Bangladesh finally returned to the winning ways on Sunday defeating Sri Lanka by 33 runs in the first of the three-match ODI series. Mehdiy Hasan shone with the bat picking up four wickets while Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah were the usual stars with the bat. However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chief Nazmul Hasan is not at all pleased with the batsmen.
The team, after opting to bat first, were struggling immensely in the first half of the innings having lost four wickets. Liton Das continued to struggle in the format while Mohammad Mithun also bagged a duck while Shakib Al Hasan also had an off day with the bat. Despite this, Rahim’s 84-run knock and valuable contributions from Tamim and Mahmudullah made sure they posted 257 runs on the board.
But at the halfway mark, Nazmul addressed the reporters and expressed their displeasure at the way the wickets had fallen. “The BCB is trying to find out what’s happening, and why it is happening. Winning and losing today is not important. How many good balls or brilliant fielding got us out? Was our shot selection right?
“There’s no point bringing a good coach if this is their shot selection. We will talk about the coach later. First, we have to sit with the players to find out their mentality. Some of the outs [dismissals] were very ugly. There was no need to play those shots in that situation,” he said according to ESPNCricinfo.
Moreover, Nazmul was of the opinion that Liton Das should no more open the innings in the ODIs and also opined that he is better bat batting down the order like he does in the Tests. “Liton Das, Soumya [Sarkar] and [Mohammad] Mithun are capable players. People go through bad times. We will have to talk to the players and coaches. I can’t just take a sweeping decision from the top. It will become negative.
“[Liton] can open in T20s, but my personal opinion is that he is better at No. 5 or 6. We have to sit with them. I don’t want to force anything on them. I don’t do that anymore. I think we will have a solution,” Nazmul added.