Bangladesh must look to fill Shakib gap

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November 30, Khulna
Start time 0900 (0300 GMT)

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After two Tests against West Indies that taught Bangladesh many lessons, the hosts can look forward to a format they are more comfortable at. Their previous ODI assignment was the Asia Cup in March, when they finished runners-up ahead of India and Sri Lanka by losing a close-run final to Pakistan. Bangladesh’s memories of that tournament will still be fresh and some of their batsmen are in good touch leading into the five-match series.

That’s where the positives end for Mushfiqur Rahim’s team. Their bowling attack will be severely tested by the absence of their best bowler – Shakib Al Hasan – due to injury and by the new fielding restrictions, which allows only four men outside the 30-yard circle during non-Powerplay overs. Their spinners will have to cope quickly with the reduced protection in the boundary. Read more
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