Najmul hopes to learn a thing or two from former skippers during the showpiece event

By Real11 - May 29 2024 90 Views

Najmul Hossain believes the experience of Shakib and Mahamdullah will be helpful during the World Series

Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain believes former skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Mahamadullah will continue to share their experiences and assist him in challenging times like they are doing at present as he prepares for the forthcoming T20 World Series scheduled to begin in the USA and West Indies from June 1. 

Najmul, who was named the skipper across all formats on February 12 this year, had previous experience of leading the national side in an International Cricket Board event when he led the team against India and Sri Lanka in India at the ODI World Series due to the absence of regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan. 

Although, that will not be the case this time round as Najmul has been officially appointed at the helm. Bangladesh commence their World Series campaign against Sri Lanka in Dallas on June 7. 

"Having such experienced cricketers on the team is a big plus point, especially for those playing in their first World Series ," Najmul was quoted in BCB Facebook page on Tuesday. 

There's a lot to learn from them. They also have leadership experience, and they will help me during difficult times. Whenever I need something, they come forward. Hopefully, the World Series will not be an exception," he said.

"I think every cricketer dreams of representing their country. Having the opportunity to play on a stage like the World Series is a proud and thrilling moment for any cricketer. I want to enjoy this time and fulfil my responsibilities to the team. That's the goal. I don't want to think that being captain has increased my responsibilities too much. I want to enjoy every day," he added.

Najmul urged his team to follow the process and put their emphasis on doing the little things right, given they ensure to fix up woes at the top of the batting order and in death bowling before the global event. Bangladesh started their preparation in the USA by losing their first ever T20I series against the hosts. After suffering two upsets, they came back strongly to bag a consolation win by 10 wickets. 

"When we go to play in a big tournament, we must go with big dreams. I don't like focusing on outcomes. If we work on our processes, something good will come," Najmul said.

"We want to perform very well as a team and achieve what we haven't achieved before. Thinking about expectations increases pressure, so it's very important to follow the process. If we can focus on the small things, the results will come," he said, adding that he is expecting good support in the USA.

"The way supporters follow and stand by cricket keeps the team ahead. Even in difficult times, I hope they continue to support the team," he added.

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