Shakib’s presence brings peace to the group, says Pothas

Bangladesh interim head coach Nick Pothas said that when Shakib Al Hasan comes to the group, there is calmness, he also said that current captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto will greatly benefit from the presence of the former captain who can provide his inputs.

Shakib’s presence.

Shakib, who will make a comeback in the second Test after missing the opening match against Sri Lanka in Sylhet which Bangladesh lost by 322 runs, kept himself busy during the practice session, which started an hour later than scheduled due to drizzle. Happened. He spent time inspecting the pitch with Nazmul and was later seen chatting with out-of-form Liton Das as well as Pothas, who is taking charge in the absence of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha.

All eyes have been on Shakib ever since he joined the Test team after a gap of one year. He did not bat or bowl in the nets, instead focusing on fielding drills and completing drills, with a big emphasis on the fitness aspect.

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“I think any team with Shakib is very fortunate. We welcome him back. It’s always good to have him in the change room. His energy is very infectious. He has a lot of experience for the players to learn from and “Whenever Shakib comes back, he is a giver,” Pothas told reporters ahead of the second Test in Chattogram. So we really enjoy having him in the group.”

“It seems he (Shakib) has lost weight. So he is training. He has had a good BPL. He has had a good start in the Dhaka Premier League. He is happy and this is the only place where we can see Shakib.” Want. We want to see him happy.” “So, he is looking very good,” Pothas said, adding that he is not worried about the fact that Shakib has not played red-ball cricket for some time.

“He is professional. He knows what he has done and what he hasn’t done. He will adapt to situations. That’s why he is world class,” he said. “When Shakib comes into the group, it brings calmness. You know, it also gives Shanto an extra person he can take advice from. A very experienced guy on the field, he brings calmness.”

Despite Bangladesh’s defeat in the first game, Pothas supported the team and said that everyone should give time to the young group to settle down and asked them to be patient. “We have a very young and inexperienced group. Before this there was a very elite group. Now we have to build. The only thing we request is that people be patient.

“These are very good young players, but they are young and they are playing against an experienced team and it will take time to learn the lessons. When we put our kids in a new environment we will not expect anything different from them. Don’t do it.” “We don’t expect our children to suddenly become experts,” he said. That’s why they go to school. So they’re a fantastic group and let’s evaluate them in two years’ time rather than now.”


Pothas also came to Liton’s defense and said that he is in good shape and will do well as soon as possible. “We have talked. Liton is in a good position. Generally the problem we face is that the pressure on Liton comes from outside. I think if we let Liton be Liton, I think That he will show you the best of him.

“If we keep patting them on the back in the media and on social media, we forget that just because these people are very capable cricketers and they appear on television, fundamentally they are still human beings. If we Treat him like a human being and let him do what’s best for him, I promise you he will show you results,” Pothas said.

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