Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I, Khulna January 21, 2016

Mashrafe defends plan to try new players

Mosaddek Hossain, Mukhtar Ali, Abu Hider and Mohammad Shahid (left to right) made their debuts in the third T20I against Zimbabwe © BCB

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has defended his team's plan of trialing players against Zimbabwe, after the hosts lost the third T20 international by 31 runs in Khulna. There were four debutants and Imrul Kayes replaced Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order, as Bangladesh searched for the right combination ahead of the World T20.

Bangladesh had to leave out Mustafizur Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim because of injuries, Al-Amin Hossain and Tamim Iqbal were rested, and Shuvagata Hom was dropped. Mosaddek Hossain, Muktar Ali, Abu Hider and Mohammad Shahid made debuts, while Kayes was given a chance to display his newly acquired T20 skills.

When Mashrafe was asked if he thought there were too many changes, he said the new players knew their roles but could not implement properly. Hider took two wickets and Shahid one; Mosaddek made 15 off 19 balls and Muktar an unbeaten 19 off 15 balls.

"It would seem so from the outside," Mashrafe said about perhaps there being too many changes. "Four debutants and one addition does make it look that way. We were not up to the mark with our planning on the field. We lost because we didn't play according to the plans. As a captain I always give importance to winning. We didn't want to lose, that's for sure. Everyone was given a specific plan but they couldn't put it into action.

"We had said before that we will test combinations. We had to make three changes because two players were injured and we rested Al-Amin. We made two more changes. It was clearly going to be a little harder for us with a number of new faces. Rain didn't do us any favours either."

Mashrafe said they wanted to see how Mosaddek played at No 4, which is why he was sent ahead of Shakib Al Hasan. "We tried that player to see how he does at that position in that type of situation. It was a test for the newcomer, how he reacts to that particular scenario. We rested Tamim to see Imrul Kayes. Tamim is in good touch though you may ask why we have rested a player in form."

Mashrafe said it would not be fair to evaluate a player after his first game at this level but said Hider and Nurul Hasan had to develop more for international cricket. "We brought [Mosaddek] because he is a promising player. It wouldn't be fair to put him under pressure after just one game. We can't judge him so quickly. He bowled well. He can bat better, but it wasn't that bad.

"He [Abu Hider] is definitely promising. It is hard to compare him to Mustafizur but he did well for his first game. I think he will slowly bowl a lot better, wherever he gets the chance to play. I think Nurul Hasan played some good shots towards the end, which looked nice. I would hope he will continue to bat like this."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • john on January 21, 2016, 13:28 GMT

    Bangladesh don't have quality in Batting or bowling even zim beat them on there own backyard how bangladesh become test playing nation.

  • Nasim on January 21, 2016, 10:11 GMT

    It feels as a deja' vu when our winning combination is torn apart and XI looks helter skelter just before a world T20I. I only hope this experimentation at the wrong slots just end and the team regain its rhythm. Best XI - 1. Tamim 2. Soumya 3. Mushfiq 4. Sabbir 5. Nasir 6. Shakib 7. Nurul (wk) 8. Mashrafe 9. Arafat 10. Mustafiz 11. Rubel. Reserve - Anamul, Mosaddek, Muktar, Taskin, Al-Amin. Please no Riyad in T20I and if Hom/ Shahid plays, then BD will miss the second round of T20I WC for sure.

  • Nasim on January 21, 2016, 9:42 GMT

    About Mosaddek's domestic profile it's too short to be conclusive in any format to be honest. But the talent is there and one must agree - in Bangladesh, domestic records don't bear much weight in player selection anyway. I believe ODI is the best format to introduce a new player in international arena. Changes should only take place when there is an addressable role in the team that needs to be filled/ bettered, not the other way around - picking someone to the liking and carve a place/ role for him in the team despite that role being already met by someone.

  • zahidul on January 21, 2016, 9:11 GMT

    no mashraffie mosadek , rony , sohid , kayes are not t20 player or they ready for international arena , this is was really a big changed which cost us the match , in any format of bangladesh taskin ahmed and mustafizur should be the main opening fast bowler , they have the pace and and trick which can get a wicket , mustazfur and taskin should be must for t20 world cup

  • Nasim on January 21, 2016, 9:04 GMT

    I support Mashrafe on sending Mosaddek up at 4. Actually, battingwise, Mosaddek, Muktar, Nurul didn't do so bad for a starter (at least better than Hom!) Together they contributed ~65 runs off the total 160 (~40%) BD scored. Even in earlier games BD had only managed to put ~160 on the board (only 166 being the heighest BD chase ever!). Because the rather established batters like Riyad/ Tamim/ Shakib had failed again & again. So it is somewhat justifiable to fast-track batting talents like Mosaddek/ Nurul/ Muktar in the team. It can't be any worse, rather hopefully may yield something good should they are given a more consistent roles. What I didn't understand is the unnecessary exprimentation on the place of the finisher NASIR and fastest no. 11 TASKIN/ RUBEL. It is the expensive bowling from an inexperienced attack and batting failure of senior players (Kayes/ Riyad/ Shakib) that cost us this game in the first place (with due credit to Zim players).

  • Sumon on January 21, 2016, 6:13 GMT

    Ya, I agree with LAKPJ. It was a bad decision to debut Mosaddek in this format. He is a different kind of player. The game was thrown away by sending him to bat at that time. And his confidence was not helped. He should play ODIs or Tests first.

  • Lakpriya on January 21, 2016, 5:08 GMT

    Mosaddek Hossain looks a good prospect but his stats doesn't look conclusive for shorter formats. he has strike rate of 90 for T20 matches. Bangladesh should try him out in longer formats not T20s. Abu Hider is young though he took wickets in the Bpl i didn't see any specialty in him. he need some pace to survive at international level.

  • Shoyab on January 21, 2016, 4:29 GMT

    I think Mashrafe's plan is okay and we have no problem with our bowling but or batting suffers us a lot. It seems to that Shakib almost forgot his batting (actually he was playing test match last night!) and Mahmudullah is super flop in this series. You can't say that Abu Hider played badly, he is bit expensive in comparison with other bowler but those (Shakib, Mushrafee) were also expensive too. Our batting is our enemy ... Concentrate on batting otherwise bowlers good performance will do nothing for us.

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