Defeat in four consecutive matches has ended Bangladesh’s hope to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup. Still, the Tigers have a good chance to register a consolation win when they take on Australia on Thursday in Dubai.
Australia have played three matches so far and won two of them. They currently are in third place on the points table. The top two teams of the Group 1 of the Super 12s will qualify for the semi-finals. England and South Africa are leading the table with eight and six points respectively from four and three wins.
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Right before the World Cup, Bangladesh won two T20Is series on the trot against Australia and New Zealand, which had boosted Bangladesh’s confidence to do well in the World Cup. But they stumbled in the tournament as the wickets of the UAE are not similar to the pitches of Dhaka where they beat Australi and New Zealand.
“We have another chance to win against Australia tomorrow. The guys will analyse what they have done, and what they have to do. I am sure they will come back strongly tomorrow,” Rangana Herath, Bangladesh’s spin bowling coach told the media on Wednesday.
“As a professional team, we need to come back strongly. We have another game to go. We need to maintain that winning mindset and build winning confidence. We have to think about Bangladesh cricket’s way forward,” he added.
Bangladesh are going to miss the service of Shakib Al Hasan once again as the allrounder has been ruled out of the event with a hamstring blow. The Bangladesh team management did not call up any replacement which came as a big surprise to the fans. It seems that the team management accepted defeat in the last match even before it took to the field.
Aminul Islam Biplob, the legspinner, was part of the Bangladesh team as a standby player. But right before the World Cup began, he was sent home citing that his service won’t be required.
“We had three spinners so the management thought that it was the best combination. I am sure for the next tour against Pakistan or for the next few series Biplob will join the team,” Herath told about Aminul.
“Lot of wrist spinners are doing well in this tournament. I am sure Biplob will join in the next two tours. He will hopefully get the opportunity to play for Bangladesh,” he added.
Herath also said that the Bangladeshi players need to be more professional and understand their roles in the team and perform accordingly.
“As a cricketer, playing for your country is a matter of pride and responsibility. We should all understand the responsibilities and roles whether you are playing for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
If you can identify that role, and then improve day by day,” Herat, who was an integral part of the Sri Lankan side for years, also added.
Right after the World Cup, Bangladesh are set to take on Pakistan in a full series which will take place in Dhaka and Chattogram.