KARACHI: Bangladesh’s technical director Sridharan Sriram said the Tigers’ T20 World Cup 2022 squad could be changed as the team management is open to making amendments.
Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam continue to compete for a position on the side travelling to Australia after giving Bangladesh a good selection headache. Sriram confirmed what the Bangladesh pace bowling coach had recently said about likely roster adjustments before the cutoff date.
“He (Soumya) played a shot and got out. That’s intent,” he said. “I think he was selfless and played for the team. He tried to get going in the first few overs when we got only six or seven runs. He tried to force the pace and got out but it happens.”.
“He played a good knock at number three in the last game so I think there are good signs. With a player like him, we need to really instill confidence. We still have time (to bring changes to the World Cup squad). There will definitely be discussions and we’re open.”
Sriram added that they haven’t decided on an opening partnership and wants to be flexible with his alternatives at the top of the order.
In a recent tri-series in New Zealand, the Tigers used four different lineups. Despite the recent years’ repeated tweaking with the opening slots in the shortest format, Sriram claimed that the configuration was clear.
“I think we are very clear about the best team we want to play so the captain, myself, and the director are all on the same page.”
“We’re quite clear as to what combinations we want. I think we have got two-three combinations in mind and given the conditions we face on the day we might modify and adapt accordingly.”
Bangladesh’s World Cup group-stage opener will be against South Africa, followed by matches against India and Pakistan, two of Asia’s top nations.