Mahmudullah is confident defeats in the two official practice matches won't have any effect on their mindset
Bangladesh T20 captain Mahmudullah said too much should not be read into the team's below-par preparation as they take on Scotland in the first game of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Bangladesh will look to set the tone for the remainder of the tournament with a win against Scotland in the Group B match of qualifying at Al Amerat Stadium in Muscat Sunday.
Discussions are doing the rounds over Bangladesh’s preparation as they lost both the official warm-up games – against Sri Lanka and Ireland – but Mahmudullah is confident it won't have any effect on their mindset.
“We have lost two practice matches but it won’t have any effect and we are ready to go for (Sunday's) game. Our confidence is intact and I hope we will be able to play our best cricket,” said Mahmudullah to the media in the pre-match press conference at Al Amerat Stadium in Muscat Saturday.
Middle-order batsman and a handy off-spinner, Mahmudullah was rested in the warm-up matches after suffering from a back injury.
The 35-year old informed that he is ready and fit enough to be back to the field and lead the team Red and Green.
“I have recovered a lot since I suffered from a back injury nine-ten months back which created some problems. This is the reason I didn’t play the two practice matches. But I am fully recovered and hopefully, I will be able to participate in (Sunday's) game,” said Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh have come to the world event riding on wins against Australia and New Zealand but those came at home with the spinners extracting the maximum purchase from the slow and low wickets to dominate the opponents.
In Muscat, the situation is the opposite where Bangladesh will need to assess the condition and decide the best possible combination.
The surface at Al Amerat Stadium helps both the pacers and spinners with average first innings score in the last five matches being 167.
Bangladesh in the practice game at the venue last week, against Oman A team, had scored 207.
“I think the warm up game that we played against Oman A, it was a sporting wicket and I hope it will remain the same. But I think we have to be prepared for any sort of condition mentally, then we will be able to adapt if it varies. Hopefully we will be able to bring our best game,” Mahmudullah explained.
Asked if Bangladesh will go for a spin heavy attack, Mahmudullah, had a prompt reply with a smile, “I can answer you this now that no, we are not going for a spin heavy attack for sure.”
Apart from assessing the condition and reading an unknown opponent, Bangladesh have to come up with a better performing top-order.
According to Mahmudullah, the team will keep trust on Liton Das and Mohammad Naim while Soumya Sarkar is being strongly considered as the left-hander performed well batting at No 3 in the warm-up games.
There is also worry over the pale patch of the team’s best batter Mushfiqur Rahim, as Mahmudullah is confident the right-handed batsman would make a comeback.
“We all know how valuable he [Mushfiq] is for our team and it happens in shortest format where a batsman can miss out on scoring runs. But the type of caliber he got we have no doubt about it and he has proved over the years. We all believe he will make a comeback when the team needs him,” Mahmudullah concluded.