Samaraweera: No plans to make Mahmudullah bat at No 3 in future


There is an ongoing debate to make Mahmudullah bat at No 3, given his vast experience and stature as a batsman

The Bangladesh think-tank has no plans to promote Mahmudullah up the order in ODIs, to be more precise at No 3, informed batting coach Thilan Samaraweera.
According to the former Sri Lanka cricketer, the team management has a set plan with Mahmudullah until the 2019 World Cup, which is to make him bat at No 6.
Like any major side in the world, Bangladesh’s ODI batting-order saw several shuffles over time but it has been quite a while since they had an established batsman at No 3.
Considering the current players in the team, Sabbir Rahman, who at the moment bats at that position more often than not, in 14 matches has scored 355 runs.
Imrul Kayes has batted nine times at No 3 and making 132 while Soumya Sarkar has batted there in seven matches, from 2014-2016, scoring 194.
Mahmudullah, since 2011, has batted seven times at No 3 for Bangladesh in ODIs and made 157 before Sabbir was given the job last year.
However, there is an ongoing debate to make Mahmudullah bat at this particular position, given his vast experience and stature as a batsman, it’s not justified making him bat late. The discussion gathered momentum after the batsman struck an unbeaten 102 at Sophia Gardens on Friday to guide Bangladesh to a historic five-wicket win over New Zealand and keep their hope alive in the 2017 Champions Trophy.
“We have given him (Mahmudullah) a role around six months ago, which is to bat at No 6. He has responded well batting there. He was actually batting up when I took the job in 2015 but after that, the coaching staff thought about getting him ready for 2019 with the role at No 6. He is doing well there, finishing the game for the team recently, in Ireland and against New Zealand (on Friday),” Samaraweera told the media in Cardiff.
Since 2008, Mahmudullah has batted at No 6 in 24 innings, making 603, including two centuries and as many half-centuries. Mushfiqur Rahim has batted the most at No 6 for the Tigers, scoring 1314 in 51 innings.