Sunday, 14 August, 2022

‘Mahmudullah’s captaincy is a concern’

All set to be sacked as T20 captain

‘Mahmudullah’s captaincy is a concern’
Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud (left) and T20 skipper Mahmudullah are seen during a practice session recently. —TANVIN TAMIM

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah’s performance as a captain in the shortest format is a matter of concern, said Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud.

Mahmudullah came under scrutiny both as a player and a leader following his prolonged lean patch and the team’s successive losses in the shortest format.

Bangladesh Cricket Board high-ups confirmed to The Daily Sun on Thursday that he will be axed as T20 captain with an immediate effect.

Big wigs of BCB are expected to sit with Mahmudullah on Thursday to discuss his future as they are expected to announce the team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour for the white-ball series. The right-handed batsman arrived in Dhaka from the West Indies earlier in the morning on Thursday.

It was learnt that Mahmudullah will have to pave the way as a captain for someone else. BCB approached Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan to take over the captaincy in the tour of Zimbabwe but he refused to take it as he is not available but looks certain to lead the T20 squad from the Asia Cup. In the Zimbabwe tour Nurul Hasan or Liton Das, who is expected to be Shakib’s deputy when he will lead the T20 side in Zimbabwe.

As a captain, Mahmudullah raised quite a few eyebrows in the second and third T20Is against West Indies as he decided not to use Mosaddek Hossain despite his taking a wicket-maiden over.

 In the third game, Mahmudullah decided to complete the full quota of Mosaddek but didn’t bring Shakib and the decision was taken largely due to the fact Nicholas Pooran and Kyle Mayers were batting at that time (as per his match-up theory left-arm spinners won’t be successful against left-handed batsmen).

 Tigers’ team director Khaled Mahmud told The Daily Sun recently that they have noticed his captaincy in the West Indies T20Is and added that he is not sure what prompted him to lead in such a manner though he insisted captaincy varies from person to person.

“Captaincy varies from person to person like Riyad (Mahmudullah) is one type and Shakib is another type and Tamim is another type,” Mahmud said.

“Definitely, there is a concern regarding the captaincy of Mahmudullah and if I speak as a former cricketer than on that day Mossadek made a breakthrough and got a maiden wicket and at that point, Mossadek deserves at least one over and even if he was hit six sixes in one over I wouldn’t have a mind to be very honest,” he said.

“If I don’t have the faith that Mossadek can bowl to a right-hander then obviously that is a problem. The right-hand and left-hand combination we do in domestic cricket in first-class because in domestic cricket there is spin and left-handers struggle against right-handed off-spin while right-hander looks to struggle against left-handed batsman and it is there but in international cricket, if you carry the same mindset it will be difficult,” he said.

“I don’t know why Riyad (Mahmudullah) did that and in another game, we did not complete a full quota of Shakib and there are certain points and only he can say what went through his mind at the heat of the moment,” he added.

Bangladesh made the highest score of 215 runs while the lowest was 73 runs in between the 43 games while they scored at an average of 7.34.

Bangladesh accumulated 5765 runs during his tenure as T20 captain while their average score is 134 runs that include scores over 160 runs on seven occasions. Bangladesh batted first in 24 innings during this time frame and posted 3270 runs averaging 136.25 runs while they managed to give their opponents a target of over 160 runs on five occasions batting first since Mahmudullah took over. Apart from his captaincy, Mahmudullah’s failure to shine with the bat also looked to be hurting the team for quite some time.

Since the last World Cup debacle, Mahmudullah’s highest score has been 22 against West Indies in the last T20I. His last fifty came against Papua New Guinea and since then he has played 13 innings without any major contribution.