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'Coach & players need to answer'

Sports Reporter

Former national captain Akram Khan criticised the manner in which Bangladesh players batted in their 177-run defeat at the West Indies in the second ODI on Friday. He also said that the entire team management will be 'questioned' on the side's poor performance after the series.

Akram, who heads Bangladesh Cricket Board's cricket operations committee, believed that Bangladesh's batters needed to show more patience in the series.

"I felt really bad. I hoped that we would do well after the first game. We played way below our standard in all departments in the second ODI. It's not that the players are not working hard but the batsmen have just not been able to get to their targets.

"Generally a batsman takes his time and aims to play 50 overs. This did not happen. This is the main problem. It will be very difficult if the series continues this way," Akram told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

He further said that the operations committee would dig deeper into the issue after the series.

"No matter how high profile a coach is or the players or the selectors are, there has to be an answer for this performance. We will discuss as to how we can come out of these issues at the end of the series.

"However, asking them to give answers does not mean that they will be suspended if they don't perform well. It's just a process to figure out how things can work better," said Akram.

As of now, Akram hopes that his players can regain their confidence levels for the rest of the tour.

"The national team's confidence level fluctuates quickly. If they can play two good matches their confidence will increase. On the other hand, if they lose two matches, it goes away. We brought two psychologists in the past and tried to fix this issue. We are trying our best. I believe that this team can do well," said Akram.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, August 25, 2014

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