Allrounder Mahedi Hasan said he is confident in taking a more significant role in the Bangladesh team. The right-handed allrounder is part of the Bangladesh team that is set to tour Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI and three-match T20I series.
Bangladesh will miss the service of senior players in this series. Tamim Iqbal has recently retired from T20Is while Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad have been rested from this format, and Shakib Al Hasan will not travel to Zimbabwe for personal reasons. So a young team will take on Zimbabwe in their home.
"It's inevitable that the senior players will leave the game one day," Mahedi told the reporters on Tuesday. "And those who are juniors now will become seniors. When Shakib led Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup, he was only 22. So we will also become seniors, which is just a matter of time."
Mahedi believes the upcoming series is a great chance for the young team to flourish and make their own decisions.
"When we were newcomers, the senior players took all the responsibilities as the parents do for young children," he said. "Since we won't get the service of the senior players, we will have to make our decisions. It's a great chance for us to show our abilities."
Mahedi played his maiden international match in 2018. So he has spent more than three years in international cricket. In that sense, he believes, he is not a young player like Munum Shahriar or Parvez Hossain Emon. While Munim played a few T20Is, Parvez is yet to get his international cap in any format of the game.
Bangladesh are not a good team in T20Is. In their recent series against the West Indies, Bangladesh lost by 2-0 in a three-match series with one match being washed away due to heavy rain.
Mahedi thinks Bangladeshi batters cannot be the big hitters like the West Indians, but according to him, Bangladeshi batters can do better by their ability to take singles and hit fours.
Mahedi played 34 T20Is and three ODIs so far. He bagged 27 wickets in T20Is along with scoring 222 runs.
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