World T20 2016 March 20, 2016

Bangladesh 'very upset' about Taskin, Sunny suspensions

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Mashrafe Mortaza has voiced substantial disappointment and disbelief at the suspension of two key bowlers in the midst of Bangladesh's World T20 campaign. On Saturday, the team had been hit by the news that the bowling actions of Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed were found to be illegal.

Mashrafe described the news as a "big blow" and said he found the ruling on Taskin - in particular - hard to swallow.

"We are very upset with the decision," he said. "It's very disappointing. We still believe that Taskin is alright. The system - I don't know. We can't do anything at the moment. We have to go through the process."

Taskin had been particularly crucial to Bangladesh's limited-overs sides. He had taken the new ball in each of the team's World T20 games so far, and had also been effective during the Asia Cup, where he maintained an economy rate of 5.75 across 16 overs.

"These two bowlers have done very well for us," Mashrafe said. "Taskin - in the last eight matches - has been outstanding. He has been outstanding all over the world. His economy rate is less than 6. It is a big blow. Sunny has been bowling well also.

"The team is very disappointed, and Taskin and Sunny are obviously disappointed. The whole team is behind them. At the moment it's very difficult to understand, and tell them that everything will be alright. As a group, the coaching staff and players are helping them cope. All that we can wish and pray is that they fight it out and come back and play for Bangladesh."

Discussions are understood to have taken place at the BCB on whether the results of the ICC test - conducted in Chennai - can be challenged. There is no firm word from the board yet, but it is almost certain Taskin cannot be cleared before the end of the World T20. He and Sunny were still with the team on Sunday.

"Whatever we want to say, we will talk to BCB," Mashrafe said. "BCB will decide what to do, and talk to the ICC or whoever. But we still believe that Taskin - at least - is alright, and that Taskin can bowl."

The suspensions, which were announced two days before Bangladesh's match against Australia, have also left the Bangladesh squad short of bowling options. Mustafizur Rahman had been doubtful for the game, as he continues to recover from a side strain, but now has no choice but to play on Monday, Mashrafe said.

"Even if Mustafizur is at 20 per cent fitness, he has to play. We don't have any players. He is getting better, but coming off that injury is not easy. He could play a supporting role to the main bowler."

Bangladesh have sent for replacements, with left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib and offspinner Shuvagata Hom due to land in Bangalore on Sunday evening. They will have to overcome travel fatigue in order to be available for selection against Australia, Mashrafe said.

"The two replacements are very much capable. But the point is that someone who is in form in international cricket, and someone who is coming into international cricket - these are two different things. I think both Taskin and Sunny have been brilliant; Hom and Sajib will surely do their best. They will not have slept all night, so they have to sleep all day. We have to make our plans and then decide."

Having lost their first Super 10s match, Bangladesh will not technically be knocked out if they lose to Australia but a second defeat will make progression to the semi-finals very difficult. Mashrafe urged his team, and his batsmen in particular, to maintain focus on their matches in the face of distractions.

"We can't just keep thinking about the suspensions. We all know that this Bangalore wicket is a high-scoring strip, so we have to work as a unit to be successful."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • krishna_cricketfan on March 22, 2016, 6:26 GMT

    I sympathize with the BD team. BD fans, I liked Taskin and the way he bowled and the speed. I am not a technical person, but feel that a team must have the best bowlers in for a world cup tournament. I hope this issue gets resolved soon and see the young bowlers in action pretty soon. BD fans just keep the pressure on with your board.

  • Perpetual_13th_man on March 21, 2016, 23:24 GMT

    Taskin should not have been questioned... he has a clean action..

  • KarachiKid on March 21, 2016, 7:48 GMT

    Really feel sorry for Bangladesh team - Taskin is a champion and I am sure he will come out stronger. I can understand the frustration and disappointment - something like this coming at this juncture. All the best !!!

  • nadimguruz on March 21, 2016, 7:02 GMT

    If taskin is illegal on bouncer, he should be banned from just delivering bouncers.. how come he is banned from bowling???!!!! Is this a joke ICC. come on..

  • Sillip0int on March 21, 2016, 6:55 GMT

    Unfortunately for Bangladesh, this will sabotage their plans of world domination!!

  • 51n15t9r on March 21, 2016, 5:53 GMT

    It is a really tough pill to swallow, specially Taskin's ban. Sunny always looked curios from day one. I understand a fast bowler violating the 15 degree rule is a lot tougher to catch than a spinner, but Taskin's action always looked clean. Can understand the frustration from Bangla fans. Hope he comes back to bowling soon. Love from India

  •   Farid Uddin Zaglu on March 21, 2016, 5:31 GMT

    I think ICC will realize their mistake and Taskin will back soon.., BTW In playground, his all bowls were ok. Taskin played in last World Cup one day matches and their actions were not illegal at that time .The umpires couldn't find any faults at that time or after. So its not a emotional matter..its a logical.

  • Vpd23 on March 21, 2016, 4:42 GMT

    Guess the rest of the world and ICC do not see I.2.I..

  •   Nihit Saxena on March 20, 2016, 23:56 GMT

    where is rubel hossain? get him back

  • BanglaBandhu on March 20, 2016, 17:20 GMT

    @ HROLF ON MARCH 20, 2016, 14:09 GMT: You might do well to understand the reasons for the questioning of the suspension. 1) The umpires have seen these players previously and never questioned their actions. 2) Taskin never bowled any bouncers in the match where he was reported for. Yet he was amused to bowl 9 bouncers in 3 mins (that works out 1 bouncer every 20 seconds!), 3) Taskin has been suspended because of the 9 bouncers 3 were deemed illegal. 4) The 24 balls he bowled in the Netherlands match were tested and not deemed illegal. Nobody has questioned Taskins action before and professional players around the world have also raised an eyebrow on this latest ICC process. So your observations seems somewhat out of sorts with what's happening on the ground.

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