October 4, 2022
Will Mahmudullah make Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup squad in 2022?

The biggest question going on in Dhaka right now is whether Mahmudullah will be able to make it to Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup squad. The selectors are likely to announce the 15-man squad on September 15, soon after the approval of BCB president Nazmul Hasan. Ahead of the announcement, the Board has arranged a three-day training camp for the new Technical Consultant S Sriram to witness the talent at his disposal.
On Monday, the first day of camp, team director Khalid Mahmood said he was yet to take a call on Mahmudullah. He scored 52 runs in the Asia Cup at a strike-rate of 106.12, scoring just 99 runs in six T20Is earlier this year, Gone are the days of Mahmudullah being the designated hitter for Bangladesh in the death overs. she has seen the shadow of player he was once Between 2016 to 2018.

“(Mahmudullah) Riyadh is an important part of our white-ball cricket,” Mahmood said. He said, “There is no decision on him yet. When we sit down to sit in the team we will decide whether we need him in the team or not. I can say that Riyadh is still important for us to discuss. Good. On whether Riyadh will get a chance or not. We can’t even say that Riyadh is not an automatic choice. We have to take everything into account.”

Mahmood suggested that Mahmudullah’s experience – he is Bangladesh’s most played T20I player – would be of no use to him in the selection table. Mushfiqur Rahim, a senior player equally under pressure to score regularly in T20Is, retired soon after the Asia Cup, citing the need to devote more time to Tests and ODIs. But it was quite clear that Mushfiqur knew that his time in T20Is was over.

Mahmud, who was considered Mahmudullah’s guru from his early days, said he was not getting the best of him right now. “At the end of the day, we will consider the best interest of the Bangladesh team. We are not going to look at anyone differently because he is more experienced. We certainly value his service like other experienced players. Riyadh He’s working hard, but we’re not getting what we expect from him. For example, he’s scoring a run-a-ball 27.

“But Riyadh has been our match winner,” Mahmood said. “He scored a century in 2015 world cup, He had a great partnership with Shakibo [Al Hasan] In the 2017 Champions Trophy. He has won matches on his own as well. We can’t say no to him all of a sudden, but the team is bigger than the individual. We have called a lot of players [to the camp]But not everyone is called for selection.”
The thought of Bangladesh without Mushfiqur and perhaps Mahmudullah comes from the confidence of Liton Das, Nurul Hasan and Yasir Ali in their comebacks from various injuries. It is reportedly expected that the return of these three might solve their middle and top-order woes that have been plaguing them for over 12 months.

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