Taskin urges the batting lineup to step up in place of the injured Shanto.

During Bangladesh’s clinical victory over Afghanistan, Taskin was in his element.

Bangladesh pace bowler Taskin Ahmed admitted on Tuesday (September 5) that the loss of in-form batter Nazmul Hossain was a major setback for the team, but he urged his teammates to step up in his absence.

Nazmul, Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in the tournament, scored a half-century against Sri Lanka and then a century against Afghanistan. He is expected to return home after suffering a hamstring injury against Afghanistan. The southpaw’s muscle tear was confirmed by MRI.

Bangladesh can breathe a sigh of relief, however, as another opener and key batter Litton Kumar Das has returned to the team after missing the first two matches due to fever. He is expected to be considered for their Super Four opener against Pakistan on Wednesday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

“The injury to Shanto (Najmul) is unquestionably a setback for our team.” We are hoping that he will recover quickly. He played well in both matches, and because he was injured, we want him to recover quickly and hope that whoever replaces him will try to fill his void,” Taskin said on Tuesday.

Taskin, who took four wickets in their win over Afghanistan, stated that they are well aware that there is very little margin for error on a batting friendly wicket against Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s batting is definitely one of the best in the world, and while it will not be easy, we believe that if we bowl to our best, we can keep them under a good total,” Taskin said.

“The margin of error is very small on this kind of wicket, and because boundaries are hit if the ball is bowled in different areas, so you have to bowl accurately with variations,” he explained.

“The wicket in Lahore is batting friendly, but the day we neither the wicket nor the condition were in our control, but we adjusted well and in the coming matches we will try to do better than what we did in the opening game it is good that we are playing in different conditions and getting adjusted quickly and our accuracy and variation was good so we could do well in the opening game,” he added.

Bangladesh did not leave their hotel following their victory over Afghanistan in order to conserve energy, as heat has a significant impact on the bodies of the cricketers, and Taskin added that this break will benefit them in the future.

“This break was important because we have a lot of matches coming up, including three in the second round, a traveling and home series against New Zealand, and the World Cup, so we need mental and physical rest.” We had a gym and other things, which helped us recover well and will help us in future matches,” he explained.

“Not only for fast bowlers but for anyone, playing in this condition is difficult but that is out of our control and we are trying to recover at the same time physio and trainer of the team supporting us a lot so that we are fit and play and though it is challenging, we still have to play in this condition,” he added.