‘There shouldn’t be too much expectation’, says Shakib Al Hasan

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“Too much expectation does put undue pressure on us”

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has announced that “there shouldn’t be too much expectation” from the home fans over the national team’s chances of progressing into the latter stages of the upcoming World Twenty20 tournament.

Al Hasan noted that his team-mates also have to be realistic about how far they can progress in the tournament.

“As the tournament is at home, we will have the support but there shouldn’t be too much expectation,” Al Hasan said. “I have heard people say, ‘Let the cup stay at home.’ But I think we have to tone that down a bit.

“Please support us, the team will do better. But everyone has to take the result sportingly. Too much expectation does put undue pressure on us.”

Al Hasan also called on his team-mates to remain calm and not succumb to the pressure of playing a major International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament at home.

“What we have to do in T20s is to keep a calm head and give our best,” he said. “We become too excited in T20s. I think everyone is responsible enough to understand these things and do the right thing for the team.”

Al Hasan added that he wouldn’t be underestimating any of Bangladesh’s opponents since they have all proved themselves by qualifying for the tournament.

“Nepal is a big team to us,” he said. “We are a big team to Pakistan, India and Australia. An over or a ball can change a T20 game. On paper there can be a favorite but on the day, I don’t think there is any favorite.

“We should fear everyone because we don’t know much about Nepal and Hong Kong. Say we score 160 but someone from the other side scores a hundred. Scotland have done that to us in the past. We have to be careful in all the games. It is hard to recover from a mistake in a T20.”

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