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Mahmud satisfied with Sriram’s work

  • Samsul Arefin Khan From Adelaide
  • 8 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Mahmud satisfied with Sriram’s work
Bangladesh cricketers Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud pose for photos on Monday before leaving Adelaide for Dhaka. – BCB PHOTOS

Khaled Mahmud, technical director of Bangladesh national cricket team, on Monday said that they are yet to make any decision regarding the contract extension of their T20 technical consultant Sridharan Sriram but he informed that the management is happy with his work with the side.

The BCB earlier on August 19 appointed former Indian all-rounder Sriram until the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

Under Sriram’s reign, Bangladesh played 14 T20Is where they won four matches (two against UAE and one each against Netherlands and Zimbabwe) and lost the remaining 10 matches during the last two and a half months.

“His contract was till the end of the World Cup. The World Cup is finished (for them). We are yet to discuss the matter as we were very busy,” Mahmud told reporters at the team hotel in Adelaide before leaving for Dhaka on Monday morning.

“He also has his own priority and we need to know whether he is free or how much time he can give us…We have Russel (Domingo) and he will work in the India series. Now there is a matter of discussion. So we can’t say it now.

“The management thinks that he (Sriram) did excellent work, He worked really hard and he is a hard-working person and I was there when he created a great environment in the team.

“There is no doubt he worked really well. Other coaches gave great efforts. Let’s see what happens next,” he added.

Mahmud said that he was satisfied with Najmul Hossain Shanto’s performance in the T20 World Cup but claimed that his side had to concede many wrong decisions during this year’s event.

Shanto has been the leading run-getter for Bangladesh in the meet as the left-hander scored 180 runs in five games including two fifties against Zimbabwe and Pakistan respectively.

Meanwhile, several umpiring decisions went against Bangladesh during this year’s tournament especially against India and Pakistan respectively in their last two Group 2 Super 12 matches.

“Despite all the talk about Shanto, the way he performed was out of the box. It was very difficult to get out of the pressure that was on him. But he did it. I think Shanto will become one of the best cricketers in the Bangladesh cricket team,” he said.

“Wrong decision happens in a match. But we received too many wrong decisions. None of us could accept Shakib’s dismissal in the Pakistan match. There have been two such wrong decisions in the match against India as well.

“Now we can discuss with the umpire (regarding the issues). But once the decision is made, there is nothing left to do. Even if you complain later, the match will not come back,” he added.