Asia Cup 2014 February 23, 2014

Mushfiqur 'shocked' he wasn't consulted about Asia Cup squad


Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has expressed his shock at not being consulted by the chief selector Faruque Ahmed before the 15-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup was picked.

"It [Bangladesh's Asia Cup squad] is not a subject that I am happy about," Mushfiqur said. "I have to play with the team I am given. It is the selectors' duty to pick the 15-man squad. But I am unhappy that the selectors didn't consult me before making the team. In that sense, I am shocked. I wasn't aware of the inclusions and the exclusions."

The general practice has been for the selection committee to pick the squad and for the captain and coach to have a final say on the playing XI. In both cases, the selectors and the management have usually consulted each other whenever necessary, with varying degree.

According to Mushfiqur, however, Faruque did not have a word with him regarding this particular squad, which was announced a few hours after Bangladesh's six-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Mirpur on Saturday.

"This is the first time such a thing has happened. I expected him to call me ahead of squad selection for the Asia Cup," he said. "Whether he would have taken my opinion was a different matter, I expected him to talk to me about it."

Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam and the injured Tamim Iqbal, who were in the ODI squad against Sri Lanka, made way for Imrul Kayes, Ziaur Rahman and Abdur Razzak. Imrul scored a maiden Test century recently upon returning to the side after two years, while Ziaur has finally found form in domestic cricket. Razzak is expected to remain as one of Bangladesh's first-choice spinners.

Tamim's neck strain has kept him out of the tournament while Mahmudullah has made just six runs in the three ODIs against Sri Lanka. However, ESPNcricinfo understands that Mushfiqur was mainly unhappy with the exclusion of the seamer Shafiul, who played the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

Some directors at the BCB have already noticed a difficult relationship between Mushfiqur and the new chief selector. One of them said that rather than going public, the captain could have discussed the matter internally.

"I think there is a gap between these two that needs to be reduced. Mushfiqur could have easily held an open discussion with BCB's cricket operations chairman Akram Khan," a BCB director requesting anonymity, said.

Nonetheless, Mushfiqur said that he was looking forward to working with the team despite the way things had gone down.

"He (Faruque) has returned after a long time, so his thinking might not match ours. It could also be miscommunication, Mushfiqur said. "Our bonding will be better the more we talk and work with each other.

"I think any captain deserves to know about the team. I am not aware why it happened in this way. I wish the 15 players well. We will play our best cricket with these players."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Naimur on February 26, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Faruque is correct - he need not consult the coach or captain, he needs to select the best 15 which he has done.

    The earlier Bangladesh get rid of Mushfiqur and Jurgensen the better it will be for them.

  • Sagar on February 25, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Calm down folks, deep down in your heart you all know India's gonnna win this cup... Dont beleive me? watch tomorrow's match to see it yourself.

  • Partish on February 24, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Good that Mushfiqur has gone on the front foot with his protest against the way the team was selected. Given that Tamim iqbal and Shafiul islam are out, and the BCB had hit their foot with an axe by suspending Shakib al Hasan for behavioral issues for the 1st 2 ODIs... Bdesh have no chance in hell to reach the finals.. forget about winning. Mushi will atleast have an exit door and enough of an excuse.... Bdesh cricket is going no where with all these unnecessary controversies....

  • niaz on February 24, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    @Joe Thompson: you are right. BD does not have amla, kohli or waquar or bond. They have to be content with what they have. BD batsmen used to average less than 30. Now a few are slowly approaching 35 or even 40. Somehow batting talent is decent (there is a lack of composure at times). There are decent spinners. BD does not have good quicks, even for ODI. In one or two matches where Rubel, or Mashrafe or Shafiul bowled well, BD looked a decent team. When other teams have bowlers who can deliver inswing, outswing, bouncer, yorkers with good pace (some at 150 k speed) and accuracy, BD quicks are slower or have less arsenals and have less speed or accuracy. India has far better pace bowlers than BD. Afganistan might exploit their bowling advtanges over BD.

  • Farhan on February 24, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    From the recent report it seems that Faruk has done enough to create fraction in Bangladesh team. This guy have created so many trouble in past and he is still doing this. Bangladesh was doing great when Faruk was not in the scene and since he joined he has created trouble, Just before Asia Cup and T20 WC all these is unacceptable

  • Abdul on February 24, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Mushfiqur comments are shocking and disappointing, BCB must look for another captain.

    First he criticised Al Amin, then spoke of loosing to Afghanistan and now against Faruqe Ahmed and BCB.

    Firs concentrate on your own performance.

  • roket on February 24, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @Joe Thompson: There has been less than 40 players in 40 year ODI history who have average more than 40 runs after playing more than 40+ innings. One of the greatest batsmen of this era Sanga average barely over 40 (40.3 to be exact), Mahela Averages well below that. In ODIs even less number of bowlers averaged less than 25 with the Ball, people who averaged more than 25 includes Warne, Imran Khan, Mitchell Johnson, and Dale Steyn. There is not a single Indian bowler with less than 25 Average in ODIs playing more than 40 inn. Since you posted this on a forum on ODIs, I am not sure what your point is.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I am not sure why such a simple task he expected from the selection committee ended up such a mixed feedback from all the writers here. In any given organization the captain and coach both must know who are they going to work with. Just like when an aircraft is flown by its captain the captain gets notified about the crew before flying.

    I believe people must be appreciated about his sound concern as BCB needs to fixed these things as they are part of the world sporting organization.

  • prasanna on February 24, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan -- Rohit Sharma -- Virat Kohli (c) -- Cheteshwar Pujara -- Dinesh Karthik (wk) -- Ajinkya Rahane -- Stuart Binny -- Ravindra Jadeja -- Ravichandran Ashwin -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- Mohammed Shami --

  • M.G. on February 24, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    It was indeed imprudent for Mushi to vent his frustration to the public, thereby, create more pressure upon himself and the playing bunch at this close proximity of the tournament. While I agree with the most that consulting with the Captain may not have mattered much in the final team, it is customary, prudent and professional that both Captain and Coach be consulted before finalization. The team needs to be cohesive, cooperative and complete in their way of getting the right combination for the captain and the players. The selectors' job should be picking the right players, as well as, making sure both the captain and coach feel comfortable with them. The later are the ones doing the real job in the field. Thus, I strongly support the theme that the final saying would be from the Captain and the Coach after the selectors present their initial takes. The later should better be more of a advisory or recommending role rather than manifestation of an autocracy that is unhelpful to all.

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