Mashrafe Mortaza

On Sunday, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza blamed ICC for Bangladesh’s exit in WT20 2016. Mortaza slammed the decision of ICC of suspending two of their key bowlers for illegal actions during the tournament.

During the WT20 2016, ICC suspended Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed and Bangladesh left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny for illegal bowling action.

After returning home, Mortaza said at Dhaka airport, “In the last eight matches, Taskin’s economy rate was the best in the world. So it was always difficult to lose him. 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.”

Though Mortaza accepted about the problem of Arafat Sunny’s action, he disagreed on the charges on Taskin Ahmed. Mortaza said, “We accepted that Sunny’s action has problems. Even Sunny himself accepted it. But Taskin’s ban was a complete shock for us.”

Mortaza admitted the tournament was a good experience for them. He said, “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.”

Bangladesh qualified in the Super 10 stage (at Group 2) of the WT20 2016 after finishing at the top of their group (Group A) in the first round of the tournament. In the first round of the tournament, Bangladesh won 2 matches while 1 match was washed out in the rain. In the Super 10 stage of this multi-nation tournament, Bangladesh lost all the four matches despite giving good challenges to the big teams.