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Bangladesh's 'disinterested' players under scrutiny

Mohammad Isam

March 3, 2014

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In the aftermath of Bangladesh's defeat to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, the BCB's top brass has held separate meetings with the captain Mushfiqur Rahim, coach Shane Jurgensen and the national selection committee to identify problem areas within the team. The meetings took place following Mushfiqur's comments after the loss, when he questioned the motivation of some of his team-mates.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that Mushfiqur and Jurgensen identified four players for "looking disinterested during recent matches." Mushfiqur called for changes to the team but that may not be possible because the World Twenty20 squad has been finalised and replacements can be named only for injured players.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan and a couple of board directors attended the meetings but the players' identities were concealed.

"When we discussed the problems within the team, we asked the captain and coach about some players and they talked about how frustrating their body language has been," a BCB official said. "They looked like they were not in the field, the management told us. Both parties agreed on this at the meeting. There will however be no action taken by the board but the team management will decide on what to do with them."

Earlier in the day, each member of the Bangladesh team was called for one-on-one meetings with the management to understand why plans were not being executed properly. Several batsman are out of form, no bowler has inspired confidence and fielding standards have slumped.

After returning to the team for the Sri Lanka series, Anamul Haque has struggled for consistency, often following one impressive performance with poor ones. He made 77 against India in the Asia Cup, but only 1 against Afghanistan.

Shamsur Rahman has made only one fifty in seven innings since his Test hundred against Sri Lanka, and looked out of place against pace and bounce. Mominul Haque made 50 and 60 in his last three innings but Bangladesh needed him to push on. Nasir Hossain has been woefully out of form.

Nasir gave four chances in the last game but the Afghanistan fielders let them slip. He repeatedly tried to drive legspinner Samiullah Shenwari through mid-on, never quite middling it or finding the gap.

Abdur Razzak has experience but his bowling is without edge, and Rubel Hossain hasn't been able to lead the pace attack without a steady new-ball partner. The fielding has been poor too, with Bangladesh dropping at least one catch in the four of their last five games.

Mushfiqur's captaincy has seen better days. On two occasions, he released pressure just when Bangladesh needed wickets. Sri Lanka were 67 for 8 and Afghanistan 90 for 5 but Bangladesh allowed big partnerships on both occasions.

Some of the selection decisions have been difficult to understand. Mahmudullah was picked to replace the injured offspinner Sohag Gazi, despite having scored just six runs in three games. He had one 12-wicket haul in first-class cricket before the Sri Lanka series, but Mahmudullah remains a batting allrounder. Such changes can confuse players about their role and future in the team.

Bangladesh have matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan left in the Asia Cup and only a short gap before the World Twenty20. They will be a nervous unit, particularly since the captain made it clear that a culling is afoot.

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

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Posted by wapuser on (March 8, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

I think BCB should consider the following:

1. While selecting the team, consider the suggestions of Mushfiq and the Coach. 2. Run a behavioural change program with some players as it seems like some of them have taken their positions for granted. I strongly believe that Shamsur Rahman is a prospect but needs a slap on the face to understand what is expected off him. 3. Bring in batting consultants for short assignments for a year where the consultant comes for 2 weeks bi-monthly. Ask BCCI if they can help us with VVS or Dravid for this job. Throw in Anamul, Tamim, Mominul, Nasir, Kayes, Sakib, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Ziaur, some other prospects under supervision and give them strict plans for a year long development program. 4. Plan properly for Rubel, Al-Amin, Robiul, Shafiul, Taskin, Ziaur & if possible send them to play in England for a season. Aminul Islam can definitely help these players with a place somewhere. Otherwise try to bring in Wasim Akram for short consultancies.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

If Bangladesh can do it why not India? Some players in the team are not delivering. It is high time to replace them.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

@Minhaz I think you are right. Since his appointment Bangladesh started to perform badly.

Posted by Malik_Murad on (March 4, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

BANG Team should not be blamed of showing poor form against AFGHNs. The reason being that AFGH showed superb performance against PAK and nearly took that match away from PAK before Umer Akmal showed the heroics. So the AFGHNs had all capability to beat the BANGD and it happened as expected.

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 4, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

Bangla team has only one international level cricketer. The rest are mediocre. It does not have good bowlers like Pakistan team or good batsmen like Indian team or good all rounders like Sri Lankan team. But they are very high headed and boastful. Until they learn to be humble when win and gracious in defeat, and respect the opposition they will be mediocre.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

14 years. around 45 tests serieses with all test countries.over 70 test . only 4 wins . bangladesh is enjoying test status only bec of the fans. its a shame a non-telented country like bangladesh is playing test cricket.imagine if Kenya, Ireland, or Afganistan had been given test status . where will they be ?

Posted by mondotv on (March 4, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

Strange comment from a Captain - surely it is his job to ensure that every player takes the field motivated and determined. I'm not sure if I'm reading between the lines but it seems like he might be saying there is something else going on... either way its his job to stamp out complacency.

Posted by Observer37 on (March 4, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

How can Bangladeshi supporters fail to support what the captain is trying to point out? Talking about his immaturity is nonsense! He is simply fed up with wasteful batting - lazy fielding - and inaccurate and average bowling from players who are paid to represent their country. Bangladesh will always be languishing near the bottom of the Test ladder because they lack the internal fortitude to graft under pressure and always feel the compulsion to hit out. In parallel to this they will always be vulnerable to achieving the odd ODI win (which satisfies the delusional Bangladeshi fans into thinking they have turned yet another corner) and on the flip side their cavalier approach to cricket will also allow just about any team from Club level up to be in with a chance to beat them. Bangladesh/Zimbabwe/Ireland - Annual tri-Series is what is needed for them.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 4, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

Problem with BD team is there every batsmen is a bowler too, their player comes to team as batsmen and we see they are bowling too. Better to keep 4 specialist bowlers, 1 bowling all-rounder and 1 batting all-rouder. Let the batsmen concentrate on their batting. Against Afghanistan they missed the trick too, they have Zia-ur-Rehman a very good hitter, they should utilize him on different position match to match to derail the opposition bowling from their line & length.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

pak win and they have great bowling line up but decent batting lineup

Posted by mainul079080 on (March 4, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

One bad series and Mushfiq is criticisizing his players' dedication in front of the media!It shows his immaturity.He proved himself as an immaturity first time when he suddenly quit captaincy after Zimbabwe tour and now he is openly destroying the confidence of his players.I did not like this at all. Look at Dhoni.After tons of embarrassing defeats he still remained cool in front of the journalists and backed his players.That is the way to bring the lost confidence and hunger in your team.Mushfiq is a very good player and captain. Just he needs to hold himself back. BCB has selected the best squad available in the country.So whom Mushfiq is looking forward to replace them?Still i have strong confidence on these players' abilities. This is just a bad lean of patch. May be Bangladesh can beat Pakistan today and then everybody will again begin to praise them.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 4, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

All problem could be solved if we can change our main selector Faruk ahmed and give the responsibility to Habibul Bashar.

Posted by BigBaaaG on (March 3, 2014, 22:20 GMT)

It is wrong to say BD been playing cricket for so long etc and take the Test status away etc.. These young lads have only been playing recently .. you can see that Mushfiqur has the quality because his been playing since the old time! just look at that 100 vs India!!! and that after the poor guy got hit in the chest! you see the determination there? Please have some respect for cricket, they are trying and soon they will bring good name for ASIA!!!

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 3, 2014, 22:09 GMT)

From a different angle, why are the players demotivated? Are there factors going on behind the scenes that we are unaware of?

There seems a lot of conflict between the BCB and the team itself. In the SL series, Tamim was vice-capt and then he was overlooked for the capt spot when Mushfiqur was injured. Then we had the Shakib ban. Then we had Mushi's criticism of the selection process. Then we had Mushi's open criticism of players. Now we have the Bangladeshi version of the "Spanish Inquisition"!

All of this has happened in a 5 week period so I really do hope they sort it out.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

Pakistan will beat Bangladesh in my opinion but with Pakistan YOU NEVER KNOW that is what makes Pakistan so exciting.........on this occasion though there is too much of a difference in talent, specially Sjakib not being part of the team, he is the only true class cricketer on the bangla side, with Pakistan having such a decorated bowling attack they have to feel confident that if they bat first and score anything about 230 their bowlers will bail them out and if they have to put Bangladesh in then bowlers will not let then cross a red line for totals and will help them set a managble target even by their brittle batting standards. In the end, Pakistan is too much for the current depleted bangla squad frankly unless Pakistan performs at 50%, anything more than 75% and Pakistan might make it close but will win outright for a place in the Final.

Posted by Nuria_Rahim15 on (March 3, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

What MUSHY is saying is pretty true!! Some players did not show their character at all..they seemed really out of the game hope all these problems come to an end, We want to see our tigers roaring again!!! GO BD!!!

Posted by avmd on (March 3, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

The reason is very clear, BD was awarded test and ODI without having to earn that. Take away test and ODI status from them, let them earn it and only then they will work hard to maintain it. I feel so bad for the passionate and supportive BD fans, they deserve a team which win a matches more frequently.

Posted by android_user on (March 3, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

Please produce some miracle and beat Pakistan tom.

Posted by Wahid59 on (March 3, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

@BigINDFan: Seldom I come across such an wonderful, analytic piece within the confines of 1000 characters; thank you. This is not the end of the world, dear Bangladeshi fans! A team just cannot get that bad overnight; good days are always only a win away! Go, Tigers!

Posted by voyager on (March 3, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

There is more to come. BD will need to check their blind spot in the upcoming T20 WC. Afghanistan is in their group and only one team from lower teams to qualify to play the main round with top 8 teams. I think that there is a serious risk for them to be out of the competition that they are hosting before it even starts properly.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (March 3, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

ha ha @IMG_SL: I though I was the only one seeing the irony here. It reminds me the story of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' by Hans Christian Anderson. The BCB itself is the elephant in the room which none is admitting to see and beating around the bush. It's too painful for me though to see the team falling apart and BD cricket falling back to stone age. The upcoming revamp(s) (time and again) in the team with 'interested/ motivated/ patriotic' players is at best a attempt to jump out of the frying pan into the fire. One year down this road is enough for BD cricket to end up in the middle of nowhere. Until I'm proven wrong about this - adios! my fellow fans...

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 3, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Too much is being read into the Afg game just like India panicked after losing to BD in the WC a few years ago. It is good for Mushfiqur to privately share concerns with BCB but not in the media, that is damaging to the team. BCB should identify their best XI and ensure they are motivated and given enough chances. Pak suffered from PCB politics and Ind is suffering from selection blunders. SL went through a lean patch but once the big guns like Sanga and Mahela are gone they will put pressure on the younger players. Aus went through this, Eng are going through it and SA will be next on the list.

No point in worrying about ego or status but get on with the game. Test status seems overhyped. Apart from Aus and SA the other teams are struggling for consistency in the test format. Why because tests need high quality bowlers.

Posted by Desihungama on (March 3, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

I hate to say this but this predicament is due to prematurely assigning Test status to Bangladesh when they were clearly not ready for it. I hope same is not done with Afghanistan.

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (March 3, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Does this mean that Afghanistan will now get test status? After all, Bangladesh got its test status after beating an full ICC member in an ODI, so it's only fitting that Afghanistan now get test status, too. Look how well giving Bangladesh test status turned out. Especially for all the players who played against them. Gave them all those opportunities to better their batting and bowling averages.

Posted by helloDolly on (March 3, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Someone said 'Cricket is a psychological game' Wow! get the Doctors to fix it!!Cricket is like any other game ,if you don't put your heart and soul in it you are doomed there's no half way or short cut to any game. BD is being playing cricket for almost 2 decades and hasn't done anything to be proud of yet and the matter of dropping people from the team! BD players have Kin's power behind every players and so the uncles will not let that happen;If BCB were serious about BD cricket then BCB would not have employed an immature chum to lead the side anyway; my suggestion BD should get out of the kitchen as they cannot handle heat.

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 3, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

Mahmudullahs selection is in question. Might be It is the last chance for him to showcase his talent before the t20 world cup. Hope for the best. Wait till t20 world cup and analysis the performance of BD crickters.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 3, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Whatever Mushfiqur said after the loss to Afghanistan was basically to save his own skin, attacking other members of his own team suggests desperate weakness on the part of the captain.

Posted by i_golam on (March 3, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

It took so long for the BD line to get on the things that they should have done long ago! I think BD should replace almost half the team! If we think right then it just ... Shakib, Tamim, Mushi, Mominul, Anamul,, Ziaur, Arafat Sunny can play for the team right now ! BD still need four more players / four good players ! Can BD manage it ??

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

First regarding the last game ,imrul shouldn't be brought as a replacement fielder for shohag gazi as he dropped two catches at depth overs.Secondly why arent there any replacements for players who give more to the team but get injured or banned.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 3, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

My advice is to move on and start fresh again. We're effectively out of the tournament so nothing to lose in last 2 matches and play your A game. Shakib will return anyway so that should help. Even if we can win 1 game of the remaining 2 it will give the team much more confidence and ease the pressure leading on to the World T20 where Bangladesh cannot afford to flop. I agree that there are some players who clearly look disinterested and management must keep a close eye on them - Gazi, Shamsur, Nasir, Razzak, Mahmudullah and yes Tamim Iqbal. If nothing improves from them in foreseeable future then I'm afraid they should be dropped from national team with immediate affect. Their attitude and body language is simple poor I must say. You can clearly tell. Fact is BCB and management are too casual and not strict enough.

Posted by StraightDRIVvE on (March 3, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

In a way the loss against Afghanistan will be good for Bangladesh for the long term. When they played against Zimbabwe you could tell by the body language they were there but not taking it seriously. Only when there a match down then they feel pressure and as a result try to play well the next game. It's also pleasing to see that the selection is under scrutiny. How is "forhad reza" chosen over "ziar rahaman" in the world cup squad and, after a amazing domestic season you give "al amin" a debut game, However after that he seems to vanish. The game against Afghanistan Naeem islam could have been dropped as he didn't bowl and Imrul Kayes could have had a comeback having him one down and mominal at 4. Not to forget he has experience and has anchored bangladesh innings after tamims small cameos. example wc2011

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Cricket is more of a psychological game and proven many times

*Bangladesh cricket team was going very good. But they started showing up their frustration when the Big 3 first came with that discriminating draft Proposal. BD boys went on to play the first test against SL with an uncertain future about our test status. They boys didn't know whether that will be their last playing test or not! And it clearly reflected on the game and we lost the game with a massive margin *Then BCB president changed his decision and confirmed that he will not do anything that harms our cricket. That worked like tonic and BD boys put up all their effort and we drawn the 2nd test heroically *That confirmation turned out to be an eye wash when Mr Papon voted for BIG 3 at ICC meeting. He officially handed over our cricket to India & co * We all know the consequences after that...loosing few close matches to SL, selecting team according to SL

Posted by IMG_SL on (March 3, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

Wow Afghan team...! you have completely destroyed BD line up and their management. What an impact

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

Thank goodness!! Bangladesh cricket as a whole needs to be sorted out (goes without saying really), and maybe the skipper should be the first to answer hmm?

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