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Bangladesh batting coach McKenzie defends team batsmen

Bangladesh, at one stage, were reeling to 60 for 6, from where Afif and Mosaddek pushed to the victory target. 

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Bangladesh batting coach McKenzie defends team batsmen
Neil McKenzie with Soumya Sarkar. Photo: Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh batting coach has defended his batsmen following their poor show against Zimbabwe in the tri-series opener in which they grabbed an unlikely win for a blistering half century from Afif Hossain.

19-year old Afif hit 52 off 26 balls after the experienced front liners in the team failed to make way through Zimbabwean bowling attack. Bangladesh, at one stage, were reeling to 60 for 6, from where Afif and Mosaddek dragged the team to reach into the victory target.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan scored just one run and conceded 30 runs in an over earlier against the batting of Burl.

“I think international cricket is hard cricket. You can’t always score. And you can see Shakib. He was magnificent in the World Cup,” said McKenzie.

“There are lot of guys who played really well in the last six months in international cricket. As soon as they don’t score in one or two games… everybody gets excited and upset.”

Bangladesh batsmen failed drastically in the one-off Test against Afghanistan earlier where they fallen into a 224-run defeat at home.

McKenzie said, “We have so many good players at the moment and we just need guys to jump out the box and be a lot more consistent. There’s no doubt about their ability. It’s all about consistency.”

“They are not machines. They are humans. We just get behind our team and back our team and even if we lose tomorrow, we will win the next game,”

said McKenzie.

“We don’t come out to lose. Bangladesh come out to play 100 percent positive cricket with no fear.”

Bangladesh are going to face Afghanistan in their second match of the tri-series on Sunday.

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