Mahmudullah has said that it wasn't right for Bangladesh's "commitment" to be questioned, after their difficult week in Muscat ended with a ticket to the T20 World Cup Super 12s. Bangladesh were stunned by Scotland in the first match of the first round, following which they came back with a 26-run win against Oman in the second match before wrapping up a big win against PNG on Thursday.
It is understood that BCB president Nazmul Hassan criticised Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim for their performances in the match against Scotland. Even when Bangladesh beat Oman by 26 runs, it couldn't win over many of their fans who felt that Bangladesh should have still played better. Mahmudullah admitted that the criticism from all sides brought the team down.
"We all felt bad by each and everything, from all sides," Mahmudullah said. "We are human, we also have feelings. We have families. Our parents and children sit in front of the TV. They also get upset. Everyone has social media on their phone these days. We expect criticism when it is warranted but if that resorts to being belittled, we feel bad. There were many questions, including about the three senior players' strike rate.
"Shakib is a champion player for Bangladesh. We are lucky to have a performer like him. But we are not worried about Mushfiq or Mustafiz. We are not losing faith in them, probably people from outside are." Mahmudullah
"We tried hard, but we didn't get the result. Everyone makes sacrifices. We play with injuries. Some of us take painkillers every day. Many don't know about these things, so it is not right to talk about our commitment. I hope we can be more settled now. Within the team, there is positive energy, and for that I thank the whole team. I hope things will get better."
Mahmudullah praised Shakib for winning back-to-back Player-of-the-Match performances, which takes his tally to five consecutive awards during Bangladesh's wins in World Cups.
"Shakib is a champion player for Bangladesh. He has been outstanding. We are lucky to have a performer like him. But we are not worried about Mushfiq or Mustafiz. We are not losing faith in them, probably people from outside are."
Mahmudullah was also pleased with the performances of three youngsters in the side - Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan and Mohammad Naim.
"Their performance is a positive sign for us. Saifuddin has bowled well in all three matches, and batted well today. Mahedi has been outstanding with the ball. Naim made 64 in his first match.
"I hope they will continue in this vein. It looks good when they perform, and it inspires us too. I hope they do better in the Super 12s."