Bangladesh news February 11, 2014

Bangladesh unaffected by Tamim issue

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has spoken out for the first time about Tamim Iqbal's resignation as vice-captain, urging the seniors to take charge of the situation. Apart from a 48-hour media ban and a statement from the BCB president, the team has been largely left unaffected by the controversy.

Mortaza was announced as captain hours after the end of the drawn second Test. However, the Bangladesh's match-saving performance was soured by Tamim pulling out of the deputy's role, explained in public as a decision to ease his game but it was a slight to his persona.

"The captain was not immediately announced after Mushfiqur Rahim was out injured. At that point it was our focus that those of us who are here, we have to play as a team," Mortaza said. "When the board let me know, we were all there. We are all professional cricketers and it didn't affect us. It's only natural for it to be spoken of outside but amongst us we didn't face any frictions.

"I have been given the duty so I feel that it is my duty. At the same time, Tamim and other senior players are helping me and everything is happening in a professional manner."

There were reports that Mortaza had to spend time with Tamim to clear the air, but the makeshift captain dismissed them. He also explained that the media ban was to protect the new players from speculation.

"To be honest, I didn't have to speak with him separately because he is a very professional cricketer and he has played all around the world. He knows the process very well. I want to tell all the fans of Bangladesh that we haven't been concerned at all regarding this issue.

"We are together united as a team and we are focused completely on the match tomorrow. This was no problem at all. The reason behind the ban against speaking to the media was that we have plenty of young players in our side, so that they can be prepared and concentrate during practice. We have some uncapped players, so that they could concentrate more on practice."

Despite all the talk, Tamim's neck-strain hasn't healed and during practice on the eve of the match, he had a light knock. It will be touch-and-go and his participation in the game will hinge on a last-minute call made by the team's physio.

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

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    none can become like afridi ...he is a match winner ...when tamim helped bd to win a match ...do bdesh win matchs hmm in dreams I guess lol

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    i do not think selectors are doing all the decision in right way. I am not against Mashrafee but i think Mashrafee was no way to become a t20 captain suddenly. Even he was a injure prone. How they are selecting fast bowlers in t20 format. Rubel average was awe full in t20 format. They should select fast bowlers according to domestic performance of that particular format. Srilanka is going to pose 170+ run and BD will struggle against Srilankan very strong bowlers. selectors should follow a system what akram khan started.

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    i do not think selectors are doing all the decision in right way. I am not against Mashrafee but i think Mashrafee was no way to become a t20 captain suddenly. Even he was a injure prone. How they are selecting fast bowlers in t20 format. Rubel average was awe full in t20 format. They should select fast bowlers according to domestic performance of that particular format. Srilanka is going to pose 170+ run and BD will struggle against Srilankan very strong bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 12, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Tamim is a like Afiridi? Hit or miss? If they are indeed alike, I'd have Tamim over Afridi any day of the year. Tamim is a highly capable world class opener. He's been more consistent than Afridi ever could've dreamed of. Even in this last couple of "down on form" he averaged well over 35.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | February 12, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @ Anwaruzz. That's rude, man! Yes recently we have found better batsmen than Tamim but that doesn't mean he is suddenly unnecessary in the team. Cricket is a team game and you don't just scrap one player who your team heavily rely upon to fill the place with someone new. When time comes to move on it will be evident enough.

    It is Tamim and Shakib and later Mushfiq who paved the way towards the new Bangladesh team that plays every match to really win. Had Tamim not been the partner, Anamul or Shamsur would have hard times to establish themselves as openers.

    Regarding his resignation and neck pain etc. can anyone here tell for sure what is the real circumstances. It's the media who have created the fuss. Instead of trying to probe him media could just leave him alone, and probe BCB instead...

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | February 11, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Tamim is like Afridi. Hit or miss! BAN should not give him much rope. If he thinks he is big let him do his antics. BAN has got lot more players who is good enough to fill his shoes. We BAN fans should not worry about his neck pain ! if he cannot perform let him have enough neck pain which will allow players showing better performance to show their mettle. BCB should not give in to such snobbery. We have passed that stage.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | February 11, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Mashrafe is a true tiger. He has led us in many of our great wins, both as a captain and as a player. He always brings inspiration to the team.

  • POSTED BY tareqelahi on | February 11, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    As a medium pace bowler Mashrafe is one of the best bowler in Bangladesh ..i love to see his aggression in bowling and as a captain...Best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    What a great honest personality have got by "Mashrafi Murtaza", to be honestly he is such a great personality. Salute Boss!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    none can become like afridi ...he is a match winner ...when tamim helped bd to win a match ...do bdesh win matchs hmm in dreams I guess lol

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    i do not think selectors are doing all the decision in right way. I am not against Mashrafee but i think Mashrafee was no way to become a t20 captain suddenly. Even he was a injure prone. How they are selecting fast bowlers in t20 format. Rubel average was awe full in t20 format. They should select fast bowlers according to domestic performance of that particular format. Srilanka is going to pose 170+ run and BD will struggle against Srilankan very strong bowlers. selectors should follow a system what akram khan started.

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    i do not think selectors are doing all the decision in right way. I am not against Mashrafee but i think Mashrafee was no way to become a t20 captain suddenly. Even he was a injure prone. How they are selecting fast bowlers in t20 format. Rubel average was awe full in t20 format. They should select fast bowlers according to domestic performance of that particular format. Srilanka is going to pose 170+ run and BD will struggle against Srilankan very strong bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 12, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Tamim is a like Afiridi? Hit or miss? If they are indeed alike, I'd have Tamim over Afridi any day of the year. Tamim is a highly capable world class opener. He's been more consistent than Afridi ever could've dreamed of. Even in this last couple of "down on form" he averaged well over 35.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | February 12, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @ Anwaruzz. That's rude, man! Yes recently we have found better batsmen than Tamim but that doesn't mean he is suddenly unnecessary in the team. Cricket is a team game and you don't just scrap one player who your team heavily rely upon to fill the place with someone new. When time comes to move on it will be evident enough.

    It is Tamim and Shakib and later Mushfiq who paved the way towards the new Bangladesh team that plays every match to really win. Had Tamim not been the partner, Anamul or Shamsur would have hard times to establish themselves as openers.

    Regarding his resignation and neck pain etc. can anyone here tell for sure what is the real circumstances. It's the media who have created the fuss. Instead of trying to probe him media could just leave him alone, and probe BCB instead...

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | February 11, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Tamim is like Afridi. Hit or miss! BAN should not give him much rope. If he thinks he is big let him do his antics. BAN has got lot more players who is good enough to fill his shoes. We BAN fans should not worry about his neck pain ! if he cannot perform let him have enough neck pain which will allow players showing better performance to show their mettle. BCB should not give in to such snobbery. We have passed that stage.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | February 11, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Mashrafe is a true tiger. He has led us in many of our great wins, both as a captain and as a player. He always brings inspiration to the team.

  • POSTED BY tareqelahi on | February 11, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    As a medium pace bowler Mashrafe is one of the best bowler in Bangladesh ..i love to see his aggression in bowling and as a captain...Best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    What a great honest personality have got by "Mashrafi Murtaza", to be honestly he is such a great personality. Salute Boss!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    What a great honest personality have got by "Mashrafi Murtaza", to be honestly he is such a great personality. Salute Boss!!!

  • POSTED BY tareqelahi on | February 11, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    As a medium pace bowler Mashrafe is one of the best bowler in Bangladesh ..i love to see his aggression in bowling and as a captain...Best of luck

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | February 11, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Mashrafe is a true tiger. He has led us in many of our great wins, both as a captain and as a player. He always brings inspiration to the team.

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | February 11, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Tamim is like Afridi. Hit or miss! BAN should not give him much rope. If he thinks he is big let him do his antics. BAN has got lot more players who is good enough to fill his shoes. We BAN fans should not worry about his neck pain ! if he cannot perform let him have enough neck pain which will allow players showing better performance to show their mettle. BCB should not give in to such snobbery. We have passed that stage.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | February 12, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @ Anwaruzz. That's rude, man! Yes recently we have found better batsmen than Tamim but that doesn't mean he is suddenly unnecessary in the team. Cricket is a team game and you don't just scrap one player who your team heavily rely upon to fill the place with someone new. When time comes to move on it will be evident enough.

    It is Tamim and Shakib and later Mushfiq who paved the way towards the new Bangladesh team that plays every match to really win. Had Tamim not been the partner, Anamul or Shamsur would have hard times to establish themselves as openers.

    Regarding his resignation and neck pain etc. can anyone here tell for sure what is the real circumstances. It's the media who have created the fuss. Instead of trying to probe him media could just leave him alone, and probe BCB instead...

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 12, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Tamim is a like Afiridi? Hit or miss? If they are indeed alike, I'd have Tamim over Afridi any day of the year. Tamim is a highly capable world class opener. He's been more consistent than Afridi ever could've dreamed of. Even in this last couple of "down on form" he averaged well over 35.

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    i do not think selectors are doing all the decision in right way. I am not against Mashrafee but i think Mashrafee was no way to become a t20 captain suddenly. Even he was a injure prone. How they are selecting fast bowlers in t20 format. Rubel average was awe full in t20 format. They should select fast bowlers according to domestic performance of that particular format. Srilanka is going to pose 170+ run and BD will struggle against Srilankan very strong bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 12, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    i do not think selectors are doing all the decision in right way. I am not against Mashrafee but i think Mashrafee was no way to become a t20 captain suddenly. Even he was a injure prone. How they are selecting fast bowlers in t20 format. Rubel average was awe full in t20 format. They should select fast bowlers according to domestic performance of that particular format. Srilanka is going to pose 170+ run and BD will struggle against Srilankan very strong bowlers. selectors should follow a system what akram khan started.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 13, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    none can become like afridi ...he is a match winner ...when tamim helped bd to win a match ...do bdesh win matchs hmm in dreams I guess lol