Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah, despite the defeat of his team from New Zealand, believes that there is optimism in the team, given the performance of some players. Mahmdullah seems to believe in young players. "I think it was a very good chance for players like Naim Sheikh, Afif (Hossain), and the two debutants today to show the world how good they are but we need to put a step up as we won't get a squad filled with experienced players, and we need to deal with that," Mahmudullah told reporters after the match, as quoted by cricbuzz "So someone [new member] needs to raise his hands up [and contribute].
They are very talented and capable to win matches for Bangladesh."
Shoriful Islam caught Devon Conway on the boundary, but the referee seemed to have a different opinion because he noticed that Conway touched the boundary cushions "I straight away had asked my fielder Shoriful, to be sure whether it was a six or not, but he seemed confused, so I thought it had probably gone for six.
It was a very tiny gap to see, but it's okay, as, at the end of the day, it was the umpire's call, and we need to respect that," said Mahmudullah. "I think we had a chance, in the field; in the first few overs we took a couple of wickets, their runs were under seven runs per over, but the way Devon (Conway) has batted, I think he has been prolific in his batting, he has been very consistent in his last few innings."
"But we had our chances, as I had said, in the boundary, but it went for six. I think the bowlers bowled really well, we can't really blame them." He is aware that his team is repeating certain mistakes, but there is room for improvement in the team and it is likely that they will approach it differently in the next match.
"Maybe a slight misfielding that cost us a few more boundaries. If the target was something around 190, then I think, it would have been chased. Having said that, losing wickets in clusters made the difference, for which we couldn't win the game.
That's what we are doing, keep repeating the mistakes, but one positive thing I'd like to take, that the intent was there, which is a good thing. "T20 games are quite uncertain, as you can be bowled out on a 100-120 score on a particular day, but you have to show that will to win," he concluded.