Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
Bangladesh Twenty20 captain Mahmudullah prior to leaving for Pakistan reiterated that all visiting players are not losing their minds over security concerns in Pakistan and the focus remains on how to dominate Pakistan in the T20I series.
"At this moment, I can say that the other members of the team are not worried about it [security]. We are only thinking about cricket," Mahmudullah told reporters before departure.
"We are only thinking about how we can perform well and win there," Mahmudullah added.
A cloud of uncertainty hovered above the prospect of Bangladesh tour as they refused to play Tests in Pakistan but lengthy negotiations broke the deadlock and a split series got finalized eventually.
Bangladesh team will leave for Pakistan today from Dhaka to partake in three-match T20I series along with the support staff that will include the latest addition of Ottis Gibson—who has recently been hired as Bangladesh bowling coach.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim had pulled out from the tour owing to his family's security concerns. The former Bangladesh captain and five members of the support staff pulled out of the series as well.
Mushfiqur's teammate and brother in law Mahmudullah respected his fellow's decision and lent his support,
"I support Mushfiq’s decision as family is always important. Nothing can be more important for a player or any other common person than their family," he remarked.
Bangladesh selectors have picked up a rather inexperienced squad with many players falling short of enough international cricket experience. However, the skipper is pleased with the team picked for the tough tour and expects them to deliver the goods.
"I am very happy with the squad. Everyone here had performed very well in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The batsmen scored runs and the bowlers took wickets. All in all, I am very confident with my squad. Now, the question is how well we apply ourselves there," said Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh would take heart from the fact that Pakistan has slipped on a banana peel since the Sri Lanka tour in October 2019 as the islanders beat the number one ranked side comprehensively by 3-0 and Bangladesh would like to come hard at a seemingly uncertain Pakistan T20 side.
"Pakistan may have lost their last few series but I think they are a very strong team in T20s. The series is taking place in their home. They lost against Sri Lanka there and maybe they are concerned about it."
The top all-rounder does not want to rely on Pakistan's self-destructive ways and knows that the hosts would strive to recover from the jolt and his entire focus is on getting the most out of his confidantes.
"But we need to focus on how well we can play. I think the players in the team are in good form. We need to utilise that. If we play our best cricket we can win," Mahmudullah concluded.
Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Nazmul Hossain, Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Mahadi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain and Hasan Mahmud.