Whenever our cricketers have underestimated their opposition, they have had to face the consequences—be it Canada, Hong Kong, Afghanistan or even Kenya.
The first mistake our cricketers made in the case of Afghanistan was preparing the pitch to suite the spinners. Afghanistan has one of the best spin attacks in the world now; everyone is aware of it. How come our cricket experts ignored this fact while doing their homework? If they had prepared the pitch to suite pacers, then Mustafiz and the other pace bowlers could have torn through the Afghan batting lineup.
Our pacers looked so out of sorts against an amateur test team, thanks to the lack of foresight of our cricket gurus. I hope our cricketers and cricket experts do their homework next time and learn how to exploit the opposition’s weaknesses, because this is the only way they are going to win. When India toured last, Bangladesh played 4 pacers and the ploy worked perfectly. Underestimating the opposition or taking victory for granted will only lead to loss and shame.
New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka