Hathurusingha was taken aback by the selective addition of the ‘Reserve Day’ rule.

Hathurusingha was taken aback by the selective addition of rules in the middle of the tournament, so that’s the new thing: ‘Reserve Day’ rule of Hathurusinghaf

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha stated on Friday (September 8) that having a reserve day for only the India-Pakistan game was not ideal, and that his team would have preferred to benefit from a reserve day given the forecast of heavy rain for the rest of this week’s Asia Cup fixtures in Colombo.

With no reserve day for the other Super Four games, teams may find themselves in a situation where points are split in the event of a forfeit, complicating qualification to the final. “I’m sure there’s a technical committee made up of representatives from all six participating countries.” So they must have made their decision for another reason. It’s not ideal, to be sure. We would also appreciate an extra day. Apart from that, I don’t have much to say because they’ve made a decision,” Hathurusingha told reporters ahead of their match against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.

“We haven’t talked about that [reserve day] because we don’t have much say once you’ve made a decision.” So, if we had been consulted beforehand, we would have provided our feedback, but since it has already been made, I am unconcerned. And we just do what was asked of us. I haven’t seen anything like this in another tournament. “Changing rules in the middle of a tournament is something new I can add to that,” he added.

Cricbuzz contacted former Bangladesh captain and current BCB director Akram Khan, who represents Bangladesh on the ACC’s Asia Cup technical committee, and he insisted that their opinion on the reserve day was not sought by ACC.

“ACC made the decision, and it was not discussed with us,” Akram told Cricbuzz.

Beyond the kerfuffle over the specific application of rules, Hathurusingha has turned his attention to Saturday’s game, where he hopes to see a little more consistency from his team, which returns to Sri Lanka after a week away after playing their last two games in Lahore. “We are well aware of what has occurred in the past. However, we have been playing excellent cricket. So we have to play in a very different environment than the last two or three games against different opponents,” Hathurusingha explained.

“It’s a big challenge for us, but we talk about how much more capable we are than what we’ve shown here.” So it is the inconsistency that needs to be addressed. “And then we actually talk about it, and we’re looking forward to a good show,” he said.

Bangladesh took a risk by starting Mehidy Hasan against Afghanistan, and it paid off handsomely, with the all-rounder scoring a century. When asked if the all-rounder’s move up the order was permanent, Hathurusinghe chose to keep his cards close to his chest.

“Yeah, we’ll think about it [whether or not Mehedy will open].” I’m not sure. We haven’t made a decision yet. Depending on the condition when we arrive here tomorrow. Because of the weather, the pitch’s condition may change between now and tomorrow. We have no idea. “Because of the recent inclement weather, we need to make that decision as soon as possible,” he concluded.

Hathurusingha also stated that the decision to send Najmul Hossain home was motivated by the upcoming World Cup. According to Cricbuzz, Najmul wanted to stay back because he felt he could play, but the team management did not want to take any chances and instead wanted the left-handed opener to return home and begin his rehabilitation.

“Unfortunately, he’ll be out for a couple of weeks, but the good news is that we caught it early and took precautionary measures because, as we all know, the World Cup is coming up, and we don’t want to take any chances.” Our decision would have been slightly different if it hadn’t been for the World Cup,” Hathurusingha concluded.