Although defeat is a part and parcel of the game we cannot take it easily that a newcomer in the world of cricket like Afghanistan whitewashed Bangladesh 3-0 in a T20 series in Dehradun, India. In plain eyes the boys didn’t look so confident and performed terribly in every field. With the series already lost, Mushfiq and Mahmudullah batted brilliantly to salvage some pride in the last match, but they failed to finish and Bangladesh lost by 1 run.
The main thing that didn’t work out in Bangladesh’s favour was that the team was without a head coach since the dramatic depart of Hathurusingha in November 2017. However, the good thing is the vacant post of head coach has been fulfilled with the recruitment of England’s Steve Rhodes on Thursday.Now, before the boy’s morale gets further down due to such a battering at the hand of the Afghans, BCB and the new coach should take stock what went wrong with the tour and how the team can do away with the perception that they cannot perform well abroad.
Our players have been doing great over the last couple of years and one series loss cannot take back their merit and hard work. There is no lack of talent in the team but we have seen that most players didn’t do justice to their merits. They didn’t play responsible cricket as they were frequently seen gifting their wickets. Either they were unnerved by formidable spinner Rashid Khan and other Afghan spinners or couldn’t cope up with the playing condition.
BCB should also think about players’ participation in foreign leagues. For any player to perform, proper rest and understanding of the playing condition is important. But a number of our players are so busy for playing in foreign leagues that they can hardly have any rest. For instance, Sakib joined the team just after returning from IPL, while Mustafiz opted out from the team at the last moment due to injury received in IPL. So, BCB should make proper plan to give players proper time to rest and play.
It is high time the cricketers understood that they have to perform more consistently. Proper practice and more foreign tours can help them out. We the people must also be supportive and refrain from embroiling them in unnecessary controversies.