Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 11, 2012

Mushfiqur blames inability to finish for loss

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Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has identified his side's inability to finish games as the reason why they struggle to beat the big teams. Bangladesh needed 39 runs off 40 balls, with five wickets in hand, to upset Pakistan in the Asia Cup opener, but lost a flurry of wickets to end 21 runs short. Mushfiqur said he was disappointed that senior players like Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak did not show enough composure at the death, especially when they had a well-set Shakib Al Hasan at the other end.

"When we batted, Nasir [Hossain]'s dismissal was the turning point. Shakib and him were well set. We make mistakes in such situations. To beat big teams, you have to focus till the last ball.

"Mashrafe and Razzak are the senior-most players in our side, so we expected something from them. Shakib and Nasir had played well but once Nasir was gone, the rest of the batsmen could have taken a bit more responsibility by giving strike to Shakib."

Razzak and Mortaza were both dismissed looking for big shots when the asking-rate was around six an over and Shakib was past a half-century.

Before Shakib and Nasir's partnership, and the collapse that came after it, Tamim Iqbal had scored a half-century, a significant innings considering the controversy that surrounded his last-minute addition to the squad. Mushfiqur said Tamim had showed his ability with the innings.

"Tamim proved today he is a high-quality player. Players like Tamim and Shakib, they always prove their quality. The message given to him before this game was that only a cricketer like him can make a comeback in this manner."

Bangladesh had managed to keep Pakistan to 262 after the visitors were 135 for 0 at one stage, and Mushfiqur said his bowlers had done well to fight back. "It seemed like they'd score 280-300 the way they started but our bowlers made a good comeback. We chose to field after winning the toss. The pacers did well early on; their batsmen didn't get to play too many shots. We wanted one or two early wickets to put them under pressure."

The target could have been even smaller had Umar Gul not lifted Pakistan from 198 for 7 with some late hitting. Mushfiqur said the end overs were always a problem for Bangladesh, and they should have bowled better having caused the collapse in the middle overs. "We always have problems bowling in the Powerplay and slog overs. Today, we did well in the former but we bowled poorly in the last three overs. We should have bowled better after Misbah-ul-Haq got out. I think we conceded 20 extra runs.

"Mashrafe bhai bowled well in the first 8-9 overs but gave away some runs towards the end [16 in his 10th]. I think for a man who is returning, it is slightly difficult."

Mushfiqur defended the decision to go with six batsmen and the allrounder Nasir at No. 7, which allows the inclusion of three medium-pacers. "If we had taken an extra batsman or a spinner, the part-timers would have been used and that would have taken the total past the 280-mark. The six batsmen, if they had all batted well, would have been enough for the chase. But me, Tamim and Mahmudullah all got out in a short span. This combination of three seamers is quite good."

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 14, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    lol@AndyZaltzmannsHair. who do not know the difference between ODI and tests!. Only you team can lost 4-0 in ODI..

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I thought this game would be one sided boaring but it really was interesting . Bravo bengal to be competitive against big team although you threw away your win . I think this underdog team looks a bit improved and it is because they gave chance to new teenager players like nazimuddin and nasir hossain. nazimuddin played some awesome shot . This shows that they should find new young players with potential like nasir hossain and nazimuddin and give them chance to blossom rather than still including some old players. No point to look for experience , look for future. pakestan need to improve their batting to play against india/srilanka.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | March 12, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Lol at Indians talking tough in this thread with the embarassment that is the Indian cricket team. Typical Indians you chase down one score in the CB series never mind you got knocked out and its all mouths again. 4-0 regular scoreline against India these days.

  • POSTED BY Deenesh on | March 12, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan was the only team BAN cudve upset. Going to get blanked now. Only themselves to blame

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | March 12, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    in cricket winning is everything. competition doesnt mean anything, otherwise how many matches bangladesh almost won the match and later lost. sad but true. I think tamim, shakib, nasir are real world class and in their day, they can beat any one

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Bangladesh simply wasted a great opportunity to beat Pakistan.Time has came that they should move on and learn from past mistake.a lost match doesnt create differnce between an respective or humiliating defeat @ AQR-11 First of all dont put India in Bangladesh-Pakistan contest.Yes Indian bowling is weak But pakistan Batting too Terible.Its their Bowling had save them from embaraasment othe

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | March 12, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Bangladesh had already been there for 10 years in International cricket...still they dont know how to bat sensibly in important matches....a team having 1 good top order batsman, one middle order batsman & some one to play a flier at the end..dats what Bangladesh cricket is all about....others just seems to be useless in the batting line up !

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | March 12, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Comparing SL team to BD saying SL won major tournaments after playing less than 12 years of test is a logical falacy: SL (Ceylon) has been playing International Cricket Since the 1920s and 30s, they played against MCC as early as 1927 in SL. BD played it's first international match in 1977, hosted their 1st ODI in 1988. SL was not a force to be reckoned with in Cricket till 1996 (15 years after gaining test status) when they won the world cup. They were considered underdogs prior to that. It always takes 1 or two players, in SL it was ranatunga and pinch hitting Jayasuria (who was a speacialist bowler, used as an opener as an experiment, the rest is hostory) who put SL on the map. As for Afghanistan and Ireland to be given status by snatching it away from BD - why cant they get status regardless of BD? IRE has a lot of players who has been playing county regularly for some time, yet their record against BD is poor. Afghanistan has a long way to go, not worth a comparison

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 12, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @AQR-11 - Yes u r right, PAK can score 320 easily against indian bowling - but one thing u missed out, everyone saw india scored 321 in 36 overs against strong SL bowling line up with MALINGA, so against this BACHCHA pak bowling INDIA can score the same 321 target in 20 overs - LOL.

  • POSTED BY RaMin90 on | March 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I saw the whole game and it was a very good one. I actually expected Pakistan to run away with it but in the end, Bangladesh just ran out of steam. To be honest, Bangladesh could've comfortably won this game but only due to careless shots and the bowling the Bangladeshi's have done towards the end cost them the game. Although I'm an Englishman I was usually quite critical of the Bangladesh team but looking at the players profile - age, matches etc without doubt this Bangladesh Team is most certainly climbing up. I still do not think Bangladesh will reach the final but on this performance I saw, I have a funny feeling that they will win at least one game. Bangladesh just need to be positive as they have nothing to lose. Everyone knows they're not the strongest of the 4 teams but can compete. As for Pakistan, unlike Bangladesh, a lot of their players are in their 30s and its time for them to regroup and bring players such as Ahmed Shahzad otherwise they'll decline.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 14, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    lol@AndyZaltzmannsHair. who do not know the difference between ODI and tests!. Only you team can lost 4-0 in ODI..

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I thought this game would be one sided boaring but it really was interesting . Bravo bengal to be competitive against big team although you threw away your win . I think this underdog team looks a bit improved and it is because they gave chance to new teenager players like nazimuddin and nasir hossain. nazimuddin played some awesome shot . This shows that they should find new young players with potential like nasir hossain and nazimuddin and give them chance to blossom rather than still including some old players. No point to look for experience , look for future. pakestan need to improve their batting to play against india/srilanka.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | March 12, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Lol at Indians talking tough in this thread with the embarassment that is the Indian cricket team. Typical Indians you chase down one score in the CB series never mind you got knocked out and its all mouths again. 4-0 regular scoreline against India these days.

  • POSTED BY Deenesh on | March 12, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan was the only team BAN cudve upset. Going to get blanked now. Only themselves to blame

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | March 12, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    in cricket winning is everything. competition doesnt mean anything, otherwise how many matches bangladesh almost won the match and later lost. sad but true. I think tamim, shakib, nasir are real world class and in their day, they can beat any one

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Bangladesh simply wasted a great opportunity to beat Pakistan.Time has came that they should move on and learn from past mistake.a lost match doesnt create differnce between an respective or humiliating defeat @ AQR-11 First of all dont put India in Bangladesh-Pakistan contest.Yes Indian bowling is weak But pakistan Batting too Terible.Its their Bowling had save them from embaraasment othe

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | March 12, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Bangladesh had already been there for 10 years in International cricket...still they dont know how to bat sensibly in important matches....a team having 1 good top order batsman, one middle order batsman & some one to play a flier at the end..dats what Bangladesh cricket is all about....others just seems to be useless in the batting line up !

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | March 12, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Comparing SL team to BD saying SL won major tournaments after playing less than 12 years of test is a logical falacy: SL (Ceylon) has been playing International Cricket Since the 1920s and 30s, they played against MCC as early as 1927 in SL. BD played it's first international match in 1977, hosted their 1st ODI in 1988. SL was not a force to be reckoned with in Cricket till 1996 (15 years after gaining test status) when they won the world cup. They were considered underdogs prior to that. It always takes 1 or two players, in SL it was ranatunga and pinch hitting Jayasuria (who was a speacialist bowler, used as an opener as an experiment, the rest is hostory) who put SL on the map. As for Afghanistan and Ireland to be given status by snatching it away from BD - why cant they get status regardless of BD? IRE has a lot of players who has been playing county regularly for some time, yet their record against BD is poor. Afghanistan has a long way to go, not worth a comparison

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 12, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @AQR-11 - Yes u r right, PAK can score 320 easily against indian bowling - but one thing u missed out, everyone saw india scored 321 in 36 overs against strong SL bowling line up with MALINGA, so against this BACHCHA pak bowling INDIA can score the same 321 target in 20 overs - LOL.

  • POSTED BY RaMin90 on | March 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I saw the whole game and it was a very good one. I actually expected Pakistan to run away with it but in the end, Bangladesh just ran out of steam. To be honest, Bangladesh could've comfortably won this game but only due to careless shots and the bowling the Bangladeshi's have done towards the end cost them the game. Although I'm an Englishman I was usually quite critical of the Bangladesh team but looking at the players profile - age, matches etc without doubt this Bangladesh Team is most certainly climbing up. I still do not think Bangladesh will reach the final but on this performance I saw, I have a funny feeling that they will win at least one game. Bangladesh just need to be positive as they have nothing to lose. Everyone knows they're not the strongest of the 4 teams but can compete. As for Pakistan, unlike Bangladesh, a lot of their players are in their 30s and its time for them to regroup and bring players such as Ahmed Shahzad otherwise they'll decline.

  • POSTED BY dudex16 on | March 12, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Mushfiqur is a very talented player and should no be dropped. As long as he shakib and tamim are in form ban will have a good future

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Mushfiq is right.hatever happened, the last blame definitely went to Abdur Razzak and Mashrafe.

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | March 12, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Feel bad for Shakib Al Hasan. He is such a classy all rounder he could easily make any cricket team in the world at the moment. Sad that he is stuck with this Bangladesh team who cant even give him the strike going for glory.

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | March 12, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @ AQR-11 We saw how Pakistan couldn't even chase 250 in the wc semi final against India. When was the last time Pakistan scored 300+ hmm. I think gul is fancying himself because Sehwag is not there to torment him. And about Sachin's hundred whether he plays well or not Pakistan will ensure he scores a hundred by dropping him 5 times. Pakistan= awesome fielding unit :P

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    next Pakistan line up should be . 1.Ahmed shahzad 2. nasir jamshed 3. m.hafeez 4. umar akmal 5.asad shafiq 6.afridi 7. hammad azam 8. sarfaraz 9. umar gul 10. saeed ajmal 11. aizaz .cheema because hammad gives all rounder support, and a.shahzad is familiar with bangladesh conditions with good form...

  • POSTED BY CrackerDaddy on | March 12, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Testing! Kindly Ignore! .thanks for pointing at the RIGHT problems u faced today...not everyday u can keep teams like PAK, IND or SL around 260ish in an ODI..when such opportunities come, you have to take it BOTH HANDS..there is no point in PLAYING WELL if you cant beat top teams more often..you r right..senior players need to take more responsibility/use their heads/experience to judge match situations..such performances will only dent their place in team and there wont be any points left in their favour to keep them- rather than giving sustained opportunities to other young promising junior players like NASIR..who is grooming really well. Also I doubt how well Masrafi gonna perform upon this return..not every bowler/all-rounders return can be as sweet as S watson:).his poor bowling towards tailenders proved costly today..and he spoiled it further with his careless batting -rather than making it up..BD TEAMS need2understand that those days are gone THAT playing good IS ENOUGH.BESTofL

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 12, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Gotta feel for Shakib, that man just about peels the oranges, drives the team bus & packs their kit bags as well, all for nothing, (well not quite, he is deeply admired around the world).

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | March 12, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Slow fifty? are you out of your mind? He just took 75 balls for 50, so what, 25 balls do not increase the pressure for the team Mr. What did Mushfiq himself do? Always he has to cut the ball, as if there aren't any other shots to play. If you really have to blame batting then blame Mashrafee and Razzak who wanted to be heroes by hitting a six, instead gifting their wicket as well as the match to Pakistan. Now that increased pressure on the team, and Sakib.

  • POSTED BY Mr_Mohsin on | March 12, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    No need to blame Razzak and Mushrafee, you should see the way Umar Akmal and Misbah batted against England with the require RR is around 6, if Umar Akmal (so called most talented batsman in Pakistan) and Misbah (the best bat in Pak) can do such silly mistakes why not Razzak and Mushrafee(tail enders)???

  • POSTED BY AQR-11 on | March 12, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    If Pakistan can make 260 odd against banglaseshi bowlers, they can score 320+ vs indian bowling line-up. It would be very sad if sachin scores a century as if it will happen INDIA will certainly loose:P

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Tamim should learn to play for the team.. his slow fifty (50 from 75 balls) put the team in pressure.... it seems like he just wanted to score to show he is capable to score... not to win the match... just see Sakib... he knew after scoring 50 , his job wasnt done..& he tried till end..

  • POSTED BY Salman_Mughal on | March 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well i was expecting another Pakistan Coach (Dave Whatmore would have been NO MORE on first day) dieing due to embarrassment. But its the Pakistani Cricketer who should realize not always the other team will loose. you have to win .... by the way i am Pakistani.. cricinfo pls publish ...

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    next batting line up should be . 1.Ahmed shahzad 2. nasir jamshed 3. m.hafeez 4. umar akmal 5.misbahulhaq 6.afridi 7. hammad azam 8. sarfaraz 9. umar gul 10. saeed ajmal 11. a.cheema becoz hammad gives all rounder support, and a.shahzad is familiar with bangladesh conditions with good form...

  • POSTED BY sabee66 on | March 12, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Bangas could have, would have, should have..............but the conclusion is they never did it and will never, they should play with associates team to get more experience.....lol India and srilanka will smash them, Pakistan may be look after them as they were part of that, but No mercy by Indian or lankan....lol

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | March 12, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    very dissapointing the way bangladesh lost, they r repeating the same mistake again and again........

  • POSTED BY Sumeet.Gupta on | March 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    If he didn't score runs himself does not mean he does not have the right to criticize his team mates. The shots by both Razzak and Mortaza were atrocious to say the least. Run a ball, a set batsman at the other end, and you play slog against the most wily of opposition bowlers? And that too from senior players like them? Just not on.....i would be surprised if he didn't give them a piece of his mind in the dressing room

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 12, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    What a shame to loss last 5 wickets in 17 runs. But real shame was that Skipper scored only 3 & blaming Tail-endears. Anyway it was expected 4m Tigers like other competitive matches against Big teams. They've learned to make it close more often than to win it. Having only 2 Quality batsmen (Shakib & Tamim) it's hard to win a game even against WI or ZIM.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | March 12, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Mushy allowed Pakistan tail 30 extra runs by bowling Mashrafe (well known expensive bowler in the death overs). Nasir and Shakib did an extra-ordinary job to bring the team in such a position. Even after Nasir's dismissal it should have been an easy task. Rajjak and Mashrafe threw their wickets away for no visible reason and Bangladesh lost there. Such match losing players should not be allowed in a team. Bangladesh has good capable players; but they need to get chances. Bring in Dhiman as the wicket keeper (Mushy was like catching fish behind the stump) and capable players like Bijoy, Shabbir, Mominul, Elias Sunny.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | March 12, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Mashrafe Mortaza let down Bangla boys big time yesterday. His 49th over to Gul was epitome of a irresponsible bowling in death overs. Being the senior most player in the side he needed to lead from the front. And his heave across the line of Ajmal when Shakib was playing brilliantly at the other end and required rate of run a ball was embarrassing to say the least. Bangladesh has been playing international cricket for more then a decade now and need to shake up their minnows mentality. Yesterdays match was there for the taking and when one senior pro in Shakib was leading the way another senior was letting down the side in big way.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | March 12, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Indian fan here....well played Bangladesh...but this is not enough...39 off 40 balls & i thought Bangladesh will pull off an upset but same old story...Bangladesh are improving as we found out today...3 years before Bangladesh would have leaked 300 runs & would have folded within 150...but they are improving...Pakistan were 130-0 & then 198-7...Umar Gul's innings at the end made all the difference...btw best luck in remaining games !

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | March 12, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Misbah said something similar "the boys are not learning and are making the same mistake again and again and it will cost us more against good teams, it was definately a 300 runs wicket ...." well Misbah why dont you score runs and score them fast and lead by example, if a captain himself is unable to play like a one day cricketer then I wonder what the heck is he doing 'leading' the team. shame on both of the captains for making such statements somehow thinking the people following cricket are 12 year old school kids.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | March 12, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    no matter 21 runs margin or 200 run margin, BD is always a loser. How many tests have you lost by in innings. How many 1 day matches you have lost with opponents having still many overs left, and you with many runs short. lol, I dont remember any convincing victories. please do not boast always of the wins against India in 2007 WC and against Aus in 2005. Those are the thin silver lines in your history. most of the test draws are the rain helped ones s your team does not have the capability of batting for 5 days matches. Your team can be a good team if you play 10 overs game.You dont seem to learn things even after playing for more than 20 years for now. BD still fear India to pay against because of the Indian team strength, you are not a national team to compete, you are the best club team. I would say Bangladesh Cricket club team.

  • POSTED BY khurdum on | March 12, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    The turning point against BD was when Jahurul got out though he was set in the crease. He was bold the moment Mr. Atahar Ali khan mentioned the name of Mohd. Ashraful and bringing him in the scene without any plausible reason. Ashraful is a koofa for the team. He was mentioned to keep him alive for the next series. Mr. Akram Khan cleared his position about Ashraful. He is going to select him for the next series. Can any one show a single valid reason to have mentioned by A A K at that crucial point of the game? BD was over 80 for no loss which proved their strong determination to take the game with them.As commentator from whom Mr. AAK get paid? He should be loyal to that authority but not Ashraful. It is also high time that ash should stop manipulating these things for his inclusion in the team.

  • POSTED BY kiss898 on | March 12, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Bangladesh dont have the ability to come out of pressure situations.....Shakib is very unlucky to be born in BD..they need some mentally tough players....ICC had comitted a massive mistake by giving BD test status.....Instead ICC should have invested in a country like ireland or afghanistan where they have some fighting cricketers in their ranks....Bangladesh must be the only country which talks of upsets even after 12 years gaining test status...others like Sri Lanka were winning major tournaments after 12 years gaining test status...shame on bangladesh cricket

  • POSTED BY BANG_BANG_BANG on | March 12, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Its been over 10 years and BD cudnt still struggling to make any consistency in International area. I am guttered to see same old story again and again. Watching BD games just makes me disappointed. We all know some BD are talented but what does talent mean without success. If I have to point out 1 person who cost us the match - thats MASHRAFE. With some ridiculous bowling and irresponsible batting. Id dat what you learned in your career? Youre the experience one? What happened to the common sense? Lats start with bowling - even a kid knows when you bowling at death you bowl yorkers or at the stump? And when you came to bat - you can see Sakib on 50 all you need to do it give him strikes. You also looked in scoreboard that Ajmal had 7 ball to finish the spell. SHAME ON YOU MASHRAFE - AND SHAME ON YOU BD. You will rarely get this opportunity to beat PAK again. I guess BD will never learn and may be I will not live to see the BD become a powerhouse in cricket. Alas!

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 12, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    I believe that pakistan did not play well today at all. Bangladesh played the same way they are playing for last 12 years. They lose self believe that they can beat a better team. It's not about talent it's about the approach. Afghanies can play with better approach than Bangla , i have no doubt about.

    Out of 100 overs Bangladesh played with flair only in 25 overs. That is not enough to beat any team. Pakistan did not win , infect Bangladesh once again lost it.

    Pakistan gave them the match in plate while batting and bowling but what a insecure team Bangladesh is. They have no confidence at all.

    Come on ICC you should promote Afghanies from now on they can play better than Bangla. How long we going to see Bangla losing every match. It has become a joke.

  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | March 11, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Yes, Mushy is in charge - he was back in the hut when the lower order came in. So what happened to instructions, decision to change order - send Mashrafee out.... etc. Bad planning on your part mate. The buck stops here remember!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 11, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Mahmudullah should be replaced by a batsman who is capable of scoring some runs. The captain himself should learn to score runs.

  • POSTED BY sja_edinburgh on | March 11, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Musfique..thanks for pointing at the RIGHT problems u faced today...not everyday u can keep teams like PAK, IND or SL around 260ish in an ODI..when such opportunities come, you have to take it BOTH HANDS..there is no point in PLAYING WELL if you cant beat top teams more often..you r right..senior players need to take more responsibility/use their heads/experience to judge match situations..such performances will only dent their place in team and there wont be any points left in their favour to keep them- rather than giving sustained opportunities to other young promising junior players like NASIR..who is grooming really well. Also I doubt how well Masrafi gonna perform upon this return..not every bowler/all-rounders return can be as sweet as S watson:).his poor bowling towards tailenders proved costly today..and he spoiled it further with his careless batting -rather than making it up..BD TEAMS need2understand that those days are gone THAT playing good IS ENOUGH.BESTofLUCK with next Ms

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    The worst thing a leader can do is to blame the other guys when his team loses, especially when he has only scored 3. A 30 odd partnership with Tamim and Bangladesh would have won it!

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  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    The worst thing a leader can do is to blame the other guys when his team loses, especially when he has only scored 3. A 30 odd partnership with Tamim and Bangladesh would have won it!

  • POSTED BY sja_edinburgh on | March 11, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Musfique..thanks for pointing at the RIGHT problems u faced today...not everyday u can keep teams like PAK, IND or SL around 260ish in an ODI..when such opportunities come, you have to take it BOTH HANDS..there is no point in PLAYING WELL if you cant beat top teams more often..you r right..senior players need to take more responsibility/use their heads/experience to judge match situations..such performances will only dent their place in team and there wont be any points left in their favour to keep them- rather than giving sustained opportunities to other young promising junior players like NASIR..who is grooming really well. Also I doubt how well Masrafi gonna perform upon this return..not every bowler/all-rounders return can be as sweet as S watson:).his poor bowling towards tailenders proved costly today..and he spoiled it further with his careless batting -rather than making it up..BD TEAMS need2understand that those days are gone THAT playing good IS ENOUGH.BESTofLUCK with next Ms

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 11, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Mahmudullah should be replaced by a batsman who is capable of scoring some runs. The captain himself should learn to score runs.

  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | March 11, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Yes, Mushy is in charge - he was back in the hut when the lower order came in. So what happened to instructions, decision to change order - send Mashrafee out.... etc. Bad planning on your part mate. The buck stops here remember!

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 12, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    I believe that pakistan did not play well today at all. Bangladesh played the same way they are playing for last 12 years. They lose self believe that they can beat a better team. It's not about talent it's about the approach. Afghanies can play with better approach than Bangla , i have no doubt about.

    Out of 100 overs Bangladesh played with flair only in 25 overs. That is not enough to beat any team. Pakistan did not win , infect Bangladesh once again lost it.

    Pakistan gave them the match in plate while batting and bowling but what a insecure team Bangladesh is. They have no confidence at all.

    Come on ICC you should promote Afghanies from now on they can play better than Bangla. How long we going to see Bangla losing every match. It has become a joke.

  • POSTED BY BANG_BANG_BANG on | March 12, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Its been over 10 years and BD cudnt still struggling to make any consistency in International area. I am guttered to see same old story again and again. Watching BD games just makes me disappointed. We all know some BD are talented but what does talent mean without success. If I have to point out 1 person who cost us the match - thats MASHRAFE. With some ridiculous bowling and irresponsible batting. Id dat what you learned in your career? Youre the experience one? What happened to the common sense? Lats start with bowling - even a kid knows when you bowling at death you bowl yorkers or at the stump? And when you came to bat - you can see Sakib on 50 all you need to do it give him strikes. You also looked in scoreboard that Ajmal had 7 ball to finish the spell. SHAME ON YOU MASHRAFE - AND SHAME ON YOU BD. You will rarely get this opportunity to beat PAK again. I guess BD will never learn and may be I will not live to see the BD become a powerhouse in cricket. Alas!

  • POSTED BY kiss898 on | March 12, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Bangladesh dont have the ability to come out of pressure situations.....Shakib is very unlucky to be born in BD..they need some mentally tough players....ICC had comitted a massive mistake by giving BD test status.....Instead ICC should have invested in a country like ireland or afghanistan where they have some fighting cricketers in their ranks....Bangladesh must be the only country which talks of upsets even after 12 years gaining test status...others like Sri Lanka were winning major tournaments after 12 years gaining test status...shame on bangladesh cricket

  • POSTED BY khurdum on | March 12, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    The turning point against BD was when Jahurul got out though he was set in the crease. He was bold the moment Mr. Atahar Ali khan mentioned the name of Mohd. Ashraful and bringing him in the scene without any plausible reason. Ashraful is a koofa for the team. He was mentioned to keep him alive for the next series. Mr. Akram Khan cleared his position about Ashraful. He is going to select him for the next series. Can any one show a single valid reason to have mentioned by A A K at that crucial point of the game? BD was over 80 for no loss which proved their strong determination to take the game with them.As commentator from whom Mr. AAK get paid? He should be loyal to that authority but not Ashraful. It is also high time that ash should stop manipulating these things for his inclusion in the team.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | March 12, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    no matter 21 runs margin or 200 run margin, BD is always a loser. How many tests have you lost by in innings. How many 1 day matches you have lost with opponents having still many overs left, and you with many runs short. lol, I dont remember any convincing victories. please do not boast always of the wins against India in 2007 WC and against Aus in 2005. Those are the thin silver lines in your history. most of the test draws are the rain helped ones s your team does not have the capability of batting for 5 days matches. Your team can be a good team if you play 10 overs game.You dont seem to learn things even after playing for more than 20 years for now. BD still fear India to pay against because of the Indian team strength, you are not a national team to compete, you are the best club team. I would say Bangladesh Cricket club team.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | March 12, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Misbah said something similar "the boys are not learning and are making the same mistake again and again and it will cost us more against good teams, it was definately a 300 runs wicket ...." well Misbah why dont you score runs and score them fast and lead by example, if a captain himself is unable to play like a one day cricketer then I wonder what the heck is he doing 'leading' the team. shame on both of the captains for making such statements somehow thinking the people following cricket are 12 year old school kids.