Tuesday, 16 August, 2022

A BCB drama without any logic

A BCB drama without any logic
Mahmudullah hands over the T20I cap to Parvez Hossain Emon on Tuesday. –BCB Photo

Bangladesh are going through ‘Hawa’ fever. The mystery-drama film has earned a lot of appreciation since getting released on Friday and it looks to have all the credentials to get the tagline – a hit movie within a few weeks.

The film shows the journey of an all-men team on a seafaring boat and eventually it reflects the mystery of life and relationship that get re-interpreted.

It’s quite similar in Harare as the Bangladesh Cricket Board decided that they couldn’t be left far behind and opted to stage a mystery drama ahead of the series concluding third T20I against Zimbabwe.

If appointing Mosaddek Hossain as the T20 captain for the last game against Zimbabwe is a drama what made it mystical is the inclusion of Mahmudullah for the last game.

Mosaddek replaced Nurul Hasan Sohan as captain while former T20I skipper Mahmudullah replaced him as a player after Nurul was ruled out due to a finger injury.

The BCB earlier stated that they wanted to make a new start in the shortest format and as a result, they wanted to rest Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim to see how the young guns fares in T20s.

However, all of a sudden, the Tigers’ think-tank decided to change their stance and bring back Mahmudullah for the series-deciding game that not only raised questions over their foresightedness but also gave a wrong impression to the youngsters, if not anything else.

It was learnt that Mahmudullah was reluctant to play the third T20I and only changed his mind after the BCB high-ups requested him to reconsider his decision.

It can’t be more satisfying for Mahmudullah considering the same people earlier were claiming that it is high time to look beyond him considering his age and form.

Mahmudullah made run a ball 27 after picking 1-8 from his two overs but just when the team needed him to guide him from the front he gave away his wicket trying to slash a delivery from Brad Evans that pitched wide and outside the off stump. Bangladesh eventually lost the game by 10 runs and that too by breaking the whole process that was in place without any valid reason.

Mushfiqur was hardly fortunate enough though many felt that if Mahmudullah could be reconsidered, why not Mushfiqur?

The Daily Sun learnt that head coach Russell Domingo was not ready to accommodate Mahmudullah in the last T20I as he was ready to chalk his plan with a youngster.

However, he had to change his mind later after being instructed by his employers to act as per their prescription.

A section from the BCB floated the idea that Domingo wanted Mahmudullah in the side but no confirmation could be gathered in this regard.

Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud claimed that they had to bring Mahmudullah as they didn’t have adequate back-ups in the middle-order. Bangladesh had five openers in the side for the T20I series against Zimbabwe.

Mahmud can’t put all the blame on the selection panel as he is also part of it being the team director of the Tigers.

Furthermore, the Tigers still had Mehidy Hasan as an option to fill the lower-middle order though they opted for an experienced campaigner.

If Mahmudullah’s inclusion was nothing short of a mystery, the appointment of Mosaddek was nothing short of melodrama.

Mosaddek was not even in the picture for quite some time and only came into the scene due to a lot of permutation and combinations but neither the selectors nor the members of the team management ever hinted anything that suggested they were considering him to be a future leader.

The BCB officials insisted that they offered the role of captaincy to Liton Das but he refused to take it after Nurul was injured.

 “He (Liton) said why he is being offered the role in the middle of the series,” a member involved with the development confirmed to The Daily Sun.

He also informed that the in-form right-handed batsman was not totally happy after not being considered as the T20 skipper after the axing of Mahmudullah from the leadership role, who looked all set not to get it back again.

The BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon is involved with all the developments of the new drama but his logic to bring back Mahmudullah and give Mosaddek captaincy is questionable.

 “Please leave it (regarding the selection of Mahmudullah). I don’t want to say anything about this,” a member of the selection panel told The Daily Sun when his attention was drawn.

The helplessness in his voice only suggested someone else in the selection panel is not entirely responsible for making certain calls.

And all these things only suggest there will be more dramas in the coming days.