Indeed, it was a misery, where the batters let the team down yet again! The impact of Mominul, though was improving since the New Zealand tour, would come under fire and he could have justified himself with the bat when the team needed him the most. Sadly, he failed to lead from the front and kept on cutting a sorry figure. Neither the experienced players exhibited any responsibilities as the tour ended as a nightmare.
The dismal show on the final day of the first Test at Durban by the Bangladesh batters cancelled out the fightback of the previous four days where the batters and bowlers of the visitors showed the heart and temperament to challenge the hosts - but in one session of a nightmare, everything was washed down the drain in the twinkle of an eye.
The loyalty of the Tigers towards Bangladesh had paid off and let's hope, this loyalty doesn't lose its way in the coming days.
Ottis Gibson was creating an impact, but, ultimately, he was shown the door in a quite insulting manner and now BCB have appointed Donald who is a hard taskmaster, habituated to raise the game of the bowlers that are promising enough and spot new talents rather than listening to those people who rely more on nepotism. It would have been better if the BCB think of a long-term plan regarding Donald and for that, they need to give him enough freedom.
“The exit of another competent coach like Gibson would not bring anything good for Bangladesh cricket that is run by syndication – as suggested by insiders. This syndication is dubbed to be run by some of the senior players and local coaches who use their political and media connections in a bad way to run the show – ultimately, such people are hailed as heroes whereas, their activities, behind the curtains, deserve harsh criticism. Already, Bangladesh have lost Chandika Hathurusingha, Steve Rhodes and now, Gibson due to petty politics”