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This is a wake-up call: Mushfiq

Update : 22 Feb 2014, 04:45 PM

After Bangladesh’s humiliating whitewash by Sri Lanka skipper Mushfiqur Rahim stated that if Bangladesh continued playing in this manner the home side may even have to struggle against Afghanistan and said that the series loss was a wake-up call for them at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium yesterday. “Of course it is a wake-up call. The state we are in, you can say that it cannot get any worse. In the last Asia Cup we were the runners-up, but with the state of affairs this time around we are heading into the tournament with nothing to lose, I feel. The way we are going now, if that continues it will be very difficult. We may even have to struggle against Afghanistan. If you make so many mistakes it is very difficult to come back in international cricket,” said a decidedly forthright Mushfiq. The 25 year old went on to say that the way Bangladesh played throughout the Sri Lanka series was an an alarming sign for the side and clearly stated that they need to improve all the three departments of the game. “Unfortunately we could not do that throughout this series. Most importantly if we lost playing good cricket it would not have been so bad, but we played bad cricket. Winning is important, but the way we lost is an alarming sign. We have to work on all three departments - especially fielding and catching, batting-wise the set batsmen have to take more responsibility so that they can play big innings,” he said. “Today the wicket was very good, the time that I spent out there I thought it was a 270, 280-plus wicket. There was not much turn and the ball was coming onto the bat. When I was batting with Mominul we felt good and if we could build a good partnership we could have gotten a 260 plus score. But this a big problem that our batsmen are getting out badly after being set,” he added The home side was without Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib al Hasan and the skipper said they were sorely missed. “Players like them are always missed. There is nothing to do about Tamim's injury. Hopefully we will try and wait till the last moment to see if he is ready for the Asia Cup. About Shakib, obviously that was an unwanted incident. He also realised it and we all feel very bad about it. We will obviously learn from this. Not only from him, but this is not expected from any of our players. As a captain I beg forgiveness for it and hopefully it will never happen again,” said Mushfiq. On the other hand Lankan skipper admitted after winning the series 3-0 that they did not expect an easy win yesterday and informed that their bowlers did the job to restrict Bangladesh on 240. “It's always good to win 3-0 against Bangladesh. They are a very strong unit. They played some good cricket but we played better cricket to win the series. We didn't think it would be so easy in the last game. They batted well, our bowlers put in a special effort especially when they were 180 for 4 in 38 overs, to restrict them for 240 was special,” said Matthews. The 26 year old said that winning the series will certainly boost their confidence before going on to the Asia cup but added that it will be a much more difficult task for them in the Asia Cup.

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