Bangladesh news September 5, 2011

Shakib and Tamim stripped of leadership roles

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have been axed as Bangladesh captain and vice-captain respectively following the side's dismal performance on the recent tour of Zimbabwe. Their replacements have not yet been named.

"Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have been relieved of captaincy and vice-captaincy as their leadership was not satisfactory," Jalal Yunus, the BCB media director, told AFP. "They failed to lead the side during the tour. There are reports of indiscipline against Shakib. In certain areas, Tamim breached discipline. He argued with the head coach.

"We thought they could improve their behaviour, but now we have no choice other than [to take] a hard line. We took this decision after receiving reports from the different people on tour."

Bangladesh were expected to prevail against Zimbabwe, who were making their Test return after five years out of the format, but slid to an embarrassing 130-run loss in the only Test in Harare. The defeat came after Tamim claimed that Zimbabwe's opening bowlers, Kyle Jarvis and Brian Vitori, were ordinary. Vitori and Jarvis chipped in with four-wicket hauls as Zimbabwe completed victory. Bangladesh's misery continued in the five-match ODI series that followed, as they went down 0-3 before winning the dead rubbers. The tour was Stuart Law's first assignment as Bangladesh's new coach.

The BCB reacted to the loss by launching a probe to evaluate the team's performance.

Monday's announcement ended Shakib's eventful but troubled time in charge of the side. Despite being one of Bangladesh's best players, and among the top-ranked allrounders in the game, Shakib's off-field actions seemed to adversely affect his relationship with the BCB.

When he was asked to take over as captain "permanently but on a series-to-series basis", Shakib refused, a stance that did not go down well with the board. He led Bangladesh through a roller-coaster World Cup campaign where victories against England and Ireland came alongside embarrassing reversals against West Indies, South Africa and India. On the whole, Bangladesh did not live up to the expectations that followed their 4-0 triumph against New Zealand that preceded the World Cup.

Shakib also had an uneasy relationship with the new selection panel, headed by former captain Akram Khan. Shakib said he was not consulted before the 15-man squad for Zimbabwe was picked, while Akram insisted he was.

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  • Mradul on September 8, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    @Bang_La: I hope you are aware that after playing same number of tests that Bangladesh has played till now India's win-loss record was atleast 4 times better. Infact Bangladesh's record among all test playing nations when they had played 60 odd tests is the worst. Don't compare to India of 1930s, 40s and 50s because we were either under colonial rule or just became independent and had no budget or support for Cricket unlike BD who enjoyed services of experienced foreign coaches and big money to support Cricket. It was only after 1982 that Cricket got the recognition, money and Fan following in India.

  • Hasib on September 8, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    If Mushfiq becomes the captain, I will quit watching cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    unbeliveable........who else will perform without shakib and tamim?bangladesh cricket is not reached in such a level that they can get right replecment.if they dont come out from their decission it will be too bad for bd cricket.former captain masud and mahmud said this decession is right .can u pls see ur performance how nicely u guys played(too bad).shakib and tamim both the player can change a game.they can make impossibe to poosible...bangladesh team never had a player like shakib and tamim .if u think u guys will get the replecement it will be never happend .

  • w on September 7, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Guys..this is all part of politics. Two years ago Shakib has an argument with the BCB boss (AHM Mustafa Kamal) at a prize giving ceremony. He has just taken his revenge now. This is what you get when you have a politician running an org like BCB. BD cricket will not improve until govt stops appointing political figures to run BCB.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2011, 5:17 GMT


  • Bang on September 7, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    @DINESHCC, when we look at India, we look whole 75 or more years of playing cricket with their dismal records, knee-jerking batsmen, lower than average bowling. Don't just open mouth without knowing facts. Its still what Gavaskar narrated "Why me?" attitude of the Indian cricketers other than playing IPL for big money.

  • John on September 6, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Instead of finding scapegoats for failures, BCB should work on fixing their own faults. Bangladesh still does not have a proper competitive first class structure & decent pitches. If they set up a good first class system on good pitches the rewards will come automatically.

    Sakib should just take this setback as a challenge and work extra hard to show the BCB folks that he is truly the only world class player Bangladesh has.

  • James on September 6, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Bangladesh are facing the same problem as the West Indies were with Chris Gayle at the helm. When 9/11 players in your team are not performing there is only so much a Captain can do to change that.

    Naturally, rather than realise that the majority of their team wouldn't make it into a county seconds side Bangladesh instead fire the Captain.

    If I were Shakib I'd probably be at the end of my tether as well. How frustrated must he be to be the guy who is continually having to be the face of (and take the blame for) a team that is, with only a couple of exceptions, a really poor team and that has only occasionally promised to go anywhere. I really do feel for him.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    What a joke BCB is, at the moment. Both Tamim and Shakib are best players of the team; they certainly deserve better treatment. This step by the BCB will hurt Bangladesh, mainly due to the psychological impact on Tamim and Shakib. Honestly, the panic button was pressed far too quickly in this case. Bangladesh are a young team, and need time and patience to grow. All the good work under Shakib's leadership would be undone now. Yet growth is expected for the Bangladeshi cricket? Too much, I say.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    this is a very good decision..........bcoz they misbehav with coach & team management...........this is a message for a future player and captain......whatever they are ......they should follow the terms and regulation of their board.

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