Najmul aspires to be the captain like Shakib.

Bangladesh is hoping to tie the series.

Najmul Hossain, Bangladesh’s stand-in ODI captain, said on Monday that he plans to follow Shakib Al Hasan’s leadership mantra as he prepares to lead the national team against New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday (September 26).

The BCB named Najmul as their 16th ODI captain after another makeshift skipper, Litton Kumar Das, who took over after regular skipper Shakib was rested for the entire series, requested a break to work on his batting. Despite the fact that the hosts could lose their first series against New Zealand in their own backyard since 2010, Najmul appeared eager to take on the challenge.

“It is not a challenge, but rather a matter to enjoy,” he said of the responsibility. “I’m really happy for the opportunity and the way our team is right now with the World Cup coming up.” To be honest, if we can end the game on a high note, our team will be in good shape, and if I can end the game on a high note, it will help me as well,” Najmul told reporters ahead of Monday’s third ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

“We can’t forget what happened in 2008 (their last ODI series loss at home to New Zealand), and it’s critical that we finish the game on a high note tomorrow.” As a player, I believe this is a proud moment for me and my family. This opportunity was given to me by the board, and I am very excited about it. “Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy it tomorrow,” he said.

“My favorite cricketer has always been Shakib bhai.” We’ve seen MS Dhoni as a captain, and everyone adores him. Personally, I admire Shakib bhai’s leadership and management of the team. I had the chance to play with him in the BPL and learned a lot from him. I’ll try to put my experience and what I’ve learned from my senior brothers to good use.”

Najmul also admitted that the transition from player to captain has been enjoyable, despite the fact that he believes he still has a long way to go. “If I have to tell about the journey it is going really well though there is still a long way to go and I really enjoyed both the good times and bad times,” he stated.

“In the future, if the opportunity to lead the side arises, I will undoubtedly take it, and to be honest, it is every cricketer’s dream to lead his country.” It (leading the national team) came to me this time, and if the opportunity arises in the future, I will do my best to fulfill the responsibility.”

Nazmul also stated that he does not believe the outcome of the game against New Zealand will have any bearing on their preparation for the World Cup.

“Winning any game is important, and if we can win tomorrow, there will be a good feeling around, but if we lose, I don’t think it will have a huge impact on us in the World Cup,” he said, adding that he believes SBNS’s relatively low scoring wickets will also help them in the global event.

“I believe we have been working on our preparation for a long time, and as far as the wicket is concerned, we don’t know whether the wicket will be good or bad in the World Cup, but we can assume the wicket will be good, but we need to prepare for both types of wickets, and there are wickets in India where many runs are not scored.” We’ll try to play the game as the wicket requires, and if we can do that, we’ll know we’ve prepared well.”