BAN vs PAK 3rd T20I: Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah said on Monday that he respects the decision of the umpires that have changed the entire course of the match against Pakistan in the final match of the T20I series.
Mahmudullah single-handedly tried to change the momentum of the game in the host’s favor by scalping three wickets in the 20th over. But in the end, the captain failed to clinch the series due to a last-over drama which turned out to be the talking point of the match. When Mahmudullah released the fifth ball of the over, Mohammad Nawaz pulled out of his stance at the last moment & the ball hit the stumps. It created a lot of drama as the umpire called it a dead ball.
“I just asked the umpire whether it’s a fair ball or not because he (Nawaz) pulled out late. I just asked this to the umpire nothing else,” Mahmudullah said after the game. “Umpire’s call is final and we do respect umpires. It’s a little bit heartbreaking. We went closer but unfortunately, it did not happen,” he further added.
Even though Naim Hassan batted slowly earlier in the day during the Bangladesh innings, Mahmudullah threw his weight behind the player considering the hosts needed a partnership at that stage. “I think we needed a good partnership that time and Naim played well. The partnership between Naim and Afif was important,” he said.
Mahmudullah also said that the pitches of this series were in a good condition than the ones they have played during the home series against Australia & New Zealand before the T20 World Cup. “Wicket was pretty good in this series compared to the last home series against Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
“Actually if we had won one or two matches, the confidence level of the team would have been better. Our dressing room was cheerful during the Australia and New Zealand series. Players feel bad when the team loses. I think all the players tried hard and gave their best. Unfortunately the result did not come our way.”
Talking about the average performances from the youngsters in the three match T20I series, captain said that they are new to cricket and they need to adjust to International cricket.
“Of course, there were many new faces,” he pointed out. “Saif made debut. Today Shohidul played his maiden T20 match. He bowled very well. It was a great opportunity for young boys to prove them. It will take some time to make a balanced team because T20 format is not easy especially for young players. I hope they will learn it and perform well.”