Thursday, 9 December, 2021

Mahmudullah insists bio-bubble fatigue forced them to skip optional practice

Mahmudullah insists bio-bubble fatigue forced them to skip optional practice

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah said on Thursday that they opted to skip the optional practice sessions in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup due to bio-bubble fatigue.

According to media reports, Bangladesh players willingly opted out practice sessions before their last Super 12 match against Australia while they skipped practice before their crucial matches against England and South Africa. They also shifted practice venues to reduce lengthy travel.

Post Bangladesh’s humiliation against Australia today, Mahmudullah addressed the reporters in the post-match press conference.

Mahmudullah blamed the bio-bubble fatigue and restless cricket as one of the key factors behind their skipping optional practice before their crucial Super 12s matches.

“We have been playing restless cricket for last 4 or 5 months. We are away from family for long days. You already know about the fact of bio-bubble fatigue. There were some talks about practice. Sometimes the player individually will be realized the importance of the break and he will decide whether they need a break or practice because there are some mental issues apart from the physical issues. I am not giving any excuse but we all need to understand these matters because this is not an easy thing,’’ Mahmudullah said.

Mahmudullah added that to move from one bio-bubble to another isn’t easy by any means and it affect players.

“I was busy in DPL for 26 days and straightaway I toured to Zimbabwe after just two-day gap and after the series we entered the bio-bubble after returning home ahead of Australia series. And after Australia series we again entered bio-bubble for New Zealand series just seven after seven days break. On behalf of our team I am just saying sometimes it is very tough for the players to maintain this system and many players have been struggling due to bio-bubble. Sometime we individually or team management thinks that we need a break. Some players feel they need practice. But we have to show our performance in the field. There will be criticism and we have to accept this. This is our responsibility to perform for the team and nation. And when you cannot perform you must receive criticism,” he said.

Bangladesh’s World Cup ended on Thursday with a crushing defeat against Australia. It was an embarrassing finish to a dismal run by the Tigers in the showpiece event that hard started miserably for them with a shocking defeat against associate nation Scotland more a two weeks ago. 

The Australia game was a dead rubber of Bangladesh but it was another woeful batting from Bangladesh as only three batsmen could reach the double digit. It is crystal clear that nothing clicked for Bangladesh as they were bundled out for just 73 against Australia who were hammered by in Bangladesh in the five-match T20 series just few months back.