Habibul Bashar believes the 1st Test against Australia will be crucial

“The current Bangladesh squad and the squad of our time has a huge difference," he said.

Habibul Bashar
Former Bangladesh cricketer Habibul Bashar. (Photo by SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Bangladesh cricket team is confident of a potential clean sweep in their favour, when they take on the visiting Australian team in the 1st Test match, starting tomorrow (August 27th). Coach Chandika Hathurusingha had earlier backed the boys and said that they want to win both the Test matches and clinch the series. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who will be playing in his 50th Test on Sunday, voiced similar thoughts.

The last time Australia were here, it was skipper Habibul Bashar, who led the Tigers. It was a one-sided contest, as the visitors comfortably sealed the series without breaking much sweat. Bashar believes that Bangladesh should focus on the 1st Test match and lauded the boys for gaining the winning habit.


1st Test will be crucial

While speaking to one of the online portals, Bashar said, “Actually it is a tough job. We are strong but we are not behind them. I am looking forward to a good game and we have a good chance of doing something new and the first match will be very crucial.”

When he was asked about the difference between the squad of his time and the present time, he said, “The current Bangladesh squad and the squad of our time has a huge difference. If you look at the average, strike rate of the first six batsmen and also the bowler’s average that would tell you the difference. Also the winning habit we have gathered is excellent.”

Moreover, the Australia side of that time was known as one of the greatest teams in the history.

Difference between the two Australian teams

He added, “The Aussie squad of that time was the greatest. Between 2002 and 2007 they produced the finest team ever with eight legendary players. I don’t think Australia will ever be like that again. Though the current Aussie squad is not bad either. They have really talented players. Though they lost the India series but still it was vital for them.”