Mosaddek keen to concentrate on T20 series

DHAKA, Bangladesh all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain Saikat is keen to concentrate on upcoming Tri-nation T20 series, also involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, leaving the shambolic Test defeat to Afghans behind him.

Bangladesh tasted a 224-run defeat to Afghanistan in one-off Test, much to the disappointment of the country cricket adorable fans.

Mosaddek said the pain will be healed if they can play to their potential in the T20 series.

I have nothing to say about our performance against Afghanistan. To be honest it was a very depressing match for all of the players. I think that we could have done a lot better, Mosaddek said here on Wednesday.

Whenever I play Test cricket, I focus on both batting and bowling as I know I might have to come into bowl. When I didn't get the chance to bowl in Test, I wasn't worried that I won't get to bowl in T20s as well. Obviously I bowl as a genuine bowler when I get the cherry in my hand, he said.

If we think that it will be difficult to make a comeback then it will get to us. As we are playing a completely different format as that was a Test and now we will be playing T20, everyone is thinking about T20. But more importantly, all of us are looking forward to winning a match so that we can regain our momentum and if we can do that everything will fall into places, he said.

Mossadek said he is disappointed not to score runs.

As I couldn't score runs, it does feel as if I have let go of the opportunity. Many might feel that I got out trying to play a big shot. Ironically I opened my account in the first innings with a six. If I could have replicated that feat, it would have been something different. But as I couldn't do that it surely is depressing, he said.

He added that there is no point of thinking about the past, precisely about Rashid Khan who tormented Bangladesh with a match haul of 11-104.

See, if we continue to think about opponents as the better side of the duel, we will not even be able to play our natural game. Everyone knows that we can win. We have lost a match which was indeed very distressing but I feel that the earlier we can get over this failure, the better it will be for us, he remarked.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)