Bangladesh’s batsmen slammed by their BCB President Nazmul Hassan after their poor shot selection in the first ODI against Srilanka.

Usually the BCB President waits till the end of the match to make his comments. But this time, Hassan made his comments at the press conference stating “The BCB is trying to find out what’s happening, and why it is happening,” Hassan said. “Winning and losing today is not important. How many good balls or brilliant fielding got us out? Was our shot selection right? There’s no point bringing a good coach if this is their shot selection. We will talk about the coach later. First, we have to sit with the players to find out their mentality. Some of the outs [dismissals] were very ugly. There was no need to play those shots in that situation.”

Hassan also said “”in his opinion” Das, who bats at No. 7 in Tests, would be better suited down the order in ODIs as well. Das and Mohammad Mithun both fell for ducks, with Das flaying outside offstump and Mithun trapped lbw while playing a paddle sweep.

“Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, and Mohammad Mithun are capable players. People go through bad times. We will have to talk to the players and coaches. I can’t just take a sweeping decision from the top. It will become negative.

“[Liton] can open in T20s, but my personal opinion is that he is better at No. 5 or 6. We have to sit with them. I don’t want to force anything on them. I don’t do that anymore. I think we will have a solution.”

On speaking about the Coach, BCB president said “We haven’t had the chance to test them. If we ask him [Domingo] why they batted badly, he will point towards their shot-selection. What will be my reply? We first have to find out the problem. I can’t even sit with the players due to Covid. They don’t even allow me into the bio-bubble. What can I do?”

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