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Oman vs Ban – Zeeshan Maqsood rues Jatinder Singh’s dismissal, but happy to have put Bangladesh ‘under pressure’

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The Oman captain was hopeful they can overcome Scotland to make the Super 12s

Oman captain Zeeshan Maqsood said that had Jatinder Singh‘s sweep shot, at the end of the 13th over, gone to a slightly different direction, they were genuine contenders to upset Bangladesh. Instead Liton Das took the easy catch, giving Bangladesh the advantage of having two new batters at the crease.

Bangladesh bowled better in the last seven overs, rounding up the game by 26 runs, and keeping themselves alive in the T20 World Cup. Oman, too, are in contention for a Super 12s spot, but their last match against Scotland on Thursday is now a knockout game (if Bangladesh beat Papua New Guinea in the earlier match).

“We were in the game till the 14th over,” Maqsood said. “I am happy the way we put up a fight. Bangladesh were under pressure. They knew if we had one or two 15-plus overs, the game was ours. But we didn’t bat well in the last five or six overs. We lost a lot of wickets. I am happy with the way the bowlers did. We restricted them to 153. We have to improve [our] fielding. We didn’t field well in the first ten overs, for the second time in a row.”

Jatinder, who made 40 to follow up his half-century against PNG, kept Oman in the hunt chasing 154. He struck the ball sweetly, especially against pace, but was equally adept against spin. Maqsood rued his dismissal, but said that he can’t be blamed for the shot.

“Jatinder was batting very well against the likes of Shakib. He found the fielder in the deep unfortunately. It happens. We can’t say anything to the players. They are trying their best for the team,” he said.

Maqsood said that Jatinder got into great form in the last 18 months, although he is the sort of character who doesn’t get fussed by low scores as well. “Jatinder is in good nick. He batted very well in the last game (against PNG) also. We fully back him to play the way he is playing right now. We are happy to see how he is batting against a Test side.

“He is a very positive player. He improved in the last one and a half year. Credit goes to him and the coaches. He is getting the reward of his hard work. Jatin is a naughty person. Always happy. Even when he doesn’t get runs, he is not too worried. We help each other in the team,” he said.

Maqsood was hopeful that they can overcome Scotland on Thursday, especially after running Bangladesh close in their second game.

“It is a do-or-die game. We have a bit of an advantage on home soil. The way we played today as well, we are fully confident. We have to play positive cricket to beat Scotland, but it won’t be easy. They are playing well also.

“Qualifying (to the Super 12s) will be a huge achievement for Oman. The group is open, but the net run rate margin is very little between the three sides. We will go through if we win the game,” he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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SJN report – Another delay as CSA ombudsman asks for week’s extension

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“We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly,” CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki

CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report will be delivered to the organisation a week later than scheduled, with the ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, requesting an extension to the revised November 30 deadline. The report will now be sent to the board on December 6.

Pholetsi Moseki, the CSA acting chief executive, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the report would be made public after the board has spent time deliberating on its contents: “We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly.”

The report will contain recommendations made by Ntsebeza on issues relating to discrimination in South African cricket, and is expected to cover issues around the culture in the national teams, selection, match fees, and the grassroots.

CSA is not obligated to implement any of Ntsebeza’s suggestions, but is likely to act on at least some of them.

This is the second time the report has been delayed after it was initially expected to be completed by September 30. The deadline had to be extended after several parties that were implicated in the first phase of testimonies between July 5 and August 6 requested for time to compile their replies, which was granted.
The second phase of testimonies was held in October and included responses by current head coach Mark Boucher, director of cricket Graeme Smith, and former men’s captain AB de Villiers. All three submitted written affidavits and did not appear before the SJN to give oral evidence, and only Boucher’s statement has been made public so far.
Although Ntsebeza had previously indicated that the process could do with more time, it has already run for most of 2021 after the first call for submissions was put out at the end of April. It is believed that CSA had budgeted Rand 5 million (US$ 350,000 approx) for the project but the amount has gone up because of the extensions. The costs have come at a time when CSA is waiting to see if its coffers will be filled by an India tour, scheduled to begin in mid-December but in doubt because of the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in southern Africa.

South Africa’s men’s team is also due to play New Zealand (away) and Bangladesh (at home) this summer, while the women’s team is scheduled to host West Indies before the Women’s World Cup.

Last week, CSA confirmed that all national teams would continue to take a knee before each match this season to show solidarity with the fight against racism.



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