After Loss to Scotland, Bangladesh Takes a hit in Morale

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah commented on questions raised about Bangladesh’s “commitment” for the world cup after the loss to Scotland. 

Bangladesh, who lost their first match to Scotland shockingly, had to remain 110% focused to beat Oman and PNG to reach the Super 12. Even the Bangladesh Cricket Board president criticized the players, specifically Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushqfir Rahim. 

“We all felt bad by each and everything, from all sides,” Mahmudullah said. “We are human, we also have feelings. We have families. Our parents and children sit in front of the TV. They also get upset. Everyone has social media on their phone these days. We expect criticism when it is warranted but if that resorts to being belittled, we feel bad. There were many questions, including about the three senior players’ strike rate.

“Shakib is a champion player for Bangladesh. We are lucky to have a performer like him. But we are not worried about Mushfiq or Mustafiz. We are not losing faith in them, probably people from outside are”, Mahmudullah said.

He continued, “We tried hard, but we didn’t get the result. Everyone makes sacrifices. We play with injuries. Some of us take painkillers every day. Many don’t know about these things, so it is not right to talk about our commitment. I hope we can be more settled now. Within the team, there is positive energy, and for that I thank the whole team. I hope things will get better.”

McCullum on not Playing Russell for the Final Match

In the second leg of the IPL it seemed like Russell had found his form back. It was good news for the Kolkata Knight Riders, until he had his hamstring pull. The injury took him out of the remainder of the tournament. This meant that KKR had to experiment and replace him in the playing XI. 

Shakib Al Hasan, who has proved his worth in earlier seasons was picked. Although he has been vital for KKR before, this time his form was not consistent enough to give KKR that middle order balance they required. Especially with Captain Morgan’s form not being up to the mark as a batsman, KKR’s middle order was doomed to fail.

McCullum after the finals defeat said KKR “Couldn’t afford” picking a 80% fit Russell over any other player. 

“Look, Andre, he obviously had a hamstring tear earlier on in the competition. He worked unbelievably hard to try and get himself available. There was still a risk there, and it was a risk that I felt in a final, we just couldn’t afford to take,” McCullum said at the post-match press conference.