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Minhajul: We have to do better

The former Bangladesh captain made the statement on the back of a humiliating innings and 44-run defeat in the first match of a two-Test series against Pakistan in Rawalpindi Monday, while the country celebrated the young Tigers’ historic U-19 World Cup victory a day earlier

Update : 11 Feb 2020, 10:16 PM

The Bangladesh national cricket team have to give better performances as the players have spent enough time in world cricket to have matured in all three formats, chief national selector Minhajul Abedin said Tuesday. 

The former Bangladesh captain made the statement on the back of a humiliating innings and 44-run defeat in the first match of a two-Test series against Pakistan in Rawalpindi Monday, while the country celebrated the young Tigers’ historic U-19 World Cup victory a day earlier.

The Bangladesh national team are returning home in two batches. 

The first batch reached Dhaka Tuesday, while the second is due to arrive Wednesday.

“The performance totally depends on the players. They are getting the required facilities in the field and there is no lackings in managing time in longer versions of cricket. They played first-class cricket before going and they performed well domestically. It is not like they did not play any four-day cricket at home and then lost after going there. Performance has more priority than anything and you cannot compromise with your performance. The players should always discuss this,” the chief national selector told reporters at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday.

“Some of the players have lots of experience. Whether ODI, T20I or Test, everyone is matured now. As a country, we want better performances. They will be playing at home [against Zimbabwe] then they will have to play back-to-back matches in Pakistan. We want them to play well,” he added.

The BCB are planning to have different sets of players for the different formats of the game. 

With the defeat to Pakistan, discussion in the cricket fraternity over implementing the plan has intensified.

However, Minhajul said the changing of players in the squad is a gradual process. 

“We cannot change all the players in a snap. You need players to gain experience. If you are not getting results, you will have to wait and nurture for the future,” he said.

 “The longer version of cricket is really a matter of concern, because we have not been performing in matches away from home. In that sense, the players’ performance is number one. You need to think about how you are taking red ball cricket, how you are planning and executing that. If we don’t have the mentality to play for five days, then it is difficult. I think the players are doing well in the longer version cricket at home, but they are not able to do the same  abroad. This is really a matter of concern and the management should do something to fix it,” he added.

The Bangladesh cricketers’ next assignment is the home series against Zimbabwe starting later this month. 

The African nation are scheduled to reach the capital Saturday for a lone Test, three ODIs and two T20Is. 

Following the Zimbabwe series, Bangladesh will travel to Pakistan in April for the last phase of the tour, comprising the second and final Test and the solitary ODI.

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