Thursday, 04 Mar, 2021


Prescription For Testing Bench Strength 

Saleque Sufi |
Update: 2021-01-23 11:59:03
Prescription For Testing Bench Strength 

Bangladesh has already wrapped up the ODI series and is looking great for a clean sweep. The difference between Bangladesh and under strength West Indies is so wide that changing some players and testing the bench strength in my opinion would not make much difference at all. The third ODI at Chattogram would be the last chance for doing that. We hope team think tank is considering all options and would take the right decision.

Tamim had a great look at opposition bowling; Liton is gelling well with Tamim. Off course the wicket of SBNCS did not allow him riding on his usual flamboyance. The opening partnership must not be disturbed. I will suggest playing Soumya at his usual position of three. He has not got any opportunity so far of batting. Soumya should blast this West Indies attack playing his normal game at top order. 

Shakib at four, Mushfique, Mahmudullah at five and six should stay, should be there. The combination of Shakib and Sheikh Mahedy spin can be tested. I would suggest three changes. Saifuddin, Taskin, Sheikh Mehedi and Shoriful can be given a game. Mustafiz and Rubel bowled well. They are proven and can be rested bringing Taskin and Shoriful retaining Mahmud Hasan to further mature. Sheikh Mehedy Saifuddin late middle order batting can also be tested. 

My suggested squad would be the following for the Chottogram match ,the last ODI of the series.  

Tamim, Liton, Soumya, Shakib, Mushfique, Mahmudullah, Saifuddin, Sheikh Mehedy, Mahmud Hasan, Shorful and Taskin. 

My suggested team replaces Nazmul Shanto, Mehedy Miraj, Rubel and Mustafiz because of their performance. All did reasonably well. But Bangladesh needs experimenting combinations. The players replacing the four are Saifuddin, Sheikh Mahedy, Shoriful and Taskin. Bangladesh needs testing all bowling combinations. Bangladesh would go on tour to New Zealand next. Shakib would not be available for that tour. Hence Bangladesh needs to fully exploit the last opportunity for testing.

The batting unit of my suggested team would in no way affect the balance. Tamim, Liton, Soumya, Shakib, Mushfique, Mahmudullah would remain as backbone. Saifuddin and Sheikh Mahedy are competent batsmen at late order. Taskin needs a match. There would not be a better opportunity for blooding talented Shoriful. 

We know another 10 points from another win in the last ODI is essential. In the given situation and whatever we have seen so far, my suggested team has no reason not winning the match and earning clean sweep. 

BDST: 1158 HRS, JAN 23, 2021

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