Death bowling still a big concern for Tigers

Mashrafe bowling in warm-up match against Pakistan in Birmingham

 

Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales, former Bangladesh skipper Khaled Mahmud Sujon said that bowling in the death overs is still a very big concern for Bangladesh, while they also need to improve their death-over batting for better results in the showpiece event.

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“It seems to me that our death bowling is still a concern for us. Along with that, we needed to improve in the death batting in the last powerplay,” he said, adding “If you mark at the last match, then you will get to see no batsman finish the proceedings. What is Shakib, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah or Mosaddek. If a batsman can finish the innings then the match is good for the team’s success.”

Sujon is not much moved by Bangladesh’s warm-up match defeat to Pakistan despite scoring near 350 runs, as he believed the match scenario would be different if they field their key bowlers-Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain.

“Warm-up matches are being held to hone skills and techniques of batting, bowling and fielding before going into the main campaign. Mustafiz (ur Rahman) and Rubel Hossain were not in the team. Even Sabbir Rahman has not played. Imrul was played in place of him,” he said.

“Along with that, it has been tried by Taskin and Shafiul. Mustafiz is a factor of our bowling. If he could play the match then the match scenario might be different,” he also said.

“I think we’re in right mood. I just talked with the coach. The team is in good mode. Batting is being done well. Bowling has still concern. I think Oval is a very flat wicket. We’ve first match against England, who are considered as the favourite. Overall, England is tough team but we’ve experience to beat them.”