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Shanto requests fans to slow down barometer of expectation

Tamims return in any format is pleasing

Published : Wednesday, 17 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 230

Since qualifying to the quarter-finals of the ODI World Cup 2015, the Bangladesh cricket team has harboured dreams of significant success in every subsequent World Cup, yet has been plagued by a string of failures.

Another World Cup is slated to be held in the United States and West Indies next June-July, which is T20 World Cup. The Tigers will compete in this World Cup under the leadership of Nazmul Hossain Shanto. However, this new captain is hesitant to inflate expectations. Simultaneously, he urged the countrymen to temper their expectations.

"Every year, we talked extensively before the World Cup," stated the Bangladesh captain during a media interaction at the ceremony marking his appointment as the Chief Brand Officer of a ceramics company in the capital on Tuesday.

"You all know what the Bangladesh team aspires for and we players are aware of the heights we aim to reach. Everyone aims for significant achievements. But when theres excessive hype surrounding it, personally, Im not fond of it," he expressed.

"I can assure you that we will strive to win every match. When we step onto the field, we do so with optimism and endeavour to give our best," he added.

Shanto implored the fans not to overly dwell on this World Cup.

Meanwhile, the return of former captain and dashing opener Tamim Iqbal to the national team is still uncertain and a decision is expected after the BPL and Eid. However, Tamim was recently seen conversing with current captain Shanto and cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus during a DPL match. In light of the upcoming T20 World Cup, discussions regarding Tamims return therefore, have surfaced. Although Shanto claims that no official discussion took place between them.

"(We) had a pleasant sit-down and discussion," he said. "We discussed cricket. What is his condition? We talked about how we or I, as a captain perceive things."

"I would welcome his return if hes fit, despite having retired from T20 cricket. I believe, not only me, but every person in the country, every cricketer would be pleased," Shanto added.

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim have already retired from the shortest format of cricket. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team is struggling with finding the right opening pair in this format. Many evidences are available that various countries took effort to recall important experienced players from retirement. However, in the case of Tamim and Mushfiq, Shanto calmly dismisses the possibility.

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