Bangladesh v Pakistan, only Twenty20, Mirpur November 28, 2011

Respectable losses not acceptable - Mushfiqur

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said his side has got rid of the mentality of aiming for respectable losses, and now try to win every game. He said Pakistan were the favourites to win their Twenty20 match against Bangladesh in Mirpur but pointed out that West Indies were also tipped to beat Bangladesh in the Twenty20 opener of their tour, but lost.

"I think Bangladesh cricket has crossed that barrier where we aim for a respectable loss against a big team," Mushfiqur said. "That mentality is not there within this group of players. We play to win every game against whichever team.

"They're the favourites no doubt but if we play our best cricket, it won't be easy to beat us in any of the formats. West Indies were favourites against us as we don't usually play Twenty20s. At the end of the day, we bowled well and despite a hiccup in batting, we finished as winners. It will be more difficult tomorrow as Pakistan are experienced and in form, but they have to start from scratch to beat us."

The Twenty20 against West Indies was Mushfiqur's first game in charge and he took Bangladesh home in their chase with an unbeaten 41 off 26 balls. Bangladesh then lost the one-day series against West Indies 1-2 and the Tests 0-1. Mushfiqur said his bowlers had not utilised the home advantage enough in the matches against West Indies and would have to now, considering how strong Pakistan's attack is.

"They [Pakistan] have one of the best bowling attacks in ODIs, so playing against them would be difficult. In our last series, we couldn't utilise the wickets. It would be necessary for us to take responsibility in this series. The team that'll take most out of the pitches, they'll get the desired results."

Bangladesh upset Pakistan during the 1999 World Cup but have not beaten them since. Mushfiqur said past Bangladesh sides were not as strong as this one is. "Bangladesh were never at their best collectively against Pakistan in the past. They have five to six match-winners so it is hard to beat a side that strong even if you give your 100%. But they are human and they could make mistakes and let us into games."

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  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Nice Try from Mushfiqur and nice coverup by some Bangla fellas.... But somebody gonna tell Mushfiqur that respectable loses are still considered better than crushing losses. 3 fours and just a solitary six! no batsman could strike even run a ball..... what sort of fight this is? Really disappointing from B'Desh.....

  • Sai on November 29, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    yes sir, respectable losses not acceptable, only massive ones. there s no point in playing ur team, every opposition wins. just that u think ur attitude ll win the game, which does only if u ve some stuff atleast. not for teams like b'desh. please dont waste the other teams' time playing them. let them play some gud team. plzzzzzzz. least of all, dont show ur attitude, that stinks. terribly

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    It shows the Bangladesh side is better than Sri Lankan side. Lions needs to imporve there performances to face South African matches.

  • Deepak on November 29, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Bangla will never win any match in next 100 years. they must be banned from palying cricket, instead support Zimbabwe and Ireland.

  • khayam on November 29, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    I hope Misbah-ul-haq is not as complacent as some of the comments because if you take any international team lightly chances are you will lose focus and might lose the game too. Pakistan need to be on their guard again Bangladesh because they are playing home in front of their own crowd. Pakistan as a team under Misbah-ul-haq are playing well at the moment, if they keep playing with same intensity and professional approach I am sure Pakistan will win one days and test matches 20/20 is lottery. Good luck Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Bangladeshis are showing good performances in the recent past but not an collective effort from all playing XI. They need to put a collective effort to win matches. And T20 is the game which changes its way in just a couple of overs. Hope BD puts a good fight against Pakistan in this series.

  • hibbatur on November 29, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Bangladesh is a dangerous outfit now, if Pakistan faltered at any stage they will be stunned into defeat, no doubt. Pakistan are fortunate to have skipper Misbah.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    oh comon guys, everyone is talking about bangladesi spinner, did any one here bother to discuss hafeez straighting, afridi fast ball and saeed ajmal's dosra?? all of them are in top 10 ODI rankings, so would you please stop giving me false assumptions based on IFs and Butt's. Be realistic and accept who is who.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    ComeOn... BD Fans... Have some mercy on ur team.... Such emotional comments will only add pressure to your team... I bet if you give us spinning tracks. It will bee too horror for you guys to handle Double A's (Ajmals- Afridi) or perhaps for your Tamim our Hafeezz wuld be good enough....

  • Ashar on November 29, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    love you u pak.... njoy cricket....v all know there is no match but everyone here shld agree izat aur zilat in Almighty hand...:):)

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