Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Mirpur February 21, 2014

Bangladesh are not panicking - Jurgensen

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The defeat to Sri Lanka in the ODI series will not make Bangladesh panic, according to their coach Shane Jurgensen, ahead of the Asia Cup and World Twenty20. Bangladesh collapsed in the first ODI and then conceded too many in the second, leaving the third game a dead rubber.

"I think our [Bangladesh's] one-day form has been outstanding previous to this series," Jurgensen said. "Here we have lost two matches in a row. There seems to be a lot of people outside the group who are panicking but I am not panicking at all. We were in a good position in the last game, but we couldn't finish it off. It was the same in both games.

"If we can tidy things up a little bit, we can get the result we want. It is a good thing that there is a quick turnaround, there isn't a big break between matches. All the boys are physically good too."

Bangladesh have not lost an ODI series 3-0 since Pakistan's visit in December 2011 and this defeat to Sri Lanka is Jurgensen's first since taking over as coach in 2012.

"We have a lot to play for tomorrow. We need to just come and play really good cricket," Jurgensen said. "I will highlight the positives. When you have a younger team and such things happen, confidence goes down quickly.

"This is my first series loss on home soil. We are playing against a strong team like Sri Lanka but we haven't played our best cricket. It is still to come. We have to make sure we remain positive tomorrow."

While Bangladesh have had problems with their batting and bowling in the past, what has been surprising is their poor fielding and through it their body language, which has been indifferent from several players. Jurgensen defended his players, saying they have been creating chances against Sri Lanka.

"I think sometimes in these situations, people will over-analyse things. We have been creating chances. We haven't quite nailed it. The boys are copping a bit of flak at the moment.

"We can't take any pressure. We are a good one-day team. We know what we have to do, but we have to come out and do it. No explanations for what we are doing, we have to look forward."

Bangladesh might make changes to the XI, Jurgensen said, because of their workload in the next month. Their first match in the Asia Cup is on February 26, against India, and they would like to have Mashrafe Mortaza (swollen knee), Tamim Iqbal (neck strain) and Abdur Razzak (injured hamstring) fit.

"The team has been pretty much the same as the New Zealand series," Jurgensen said. "We must stay calm at this stage. We need to have a holistic approach [to selection] because we have a couple of guys playing a lot of cricket. There might be a change or two. We want some guys to get out in the middle, at the same time we want to play the best team."

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

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  • fshaque on February 22, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Today Shakib Al Hasan is not included in Bangladesh Team. He is suspended for 3 Matches and penalties Tk. 3,00,000.00 due to his mis-deed in the dressing room on the day of 2nd ODI with SL. We saw in the past, many good crickets suspended from the matches due to breach of discipline. We came to know that the offence he occurs is 1 year punishable but he is bestowed for 03 matches only. The Cricket Management should be much more strict to safeguard the law and discipline. - M Abu Haque

  • dummy4fb on February 22, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Win and lose are part and parcel of a game.But the way BD team is losing is the only problem.Coach is absolutely right.Just keep your head cool,ball with the plan and don't put down catches.Shakib is out from the team and thus we can get the winning combination.Go tigers,we are with u...............

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 22, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Timid, inactive, incompetent Jurgensen, Mcinnes taking big fat pay for doing nothing

    Jurgensen, Mcinnes are completely disinterested in Bangladesh cricket and are only interested in their holidays, trips.

    Heard that Jurgensen, Mcinnes are too soft and do not tell players anything inspite of repeated mistakes and let them skip practice sessions at will.

  • Masking_Tape on February 21, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    People seem to forget that we only lost the Asia Cup and no other ODI series under his command. Yet, every time we lose a game we start blaming him. But don't credit him for the wins. I love the fact that he barely speaks to the media. He stays away from the camera, unlike our previous coaches. I bet half the people couldn't even know who the current coach is...

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 21, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    If I was a Bangladeshi fan, I would be absolutely LIVID at the way the team has capitulated in every game so far. Absolutely mindless cricket played by a team that simply doesn't want to learn anything any more. And to make matters worse, the best and most experienced player - Shakib Al Hasan misbehaves childishly and gets suspended days before the Asia Cup. For how long can fans put up with this nonsense ? And now we have this guy, the coach, who comes and tells us that the team is not panicking. Give me a break ! Until this team begins to act with humility and respect towards the opposition, they WON'T win anything. If this continues, Ireland and Afghanistan will push Bangladesh out.

  • Cricket-Critics on February 21, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    See what coach says "We need to have a holistic approach [to selection]...". Now coach should ask to 3 selectors why Bangladesh is only ODI team who plays with 5 genuine bowler with 3 part time bowlers who can really deliver batting too..(!) & with only 2 genuine batsman besides the WK batsman. Isn't it weird extravagance team combination? Well just got the news - Sakib suspended..I guess it will be great without Sakib since Tigers will get winning combination back for upcoming ASIA CUP. Go Tigers Go!

  • dummy4fb on February 21, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Bangladesh is not panicking...they are playing really loose cricket!! Pull up your socks and give us some competitive cricket to watch.

  • rsmehdihasan on February 21, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Yes coach you are absolutely right. We should calm down if we missed 3/4 catches. For example in first one day while we were 68/8 then we missed some silly catches and score went to 180; Even it was a low score and very easy getable score. But from commentator to spectators and player were thinking they already lost and lost the focus. So whatever the situation comes just have to be positive and forget about mistakes. Need to look forward. Our dear BD commentators some of your commentary was sometime over excitement and sometime too harsh in the early stage of the game. Why rewinding the same mistakes of the player in the field again and again!!!.

  • dummy4fb on February 21, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Yes coach you are absolutely right. We should calm down if we missed 3/4 catches. For example in first one day while we were 68/8 then we missed some silly catches and score went to 180; Even it was a low score and very easy getable score. But from commentator to spectators and player were thinking they already lost and lost the focus. So whatever the situation comes just have to be positive and forget about mistakes. Need to look forward. Our dear BD commentators some of your commentary was sometime over excitement and sometime too harsh in the early stage of the game. Why rewinding the same mistakes of the player in the field again and again!!!.

  • dummy4fb on February 21, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Jurgernson you are perfectly right and spot on. Calm down and stick with plan . Hopefully BD can win the next game.

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