THE Tigers, certainly, deserve a bow for successful back-to-back T20I collection in opposition to Zimbabwe (in ZM, 2–1), Australia (house, 4–2) and New Zealand (house, 3–2). Kudos to the workforce administration, gamers, teaching workers and all stakeholders.
On the file e-book, it’s clearly a commendable feat and we take satisfaction within the consequence of the matches. On condition that our subsequent T20 worldwide project is the T20 World Cup, which is able to happen within the United Arab Emirate in October–November 2021, these collection ought to have been alternatives for sufficient and extra match follow. We have been always instructed that the final two collection have been basically thought-about our prime preparation for the forthcoming world occasion.
Nonetheless, are we truthfully happy with our preparation for the approaching mega occasion? Allow us to take a step again and conduct a quick assessment into our performances and see the place we stand.
AT THE outset, a 3–2 scoreline in our favour could look satisfying, however who did we play in opposition to? We performed in opposition to an understrength and an inexperienced workforce with very restricted worldwide publicity of gamers. Moreover, the choice of the New Zealand cricket authorities that nobody from this workforce will be part of their World Cup squad signifies the workforce’s calibre and the bar set for us. The choice not solely implied the nation’s opinion of the competitors Bangladesh deserves but additionally didn’t give us an opportunity to tackle a problem. Can the Bangladesh Cricket Board elevate such a problem of not sending nation’s major groups to bilateral occasions within the subsequent ICC assembly? We really feel that we must always.
What appeared to provide us an higher hand was, in actual fact, a check of our personal advantage. Our general efficiency was underwhelming: Shakib scored solely 45 runs from 4 matches and secured 4 wickets, a effectively beneath par efficiency by his personal requirements; Mushfiq was a flop with a string of poor scores; the openers didn’t rating runs; and the children didn’t reveal something price mentioning. This efficiency by the full-strength Bangladesh workforce was deplorable regardless of having tailored spin-friendly tracks in house situations. Our bowlers, nevertheless, did an inexpensive job in opposition to an inexperienced batting lineup. Our defeats have been large and embarrassing. We misplaced by 52 and 27 runs that are thought-about vital in low-scoring T20 video games. We gained one of many video games by a naked minimal margin — 4 runs. It might have gone both manner, thereby exhibiting a special consequence.
In reality, we must always have dominated and gained all of the 5 video games.
THE scoreline right here is spectacular, 4 – 1 in favour of Bangladesh. Though the Australians have been a stronger outfit with their full-strength bowling division barring the highest ranked Pat Cummins, the batting was very weak with all their premier batsmen lacking. It’s price mentioning that we hosted the Australian workforce by bending lots of necessary protocols and enduring loads of and pointless tantrums that’s unheard off in every other nation.
The very best workforce rating for Bangladesh was 131, which was additionally the best between the groups and there was just one fifty rating by the Bangladesh skipper. Shakib carried out higher compared together with his efficiency within the NZ collection. He scored 114 runs and took seven scalps. Nonetheless, a significantly better efficiency is predicted from the highest all-rounder on this planet. Regardless of the monitor being tailored for spinners, as mirrored within the whole workforce scores in all of the matches, sluggish and low wickets to take house benefit, the batting unit failed miserably. Sadly, there have been no noteworthy performances apart from a fifty by Mahmudullah and a four-wicket haul by Shakib in a match.
There was nothing to jot down house about this collection as effectively and there can’t be a ‘feel-good issue’ in successful such a collection. We wish to see our superstars dominate matches and carry out for our nation in opposition to stronger oppositions in all situations.
THIS was a aggressive collection with high-scoring video games. Our workforce performed effectively and have been the deserving winners (2–1).
On reflection and to organize for the forthcoming T20 World Cup, we must always have given our all within the collection, ready sporting pitches, rotated the gamers as a lot as potential and tried our bench energy given that we’ll be dealing with totally different enjoying situations and far stronger groups.
The desk exhibits the efficiency of our prime 4 gamers and the highest 5 present batsmen, of various nations, throughout all codecs. This exhibits that we’ve got to work lots tougher to contemplate ourselves amongst the greats of the modern-day cricket. We’re going to meet high quality groups from world wide throughout the World Cup. Thus, we’ve got to supply greater than 100 per cent to face of the problem. The preparation appears lower than convincing.
Touhid Shipar Rafiquzzaman is a retired banker.
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