NEW DELHI: A top Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official has confirmed that team’s vice-captain and pacer Taskin Ahmed overslept and didn’t pick up calls ahead of the T20 World Cup clash against India.
The BCB official, on condition of anonymity, told Cricbuzz that Taskin couldn’t be reached ahead of the game against India and later apologised to the team.
The game against India saw Bangladesh use only two pacers and didn’t include Taskin in the XI. Bangladesh’s combination raised several eyebrows and there were speculations that the head coach dropped Taskin.
“It is true that he (Taskin) joined the team later after missing the team bus,” said the official on Monday.
“But why he did not play only the coach can say because whether he was in the plan or not (against India) is something that can be answered by the head coach (Chandika Hathurusingha),” he said.
The official denied troubles between Taskin and coach, saying there was no need to make an issue out of it.
“If there was any issue (between coach and the player) how he played the next game against Afghanistan,” he said.
“He apologised to his teammates and everyone for not being able to get up on time and that’s it and no need to make an issue out of it,” he added.
India won the clash against Bangladesh by a mammoth 50 runs in Antigua.
Bangladesh failed to qualify for the semis of the cricketing extravaganza which India won beating South Africa last week.