We are not playing as a team, Shakib mourns on Afghan loss

Bangladesh pulled quite an unlikely win in the tri-series opener against Zimbabwe when young Afif Hossain single-handedly led the team to the victory. But the dismal performance continued to show up for the hosts and Afghanistan outclassed them in the second match of the competition.


Skipper Shakib Al Hasan rued over lack of coherence in the team effort, said the team is not playing as unitedly.

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”It’s happening like in every match – one or two players are performing while most of the others are not. For any successful side, most of the players perform and one or two fails,” he said.

”At the end of the day it is a team sport and we are not playing as a team and that is why winning is becoming more difficult for us,”

he said.

Bangladesh skipper, however, admitted that Afghanistan is a big opponent in the shortest format of the game as they are ranked higher in T20s.

“They are a big team in T20 cricket. They are ranked number seventh while we are at ranked 10th. West Indies and Sri Lanka are above us and we beat them sometimes.”

“But you have to say we have given them the match because at one stage we could have grabbed the game with two hands, which we did not do,” Shakib Al Hasan said.

”We suffered a lot, conceded 15-16 extra runs and that put us behind. After all these mistakes, the difference is only 25 runs. If we can reduce these mistakes we will have more winning opportunity,” he added.

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