Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Never questioned players' commitment - BCB chief hits back at Mahmudullah. "We expect criticism when it is warranted, but if that is belittling, we feel bad," Mahmudullah had said.
"We expect criticism when it is warranted, but if that is belittling, we feel bad," Mahmudullah had said.
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan has taken a dig at T20I skipper Mahmudullah for his 'emotional outburst' in the ongoing T20 WC, stating that he never questioned the players' commitment.
”There are two things that I did not get,” Nazmul told Somoy TV on Friday (October 22). “Like he said they feel bad when anyone questions their commitment. I don't think anyone raised question about their commitment… Not for once I said anything about commitment. Secondly, he said I belittled them but I feel it's an emotional outburst.
“I will still stick to my point that I was not happy with their approach, attitude and planning in the first game,” the BCB chief added.
Nazmul had comedown heavily on the team after their opening-match defeat to Scotland, and that had an impact on the dressing room atmosphere. Mahmudullah, after Bangladesh secured their berth in the Super12s, could not hold back his emotions in the presser and hit back at the team's critics stating that it is unfair to raise questions over the players' commitment.
“We expect criticism when it is warranted, but if that is belittling, we feel bad,” Mahmudullah had said in a press conference after Bangladesh's win in their second Round 1 game, over PNG on Thursday (October 21).
Nazmul also said that he is ‘quite surprised' that Mahmudullah took his opinion so personally, adding that the surrender to Scotland was nothing short of an embarrassment for Bangladesh.
“I think he (Mahmudullah) and other players need to understand one thing, like he said, that they are humans but on the same note, the team's supporters and the spectators are also humans and [so is] everyone in BCB.
“There is nothing to take personally because whatever we said was for the team and the country and not against any individual.”
The BCB head also vaguely hinted at a possible change in T20I captaincy in the near future. Bangladesh currently have three captains – Mahmudullah (T20I), Tamim Iqbal (ODIs) and Mominul Haque (Tests) – and as things stand, the board might make the T20I skipper pay for this embarrassment caused at a global tournament.
“At this moment we are not thinking about captaincy change but it is natural that changes will come and there is a possibility that captaincy will be changed though I am not willing to disclose in which format,” he said.
The tussle between Mahmudullah and Nazmul is not new as the the former was also left disappointed with the way the national skipper decided to quit Test cricket after hitting his career best unbeaten 150 against Zimbabwe. Though Mahmudullah is yet to announce it officially, it was reported in the media that there is no possibility of him reconsidering his decision and making a comeback in red-ball cricket.
BCB extend Domingo's contract
Though Mahmudullah seems to be in the firing line, BCB have extended the contract of head coach Russell Domingo for two years. Domingo's current contract with BCB ran only until this T20 WC.
”We have confirmed contract extension with Domingo for two years,” Nazmul confirmed, even though an official word is yet to be sent out on the same.