BCB chief Nazmul Hasan said that emphasizing the senior core mind, Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque opted to field first in the Test series opener against South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban, where he was suggested to bat first by the coaching staff, cost them a commanding 220-run defeat.
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said that a few senior batters were unwilling to bat first in Durban Test despite knowing that it would be arduous to bat in the latter part of the game.
‘I know both coaches (Domingo and Donald) briefed them about the wicket and suggested it will be difficult to bat in the latter parts of the game as it would turn.’
‘There is Khaled Mahmud and Jalal bhai (BCB cricket operation chairman), so what can I say,” said Nazmul,’ told BCB chief to crickbuzz.
He believes that, of course, South African coaching staff are quite adept at their conditions. Therefore, it was significant for the Bangladesh skipper to obey their directives that help could avoid the disgraceful loss.
‘’Certainly, they (South African coaching staff) would know better about their own conditions.’
He pointed the finger at the senior batters who impelled the touring skipper to change the decision given by the coaching staff.
‘I heard Mominul say that it is his own decision. Some senior batsmen said that they did not want to bat first, and that has been the case for a while.’
‘Perhaps he listened to them (seniors) as he will be playing with them in the team. What can I do? I don’t have anything to say. And Tamim was out at the last moment, but I feel they could have changed the decision (and batted first).’
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Considering the situation seriously, the BCB chief thinks he needs to sit face-to-face with the players and the coaching to mitigate the existing issue.
‘Certainly (it looks odd when we are not taking South Africans onboard) in their own den. If we don’t get out of this problem (not giving importance to the coach’s views), we will have more problems in the future.’
‘Whenever I talk to the coach, there is a huge difference (in opinion between some players and the coach). I think we all have to sit, but I have learned that things have improved a lot from what it was before (in the dressing room), but with this decision (ignoring the coaches’ suggestion regarding batting first), I am not sure what is happening.’