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BCB chief wants Mash to return to T20

The Daily Dawn

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan Papon said on Tuesday said that they will try to make an attempt to pave the way for Mashrafe Bin Mortaza returning in T20 ahead of the upcoming T20 Tri-series (Nidahas Cup) in Sri Lanka. 

Sri Lanka Cricket  to mark their 70th Independence Day will host a three-team competition with the participation of the top-notch India, Bangladesh and the hosts Sir Lanka, the series which will start on March 6.

“We’ve discussed about him (Mashrafe) in today’s meeting. But it entirely depends on Mashrafe,” said Nazmul Hassan Papon.“Everybody tells me if I told him he will play T20 again. But I think I don’t want to pressurise him. I can tell him only if he agrees,” Papon told media after coming out from the meeting at his Beximco Pharma office in the capital yesterday. 

“I told him to play in the just concluded series against Sri Lanka. But I didn’t tell him emphatically. But when I told him, he tells me he wants to play in Test, not to play in T20. Therefore, the discussion has not gone ahead,” he added.

Citing Mashrafe as impressive with new ball in T20, Nazmul said that he after Mustafiz is still the best in Bangladesh with new ball especially in T20 cricket.“I told him to play this T20. He is still best. Those who are in the team he is the best among the lot.

He is impressive with new ball more than others in Bangladesh. Barring Mustafiz, he is the most dependable bowler in Bangladesh,” he thought. 
After coming home from aboard, the BCB president sat with coach Simon Helmot on Monday. Thereafter, he held an hour-long meeting with Bangladesh Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan, team director Khaled Mahmud Sujon, chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu and selector Habibul Bashar Sumon following a discussion with fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh.

The performance the bowlers especially fast bowlers in the just concluded series were not scrape. So, he directed the coaching staffs especially Courtney Walsh to start a fast bowling camp on February 22 (Thursday).

“We’ve a challenging tour in Sri Lanka ahead. We’ve not enough time in hands. For this, we took their opinions. Then we will do what we have responsibilities for it. Actually we held our discussion over it,” he said. 

“Normally, we had slated to start our camp for the tour on February 24 or 28. Then the camp would be a three-four day affairs. I think it is very short span of time because we’re going to play against Sri Lanka at their home yard.

It would be very much tough what we have faced at our own yard.

Along with that, we’ve to play against India, who are in a solid form. Playing against such mighty teams so there is no gain to play with such careless games,” he also said. “We’ve to claw back. For this, I told Courtney Walsh to start camp with 14 fast bowlers on Thursday.

I told him to include those, who are playing Premier Division League (DPL). Even I told him to keep five batsmen from whom we are seeking something more keep them ready,” he added.     

 Papon to assess the performance of the Bangladesh team throughout the back-to-back home series (Tri-nation and bilateral series), said that they had lacking in their playing, strategy and mental strength.“We had a good teamwork, planning, strategy and mental strength for what we won matches and series in the past whether it is in home or away condition.

But there were enough lacking in those places what I personally thought and understood to see their games,” he viewed. Along with that, he also said that they needed a quality head coach for the team as soon as possible. 

“We’ll immediately appoint a head coach for the team, if it’s possible we’ll try to bring him prior to this shorter version meet,” he told the media.

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