Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah March 1, 2014

'This is a shameful loss' - Mushfiqur


Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has called his side's 32-run loss to Afghanistan a "shameful defeat". He has questioned the dedication of his players and said those not motivated enough will have to be replaced.

"This is a shameful loss. For a split second I thought we wouldn't lose this game, being honest with you. I thought that someone or the other would stand up and bail us out. But in the end we were not good enough.

"We have to replace those players who, after being motivated, do not understand. It is not my or someone else's team. It is a matter of the nation. I think it is time to replace those who cannot perform. If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka, they should not play cricket. After seeing some of their cricket, I think some of us can't feel what is going on. The team management and selectors will probably think about changes."

There are several areas of concern but the fielding has been particularly poor since the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Even on Saturday, Imrul Kayes dropped two catches and there were far too many singles given away between the bowler and the extra-cover fielder. At times, Bangladesh's body language didn't suggest the urgency that was needed.

Mushfiqur said that he is seeking answers from his team-mates. "If I knew what was wrong, I would have fixed it after a game. I don't have any answers about fielding. Our fielding hasn't been this consistently bad for so long.

"I have to answer this question time and again. If the players don't understand, it becomes tough. I cannot spoon-feed all eleven players. If they don't show responsibility at this stage, it becomes very tough."

Mushfiqur's tactics as the captain were also called into question during the post-match press conference. With the opposition 90 for 5 in the 27th over, there was a need to up the ante and attack a little more. But just like he didn't attack after reducing Sri Lanka to 67 for 8 two weeks ago, he allowed Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shenwari to craft a recovery.

He said that Sohag Gazi's finger injury early in the game handicapped him, forcing the use of part-timers like Nasir Hossain and Mominul Haque. "We were one bowler short so I had to make do with some part-timers. I think they batted really well at that stage. We dropped a couple of catches. But I still feel we should have chased down this target."

There was further bad news for Bangladesh as Gazi's injury ruled him out of the rest of the Asia Cup. "The cut was caused by the seam and it had to be stitched up. He will need seven to ten days to recover," said Bangladesh team physio Vibhav Singh said. Mahmudullah has been called up as his replacement.

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

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  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    @Ammo666 : Dude, please don't be over confident about BD team. I feel sorry for their captain too for giving such speeches in press conferences. Winning over a top ranked team once in a blue moon, doesn't make them heroes. Yes, they are improving as a team, but still there is a long way for them to be proud about themselves. Well, if you and the team mates are unhappy about their performances, that proves the level of the BD team. If they are really skillful, they would have won the match when they got 68/8. But, why did they loose and why did SL win? That's the real talent. Keep on fighting until the end. First BD has to improve their skills and constantly beat the top ranked team. Until then, please avoid giving away such statements.

  • Manesh on March 6, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    @Ammo666. If you do not believe in rankings - leave it. Just tell me how many trophy s in your cabinet? How many bilateral series win other than home wins over WI, NZ or ZIM ? You won against Australia too. But if there is a match, the chances of your victory is 10% Vs 90% australia. Against India, SL it may be 25% Vs 75% for them. But against WI it is 60% for you if it is @ BD and 40% if it is @ WI. 40-60% will not be an upset as it can happen. but rest of them will be an upset. That's the case of any team!

  • Android on March 5, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Tomorrow you ll going to see the quensecuanses of our media briefing. ....

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    With the loss of Mash, Shakib, Tamim, and S.Gazi. ( loss of 10 overs)..... we were like Almost Bangladesh A team. Though Bangladesh A team should have won against Afgan National Team. Poor show by our Players.

  • Shah on March 4, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @Posted by on (March 4, 2014, 5:48 GMT) i am upset of your illogical comment about BD's loss to AFG..LOL!

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    "I don't count it as an upset if we win against India," Mashrafe said. After making statements like these Bangladesh should not feel this loss to Afghanistan as an upset.

  • Shah on March 4, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu i don't see there is anything to explain about what is ranking..& if one can't win with enough consistency then that team can never hold his ranking being on top but will go down so win & loss does matter or else your SL won't be at No.03 rank now...I know BD is not superior to SL & nor i said BD can be superior beating AFG & to remind you that you saw the series between SL vs BD & those two T20 & then 68/8 (no.3 rank team vs no. 9 rank team) these 3 matches BD could definitely win but due to lack of right move at the right time they failed which was unexpected in this level (that shocked everyone) & BD already finished beating all the top teams in the world & SL not once...BD lost to AFG & i congratulate them for their highest effort BUT it was almost a different BD but not the one who improved rapidly in last 2 years..& BD team is having problem with the BCB especially from BD SL series its nothing new & few players are not happy at all...& again now an UPSET!

  • Amila on March 3, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    @ Ammo666; Ranking is a parameter which indicates the consistency of a team over a period. So one lost or one win does not alter the rankings too much. For an example once in a blue moon victory for BD vs a high ranked team does not make BD a Superior team. On the other hand beating lower ranked teams does not make BD a Superior team either. BD ranked #9-10 region because of the beatings they got from other top ranked teams. Recently we saw the beating BD got from unranked Afg (now ODI #12).

  • Shah on March 3, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    If IND lose to BD again that will be not an UPSET its as simple as that because those days are over now its time to wake up from your day dream & IND & SL'n fans must remember their last defeat against BD in their last Asia Cup 2012... & Mashrafe was spot on with that statement nothing wrong in it & that's why IND'n fans reacted!! & dear SL'n & IND'n fans BD has defeated you both not even once i know its hard to digest as you think your greatest unbeatable NO.1 team can never lose but BD has already defeated all the test playing nation in the world & still you say with no shame that BD's loss to AFG was no upset, i wonder how ridiculous you ppl can be:D & talking about ranking ranking all through what have you achieved, when you win no one congratulating you for your ranking but for the win playing good cricket & when you lose then again boasting on your ranking rather than accepting then its more shameful..same goes to all other teams & BD!

  • Hasib on March 3, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    I think Abdur Razzak would be the best Bangladesh captain for limited overs. Keep Mushfiq for the Tests. Mahmudullah is also a good candidate for limited overs. I support Mushfiq that some of the players need to be dropped. I never understood why Naeem and Rubel were included when Kayes and Al-Amin were available. Bangladesh management can also take a bald step and make Mominul the captain for all three formats. He is calm and cool and appears to be a smart cricketer. Also those who suspended Shakib need to be questioned. Those who prepared a flat wicket against India need to be questioned because no one prepares a flat wicket against India.

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