Mahedi Hasan is disappointed after not being included in the Bangladesh squad for the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin explained his choice. "I think he (Mahedi) is unfortunate. Both Mehidy and Mahedi are the same type of cricketers with the former showing some form with the bat in the Asia Cup," said Minhajul for criccbuz.com "I think against India and Pakistan a left-arm spinner could be more useful than a right-arm off-spinner (taking match-ups into consideration) and we have quite a few players who can bowl off-spin like Mossadek [Hossain] and others."
Sridharan Sriram, Bangladesh's T20I technical director stressed that it was a difficult decision to make. "We have to select 15 players. I love Mahedi. He is a phenomenal character in the team. He brings the energy. We won't be playing in spin friendly conditions, however.
We had to carry that one extra seam bowling option. It was very close between Mahedi and Nasum. We picked Nasum as he has a great match-up with the top three of India and Pakistan. The left-arm spinner was ahead. We had other offspinners.
It was very unfortunate for Mahedi to miss out. He will be in every team that plays in Asia," said Sriram.
Mahedi expressed his displeasure and believes that the management's reasoning is meaningless.
"This is not right (that I am not picked for match-ups) because you mean to say Shakib bhai cannot bowl to left-handed batsmen," Mahedi told Cricbuzz. "A bowler can bowl against everyone and there cannot be any excuse in this regard.
Wherever you play international cricket you will have to take the challenge. In the coming days I am sure there will be good days for me and I won't stop trying. I came this far through hard work and will keep doing that to make a comeback," he said.
Mahedi believes that he still has room for improvement. "I think this is not an issue (Sriram's arrival and Domingo's departure) because everyone has to make his own decision and what I feel is that if he (Sriram) stayed for a longer period of time he could have understood me better," said Mahedi.
"Though I played well throughout the year I bowled badly in one game (against Sri Lanka) in the Asia Cup and it turned out to be a problem for me. If I had done well in that game these things wouldn't have come up. I think it is my fault and I have to improve from this place and control my nerves," he said.