Bangladesh is not changing the eleven for fear of defeat by Zimbabwe

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Bangladesh is not changing the eleven for fear of defeat by Zimbabwe

Bangladesh is not changing the eleven for fear of defeat by Zimbabwe

Bangladesh is not changing the eleven for fear of defeat by Zimbabwe

In the ongoing cricket series, Bangladesh has clinched commanding victories in the first two matches against Zimbabwe. The matches held in Sagarika witnessed Bangladesh repeating their top-performing playing eleven from the first match in the second match as well. Despite facing a relatively weaker team like Zimbabwe, the management opted to keep young and new cricketers on the bench.

Assistant coach Nick Pothas clarified the team's strategy, emphasizing the priority to secure a series win before considering any experimentation with the team lineup. The management is focused on ensuring a series win in the upcoming match, hence not taking any risks with the team composition.

In the previous matches, Bangladesh did not need to employ an aggressive batting strategy as they faced modest targets of 125 and 139 runs set by Zimbabwe. The first T20 victory featured a stellar performance from debutant Tanjid Tamim, while the last night's game saw notable contributions from Riyad and Hriday, propelling Bangladesh to another win. Currently, Bangladesh leads the five-match series 2-0.

Speaking on the series, Assistant Coach Nick Pothas stated, "When you are playing an international series, the primary responsibility is to win the series. That's the priority we need to fulfill before we can consider experimenting. Thus, we are doing exactly what is necessary to secure victories on these pitches."

Considering the opponent is Zimbabwe, one would expect the Bangladesh squad to be more relaxed. However, the Tiger team management is solely focused on winning the series, avoiding any risks. The intention to win the series remains their foremost goal.

The hesitation to experiment stems from the fear of unexpected outcomes, even against a team like Zimbabwe. As a result, players like Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Parvez Hossain Emon, Tanvir Islam, and Afif Hossain Dhruv had to watch the consecutive matches from the dressing room.

Pothas added, "I have said before, the first task is to win the series, then we can experiment. If we experiment and something goes wrong, you will be the ones critiquing our decisions. We believe it is correct to proceed in this manner."

Pothas posed a question in response to queries about the conservative strategy, "If we had lost against Zimbabwe while experimenting, what would you have written?"