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Bangaldesh frustrated ahead of Australia clash

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Bengaluru, March 20: The Intertiol Cricket Council's (ICC) ban on bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for illegal actions in the middle of the World T20 campaign has diminished the Bangladesh team's spirits.

They are scheduled to take on Australia in their second Super 10 match at the M. Chinswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday, reports

The actions of the bowlers were questioned in the first-round match against the Netherlands on March 9. Sunny went through the assessment in Cheni on March 12 and Taskin on March 15. The ICC announced the results on Saturday.

The team was particularly frustrated about the suspension of Taskin, who is an important cog in their pace wheel.

"We are very upset with the decision. It is very disappointing. We still believe that Taskin is alright. I don’t know the system. Playing back-to-back matches and then be tested," Mashrafe said on Sunday. "Again, we can’t do anything at the moment. We have to go through the process. The team is very upset."

Losing two of his key bowlers, Mashrafe insisted that things would not be the same in the team. "If two of your boys in the family are in a pickle, you won't be able to do anything properly - you won't get the same enthusiasm. Our mental state is not like before any more, you can see it clearly," the captain said. "Taskin and Sunny are obviously disappointed. But the whole team is behind them. At the moment, it is very difficult to tell them that everything will be alright.

"As a group, the coaching staff and players are helping them cope with it. All that we can wish and pray is they come out stronger and fight it out - come back and play for Bangladesh."

Mashrafe claimed the timing of the ICC verdict made things tougher for the team.

"The shock came at such a time when it is difficult for us to mage. If we got the two replacement players a couple of days ago, we could've maged it." IANS

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