Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Mirpur December 2, 2010

'I was not prepared for captaincy' - Shakib Al Hasan

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Shakib Al Hasan has expressed unhappiness at having the Bangladesh captaincy thrust upon him, and at not being given a free hand with selection following the nine-run defeat in the first one-dayer against Zimbabwe in Mirpur. Shakib, who had earlier turned down leadership of the side, was forced to take over from Mashrafe Mortaza when the seamer injured himself at the start of the New Zealand series. Shakib impressed, both as captain and player, as Bangladesh won that series 4-0. Despite Mortaza's return, he was asked to continue as captain for the Zimbabwe one-dayers.

"I was not prepared to take the job [captaincy]," Shakib said after the defeat. "And I am also not satisfied with my role as a captain. The reasons are numerous, and I cannot detail all of them right at the moment."

Bangladesh's problems against Zimbabwe began when their seam attack, led by Mortaza, allowed the visitors to get off to a strong start despite conditions that aided the new ball. Their fielding was also substandard, with the Zimbabwe openers surviving several run-out opportunities. Bangladesh's spinners then brought their side back into the game, dismissing Zimbabwe for 209, but the batsmen - barring Shakib who top-scored with 63 - collapsed in a rash of poor strokes and run-outs.

Shakib hinted that he was saddled with a XI that he did not completely agree with. "The captain should have a clearly defined role, but anyway I don't want to talk about the team. What I can say is that I gave my 100 % as a captain in the field.

"Fielding-wise we could not expect more from this team because we had two good fielders in Raqibul Hasan and Naeem Islam out of the team. Those who were in the team are not capable. Actually we can't expect more from this team as they did what they are capable of."

Raqibul played in the New Zealand series, but made way for Mohammad Ashraful who was given yet another opportunity to revive his flagging international career. Ashraful was a part of the batting failure in Mirpur, a recurring problem that Shakib felt had bogged the team down even in the New Zealand series.

"Ordinary batting was the main reason [for the defeat]. The simple thing is we didn't bat well though the wicket was really good for batting in the second innings. In the end, one can lose the match but the fact was that we played poor cricket today.

"We didn't bat well against New Zealand too and it's really worrying that we have batted badly five matches in a row. We will lose more matches if we play like this."

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  • on December 9, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    I fully support Sakib's selection as Captain but he should have a strong say in team selection and handling of his team. Moreover, I feel consistency of performance and physical fitness of the individual player should be a guiding principle in team/player selection.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on December 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Shakib is showing the telltale signs of an individual who was never groomed to be the leader. As good as he is with both the bat & the ball, he can't keep pointing fingers in all directions at the mere sight of a temporary setback. Accepting defeat is part of the game. In my years, I've heard a lot of excuses from captains dissecting the reasons for their defeats. But Shakib's "I wasn't prepared for Captaincy" takes the cake - it must be the lamest of them all. Anybody can have a bad day, a bad series, or even a bad year. But not knowing whether or not you would lead the team before the start of a series should have no bearing on your performance on the field. If Shakib is allowed to make silly comments like that what's stopping Tamim from saying that the uncertainty surrounding the proper healing of his wrist was putting a damper on his spirit? Shakib needs to take responsibility for the failures just as he appears so eager to take the credits.

  • on December 4, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    bravo sakib for your blatant statement though it comes from frustration after losing an easy chase. and thanks to point out those culprit of the loss. Make Sakib captain of Banglladesh national team for long time. thats what I wish for

  • on December 4, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @ googletalk following Edd Oliver Correction friend: Ash was not even the Highest scorer in Home League, he was 2nd highest scorer. But immediately in International arena he flopped even in the 3rd string teams in Asian Games. And why once again its unforgivable, he got himself out in similar fashion (late cut in less than 10 score) in the Asian Games final vs Afghan. Obviously that was a crucial moment to relieve the dream of gold medal. And he said he lost hope of winning that match and waited in the dressing room. Still an immature mind and act as well no proving commitment is found. rather his inclusion always set wrong example for the future players.

    How can someone repeat the same mistake, when that's his proving match.

  • on December 3, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    @meety I do agree with you but do not to forget that it shakib and an extra 8 players because ashraful doesn't count and in batting he will always run someone out. Also he comes in and hits a four on the first ball and gets like 2 runs off the remaining 13 balls.

  • on December 3, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Rightly or wrongly, Ashraful and Mashrafi's inclusion have opened the can of worms. After all, what can you do with perennial underperformers and less-than-match-fits.There are talents abound that are raring to go. Raquibul, Shuvo, Nayeem and Shahriar Nafees apart......look at this guy Fazle Rabbi, the leg spinner Nur Hossain Munna, Mohammad Mithun, Shabbir Roman, Asif, Shuvagoto Hom, Kamrul, Alauddin Babul ....just waiting at the gates to burn down the house. Can the BCB chief or other bigwigs really stem the tide any longer in spite of their favouritism?

  • bharath74 on December 3, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    If Sakib is not happy vt captaincy he should not have accepted it, the main reason is he desperately want to take captaincy from Mashrafe, that is the main reason he is complaining. I guess Sakib is the right man to lead BD as Mashrafe is injury prone.

  • hasib9 on December 3, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Junaid Siddique must have some kind of connection with one (or perhaps multiple) of the selectors. Despite his average of only slightly over 20 (less than most bowling allrounders), it just doesn't make any sense why or how he can still retain his spot. Someone please explain.

  • googletalk on December 3, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    @ Edd Oliver: You are spot on! it baffles me & every Bangla cricket follower aswell. Calling Nafees outstanding achiever against Zim even would be understatement, he has done more than that [3 unbeaten centuries & average over 65]. I think some neputism/favouritism were there selecting team; they tried best getting Ashrafool into team & put him into 1st 11. Reason is, he scored most runs recently finished domestic cricket [I wouldn't be surprised if Ashrafool received some favaourble local umpiring decisions]. Ashrafool is just what Nafees is not, & Nafees is just what Ashrafool is not. One lavished with favour; other is being desseretd for no reason. Mind you, this Ashrafool actually encouraged Nafees and others to be involved with ICL, which led them banned from international cricket for 2 years. Ashrafool is a suspect for bad influence is dressing room. luckily, Shakib has spotted this on. BCB can't ignore Shakib because of his unparallel talent eventhough they want Ash into team.

  • bvnathan on December 3, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Shakib has done a good job till now, may be losing a match after "black washing" the Kiwis 4-0 is a bitter pill to swallow. Yep, as a captain he can be upset if he is not given the team he believes in. Failure of the players are part of the game, but for a player like Ashraful not sizing up to the situation given an opportunity is very bad.

    Shakib with his all rounder skills is an asset and he can walk into any team today with his performance so far. Even India is trying hard to find a player matching his skills

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    I fully support Sakib's selection as Captain but he should have a strong say in team selection and handling of his team. Moreover, I feel consistency of performance and physical fitness of the individual player should be a guiding principle in team/player selection.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on December 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Shakib is showing the telltale signs of an individual who was never groomed to be the leader. As good as he is with both the bat & the ball, he can't keep pointing fingers in all directions at the mere sight of a temporary setback. Accepting defeat is part of the game. In my years, I've heard a lot of excuses from captains dissecting the reasons for their defeats. But Shakib's "I wasn't prepared for Captaincy" takes the cake - it must be the lamest of them all. Anybody can have a bad day, a bad series, or even a bad year. But not knowing whether or not you would lead the team before the start of a series should have no bearing on your performance on the field. If Shakib is allowed to make silly comments like that what's stopping Tamim from saying that the uncertainty surrounding the proper healing of his wrist was putting a damper on his spirit? Shakib needs to take responsibility for the failures just as he appears so eager to take the credits.

  • on December 4, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    bravo sakib for your blatant statement though it comes from frustration after losing an easy chase. and thanks to point out those culprit of the loss. Make Sakib captain of Banglladesh national team for long time. thats what I wish for

  • on December 4, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @ googletalk following Edd Oliver Correction friend: Ash was not even the Highest scorer in Home League, he was 2nd highest scorer. But immediately in International arena he flopped even in the 3rd string teams in Asian Games. And why once again its unforgivable, he got himself out in similar fashion (late cut in less than 10 score) in the Asian Games final vs Afghan. Obviously that was a crucial moment to relieve the dream of gold medal. And he said he lost hope of winning that match and waited in the dressing room. Still an immature mind and act as well no proving commitment is found. rather his inclusion always set wrong example for the future players.

    How can someone repeat the same mistake, when that's his proving match.

  • on December 3, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    @meety I do agree with you but do not to forget that it shakib and an extra 8 players because ashraful doesn't count and in batting he will always run someone out. Also he comes in and hits a four on the first ball and gets like 2 runs off the remaining 13 balls.

  • on December 3, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Rightly or wrongly, Ashraful and Mashrafi's inclusion have opened the can of worms. After all, what can you do with perennial underperformers and less-than-match-fits.There are talents abound that are raring to go. Raquibul, Shuvo, Nayeem and Shahriar Nafees apart......look at this guy Fazle Rabbi, the leg spinner Nur Hossain Munna, Mohammad Mithun, Shabbir Roman, Asif, Shuvagoto Hom, Kamrul, Alauddin Babul ....just waiting at the gates to burn down the house. Can the BCB chief or other bigwigs really stem the tide any longer in spite of their favouritism?

  • bharath74 on December 3, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    If Sakib is not happy vt captaincy he should not have accepted it, the main reason is he desperately want to take captaincy from Mashrafe, that is the main reason he is complaining. I guess Sakib is the right man to lead BD as Mashrafe is injury prone.

  • hasib9 on December 3, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Junaid Siddique must have some kind of connection with one (or perhaps multiple) of the selectors. Despite his average of only slightly over 20 (less than most bowling allrounders), it just doesn't make any sense why or how he can still retain his spot. Someone please explain.

  • googletalk on December 3, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    @ Edd Oliver: You are spot on! it baffles me & every Bangla cricket follower aswell. Calling Nafees outstanding achiever against Zim even would be understatement, he has done more than that [3 unbeaten centuries & average over 65]. I think some neputism/favouritism were there selecting team; they tried best getting Ashrafool into team & put him into 1st 11. Reason is, he scored most runs recently finished domestic cricket [I wouldn't be surprised if Ashrafool received some favaourble local umpiring decisions]. Ashrafool is just what Nafees is not, & Nafees is just what Ashrafool is not. One lavished with favour; other is being desseretd for no reason. Mind you, this Ashrafool actually encouraged Nafees and others to be involved with ICL, which led them banned from international cricket for 2 years. Ashrafool is a suspect for bad influence is dressing room. luckily, Shakib has spotted this on. BCB can't ignore Shakib because of his unparallel talent eventhough they want Ash into team.

  • bvnathan on December 3, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Shakib has done a good job till now, may be losing a match after "black washing" the Kiwis 4-0 is a bitter pill to swallow. Yep, as a captain he can be upset if he is not given the team he believes in. Failure of the players are part of the game, but for a player like Ashraful not sizing up to the situation given an opportunity is very bad.

    Shakib with his all rounder skills is an asset and he can walk into any team today with his performance so far. Even India is trying hard to find a player matching his skills

  • urmi-alam on December 3, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    When a team like Bangladesh selected their captain, they should think a captain for a long time. Shakib is right in his position,I support his present position. South Africa ,India gave captaincy to the younger for a long time and now after many years they are started to get results. you can not choose a person as a captain who is always doubt about his fitness and every time he get in sick during play. Why not Shakib not captain for next five years? Game is a play not a drama. Shakib already proved himself as a experienced and qualified as national and international player. ICC world ranking, club cricket he is best for a year and more.Without hesitation BCCB (Bangladesh Cricket Control Board) should make him captain as a long time. at last a great wish and support for Bangladesh team.

  • Courtpara on December 3, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Sakib is right. What was the reason for announcing team at the eleventh hour? Anyone has any explanation? This is very unprofessional. In my opinion, captain should be given more time to settle. At least enough time before the game to make game plan against a particular opponent. I believe management has only limited option in selecting a captain; Sakib or Tamim.

  • Rafflebake on December 3, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Shakib is a very good player and the maiin exception for Bangladesh beside Tamim.I think we should get Mashrafe and Ashraful out of the team because they give Bangladesh nothing.

  • on December 2, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Shakib has got this spot on! and its great to see he's expressing his frustrations. He is blatently unhappy with Ashraful's meaningless inclusion in the team after underperforming consistently for god knows how many matches, and the sad thing is, he loses his wicket by doing the same stupid mistake! anyway, regarding shakibs captaincy, he clearly said he was not prepared to be captain but even then he performed the best in the last 5 ODI's. You cant just say "Mashrafe will be captain when he comes back from injury" but then end up giving captaincy to Shakib the next minute. But even then, if Shakib is the captain, why not give him the authority to pick his preferred XI? surely he deserves it?

  • Meety on December 2, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    @anver777 - correct mate (re:Ashraful) - he can't field, he can't be disciplined with the bat, can't bowl - he just means Shakib is captain of a team of 10! As far as I am concerned the player most unlucky to not be preferred is - Nafees. I do think Raqibul & Naeem are better then Ashraful too. My biggest fear is that this will diminish his clarity as a player - something that Banga cricket cannot afford. Mortaza needs to be the captain, as everyone else is too inexperienced & on the improve, Mortaza I think has peaked as a cricketer but may be a good leader. Otherwise try and get Habibul Bashar out of retirement to lead this team!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 2, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Shakib, I know you are not satisfied as a captain, but we all know how good you are as a captain. It is NOT your fault, last game with ZIM you did exactly what you had to do as a captain. It's not your fault that other players are not consistent and that the selection board hasn't chosen the most appropriate players. Please have some patience ... we have faith in you and like always you make us proud !!! :)

  • on December 2, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    WHy is everyone so happy that Sakib is the best allrounder in the world. That's not even a major achievement considering the rest of the people on the list. There are mediocre allrounders like Bhaji, Afridi, and some others I cant think of right now.

  • Icyman on December 2, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    We have the Bangladeshi version of Younis Khan here.

  • on December 2, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Shakib is the best player Bangladesh cricket team . I agree with him. He has responsible for captaincy & real talented but need to improve specially batting.

  • Fareen on December 2, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Face it...he's the right man for captaincy...Mashrafe is injury-prone...He can't do the job...Who else??..Mushfiq??....No way.But if he doesn't want to be captain until WC..then you've to give it to mashrafe.And raqibul in place of ashraful?raqibul?again?..please..bring jahurul(he's temperment is outstanding)..or Shahriar Nafees & play him @ 4( he batted in the middle order twice @ the test level & i'm sure he will do the job.Please don't pick raqibul!And i also think mahmudullah needs a rest..For how long will you play the poor chap??...Give him rest & bring him back.Play Naeem or even Aftab (who can use the Powerplay better than anybody in BD) @ no. 8. If anybody disagree with my point of view,please do write.

  • on December 2, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    As a neutral I can't see any reason why Shahriar Nafees was dropped for this series and Mohammad Ashraful recalled. Can some explain the reasoning behind either decision?!

  • on December 2, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    everything will b fine..jst replace ashraful wit raqib/shahreer..mahmudullah wit naeem or let mahmudlullah stay..and most importantly hav to replace mashrafe with rubel.. ppl mite think mashrafe is the best bowler...he was nt anymore..an injury proned player cannot perform well all his life..this is scientific..and we desperately need to secure a victory..i remmeber rubel bowled out the last new zealnd batsman in the last game..did mashrafe ever do dat in his life? rather he gave 10-20 runs in his last overs..

  • jitujitujitu on December 2, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    it was really so disappointing to see that ashraful back at the place of rakibul while rakibul was playing good and rubel bowled so well against new zealend and dropped for mashrafe who is in no form now. naeem is a very good fielder, good hitter and can bowl, alok could be the another option and sharier nafees also.

    the best eleven of bangladesh i think-

    1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Imrul kayes 3. shahriar nafees 4. sakib al hasan 5. rakibul/junaed 6. riad/naeem/alok 7. shuvo 8. mushfiqur rahim 9. razzak 10. rubel 11. shafiul

    and shakib must continue his captaincy as a full time captain, he already proves that he is the best.

  • shoeb1064 on December 2, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    not ashraful nor raquibul......jahurul islam should be given another chance. Jahurul performed well in England and didn't have a game against NZ. So why he is not in the team? He could be the backup wicketkeeper also.

  • Junaeds on December 2, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Why was Rubel Hussain dropped? He won the last match against New zealand and was the man of the match. And this is the reward he gets? And I have nothing to say for Ashraful, I can predict that he will retire with 300 plus ODIs and an average of less than 20. Maybe he will help win one or two games in between.

  • on December 2, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Yes; I am 100% agree with Sakib. Being a Captain he should have the voice to select the player. This is the correct time for selection board to re-think and care full for the rest of the game as well as World Cup. If they (Selection board) fail to do the right thing at right time, we (Bangladesh) may face a very bitter experience in World Cup.

    In my opinion Mashrafee and Ashraful should drop from the team for minimum six month. And Mashrafee should get his 100% fitness before enter in National Team.

    Nafis, Naiem and Rakibul can be tested for rest of the game as they have a very good record in recent past.

  • on December 2, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    should bring back Sharear Nafees, Rokibul Hasan & Naeem...

  • Third_Gear on December 2, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Wel well well, things happens like this when you play a game,somtimes you loose somtimes win, nothing to be so much distressed. Also match was so close and it was not ZIM's day but BD's bad luck.Things will get changed again after 2nd ODI. Just try to keep your spirit up. Say bye to ashraful. Mashrafe must remain. All the best to SHAKIB. TIGERS WILL CHEER.

  • atique27 on December 2, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Shakib is a great player but still not matured as captain, he has to lead the side whether team wins or loose. He could not handle media after loosing the match. He has to support his team members & encourage to improve rather than criticism.Any come back player as important or capable like tamim,mash or ash should be given few matches to prepare for the world cup. What are the last 10 match averages of nayeem,mahmudullah,junaid,mushfiq or raqibul? What is the strike rate of raqibul in one dayers? Before only targeting ashraful people should consider this.Except tamim,imrul & shakib which batsman is consistent or performing regularly? Anyway all team has their bad day, hope to win rest of the series.

  • mvkk on December 2, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    shakib is the best guy to lead Bangladesh team. he takes up the responsibility on the field and gives his all and bangladesh has shown lot of improvement under his captaincy. In any team selection the captain should have a say in the selection matter how else will the captain be happy of his team. he should be allowed to pick the 11, he would want to lead onto the field, from a list of 15 people.

  • RSG476 on December 2, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Shakeeb is an exceptionally talented player and probably the best all rounder in the world now. I just hope that he does not get saddled with excess expectations from captaincy and in working with a team that still has some ways to go, despite promising recent performances. It would be a pity to lose such a talented player to captaincy worries. Just a view from India

  • on December 2, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    The Bangla Captain has a point why play Ashraful when he continously fails? Its time for the Bangla fielding coach to heed Shakib's comment on the 2 players omitted who are the best fielders in the team.

  • imnazmul on December 2, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Sahriar Nafis would be better choice than Junaid Siddique, so:

    Junaid Siddique vs Sahriar Nafis Ashraful vs Rakibul Mahmudullah vs Nayem Mashrafe vs Rubel Hossain

  • Dashgar on December 2, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    No way Naeem Islam should have been dropped. He should come in for Ashraful who is finished at international level.

  • on December 2, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    How can Shakib say this? He is Bangla's best captain and has won so many tournaments. Anyways all the best to the two teams

  • tnawihtaed on December 2, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    get rid of Ashraful and Mashrafee in tomorrows match. Bangadesh cricket team should not reserve any place for non-performers who rely on their century old record! Ruble is a far better player and Rakibul has more sense than Ashraful. How could Ashraful put the catch down? He is the old cow in the team? What will youngstars learn from him??

  • D_BOSS on December 2, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Sakid couldn't prepare for captaincy due to unprofessional role by BCB. How can they wait for the eleventh hour to declare the name of captain? Even they declared the name it was just for ZIM series. They should have made him captain upto WC 2011. BCB should be more professional.

  • reyme on December 2, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    World's #1 alrounder speaks of his heart out. Someting good in bound to happen, I just dont know what.

  • on December 2, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Shakib is right. Chief selector, rafiqul alam, should be fired. shakib is a world class cricketer. my quesion is what is a role of rafiqul alam in international cricket? Nothing. I think shakib and tamim are both world class cricketer, so cricket board should follow their suggestions. criket board should support shakib, otherwise we will fail world cup as well as this series.

  • CricEshwar on December 2, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    I admire you as a player but it is sad that you say this right after the first defeat in some time. Thats not what one expects of a captain, but keep up the good work as a player, more than Bangladesh the world needs more performing teams.

  • A_Proud_Bengali on December 2, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    However, on the other hand, Shakib should not be down with just a defeat...its a part of the game...inspite of the errors in team selection, i suggest the players focus on their mistakes and rectify them and bounce back in the next ODI...Shakib is a great captain and to start winning, one must taste defeat...i am sure our boys will learn from this...

  • A_Proud_Bengali on December 2, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Thank you Shakib for speaking your mind out...and i totally agree with you...the main problem is that our captains do not have much say at the team selection and his support of naeem and roqibul is clearly understandable. Roqibul, not only a good fielder, could have been handy in stopping the collapse as he is a composed cricketer with naeem being able to score runs at the end...i dont know what team will be selected for the 2nd match but if ash is chosen, i dont see hope in that particular game as well...thanks shakib once again for speaking the fact out...

  • anver777 on December 2, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Yet a another failure for Ashraful......i think Shakib is clearly unhappy with Ashraful's inclusion in the XI........ by the way why hard hitting ALOK KAPALI is not in the squad very useful in the slog overs & must be there for WC 2011......bring him on !!!!!!!!

  • on December 2, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    shakib should be given captaincy for long term, not on a series basis. If he is made a permanent captain then the players will respect and listen to him more carefully. In the game he was batting with mahmudullah he asked him to play safely and stay in the wicket till the power play but he didn't listen to him and got out playing a rash shot.

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  • on December 2, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    shakib should be given captaincy for long term, not on a series basis. If he is made a permanent captain then the players will respect and listen to him more carefully. In the game he was batting with mahmudullah he asked him to play safely and stay in the wicket till the power play but he didn't listen to him and got out playing a rash shot.

  • anver777 on December 2, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Yet a another failure for Ashraful......i think Shakib is clearly unhappy with Ashraful's inclusion in the XI........ by the way why hard hitting ALOK KAPALI is not in the squad very useful in the slog overs & must be there for WC 2011......bring him on !!!!!!!!

  • A_Proud_Bengali on December 2, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Thank you Shakib for speaking your mind out...and i totally agree with you...the main problem is that our captains do not have much say at the team selection and his support of naeem and roqibul is clearly understandable. Roqibul, not only a good fielder, could have been handy in stopping the collapse as he is a composed cricketer with naeem being able to score runs at the end...i dont know what team will be selected for the 2nd match but if ash is chosen, i dont see hope in that particular game as well...thanks shakib once again for speaking the fact out...

  • A_Proud_Bengali on December 2, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    However, on the other hand, Shakib should not be down with just a defeat...its a part of the game...inspite of the errors in team selection, i suggest the players focus on their mistakes and rectify them and bounce back in the next ODI...Shakib is a great captain and to start winning, one must taste defeat...i am sure our boys will learn from this...

  • CricEshwar on December 2, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    I admire you as a player but it is sad that you say this right after the first defeat in some time. Thats not what one expects of a captain, but keep up the good work as a player, more than Bangladesh the world needs more performing teams.

  • on December 2, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Shakib is right. Chief selector, rafiqul alam, should be fired. shakib is a world class cricketer. my quesion is what is a role of rafiqul alam in international cricket? Nothing. I think shakib and tamim are both world class cricketer, so cricket board should follow their suggestions. criket board should support shakib, otherwise we will fail world cup as well as this series.

  • reyme on December 2, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    World's #1 alrounder speaks of his heart out. Someting good in bound to happen, I just dont know what.

  • D_BOSS on December 2, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Sakid couldn't prepare for captaincy due to unprofessional role by BCB. How can they wait for the eleventh hour to declare the name of captain? Even they declared the name it was just for ZIM series. They should have made him captain upto WC 2011. BCB should be more professional.

  • tnawihtaed on December 2, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    get rid of Ashraful and Mashrafee in tomorrows match. Bangadesh cricket team should not reserve any place for non-performers who rely on their century old record! Ruble is a far better player and Rakibul has more sense than Ashraful. How could Ashraful put the catch down? He is the old cow in the team? What will youngstars learn from him??

  • on December 2, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    How can Shakib say this? He is Bangla's best captain and has won so many tournaments. Anyways all the best to the two teams