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BCB president Nazmul Hassan slams Bangladesh’s mentality after ‘poor shot selection’ against Sri Lanka

Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, has called into concern Bangladesh's shot selection in the first ODI against Sri Lanka.
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Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, has called into concern Bangladesh’s shot selection in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, their practice of this series, and the merit of using Liton Das as an opener in this setup.

Hassan made his statements at a press briefing during the innings break after Bangladesh had made 257 for 6 on a complicated surface in Dhaka, a rarely quick reaction from the board chief, who usually waits till the end of a game before giving his responses.

“The BCB is making an effort to find out what’s happening, and why it is happening,” Hassan said. “Winning and losing today is not important. How many good balls or brilliant fielding got us out? Was our shot selection good? There’s no point making a good coach if this is their shot preference. We will talk about the coach later. First, we have to sit with the players to find out their mentality. Some of the dismissals were very terrible. There was no need to play those shots in that situation.”

Hassan acknowledged that some of the Bangladesh batsmen were going through a narrow patch, and said that “in his opinion” Das, who bats at No. 7 in Tests, would be better suited down the order in ODIs as well. Das and Mohammad Mithun both fell for ducks, with Das flaying outside off stump and Mithun trapped lbw while playing a paddle sweep.

“Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun are eligible players. People go through bad times. We will have to discuss this with the players and coaches. I can’t just take a large decision from the top. It will become negative.

“Liton Das can open in T20s, but my statement is that he is good at No. 5 or 6. We have to sit with them. I don’t want to compel anything on them. I don’t do that anymore. I think we will have a solution.”

While Hassan said head coach Russell Domingo would have his agreement renewed this year, he stressed the need to ask problems and “find out the issue “.

“If we don’t revive his contract, we would be needing someone as a backup. We don’t have any such thoughts in this Covid situation with a World Cup coming up. This is the reality.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to test them. If we ask him why they batted poorly, he will point towards their shot choice. What will be my reply? We first have to find out the difficulty. I can’t even sit with the players due to Covid. They don’t even permit me into the bio bubble. What can I do?”

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