DHAKA – Bangladesh think tankers were present in India when the Tigers lost to host by a single which included Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan Papon. While talking to Indian print and electronic media on Friday, BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon showed his confidence over his team and remained behind to say, “I don’t think its (loss) a setback.It was very unusual to lose that way; something that had happened to us for the first time. But there are plenty of positives to take from that game. Don’t forget, Bangladesh as a cricket team is still going through the learning period. We played the qualifiers here before getting into the Top 10s.
Our team gave Australia and India a run for their money. We had all but won the match in Bangalore, but two of our most trusted batsmen committed errors. This is cricket. I believe the team will learn from their mistakes and will become stronger,” Hasan said. “As for our away record, don’t forget, even India had this problem not very long ago.” When asked by Indian media whether Bangladesh cricket has been negatively affected by the siege mentality, starting from the Rohit Sharma ‘no-ball’ decision in the 50-over World Cup last year to Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny’s ouster in this World T20; they seem to have developed a habit of resorting to conspiracy theories. Their attitude is in sharp contrast to their ambition of becoming a big team. BCB boss begged to differ.”Mind, no one from the BCB had said anything about the incident in the last year’s World Cup. Yes, Mustafa Kamal, who was then ICC president from Bangladesh, spoke his mind but our board didn’t give its note of approval. As for Taskin and Sunny’s suspension, we were very surprised to say the least. Taskin has been our fastest bowler who was supervised by almost all ICC Elite panel umpires over the last one year and a half.”Suddenly, in this world cup, his action was found to be illegal. Losing them was a huge setback and that we still put Australia under serious pressure and ran India so close spoke volumes of the team’s character. I think the defeat in Bangalore, and I put it to the overconfidence of the batsmen, has taught us an important lesson. It will help us become tough and develop the killer instinct.”Tiger skipper Mortaza concurred. “We will be a different side from the next World Cup. We just have to think positive,” he said. Former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan, who is now the chairman, cricket operations at the BCB, shared his view.”Everyone in the team is in a state of shock but time is the biggest healer. Bangladesh cricket faithful will continue supporting us. We have had a fantastic group of cricketers and they will move on. Our performance in limited-overs cricket last year attested our progress. The loss in Bangalore is a blip but it will not stall our growth. We have beaten India, Pakistan and South Africa in bilateral ODI series, have reached the Asia Cup final and performed well in World Cups. This is a process and when the process is complete, results will start to take care of themselves; both home and away.”(BSS)