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We must prepare batting wickets at home: Habibul

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  • 31 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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We must prepare batting wickets at home: Habibul

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National selector Habibul Bashar feels that their cricketers need to play in good wickets to do well in the shortest format of the game.

“If we want to do well in T20, we must prepare batting wickets at home. In the domestic T20 tournament, we don’t get good wickets because we play in the same wicket over and over again and that is why we failed to produce power hitters,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“If we want to improve in this area (producing power hitters), we need to make sure that we produce batting wickets in the domestic T20 tournament,” he added.

Bangladesh batters failed to blaze in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup and they are all but out from the race of semifinal after losing three consecutive matches in the Super12 phase.

The Tigers went to the tournament on the back of huge successes considering they defeated New Zealand and Australia at home in separate T20 series on a low and slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

The team management then opted to play in those surfaces considering they wanted to carry winning momentum in the tournament though it hardly paid dividends considering batsmen failed miserably to showcase their ability in the shortest format.

Mahmudullah and his teammates missed the chance to seal the match against West Indies despite restricting their opponent for a reasonable total on Friday.

Against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh scored 171 runs in Sharjah but it eventually turned out to be 10 to 15 runs short looking into the wicket while they also failed immensely against England during their second game.

“Batting is a major concern and our batsmen failed to click throughout the World Cup except for the match against Sri Lanka. We failed to live up to the expectations. We are yet to improve power-play batting that is required to do well if we want to do well in the mega event,” Habibul said.

“We also lack in power hitting in the death and we need some power hitter in the late order. We have to work with power-hitting to make 10 or 12 runs per over in death overs,” he added.

Bangladesh’s fielding was also below par throughout the tournament as they failed to hold crucial catches, 12 to be precise in six games, that made them pay dearly and according to the former national skipper, who is accompanying the team in Dubai failure to hold their nerves is responsible for dropping those catches.

 “We do enough fielding practice. I think it is more important to take psychological stress whenever we play on such a big stage or playing at home ground. Maybe we missed it due to that pressure (mental).

“But those who put down catches are one of our best fielders. So we need to learn how to handle those pressure situations in crucial moments. We think we should work more regarding the matter,” he said.

Habibul also indicated that Rubel Hossain and Shamim Hossain might feature in their upcoming games of the tournament.