Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah

'This is a shameful loss' - Mushfiqur

Mohammad Isam in Fatullah

March 1, 2014

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Mushfiqur Rahim at an Asia Cup press conference in Dhaka, February 23, 2014
Mushfiqur Rahim: "If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka, they should not play cricket" © Associated Press
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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.

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Posted by   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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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!

Posted by android_user on (March 5, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Ammo666 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by Ammo666 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!

Posted by Dhutugemunu 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).

Posted by Ammo666 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!

Posted by hasib9 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.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 3, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

Great team :)))

Posted by vjwithcricinfo on (March 3, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Not to blame mushfiqir alone for his irresponsible comments..Mortaza was also not paying respect to the World Champions "It will not be an uoset anymore if Bangladesh defeats India" .. Now what happened is a history..

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Rahim is really a bad human being . No way worthy of captaining any team .No cricketing brain in him , why did he choose to bowl first if BAN wanted to reach final they had to plan to gain the bonus point against afghans instead he is blaming individuals . This is the level of cricketing brains in bangladesh . If such a person is kept bd captain how can the team develop ?

In the first test vs SL Rahim dropped 4 catches and also stumpings and later criticized his own team mates . such a shame on rahim .

Posted by JoyBangladesh71 on (March 3, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Since nearly everyone likes to jump on Bangladesh for anything that goes wrong, let me educate you morons out there. If you actually used your brain, you would see that what Mushfiqur said was not a put down of any country. He simply was mentioning how the Bangladeshi players should have played better than the way they did. It is not shameful to lose to any country, but it is shameful to come onto the field and not have the dedication to play. The result of the match is besides the point...he is questioning the attitude of the players in these losses!!!

Posted by CRIC_or_CRIC on (March 3, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

One of the most important things you learn from sports is that you always RESPECT YOUR OPPONENTS... Clearly Mushfiqur has no idea about it.. And also blaming certain individuals for losses and stating names shows pure qualities in him and also has put his own team down in front of others..

Posted by IMG_SL on (March 3, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Such a poor attitude. If you want to be a good team, have a brain wash for both your fans and team mates! Please accept your weakness and work on it. Just enjoy Cricket. wins and losses... every one has to face them.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (March 3, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

I wonder what Shane Jargensen is doing since he was appointed as the head coach from the bowling coach. He got promoted from interim coach since BCB failed to work things out with real coaches like Stuart Law or Richard Pybass. BD team maybe wasn't the best but was on the right path of improvement until he took over. Forget the on-field results, the team is obviously in chaos. I never heard any BD player engage in such blame games in the media before, let alone the captain. I mean what is this? Questioning a player's commitment towards the country(?), showing awful temperament to the game and other teams(?), instead of looking to work on areas of consistent mistakes like running between the wicket/ field settings/ bowling right areas etc.?... Well done BD politics, you overcame cricket too... :(

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Bangladesh capt. not only couldn't play proper cricket but also he doesn't know how to speak in public. There is no logic behind the statement, "If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka, they should not play cricket". If they feel bad when loose to SL, Ban have to feel BAD rest of their whole lives because they are going to loose SL time and time again in the future as well(no doubt at all). How he compares a world class team like SL with minnow Ban. or Afg. It's a joke. In truth across all formats SL is deserved to be in 1-3 rankings. Ban. is always behind the Zim as well as some other non-test playing nations. What I have to say Ban is "be mindful of their own game"

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 3, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

"If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka.." The Ban Capt has offended all the 15 countries below SL in World t20 rankings and all the 8 countries below SL in world ODI rankings. Coz if Ban is to feel bad after losing to a world class team like SL, then they r to feel even much worse (even disgraced) if they lose against teams like SA,AUS,INDIA,WI,PAK,NZ coz these countries are below SL in either t20/ODI rankings. Following that statement's logic that's what he is saying but of course that maybe the most untrue statement ever said to the cricketing public.

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 3, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

HAHAHAHAHAHA can someone please remind him that Sri Lanka is currently No. 3 ranked in world ODI rankings and NO.1 in world t20 rankings pls? I really have no words to express how stupid that statement is. Out of all the asian teams i supported Ban when they played other countries but after this arrogant, pretentious and smug statement from the Ban Capt nonetheless i will never support this pathetic and miserable team who can't even win against a associate member.

I would not have minded what he said if Sri Lanka had lost both matches to Ind and Pak but SL came out victorious from both battles and sits comfortably on top of the points table as well. Ban should learn to respect other cricket teams especially teams who are better than them by an astronomical margin or else they will never improve. They will just be stuck at 9 or 10 positions in the rankings and den eventually stripped of its test status which is very close to happening.

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 3, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka was the only country in the world who agreed to tour Ban even with high security concerns. India and Pak were even doubtful of participating in the Asia Cup. It was our security assessment team that approved of the venues. If SL had not toured Ban, the Asia and Wt20 cup wud have being held somewhere else.

Even the BCB cricket director was quoted stating how crucial the SL tour was for Ban cricket. And after all that Mushfiqur puts SL in the level of Afg. A very ungrateful, pathetic and low move by Mushfiqur, seriously. Will never support Ban again. Hope Ban lose all their matches (which is what Ban has succeeded in doing in 2014! LOL!)

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

"Afghanistan's bowling attack is very strong and they have an aggressive attitude. We are not taking them lightly." -Lahiru Thirimanne

What a great statement and I totally agree, and this coming from a junior member in the SL squad.

Now compare that to the disgraceful statement by Mushfiqur the Ban captain saying how shameful it is to lose to Afg. Not one good word about Afg and no respect shown whatsoever. SL juniors have better integrity than the Ban captain. No wonder why Ban haven't climb up the rankings from 9th position since its inception.

Here's to Ban to continue being a minnow and the rapid development of Afghan Cricket! Cheers!

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (March 3, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

In the past we've seen young players (as young as 17 for instance) bearing so much responsibility for the sake of their talents, yet never given and inch to settle and mature, rather dropped and picked time and again until their morale and spirit are totally broken. On the other hand some average player stuck around the team forever simply with the title of 'fighter' or 'team-man' etc. Look at Sri Lanka, how they back Chandimal though his form isn't quite up to the mark. They backed him by taking nothing away from him, enabling him only as much as he can handle and resting him at times without breaking his morale. Because his talent is a sure thing and it's only a matter of time he becomes a great cricketer. On the other hand, after BD had dropped Riyad since time immemorial, out of blue they stuck with him in the SL T20Is & ODIs. Once again now BD is looking to simply axe some players yet they can't but bring back Riyad. You can go on with such examples in BD cricket forever... :(

Posted by Nuwas on (March 3, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Yet another show-off captain infront of medias. Very pathetic. BD needs to replace this guy if you guys wants better results.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Mushfiq be a commander drop anybody who has no hunger.we need players who feel upset after scoring 50 and get out.If any body thinks scoring few 30.40.50 his place is safe than tell him he is letting the team down.We understand any body can have bad day or bad series but we have to see that he is trying hard on practice.They are full time professional players they have to concentrate fully on cricket even when after match or when they are not playing.Because they are contracted to do the job.Above all they are playing for the nation.No room for anybody to be distracted by any personal issue.THE GREAT IMRAN KHAN dropped some very good players from pakistan team so that he builds the top team.we need you do the same.Tell the players if they not performs they will be forgotten very quickly.If they want to be legend like SANGA\MAHELA\CHANDERPAUL\DRAVID\LAXMAN\KALLIS they should put their act together .People remember only the top players who reached at the top not who briefly entertained.

Posted by Tinybaba on (March 3, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

There is no better lesson for BD captain than the post match statement given by Virat Kohli after their last over loss to PK yesterday. He didnt blast his WK batsman Dinesh Karthik for missing a vital stumping which has in fact turned the game away from India.Neither he blamed any team member for losing the match. Instead he said he was proud how well Indian team fought in the latter stages of the match but unfortunately it was won by Afridi in the last over.He thanked all his team members and wanted them to play smarter cricket in future. That is what a team captain should do rather than bark in public blaming his team , selectors and the chief selector for not conslting him for the final selection. This man once resigned in tears after losing to SL badly but BD cricket administrators have done a mistake by bringing him back to lead the team. Find a sensible captain BD , if you want to go forward in the competative cricketing world. Leave this imature guy behind.Say goodbye to him !

Posted by Aus_guy on (March 3, 2014, 0:51 GMT)

Bangladesh captain once said" we can beat ANY team when play in Bangladesh" I think Bangladesh keel loosing because of there cricketers Arrogance , they think they are world beaters after winning against two sides.

Posted by shan_abc on (March 2, 2014, 23:23 GMT)

I think the new governing body of cricket will soon seriously consider giving Ireland test status and demoting Bangladesh. Bangladesh has more to learn before getting test status again.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 2, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

All the genius who is complaining about his comments should understand that this is just a jest of the interview not all of it. Yes it was a shameful lose. The way they played is not acceptable. Whats wrong with saying it? If he had accepted it you guys would have called him loser, when he tries to explain what happened you say they are giving excuse. Problem is not with him, Problem is with the haters they'll always find a reason to cry about. What this hater should understand that they are our players so what this constant hating whiner think about them doesn't matter as they will always have our support

Posted by JanooGerman on (March 2, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

If a win by a top rated associate team against a full member is a shock, then the full member team must have been in the top tier of the ranking? The greatest rank BD cricket team ever achieved in the 14 year history of their full membership is 9th (among ten teams). This 9th rank stayed with them because Zimbabwe took an exile for some time from the competitive cricket.

If a win by Afghans against BD is a shock, what will you call if they win against Australia, SA, or India? Miracle? One simple question for Bengali fans. How many of the current or yesteryears BD players do you think would have made to any of the top 8 teams if they were in that country? Answer is None.

The BD captain, fans, and media, all sinking their heads in the sand. Instead of realizing the strength of the opponent, instead of giving the credit to opponent playing to their strength, and instead of questioning the "un-proveable" potential of their cricketers, they are trying to label this loss as a shock

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Ok kids, calm down. Obviously he isn't saying AFG = SL. I don't think Rahim is that clueless. He meant after losing 7 games against SL and now losing to AFG, if the players still don't feel bad then they should just stop playing.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 2, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Losing is no shame BUT in this case it was a shame for BD to let underdog AFG win against a test playing nation so soon..by the way mushfiqur's LBW decision was awful from there the biggest turn started & BD couldn't stick to there plan after that..AFG played really well so no credit been taken away from them for whatever fighting spirit they showed & even winning finally..BD played did not play there even 70% to there potential... but i can see so much criticism by SL'n & IND'n fans after BD's loss against a underdog team AFG & previous game losing to IND...to much pride will again give you a good lesson to you two teams..let BD come to their original form as BCB is also much responsible & then again injured Tamim, Mashrafe & Shakib being there can't play & specialist spinner Gazi could deliver only three bowls & then couldn't even bat freely due to stitched injured finger..but this is not the end of the world for BD cricket just wait & watch i won't say more now..

Posted by ibbani on (March 2, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

More than the BD fans amused by their captain's funny comments, the SL /BD fans are just getting the Indian team with no reason in this page. This is about SL/BD/AFG, why did IND peep in?

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 2, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Need to shuffle the batting order slightly. BD 's opening pair is not clicking. New to change it. opening pair is very important.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 2, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

just move on and forget about this match as soon as it is possible. NEXT match against Pakistan curator should prepare home friendly pitch, as we want to take out best from our home conditions.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 2, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

I will request BCB and BD captain do not be altar emotional and create a panic among the team members. After loosing a match changes , shuffling will not bring anything to BD future cricket development. Be practical and calm, work hard as a team. BCB should concentrate more on quality of domestic cricket and identify the problematic area for long term BD cricket future. Hire a world class spinner. If you invest today in right way , definitely you will get the fruit soon. Just be patient and specific. The best way to move on is to accept your defeat and be practical. BCB can told the curator to make the best possible pitch for BD which can help BD to win a match and boost the team performance. In future whatever situation comes captain and team management should not talk too much with Media. When cahanges are coming , it should come through a standard procedure, Otherwise we can go back to 5 years and others might laugh at us.

Posted by cool2014 on (March 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I have been in BD, I know, all BD ppl respect Sri Lanka as well Sri lanka cricket. They know that Sri Lanka is one of the country which helps lot for their cricket. I dont think Mushi has made his comments to let down Sri lankan Cricket team. He was too emotional after loosing to AFG.

Posted by smukhles on (March 2, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

@LIONS_ROARR, I think you are misunderstanding what Mushfiq said. He is not comparing Sri Lanka with Afghanistan and he smart enough to know the difference betrween SL and the Afghans. All he said is the BD players needs to feel bad after lossing match after match and ther are not. We don't like that fact either.

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

"If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka.." The Ban Capt has offended all the 15 countries below SL in World t20 rankings and all the 8 countries below SL in world ODI rankings. Coz if Ban is to feel bad after losing to a world class team like SL, then they r to feel even much worse (even disgraced) if they lose against teams like SA,AUS,INDIA,WI,PAK,NZ coz these countries are below SL in either t20/ODI rankings. Following that statement's logic that's what he is saying but of course that maybe the most untrue statement ever said to the cricketing public.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

BD came to this disaster by their own making having played with Sri Lanka & getting thrashed. If the Sri Lankan series did not take place BD would have been very confident of themselves and beaten the Afg easily.There lies the danger for BD going to play with big boys and getting a good hiding & then losing their morale & confidence. Like in the past they should stop playing with the big ones to regain their self respect & confidence.

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

@nsabuj come on man every game there r some controversial umpiring. thats the nature of cricket. everytime when u loose don't attribute it to bad umpiring or poor luck. u were talking 2 tricky lbws. then what about the 4-5 drop catches given by afgand to u guys. even with such chances u were unable to beat Afgans. did u see even todays match Hafeez didn't get the Jadejas lbw. if that was given india would not have reach the taget. but did Paks complains? no. so simply these tricky decisions r common to every game. but at the end of the day eho okayed better cricke would ein. Afgans yesterday simply play better cricket. and mind u they were playing more than u all in the recent past!

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 2, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Sri Lanka was the only country in the world who agreed to tour Ban even with high security concerns. India and Pak were even doubtful of participating in the Asia Cup. It was our security assessment team that approved of the venues. If SL had not toured Ban, the Asia and Wt20 cup wud have being held somewhere else. Even the BCB cricket director was quoted stating how crucial the SL tour was for Ban cricket. And after all that Mushfiqur puts SL in the level of Afg. A very ungrateful, pathetic and low move by Mushfiqur, seriously. Will never support Ban again. Hope Ban lose all their matches (which is what Ban has succeeded in doing in 2014! LOL!)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

What a joke! Afghanistan will be doomed just like Kenya as also we already can see the fate of Ireland who could not qualify for the under 19 world cup. Within few years Ireland will go down like Kenya and Afghanistan will follow them for sure. BD is there to stay and they will bounce back as always. Come on Bangla Tigers!

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 2, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

HAHAHAHAHAHA can someone please remind him that Sri Lanka is currently No. 3 ranked in world ODI rankings and NO.1 in world t20 rankings pls? I really have no words to express how stupid that statement is. Out of all the asian teams i supported Ban when they played other countries but after this arrogant, pretentious and smug statement from the Ban Capt nonetheless i will never support this pathetic and miserable team who can't even win against a associate member. I would not have minded what he said if Sri Lanka had lost both matches to Ind and Pak but SL came out victorious from both battles and sits comfortably on top of the points table as well. Ban should learn to respect other cricket teams especially teams who are better than them by an astronomical margin or else they will never improve. They will just be stuck at 9 or 10 positions in the rankings and den eventually stripped of its test status which is very close to happening.

Posted by Wahid59 on (March 2, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Dear Sri Lanka fans: Don't get overboard, Mushfiq never meant to belittle you (how can he, after being whitewashed in both formats of limited over games!) This is just the way we've lost (in last balls of both the T20I's and after having Sri Lanka floored to 67/8 in the first ODI.)that brought this remark; that it should hurt. And Afghanistan, he never mentioned in the same vein. So, please relax, enjoy your teams good run and be a friend of Bangladesh cricket (as always). Cheers!

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

All the respect I had towards BD cricketers sp Mush has gone away.Sorry Mush, u lost another SL fan of u!

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (March 2, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Dear captain, some out-of-form players need to be replaced, all right, but let's not just bring up 'matter of nation', how to 'feel' properly etc. Also it'd be wiser if the replacement is done with mature (but not necessarily older) players with enough domestic records standing for their competence rather than wild cards from the U19 team etc. again. Thank you.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

SL fans he didnt mean that you guys are bad, we all know you are a good team he is just mentioning that those 3 matches, Bangladesh should have beat you. His words may have been out of context since Bangladeshi players are known to have bad english... Also he is just annoyed that no-one stepped up to defeat Afghanistan.

Posted by Praxis on (March 2, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Could be an honest mistake here, but I went through the local newspapers & seems like it's slightly mistranslated. What Mushfiq said is like this, "After the defeat with Sri Lanka & then losing to Afghanistan too, if someone doesn't feel bad, he shouldn't be playing cricket at all"

I can see that lots of Sri Lankan fans are upset, I can assure you Mushfiq didn't say what's been reported here.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Haha take the loss like a man why is he playing the blame game? Also no shame in losing to Sri Lanka! Secondly losing the Afg, why is it such a big thing? Not like Bangladesh are much better anyway.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have one thing in common; they both have defeated Bangladesh comprehensively.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (March 2, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

Nt Raja you made the most intelligent and accurate comment of all those who have contributed in this discussion. Being proud of one's country is a good thing but cricket is a sport, just like any other sport, and cricketers ought to concentrate on truly mastering their skills instead of thinking of national pride, what the fans think, other teams etc. The Captain passing the buck doesn't help either!

Posted by milan2583 on (March 2, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

This is seriously bad that a captain is blaming the entire team and not taking the responsibility. Dont compare your team to srilanka at all, they are world class team. you just got beat by non test playing nation team fair and square. just accept the defeat like a man!!!!

Posted by visualdp on (March 2, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

The way that BD captain expressed his disappointment is not suitable for a captain. Talking about the comment of Sri Lanka, is really inappropriate. Means never understood anything even after whitewash. Any way BD fans & BD players forgot that Sri Lanka agreed to tour even there are some security concerns in BD. Well Mushfiqur & BD fans this is a very nice way to pay your gratitude. Many Thanks !!! :( :(

Posted by bdsmaruf on (March 2, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

some sl fans misunderstood mushi's comment. he means the 1st odi. anyway I also believe we shold have won this two games. sl is surely better than us.

Posted by ISB_ACC on (March 2, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

Bd captain,, monday sri lanka will face afganistan and you will see the different between sl ,afgan & u..... They will never underastimate any team like bd.....

Posted by British_North_America on (March 2, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

To all SL fans, Mushfiqur never underestimated your team.Sri Lanka is favorite to Bangladesh in any match.But remember 67/8? How many teams will win from that situation? Also while chasing, BD was 114/2 then 167 all out.In both T20 matches, they lost in last ball while they lost the first one due to a controversial decision in last ball.After loosing from the point where opponent was 67/8 or themselves were 114/2, they should be ashamed.Even Mathews called the first match win a dream that came true.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

Afghanistan Team need just discipline in all round performance, if they use their skill, they can beat any team in the world

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

what is he tilling about feeling bad to loss to Migjty Sri Lankans... cant he remind how was the trashing he had through out last 5weeks.... be mind full commenting regards to Sri Lanka....

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

Mushfiqur you'r correct.selectors should rethink why we appointed such a stupid captain just talking without working.What a shame....This realy shows educational level in the country.Rahim remember that you have lot more things to learn from SL cricket team bt frm education in our little country.

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (March 2, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

to all the sri lankans here..please don't try to show how indian you are by commenting without thinking..maybe mushfiqur was refrerring to the game where we were 67/8 and was saying that they should have won this game...im pretty sure no one in BD will underestimate SL..they have a long way to go before they can start underestimating us..

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 2, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

"If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka.." The Ban Capt has offended all the 15 countries below SL in World t20 rankings and all the 8 countries below SL in world ODI rankings. Coz if Ban is to feel bad after losing to a world class team like SL, then they r to feel even much worse (even disgraced) if they lose against teams like SA,AUS,INDIA,WI,PAK,NZ coz these countries are below SL in either t20/ODI rankings. Following that statement's logic that's what he is saying but of course that maybe the most untrue statement ever said to the cricketing public.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 2, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Hey you Sri Lankans. Cool down guys. Mushfiq is not undermining your team. Your team certainly was superior to pull of 2 last ball wins against what you call the minnows. But it would not have been considered an upset if Bangladesh beat you like Afghanistan. The captain was only referring to his own team's lapses.

Posted by kasunj123 on (March 2, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

seriously this man should learn something from Angelo Mathews!the way he spoke!!!well really you can expect the arrogance from a young captain like him!but every time even when he won a match he always give a credit to the opponent team !instead of that, this minnow skipper always talk about the big things which can't afford them!as their minnow commentators make us laugh by talking rubbish!

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

HAHAHAHAHAHA can someone please remind him that Sri Lanka is currently No. 3 ranked in world ODI rankings and NO.1 in world t20 rankings pls? I really have no words to express how stupid that statement is. Out of all the asian teams i supported Ban when they played other countries but after this arrogant, pretentious and smug statement from the Ban Capt nonetheless i will never support this pathetic and miserable team who can't even win against a associate member.

I would not have minded what he said if Sri Lanka had lost both matches to Ind and Pak but SL came out victorious from both battles and sits comfortably on top of the points table as well.

Ban should learn to respect other cricket teams especially teams who are better than them by an astronomical margin or else they will never improve. They will just be stuck at 9 or 10 positions in the rankings and den eventually stripped of its test status which is very close to happening.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

why dont the guys of ACC announce the winners of ASIA CUP by lottery... ??? come on, its a shame to participate only 5 nations for the tournament like ASIA CUP from 56 countries ... teams like NEPAL, UAE and HONGKONG should be given a chance...these teams have qualified for the T20 world cup and even world cup, so, they can have a go... NEPAL and UAE are the joint winners of ACC ELITE TROPHY (asia cup of non-test playing nations)... so stop this discrimination !!!

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

i think Bangladesh should be trying not to concede bonus point to Sri Lanka. i don't see they coming even close to beat sl this tournament

Posted by UAETigers on (March 2, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

I am looking forward to get comments and reasons from BD Fans for this defeat!! It's not a big deal that big countries are defeated by small one and it happened in past too!!! Only reason it's special because it has shown the true standing and quality of the BD team to their fans!! For them their batsmen, bowlers, fielders and all-rounders are world best!! May be better then Sobers, Sachin, Imran Khan, Lillee, Warne, Murli!! You name it and they will have a local equivalent!! It's high time BD should focus on doemstic structure and play more 4 days game with A-Teams!! Other wise they wil remain a minnow forever!!

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Mushi at first check your emotions. Think to rebuild your think and team. I think bd team is good with sakib and tamim. Bd team is nothing with out them.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

I think the time has come when sub continent countries need to up their domestic cricket standards by playing more and create and harness raw talent from their countries.

Posted by thamindujayaweera on (March 2, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

One thing to say Bangladeshis, more shameful moments are on the way, who they think they are? First with the india, then blamed the dew. When they beat teams like NZ and WI they think they are world champions and they can beat anyone at home. well almost all knows teams like NZ and WI dont perform well in subcontinent pitches. Choose your best 'world class players' and try not to get beaten in upcoming matches against sri Lanka and pakisthan

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

Congrats to Afghanistan. Here some of me srilankan frnds are underestimating the ban cricket team capacity. Yesterday Afgan play good cricket. But despite of that facts pls also be minded that ban team was out of Tamim,Sakib,Mashrafee and sohag got injured in the match. If these all player are in the team,I am sure definitely the result could be changed. No way. We are always our cricket team. Ban cricket team is now facing internal political clash among the player.This are the reasons behind the results. Other wise srilankan team get the real taste of ban cricket.

Posted by sryckaant on (March 2, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Yeah, really funny statement from Mushfiqur on talking about beating Srilanka which is already on top of the table with no losses performing brilliantly in the tourney. Need to think more on where to improve the fielding which lead to loss against Afghans...

Posted by Shifaullah on (March 2, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Come on guys! it is game, every one knows a game has two sides, either win or loss!!! I am an Afghan and I am a big fan of Afghan Team and I am really happy about this win but on the other side no doubt on Bangladesh talent, I hope next time they deserve enough victories about world champions, because they are also our Muslim brothers.......... at the end "WELL DONE AFGHAN TIGERS"

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (March 2, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

This guy certainly is a laughing stock. First he said that BD can beat any team at home. Then one guy from their team proclaimed that beating India is not an upset. Now, they should come and say "Getting beaten by Afghanistan is not an upset". In fact it's true that getting beaten by minnows will not be an upset for minnows. It's a popular fact that they got Test status by mistake. BD are the most overrated and big-headed bunch of guys in International cricket. Let's pray for them to atleast make it to World T20.

Posted by jeffsani on (March 2, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

the Captain should be an nspiration to his team even in defeat Mr Mushfir Rahim learn something from India Captain Dhoni When they lost to NewZealand 4to 0 did you here the speach of Dhoni Tat should be the spirit AS a Captain you are sailing in te same boat you are not a great batsmen YOU are just like your other team mates in batting and a bad Captain So Keep shut and Inspire your team dont let them be brokrn hearted as after the loss they are already sad.cheer them up and LEARN.

Posted by Rawanaa on (March 2, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Angelo mathews said we take bangladesh hard way... in the other hand so called big headed bangladesh captain said we can defeat any team in our soil... forget cricket fora while and think what this great sport teaches us.. even after 14 years they don't know to show some respect for the opponents... bangladesh deserve this lose and lot more ahead.. bangladesh forgot their place in world cricket.. minnows

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

Just give up Bangladesh. This is not your sport. Most of your players are young, so they can still find other professions and earn a living. Cricket is simply not your thing.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Mohammed Ali boasted a lot, but also won his fights; so if the Bangladesh captain wants to hype it up let him, that's part of his game! Results speak for themselves.

Posted by R.A.B on (March 2, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

"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". this is what generally the world feels after seeing the pathetic state of srilankan cricket. they might win a few games but they dont have the guts for winniig a major tournament. AND AFTER WATCHING THE LAST GAME AFGHANISTAN WOULD BE A BETTER REPLACEMENT FOR BANGLADESH IN THE FUTURE ASIA CUP.

Posted by amarakoon119 on (March 2, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

congrats afghanistan team for your lovely cricket both batting and bowlling are highlevel and same time banghalis they didnt play good cricket recently so get dammage.if you play same shots and bowling againsrt sri lanka and beat them you can lift troophy beleave me.but i hope no.

Posted by helloDolly on (March 2, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

Mushy give it a second thought about your captaincy boy!!!!The coaches should immediately be put on a plane to hell bound; go back home 4th rate coaches!!!All in all BD do not have any future in cricket,and who voted to keep BD in test cricket?

Posted by candid_opinion on (March 2, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

"on the other day he said "beating India is no upset". that shows his arrogance. when did they beat any test playing nation consistently? they are still minnows in the international cricket, they need to understand that and keep improving their game. they should not forget that they became a test playing nation by mistake."

Completely Agree with the above

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

mr rahim if shamful to lose sri lanka if ur gentalmen cricketer immidiatly retaire from cricket. dont tell stupid excuse.what u thing. bangaladesh team & sri lanka team r same quality. after more than 15 years lntarnationl arena ur team still minnows you understaion first men. ur team cant beat afgan how can u expect to sri lanka. so funny ur.

Posted by charith.darshana on (March 2, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Zimbabwe won other come back test against Bangladesh after Tamim Iqbal rated Brian Vittori as ordinary on 4th day. they are arrogant ever since they beat Pakistan & got the test status, had they played according to their potential & not underestimated their opponents they could've been a better team, stop talking big & try to minimize the margin of defeat at least.....

Posted by GRJVPR on (March 2, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

Both Mushfiqur & Athar Ali Khan have the same problem! OVERCONFIDENCE.. losing to teams like siri lanka is not shameful thing.Even we india lost to them more than 50 times in ODI's.

Posted by cricnivas on (March 2, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

on the other day he said "beating India is no upset". that shows his arrogance. when did they beat any test playing nation consistently? they are still minnows in the international cricket, they need to understand that and keep improving their game. they should not forget that they became a test playing nation by mistake.

Posted by rydwan78 on (March 2, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

I really don't understand why the selectors choose Mahmudullah. This guy is out form. I think the selectors are trying pacify Mushfiq. Farhad Reza is far better all-rounder than Mahmudullah.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

His statement simply reflect that they have under estimated both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. It was captain who responsible to this shamefull defeated. Bangladesh simply rely on luck not on skill or commitment. They need weather or pitch or opponent's injuries to play in favour of them. Fighting spirite is the missing link. Mushi should realise that no much room to luck in modern day competitive cricket.l

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

They talk better than their performance. After seeing yesterday match, the need for tier 2 cricket is justified. Bangladesh should be sent back to improve their game with the associates. Mushfiqur should know what he talks. SL is a world class team & world cup winner & Afghans, well better than Bangladesh

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 2, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

this is a matter of education in bangladesh.. what to do..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

So funny you are Mr Mushfiq don't for get srilanka the country help you how to play cricket and football

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 2, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

I also do not think this small man is disrespectfully to a mighty team with a proven track record. How can he utter a word like that knowing very well that the biggest his team could earn was only a hard fought draw in a test match against Sri Lanka in the recently concluded tour. I think his problem is his limited vocabulary and expression. Has anyone noted his post-match interviews. All his sentences start with "definitely".

Posted by don_kan123 on (March 2, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Come on...What is he talking about...I hardly imagine they beat a side like SL, AUS,ENG, IND, or PAK. Afg playing good cricket..they learning it from big boys like SL how to construct an inning..they still talk about losing from 68/7..didn't learn from there what is the class there was in SL..we still bowled them out for 167..That is real Cricket..the spirit in cricket..He's just wasting time and words. and losing constantly...watch and learn guys..stop talking..do working..respect others...

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 2, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

Well Mushi, you're right: if they don't show intent or seriousness of keeping the wickets, playing, giving their all efforts, and winning, then they should be excluded from the team. show your stuff in the next two games after your key players come back; good luck on that.....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

It is in fact a team of under 25 all the way. Administrators and Selectors should work how a talented player's talent not being wasted after few years of services. We don't find a player playing for long time such as at the age of 36 keeping his consistency over the years. Bossing is very easy but bringing result as you can see. However as a fan of Bangladesh Cricket team, all the best to the team for the next game.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 2, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

this is pathetic.Bangladesh captain putting Sri Lanka in same the same league with Afghanistan is simply unacceptable. They got whitewashed against SL in last last series still they are not respecting them.No wonder they are losing against bottom table opponents

Posted by TamilIndian on (March 2, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Hi fellow fans... give him the benefit of doubt. I think he is ashamed abt losing from a point where sl where 67/8

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

I dont think its right on part of the captain to use words like shameful loss because he has forfotten bangladesh were in a similar position a few years back like Afghanistan and it was only their wins against india pakistan which boosted their morale. I think Afghanistan played really good cricket and it needs to appreciared by mushfiqur. Tats whats cricket is all about Gentlemens Game Grow up Bangladesh

Posted by ECPP on (March 2, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

What a silly comment from the BD captain about Sri Lanka. Since 1986 BD has played 56 matches (test, odi & t20) against SL and have lost 49 games and have only 4 games. So how could it be shameful loosing to SL? They are better off not making any statements, rather focus that energy in playing better cricket and let the results do the talking. And washing dirty linen in public won't do any good for BD teams morale either. Further, they lost to the better team that night because the Afghan boys played super cricket and Nabi is a good captain and has a similar attitude like like the good old Ranathunga of SL. In time to come they'll be a force to recon with.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

I feel really SAD that our SL team even visited you country to play with you all .. BF fans im sorry about it but have to say ... OUR Team Ranks 1 in T20 rankings and we are No 3 in ODI ( we were 5 before a month ago) That comes with dedication and skill and self belief.

What a hell kind of comment is that Misfiqur huh - Get this to your HEAD , SL are 1996 WORLD CUP WINNERS , Last 4 WORLD CUP Finalist .. who do you think you are . and in the last ODI with you, our best 5 ddint even play .. yet our youngsters schooled you in the last ODI showing how to get a WIN over a team ... LEARN

i dont need to brag about MY COUNTRY'S CRICKETERS and if you want i can PUT UP an AWESOME LINE OF all TIME 11 if you want .. but i think its not worth it .... so RESPECT in order to be RESPECT

and dont CRY in public it makes you WEAK instead make self believers and match winners ...OUR guys stand up in TURNS when needed .. First tisara , sanga , KJP , Mathews Etc ...

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

aftr defeating IND n PAK back to back Mr Rahim presents SL the motivation to thrash BAN with a bonus point in the upcoming match. poor mushy must learn the game first afghan n sl r same?

Posted by Rawanaa on (March 2, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

If they don't feel bad (shame) after losing to Srilanka? seriously feel sorry for this so called captain... was that a shame to lose no1 in t20, no3 in odi ranked team ? very funny...How many times did bangladesh defeat srilanka since 1992 ? Bangladesh can only do is blurting childish talks before or after matches and overrating their players after 1,2 matches win.. stay on yours so called captain's mindset & the lot of shames are on the way from Ireland,Png, Canada...etc it wont be upset either... captain :P

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Mushi calm down.... i hope now u realized that u should never underestimate any Team. Especially after seeing Afgan's performance against Pak. Really Afgan team has turned as a promising team.... All d best and Keep going Afgan..!

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

we feel shame to play with the team which think its shame to defeat good cricketing ream. oh dear friends come harder in next games. and try to respect others.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Sri Lankan fans don't be disappointed please. Mushi meant to say that the way they lost to Sri Lanka was shameful. Just take the 1st match of the series. We couldn't chase 180. Sri Lanka managed to add 100+ runs in the last 2 wickets partnership because our fielding was just disaster. We put down 5 catches. BD players are the slow learners. Some players are carrying damn care attitude. Losing like that is not affecting them. That's all Mushi wanted to say. Sri Lanka team is now one of the most dangerous teams of world cricket. There is no doubt about that. But losing to Afghanistan is definitely awful for a test playing nation. Something is terribly going wrong in Bangladesh team and selection committee.

Posted by Madduma on (March 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

What is this guy talking????? he's comparing SL with Afghanistan!!!!!! SL hammed them and BD has the worst record with SL compared to PAK and IND, This guy has forgotten that SL is world class and 1 time world champsand 4 times world cup finalized and in world cricket higher raked than PAK also, this fellow must be not knowing that if SL win all the matches in Asia Cup they move to 2nd rank in ODI which is a possibility since SL has won both matches with PAK and IND!!!!!! For sure Afghanistan will give a better fight to the big 3 in Asia than useless BD!!!!!!!!! I think this fellow and most of the BD players think to big of them self's and thats the issues and may be they thought they will hammer Afghanistan in 20 overs!!!!!!!!!This BD team with a big head captain will lose to most of the associate ICC member nations for sure, BD should be striped from full ICC membership and Afghanistan and Irish should be included as full ICC members!!!!!!

Posted by CrackerDaddy on (March 2, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

Mushfiqur...part of being a Captain is that knowing who u r who are u playing against. You obviously got NO IDEA about either Sri Lanka or Afganistan. Hence the reason u lost to both of them, had u know SL is a world class team u could've done bit better than loosing them all. Not knowing who u r is a bad thing to BD cricket and the game of cricket. I always saw u as a small man but with those comments u showed the rest of the cricket fans how SMALL YOU REALLY ARE.

Posted by banglafan on (March 2, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

This team is OK, Shakib will replace Nasir, and get a regular spinner / pacer in place of Naeem

Posted by adnaanahsan on (March 2, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

I'm sure Mushfiq was not being arrogant regarding SL in his comments as some people are getting enraged about. What he meant was that after the thrashing BD received in the hands of SL and after the defeat last night, people in the team need to step up.With all due credit to Afganistan, Bangladesh played pathetic cricket last night. They deserved to lose, as much as Afganistan deserved to win. What matters now is whether they can improve from here and finish the tournament with some dignity regained.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 2, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Empty vessels make the most noise! This is not the first time you talk too much. You are so funny in a way.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 2, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

"If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka, they should not play cricket. " Dissapointed about you Mushfiqur. Sri Lanka is a team who took 1996 world cup, runners up for two world cups, and number one T20 team in the world. Not to boast, but to say what your thinking pattern is rather disappointing. We thought you are friends of us, but... well!

Posted by VJGS on (March 2, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

A good captain is one who stands by his team in the hour of need and takes all the blame for the poor performance, and not someone who only basks in glory after a victory. He should shield his team from the public, but at the same time do the necessary act (whether that is to encourage or admonish depends on each individual) within the privacy of the dressing room. In my opinion, Mushfiqur Rahim has just failed his team miserably as a captain. I'm sure he would have lost a lot of respect among his fellow teammates for the comments that he has just made.

Posted by banglafan on (March 2, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

Captain, be diplomatic and don't antagonize the team. You should have warned everybody that to stay in the team, you need to be a performer. In ODIs and T20s, every team is beatable, and by that theory Afghanistan beating Bangladesh is not really out of this world. It is true, some players have became complacent. Nasir plays without any footwork and shlould be dropped immediately. Spinning all-rounders are not doing their job. BEtter stick with Ziaur Rahman.When Shakib returns, he is the 5th bowler, so take four full bowlers. No all-rounders please (except Ziaur and Shakib). And captain himself needs to learn from the senior captains / ex-captains about how to exert pressure at the right time. Captain is himself partly to blame.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 2, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

The rest Nation should to learn from Afghan player , particularly from Nabi afghan captain how he was cool after losing Mitch against Pakistan in the result he got victory against Bangaldish . If think cool the Victory waiting for You , Best of lack my brave Heroes (Afghan)

Posted by drnaveed on (March 2, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

i too , was surprised to read the name of SL side along with AFG team, about whom BD captain said " If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka, they should not play cricket". Mushfiqur Rahim ,should have better checked the records before speaking about SL. they have won a world cup ,and had and have so many world class players in their side from the days of their existence in the cricket arena, they have world records under their belt in the field of cricket, it appears that he perhaps rate his side ahead of SL side, a dream , perhaps he only sees. even after 100 more years his side (BD) is not going to come even upto the level of SL side ,even if he changes his whole playing eleven, including ... himself .

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

What a comment from Bangladesh captain let me say that Afg is also very good side 2th thing win or lose is a part of game don't be disappointed good luck for upcoming match

Posted by MeijiMura on (March 2, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

Mushfiqur Rahim should show some respect. It is extremely disrespectful not to praise the opposition who defeat you for being the better team on the day and for not heaping praise on the stand-outs in opposition teams. Instead of acting humbly and professionally and in an adult-like manner all we got was the actions and comments of a petulant child. Bangladesh need a better leader and one who doesn't disgrace Bangladesh cricket on the world stage. By treating Afghanistan so poorly Mushfiqur Rahim has just given them all the motivation in the world to defeat them even more comprehensively in the upcoming World T20 Qualifiers which would prevent Bangladesh from even qualifying for the tournament on home soil. All the best to Afghanistan cricket. They deserve to be treated a whole lot better!

Posted by KEVINSL on (March 2, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

mushfiq should be taken the responsible of this defeat instead of point the finger to your team mates or underestimate the other nation's professional performance. last series against Sri Lanka ,yeah Bangladesh gave some close games but at the end of the day Sri Lanka justified to their reputation of fighters. even yesterday Afgan played brilliantly particularly their pace bowlers bowled a hostile spell probably the second best pace attack after pakistan in subcontinent. so I would say to bangladesh captain, be profession and learn to give credit to the better team. thanks. From Sri Lanka

Posted by nsabuj on (March 2, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Ttry to understand , Bangladesh was playing with our b team , and playing agents afganistan and umpires . Two lbw was not right , mominul was not out he should get benefit of doubt . Umpires they just make Bangladesh to lose

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

I am Bangladeshi and shame ok n Bangladesh. I think ice should take away status for idiots, test and t20 from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and give it to Afghanistan and Ireland.

Posted by Hamid79 on (March 2, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

I think Mushfiq has reasons for disappointment, but I believe he should realize that Afghanistan is not a small team .. People have been expecting this encounter and the end result... Yesterday was just the day that it happend... The best would be for Bangladesh team to take their lessons learned, go to a blank page and list their strengths and weaknesses and ask themselves why they can't achieve the status in cricket that they claim for? To me as a sportsman he should learn, if not to appriciate at least he should not be questioning win of other teams. Many congratulations to Afghanistan...

Posted by Tinybaba on (March 2, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

looks like Rahim is insulting the wole cricketing world. How can he compare SL with him humble BD team ? They have been beaten badly every time these two teams meet in both in SL and home. Dont forget SL were playing this time against them minues 06 of their permanent mebers but still managed to had a clean sweep. So what else he is talking about ? SL beat both PK and IN in both Asia cup mathes up to now and it is 100% guranteed that they will go to final with a 100% record in tact. BD against AF . it was AF who was the better team of the day and face the reality man. You have to go a long way before even thinking of closing the gap between BD and rest of the teams in Asia. But first be humble and face the reality. Without that you go NO WHERE.

Posted by lol_india on (March 2, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

Dear. Rahim, Cricket is a gentlemen's game. It can be a player or a fan, we all suppose to secure the values and the spirit of the game. As a captain of a national team we are expecting a more professional behaviour from you compared to the other players of your team. Please listen how do Sanga, Dhoni and Misbah speak in a post presentation ceremony. They never hesitate to give complements to the opposition team. SL Ind and Pak ( from your perspective the "Minnows") are superior performers not coz of anything but coz of the hard work and the sacrifices. They do not boast about their performance.They have let the work to speak itself. Learn from them and be a good captain. As a SL fan I have a huge respect on Dhoni since he is a great captain, obviously the captain cool. Try to gain the reputation like them. FYI here the stats of your team against SL PAK IND ( Minnows). SL 35 games 4 wins. Pak 31 Games 1 win. Ind 2 games 3 wins. Good luck

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 2, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

Shameful in a sense that after playing ODI cricket since 1976 i beleive and test cricket for the last 14 years, got beaten badly by an associate whose just playing its 4th ODI, that too in the their home conditions, yep if that isn't shameful then they dont know the meaning of the word. But on the other hand, there is nothing to be ashemed of, Afghanistan IMO was a better team than BD irrespective of whether Afghanistan is a test nation or not. But whats worse is the fact that BD fans need to wake up and smell the warm coffe that they can no longer hide behind the fact that they are new team and people need to cut them slack for inexperience and all that. There is just no hiding from the facts now. BD was, is and by the looks of it, will, remain an ordinary side with ironically, great home support.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 2, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

The weak point of BD is their selectiors and the board. Those are not giving motivation and proper guide to players. They just only putting pressure to them

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

Mehdi makes a good point. Its important to treat it as a game. These things happen in cricket. BD's fielding was poor. But the bowlers shouldn't have allowed so many runs in the dying overs. Mushfiqur's tactics are also questionable. Time and again he makes blunders. He should consult senior players for advice. Miandad was always consulted by his skippers because they knew he was a great tactician. This is a team game. Like our politicians, Mushy wants to hog the spotlight all by himself. A good leader of men consults others when trying to reach a decision. Some of the batsmen failed not from lack of trying. They seemed confused and bewildered by Afghanistan's raw pace. I find BD batters find it difficult to handle raw pace. Also with 5 wickets down, there was no aggression; no attempt to bundle the side out for less than 100. Nasir Hussain was mooseying around with a smile on his face. There has to be a killer's mentality when u r in the field. A "take no prisoners" attitude.

Posted by Rashen on (March 2, 2014, 3:25 GMT)

Do agree with most of the comments. I guess BD should not let themselves down. I noted the following 1. BD captain should be more matured , and honestly bit more skilful. Have to learn from captains like M.Clark . Mathews and Dhoni, which have been soo skilful 2. He should not blame openly. As far as I can say , this would have been inherited by India, when dhoni start blaming for their vintage cricketers like Gambhir, Shewag, Sachin. Have you ever seen SL captain blaming for Mahela, Sanga, or Dilshan ? This is a bad habit and will cause lot to the team spirit. Please avoid this. 3. Fielding is something that any team can compete , as it only requires constant focus and practice. You need not to have strong build cricketers like Shaun tait, T. Perera. Just see who were the best fielders ? R.Ponting, P. Coolinwood, R. Mahanama... all of them were average size. So BD start from there..if you can match your fielding with anyother team , and give those additional wickets when needed your

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

I am not Bangladeshi but I do agree with Mushfiqur Rahim! It is shameful! Bangladesh players are good but there's no fight, no desire and no urge!!! Axing players why not you need to play well to keep your place in a team!

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 2, 2014, 2:50 GMT)

BRAVO MUSHFIQ BRAVO MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! What impressible comments.He got real guts ..I Wonder when Teams from IND PAK learn to speak like these.They dont care abt nation, selfish cricketers & shameless professionals from IPL.

Posted by Chunati on (March 2, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

I agree with Warm_Coffee. Some people have failed to understand Mushfiq's comments. He speaks his heart out, maybe a bit too much sometimes, but he is brutally honest. His comments were not to undermine Afghanistan, let alone Sri Lanka. It was towards his own teammates. He is frustrated and there is clear lack of committment. Everyone is talking about Sri Lanka sweeping us, but the fact is, it could easily have been 2-0 in T20 for us and 1-2 in ODI. The lack is not in potential, the lack is in application and a combination of injuries and key players being out of form. I agree, Afghanistan totally deserves this win.

Posted by GRJVPR on (March 2, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

Bangladesh & our team India fighting really hard to become the worst fielding unit in the world cricket ! India are marginally ahead after SL match..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 2, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

Mushfiquir is the most responsible captain in the world. He has the best characteristic of a captain. The problematic area is top management and the selectors. I think they are putting pressure on team and not providing any motivation at all. The selectors should give motivation and guide to team. It is time to give main responsibility to Bashar for selection. Mushfiquir's expactation was high that's why he is disappointed. He has done his responsibility but the others did not take responsibility.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

it is not time to regret bagledeshii player u should focus on the coming game.you don't need to be emotional.win and loss is part of game. just try focusing in next match u palyer are brilinat i have seen ur match aginst strong nation india u have done grt at that time.come on you can do it.

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

There's nothing to be shameful of. Afghanistan has become an emerging team. The other day they almost beat Pakistan. So you might see Afghanistan in test playing nations soon. Good luck for them

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

Funny how he said,"If we don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka....."

Posted by Senaratne77 on (March 2, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

So according to mr. Rahim SL is in the same bracket as Afghanistan. Okay, so in that case shouldnt Bangladesh be winning atleast one match in the recently concluded series?!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 2, 2014, 0:52 GMT)

Man, these Bangladeshis really know how to insult! First, there was the "no upset" comment about India. Now, the captain is saying, "If the players don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or SL..."! It is subtle insult to SL to have them mentioned in the same previous sentence along with Afghanistan. Bangladesh is still to play SL - Perhaps this is their tactic - To 'upset' the opposition before the match??

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 2, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

Don't panic mushi, it will be ok soon. Afghanistan congratulations any way!

Posted by jamespapa on (March 2, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

Before two days some of the BD fans commented that we will win easily how can they say like this? They said that Afghan will drop some catches and we will win easily what happened now. Afghan players dropped too many catches but still they didn't won. Don't take any team easily that's what will happen to you every time . Once again love you afghan I am so proud of u guys .

Posted by SomeoneStoleMyLungi on (March 2, 2014, 0:10 GMT)

LOL at people who said Mushfiq's comments were terrible. They were spot on. Yeah sure SL were more dominant in the last series but losing from 67/8 is inexcusable. Urgency is not there during the series and it certainly wasn't here in this match against Afghanistan. In the crunch matches during the T20 series BD faltered. Fielding has been horrendous and has at times been purely the reason why Bangladesh lost matches. It's just inexcusable. The way they are playing at the moment is disgraceful and it's sad how so many passionate BD fans are time and time again made to feel dissapointed with their team's results.

Posted by android_user on (March 2, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

I feel sorry for Mushfiqur. Afghanistan play better cricket compared to Bangladesh now. Thers is nothing to be shamed. Next would be WI , Eng, Aus who loses to Afg in Subcontinent..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 0:02 GMT)

It is not an upset by the way. Murtaza should now by knowing the meaning of it.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

Losing from srilanka shameful ?? When did u even beat them ??

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

I totally agree with Mushfiqur. Bangladesh had consistently won with good opposition in at least ODIs until recently. However, something seems to have changed in the player's attitudes. Not many in the team seem to have the fight in them like the captain. It shows in the way they field, they drop catches and the way they bat. Shakib used to bat like a fighter. Now he plays carelessly and shows attitude. The two openers are just kids, they made it very easily into the team and do not see the value in their position. I was expecting at middle order to at least bat like Zia, at least one boundary each over instead of just finding the middle fielders and get some singles. There used to be a plan for execution to win a match. I don't see it now. I would blame the management more for this. Some players do not deserve to be in the team.

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 23:50 GMT)

I only advice Bangladesh one thing.... please start enjoying cricket as a game and don't make it as a question of life and death.if it is a game every team looses and every team wins....

Posted by RuwanFer on (March 1, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

No idea why these SL fans jump in for a small comment like this. Unless you feel insecure about your SL team and rate them lower, you should be able to think that this is more of a mistake in transcription, or otherwise the language issue nothing else.

I feel shame about some of the fans behavior in cricinfo comments section. Both India and SL fans are the worst from my experience. Because I'm a Sri Lankan fan myself.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 1, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

Mushfiq you should be more attacking. For last few matches some point of the game you became defensive and let opponents team to come back. take more attacking approach. place close fielders , place best fielders at important positions. attack more for wickets. hope for the best in next game.

Posted by desiboy454 on (March 1, 2014, 23:32 GMT)

disgraceful of the captain to say it was "Shameful".. he could have used the words shock, didnt expect it. When Bangadesh beat Australia, england, SA, WI, SL, IND , PAK, whitewashed NZ... none of those teams said they were shameful..they said it was a shock, didn't expect it, or that they underestimated them.

Bangladesh Captain, remember one thing, your team, Zim, Ire, Netherlands, are all on par.. you should first beat them consistently then move up the ranks. a 2 teir test system would have been great, these teams could compete at tesst level

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

You deserve to lose if you don't respect the oppositions. Always credit the oppositions - win or, lose. Afganistan played better on this day & they deserved to win. I am a Bangladeshi & I am sick of our players big talks before & after a game & not giving any credits to the other players batting & bowling performances. Respect the opposition this way, you wouldn't under estimate any team or, their players.

Posted by naimurchowdhury32 on (March 1, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

I really dont know how the BCB appointed Jurgensen, Mcinnes as they have no idea of coaching. They are only interested in their own holidays.

Jurgensen, Mcinnes only wants to be friendly with the players, not telling them anything inspite of repeated mistakes.

Jurgensen, Mcinnes allow players to skip practice whenever they want.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

Its not just the team that has to learn, its their fans as welll. Mushfiq has made a terrible statement. Fans from Sri lanka and Afghanoistan should let them off for this, Mushfiq is in a phase, I hope he learns from this and makes more sane comments in the future.

Afghanistan has been very good in the Asia Cup so far. Kudos to them for some fantastic cricket.

Posted by naimurchowdhury32 on (March 1, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

The strategy of the coaches needs to be questioned. Mushfiqur is a poor captain but this was a complete failure of the coaches as there was no thinking at all.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 23:18 GMT)

Everybody just miss understanding mushi. You guys need to understand that mushi keep this word hidden that they are playing long time cricket and afghan are new. So the lose should be shame lose. And also something wrong with bangladesh cricket board.

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 23:18 GMT)

BD is not good enough at the moment . It should be anyone can beat us in Bangladesh not we can beat anyone at home. For matter of fact BD never been a good team.look at their stats for last 10 years.

Posted by neanderthal on (March 1, 2014, 23:05 GMT)

Attitude is an important as talent. If some of the players are not motivated enough to play for the team, they deserve to be dropped. There are no superstars anyway in the team who is so good that they can not drop.

Posted by HolyShmoly on (March 1, 2014, 22:54 GMT)

Mushfiqur ate his own words. Beating India is not an upset, but losing to Afghanistan is what? All big sound bytes, no results!!!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:54 GMT)

I don't think it is true that mushfiq does not respect opposition. He is frustrated for sure. It is a different question whether he should show it or not. I think what he meant is some of the players' body language was awful in srilanka series and now in asia cup. He has probably tried his best to encourage team mates, but did not see any improvement. We expect better cricket from nasir, naeem, and specially razzaq. The way he got out today is completely unacceptable. Lets not be so judgmental about what he said. The team is going through some tough time and something needs to be fixed.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

Poor comment. Afg is a good team, and had they held on a catch , they could have possibly won their last game as well. Please give respect when it is due.

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (March 1, 2014, 22:30 GMT)

Please stop criticising players, the coach Jurgensen, Mcinnes are more responsible for such a poor state of affairs.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan. How many times BD defeated SL in recent times. How many times BD won the World cup or got in to finals. I think a normal Australian state team or an English county team can easily beat BD or for that matter any IPL team.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

This is a big blow to us...he is right about some of the players...seems like they really don't care about performing...selectors need to be replaced as well...so much politics is going on behind closed doors and its shows in our performance on the field...this is just embarrassing...if they really care about playing for the country then they will step up in last two games...or else same old bs

Posted by proudIND on (March 1, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

Ha ha ha..., i appreciate afghanisthan for reminding BD of their position in cricket. few days back i read some funny comments from BD that "beating india is not an upset", "there is not much difference btn SL and BD" and they are better than india comparing their win against NZ. i knew this is going to happen. This definitely is not an upset, afganisthan is far better than BD. it will be a big upset if BD can win atleast 1 game in asia cup. BD first learn your basics right before making some funny comments.

Posted by mshyder on (March 1, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

Honestly speaking it is not shameful. They lost to a better team, and BD should be used to loosing as they hardly ever win. Please accept the fact that BD is not in the top league. They should actually be rated behind Ireland and Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:50 GMT)

To SL fans, i think he was referring to those matches where Bangladesh should have beat SL... i think he is obviously disappointed about this loss to Afghan but Afghanistan do look like a dangerous side and it is their belief that is helping them through as they are a happy bunch of guys. But im afraid if we win again, the media and bangladesh fans will say that they are the best in the world also the only way this blow can be healed *a bit* is if Afghanistan beat SL or India.

Posted by don_kan123 on (March 1, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

What is this guy talking about...he's mad..check the records..they put Sri Lanka down as Afganistan... since 1984-2014 aginst BD in ODIs SL Won 31/34....Wining %=88.57% IND Won 22/25....wining %=88.00 SL is way better than IND Against Bangaladesh.... Look at stats and talk.....think before talk..

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:35 GMT)

Dear Bangladesh Cricket Team,

The way you guys played today makes me very sad and disappointed. I wish you guys never be bogged down like that. As a fan, its heartbreaking for me. Well there has to be some solutions. Lack of leadership among the cricket administrators and the players has been a huge concern. As a fan of Bangladesh Cricket it is very difficult for me to accept that. It seems like we are going backwards as a cricketing nation. The system is failing down the line somewhere and we gotta think long term for the future of our cricket. If the leadership or the administrators needs to be changed for the betterment of our cricket then let it be like that.The administrator, selectors and players are needs to be working together as a team. Save the great game in Bangladesh and make the die hard fan happy. That's all we wish from our beloved cricket team

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

I think it is matter of nature ... Afghans are naturally blessed with strong physical structure and they are mentally strong being grown up in the battle fields.. They are much tougher with tall bodies and they have the potential to produce world class fast ballers in the near future. The day is not far away when Afghans will be the new legends of the cricket game .. so stop blaming Bangladesh cricket players it is matter of the nature

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

I am sure that by this comment he did not intend to insult any of the teams. He addressed this simply to the fellow players of BD cricket team

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 1, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

Mr.Mushfiq how could you compare sl with afg.sl is a far far better team than afg.but i must say " well played afg".hopefully overhyped bd players and specially their fans will learn a good lesson after this defeat.

Posted by Baundele on (March 1, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

If you play unprofessional cricket, you will lose. Afghan's deserve the credit for winning this match playing good cricket. I do not think it is shameful for Bangladesh. If you talk about shame, the first ODI against Sri Lanka falls in that category. Mushy needs a rest.

Posted by FawltyBean on (March 1, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

To Sri Lanka?? This deranged guy seriously think Sri Lanka is in the same league as Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

the last game aganist sl was the writting on the wall group of young players bet bl tamim canot play one season with brake down. shakb well over his head bring his att. effect the team.young players looking play 4s 6s only.musfiqi only silver line on bl team.having said both sl and india can loos to afgans if they are tale afgans lightly.they remind me early sl team in 70s 80s.

Posted by Rohit... on (March 1, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

Test Status in Danger .... Bangladesh starts to woo BCCI by downplaying SL standards... There is no need for such tactics... BCCI told that ur Test Status won't be taken away, MEANS the Test status will remain intact irrespective of your performance.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

well..well.well.....u deserve this loss my dear,when u win against india,u never been like this...even indian captain can said the same comment u have said here...first learn from your mistakes,and don't be very proud that u r so great.u r still underdogs in cricketing nations....wait for 2 more losses in this asia cup...and please learn and dont blame your collegues for the loses...best of luck

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

You people are misunderstanding Mushfiq, he didn't underestimate Sri Lanka. We all know that Sri Lanka is a champion team. What he meant was, Bangladesh lost to both Sri Lanka & Afghanistan after being in control. Lack of commitment is the main reason why BD lost. Being over confident and playing reckless cricket would never allow any team to win a game! not even against Canada.

I reckon there's a politics going on in our current team. Its obvious that Shakib, Nasir & Tamim are against Mushfiq and thats why they arent playing to their best level. Newbies like Shamsur & Anamul should be more careful about their shot selections. Shamsur & Nasir have potentials but he plays reckless cricket. Naeem & Mahmudullah should be dropped right away!! I also urge the selectors to give Liton Das & Mosaddek Hossain a chance to represent Bangladesh national team. These youngsters are awesome

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

First of all, congratulations Afghanistan! May your Cricket go from strength to strength.

Musfiqur needs to grow up. There are two teams on the field. You lost, maybe because of poor play on a given day. The other possibility is that the opposition is BETTER.

I think the Bangladesh Captain has slighted Afghanistan with his comments. Clearly Msfiqur is someone who lacks maturity and humility. Perhaps, he is the first one who needs to face the selectors axe.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

Salaam, I am sure Mushfiq didn't mean he was disappointed to lose to Srilanka or Afghanistan's cricketing strength, he just meant if you lose against any cricket team you should bad about it and take responsibility for losses, he surely would never mean Afghanistan or Srilanka are not good team to loose to, must be the meaning has lost its originality in the way of translation.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 1, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

Once again Mushiqur's comments are being taken out of context. He is not "insulting Afghanistan or Sri Lanka". He is criticising the attitude Bangladeshi players. He has gone down the route of "quietly" telling players and I am guessing after"quietly" telling players he has now had enough. The Nation puts a lot on these guys. We lift them up and want them to do well. They have benefited lavishly with handsome salaries, endorsements and all sorts of other perks associated with an international sports personalities.

To hear from Mushi, some of these guys are not taking things seriously is not only upsetting for the team but also for the whole of the nation. The rewards they are given are not an entitlement but they have to be earnt. I for one agree, if they don't appreciate it, if they don't have the passion, it they don't have the focus then get them replaced!

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 1, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

Mr.M how would you equal sl and afg are same type of teams and same type of shame after losing these matches.sl is a far far better team than afg.but i must say "well played afg".hopefully overhyped bd players and their fans will learn a good lesson after this defeat.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

@lionspaw. Never mind Sri Lanka. How dare they talk about Afghanistan like that. Afghanistan has a 100% record against then in ODIs :)

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (March 1, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

@lionspaw u taking it otherwise man this didnt mean to disrespect sri-lanka he probably have meant loosing so many matches doesnt make u feel bad. i completely agree with mushfiq they should be replaced by new players bcoz there are lots of performer out there waiting for a chance.

Posted by tanweeralam on (March 1, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

They are making a laughing stock of themselves. They are talking as if they are sitting on top of table and this had been an unpset or something. But the fact is there is not much difference in rnkings rather both lie at the bottom of the table. Moreovee Afganistn has better players in fst bowling and batting department. And any given day they are a better fighter than Bangladesh.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 1, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Mushfiq why you guys become shameful. At the end it is just a part of game. If your emotional approach is not going , i am afraid next and next game BD will loose and same saga will go for long time or will come back the same fashion. Do not need to blame or shameful. Everyone loose their day's/ Be practical and think about next game. It looks you are becoming broke down with these looses. Be strong and brave perform with your team performance. Do not hear anything from Media or altra emotional spectators. Be professional. Even few days back W indies loose against irelan. So what the point to blame and be shameful. If we can not come up with this pressure, we will struggle for long time.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 1, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Terrible comments from Mushfiqur. There is no shame in losing to a team that is playing so well and so bravely though they are heavy underdogs in the tournament. Through his comments Mush is putting both Afghanistan and SL down (not sure why because BD had just lost ALL the matches to SL). I hope he didn't mean it and that it is just a language issue.

Posted by lionspaw on (March 1, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

"If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka, they should not play cricket." What a comment from the captain. These type of comments will put down the reputation of the Bangladesh team. How can they talk about Sri Lanka like that? How many times have they defeated Sri Lanka since 1992?

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

Well there are players that need to be dropped/ rested... Gazi, Nasir have been woeful this year and need a break and these 2 body language has been poor throughout. Nasir needs to get more stronger for those big shots and he is woefully out of form, his average has dropped by 6 this year and that is hard to recover back from. But congrats Afghanistan, come on Mushi please give credit and please learn not to be arrogant before a match!

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 1, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

Bangladesh team have embarrassed the people of Bangladesh. Such wonderful support and yet they give us everytime the terrible results and performances. We're a country of 160 million and love Cricket and still cannot produce a quality team says a lot. Now we have to put up with "Ireland and Afghanistan are better" and sad thing is that its hard for us to argue against it after this shameful loss. What a poor start of 2014 for Bangladesh - 10 games - 9 losses and 1 unconvincing draw. Bangladesh clearly have problems on and off the field.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 didnt I tell you this is gonna happen during the SL series, I predicted 2-0 and 3-0 T20 and ODI win for SL and BD loosing to afganistan in Asia cup and WT20. BD is not going to qualify for the WT20 main round. Please learn to respect the opposition.

Posted by randikaayya on (March 1, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

What is this chap talking about, his side was thrashed by a dominant SL team across all three formats. Apart from feeling bad he should acknowledge the supremacy of SL, without being arrogant in constant defeats. What a show by Afganistan, their team and players look mature individuals who can read a game and a. Situation and respond accordingly. Well played sirs!

Posted by tawsif10 on (March 1, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

We should appreciate how other teams and their batsman perform. Afghanistan performed really well. They showed how to bat under pressure and take responsibility and make partnership. They looked a better side than BD team. Congratulations to Afghanistan and best of luck for future.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 1, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

Rahim is spot on. Though his captaincy skills should still be questioned, he's one of the few players who is making his nation proud with his excellent performances, dedication and hardwork. But many of the others like Nasir and Gazi have simply been disappointing so far this year and you can clearly tell by their body language that they don't care about the team and especially people of nation who unfortunately have to take in such humiliation time and time again. I also blame certain people of management and within the administration as there's clearly something wrong hence such very poor performances this year.

I'm also disappointed with some of the experience players of Bangladesh like Tamim and Shakib who were suppose to be good role models for Bangladesh. Shakib should never have done what gotten him his suspension and Tamim seriously needs to sort out his fitness levels and attitude.

10 games so far this year and losing 9 of them and drawing 1 is simply poor poor stuff.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

It's easy to make a comment read from an article but the reality, they are facing crisis with cricket board it self. He make is remark and the fact is completely honest about it. Since 2012 the continues changes in squad really taking out the momentum from spirited Bangladesh. Musfiq is so far the best captain to lead this new young bloods. If you look into the Afganistan squad the teams average age is 29 which suggested how long the players are playing together as a team where other hand Bangladesh team average age would be 23 just playing for the squad as a on call . Unfortunately too much involvement of politics and cricket boards incompetence slowly slowing down the progress of the team.

Posted by SLWATERBOY on (March 1, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Hey Mr. Captain of BD Team. Don't be shameful of loosing to SL. Because the hard truth is that SL is a far better team that you in all three formats. I mean SL is way far away from you. But shame on you BD boys loosing to Afghanistan!

Posted by tawsif10 on (March 1, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

First of all, we need Jamie Siddons back. It looks like a totally different BD team after Siddons left. This year's Asia Cup performance of BD team is not even close to performance of 2012. It does not matter if Tamim Iqbal or Shakib al hasan are playing or not. It is a team effort and BD team have won games without them in the past. If a team of 11 players play sensible and take responsibility we do not need to depend on a particular batsman. Moreover, it seems like BD players do not learn from their mistakes. They repeat the same mistake every time. I don't know why they cannot bat sensibly and take responsibility. They always play unnecessary shots when it is not needed. If they hit a six, the very next ball they will try to hit another one. I mean when they will learn to rotate strike and get the score board ticking. We have been witnessing these kind of performances for sometime now. It is time they should question themselves do they play for themselves or for the nation.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

Very well said by Mushfiqur!! Bangladeshi players do not have tendency to learn from their mistakes, instead committing same error almost in every competitive match. Bangladesh playing cricket since long time and at this stage if we lose team like Afghanistan, it's a shame, although Afghan players bowled pretty well. Top order batsman's desperate moves always hurting Bangladesh team winning the close matches, for that reason I think recovery needed to make with good players with highly educated certified. As a captain Mushfiqur Rahim lifted up Bangladesh team last couple of years many times, so on behalf of Mushfiqur Rahim someone needed to take the responsibility to improve winning percentage. The most important thing I agree with Mushfiqur Rahim players needed to replace, and I think over confident is making error out from some players currently playing in the team.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (March 1, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

Don't worry Mushfiqur, after Afghanistan beats India you will feel a lot better.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 1, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

His comments make sense. There are some players who seems like they have no wish to be there so yea they need to be replaced, Losing to an associates is shameful and we need to sort out these trouble soon

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

"We can beat anyone at home", "Beating India is not an upset" What happened to those statements you made. This is why people dont respect BD. Once they win 1-2 matches they think they are world beaters and start trashing all other teams. Please stop doing it and cricket fans will automatically start respect BD.

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (March 1, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

my heart still bleeding man. i think nasir gazi should be dropped immediately and rajjak should be dropped for the rest of his life. hes a looser the way he got out today serioulsy man he doesnt deserve to play in int. level. and why the hell rubel still in the team he leaks so many runs man and al-amin did a good job in his debut but he was dropped. shame of you guys

Posted by Farooq3 on (March 1, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

BD should move on after learning lessons from today! No need to press the panic button after one bad day in the field!

Posted by amitdashore on (March 1, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

the difference between other captains n mushfiqur showing up here.. its the attitude which needs to be changed! calling this a 'shameful' defeat without even giving credit to opposition n calling own teammates 'not enough motivated n need to be replaced' so publicly in press is not going to do any good to the team either. can learn this from MS Dhoni how to speak about in press n learn to replace the players in a way Aussies do, just replace without any media fuss before replacement. n everyone knows shakib is gonna be back in next game, so whoever he replaces will by default get the tag of 'unmotivated' whether it is so or not. poor choice of words, captain!

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Tournament Results
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 8, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 6, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Afghanistan v India at Dhaka - Mar 5, 2014
India won by 8 wickets (with 106 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 4, 2014
Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 3, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 129 runs
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