Bangladesh skipper Bashar hopes for upturn

Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Bangladesh captain and swashbuckling batsman Habibul Bashar, who was forced to skip the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy tournament, as he had to undergo a surgery on his injured right thumb in Melbourne, was upbeat about resuming training soon.

"The surgery has come off pretty well. Of course, the pain is gradually receding and I'm optimistic of resuming training soon," the country's top batsman, who had a light workout here said.

Dwelling on the appalling performance of the Bangladeshi Tigers of late, the Bangladesh skipper said there was no point brooding over what had happened and added the team would be better off focussing on what lies ahead.

"We really have to strive very hard and remain focussed. We will be better served if we stop thinking about what had happened in the past. The only way forward for us is to stay positive. We've some time to regroup ourselves for series against New Zealand," Bashar said.

Bashar felt the team is under-performing mainly because a clutch of guys were out of form at the same time and added that is only making things difficult for them.

"Look, in every team, it is usually one player who is out of form at a given time. but for us the main headache is that most of our blokes are all out of form at the same time and that is not helping our case in any way," he remarked.

Looking ahead to the series against New Zealand, Bashar hoped some guys would strike form before the series against the Kiwis.

" Kiwis are a formidable outfit. If we have to push them really hard, we have to be at our best and for that to happen, most of our batters would have to find their touch since only putting runs on the board would allow us to put pressure on the opposition," Bashar quipped.

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