BCB president Nazmul Hasan has shifted focus from poor pitch to below-par batting for Bangladesh's 79-run defeat in the tri-nation ODI series final against Sri Lanka at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Saturday.
Following Bangladesh's loss in yet another multi-nation series final, allegations were thrown at the BCB chief pitch curator Gamini de Silva for not providing a wicket on which the Tigers would get home advantage.
BCB boss Nazmul in a press conference Tuesday said there is no relation between the pitch and Bangladesh losing the game and that it is the Tigers batters who should be blamed for failing to chase down a small target of 222.
"It's not wise to put blame on others rather than admitting your own fault. Such mentality has grown in the team all of a sudden. This was not the case earlier," said Nazmul.
"We lost the game simply because of poor batting. There is nothing the pitch can do if you cannot bat properly. It's hard for me to believe that we were not capable of chasing 221. Was it a shot that Tamim [Iqbal] played? Was it a shot that Sabbir [Rahman] played? We shouted from the box when Mushfiqur [Rahim] first played the sweep and then he made the same mistake to get himself dismissed. Three key players made mistakes in the chase. On the other hand, two players fell victim to run outs when it was unnecessary to go for the run," the BCB chief explained.
Accusations were levelled against Gamini for not providing the Bangladesh team a wicket with home advantage. It is understood that the Bangladesh team management had asked for a batting track where they would be able to score 300-plus, batting first or second.
There is also allegation that Gamini went against the wish of the home side by watering the wicket overnight. What's more it is alleged that Gamini failed to notify the team of this particular development.
It is also being alleged that former Sri Lanka cricketer Gamini met the Sri Lanka team manager at BCB Academy Building ahead of the tri-series final and this has raised many eyebrows in the board and the cricket community.
"The team have to understand and read the pitch because you will not always get it as you wish. If they failed to read the pitch after so many years of experience, then what can I say?" he asked.
"They should come out of the blame game and instead think about their own mistakes and concentrate on their game and responsibility," said Nazmul.