Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said Fazle Mahmud should be given another opportunity despite scoring a duck in the first game.
Ahead of the second match in Chattogram, Fazle Mahmud, who debuted in the first ODI, is still getting Mashrafe’s support despite scoring a duck in the first game, according to espncricinfo.com.
The Narail express at a pre match press conference in Chittagong today said Fazle should get another game as it’s hard to judge a player based on one game and one should not also blame him for getting out to that delivery.
He said they have backed a lot of players in the recent past but they also can’t afford to give someone a lot of chances before he performs.
Bangladesh won the first game by 28 runs with Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mohammad Mithun leading the way with the bat, a welcome change from the usual performers like Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
Bangladesh won the first game by 28 runs with Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mohammad Mithun leading Tigers’ scorers.
But victory didn’t come easy for Tigers as Imrul and Saifuddin had to shared 127-run seventh-wicket stand after Bangladesh lost their way in the middle overs.
Fazle was one of those dismissed early, undone by a Tendai Chatara short ball that got big on him and took the outside edge.
The Tigers captain said it was not only Fazle, but any Bangladeshi newcomer into the international stage, needs a bit of time to adjust to the frills that come with the standards of top-tier cricket.
Mashrafe said firstly it’s the presence of the camera which create automatic pressure when a player knows that the match is being telecast. There is also the home crowd, and of course the social media which also plays a part.
Fazle was Bangladesh’s fourth ODI debutant this year, with Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Nazmul Islam and Hider making their debuts during the Asia Cup.
The absence of Shakib and Tamim would encourage Bangladesh to try more experiments, particularly if the younger players have a bad day out.