BCB Chief fumes over Bangladesh's series loss against Afghanistan

BCB Chief fumes over Bangladesh’s series loss against Afghanistan

"I cannot understand how they can give away wickets despite being set like Mushfiqur, [Mahmudullah] Riyad or even Tamim," the BCB chief quoted.

Bangladesh players
Bangladesh players celebrate a wicket. (Photo Source: BDcrictime)

Team Bangladesh suffered a 6 wicket defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in the second T20I of the three-match series. With the defeat, they have lost the series already as they trail by 0-2. The performance from them has been disappointing. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is utterly disappointed with the way Bangladesh surrendered in both the games. He recently blamed the batsmen and skipper Shakib Al Hasan for the series loss.

He remarked that the potential reason behind the loss could be the chilled out atmosphere in the dressing room. With no head coach in place, the players are taking things for granted, reckons the BCB Chief Nazmul Hassan. He drew comparisons of this series defeat with the home series defeat against Sri Lanka when the hosts had failed to win even a single game.

“This is very frustrating. I think the team is in the same state as it was during the home series against Sri Lanka (in which Bangladesh lost all their matches). It might be that they are missing the decision-maker in the dressing room. They are missing the strictness and the condition they were in the past few years. They are now under a free environment and that might be making the difference,” Nazmul Hassan quoted as per the quotes in Cricbuzz.

“I was with them in Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy and they played well there. No one accused them after losing matches there. But in Dehradun the team is looking very different. I spoke to them and I think they are blaming the bowling department and I told them you cannot win scoring low,” he added further.

Questions over captaincy

Commenting further on similar lines, the BCB chief remarked that with the defeat, the questions will come on the captain. He admitted that even he had a word with skipper Shakib Al Hasan. He noted that being without a coach can be a concern but then losing so meekly only shows that the players have failed to learn over the recent years.

“There will always be questions over the captaincy. Even I questioned him [Shakib] after the first game. I did not speak to anyone after losing the second game. Yes there might have been a change in the dressing room without a coach but then what have they learnt in the past years?”the BCB chief questioned.

He further showed his amusement on the fact that the senior players gave their wickets away despite being well set at the crease. He indicated that such poor judgment and thinking from the players is a big issue for the board now.

“I cannot understand how they can give away wickets despite being set like Mushfiqur, [Mahmudullah] Riyad or even Tamim. There is nothing to make them understand or realise. It is tough for me to understand what they were thinking or had in plan,” he conceded further.

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