Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim in buoyant mood ahead of one day series with West Indies
Last Updated: 28/11/12 12:34pm
Mushfiqur Rahim: Switching tactics towards the shorter format
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is still in buoyant mood despite the absence of their star all-rounder for the one day series with West Indies.
The 25-year-old Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the five matches after injuring a shin during the weekend's second Test defeat by the Windies.
And after losing that two-Test series 2-0, Bangladesh now have to pick themselves up for the shorter format with the opening tie starting on Friday in Khulna.
With the team missing Shakib for the first time in a one-dayer since the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan, Rahim admitted: "Playing without Shakib will be a big challenge.
"But we always plan to play consistent cricket. We are playing ODI cricket after a long time. They have a strong one-day side but we will use the Asia Cup memories to inspire us."
Uncapped middle-order batsman Mominul Haque will step in for Shakib for the first two internationals.
"There is no suitable all-rounder at the moment, so we were in a dilemma whether to pick a bowler or a batsman," said chief selector Akram Khan.
"We went for Mominul because team management preferred a batsman. We have some part-time bowlers, hopefully they will complete Shakib's job as a bowler."
Windies also have their injury problems, with paceman Tino Best out with a hamstring problem. Uncapped fast bowler Jason Holder has stepped in, but they have been boosted by the return of fast bowler Kemar Roach, who missed the Test series due to a knee complaint.
West Indian captain Darren Sammy said: "The nucleus of the team is quite settled. The guys have been performing consistently in the last 6-12 months, which is a good sign."
Although spirits remain high in the camp following their World Twenty20 glory in Sri Lanka last month, Sammy was still wary of their dangerous opponents.
"The Bangladesh team is an exciting one-day team, so is the West Indies. And the fans are passionate about cricket. I am looking forward to the series," he added.