Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah on Thursday admitted that they were severely hurt by the kind of criticism they faced after conceding a shocking defeat against Scotland in their ICC T20 World Cup opener.
The Tigers received huge criticism after losing to Scotland by six runs in their first T20 World Cup qualifying Group B match where they failed to chase down 141 runs at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muskat, Oman.
“We are human beings and we also make mistakes. But for this reason (losing against Scotland), it’s not right to strip us,” Mahmudullah told reporters during a press conference after the match in Muskat.
“When we play, the whole country plays together. We keep it in our minds. I don’t think anyone has more feelings for it than us. We played bad and we knew that we would receive criticism. But it wasn’t right to strip us completely. We all were hurt by it.
“We are human beings and we have feelings. We have families. Our parents and children always sit in front of the TV and they feel sad about it…
“Many raised questions on the strike rate of our three senior cricketers. We tried a lot. It wasn’t like we didn’t try. We tried our best but couldn’t get the result. I think the criticism should be healthier, not like this one,” he added.
Mahmudullah hailed his batsmen’s efforts for delivering under pressure against Papua New Guinea on Thursday that helped them reach the Super 12 stage of the ongoing tournament.
Bowlers especially Shakib Al Hasan then claimed 4-9 as Bangladesh bowled out PNG for 97 runs to register an 84-run victory – their biggest win in a T20I match by runs.
“It was much needed. That was the way we wanted to play and there was intent from the batters,” Mahmudullah, who made 50 off 28 balls, said.
“If you compare to the last two games, I think we did much better so I think the batters did a very good job to get a 180-plus score.
“The bowlers did well to restrict them to less than 100, so it was a very good all-round performance,” he added.
Mahmudullah also informed that he’s still concerned with the team’s performance in the power-play. “The two things we are concerned about are the first six overs with the bat and ball.
“If we can get a good start, we can capitalise on it and that is how we have been building up wins. We need to focus on those areas again and try to compete hard.”