‘Team management doing injustice with Kayes for Soumya’
In order to provide Soumya Sarkar more and more opportunities despite continuous failures, Tigers team management is doing injustice with Bangladesh’s another opening option Imrul Kayes – said national team’s former coach Mohammad Salahuddin. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘সৌম্যকে সুযোগ দিতে অন্যায় করা হচ্ছে কায়েসের সাথে’]
“Soumya is repeating the same mistake again and again. And still team management is okay with that, which I believe is not a good thing. This way, they are doing an injustice with Imrul Kayes. I think the problem Soumya is having is technical,” said Salahuddin.
There’s no denying with what Salahuddin said. Indeed Soumya hasn’t been in good form of late. Maybe he showed some glimps of making a comeback in the tri-series in Ireland by smashing two half centuries, but that’s all. Again he was back in his bad patch during the entirety of the ICC Champions Trophy. The last few innings of Soumya are as follows: 87, 0, 19, 2, 28, 3, 3, 0.
The persistence with Soumya is often justified by pointing to the damage he can do when he does click, but the question to be asked here is whether Bangladesh can afford a bonus player. And if the answer is yes, the follow-up question is whether that gamble has to be taken at the pivotal opening position, when someone like Kayes is waiting on the bench.
It has been learnt from BCB sources that perhaps the selectors will give Soumya some more chances in Bangladesh’s next two series against Australia and South Africa. But if he fails to overcome his bad patch, it will be a matter of time for him to be out of the national team for a long time.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com