‘We don’t have too many back-up options’

'We don't have too many back-up options'

Bangladesh’s Champions Trophy campaign has come to an end after suffering a nine-wicket defeat to India in the semi-finals of the tournament, on Thursday.

Most the young players in the Bangladesh side performed very poor throughout the tournament as well as in the last game against India which helped the arch-rivals to seal a comfortable victory.

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From opener Soumya Sarkar to pacer Taskin Ahmed, every youngster of the side has disappointed the Tigers fans with their poor performance. They seemed to be depending more on the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in the batting.

At the top of the batting order, Sabbir Rahman has proved himself not fit as a one-down batsman yet again by performing very poor in all of his four innings in the tournament.

However, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza expects that the youngsters would step up and not depend on players like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all the time.

“We don’t have too many back-up options. Some of these youngsters have played for 3-4 years so it’s not fair to just drop them. We have to persist with them and also believe they can get mentally tougher,” Mashrafe said.

-Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com