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Shakib will be sorely missed: Mahmud

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BSS, Dhaka :
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be sorely missed in Bangladesh's three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, considering his personality and impact and at the same time his performance in both batting and bowling.
Since he established him as the genuine all-rounder, Shakib's presence means, Bangladesh always get an advantage of an extra player.
But the talismanic all-rounder, who showed a tremendous performance in the World Cup, scoring 606 runs and taking 11 wickets opted out the series as he sought some time off from the cricket.
He is due to perform this year's Hajj asked BCB to allow him the leave.
"Shakib is Shakib. He is the number one all-rounder in the World. So, when he is not playing it affects our team balance. So it's natural he will always be missed if he doesn't play," said team's interim coach Khaled Mahmud Sujon as Bangladesh began its practice session for the series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium  on Wednesday.
But Shakib's absence also gives the team management a chance to experiment with other players, said Mahmud.
"Those who get chance, is an opportunity for them to show their mettle," he said.
"It's a big opportunity to prove them."
Anamul Haque Bijoy and Taijul Islam were the two players who were recalled for the series, though no one is actually the replacement of Shakib.
While Anamul is a pure batsman, Taijul is a left-arm spinner like Shakib but he didn't get that much chance to play ODI cricket.
Khaled Mahmud Sujon said it's an opportunity for Taijul also to strip the tag off Test specialist.
"If I talk about Taijul, he doesn't get that much chance to play the ODI format. He is in great form in India, playing for Bangladesh A team and so far I know he took 14 wickets. It's a big opportunity for him to prove his ODI credential," he remarked.
"Shakib may not be in the team for different reasons. So the player who replaces him should grab this opportunity."

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