“It’s a decision the referees make,” Shakib said: “Both teams wanted to play a full 20 overs but it wasn’t possible. The rain continued longer than we were advised. Yes, it was a bit slippery but usually that suits the batting side rather than the bowling side . don’t make it (quick resume) an excuse.”
Shakib, who was seen in animated conversation with the umpires during the break, was asked if he was pushing for a full 20-over match. “Do you think I can influence the referees? We accepted, what else can we do,” he said.
Shakib felt that the revised target given to Bangladesh after the rain break was chaseable and most teams would get the runs.
“In a tied game you can mark many moments that can be decisive. Litton’s run out was decisive. We lose the momentum because of the rain break. If you see our target in the last nine overs, 85 with 10 wickets in hand , in these conditions most teams will get the runs, unfortunately we couldn’t close it out today.
“Maybe we panicked a bit in the middle overs and played too many shots. We don’t play close enough games so we don’t know how to finish those games. It was a combination of emotion and lack of experience. In those 2 -3 overs we lost the plot. Nurul and Taskin batted well to bring us back into the game. That’s the nature of T20s, the momentum keeps shifting.”
Shakib explained it in detail Litton Das’ exemplary attack was neither a one-off nor a surprise. “He has been playing well across formats for 2-3 years now. He has carried that confidence into the T20 format. He now knows how to score in T20s.”