I always compare him with MS Dhoni: Bangladesh head coach Sridharan Sriram on Mahmudullah

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.

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Updated - 14 September 2022 07:41 PM

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Bangladesh cricket team had a horrific Asia Cup 2022 campaign as the side suffered back-to-back defeats in the continental tournament and was knocked out of the T20 tournament from the league stage. The Shakib Al Hasan-led side started their campaign with an embarrassing loss against Afghanistan followed by yet another defeat to Sri Lanka in what was a must-win fixture.

Days after the Tigers crashed out of the T20 tournament, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia next month. Bangladesh veteran all-rounder Mahmudullah was the noteworthy exclusion from the squad as the veteran batter hasn’t been in the greatest of form and team director, Khaled Mahamud Sujon, said that the all-rounder hasn’t performed to expectations in the last few months. 

Earlier this year, Mahmudullah was also removed as the skipper of the Bangladesh T20I team, and all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan was reappointed at the helm of the squad. However, newly appointed Bangladesh coach Sridharan Sriram on Wednesday made a shocking comparison in regards to Mahmudullah. 

Former India cricketer and newly appointed head coach of Bangladesh cricket team Sridharan Sriram said on Wednesday that Mahmudullah had similar capabilities as Mahendra Singh Dhoni citing his performance as a finisher.

"I think our cricket team needs to have a succession plan. I have always equated Mahmudullah with MS Dhoni with the role that he performs for the team. He batted at No 6 just like Dhoni has done for India. He has finished off games. Dhoni cannot go on forever and ever, right?," the 46-year-old said at a press conference.

He also mentioned that dropping Mahmudullah from the Asia Cup squad was not an easy decision by any means and he had to become the bad man during the team's selection.

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