Bangladesh v India, 3rd ODI, Mirpur June 19, 2014

Tamim's record kept him in team, says Mushfiqur


Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said that he and the team management took into account Tamim Iqbal's standing in the team when they decided to continue with him in the third ODI against India.

Tamim, the Bangladesh opener, came under scrutiny after yet another failure in the previous game, after which there were some expectations that he might be given a break. Tamim's top score in the last 15 international innings has been 31, and has scored a duck and four in the two matches in this series. His last ten innings have produced only three scores in double-figures. Not since his 2008-09 slump has Tamim gone through such a long period not scoring a half-century.

Bangladesh had Shamsur Rahman in the 15-man squad but never used him. Mominul Haque was dropped for the second and third matches despite having a better year than most out-of-form batsmen in the team, including Tamim, Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah. All three of these players have been consistently given chances.

Mushfiqur said that past record is taken into account when making the call. "He [Shamsur Rahman] was here as a back-up opener," said Mushfiqur. "The team management felt that although Tamim couldn't perform according to his potential, he can be given another chance. He has been our main batsman in the last couple of years. He was a key player.

"It is based on what type of player you are looking to drop. If it is a proven player who has been there for four or five years, you have to see him playing for five, six or ten games. To replace him you will need to develop someone for four to five years.

"We all have input in the selection, including the coach and the rest of the team management and of course the selectors. So far I haven't found anything wrong [with the selections] but hopefully in future we will try to clarify our selections to you."

He has also quashed speculations regarding his future as Bangladesh captain after overseeing nine consecutive ODI losses, which technically ended with the abandoned third ODI against India. Mushfiqur had resigned suddenly after Bangladesh lost the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe last year, before reversing his decision.

He said he wouldn't repeat such an act, but would agree with any decision taken by the BCB. "I felt the decision at that time was a mistake. Those who feel for the team wouldn't make this sort of mistake again," he said. "But it is not in my hand, if those above me feel that there is someone better than me in the team and they tell me, then I wouldn't have a problem leaving the captaincy."

The pitches in the second and third ODI were pacer-friendly and that meant a struggle for both sets of batsmen, but that did not mean it was difficult to chase 100 runs, Mushfiqur said. He said that more practice on such surfaces will make it easier for his batsmen to score on them.

"As I said after the last game, we have the ability to chase 100 runs against any team. There is nothing wrong with the wicket or preparation, but we lacked application. If we keep playing on these wickets in domestic cricket, then we can have a better chance against West Indies or in the World Cup."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Tamim, Mahmudullah & Nasir should get rest for a few months minimum.

  • VIJAY on June 21, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Im not remembering any performance of Tamim since from 2007..when he played match winning innings?....players should not be selected on past performance, this rule applies to every team....India dropped many seniors...the legend like sehwag (worlds highest ODI scorer and one among the three players who have scored two tripple centuries in tests) is not getting place in current Indian team....England also not doing selection on past performances (dropped players like petersen) both INDIA and England are in transition stage and busy in building new teams, even Australia, SA also comes in this category....BD should learn from these examples, otherwise there is no future for BD cricket

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Bangladesh is in the same phase as SL was in late 80's and early 90's..patience is the key here..dont put so much pressure on them..I have a feeling that Bdesh can give SL team a run for their money since SL is not so far ahead of them..a bit of sucess here and there and you would be on a roll..try playing more against SL and beat them..this would help the batsmen's confidence..

  • Bipul on June 21, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Tamim has past performances, you mean in the year 1990 when he played street cricket? There can't be a progress if BD can't recognize their non-performing players.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    One of the problem for BD team was there spinners were not working any more. Other team knows now BD'S strength and weakness. so same kind of slow and lower pitches are not giving any kind of advantages to BD's support . i see after spin coach Saqlain resign there was no luck with BD spinners like gazi, razzak, shakib not producing enough wicket taking deliveries. there secret become ease for opponents. One of the BD's strength was lower order Nasir batting. When he was new to international cricket he was unknown to opponents. Now opponents know his strong point and weaknesses. So i will urge BCB for producing better quality domestic cricket with better pitches. If players can perform in worst situations then obviously they will do better with any situation at any parts of the world.

  • Jawwad on June 20, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    This is all due to prematurely giving them the Test status when this team certainly cannot break into top 8. Ireland would have been a better candidate.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    let overhaul the domestic cricket of BD for next 2/3 seasons. Make a competitive fixture and balanced teams with difficult pitches all over BD. it is the best way to know your actual ability when you know you can play well in difficult pressure situations. BD players main problem with pressure they just break down/ have no idea to bounce back. Other teams overcome those patch period some way but right now BD players just do not know. I will request BD govt to make a world class cricket academy as early possible and do not waste and money on organizing world cricket events. A specialist spin coach can be very useful for BD players and youngsters. Take advice from someone like Saurov ganguly for development domestic cricket infrastructure.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder if it was the India B team. All the big names were rested and then a few more. Yet they gave BD one of the worst thrashings ever. The BD performance will not change as the selectors go with the same set of perennial failures all the time. Nafzak is correct when he says, its recent form that matters. Tamim is very arrogant. It shows in the way he reacted after being denied the Captaincy. Here is a chap who hasn't performed in months yet feels that he deserves to be the Captain. The best Captains lead from the front - Dhoni, Smith etc. How would Tamim's 1s and 2s inspire confidence in the team?

  • Muhammad on June 20, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Lets be honest with ourselves, BD is just not in same league as the other test playing nations. Once we accept this fact we will stop having unrealistic hopes and will not need to search for excuses for our losses. We have heard that BD batsmen lack application so many times but non of the batsmen have shown any improvement in this department even after so many years. We need a coach who can teach the batsmen how to stay at the wicket. Our batsmen need to put a higher value for their wicket but this will never happen when players like Tamim, Nasir & Mahmudullah keep getting selected despite repeated failures.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    he has got more chances than any other bd opener

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