Tigers return home after a disappointing Sri Lanka tour

DHAKA, Bangladesh cricket team players returned home on Thursday after a frustrating series in Sri Lanka in which they faced an

embarrassing whitewash in a threematch ODI series.

The team arrived at the Shahjalal International Airport today at around 2

pm though they were initially supposed to arrive earlier at 11:30am

(Bangladesh Time).

Due to a delay in flight for a technical problem, the Tigers left Colombo

at 9:45 am (Sri Lanka Time).

Visiting Sri Lanka with an aim to win their first bilateral series, the

Tiger put up a disappointing performance in all departments.

Although most of the key players like Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mashrafe

Bin Mortaza and Mohammad Saifuddin were not with the team in their SL tour,

the side that was sent to Sri Lanka was believed to be competent of beating

Sri Lanka.

Shakib and Liton were granted leave for their personal affairs while

Mashrafe and Saifuddin were ruled out from the side at the eleventh hour

after sustaining injury.

Bangladesh though had a disappointing World Cup outing, finishing eighth

at the point table, they were still favourites against Sri Lanka, being a

higher ranked team and also considering their superior performance against

the Lankans in recent time.

Tamim Iqbal, who captained the side in the series, was confident that they

could beat Sri Lanka. Allrounder Mosaddek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar even

confidently dubbed themselves favorites before the series had started.

During the threematch ODI series, the Lankans showed how strong they are

at their home den. But Bangladesh's listless batting, wayward bowling and

shoddy fielding contributed to their humiliating defeat against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh lost the first match by 91 runs and second one by seven wickets

before tasting their fifth whitewash at the hands of Lankans losing the last

match by 122 runs. It was overall their 27th whitewash in their cricket

history.

By winning this series, Sri Lanka also proved a point that they could even

beat Bangladesh in the World Cup if the match was not washed out.

However, the result could have been different if Shakib Al Hasan who

performed brilliantly in the just concluded World Cup was with the team.

Shakib had scored 606 runs and taken 11 wickets in the cricket's biggest

extravaganza to create some unique records.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, however, was gracious enough to

admit that Shakib's absence put them in an advantageous position in the

series.

The Tigers now are looking forward to regroup them after their

disappointing series.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)