View Full Version : Javed could be the key Player in the tri-series

April 8, 2003, 06:35 PM
Mahmud is doing the same thing like Masud saying that we will try to win at least a match still after the failure of the batting department even against our own bowling attack. Our batting is again looking terrible. Although I would say that our Key player in this series could be Javed bcz of his patience and good techniques. Mehrab and Akram has already failed. Javed was not included in the practice match though due to his fever which might affect his performance in the series.

Below is a short news from the Daily star about Mahmud's concern for our top-order's batting
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Batting Mahmud's concern

Sports Reporter

Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud wants to use the TVS Cup triangular one-day series as a platform to rebuild the image of Bangladesh's cricket after it hit its lowest ebb in the World Cup.
The 32-year-old who took over from wicketkeeper-batsman Khaled Mashud last month also said that he was eager to break the losing streak of nearly four years in the series that involves World Cup runners-up India and South Africa.

Bangladesh have not won a single one day international match since their memorable victory against Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in England.

"We did not win a game for four years. I'm not that optimistic to say that time has come to end that jinx. But I'm confident of creating a situation where we at least have a chance of winning," said the Bangladesh captain after the team's training session at the Bangaban-dhu National Stadium.

Bangladesh will play the opening match of the day-night competition against Saurav Ganguly's new-look Indian team that will miss the firepower of Sachin Tendulkar. The Indians are also without stalwarts Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath.

Although the ghost of the World Cup still haunts the national cricketers, Mahmud said that his team was ready to start afresh. Bangladesh lost five out of their six preliminary matches in South Africa including a stunning 60-run defeat at the hands of tiny Canada.

"We want to forget the past. The World Cup was a disappointment for us. But we will definitely perform better on home soil," said a confident Mahmud.

But the batting that let Bangladesh down in South Africa still remained a cause for concern despite the inclusion of two experienced openers Mehrab Hossain and Javed Omar Belim.

Mahmud was also skeptic about his top-order that failed to score runs in two practice matches at the BNS.

"The top-order is still struggling to get runs. And if we were to do well in the tournament they would have to score. Besides, our prime target would be to play the full 50 overs which we could not do in the World Cup," said Mahmud.

Coach Sarwar Imran, who took over from Pakistan's Mohsin Kamal, also expressed his concern over his top-order batsmen.

"Our players are having problems facing the new ball. Some looked mentally blocked and the others lack proper technique. I'm working hard to make them understand that they should play with a straight bat especially when the ball is new", said Imran.

Mahmud's men will face their ultimate task however in the two Test series against South Africa immediately after the one-day competition ends on April 20.