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Spinner bowling no-ball is a big crime, says Shakib



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Despite putting up a valiant fight, Bangladesh let Sri Lanka off the hook with fielding errors and overstepping to exit the 2022 Asia Cup. Shakib Al Hasan, the captain, believes his team would initially focus on two areas following the exit.

Man of the match Kusal Mendis (60), who was dropped on two by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, survived a reprieve on 29 when he was given caught behind but the delivery from off-spinner Mahedi Hasan turned out to be a no ball.

According to Shakib, it was a major blunder for a spinner. He stated that it was one of the most important areas for his team to focus on in order to avoid bowling extras.

Bangladesh bowled four no-balls and six wides during the game, falling two overs short of the time allotted to finish the overs.

"No captain wants no-ball from the team. So of course it's a crime and spinner bowling no-ball is a big crime but you know these are the areas we need to improve on. We bowled a lot of wides and no-balls today," Shakib said at the press conference.

Once again, a failure to absorb pressure resulted in the loss of a critical match. Shakib thought the bowlers' discipline was lacking.

"We were not disciplined and when we were under pressure, we didn't know what to do. These are the pressure games we can learn from and move forward if we want to do well," he said.