ICC World Cup 2023 – Khaled Mahmud sad with function as Bangladesh crew director

Khaled Mahmud has mentioned he regrets taking over the function of Bangladesh crew director for the World Cup since realising he would not be allowed to offer any technical or cricketing enter throughout the match.
Mahmud’s function, which in his phrases is now restricted to travelling with the crew and sustaining self-discipline, had come below scrutiny after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed S Sriram as technical advisor shortly earlier than the World Cup. It meant that the crew had, along with the 5 specialist coaches, three heads in Mahmud, head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, and Sriram, who was Bangladesh’s head coach throughout the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Earlier in Dharamsala, Hathurusinghe had mentioned he was high quality with the make-up of the administration, however Mahmud felt otherwise three weeks later in Delhi.

“I’m performing solely the function assigned to me by the BCB,” Mahmud mentioned. “I haven’t got the decision-making function as I’ve had in earlier excursions as a selector. Beforehand, I attempted to maintain myself concerned with the crew. This time, I haven’t got a cricketing function. Firstly, I do not need to be on this function like this. I’ve cricket in my blood. Teaching is my career. However I’m not concerned with teaching with the Bangladesh crew.

“I had a technical function even on the final World Cup after I may communicate to gamers. However this time, I’m preserving myself away. I’m undoubtedly not having fun with this function as the pinnacle of the delegation. I’m simply roaming round, taking part in the function as a guardian to the gamers. I’m taking good care of self-discipline, however this isn’t actually my work. If I knew this was my function, I would not have come to the World Cup.”

Mahmud pointed to Bangladesh’s collection in opposition to New Zealand in Dhaka (Mirpur) previous to the World Cup to recommend their preparation was not nicely deliberate. Bangladesh had performed most of their ODIs in 2022 and 2023 in Chattogram and Sylhet to get used to good batting situations, however then went to Mirpur simply earlier than the World Cup.

“I do not know what I used to be considering after I mentioned earlier than the World Cup that we might play the semi-final,” Mahmud mentioned. “Perhaps I had seen the boys’ physique language and taking part in fashion. I actually thought they’d do nicely in Indian situations. I had nice expectations. However I’m feeling very dangerous that we simply do not have a preventing mentality.

“I used to be not in favour of taking part in in opposition to New Zealand in Mirpur earlier than the World Cup. Why did now we have to play on these spinning pitches? Why did we need to win that collection?”

Khaled Mahmud

“I used to be not in favour of taking part in in opposition to New Zealand in Mirpur earlier than the World Cup. Why did now we have to play on these spinning pitches? Why did we need to win that collection? We should always have performed in Chattogram and Sylhet. We misplaced the collection regardless of New Zealand not bringing their important gamers. We should always have been extra critical, nicely earlier than time, in regards to the World Cup.”

“We’ve to play our greatest cricket within the subsequent two matches. We should beat Sri Lanka,” Mahmud mentioned. “Our gamers aren’t in an excellent temper. They should do every little thing as they do, however in addition they are hurting. We had excessive expectations. We’ve not finished nicely as a crew. They [the players] really feel that they’ve failed. The dressing room has turn out to be very quiet. We got here right here as a very good crew however we could not carry out as a crew.”

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