conversation. But we How much I can change, how much I can play will be understood on the day of the match." Bangladesh will face Afghanistan on August 30 in their first match in the Asia Cup. The Tigers will play against Sri Lanka in the last match of the group stage on September 1.

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