Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - 'It's up to BCB to decide' - Mahmudullah on captaincy future. Bangladesh lost all five matches in the Super 12 stage.
Bangladesh lost all five matches in the Super 12 stage.
Bangladesh T20I skipper Mahmudullah has seen both sides of the coin. Ahead of the T20 WC, Mahmudullah was seen attending several interviews where he opened up on Bangladesh's chances in the tournament following victories over Australia and New Zealand at home. Post their disappointing campaign in the Super 12 stages, Mahmudullah was asked if he would step down as skipper if needed.
“It is not in my hands and it is up to BCB to decide (regarding captaincy),” Mahmudullah said after Bangladesh's disastrous loss against Australia on Thursday (November 4). “From my side I tried my best probably there was (something) lacking in my captaincy and could not bring the best from my team mates.
“No, no, I am not thinking of quitting,” he further said when asked if he would quit the format. “Personally I am searching for the answer that what is missing and what we need to do and we all discussed regarding the matter to find out what we lack. We showed dismal performances throughout the tournament except the matches against Sri Lanka and West Indies.
“As a team this is very frustrating. I don't know the answers and I am still searching for it. Let's see what happens after returning home. It's quite complicated at the moment.”
Mahmudullah conceded that things could have been different had they managed to beat Sri Lanka in the first Super 12 game, which in turn could have given them momentum to build upon. “If you look back the previous series we were in a flow,” he said, “I think the flow is very important in our team to build up the confidence in such tournaments which was initially hampered in the first match. Then we struggled. Our confidence could have been boosted had we beaten Sri Lanka in the first match.
”I am really disappointed with the way we batted in the tournament. This is totally unacceptable. We have to see a lot of things ahead of Pakistan series. We need to improve.”
BCB president Nazmul Hasan had come down heavily on the team after their opening defeat to Scotland in the Qualifiers. Nazmul's outburst seemed to have an impact on the dressing room atmosphere and skipper Mahmudullah didn't hold back his emotions after they secured their berth in the Super 12s, stating that it was unfair to raise questions over the players' commitment.
Mahmudullah reiterated that it was just an emotional outburst and pointed out that things were fine between the players and the board. “I admit that I got emotional and that's why I probably reacted in that manner in the press conference,” he pointed out.
”I think there is no gap between the board and us. Being professional cricketers we have to show our performance. And when you cannot perform there will be a lot of talks. We have to focus more on our performances forgetting all the criticism,.”