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Captain Mahmudullah reluctant to face the music

Captain Mahmudullah reluctant to face the music

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“I am repeatedly saying that we are trying our best but we are failing to capitalise. You (journalists) are repeatedly asking me the same question and I am giving the same answer,” Nasum Ahmed looked exhausted trying to answer the same questions again and again after their loss against England.

On whom Nasum showed his anger in the post-match conference? Was it on journalists or on those who sent him to the post-match conference?

It was not known immediately but as things stand it was not difficult to assume either considering all the seniors tried to do was to make him a scapegoat rather than taking the heat.

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah must take the blame considering he was the one who was expected to face the music as his predecessors did in the past.

During the last World Cup, Mashrafe Mortaza was going through a rough patch personally while his team was not performing either but despite all odds, he faced the heat.

Left-arm spinner Nasum showed some resistance with the bat against England in the lower-order after recognised batsmen yet again failed to click while later brought a much-needed breakthrough for Bangladesh when England top-order seemed to take the game away from Bangladesh.

Nasum’s all-rounder performance turned him the best performer for Bangladesh against England on Wednesday but that doesn’t suggest that he should have been pushed for the presser.

Facing the media or handling press conferences is a part of the responsibilities of a professional cricketer which Mashrafe showed in the ICC World Cup in 2019 who handled media nicely despite immense pressure on his head.

The morale of the Bangladesh team were at its lowest with a sorry run of successive defeats in the World Cup 2019 and as usual, the critics came up with their own theories and Mashrafe was singled out for criticism following Tigers’ abysmal performance.

But Mashrafe showed his gusty attitude by taking the blame by facing the media that time though it was not the case with Mahmudullah.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan are seasoned pros and should take the responsibility but they seemed to be reluctant and that too after adding fuel to the fire through their irresponsible remarks.

Anybody from the coaching panel or a senior cricketer could face the media after the defeat against England on Wednesday but it was not an ideal example for Bangladesh cricket whoever decided to send to a newcomer like Nasum in such big stage press conference.