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If Necessary, Shakib-Mithun will Come Down in The Opening



Tamim Iqbal has a knee injury and Liton Das has a wrist injury. As a result, the Bangladesh cricket team is in a crisis of opener in the series against Australia. Because there are only two expert openers in the squad of 16 teams. So now fancy thinking team management.

Naeem Sheikh and Soumya Sarkar have started the innings in all three matches of the T20 series against Zimbabwe. Initially, the pair was quite successful. In the first match, the two made a pair of the first century for Bangladesh in the first wicket.

Now it can be said for sure that Naeem-Soumya will be the two openers of the Bangladesh team in the upcoming series against Australia. But if one of the two is injured or in an emergency, what is the alternative? With whom will Bangladesh start the innings?

Due to the strict Covid-19 protocol, there is no chance for a new player from outside. So we have to find a solution within the 16 members of the squad. And while looking for it, the Bangladesh team has a fancy idea. Which may be no one has thought of before.

National team head coach Russell Domingo said Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Mithun could also be openers in case of emergency. Domingo thinks it will not be a problem to be an opener as both of them have experience of playing upwards.

"We've been thinking a lot about it," the Tigers head coach told a virtual press conference on Sunday afternoon about the player crisis in the opening squad. Now that Shakib (Al Hasan) is in the squad, he can come up in the opening. '

He added, ‘Mohammad Mithun is back in the team. Although he is a middle-order batsman, in this version he can open if needed if any opener gets injured. Hopefully, nothing will happen to the openers. But if something happens, we have a choice. "

Although the head coach's idea sounds a bit unbelievable, the Bangladesh team can take the opportunity to apply it in a real sense. Because Shakib has been playing at number three for a long time. As a result, it will be easier for him to adapt to the new ball than others.

On the other hand, Mithun has experience of opening in domestic cricket as well as international cricket. He has started one ODI and three T20I innings for Bangladesh. He even made 23 runs in the opening match against Australia in the 2016 T20 World Cup.

However, outside Shakib-Mithun, the Bangladesh team can look at one more if they want. He is spinning all-rounder Sheikh Mehdi Hasan. The Marquette batsman often opens and bats at number three in domestic T20s, including the Bangladesh Premier League. If necessary, the Bangladesh team may use him too.

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