Papon puts sarcastic remarks regarding Shakib’s historic double ton

Shakib Al Hasan made history during the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington, when he slammed a career-high 217 to become Bangladesh’s all-time individual highest scorer in a Test match. That innings of the iconic all-rounder earned him applause from all around the world. But BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon, on Tuesday, has made some sarcastic statements regarding Shakib’s historic knock.  [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সাকিবের পারফরমেন্স নিয়ে বিসিবি সভারপতির প্রশ্ন ]


According to the BCB boss, Shakib’s double ton means nothing, for that innings came no use of winning Bangladesh the match in the end. “It would be more meaningful even if he didn’t make that 200 but contributed with some 30s in the ODIs and T20Is. When we needed him the most, we didn’t get (his performance). I think if he made 150 in the first innings and could follow it up with a 50 in the second, that would be useful for the team’s cause. If he could stay more time on the crease (in the second innings), the team would be benefited.”

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Papon was also highly critical of some other senior players including Shakib and Tamim Iqbal for their childish shot selection to eventually get out in either innings of the second Test in Christchurch. “The way some of our senior players batted… I don’t think they were playing to win, rather they seemed to be playing to lose the game. Definitely it wasn’t their intention, but anyone would assume it after watching their approach on the crease.

“When three senior players are out with injury… You just come, hit at the wind and say ‘I am used to getting runs like this’. But you forget you have the biggest responsibility on your shoulder. The way Tamim is getting out in almost every single match, that’s quite hard to digest. You think they don’t discuss this during the team meetings? Of course they do. But if you don’t change your mentality first, nothing will change. We have to work more on these things.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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