Bangladeshi Captain took the blame for letting his team down in World Cup 2019
Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Mortaza said on Sunday that he regretted that his team under his captaincy has let down his supporters and he did not take responsibility for which we are unable to reach into the top 4.
We’re definitely disappointed. If some results had been obtained, perhaps we could have reached the semi-final. Overall, the way we played was very positive but we couldn’t meet our and our spectator’s expectations. If we had won the last game, we could have finished fifth. Bangladesh dropped to eighth place at the end of the World Cup league stage after South Africa defeated Australia in the final match before the semi-finals, at Old Trafford.
This unexpected game by South Africa led Bangladesh down to point tables for which it’s quite embarrassing for the team who played his best. Bangladesh defeated South Africa, the West Indies, and Afghanistan and lost to some major teams to stay in the fight for a place in the semi-finals until their last but one game. They ended the competition with successive defeats against their neighbor countries India and Pakistan. Mashrafe said the lack of consistency of some of the players, along with bad luck, affected the team.
“Until the Indian match, we officially had a chance for the semi-finals. But apart from Shakib (Al Hasan) and Mushfiqur Rahim, there was a lack of consistency. Adding that Middle order player Mohammed Saifuddin played “outstanding cricket”.
A whole week was interrupted by the rain, which hindered us and helped some teams to reach into the semi-finals. Shakib finished the World Cup with 606 runs and 11 wickets. While Mustafizur Rahman was among the best Bangladeshi bowlers, with 20 wickets to his name.
Mashrafe himself struggled with form in the tournament, picking up only one wicket in eight matches. The 35-year-old fast bowler has refused to speak clearly about its future plans. “As captain, if I can’t get the team to the expected results, there will always be criticism. I have to take responsibility for the whole team. That’s normal,” he said.
I take full responsibility as I should. But I’d like to say that players face criticism around the world, especially after a tournament or a series. And it happens after the World Cup is very normal. Bangladesh is likely to visit Sri Lanka for a three-match international series of one day by the end of this month.