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BCB chief puzzled with Tigers’ performance

Nazmul Hasan while speaking to the media at his residence Wednesday expressed disappointment over Bangladesh’s humiliating losses

Update : 06 Jun 2018, 11:34 PM

BCB president Nazmul Hasan is puzzled with the recent performance of Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, India. The Tigers conceded the series 2-0 with a game to spare due to failure with both bat and ball.

Nazmul while speaking to the media at his residence Wednesday expressed disappointment over Bangladesh’s humiliating loss. The BCB chief believes the dressing room without a decision-maker in the shape of a head coach is a big reason for the team’s below-average performance.

“Of course I am disappointed with the series defeat. It is never right to expect to win after scoring 120 or 130 runs in T20I cricket. Afghanistan might have a good bowling attack and no one is denying that but still I never thought that the team will not be able to score 150 or 160. Even (Tuesday), just when we thought we were set for a big score, wickets started falling. The way the senior batsmen got dismissed was eye-catching. The same happened in the first game. Playing unnecessary risky shots. I am sure they are having some problems because this is not the Bangladesh we know. So there must be some problems,” said Nazmul.

“This is very frustrating. I think the team are in the same state, like the home series against Sri Lanka (where we lost all the matches). It might be that they are missing a decision-maker in the dressing room. They are missing the strictness and the condition they were in in the past few years. They are now under a free environment and that might be making the difference. I was with them in Sri Lanka in the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series and they played well there. No one accused them after losing games there. But in Dehradun the team are looking very different. I spoke to them and I think they are blaming the bowling department. I told them you cannot win after scoring low,” Nazmul added.

Nazmul informed that there is no concern with the team losing or even suffering a whitewash but the manner in which they lost both the matches is a slight worry.

Meanwhile, commenting on the BCB’s chance of appointing Englishman Steve Rhodes as the next national head coach, Nazmul said, “I don’t see the signing happening (Thursday). The board had its shortlist. Steve was a common name in the list for which we have asked him to meet. We might end up signing him but before that we need to meet him for a face-to-face interview. We saw his papers and terms and conditions but it is the same with many other candidates. We want to appoint a head coach ahead of the West Indies series.”

Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Steve is scheduled to reach Dhaka Wednesday night and meet the concerned board officials during his two-day stay.

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