Bangladesh fast bowling coach Allan Donald interacted with the reporters on Wednesday and he hinted that Bangladesh might make few changes to the T20 World Cup squad. Bangladesh lost all the four matches in tri-series tournament against Pakistan and New Zealand. The cut-off date for changing the World Cup squad is October 14.
If reports are to be believed, left-handed batter Soumya Sarkar and left-arm fast bowler Shoriful Islam are likely to be included in the T20 World Cup squad. Earlier, both the players, Shoriful and Soumya, were included among the reserve players for the mega event.
Soumya is most likely to come in place of Sabbir Rahman, who failed badly to grab his chances since he made his comeback in the Asia Cup 2022. Bangladesh team management dropped Sabbir giving him four opportunities at the top where he could only score only 31 runs with the scores of 5, 0, 12 and 14. Team management believes Saumya Sarkar had got the right technique to survive in Australian conditions rather than Sabbir. Sarkar made 23 runs in his comeback game against New Zealand on Wednesday and looked in fine touch.
If Shoriful joins the squad, then one of Mohammad Saifuddin or Ebadot Hossain have to pave the way for the him. Shoriful Islam, who failed to make the cut in the World Cup squad and was included in travelling reserves, also impressed the team management with his bowling in the two-match series against UAE and has been also doing well in the ongoing tri-series.
“I think there might be a chance that (15-member World Cup squad) could be changed and that is probably why they brought two extra guys with and we have that time, don’t we? We have few more days to sort that out before we depart for Australia,” Donald told reporters at Christchurch on Wednesday.
Donald said team is looking at few other combinations at the top and looking to find the best openers for them till the World Cup starts,” Sriram is looking at a lot of combinations where he feels he needs to be accurate and especially tomorrow to have one more last look and see what he needs to do and find the right people to go and do their job so it’s never an easy thing. It’s a contrast trust me as a coach sitting up there you are never sure what is the right combination.”
“I am pretty sure that by now he would have in his mind who would be the right guys. A lot of people saying for how much longer can you (continue) trial and error or get it right or get it wrong. You have to go through that process to make sure you are settled. So as a head coach, I am pretty sure he would be very close to where he wants to be,” he said.
“I know deep down it’s not an easy job and you want to be dead right and be confident about who you select and that’s what makes picking the World Cup team rather tricky. That’s not just for us, it goes for every team around the world,” he said.
Donald also mentioned about his bowlers to be more proactive. “We went for 65 off the last few overs. It’s still something that really is punching us in the gut a little bit more. So we can be a lot more proactive in breaking that down a little bit and not get ahead of ourselves, something I thought Trent Boult did exceptionally well when Shakib was batting. He managed to land some fantastic yorkers,” he told.
“Just got to be clinical in all areas. We have been speaking a long time now, talking about Twenty20 cricket and all the facets we want to have with a little bit more control and I would like to be bit more clinical and accurate especially in the pressure situation especially bowling at the death. I thought Ebadat and Shoriful were good today but I would love a bit more to be precise in pressure situations tomorrow against Pakistan.” he concluded.
Bangladesh will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against a qualifier on Monday, October 24 at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.