Sylhet Strikers have lost all five matches played so far in BPL. Mashrafe bin Mortuza’s team is the only team that has not won a single match in this tournament. After losing the first two matches in Mirpur, supporters of the franchise were hoping for a comeback at home in Sylhet. But the same result is repeated in three consecutive matches at home ground. The victory is far away, the last time’s finalists are not able to compete hard in the match.
The latest example is the 49-run defeat against Fortune Barisal on Tuesday. In response to Tamim’s 187 runs, Mashrafe batted for 137 runs. Such helpless surrender of Sylhet has been seen in almost every match. The team at the bottom of the points table is still not giving up hope. Sylhet player Benny Howell said at the post-match press conference yesterday that everything is not over yet.
English cricketer Howell felt a win was needed to turn Sylhet on the edge of the abyss, ‘Yes, of course (a win would change the situation)… We have full faith. We are definitely disappointed. I didn’t want to lose five games in a row. Nobody wants that. We want to turn around now. We just have to execute the plan properly.’
Despite losing five games in a row, Howell does not see the opportunity to blame anyone personally, ‘We have to show our strength as a team. It is a team game but you have to contribute with individual performance. We all have to take responsibility here. There is nothing to blame anyone here.’
Sylhet had started worse than this once before. Back then, however, franchise ownership was different. In the first season of BPL (in 2012), the then Sylhet Royals finished the tournament at the bottom of the points table, losing the first seven matches. This time too something is eye-catching.
But Benny Howell is reluctant to lose hope now, ‘We certainly didn’t want to lose five out of five games. This is not ideal. But all is not over yet. We have to do all the things we are fixing in different matches in the same match. Hopefully, we can do that in the next match. We have to think about the future now.’
Tomorrow, Thursday, Sylhet will play their sixth match against Dhaka. Opponent Dhaka’s condition is also not very good. Mosaddek Hossain’s Dhaka has won only one match after playing four matches so far.