Our goal is al­ways to win: B’desh skip­per Mah­mudul­lah

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COLOMBO: Bangladesh’s cap­tain Mah­mudul­lah took a mo­ment to step away from the cricket and prepa­ra­tions to reach out to the rel­a­tives of all those who had lost their lives in the hor­rific plane crash in Nepal.

At least 49 peo­ple were killed and sev­eral in­jured in the crash. “When we got the news of the crash, we were deeply dis­tressed by it. About 30-40 Bangladeshis were on­board, it is very dis­turb­ing,” said Mah­mudul­lah. “There could be some­one’s close rel­a­tives who would have been on that flight, some I might have known, it’s very sad.

‘Prayers are with vic­tims’

“Our prayers are with them and hope the fam­i­lies gather enough strength to bat­tle through these stress­ful times.”

But, there was lit­tle Mah­mudul­lah could do to make a dif­fer­ence from far­away Colombo other than fo­cus on the cricket and try to give his coun­try­men some joy by win­ning. “We couldn’t pre­pare at the nets yes­ter­day [Mon­day] be­cause of the weather con­di­tions. To­day as well, it’s driz­zling but we have plans to wait for a lit­tle longer and see if we can train,” he said, the day be­fore tak­ing on In­dia.

Mah­mudul­lah said that his team had tar­gets in mind for this tour­na­ment.

Bangladesh aim fi­nal berth

“Even be­fore em­bark­ing on this tour, we had a clear goal that we have to make it to the fi­nal. The goal is al­ways to win, we haven’t lost our head over the pre­vi­ous win, we are still grounded,” he said.

“There are ques­tion marks about our T20 skills, but I am hope­ful we will be able to re­move it steadily. We want to create a Bangladeshi brand of cricket.”

What was the brand of cricket they wanted to es­tab­lish? “We need to be smart, the skills are there but we need to be smart to take those cal­cu­la­tive risks — from tak­ing on a par­tic­u­lar bowler and who­ever thinks can take him on, should go for it. There needs to be a good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween every bats­man. This will lead us to create our own brand. We don’t have those kind of power-hit­ters and we ac­knowl­edge that fact.”


B’desh cap­tain Mah­mudul­lah with Soumya Sarkar (left) in Colombo yes­ter­day.

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