Mashrafe Mortaza Blames International Cricket Council Ban For Bangladesh World T20 Exit
Mashrafe Mortaza said they were hobbled by the International Cricket Council's decision to bar key pacemen Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny early in the group stages of World T20.
- Mortaza said Taskin's ban was a complete shock for Bangladesh team.
- Taskin, Sunny were banned by ICC for illegal actions.
- India edged out Bangladesh to set up quarterfinals clash vs Australia.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza on Sunday blamed the ICC's suspension of two of its key bowlers for illegal actions for his side's exit from the World Twenty 20.Â Â(Hardik Pandya Helps India Beat Bangladesh by One Run)
Bangladesh were bundled out of the tournament after four straight losses in the Super 10 group stage -- including a crushing 75-run defeat to New Zealand on Saturday. (World T20: Bangladesh Fans Vent Anger at ICC Over Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny Bans)
But Mortaza said they were hobbled by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to bar key pacemen Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny early in the group stages.Â (World T20: Glamour Shots Cost Bangladesh Win Against India, Says Sunil Gavaskar)
Bangladesh, whose side finished runners-up to India in the Asia Cup just before the World T20, made a failed frantic appeal to the ICC to have Taskin's suspension overturned.
"In the last eight matches, Taskin's economy rate was the best in the world. So it was always difficult to lose him," Mortaza said at Dhaka airport after returning home. (World T20: Taskin Ahmed Suspension Upheld by Judicial Commissioner)
"The way he was bowling, we had our plan set around him. We had to change the entire game plan. Before the Australia game when he was banned we could not hold our emotions due to this shock.
"We accepted that Sunny's action has problems. Even Sunny himself accepted it. But Taskin's ban was a complete shock for us," he said.
Bangladesh qualified for the group stages after commanding wins over the Netherlands and Oman, and Mortaza said the tournament had been a good learning experience.
"From now on, whoever we face, if we don't keep making small mistakes, it will not be easy to beat us. This is what I believe. We could not do this in Twenty20 in the past."