Nazmul lets Mashrafee down again


The moment Rahmat Shah completed the catch at extra-cover the two umpires decided to see the reply of the delivery just to check if bowler Aftab Alam had overstepped.
It was a routine call on their part but it gave batsman Nazmul Hossain at least some hope for reprieve. He stopped for a second before leaving the field but was left disappointed soon as television replay found nothing sinister in the delivery.
Inside the dressing room skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza must be disappointed equally as the left-hander let him down once again.
Nazmul had the backing from Mashrafee as Bangladesh’s backup opener for quite some time, so when Tamim Iqbal was ruled out with an injury Bangladesh did not ask for a replacement.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board high-ups interfered in the team affair only after Nazmul demonstrated back-to-back failures against Afghanistan and India, replacing Tamim at the opening slot.
Despite the controversial recalling of Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes, Mashrafee put his faith on Nazmul again as he was given a chance to open the innings with Liton Das for the third game in a row against Afghanistan on Sunday.
But he could show little respect to the decision, opting for a wild slog before fifth over was completed as Rahmat took simplest of the simple catches off Aftab to end his brief stay at the crease.
The manner in which Nazmul was dismissed on Sunday it also raised a question on his mindset though he was not completely a stranger to the Bangladesh team.
The left-hander has been regarded as horse for a long course, especially after his consistence performance in domestic club cricket and Bangladesh Under-19 team.
Nazmul had a poor series in Ireland for Bangladesh A team in August when he made 15 runs in his one-day match and 44 runs in three Twent20 matches.
Yet, selectors included him in the squad on the back of prolific show in the last Dhaka Premier League for Abahani Limited when he made highest 749 runs at an average of 57.61, including four centuries.
It was often debated in Bangladesh’s cricketing circle whether selectors should count the performance for Abahani, the prime beneficiary of dubious umpiring in Dhaka league.
The debate started with Anamul going flop in international cricket after scoring a bagful of runs for Abahani. With Nazmul’s airy-fairy show in Asia Cup, there is every chance this will now be debated more.