Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal claimed that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has no problem in being demoted to middle order position from No.3 where he enjoyed overwhelming success, reports BSS.
Tamim said he spoke to Shakib personally and appraised him of the team plan as they want the junior players to be groomed up by playing at No.3 position.
“When we started the camp, the message was very clear to him (Shakib),” Tamim told the media today. “I have spoken to him personally as well. And he has no problem with that, he understands.”
Like coach Russell Domingo, Tamim believes that Shakib will get breathing space in batting at No.4 as he is returning to International cricket after a long time.
“It will give him some breathing space. He is coming after a long time. We all know how well he has done in the number three position. His record will speak for him. We are aware of it.”
Tamim said that if Shakib wants to bat at No.3 again, he has a chance to come back. The message of the new captain is clear, “He is happy to bat at number 4. I also told him to talk to me if he ever wants to go back to number three. And he’s totally okay with that.”
Shakib has batted more at number four or five at the beginning of his ODI career. He batted at No.3 position only twice in the first 180 innings. In 2018, he was used as No.3 batsman in the tri-nation series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at home. He scored three half-centuries in 10 innings.