Heavy air pollution in Delhi. Thinking about that, Shakib Al Hasan did not practice on Friday. But the team management is unable to find a way to remove the pollution that is going on in the Bangladesh team. No one is in a position to blame anyone. At the same time, team director Khaled Mahmud cannot think how the performance of all the cricketers can fall. Last night in Delhi, he said, ‘Winning or losing does not matter. We will lose, we will win. But all the team failed together, I can’t accept it. Earlier, it was seen that if the top order is doing poorly, the middle order is doing well. If the batters don’t, the bowlers can. But in this World Cup we could not do anything in any category.’ He said, ‘Even with the Netherlands, we could not compete at least. The boys didn’t fight at all in the matches, it really surprised me.’
BCB brought Chandika Hathurusingha as coach keeping in mind the World Cup. In response to the question whether it is right to keep him after the World Cup, Mahmud said, ‘The World Cup is not over yet. If I talk about these things now, it will not be a good message for the team. Hathuru is still our coach. Two more matches ahead. We have to trust him. BCB will take any decision after the World Cup.’ However, the team director informed that the discussion should be held regarding the coach. He said, ‘Of course it should be discussed. We should think. We couldn’t do anything in this World Cup. BCB chief came here, he too may have discussed various issues. He certainly has an opinion. However, it is better not to talk about these things during the tournament now.’
Mahmud said, ‘What Shakib is playing, it is not even ten percent of his ability. He knows it himself. That’s why he went to Dhaka. He himself is disappointed with such performance. He led the team from the front in the 2019 World Cup. Can’t do it now. He has to take responsibility as a captain. But everyone fails. The boys’ skills have not decreased.’
He said, ‘Now I want to win the next two matches after leaving everything. I want to win against Sri Lanka. I want to win against Australia too. I know, very difficult, but we want to win. Leaving aside the coaches, the players should show what they have played all these years.’ Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in Delhi on Monday. Sri Lanka’s situation in the World Cup is similar to that of Bangladesh.