Kolkata, March 27: Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has said batsman Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury was given the nod ahead of sir Hossain because he was considered more effective in the World Twenty20 conditions.
Having played the opening match of the first round, sir warmed the bench for the rest of the tourment, even in Bangladesh’s last Group 2 fixture against New Zealand at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, reported bdnews24.com on Saturday.
Bangladesh slumped to a crushing 75-run defeat against the Kiwis to end their winless Super 10s campaign on Saturday.
sir, who was considered a reliable all-rounder for the team a few days ago, was played in just one match of the Asia Cup — in the fil against India.
Many thought sir might be picked for the fil World T20 match with Bangladesh already elimited following three defeats on the trot. But that did not happen. Bangladesh went with an unchanged side that had lost to India.
Hathurusingha kept his explation brief after the match. “That is the decision of selectors and the magement. We thought Shuvagata will provide better all-round performance (than sir),” the Sri Lankan coach said.
Shuvagata, however, was not even in Bangladesh’s 15-man squad for the World T20 but sir was.
Along with spinner Saqlain Sajib, Shuvagata was flown in to replace suspended bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny. He then played all the remaining matches of the tourment.
“Why sir was selected ahead of Shuvagata in the main squad) is a separate question but we thought of Shuvagata because of the conditions, wickets and the opposition,” the Sri Lankan-born coach said. IANS