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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan admitted after the 87-run defeat against Netherlands that it was his worst performance so far in the World Cup. Chasing the target of 230 runs, Bangladesh team was reduced to 142 runs in 42.2 overs. He is almost out of the race for the semi-finals.

He said, “You can definitely say that this is Bangladesh’s worst performance in the World Cup.) I don’t agree with that. I don’t have the answer as to why we demonstrated like this. Our fielding was poor and we did not bat as well as we should have throughout the tournament. “It is a matter of great concern,” he said. Today was another day when we gave two points to the Netherlands. It is very difficult to accept this defeat.

Shakib faced several questions from Bangladesh journalists and admitted that his team was not fully prepared and that the controversy surrounding former captain Tamim Iqbal had an impact on the team. When asked whether Tamim’s exclusion affected the team, Shakib said, “It could happen. It is not uncommon. I don’t know what’s on everyone’s mind. I don’t disagree with you. This may have an impact.

Tamim, the only Bangladeshi batsman to score centuries in all three formats, announced his retirement in July. He changed his decision after the request of the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The 34-year-old played the first two matches of the home series against New Zealand ahead of the World Cup, but took a break from the final match. Tamim was later not selected in the World Cup squad and their differences came out into the open when Shakib criticized his fitness in an interview.

He said, “It is natural that when the captain and coach change, the strategy changes. This strategy is difficult to maintain. This can be a good or bad strategy. Everyone has their own opinion. We don’t know what is right and what is wrong. “We were completely unprepared,” he said. But now such excuses will not help but definitely our preparation was not good.