Bangladesh did not won a single match in their New Zealand tour    AFP
Bangladesh did not won a single match in their New Zealand tour AFP

After the miserable series in New Zealand, Bangladesh s coach Chandika Hathurusingha is livid with the side. Bangladesh could not win a single match in the entire tour that included 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 2 Tests. Besides being furious, he also defended his players and seemed positive over their performances. According to him, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Mehedi Hasan showed promising signs in their first overseas tour. A total of seven players from Bangladesh were on their first tour and five of them made their debut. Rabbi was one of them to impress among the newcomers. Bangladesh lost both of their Test on the final day following a batting collapse.

As reported by ESPNCricinfo, despite this poor performance, Hathurusingha looked positive and said, “I am happy with their performance. It is not all doom and gloom. There are a lot of positives to build on. You can’t just discard some of them or go overboard for what happened. This experience will help Bangladesh cricket and will help these players to do much better in the future. The likes of Rabbi and Miraz had changed demeanour on the field from the England series to this tour. I can see them learning quickly.”

Hathurisingha also spoke about the way Bangladesh lost both the Tests and added, “It is disappointing the way they approached not just Christchurch but also in Wellington. We are not still mentally strong enough or maybe it is a physical thing, which I don’t know yet, to play five days in high intensity cricket. Not to take away New Zealand playing their best cricket in the last innings in Christchurch. But it is not an excuse. We were beaten by a good team at home.”

He further came to defend Tamim Iqbal s leadership, who led the side in Mushfiqur Rahim s absence in the second Test. It was the first time since 2011 when Bangladesh played under a different captain. “All you can ask is someone taking responsibility. It is a start. You can’t ask more than that from players. Second thing is to do something about it. For me the starting point is accepting responsibility. As you all know, it is the first away tour after a long time. We are learning from this and we have to quickly rectify the areas we need to address. It is the way forward,” said Hathurusingha.