Dhaka, June 16 (IANS) Bangladesh's young batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman, on whom lay a lot of hopes, have come a cropper in the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
If local media reports are anything to go by, the pair have disappointed the fans who had a lot of expectations from them and left the onus on the seasoned campaigners to deliver the goods.
While the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah have met expectations, what is worrying from Bangladesh's viewpoint is the fact that the next generation is not stepping up.
Soumya, 24, and Sabbir, 25, have scores of 28, 3, 3 and 0; and 24, 8, 8 and 19, respectively.
According to leading vernacular daily 'Prothom Alo', coach Chandika Hathurusingha wanted Sabbir as a permanent fix at No.3 but since October 2016, Sabbir has mustered just three half-centuries in 14 One-day Internationals (ODI) with his highest being 65.
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