Still, Bangladesh is said to have backed themselves to chase the 157-run goal, especially against an attack in Zimbabwe that lacked their most experienced fast bowlers. However, the visitors hit 49 balls without hitting a boundary, hitting only one six during their innings.
Mahmud accused the Bangladeshi batters of playing to secure their place and expressed his displeasure at their inability to go for big hits when the required number was more than 10 per over.
“I am very disappointed, I did not expect to lose to Zimbabwe,” said Mahmud. “We are a better team than them. I would call it a shame. I won’t apologize. We should have won the T20I series. Losing was quite unusual. When we needed 10 or 12 runs per over, we got six or seven per over. Nobody even tried to hit a six. Everyone played for ones and twos. What was that? They hit like they were trying to protect their place, making enough runs so they didn’t lose their place.”
Mahmud said he was upset that he didn’t try to force any of the Bangladesh batters into the matter, a far cry from Burl and Jongwe, who looked set to knock around even after Zimbabwe lost six wickets.
“I am very disappointed, I did not expect to lose to Zimbabwe. We are a better team than them. I will not apologize. We should have won the T20I series”
“If you’re chasing 157, you can’t win a game by hitting at a 90 or 110 stroke rate. Someone had to go after the bowling. Look at their (Burl and Jongwe) stroke rate. They changed the complexion of the “You can’t expect that Litton Das scores every day. Whether it was Afif or Shanto, I didn’t see anyone hit aggressively. If you can’t pull a short ball for six, that’s going to be a problem.”
Mahmud said the T20I roster featured the best players available in the country, and there wasn’t too much competition for seats in the first place.
“The selected players have all performed well in domestic cricket, including Munim Shahriar and Parvez (Hossain Emon). If your best players are not performing, there is nothing you can do.
“The cricketers can tell you what to do. They’ve been getting opportunities for quite some time. There’s not a lot of competition for places, so they have to play with an open heart. I haven’t seen them play like that.”
Bangladesh has won just two out of eleven T20Is since last year’s T20 World Cup, where they had lost all five of their Super 12s matches. They are slated to play at least six more T20Is before this year’s World Cup.