Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Mirpur

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

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December 2, 2010

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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

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