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Bangladesh national team selector Habibul Bashar is not worried about the recent performance of the Tigers during the warm-up games of T20 World Cup.
Bashar said it is not suitable to compare team performance with practice matches. He believes Bangladesh will bounce back during the qualifying rounds.
“We played well at home and the team are confident enough. I do not want to measure the team with the performance in the practice games. We do not want to think much about it. We have now enough ideas on what to expect in the T20 World Cup, of the challenges that we are going to face. I think we are ready. The team performance will be up to the mark when we start playing the qualifying matches first,” said Bashar to the media.
Bangladesh lost their first official warm-up game against Sri Lanka by 4 wickets on Tuesday as the top order botched, only Soumya Sarkar played an important knock of 34 runs.
Following, Bangladesh were bowled out for 144 runs against Ireland and suffered a 43-run defeat.
“The first practice game [against Oman A team] was all good. We did well in both batting and bowling. In the two official practice matches in Abu Dhabi against Sri Lanka and Ireland, expectation was definitely higher but we tried a few things in those matches. Our main XI was missing in those games – Mustafizur had just returned from IPL, we did not have Shakib and our captain Mahmudullah couldn’t play [due to back pain],” he said.
Bangladesh were without few key players during the warm-up games. Bashar asserted that he expected better performances from top-orders.
"So we couldn’t play our best team but we were assessing how others took the opportunity. We had expected more with the batting as the condition in Abu Dhabi was good to bat on. We expected someone to score runs in the top order. As a team I think we are confident but definitely we would have been better off if the practice matches had went well for us," he added.