Bangladesh’s campaign in the ICC World T20 Cup is all but over but their final Super 12 tie against Australia today in Abu Dhabi might be the swansong for some of the experienced campaigners as the cricket board is keen to rebuild the site for the future.
National team selector Habibul Bashar, who is currently traveling with the team, hinted it after the team’s loss against the West Indies in a last-ball thriller.
‘We will think about the future after the World Cup,’ said the former national cricket team captain.
It means that a below-par show from the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Mahmudullah throughout the event might pave the way for some young guns for the next Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Australia in a year’s time.
Moreover, there are some speculations in the country’s cricket fraternity that the game against the Aussies might be ending for the Tigers’ duo in the shortest format of the game.
Mushfiq, who is touted as ‘Mr. Dependable’ by many, scored 143 runs from seven games at an average of 20.43 while Mahmudullah made 153 at an average of 21.85.
The match will start at 4:00 pm and BTV, GTV, T-Sports will televise the match live.
Bangladesh is now at the bottom of the points table after four consecutive defeats against Sri Lanka, England, West Indies, and South Africa and is already out of contention of a semi-final berth from Group 1.
Considering the given situation, a victory against Australia appeared as a far cry for Russell Domingo’s charges.
But the Tigers’ spin bowling coach Rangana Herath hoped his charges can make a strong comeback against the Aussies.
‘We have another chance to win against Australia tomorrow [Thursday]. The guys will analyze what they have done, and what they have to do. I am sure we will come back strongly tomorrow,’ said the Sri Lankan spin legend.
‘As a professional, we need to come back strongly. We have another game to go. We need to maintain that winning mindset, and build winning confidence.’
The 43-year-old former left-arm spinner also believed that the Dubai surface would help the Bangladeshi spinners.
‘We all know that there would be some assistance for spinners during this World Cup. We are likely to get assistance for the spinners in Dubai,’ he said.
Bangladesh conceded two close defeats against Sri Lanka and the West Indies and some sloppy fielding was the reason behind those losses.
Herath hoped that the Tigers will rectify those mistakes and come back strongly in the future.
‘We need to appreciate that the Bangladesh team qualified for the Super 12s. We played well against Sri Lanka but unfortunately, we lost that game,’ said Herath.
‘I think we need to improve in all three departments. As a coaching unit, we have to look after those challenges.’