Bangladesh’s newly appointed T20I skipper, Nurul Hasan Sohan, is set to craft a fearless approach for the three T20Is in Zimbabwe, starting July 30.
The 28-year-old sees the upcoming assignment as an opportunity to take Bangladesh T20 credentials to the next level by relaying contributions from senior stars, coming from Zimbabwe’s T20I.
“The contributions of senior players to Bangladesh cricket cannot be said in one or two words,” Sohan said during his first press conference as captain yesterday.
“They brought Bangladesh cricket to a certain stage and now it’s an opportunity for us juniors playing in Zimbabwe to take things to the next level,” he added, indicating the passage of witness.
“I think that he [Nurul Hasan Sohan]is capable and the BCB believed that Sohan could give a lot to Bangladesh cricket in the future which is why he was made captain of the T20I team. I wish him all the best and hope that Zimbabwe’s next series will be a challenge he can overcome.”
Shakib Al Hasan
Considering the timing of the captaincy change with only a few months before the T20 World Cup, scheduled for October in Australia, it is evident that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are looking to improve in the game’s shortest format and to find a new way of dealing with young people.
Mahmudullah Riyadh and Mushfiqur Rahim rested for the T20 series while Shakib Al Hasan rested for the entire tour. It would be an opportunity to find new patterns and leadership in the short time left before the World Cup. However, Sohan is sitting in the hot seat, previously occupied by Riyadh, only for the T20I series in Zimbabwe and rumors have it that the BCB are planning to bring in Shakib to take command of the T20I team after the Zimbabwe tour.
For Sohan, the series presents an opportunity to hone his credentials for a future vice-captain role and assert a more positive, T20-friendly approach without interference from seniors.
The wicket-striker, who praised the dressing room atmosphere after Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi won the Dhaka Premier League this season, was looking to build a culture where they can value each other’s success . Having led Sheikh Jamal in national matches in the past, Sohan felt ready to do just that.
“When I was captain in National cricket, I always tried to make sure we played as a team. The most important thing as a team is that we enjoy each other’s success. That’s the culture I want to maintain.
“Rather than results, process will be more important,” Sohan said.
While he’ll only be captain for the upcoming series, Sohan’s idea was to make impactful contributions through a fearless approach.
“The most important thing here is to play fearless cricket without worrying about the outcome because it can hinder the process. I think a fearless approach can have a more positive impact. We can’t afford to worry. options or reserves. Most of the players who are in the team have been playing for at least two years,” he said of managing a younger unit.
Sohan’s appointment was welcomed by Shakib, who spoke to the media during a trade endorsement at Chattogram on Saturday.
“I think he is capable and BCB thinks Sohan can give a lot to Bangladesh cricket in the future which is why he has been made captain of the T20I team. I wish him all the best and I hope the next Zimbabwean series will be a challenge he can overcome,” Shakib said.
Trying to find a new path with the youngsters is a risk that may not pay off for the BCB, but the way Sohan applied himself with some hard knocks during the recent West Indies tour also offers a chance to turn the page.