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Al Hasan lays blame on fielding

DHAKA – Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan today blasted his team-mates for failing to do the basics during their first round exit from the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh crashed out of the tournament after their eight-wicket defeat against Pakistan in group D on Tuesday. They lost the first match to New Zealand by 59 runs.

Hasan hit his country’s highest individual score in all Twenty20 internationals with 84 against Pakistan to guide them to a challenging 175-6 but their rivals comfortably chased the target for the loss of only two wickets.

Hasan, 25, said Bangladeshi players’ fielding had not been up to scratch.

“I didn’t like the way we lost,” Hasan said. “We should have been lively after scoring 175, saved around fifteen runs while fielding.

“I am talking about elementary things like standing 10 yards inside the boundary on the larger side of the ground. This is just a matter of common sense,” said Hasan, also a former captain.

Hasan described lack of abilities in fielders as annoying.

“These things annoy me because neither the captain nor I can tell this every ball. Then the fielder doesn’t put in the dive as the ball nears the boundary line. The dive may not work but at least the action inspires others,” said Hasan.

Hasan said his own success in the tournament was overshadowed by the team’s failure.

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