Just a couple of months of earlier, Bangladesh was over the moon seizing mighty Australia at home in a Test match; the Tigers, therefore, were pretty close of clinching the series, although failed in the attempt, the team was showered in appreciations and rewards. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মাশরাফির নেতৃত্বে বদলে যাওয়ার আশা]
After less than two months, the story line has drastically changed. Handed huge and embarrassing defeats in both Test matches by South Africa, Bangladesh is in an utterly sorry state of affairs.
Criticisms have been floated even from the highest authority of cricket in the country; pressures are mounting above Mushfiqur Rahim, the Test captain of Bangladesh, to make a step down from the position, but, arguably denied by the skipper so far.
Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu who is accompanying the team to work out the managerial responsibilities in absence of regular manager Khaled Mahmud Shujon, is hoping the team would revive from the catastrophe soon in the one day international series to come under the captaincy of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
During the practice session of team Bangladesh, Minhajul Abedin Nannu said, “I’m thinking anymore what happened in the Test series. We are now focusing upon the ODI series and started taking preparations.”
“Our ODI skipper has arrived and with him four members of the limited over squad are also here. I believe Bangladesh will certainly do better in one day series under the captaincy of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza,” Nannu added.
Nannu also talked about some mistakes that Bangladeshi batsmen committed in the Test series.
“It seemed they wanted to play every delivery. In Test cricket, you have to learn to leave a delivery or two. Our batsmen are of medium heights, when they played a short ball strongly, it leapt over. I expected much more good techniques from them,” told Nannu.
About the incident of three batsmen stroke in helmet by rising deliveries, the former Bangladesh star said, “I can say those incidents happened because of lack of concentration. A batsman’s eye would not spill from the coming ball unless the concentration lapsed. They did not eyeing the ball. You have to keep your eyes in the delivery no matter you play it or leave it. They fixed it earlier not to play those deliveries at all.”
The Chief Selector said he is not really aware of the kind of preparation Bangladesh took for the tour.
“We used to practice against Tennis balls in indoors. Tennis ball generally come fast. We could leave some of them, some of them hit our body. This type of preparation helped us to face bowlers like Ambrose and Walsh. I don’t really know what kind of preparation Bangladesh took before the series,” he said.
Bangladesh will face South Africa in first ODI on 15th of October in Kimberly.