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Najmul not ready to give Shakib’s dismissal as an excuse

  • Samsul Arefin Khan from Adelaide
  • 7 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Najmul not ready to give Shakib’s dismissal as an excuse

Bangladesh unexpectedly found itself in a dream position when Netherlands defeated Pakistan in the day’s first match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

The South Africa defeat put the Tigers in such a situation that they only required a victory against Pakistan in their last Group 2 Super 12 match to qualify for the semifinal stage for the first time in a T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh had a great memory at Adelaide Oval as they previously defeated England by 15 runs and confirmed their maiden 50-over World Cup quarterfinal berth during the 2015 edition of the tournament.

The Tigers were in a similar position to rewrite their past glory on Sunday but they had endured a nervous breakdown after Shakib Al Hasan’s controversial dismissal and failed to inspire themselves in the remaining part of the game to miss a massive opportunity at the end.

Bangladesh opener Najmul Hossain Shanto, who made the highest 54 off 48 balls during the match, said that they aren’t ready to make an excuse for that as they were fully concentrated on the game.

“I don’t think it disturbed our concentration but what I felt as I was there with him as well as the whole team, it looked like it was not out and I was pretty sure that it wasn’t out,” Najmul told reporters in Adelaide after the game on Sunday.

“But the decision lies with the umpires and we cannot say much about it. I don’t think the concentration was broken but we didn’t play well in middle overs at the end of the day.

“I don’t think there is any point discussing these things as we don’t have it in our control. Everything depends on the match referee and the umpires and so no matter how much we discuss it, there is no point in it,” said Najmul, adding that he is disappointed not being able to bat for a longer period.

“I think it was around 140-150 runs’ wicket and I think I should have stayed till the end but unfortunately I could not do it and that is the reason I am a bit disappointed. If the lower-order batsmen could have done well, we could have got a competitive match,” he concluded.