Mohammad Mithun said the lack of opportunities for the local batsmen is hurting Sylhet Thunder's cause
The local batsmen of Sylhet Thunder are not being able to do justice to their talents in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League due to a lack of opportunities, claimed their wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun.
The Thunder have been one of the under-performing sides in the BBPL Twenty20, languishing at second from bottom after winning only once in six attempts.
To add to that, incidents off the field only served to cause more problems.
The Thunder came into the tournament hit with controversies over dispute between the sponsor and team technical director Tanjil Chowdhury.
On the field, things were hardly better as West Indies pacer Krishmar Santokie caused a stir with a dubious no-ball and wide delivery in the first game of the tournament.
Alongside all these issues, Mithun said the lack of opportunities for the local batsmen is also hurting their cause.
Sylhet’s Windies batters Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles are doing the bulk of the work at opening and No 3 respectively in the absence of major contributions from the local batsmen.
“The overseas batters are batting at the top. It’s a 20-over game. You need enough time to score runs. My chance of scoring increases if I bat for longer. Look at locals playing for Dhaka [Platoon]. They are scoring because they are getting to bat at the top. It is not that we do not have good batsmen and that they cannot do well. If enough opportunities is given to bat at the top, even our locals will score well,” explained Mithun to the media following their eight-wicket defeat against Dhaka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.
Sylhet head coach Herschelle Gibbs had claimed that their batsmen are given full freedom to express themselves but according to Mithun, that actually doesn’t make enough difference.
“See you will not be able to play your game even if you want to because of the match situation. I feel like hitting six in every ball but I cannot do that. If now the team have lost two or three wickets early, you will never go out and start attacking. A batsman has to take that pressure and responsibility,” said Mithun.
Despite the run of five losses, Sylhet are not making notable changes in the starting XI and Mithun elucidated that it is not being possible owing to the lack of bench strength.
“We do not have much option in the bench. Our team have been formed with just a few players. The bench strength is not upto the mark that we can make a change in the XI and expect from them to deliver. BPL T20 has its own level,” said Mithun.
“We are still looking for the best combination because we do not have the backup on the day when our top-order fails. The team management is working on it and the players are looking to bounce back,” the 28-year old added.