After winning the ODI series 3-0 against West Indies in the absence of senior players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal admitted that his team is not yet fully prepared for the 2023 Men’s. Cricket World cup in India subsequent years. Also, Tamim said that he is starting to have some ideas about how Bangladesh is shaping up for the ODI World Cup.
“Naturally our target is 2023 World Cup and there is no doubt about that and we are in that process (of teaming up for the tournament) but to be honest I don’t want to look too far because you never know what will happen and There will be things like who is injured and who is in the team and who is not.”
“But I can say that I am getting a little idea about what kind of combination I will play if one or two key players go missing due to injuries. I wouldn’t say that my team is completely prepared and all that but we are definitely getting some ideas.
Tamim, who has now won five ODI series as captain, revealed that he decided to make bulk changes for the third match despite taking an unassailable lead in the series at the request of the team management.
“When I spoke to the management (about the test of bench strength) they realized that we should go with all our might and we did. We had to make a change because we knew we would be playing on the same wicket again and so we decided to play Taijul in place of a fast bowler. But I wanted (to see the bench strength) as I said earlier but I am convinced by what the management said because I felt that when the team is doing well we should eliminate that too.
Bangladesh will next tour Zimbabwe in July and August in which three ODIs and the same number of T20 matches will be played. Tamim assured me that he would be able to test and see what Bangladesh’s bench strength is in conditions where the series is already sealed.
“I think going forward we should look at bench strength or else how can I understand that Taijul or Mossadeq have those qualities. We have to look at the bench strength and we can’t replace five players at the same time, but if we can do that with one or two players, that’s better and that’s how we should go.”
“The best teams do this in ODIs and when they win a series they change their team. Maybe we have to be a little daring to do it because we have never done it before and we must understand that there is confusion but I am sure in future you will see that people will get a lot more chances.