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McKenzie upset with Tigers’ batting intent

  • Published at 06:14 pm January 26th, 2020
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Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar is cleaned up during their first T20I against Pakistan in Lahore Friday AFP

The Tigers have already conceded a series defeat after losing the first two matches that has come on the back of a struggling batting display under the tutelage of head coach Russell Domingo, a compatriot of Neil McKenzie

Bangladesh batting consultant Neil McKenzie is disappointed with his batters missing out on the intent in the T20I series against Pakistan. 

The Tigers have already conceded a series defeat after losing the first two matches that has come on the back of a struggling batting display under the tutelage of head coach Russell Domingo, a compatriot of McKenzie.

After winning the toss in both the games, Bangladesh opted to bat first only to finish with below-par totals, 141 and 136 runs respectively, on the board.

Former South Africa cricketer McKenzie is a member of the national support staff who has decided not to travel to Pakistan. 

Instead, the former Proteas batsmen chose to stay back in Dhaka and work with batsmen who are likely to be part of the two-match Test series against Pakistan.

“We missed on a good start on the other day but what is more disappointing for me is the intent because we have been working really hard on rotation of the strike and putting the bowlers under pressure and make them bowl at where you want them to bowl. I think I have not seen that in the last T20I. Just the intent and looking to be more hungry and playing with no fear, that’s what Russell wants to install in a player,” said McKenzie to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.

“We need more consistency and I want someone to be selfish in terms of winning games for Bangladesh and not selfish for their own right. I want guys to be the best batsmen in the world and that’s what we are trying to install, but it's been frustrating,” he said.

Opener Tamim Iqbal has been among the runs, scoring 39 and 65 in the two matches. 

The left-handed batsman however, was not spared from criticism for his strike rate that is not ideal for the shortest format.

McKenzie however, came to the support of Tamim, terming the cricketer as one of the best performers and that he is taking time to settle in having returned from injury recently.

Tamim is playing his first series for Bangladesh since the away ODI series against Sri Lanka in July last year.

“I think obviously he [Tamim] has been tackling a lot of slack but he is Bangladesh’s best performer throughout the years. I think he is coming in from injury and he is settling in and the big positive for him is that he has got runs under the belt .We all know what he is capable of and we saw that in the last BPL (Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League) final [scoring unbeaten 141],” said McKenzie.

“We all want him to play more innings like that and we all know how he can play, he needs guys around him performing because everyone needs to get the job done and that is what we are talking about. When you have the combination you have the faith in the team and you can play some shots as well,” he said.

“I am glad he is back and I think he is obviously in a good frame of mind and hopefully got the confidence he needs as he scored 60 [Saturday] and hopefully score 80 in the next game,” McKenzie concluded.