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Shakib differs with BCB boss

Shakib differs with BCB boss

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Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has differed with BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon regarding the demotion of batsman Mushfiqur Rahim in the batting order against Oman.

BCB boss Nazmul took a swipe at head coach Russell Domingo for shuffling the batting order as he felt it was not necessary.

Nazmul, who showed his displeasure after the opening game with the approach and strategy of the team management and had a hand in bringing back Naim, said that he is not convinced with the strategy adding that it was not executed in the previous T20 series.

Batting first, Mohammad Naim, who replaced Soumya Sarkar from the last match, announced his arrival in the competition with 64 off 50 balls, and Shakib, who was also named the player of the match, played a timely knock 42 off 29 balls to take the Tigers to 153.

Naim and Shakib added 80 runs that helped the Tigers repair the early damage but surprisingly the Tigers promoted Nurul Hasan and Afif Hossain up the order but they couldn’t grab the opportunity as they departed for three and two respectively.

Mahmudullah (17) and Mushfiqur Rahim (six) tried to score some swift runs but couldn’t really get going.

“There is no point to do experimentation,” Nazmul was quoted in Ekattor Khelajog after the game against Oman on Tuesday.

“After Naim and Shakib had made some runs at that point I don’t think we needed to do all those kinds of an experiment as I feel they (Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur) could have batted in their own position,” he said.

“I am not sure why this is happening because there is no need to have such experimentation after being in such a position. We could have experimented in the game against Scotland as we lost two early wickets we could have sent Mahedi Hasan,” the BCB boss said.

“They have sent but I am not sure because we didn’t experiment in the previous series than why we are experimenting in the ongoing World Cup. I was afraid there might be (experimentation) and I was talking about it,” Nazmul said adding that he was not sure why Naim was dropped in the first game.

“I am not sure about it (Naim’s exclusion in the opening game against Scotland) as we have prepared him for the World Cup and what messages are we giving him? Similarly, Soumya will find it hard to score as he will be thinking that he will be dropped if he is not scoring, Soumya is not scoring runs but at times he does make some runs for the team,” he said.

While Nazmul was showing his displeasure, Shakib didn’t see anything wrong with the move.

“According to the match scenario, whoever the coach and captain thought would be ideal came out to bat, those who are capable of handling that situation. At one point we thought we would get to 170-180 if everyone’s batting had clicked. That’s the reason why there were many changes in the batting order. It’s natural in T20 cricket,” Shakib said during the post-match press conference.   

“When a team loses one or two wickets after 10-11 overs, at that time naturally the number six and seven batsmen get promoted up the order. This is quite a common practice in the T20 format,” he said.

“When a team wins, these decisions are applauded and get blamed in case of defeating. Many a time the coach and the captain have to take this kind of decision. We as teammates back the decision,” he said.

However, Shakib said that at times Nazmul’s opinion is good for the team.

“He (Nazmul) is very involved with the team and he shares his suggestion and we try to follow it. At times it works and at times it doesn’t work but at times these opinions are not bad, I think it is good for the team,” Shakib concluded.