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Shakib explained that his batsmen will have to take the responsibility since he believes they will be the ones who can negate the Afghanistan spin attack. @ AFP

Shakib Al Hasan is desperate to win the only Test against Afghanistan which gets underway on Thursday to put behind a month of turbulence post the ICC World Cup 2019. Bangladesh lost each of their last series against New Zealand – both in Tests and in the Twenty20 Internationals.

The only high for Bangladesh cricket was brought by the Under-19 team, who reached the final of a tri-nation in England.

“Winning this match is very important,” Shakib, who’s the frontrunner to succeed Mashrafe Mortaza as captain across all formats, said.

“As I am seeing it because we did not have a good period overall for some time now whether it is with the A team, academy team – we could not perform very well except the under-19s. So, from that perspective, if we win this match, I think the situation will start looking normal again. Doesn’t matter [if we win] in a good way or bad way. Its same if it’s 10 or 100 runs win but winning is most important.”

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The hosts will face Afghanistan at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from September 5. Shakib maintained that they will go ahead with their tried and tasted formula of playing a four-pronged spin attack at home.

“I personally don’t feel bothered (about the criticism),” said Shakib.

“When we play in England and Australia, they play four seamers and no spinner. Do we criticise about that? So, I don’t think there is anything to be worried about this. I don’t think about these matters at all. We will try to win this match, and for that if we have to play two or three semears we will, or if we have to play with one, we will. We will try to stick with the plan and work according to that.

“We have bowled well at home. Whenever our spinners got their chance and got their preferred wicket-they played well. My whole bowling attack will try to get 20 wickets, otherwise there is no chance. There ones, who will play, will try to get 20 wickets as early as possible. And batsmen will try to score as many runs as possible. That’s why I said, our target is to do the basic works perfectly,” he said.

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Shakib explained that his batsmen will have to take the responsibility since he believes they will be the ones who can negate the Afghanistan spin attack.

“There will always be some challenge for the batsmen to perform because their fast bowlers are good too and spinners are so well. So a big challenge is waiting for our batsmen. But I have faith on my batsmen. The level of preparation we have taken in past two weeks; I don’t think we should work more than that. Everyone has given their best. Now we can feel proud if we can show that in the field,” he said.

As far as moving up the order to No. 3 is concerned, Shakib said that he may unlikely to promote himself as he has done in ODIs.

“Normally we have to bowl a lot in our country or sub-continent. It’s hard to bat top order after bowling for so long. If there is any chance that I bowl less, then I may bat from the top order,” said Shakib.

“Last time when we played in West Indies, I batted at four. But it’s tough to bat at three or four after bowling 25-30 overs. Focus is very important in Test for a batsman. You have to be in fresh-mind to hold your focus. So I think batting a little down is better for me.”