Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza today stood firmly behind pacer Taskin Ahmed, who has been suspended for suspect action, stating that they will follow all the due procedures to get his ban revoked. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has appealed to the International Cricket Council to revoke the ban on country pace sensation Taskin Ahmed, who has been barred from bowling in the ICC World T20 due to suspect action. Taskin and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny has been barred from bowling and will have to undergo action correction before they can comeback into competitive cricket. According to a report, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon has communicated with ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and Chief Executive Dave Richardson intimating them that the board was not convinced about independent assessment of Taskin bowling action.

 

Taskin Ahmed

 

Mashrafe Mortaza said:

“There is a process, and we will follow that. Whatever we have to say, we will talk to Bangladesh Cricket Board. BCB will decide what to do and whether talk to the ICC. But we still believe that Taskin at least is all right, and that Taskin can bowl.”

“Losing two key players is a big blow, but we have to follow the rules and go through the process.”

“We will miss everything about them. These two bowlers have done very well for us. Taskin – in the last eight matches – has been outstanding.”

“Taskin and Sunny are obviously disappointed. The whole team is behind them. The coaching staff and players, are helping them out. All that we can wish and pray is, they come out stronger and fight it out and come back and play for Bangladesh.”

“The two replacements are very much capable, but the point is that someone who is in form in international cricket, and someone who is coming into international cricket – these are two different things. I think both Taskin and Sunny have been brilliant; Hom and Sajib will surely do their best.”

Bangladesh will take on Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday in their second Super 10 match. They did practice on Sunday but their preparations have been overshadowed by the ban.

Bangladesh captain Mortaza could not hold back his tears while speaking to the media on Sunday over the suspensions of bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny.