Nazmul is ready to become the captain of Bangladesh
Dhaka, November 12, 2023 (BASS): Nazmul Hasan Shanto led Bangladesh in the last match of the World Cup tomorrow against Australia as the interim captain in the absence of regular captain Shakib Al Hasan who is injured. Shanto claimed to be ready as the captain of Bangladesh in the future.
The 25-year-old Shanto led Bangladesh in the second match of this tournament. Bangladesh ended the World Cup with an 8-wicket defeat against Australia in Pune yesterday.
In the post-match press conference, Shanto said that he is ready to take on the captaincy if he is given the responsibility permanently after the World Cup.
Shakib’s World Cup came to an end when he injured his left index finger while batting against Sri Lanka. In the last match against Australia, the responsibility of the captain again fell on the shoulders of Shanta.
Nazmul said about the captaincy, ‘I have led the team several times so far. Personally I can say I am ready to lead Bangladesh. If I get that opportunity, I am definitely ready to prove myself. Since this is my first World Cup, I have learned a lot from here. The experience of playing in such an environment will definitely help me.’
In the match against Australia, Bangladesh collected the maximum 306 runs for 8 wickets in this tournament. But still, the Tigers were forced to accept their seventh defeat in nine matches. Mitchell Marsh’s unbeaten 177 eased the victory for the five-time champions.
However, if both Shanto (45) and Mahmudullah (32) were not run out by Marnus Labuchen, the picture of the match could have been different. Both the batters were in good rhythm at that time.
Shanto said, ‘Two run outs in batting have set us back. We did not bowl well in the middle overs. All in all I would say we didn’t play as a team in the important moments. But against world class bowling like Australia we scored more than 300 runs. A big partnership would have been built in the middle overs if not for the two run outs. Then I could have made the team score bigger.’
He also said, ‘All in all we did not play good cricket as a team in the World Cup. We need to improve in batting and bowling. More work needs to be done on what is going wrong.’