January 25, 2017 - 2:22pm
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan on Tuesday said that the senior players let the team down in New Zealand and the team would work on it.
Bangladesh finished their month-long series in New Zealand, where they lost all the matches — three one-day internationals, three Twenty20 internationals and two Test matches.
Though Tigers had their moments but they lost the matches from vantage position largely due to their inconsistency and even made the ignominious record of losing the match after scoring 595 runs, the highest ever by a losing side in Test history.
Nazmul blamed the batsmen for the downfall.
‘I think batting was our main problem,’ said Nazmul, in an off-the-cuff press conference at his Gulshan residence.
‘We were in winning position in the two out of the three ODIs. Same thing happened in the Twenty20 Internationals.
‘In ODIs our top-order did splendid job, they made good partnerships but the middle order collapsed, on the contrary in the Twenty20 the top-order failed completely but the middle order did well.
‘We had to stay at the crease for two more hours in the first Test to salvage the match but played rash shots and threw away the match.’
Bangladesh took a 56-run lead in the first innings but their senior batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Sakib al Hasan threw away their wickets playing rash shots and the injury of Imrul Kayes while diving made things worse.
Mushfiqur Rahim was struck in the neck by a bouncer to be stretchered off the field to hospital and Bangladesh conceded the match.
‘Obviously they played with full dedication but some of their shot selection was wrong. Anyone would say they did not play according to the demand of the situation.’
‘We had several injuries. Mushfiq was injured, Kayes was injured, Mominul was injured then the batsmen, who came had to play shots carefully.
‘No one can get out and say that I get runs in this way and so I played the shot. One must consider the situation first,’ Nazmul said in an oblique reference to Sakib’s dismissal in the second innings of the first Test.
Sakib went for a slog on the eighth ball of fifth day despite knowing that Bangladesh were already three down and two batsmen were injured. His injudicious shot drew sharp criticism despite him scoring a double century in the same Test.
Cricket fans were particularly irked as Tamim defended his team-mate saying that was how he got his runs.
‘They are senior players, they know the situation well and they must play according to that,’ said Nazmul.
Nazmul also said the debacle had nothing to do with the team’s plan and rather it was all about the lack of execution.
He also thought the junior members of the side tried to stick to the plan but seniors, who are experienced and more capable, were rather sluggish often.
‘I think the newcomers like Nurul Hasan, Nazmul Hassan, Taskin Ahmed did really well. I am glad with their attitude.’
Apart from batting disasters Bangladesh also struggled in the field with plethora of drop catches and also often their lack of inexperience to bowl long spells under the condition was exposed.
Nazmul thought lack of fitness is a major concern for Tigers and he said the board is going to take the matter seriously and take necessary actions to improve the situation.
‘We are not sitting idle. We are going to hire the best people and emphasis on fitness.
‘We have many away matches coming to our way and fitness is very important for us.
‘Often we see players lose their fitness level drastically when they enjoy vacation. They become completely different fitness-wise after returning from a month-long vacation. We have to change these things.’