Sujon to continue as technical director

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Sports desk: Bangladesh team’s technical director Khaled Mahmud Sujon, while making a complete u-turn on his previous statement, said that he is ready to work with the national team if he is asked to do so. The former all-rounder had earlier stated that he had lost interest in working with the national side after reports in the media wrote him down in the aftermath of a poor series against Sri Lanka at home.

Mahmud had been at the receiving end since being appointed as team director considering his involvement in several other capacities in Bangladesh’s cricket landscape. He is currently the chairman of BCB’s game development committee while also being involved in coaching capacities at different clubs and franchises. Prior to his appointment as team director, a section of the media labelled it as a conflict of interest.

BCB president had also come out hard against Mahmud and had announced that their immediate priority was in getting a head coach as he believed the current team management were unable to perform their duties as per expectations. Mahmud was appointed the team’s technical director following the unexpected departure of Chandika Hathurusingha, and he helmed affairs during the home series against Sri Lanka after the tri-nation series that also involved Zimbabwe.

“I never say no whenever they [BCB] give me any duty,” Mahmud told reporters when asked whether he was still keen to work in the same capacity during the upcoming Nidahas Trophy. He also added that he is apologetic for his public outburst during the series. “There was so much talk regarding the series that I could not control my emotions and I overreacted. I didn’t say anything to hurt anybody, I spoke out of emotion… I am really sorry for that. Definitely the media have had a huge role in Bangladesh cricket,” Mahmud continued.

However, Mahmud denied that the team had over-experimented in the series that led to their downfall in the two-match T20I series. Sri Lanka ended their eight-match long losing streak by winning the series. “I don’t agree that we experimented with too many players during the last series. Everybody came [into the team] on the basis of their performances.

“Every new player who got a chance in the last T20I series was exciting and a future player. We have a very busy international schedule in the coming days so you may have to fight with injuries as well as think about your new talents. And we can only accommodate them in T20Is.”Cricbuzz.

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