Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan had no qualms in accepting that his team needs to improve in every department in order to excel in red-ball cricket.
West Indies crushed Bangladesh in the two-test match series 2-0, securing the first win by seven wickets and the second victory by 10 wickets. Talking about Bangladesh’s outing in the two matches, Shakib was quoted as saying: “We have to improve in every department to do well in Tests.”
“Considering this Test, we tended to lose wickets just before a drinks break, a lunch break or before the rain. If we didn’t lose these wickets, things would have been quite different. This is a part of game awareness. We weren’t as tough as we could have been, in terms of showing character in this Test match.
“If all of us, and a couple of the players from outside, can plan together, we might do well. Otherwise, we cannot expect a lot of changes if we continue to play the same way. We have to bring changes in many aspects, including our thinking.”
Shakib pointed out Bangladesh doesn’t have a “new set of players” who could immediately come in and take responsibility.
“It is good that a big gap is coming up (before we play the next Test). Those who are interested in playing Tests can improve themselves during this time. We really don’t have a new set of players who will do well immediately after coming to this level,” the Bangladesh captain said.
Bangladesh will next switch to white-ball cricket as they are scheduled to play three T20Is and three ODIs against West Indies in July.