Mushfiqur Rahim sees light at the end of the tunnel for Bangladesh
NEW DELHI: The silent celebrations of Bangladesh after humiliating India in the first game of Sunday's Twenty20 series did not reflect the sense of relief they felt, but Mushfiqur Rahim He says the side is smiling again after enduring a tumultuous weeks.
The cricket of Bangladesh plunged into a state of turmoil last month when players went on strike on the eve of their tour of India. The strike was suspended after the board accepted most of its demands, including a wage increase.
A new crisis broke out when the all-terrain talisman Shakib Al Hasan He was suspended for two years, with one year suspended, for violating the anti-corruption code of the International Cricket Council for not reporting approaches to engage in corrupt behavior.
Despite missing Shakib and the best hitter Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh beat India by seven wickets in New Delhi to go 1-0 in the three-game series.
The last two or three weeks have been the most difficult situation I have faced in my 15-year-old cricket race, Mushfiqur, the man of the party after 60 undefeated, told reporters.
Before leaving Bangladesh, I told the media that the only way to fix things would be if we could win a couple of matches in India, or play well enough to return the team's smile and calm to the team and the country .
That is what we have done and we hope to continue with this form.
When asked about moderate celebrations, Mushfiqur said: We still have two more games left, we haven't won the series yet. We will try to win at least one more and then you will see a bigger celebration.
There are areas where we can improve, such as bowling in the last two overs. If we can address those areas, nothing is impossible, said the cheerful hitter.
Bangladesh entered the game seeking its first victory in Twenty20 against its powerful neighbors in nine attempts and is now a victory of a series victory.
Mushfiqur gave credit to coach Russell Domingo for creating a healthy environment in the locker room that, he said, would boost the growth of young players.
The situation we face in the last three weeks, to recover from that, ... giving young people the freedom and confidence that if they bleed or come out of a duck, they are still an important member of this team.
We are trying to create a healthy culture. It took me 15 years to get to where I am now, but with their potentials, these young players can be there in 8-10 years. They are very talented and take advantage of their opportunities.