The goal was big. The team prepared well beating Australia and New Zealand at home in two successive series. But the Tigers ended up losing the six of the eight matches they played in this year’s T20 World Cup.
Experts say the team played the World Cup with the absence of real team spirit.
Bangladesh’s two historic wins before the World Cup didn’t help them register a win even against Scotland who are a weaker side compared to experienced Tigers.
Bangladesh’s morale was hit hard when they lost two warm-up matches— against Ireland and Sri Lanka— ahead of the main event in Oman.
Before taking on Scotland in the first match in Round 1, Bangladesh’s captain Mahmudullah Riyad brushed aside the defeats in the warm-up matches.
But in the first match, Bangladesh were stunned by Scotland which had prompted the BCB president, Nazmul Hasan, to criticize the cricketers mercilessly. He blamed three seniors— Mahmudllah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan— for the defeat that seemed to have set the tone for the Tigers in this year’s T20 World Cup.
“There was a negative environment when Bangladesh lost the first match to Scotland,” Nazmul Abedeen Fahim, the former cricket development officer at BCB and the current cricket advisor at BKSP, told UNB.