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16 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Minhaj hopes Bangladesh will bounce back from next match

Defends team strategy and planning
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Minhaj hopes Bangladesh will bounce back from next match
Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes (R) talks to Shakib Al Hasan as the latter walks to bat at the nets during a practice session at Somerset County ground in Taunton yesterday. BCB Photo

There were no shortcomings in the strategy and planning of the Bangladesh team for their mission at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. After their high-flying start, they lost back-to-back matches, where they did not perform in the right manner. The Tigers will start their mission of bouncing back from the next match, asserted Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu. He made this observation in the light of the last four matches of the World Cup before flying to the UK, the host of the ICC's mega event.

Nannu, who is disappointed over the match against Sri Lanka being washed away due to the persistent heavy rain in Bristol, said that any change in the playing XI was normally done considering the situation of the fields and pitches. “We were all disappointed in not having the match roll onto the ground against Sri Lanka. It would have been a great advantage for us if we could play that match,” said Minhajul Abedin Nannu.

“All the next matches are equally crucial for us. I believe our team will play better cricket from the next match (against the Caribbean side),” Nannu told the media before leaving Dhaka for London. “I think rain could endanger the other matches of the teams also. So, instead of pondering over the past matches, Bangladesh should look forward to the next match because there is no alternative to victory at this stage of the tournament,” he added.

The decision of the team management, especially after losing to England, has faced criticism from all fronts. But the chief selector is reluctant to accept any mistake behind the shocking drubbing at the hands of the hosts and this year’s pre-World Cup favourites, England.

Nannu said that it has been decided to study the overall situation before the match. “There is nothing to be worried about. Everything is being done after planning. It’s important how you perform on a given day,” he said. Considering the wicket condition and the rival, changes might be made in the playing XI in the next matches.

He thinks that the Tigers still have good chances. But he said that they should device plans for each match.

“Games in England are not played on one ground. Different matches are being held on different grounds. Of them, some are small and some are bigger. Some are pace-friendly and some are spin-friendly. We’ve to take all the things into consideration before forming the playing XI,” he said.

The former skipper believes the team will gain greater confidence if Tamim could bounce back with a big score. Minhajul will soon join the Tigers' tent at Taunton, where Bangladesh will play their next important match against the West Indies on Monday (June 17). He will be with the team till the conclusion of the 50-over extravaganza in London and Wales.

 

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