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'The whole blame goes on my shoulders' – Shakib rues Bangladesh batting failure

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Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, came down hard on his team's batting performance after their 224-run loss to Afghanistan in the one-off Test in Chattogram on Monday, 9 September.

Afghanistan, led by their spinners, dismissed Bangladesh for 205 and 173, with the 52 scored by Mominul Haque in the first innings the highest score by a Bangladesh batsman in the match. Shakib was scathing. "We probably got zero [out of hundred]," Shakib said, when asked to evaluate the performance. "The Afghans earned a letter mark, and we could not put them under any pressure. It is very difficult to accept [this defeat], it is very disappointing."

Shakib was particularly critical of his own dismissal in the second innings, on the first ball after the rain break in the final hour of play on Monday. He edged one to wicket-keeper Afsar Zazai off Zahir Khan, the left-arm wrist-spinner, when on 44, with his team still needing to survive a minimum of 9.2 overs to avoid defeat.

"The whole blame goes on my shoulders," he said. "I was very nervous when I came out to bat, and got out the first ball and it was my fault. I should have taken more responsibility and could have avoided the cut shot. We had to play only one hour and 10 minutes, and I got out the first ball. So it became harder for the team. The dressing room would have felt more comfortable if I had stayed out."

Shakib also pointed out a tactical error in the 61st over, where Soumya Sarkar took a single off the second ball, leaving the No.11 Nayeem Hasan four balls to survive.

"Soumya put his hand on his head after taking that run," Shakib pointed out. "It means he doesn't understand what he needs to do, what is his role. These things have to be learnt with experience. And how many days it will take to learn ... not easy to say."

The World Test Championship and T20 World Cup are up ahead, so we should plan for the next four years.

Shakib Al HAsan

Furthermore, Shakib reiterated that he was not keen on captaining the side, but understood the team needed a senior figure in the role. "I am not even mentally prepared to lead in Tests and T20s," Shakib said. "But the team is not in a good shape, so I understand that I have to lead to get it back on track. Otherwise, I am not really interested in leading in any format. I can focus on myself if I am not captaining, which would help the team.

"I want to see the younger lot to take responsibility. We got captaincy at a very young age, but they have now turned 26-27. Unless you give them responsibility, you won't know what they can do. The World Test Championship and T20 World Cup are up ahead, so we should plan for the next four years."

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