Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal said on Saturday that the visiting team is set to wrap up their tour of the West Indies with the upcoming three-match ODI series starting in Guyana from July 10.
In the ongoing tour of all formats, Bangladesh lost the Test 2–0 and lost the three-match T20I series by the same margin. Now with their final series tour, which is a 50-over game, it is an uphill task for Bangladesh to win the series as the hosts are over confident.
“We all know that losing is not fun and we definitely want to end this series on a high and everyone is looking forward to it. Look, it is always difficult when you are not winning matches during the series but we have to remember that this is a format that we are very proud of and we are a very good team and there is no doubt about it. “
“But no matter how well we play, we have to tick all the boxes and that is the most important thing. So far we haven’t played good cricket in Tests and T20 Internationals but I hope we start well on the 10th and let’s see because it’s a format we feel comfortable with. Having said that the other team is also playing really well and we have to make sure that we bring our A-game,” Iqbal was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz for the ODI series.
When asked what would be his words of encouragement for the ODI team, Iqbal revealed, “We certainly tried our best (in Tests and T20Is), but it is also true that we are not playing our best cricket. Can play My message would be that we have to do our best in ODIs and whatever I say we have to field our A-game and that is the most important thing.
“I don’t think I need to personally go and inspire everyone because they are all playing for the country and nothing can inspire me more than saying that if I personally (inspire someone). If you want to talk about it, I will definitely do it. ,
With Shakib Al Hasan missing for this series, Iqbal admitted that Bangladesh have a problem getting a proper all-rounder in the XI in his absence. Shakib has skipped the ODIs against West Indies as no ICC Super League points are available for this series.
“Look, players will get hurt and players will get breaks and you have to pick the best possible XI from the team available and play with that. We will try and come up with the best possible options to make a good team.
“Generally Bangladesh doesn’t have a lot of proper all-rounders and that’s why I have to answer this question over and over again (will I miss Shakib) and you have to ask the same question. If we had two three all-rounders who were 50-50 or 60-40 (compared to Shakib) these questions would not have arisen so much,” concluded Iqbal.