Controversy hits Bangladesh cricket as Taskin Ahmed blames batsmen for team’s disappointing T20 World Cup 2024 campaign

Taskin Ahmed, Najmul Hossain Shanto

Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed has blamed the batsmen for the team’s disappointing campaign in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

While Bangladesh managed to qualify for the Super 8, their batsmen, especially the top order batsmen, struggled throughout the competition. Most teams struggled in the difficult batting conditions but Bangladesh’s performance with the bat surprised many.

Among the eight teams that advanced to the group stage, their batting unit had the lowest collective average. No Bangladesh batsman could reach the 200-run mark in the tournament, while only one of them, Towhid Hridoy (153), crossed the 150-run mark. Even veteran players like Shakib Al Hasan (111 runs at 106.73 SR) and Mahmudullah (95 runs at 94.05 SR) struggled to live up to expectations.

Taskin Ahmed admitted that the struggle of the senior batsmen had an impact on the team’s performance. At the same time, he also clarified that his struggle did not affect the team off the field and stated that he is hopeful for a quick recovery.

“The seniors’ poor form had an effect on the team, but not off the field,” Taskin Ahmed was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“They are great team men. We were as a team for 47 days. Everything was fine off the field. It is quite normal for a team to have problems when important players are not fit. I am hopeful that we can recover from this.” , and we will play better soon,” he added.

I’ve never seen a losing streak this long: Taskin Ahmed

Taskin Ahmed continued to speak and expressed his surprise at the prolonged struggle of the batsmen. He admitted that the batting conditions in the US were not tough but the failure of the batsmen to do well in the West Indies also left him surprised. He also admitted that Bangladesh has not lived up to expectations in the T20Is but urged the fans to keep faith in the team.

“When you talk about hitting, if you look at the stats, I think every [teams’] The hitting department suffered in the United States this time. The pitchers received a lot of help. We improved. [batting] wickets in the West Indies.

“I have not seen such a long losing streak for batsmen in my ten years of playing for Bangladesh. I hope it goes away quickly,” Taskin Ahmed said.

“We never had great numbers in T20s. We are slowly improving. We can’t just look at the negatives; we are already in the negative. We are trying to get a ‘plus’. Your frustration is expected. We will give you a good one. You have to have faith in us and we will do our best,” he added.

Bangladesh were knocked out of the tournament at the Super 8 stage. They ended up losing all their Super 8 games, including the last one against Afghanistan, where they failed to reach 114 points. Bangladesh had a chance to qualify for the semi-final by reaching the total against Afghanistan in 12.1 overs, but were bowled out for 105.

Meanwhile, India and South Africa will face each other in the final of the T20 World Cup. The match is scheduled to be played on Saturday (June 29) in Barbados. South Africa defeated Afghanistan in the semi-final, while India beat defending champions England for a place in the final.