Bangladesh national team technical director Khaled Mahmud fumed on Monday that the recent media reports against him irked him so much that he had lost his interest to work with country’s cricket anymore.
The Tigers suffered a humiliating 215-run defeat within three days against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Dhaka to lose the two-match Test series 1-0 which put the whole team under a lot of criticism.
From team selection to players’ approach all had been under the dagger for the last couple of days and Mahmud, who was also a part of the selection panel, had to face the criticism for several reasons including Mosaddek Hossain’s omission from the second Test squad.
The team management included Sabbir Rahman in place of Mosaddek for the Dhaka Test as the right-handed batsman was released for playing for Abahani Limited in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League along with two other players Kamrul Islam and Naeem Hasan.
Mahmud, who had been working as the head coach of Abahani for the last couple of years was blamed harshly for the decision, claimed that he was not biased towards a club for making such a decision.
‘Personally I’m not interested to work anymore,’ Mahmud told reporters in Mirpur.
‘I have no motivation left to work with Bangladesh cricket. I’m feeling so messy to say like this.
‘I have been working with Bangladesh cricket for a long time for its development and I had interest in that. I’m not willing to work for it anymore.
‘I may be not sound technically as a coach. But I often get hurt when people say that as I’m the head coach of Abahani I didn’t field Mosaddek for the national team, instead released him to play for Abahani.
‘When someone talks about my national interest, I get really offended.
‘I don’t think Abahani can touch me as like as Bangladesh and won’t touch me in future also. I don’t find any profit to work here after hearing such kind of things.
‘It was really disturbing when Mosaddek and Abahani became reasons for Bangladesh’s loss. I know who to pick and when to pick – at least I had got the power.
‘I don’t think I’m not doing well for the development of Bangladesh cricket. I didn’t come here for any interest. I am happy with what I have,’ he added.
Mahmud also blamed his players for their disappointing performances against the Islanders in the second Test and claimed that the players became afraid of the wicket which put them down in the match as well as in the series.
Mahmud acknowledged that blaming the wicket was just an excuse while the truth is that the players failed immensely which brought them to such a crushing defeat.
‘We dropped many catches. If you blame the wicket then obviously there will be question on our ability. If we could bowl them out for 140 as we already reduced them to 110-6 then the score would be 70-80 runs short,’ said Mahmud.
‘If you see Dilruwan [Perera], Akila [Dhananjaya], [Suranga] Lakmal or our [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz, they played like batsmen. Our batmen couldn’t perform their job properly.
‘We had a juju, fear about the wicket and blaming it is just an excuse. We couldn’t bat and bowl well against them,’ he added.
Mahmud also defended curator Gamini de Silva and claimed that eventually it was the players who had to perform on the field while the coaching panel could only give their suggestions.
‘Gamini just worked in here. He made wickets as like the board wanted from him. There was no fault of him about the wicket,’ said Mahmud.
‘This is not about coaching, it’s about mentality. The coaching was much better this time. We could not execute but the coaches didn’t play in the field.
‘These boys played well earlier and defeated Australia and England. While we were unable to take wickets in Chittagong as well,’ he added.
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