BANGLADESH TOUR OF ZIMBABWE, 2022
Bangladesh are still finding it difficult to find their rhythm in T20Is, having won only 2 out of 11 games since last year’s T20 World Cup. © AFP
Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud termed Bangladesh’s loss to Zimbabwe in the three-match T20I series a “disgrace”, saying that he was disappointed. Zimbabwe won their first-ever T20I series against any Test-playing nation after beating Bangladesh by 10 runs in the series-decider in Harare on Tuesday (August 2). Bangladesh lost the first game by 17 runs before bouncing back with a seven-wicket victory. But they failed in the series-deciding game.
Bangladesh are still finding it difficult to find their rhythm in T20Is, having won only 2 out of 11 games since last year’s T20 World Cup.
“I am very disappointed, I didn’t expect to lose to Zimbabwe,” Mahmud said in Harare on Wednesday (August 3). “We are a better team than them. I would call it a disgrace. I won’t give any excuses. We should have won the T20I series.
“Losing was quite unusual. When we needed 10 or 12 runs an over, we were getting six or seven every over. Nobody even tried to hit a six. Everyone was playing for ones and twos. What was that? They batted like trying to protect their place, make enough runs so that they don’t lose their place.
“When you are chasing 157, you can’t win a game by batting at 90 or 110 strike-rate. Someone had to go after the bowling. Look at their (Burl and Jongwe) strike-rate. They changed the complexion of the game. You can’t expect Liton Das to score every day. Whether it was Afif or Shanto, I didn’t see anyone batting aggressively. If you can’t pull a short ball for six, that’s going to be a problem,” he added.
Mahmud added that they have picked the best possible options that were available to them and expressed doubt as to why the batsmen could not express themselves freely considering there was hardly any fight for any place, with the management wanting to give the players a good run.
“Those selected have all performed well in domestic cricket, including Munim Shahriar and Parvez (Hossain Emon). If your best players don’t perform, there’s nothing you can do. The cricketers can tell you what they have to do,” said Mahmud.
“They have been getting opportunities for quite some time now. There’s not a lot of competition for places, so they should play with an open heart. I haven’t seen them playing that way,” he added.
Bangladesh will take on Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series in Harare from August 5, while the next two games are scheduled for August 7 and 10 respectively.