August 5, 2021


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Mashrafe waiting for Domingo’s coffee

Finally Mashrafe bin Murtaza opened his mouth. This is the first time he has spoken about being dropped from the ODI team of the West Indies series in January-February at home. In the first episode of a five-episode interview given to private television channel Ekattar TV, Mashrafe said today that he is still waiting to have coffee with national team head coach Russell Domingo.

The invitation for coffee was given to Mashrafe or Domingo. “Russell invited me for a cup of coffee,” Mashrafe said in an interview. He gave me the offer before the Pakistan series. Then the board called me. I told him, your plan, even if you leave me out. Even if you do not know. So that I can be mentally ready. ‘

BCB president Nazmul Hasan then spoke of fitness as the main reason for dropping Mashrafe from the team. In the interview, Mashrafe also gave a stern reply regarding that fitness, ‘Find out the statistics and see if I have failed any fitness test. I did not pass any fitness test from 2001 to 2020. ‘

Mashrafe alleged that the BCB had not discussed with him about his exclusion from the West Indies series. Mashrafe received a phone call from chief selector Minhazul Abedin, but did not say whether he would be in the party or not. Nannu (Minhazul Abedin) brother called me. But this was not talked about. I expected at least some truth. ”

This interview of Mashrafe will be shown on Ekattar TV in four episodes. It is learned that in the next three episodes there may be more bomb blasts about Bangladesh cricket and cricket board.

The Bangladesh team will play the second ODI of the series against New Zealand in Christchurch tomorrow. The match will start at 7 am Bangladesh time. It was a series-saving match for Tamim Iqbal’s team, which lost their first ODI in Dunedin. But BCB president Nazmul Hasan also doubts whether Bangladesh will be able to save the series.

The Bangladesh team will go to New Zealand and win the series by defeating New Zealand, but the BCB president did not have such high hopes. But he wants to see Bangladesh team play at least well. Nazmul Hasan expressed his frustration not to see it today. “We played very badly in the first match,” he told Prothom Alo on his mobile phone. You don’t have to play like this. When they (Bangladesh team) play ODIs, it looks like they are playing Tests, when they play Tests, it looks like they are playing ODIs. ‘
The BCB president also seems to be suffering from overconfidence in the coaches, captains and players of the Bangladesh team in this year’s tour of New Zealand. ‘They say before the game they will do it, they will do it. Needless to say! Later we see the difference between reality and heaven. Then people suffer, they also get nervous, ‘said Nazmul Hasan. He added, ‘Coaches, captains, players all seemed to be coming to whitewash New Zealand. But we have not become such a big team yet. ‘

Nazmul Hasan wants positive cricket for Bangladesh team. I want the team to fight without losing before losing. The result is that there is a big difference between what they say and what they do. He seemed very nervous. There is nothing to be nervous about. Must play positive cricket. The style of play needs to change. ‘

Bangladesh were bowled out for 131 in the first ODI by Dunedin and lost by 7 wickets. Bangladesh will play the last ODI of the series on March 26 in Wellington after the second ODI in Christchurch today. The three-match T20 series will start on March 26 in Hamilton.


What more could there be after such a disappointing performance. Bangladesh wants to tour Christchurch tomorrow after flying in the first ODI against New Zealand in Dunedin. But in order to do that, the team expects responsibility from the batsmen first of all. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. Whatever the way the batsmen have taken their wickets, the expectation of any kind of fight is in vain.

Bowling coach Otis Gibson thinks so. Win-lose is much later. There has to be something to fight for on the scoreboard first, ‘I think if the batsmen can score 260-280 runs on the scoreboard, then it’s fair to do well.

Gibson’s worst reaction was seeing the way the batsmen were out, ‘We didn’t go well at bat. We lost wickets at regular intervals. I have come with wickets in several cases. Honestly, we hope that the batsmen will learn from their mistakes how to play by jumping. ‘

Batsmen have to take responsibility – those words are from Mohammad Mithun. He himself is not free from ‘irresponsibility’. He also played in Dunedin’s first ODI. The collapse of the team could not be stopped in the middle order. He returned with 9 runs from 26 balls after being run out. In an audio message from the BCB sent from Christchurch today, he urged Dunedin to forget his failure and look ahead, “Batsmen must do well to do well on such a wicket. The last match was very bad. The condition was not in our favor. It has been said before that we are not such a bad team. Christchurch is the new venue, another new match. Of course, I want to forget everything from the previous match and give the best in the next match. ‘

Mithun, like Gibson, wants a good collection on the scoreboard. He also knows who has to play a role in doing that, ‘Batsmen have to be a little more responsible. You have to give the best from everyone’s place. New Zealand matches are usually high-scoring. Of course, it is difficult to fight against New Zealand if you can’t do 270-280. Whatever the wicket, we have to adapt. ‘

As Mithun hopes that Dunedin will not be repeated in Christchurch’s second ODI, “Usually what we know is that Christchurch wickets have a little more bounce than other wickets, but there is speed. If the speed is high, then there is some advantage for the batsmen, because it brings the ball to the bat. If we can play to the best of our ability, Dunedin will not be repeated. ‘