EM – T20 World Cup 2021: Bangladesh can now play more freely, says Shakib Al Hasan


With their 84-run win over PNG, Bangladesh moved to the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 Group 1, which includes players like Australia, England, South Africa and the defending champions West Indies.

The all-rounder from Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, has expressed that he can now play “more freely” after the Bangla Tigers entered the Super 12 after their big win in 84 rounds against Papua New Guinea on Thursday The T20 World Cup staged.

Bangladesh played in a must-win game, scoring a mammoth 181/7 in 20 overs before knocking out the Minnows PNG for just 97 in 19.3 overs. The other team that went from Group B to the Super 12 stage was Scotland, who beat Oman with eight wickets.

“We have to play very well during this tournament to give ourselves a chance, and now the pressure is gone, we can express ourselves and play with more freedom, “said Shakib, who was awarded for his 37-ball 46 and the Man of the Match award 4/9 in his four overs.

Bangladesh started entered the campaign on Matchday 1 with a shocking loss to Scotland before they were back on track with a win against Oman. For Shakib, every game gives them more confidence.

“I think with every game we play, the confidence grows. Of course it was a setback to lose our first game, but in T20 format the one who plays well that day wins, ”he added.

Not only Bangladesh, Shakib grew in confidence too. He was only 20 missing against Scotland but got back in shape with two consecutive 40-plus results.

“It’s not easy to get back in shape when you don’t get any runs, but luckily I have here more ways to improve the order scoring for the team, “he added.

The 34-year-old also made his name in history when Hiri Hiri’s wicket from PNG saw him with former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi on 39 men’s ICC T20 World Cup wickets at eye level – most of all time.

Shakib is also one of the three players who, alongside Jacques Kallis and Afridi, have scored 10,000 international runs and won 500 wickets.

He’s also the only player to score 1,000 runs and win 100 wickets in T20 internationals and is the all-time leading wicket taker to beat Lasith Malinga in the shortest format of the game.

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