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Shakib Al Hasan: Three is the magic number to enhance my batting

Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh‘s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan voiced his preference to secure the number three batting spot ahead of the Cricket World Cup in England this summer today.

Al Hasan, 32, has scored 492 runs at an average of 41 in 13 ODIs when coming in at number three and cited the opportunities available to him batting higher up.

He said: “There was a time when I had to come on to the crease before the first ten overs even if I batted at No.5.

“But now things have changed, I don’t get a chance to bat before 35-40 overs if I bat at the No.5 position.

“For me, I think, the earlier the better. So, personally speaking, I want to play at No.3.

“I have also expressed my desire to the coach and the captain.

“But I don’t have any problem to play anywhere for the team.”

Their next match is against the West Indies in the Tri-Series on 13 May.

Bangladesh will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 2 June at the Oval.

JOTI KAUR

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