Shakib Al Hasan in South Africa
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Bangladesh team as a whole will miss the ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan at their tour in South Africa.

Bangladesh speed star Taskin Ahmed said that they are going to miss Shakib Al Hasan during their tour in South Africa who has been rested afresh from the series to overcome his mental and physical stress.

The Russell Domingo charges are all set to leave Dhaka for South Africa on March 11, 12 to play three one-day internationals and two Tests against the hosts.

‘We will miss him gravely as he always has been an X-factor. His presence is worth some for any side but if he doesn’t remain with the set-up will surely miss him a lo,’ told Taskin at the Mirpur National Academy Ground on Thursday.

The Tigers’ have been undergoing a dearth at the home soil of South Africa as in their 19 encounters in all three formats the touring side couldn’t earn a single victory over the hosts.

However, this time they are pretty desirous due to their maiden monumental eight-wicket win against New Zealand that they accounted for in the early of this year at the Mount Maunganui in the first of the two match Test that gave them the inspiration to overcome their past owes against the Proteas as well.

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Simultaneously the wins against Afghanistan in the recently concluded series have also uplifted the confidence of the visiting side believes the 26-year-old.

But he admitted that things won’t be easygoing.

‘Definitely, it is going to be challenging to us. It was also strenuous in New Zealand but the win in the Test [First Test] boosted our morale.’

‘We banked some onerous wins at our home soil against Afghanistan as well that also cheered us up for the series.’

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‘What I believe if we can leave our best then win won’t be impossible against South Africa too.’

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed the legendary former South African pace man Allan Donald afresh as the pace bowling coach for the Tigers who is expected to join at the Tigers den while the series.

Taskin Ahmed said that they are quite excited to work under the legend.

We are excited as we will be under the counsel of a legend like him[ Allan Donald]. Will be aiming to take as much as we can from him.

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