Star player out of World Cup against India due to lack of sleep

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Dhaka. The Indian cricket team won the ICC T20 World Cup title by defeating South Africa in the final. India faced Afghanistan, Australia and Bangladesh in the Super 8. Team India won all three matches. Bangladesh vice-captain Taskin Ahmed was not part of the playing XI in the Super 8. He was reportedly dropped from the crucial match against India because he slept for a long time and did not turn up to board the team bus.

However, the fast bowler denied this claim and said that he was out due to team combination. Bangladesh had to face defeat by 50 runs in the match held in North Sound, Antigua on June 22. The team made one change in this match and played Zakir Ali in place of Taskin. 'ESPNcricinfo' quoted Taskin as saying to Dhaka-based newspaper Azkar Patrika, “I reached a little late but I reached the ground before the toss.”

Taskin said, “I reached the ground about 30 to 40 minutes before the toss. I could not reach the team bus. The bus left the hotel at 8:35 in the morning. I left for the ground at 8:43. I reached the ground along with the bus. It is not that they did not select me because I reached late. I was not going to play anyway.”

Taskin returned to the playing XI for Bangladesh's next match, against Afghanistan, on 24 June. Taskin apologised for the incident, but veteran all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan said the pacer's late arrival made his selection “difficult”.

first published : July 3, 2024, 12:37 IST

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