Bangladesh Technical consultant Sridharan attended the post-match press conference after his team succumbed to their fourth defeat in four matches in the T20 tri-series. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan told the broadcasters after the loss that he is very clear about the squad they are going to play in the T20 World Cup, Sridharan agreed to it saying that Shakib and the team director Khaled Mahmud are on the “same page” about the selections.
“We are very clear about the best team we want to play,” said Sriram. “I think the captain, myself and the director are on the same page. We have two or three combinations in mind. Given the conditions, we will adapt accordingly.”
Bangladesh tried four different opening combinations during the tri-series and did lot of experimentation with their bowling line up as well. He said team was looking for different combinations,” You look at it as experiments but we look at it as combinations. We will know how each player responds by putting them in different situations. I think we have learned quite a bit. We are very clear about our combinations against different teams. We have to keep all options ready.”
“Everything has to come together for Bangladesh to win,” Sriram said. “We had two opportunities against Pakistan. We had to score 100 in the last ten overs in the first game, and defend 100 runs in the last ten overs in this game. We came up short by small margin in both games. But these are things to learn from. Good teams score or defend ten runs an over in the last half.”
Though Soumya Sarkar made just 23 and 4 runs across the two matches that he played in the tri series, Sriram was impressed with the intent that Soumya shown and the way he carried himself in two matches.
“He played a shot and got out. That’s intent. I think he was selfless. He played for the team. We only got 6-7 runs in the first two overs. He wanted to force the pace, but got out. It happens. He played a good knock at No. 3 in the last game. I think there are good signs. We need to instill the confidence in players like him.”
Sriram said the team management is open to make changes in T20 World Cup squad and will ponder upon that, “We have two more days. There’ll definitely be discussions. We are open to changes. We know what we want, so we will let you know in a couple of days.”