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Captain Mahmudullah admits his failure but denies stepping down

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 5 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Captain Mahmudullah admits his failure but denies stepping down

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah on Thursday admitted that he probably lacked as a leader during the ICC T20 World Cup but also denied stepping down from captaincy.

The Tigers completed another disappointing World Cup campaign when they suffered an eight-wicket defeat to Australia in Dubai to finish the Super 12 stage with five consecutive losses.

It was the sixth consecutive time Bangladesh failed to win any match in the main event of the tournament and it prompted the media to put up the awkward question of his quitting the format straight into the face of Mahmudullah, “Would you mind if we ask when you are planning to quit?” 

“No, no. I won’t mind (if he’s asked whether he’s ready to quit captaincy or not). It’s not in my hand and it is up to the BCB to decide (regarding captaincy). For my side, I tried my best. Probably there was a gap in my captaincy and I couldn’t bring the best from my teammates,” Mahmudullah replied, adding that he’s not thinking of quitting from the format.

“But I’m not thinking of quitting (from T20),” he answered another question.

Mahmudullah said he’s not sure what went wrong for them during the tournament.

Bangladesh managed to give good challenges against Sri Lanka and West Indies but they were comprehensively beaten by England, South Africa and Australia in their remaining Super 12 matches.

On Thursday, they were bowled out for just 73 runs which the Aussies chased down in 6.2 overs to win the match with 82 balls to spare. 

“Overall we showed poor performance in the World Cup. I’m personally searching for the answer that what was missing and what we needed. We all discussed finding the lackings. We showed dismal performance throughout the tournament except for the matches against Sri Lanka and West Indies,” said Mahmudullah.

“As a team, this is very frustrating. I don’t know the answers and I’m still searching for it. Let’s see what happens after returning home. It’s quite complicated at the moment,” he added.

Mahmudullah said that they failed to pick the momentum and that made them because they are kind of a side that is dictated by the flow.   

“If you look back at the previous series we were in a flow. I think the flow is very important in our team to build up confidence in such a tournament which was initially hampered in the first match. Then we struggled. Our confidence could be boosted up if we could beat Sri Lanka in the first match.

 “I’m really disappointed with the way we batted in the tournament. This is totally unacceptable. We have to see a lot of things ahead of the Pakistan series. We need to improve,” he said, adding that his previous statement (after the match against PNG) was entirely an emotional one.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan had come down heavily on the team after their opening-match defeat to Scotland in the Qualifiers.

Nazmul’s outburst seemed to have an impact in the dressing room and skipper Mahmudullah didn’t hold back his emotions after they secured their berth in the Super 12s, stating that it was unfair to raise questions over the players’ commitment.