Thursday 18, August 2022

Nurul tries to improve shortest format

News Desk: New Bangladesh Twenty20 international captain Nurul Hasan said on Sunday he would try to follow a process to help the team improve in the shortest format of the game.

‘We are lagging behind in Test and T20s compared to one-day international. It is important for us we improve. Following a process is more important for it than the result or outcome,’ said Nurul in his first official press conference in Mirpur on Sunday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board on Friday appointed Nurul captain for three-match series against Zimbabwe resting regular captain Mahmudullah.

Senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has also been rested for the series while ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took a leave for personal reasons.

Another senior batsman Tamim Iqbal also announced his retirement from T20Is this week, meaning the Tigers will play a series for the first time in many years without the presence of the so-called Fabulous Four.

Nurul has been tasked to lead the team in the new era, with the ICC T20 World Cup just a few months away. He inherited a team that won just one of their last 13 matches and is currently ranked ninth in the world.

‘The team culture improved a lot in the last two years. The seniors have taken our cricket to a level. The contribution of the seniors cannot be explained in one or two words. Our job will be to maintain that position,’ he said.

Nurul said he would try to encourage the team to play fearless cricket without worrying about the result.

‘For me fearless cricket is important. We will see if we can do this,’ said the 28-year old wicketkeeper-batsman.

‘If we always worry about results process will get disrupted. If we remain a fearless chance of things turning positive will be high. When you have fear of failure it will affect you negatively. Apart from being fearless, we will try to play as team.’

Known for his aggressive batting approach down the order, Nurul doesn’t often get the opportunity to play a long innings.

Having admitted that there aren’t enough power hitters in the squad, Nurul feels a short innings from him, in this format specially, can make a difference.

‘Impact is more important than number of runs scored, in the position I bat in. If I can score an impactful 15-20 runs, that can be good enough if it leads to team’s victory,’ he said.

‘We cannot afford to worry about options or reserves. We didn’t have too many options. Most of the players that are in the squad have been playing for at least two years.’

Nurul will lead Bangladesh in three T20Is against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club ground on July 30, July 31 and August 2.

Bangladesh will also play a tri-nation tournament in New Zealand involving the hosts and Pakistan in October before the T20 World Cup in Australia.


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