Shakib defends batting line-up shake up

Bangladesh’s strategy to shake up the batting line-up in pursuit of a mammoth 398 runs in the lone Test match Afghanistan remained the highlight of day four.

Host Bangladesh are on the verge of a humiliating defeat against Afghanistan, who are playing only their third Test.

However, pushing aside all discussions, Bangladesh’s decision to bat with an unconventional strategy, that has failed horribly, took center stage.

Bangladesh at the end of a rain-hit day four needed another 262 to avoid defeat with four wickets in hand.

The Bangladesh think-tank had the clear intention of keeping the left- and right-hand batting combination to disturb the Afghanistan bowlers.

The Tigers first promoted Liton Das, from No 3 to the opening stand, in place of Soumya Sarkar.

Following Liton’s departure for nine, in what was a surprise move, Mosaddek Hossain was sent to bat at three instead of his regular place at the lower-order.

When Mosaddek perished adding just 12, Mushfiqur Rahim came out to bat at No 4 instead of the middle-order to maintain the combination with opener Shadman Islam, who had held one end of the crease.

Mushfiq added only 23 to the board.

Mominul Haque arrived to bat as the No 5 and after the fall of two more wickets, Soumya came out to bat at No 8.

According to Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan, the strategy was driven from the basic idea to stop off-spinner Mohammad Nabi from causing damage.

Shakib said the plan was set based on their experience in longer-version cricket, and in order to chase down the massive total which Bangladesh do not have the experience of.