‘Our worry is bowling in the first six overs and at the death’, says Mushfiqur Rahim

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“The matches were quite one-sided so we are concerned, particularly about our bowling”

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has expressed concern over his side’s “bowling in the first six overs and at the death” after they were whitewashed 3-0 by Bangladesh A in the Twenty20 Challenge Series.

Rahim’s comments come after Bangladesh allowed Bangladesh A to score 171 in the first two matches and 190 in the third and final match.

“The matches were quite one-sided so we are concerned, particularly about our bowling,” Mushfiqur said. “Our biggest problem was batting but over the last 12 months, we have improved in that area. We have scored 170-plus regularly. Our worry is bowling in the first six overs and at the death. We must work in these areas.

“Bowlers will leak runs on such a wicket but we have to minimise the damage. We have to practise in these regards. Bowlers have to survive by bowling bouncers and yorkers, in particular. We have enough time to rectify ourselves in these areas.”

Bangladesh head coach Shane Jurgensen admitted that while his side do quite well in ODIs, they continue to struggle when it comes to Twenty20 Internationals.

“We had set up this week to put the bowlers in tough situations so to be fair on them, they tried hard,” Jurgensen said. “But we are still struggling to execute what we learn in practice.

“If a bowler is confused from the top of the mark as to what he wants to bowl, then he is not in the right frame of mind. I think we have enough time to mend these problems, and yes, more matches would be helpful.”

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Faruk Ahmed believes “the senior side lacked in batting plans”.

“I would consider these matches as practice matches, but I would have felt better if the national team had won one or two games,” Ahmed said. “Bangladesh A played hard to win all three matches, very easily. Mominul Haque and Nasir Hossain had important roles to play.

“It helps the team to play these matches. I think the senior side lacked in batting plans. We have to play more matches to improve and understand the game, and prepare better for the next matches. The bowling wasn’t good today, probably because the wicket was really good for batting.”

Meanwhile, Rahim conceded that there were a lot of talented players in the Bangladesh A side who have caught his attention.

“We have guys like Farhad Reza, Muktar Ali, Arafat Sunny, Rumman [Sabbir Rahman] and Mithun Ali who have done well,” Rahim said. “We want these players to push us in the senior side.

“We have more matches in the near future when we will monitor performances of these players as well as those from the Bangladesh team.”

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