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It’s not happening: Taskin

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  • 3 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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It’s not happening: Taskin

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Bangladesh pace bowler Taskin Ahmed believes that they have the skill to do well in the shortest format but it’s just not happening for them in the showpiece event.

“It’s not that we don’t have the skill (to do well in T20) but it’s just not happening somehow( in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup),” Taskin told reporters after their six-wicket loss to South Africa -- their fourth successive loss in the Super 12 stage.

“We haven’t played according to our potential. We are better than this. We lost games that we were supposed to win. Maybe we are not as good as other T20 sides, but even then we didn’t play up to our potential. I think we could have played better than this.

“Losing is not fun. Nobody wants to lose. We had great expectations, but we couldn’t play up to those expectations. All the criticism is quite natural. We have to accept it. But we have to get over it before the next match, or the next series.

“We just want to give back one win for the country,” he added, pointing his fingers at all the criticism going around for their dismal performance in the ongoing tournament.

Bangladesh were riding high on confidence before entering the tournament on the back of their home series wins over Australia and New Zealand on low and slow wickets but that hardly proved dividend in the global event considering they had to play in the sporting wickets.

The team management opted to play in those surfaces despite all the criticism but Taskin, after playing in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, admitted that it would have been better if they have opted to play in sporting wickets at home.

“We encountered sporting wickets in the World Cup, much different from Mirpur. We are hopeful of better wickets in the future. It will improve our bowling and batting. Regardless of the result, it will help us ahead of big tournaments,” said Taskin.

Taskin also claimed that their batting unit was low in confidence due to their successive failures in the tournament while adding that things could have been different if they could put a few more runs on the board.

“Our batting unit probably is low in confidence. At the end of the day, runs are a factor in T20s. We didn’t have regular big totals,” said Taskin.

“It could have been a different story if we made even 120 or 125. I think today’s wicket was different. The ball was seaming. There was off-the-pitch movement in both innings. They took nearly 14 overs to score 85 runs,” said Taskin, who finished with 2-18 in four overs in the match.