Najmul hopes to emulate Shakib in captaincy bow

Shakib Al Hasan’s replacement as Bangladesh’s ODI skipper, Najmul Hossain, said on Monday that he is attempting to emulate Shakib Al Hasan’s leadership style as he prepares to lead the side against New Zealand on Tuesday (September 26) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

The BCB chose Najmul as their 16th ODI captain after another temporary captain, Litton Kumar Das, took charge after regular skipper Shakib took a break for the balance of the series to improve on his batting. Najmul was keen to take on the task despite the prospect that the hosts could drop their first series against New Zealand at home since 2010.

It’s not a difficulty; it’s something to treasure, Najmul remarked of the assignment.I am very grateful for the chance and the current state of our team as the World Cup approaches. To be completely honest, if we win the third One-Day International on Monday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, our team will be in excellent form, and if I can win the third ODI, it will help me personally.

The most recent ODI series loss to New Zealand must be put behind us as we must now concentrate on tomorrow’s game, which we must win. As a player, I see this as a time to be proud of myself and my loved ones. I’m thrilled that the board gave me this chance. I’m hoping I’ll like it tomorrow,” he said.

“My favourite cricketer has always been Shakib bhai. Because we have seen MS Dhoni in action as a captain, everyone adores him. I admire Shakib Bhai’s leadership of the team and the players. He allowed me to play alongside him in the BPL, and I gained a lot of knowledge from him. I’ll make an effort to include both my personal experience and the wisdom I’ve gained from my older brothers.

Najmul noted how much he has valued the transition from player to captain even if he emphasised that he still has a long way to go. He continued by saying that even though there was still a long way to go, the experience was going extremely well and that he truly appreciated both the happy and the difficult stages.

If I ever get the chance to lead the team in the future, I’ll do everything I can to make it happen. Sincerely, every cricket player hopes to lead their country. This time, I had the chance to serve as the national team’s captain, and if that chance arises again, I’ll make every effort to seize it.

The result of the match against New Zealand, according to Nazmul, won’t have any impact on their World Cup preparation.

“Winning any game is important, and if we can win tomorrow, there will be a good feeling around, but if we lose, I don’t think it will have a huge impact on us in the World Cup,” he said, adding that he thinks SBNS wickets, which are typically low scorers, can also be beneficial for them in the international competition.

The World Cup pitch will undoubtedly be decent, but we have no way of knowing whether it will be fantastic or atrocious. I believe that getting ready has taken a lot of our time. But because certain Indian pitches result in few runs being scored, we must be ready for both kinds of pitches. If we are able to play the game as the wicket requires, we will consider our preparation to have been successful.


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