ICC World Cup 2023 – Shakib says defeat to Netherlands is very difficult to digest

The end had come early at the Gardens of Eden. As thousands of Bangladeshi fans who had crossed the border to cheer their team queued for the exit, the last two wickets – Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed – fell in the space of three balls. One of the banners carried by Bangladesh fans read: “Our target is always the next World Cup”, a dig at BCB president Nazmul Hasan’s comment on 2022. This campaign, Bangladesh are ranked ninth, above England and below the Netherlands. But its over.

“You can say without any doubt that (this is Bangladesh’s worst performance in the World Cup),” Shakib said after his team was bowled out for 142 in the 43rd over while chasing a target of 230. “I don’t have an answer as to why we did it,” he said. Played like this. We were lagging behind in the field. We bowled brilliantly. We didn’t bat the way we could have throughout the tournament. This is a matter of great concern. Today was another day when we gave the Dutch two points altogether. It’s hard to swallow it. It is very difficult to digest. These things can happen in cricket.”

He said that only Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah were batting well and agreed that Mahmudullah could have been placed higher in the line-up. “As a batting unit, if you ask me to summarize our six matches, I would say we were very bad. Apart from Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim, all the other batsmen were not in good form.

“If our batsmen performed well at the top, Riyad (Mahmudullah) and Mushfiq could have played their part. I agree with you that maybe if Riyad Brother If we had batted higher up the order, we could have done well. Besides, we’ve all been disappointing.”

Bangladesh have been restricted to or bowled out for less than 250 in four of the last five matches, with 256 for 8 against India on the flat surface in Pune being their highest score in the World Cup. His lowest score was 142 runs against Netherlands on Saturday.

Shakib said that changing the captain a few months before the World Cup could affect Bangladesh. tamim iqbalThe ODI captain had suddenly retired during the home series against Afghanistan in July, but changed his decision on the request of the country’s Prime Minister. Finally, Tamim Did not make place in World Cup team based on fitness and Shakib criticized him During a television interview just before the team left for India.

When Shakib was asked whether the Tamim episode had affected the team, he said, “It could.” “This is not unusual. I don’t know what is in everyone’s heart. I don’t disagree with you. It may have an impact.”

“When captains and coaches change, it is natural for plans to change. It is difficult to maintain the same plan. It can be a good or bad plan. Everyone’s thinking is different. We do not know what is wrong and what is right. Is.” , It’s difficult for me to say why our performance doesn’t look like we used to play.”

Shakib said Bangladesh’s lead in the World Cup was not challenging enough. “The team gets confidence after winning games irrespective of the conditions. We recently lost to England and Afghanistan. We won two series against Ireland. If you exclude India’s win, we did not perform well in the Asia Cup Yes. We have performed poorly in this World Cup too.

“We are not that bad a team. It could be the World Cup or this atmosphere, the high expectations. It could be many other things. We must find out, but if we work at it, we can get answers. “

Bangladesh’s next match is also in Kolkata, but Shakib did not look positive considering the match against Pakistan on October 31. “It’s very hard to make change. It’s very difficult. We have to try and that’s all we have.” , It’s hard to forget today’s game before the next game.”

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