It was far from being an ideal start to the tournament for the Bangladesh cricket team. While they remain the favourites to proceed to the Super 12 stage, their campaign received a major dent as they fell to a stunning defeat against Scotland in their opening campaign opener on Day 1 of the competition.
Not only the match but even the post-match press conference after the match where Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah was speaking has been a major talking point of the match. Notably, when the losing captain was explaining what went wrong and how the Bangla Tigers could improve after their performance against Scotland, his speech was interrupted for a brief while by the Scottish supporters who were understandably elated by their team’s historic win.
In a video shared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) it could be seen that while the Scotland fans were singing their national anthem to express their feelings of joy and happiness and their team’s remarkable effort at the world cricket stage, they interrupted the Mahmudullah’s speech. Later, Cricket Scotland posted the same video and apologised by saying that they will keep it down from the next time.
Here is the video of the incident here:
We need to pull our socks up and play better cricket: Mahmudullah
Following the defeat, Mahmudullah said that while the bowlers had done their job on the day, it was the batters who let them down in this match. He categorically mentioned that they needed to pull their socks up and play a better version of cricket.
“When you can’t chase 140, there needs to be a look-in, need to correct the mistakes. We still need to be positive and figure out where we made mistakes, and not try to repeat them,” he said.
“We have to bat better. We have to play aggressive cricket, regardless of the situation. We have a deep batting line-up, with Mohammad Saifuddin at No. 9. We may need to think over some changes tomorrow,” he stated in the same interview.
The 35-year-old’s camp and composure when he was interrupted by the Scottish fans is being appreciated and he would want to now lead his team to an improved show in their next match.