Rhodes eager to test depth
The silver lining in the dark cloud of Bangladesh missing out on the services of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal for the Zimbabwe series starting on Sunday is that it will provide a glimpse into Bangladesh’s future, The Daily Star.
While their absence through injury midway through last month’s Asia Cup had blindsided the Tigers, this time the team management have had the opportunity to plan for how to succeed in their absence. The team gave a good account of themselves in the UAE by reaching the Asia Cup final with the likes of Liton Das and Mohammad Mithun stepping up, so it is not all doom and gloom ahead of an assignment at home that is likely to be easier than the Asia Cup. Yesterday during training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, head coach Steve Rhodes was looking at the positive side and seemed excited by the chance to see the strength of the Tigers’ bench.”We know we are two good players light [but] it will be an opportunity for two others,” Rhodes told reporters.
“Zimbabwe have just come from South Africa and they were beaten. No team likes that and I expect a wounded animal. Our approach will be about making sure that we perform our duties well on the cricket field. If we do that well, we don’t have to worry about our opposition.
“There are opportunities for some people. If those guys grasp their chance, that means [there is] depth in our squad and there will be competition for places. And if there is competition, people are always trying to play at their best, which is a very healthy thing. You look back at some of the great teams around the world and if they’ve got a second team that plays just as well, that means their first team is conquering the world. This is an opportunity to see if we can get that depth.”