Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon has finally opened up about the Bangladesh team's performance in the ICC T20 World Cup. He was disappointed that Bangladesh lost to India
after winning two straight matches in the Super 12 phase.
After defeating Zimbabwe and Netherlands, Bangladesh had a golden opportunity to beat India. But they lost the match by 5 runs. Although there were many controversial decisions throughout the match. Besides, there was a chance to go to the semi-finals if they won against Pakistan. However, in that match with the bat, there was a complete collapse.
The BCB president said, “Among the three formats, our worst condition was in T20. We were doing very badly. We were just going down. Then we took the decision to make radical changes. It would confirm the wins, that’s not the case. I wouldn't say we did well this time, but it was better than previous World Cups or Asia Cups. Despite the defeats, it seemed that everyone was trying, playing to win. They showed the spirit that Bangladesh could win.”
However, Papon was disappointed with the loss against India and Pakistan. Bangladesh would have made history by reaching the semi-finals for the first time even if they won either of these two matches.
He added, “We could win two more matches. Luck was needed, but the result could have been different if there was no rain in the India match or if the game had started a bit later, or if Litton had not been run out. But we should win that match. That target could have been chased down. If we had scored 20-25 more runs against Pakistan, we would have won easily, we could have gone to the semi-finals. Although there have been improvements in many places, there is still a gap in the finishing.”