Bangladesh in England 2010 June 28, 2010

Mortaza replaces Shakib as Bangladesh captain

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Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh allrounder, has been named captain of the squad for the ODI tour of the United Kingdom in place of Shakib Al Hasan, who will be the squad's vice-captain.

The surprise move was announced in a BCB press release on the eve of the team's departure from Dhaka, two days after the squad for the tour had been released, and comes as a significant snub to Shakib, who led the team with determination during an arduous Test series against England last month.

"Mashrafe was our captain during the West Indies series. But then he suffered injuries. So we are now bringing him back to his former position," Enayat Hossain Siraj, a Bangladesh board official, told AFP.

Khaled Mahmud, the assistant coach and former national captain, admitted he was surprised by the decision, but told Cricinfo that Mashrafe, who was Shakib's immediate predecessor, had always been in contention to reclaim the captaincy, assuming he was able to prove his fitness following his rehabilitation from knee surgery. His first tenure lasted just 6.3 overs before he collapsed mid-over during Bangladesh's famous victory at Kingstown last July.

"Before Shakib became captain, the selectors always said that if Mashrafe could get fit, he might be able to take the job again," said Mahmud. "I'm not sure if it's the right or wrong move, but it's been a tough time for Shakib, whose recent performances, particularly with the bat, have not been up to standard. It's important for Bangladesh that he performs well, and perhaps the pressure of the captaincy is too much. He's still young, while Mashrafe is more mature."

Shakib, 23, was recently ranked as the leading allrounder in international cricket, and he was Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker in the course of their four Tests against England, claiming 17 scalps with his left-arm spin at 36.94. However, his batting fell away badly both in England and at the subsequent Asia Cup, with few glimpses of the ability he had showcased in making his maiden Test century against New Zealand earlier this year.

Nevertheless, the timing of the handover is not ideal, especially given that Shakib and Mashrafe had a falling-out during England's ODI series in Bangladesh back in March. Mashrafe went wicketless during his comeback match at Dhaka, before walking out on the squad ahead of the second ODI - apparently to be by the side of his ailing mother, but in reality because he was about to be dropped.

"The way Mashrafe bowled before his injury, that Mashrafe we might have missed tonight," said Shakib, in the aftermath of a narrow two-wicket defeat in the second match. "But the way he bowled in the last match and the practice match, not really. He needs some time to get back to full confidence and rhythm. He needs to play some games and get match-fit again."

Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, had also made a blunt assessment of Mortaza's form during the recently-concluded Asia Cup. Mortaza took only two wickets at an average of 77.00 and an economy-rate of 8.25 in three matches. "He's going to have to improve a lot on his current form," Siddons had said. "Unfortunately there's no ready replacement for Mashrafe at the moment, we're hoping his experience will pull him through. We'll keep looking for others and if Mash can't stand up we'll have to replace him."

Assuming he is back to full fitness, Mortaza will doubtless be an asset during a one-day tour that comprises three matches against England, two against Ireland and one against Scotland. With 137 ODI wickets in 107 appearances, he is Bangladesh's most prolific strike bowler, and his familiarity with English conditions should enable him to utilise any swing and seam on offer.

However, as Mortaza himself said back in February, the prospect of him walking straight back into the team and taking over the leadership is an awkward one - especially if he is not considered fit enough for Test cricket. "I'd like to give this opportunity to Shakib because he's doing well so far, and I'd like to play in his team," he told Cricinfo during his comeback match. "But also, I'm not playing both forms of cricket right now - I'm only looking to one-day cricket - and if I don't do both, then the captaincy and the relationship with the team is difficult."

Squad Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Faisal Hossain, Jahurul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • on July 5, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    This was a poor and thoughtless decision by BCB, what else is new. Once Sakib joins county(Worcestershire) cricket I hope he gets his citizenship changed to England and join there team. Too quick and too stupid a move!!

  • on July 4, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    India won there 25 th test match and there record for 25 test are 1 win 12 draws and 12 losses . Bangladesh took 36 test to win a test match and record is 1win 4 draws and 31 losses.but i am not saying that Bangladesh record is worse than India because it is not fair to compare the records of different decades .

  • roxap on July 3, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    LOL.............Bangladesh have lost to sussex county with huge margin, now this is pathetic and than these bangalis keep on saying that we r improving, this was not even sussex A team, they rested some of there key players...........i am sure ireland and afghanistan can play much better than bangladesh

  • nauroze123456 on July 3, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    guys can we all have peace here. India took 20 years to win a test match. Agreed. But the technologies of the times play a vital role. Bangladesh have VIDEO ACCESS which was not present at that time. Still Bangladesh are a respectable team and are showing signs of challenging the major teams. But the Indian position on the test ranking is justified and lets not argue about it. for the mean time we I hope that Mortaza proves to be a more lucky captain than Shakib because only luck is not on Bangladesh's side.

  • Jubayer_BD on July 3, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Dear Abhi_Pro, Unfortunately, you have showed the same taste which your Media posses, Overrating of your heroes, and then Sorrow of Lost and then nothing special which can India Make No. 01. We are learning, and we people of BD know very well that, the time you took to rise as a standard team, we'd take much more less period to shine. And i am sorry to say that, you could be a better team, but could not be No. 1 team always as because of your such mentality.

  • Nawsad on July 2, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    @abhipro nd so on...after getting test status on 1932 india had to wait to 20 yrs to win a test.y ru saying now bd cfant play blah blah.....so we can say that 20 yrs ind were worst than bd.plz raise ur voice after 20yrs(trust me we wud do better b4 that).

  • AbhiPro on July 2, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    @Bang_La - The record isn't broken mate, not just yet. Its gonna continue for a few more seasons atleast. And then, as the middle order calls it a day, there will be the inevitable period of transition which Australia had to face as well. Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni will be there to guide the transition. The probables are so numerous that I can only mention a few here. Rohit, Virat, Raina, Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Manoj Tiwary, Pujara, the list goes on and on. But that is because India still has a decent first class structure which, for all its limitations, produces Test class cricketers regularly. But Bangladesh wouldn't know much about a first class system, eh? Set that in order first and then dream of competing at Test level. End of story. Ciao.

  • on July 1, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    i don't know why BCCB bring mashrafe as a captain instead of sakib i really don't get it.i don't see any difference between pakistani cricket board and bccb.get a life bccb !!!

  • K4zzz on July 1, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Why is everyone saying that Mash being captain is bad when they havent even seen him captaining bangladesh. This is a good move Shakib as captain tryed to make it all about himself when they were bowling, his field placemants were poor and he underused mahmudullah big time. Take a look at the last test with England they should have got Bell out for a golden duck but he didnt use the right field placement and he ended up getting over 100, he also seems to go to a defensive field setting all the time when they need to be attacking. In my opinion mahmud would now be able to show how good he is under Mash, reckon he would bowl more overs and be moved up to no 4. Mahmud is probley as good an allrounder as Shakib and this could be why shakib underused him so much, he always seem to stick with left arm spin of razzak rather than mahmud. Shakib going to worcestershire would be good to improve his game and pick up how to be a good captain from their as he is still likely to be test captain.

  • on July 1, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    bcb is really out of their minds....no way to bring mash as a captain replacing sakib....it might cause some serious damages to the team...

  • on July 5, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    This was a poor and thoughtless decision by BCB, what else is new. Once Sakib joins county(Worcestershire) cricket I hope he gets his citizenship changed to England and join there team. Too quick and too stupid a move!!

  • on July 4, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    India won there 25 th test match and there record for 25 test are 1 win 12 draws and 12 losses . Bangladesh took 36 test to win a test match and record is 1win 4 draws and 31 losses.but i am not saying that Bangladesh record is worse than India because it is not fair to compare the records of different decades .

  • roxap on July 3, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    LOL.............Bangladesh have lost to sussex county with huge margin, now this is pathetic and than these bangalis keep on saying that we r improving, this was not even sussex A team, they rested some of there key players...........i am sure ireland and afghanistan can play much better than bangladesh

  • nauroze123456 on July 3, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    guys can we all have peace here. India took 20 years to win a test match. Agreed. But the technologies of the times play a vital role. Bangladesh have VIDEO ACCESS which was not present at that time. Still Bangladesh are a respectable team and are showing signs of challenging the major teams. But the Indian position on the test ranking is justified and lets not argue about it. for the mean time we I hope that Mortaza proves to be a more lucky captain than Shakib because only luck is not on Bangladesh's side.

  • Jubayer_BD on July 3, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Dear Abhi_Pro, Unfortunately, you have showed the same taste which your Media posses, Overrating of your heroes, and then Sorrow of Lost and then nothing special which can India Make No. 01. We are learning, and we people of BD know very well that, the time you took to rise as a standard team, we'd take much more less period to shine. And i am sorry to say that, you could be a better team, but could not be No. 1 team always as because of your such mentality.

  • Nawsad on July 2, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    @abhipro nd so on...after getting test status on 1932 india had to wait to 20 yrs to win a test.y ru saying now bd cfant play blah blah.....so we can say that 20 yrs ind were worst than bd.plz raise ur voice after 20yrs(trust me we wud do better b4 that).

  • AbhiPro on July 2, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    @Bang_La - The record isn't broken mate, not just yet. Its gonna continue for a few more seasons atleast. And then, as the middle order calls it a day, there will be the inevitable period of transition which Australia had to face as well. Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni will be there to guide the transition. The probables are so numerous that I can only mention a few here. Rohit, Virat, Raina, Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Manoj Tiwary, Pujara, the list goes on and on. But that is because India still has a decent first class structure which, for all its limitations, produces Test class cricketers regularly. But Bangladesh wouldn't know much about a first class system, eh? Set that in order first and then dream of competing at Test level. End of story. Ciao.

  • on July 1, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    i don't know why BCCB bring mashrafe as a captain instead of sakib i really don't get it.i don't see any difference between pakistani cricket board and bccb.get a life bccb !!!

  • K4zzz on July 1, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Why is everyone saying that Mash being captain is bad when they havent even seen him captaining bangladesh. This is a good move Shakib as captain tryed to make it all about himself when they were bowling, his field placemants were poor and he underused mahmudullah big time. Take a look at the last test with England they should have got Bell out for a golden duck but he didnt use the right field placement and he ended up getting over 100, he also seems to go to a defensive field setting all the time when they need to be attacking. In my opinion mahmud would now be able to show how good he is under Mash, reckon he would bowl more overs and be moved up to no 4. Mahmud is probley as good an allrounder as Shakib and this could be why shakib underused him so much, he always seem to stick with left arm spin of razzak rather than mahmud. Shakib going to worcestershire would be good to improve his game and pick up how to be a good captain from their as he is still likely to be test captain.

  • on July 1, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    bcb is really out of their minds....no way to bring mash as a captain replacing sakib....it might cause some serious damages to the team...

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on June 30, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    Cricfan27 It's true a captain can't play on others behalf. But what if the captain falters & fails as his players? Isn't the captain accountable to anybody? Nobody would have even suggested of making changes if Shakib maintained his form from a year ago. He was taking wickets & scoring runs like a world class cricketer, which promptly elevated him to the ranks of some of the world's most elite players. As long as he was perfoming at a high level everybody was willing to NOT pay much attention to his extreme lack of leadership skills and his often mercurial relationships with his players on the field. Shakib always appeared too weak in dealing with the International media & the opposition captains. Yes, true, he received a lot of accolades for appearing humble and docile, and having a permanent smile plastered across his face. But, maybe, that's NOT the kind of leader our boys need to inspire them & to command them to march through hell. Let's give change a chance. It may just work.

  • EnayetT on June 30, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I have been reading these posts and could not help but to respond. I am a Bangladeshi living outside of my country. I am a cricket fan and follow cricket news and games. It is very unfortunate to see this mudslinging among the cricket fans. We must recognize that India is a respectable cricketing nation and their place un-disputably is very high in ranking. As a young cricket team BD is still learning and way to go. We must not be arrogant. Arrogance only shuts down the learning abilities. We must not react on comments as "ordinary team" as we are an ordinary team. A tree is known by its fruit. We should be humble and learn from our senior brothers. I read Kobir's comment. He wrote what he wrote out of his frustration as at heart he wanted to see BD team improve their game. Those who care to comment at the news of BD cricket team they are BD team fan and at heart they want to see BD doing good. Kobir himself is a Bengali and I have no doubt he only wishes good for BD team.

  • SABD on June 30, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    @V_Raju: Dude, u r simply too funny! Ur comments hv provided me an opportunity to hv a really gud laugh.Thanks for that! Regarding India: India has lost 3-1 to Aus in Aus in 2008, which is more recent! Yes they hv beaten Eng in Eng which is a really gud achievement, but not enough to be the best. To be the best u need to beat the best which Eng isn't, Aus & SA are. Beating WI & BD abroad doesn't help the cause either. Regarding BD: Ashraful isn't BD's icon. Too inconsistent to be so. But the current bunch of cricketers are quite different from their predecessors. Chk out the stats(batt avgs, econ rates, etc) of the current squad members. Atleast 5-6 of them (e.g. Mahmud, Kayes) hv performed consistently well enough to get a chance in any intn'l team and hv shown determination to remain in the side for a long time, unlike Ash,Nafees,Aftab, Kapali and so on. That's why I say let the current squad stick together for 2-3 yrs. Nevertheless, this has nothing to do with India.

  • on June 30, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    @ ShababFAlam: Wonder what's gonna happen once Sachin, Dravid and Laxman retire? Can India win tests abroad then?... !! well let the current Sehwags and Gambhirs answer that question... !! Indian cricket will never fall out of stars as there will be atleast a handful of extraordinary stories coming out of a billion people that can make up a wonder XI even with all the politics and prejudice thats associated with India cricket... ! India will not see beyond cricket for another 50 years and till that time more tendulkars and pathans and dhonis will keep springing out everyday and a handful of them will surely make it big.. !! till then u can keep banging your head against our home-made "walls" "Maestroes" and "spinning wizards" !!

  • nauroze123456 on June 30, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @shabadflam : dude leave India out of this. India has drawn with many countries in their country. It is not BCCI's fault that India are INVINCIBLE at home !!If India are wining on flat tracks , just keep in mind that the oppositions are also playing on the same track. And you are doubting gambhir;s and sehwags ability. Gambhir batted for some 10 odd hours in that match against NewZealand in NewZealand and Sehwag has scored a triple century in pakistan and a double century in SriLanka. Besides you have never seen the likes of Rhoit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in tests. Another point I would love to bring to your notice is that if countries dont defeat India in India do they DESERVE to be NO.1 ??

  • Praxis on June 30, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Cricket is not like all those sports where a team skipper is just a position, a captain has so many responsibilities. I don't see how Mashrafee could be a better choice than Sakib. Of course he's a good bowler if he's in better form. Sakib could have done better job if he was given enough time.

  • Bang_La on June 30, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Ah, AbhiPro............. I didn't ask you to race your horse that far dude. I asked for few names other than those what your broken record plays again and again. WHERE ARE THOSE NAMES? If Bangladesh need an image consultant, they can select a professional instead of any indian image promoters who use big-breasted and scantily clad chicks alongwith Indian cricketers for every ads. So, your application for the position can not be considered, sorry. Come up with the names I asked originally, friend........... pronto :)

  • on June 30, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    just I want to say.. shakib is better than mashrafee. and mashrafee is not fit yet to play.

  • roxap on June 30, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    well in case of bangladesh it does not matter who is leading the side they'll gonna loose in any case, if i am not wrong these banglaseshis are playing test cricket for the last ten yrs and they havent one a single test match against a proper test team, they have won only against the depleted zim and WI sides, and there supporters are always bragging about that guy tamim come on man he is good but not excellent look at his test avg its 40 i think every batsman in the current english, aus,SA side has higher average than this, and his one day avg is below 30, now that is really pathetic for some one who is being compared by bangladeshis with Dravid, Sachin and other great players

  • on June 30, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    I think Shakib Al Hasan could be a better option.

  • Cricfan27 on June 30, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    What a captain can do if his players cannot play, especially while batting!? Will Mashrafe reshuffle do a magic?

  • zohebchampion on June 30, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    I am very surprised to see Mashrafee back as captain so soon. He has done nothing substantial since his return from injury to prove he is an automatic choice in the team.He does not look fully fit and his performance in the Asia Cup is very disappointing considering the expectations from him. Sakib was doing a commendable job as captain.It was totally unneccesary to appoint Mashrafee as captain without any good recent performances unless board has an intention to cut-to-size Sakib for reasons known only to the board.

  • on June 30, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Shakib is an asset for Bangladesh. He should not be disturbed. We should have some belief on him that he will show again his ability. May be he was due to chicken pox could not apply his ability 100%. But he tried his best.Shakib will give more and more to our cricket.

    I also would like to wish Mashrafi. He is lucky having a deputy like Shakib.

  • AbhiPro on June 30, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    @ Bang_La . . . Ok dude, if it satisfies you, Bangladesh are the best thing to happen to Test cricket and Tamim Iqbal is the next Don Bradman. Why, now that he has played so well in England, give the lad an OBE. All Indian batsmen can play only at home. It was Bangladeshis playing in the garb of Indian batsmen that won so many Tests abroad in the 2000s. Sehwag has played only at home. It was Tamim who played in Sehwag's place abroad and got an average of almost 50. It was Tamim in Gambhir's garb who played so well in New Zealand. It was Mortaza in Dravid's garb who led India to victory in England in 2007. Unfortunately, by the time Bangla got there, he was out injured otherwise Bangla would have whipped the Poms like the Germans did in South Africa. Happy now?

  • smukhles on June 30, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Just found that Saurav Ganguly has agreed to be the Batting Advisor for Bangladesh National Cricket Team's upcoming England tour, very kind of him and we do appreciate this help as well as his helping attitude and sportsmanship, he is going to stay with Bangladesh Team throughout this entire tour, hoping his guidance and continuous presence will help Tigers to improve their batting performance in many ways.

  • Rezaul on June 30, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    I was reading all these comments and felt that why not I post my views. Mates, everybody has their own views. But looks like some indian fans quite often crosses the limit, which is unfortunate. And again, Mashrafe was never out of contention for captaincy. He was away from his position for a while due to injury and Shakib lead the team in his absense. And once Mash os back in full fitness then it is very likely that he would be on his original shoes not makeshift. So, BCB's decision to appoint Mash as captain is a good one for the Bangladeshi fans. Shakib is still too young for this post and I believe Shakib plays a key role in the team's batting without any extra responsibility of captaincy. On the other hand we have seen in Premier league, Mashrafe plays his best as a captain. So, the decision to reappoint him as Bangladesh captain is an example of well thought and team oriented. Good luck Mash and Shakib. Keep performing tigers!

  • V_Raju on June 30, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @ShababFAlam

    2004- 2007 ... India dew series with Australia in Aus. (now if Aus can't win .. home series and India can ... that is not my problem)

    India defeat England and WI .. in england and west indies.

    And not to mention ... India defeated Bangladesh in Bangladesh ;) away win.

    young bangladeshi team ... ha !!! Till when players are Ashraful are going to remain inexperienced teenagers... Naseef ... promising left handed .... where is he ??? list can go on .... Let India alone ... ok !!! buddy .. we cool ???

  • V_Raju on June 30, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    @ShababFAlam .....

    Dude I don't about Bangladesh cricket !!!!

    but u certainly have enough free time on your hand... lol

  • kirikettu on June 29, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    @Mamunul Why do you assume Kabir is from India ? He could be from BD as well !

    Poor decision overall, Shakib eventually paid the price for speaking against the board earlier. It might benefit Shakib later on though, BD will most likely lose thier upcoming series against a red hot England which could cost Mashrafe his captaincy. Shakib is the best person to lead BD period.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on June 29, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Shakib has acted as if he was threatened by the return of Mash from day one & has actively cultivated a not-so-friendly relationship with his former captain. His public trashing & criticism of Mash should have raised the red flag for the BCB, which revealed how far Shakib was willing to go to remove Mash as a threat. In Asia cup, Shakib didn't let Mash bowl for more that 5 overs against Pakistan. Yes, he was leaking runs but so was everybody else. And it wasn't as if the game was within BD's grasp or as if BD posed a threat to their opposition at any point of the game. Yet, he let everybody else bowl but Mash. Mash bowled superbly against India and showed signs of why he is still the best BD bowler. Mash took the scalps of both openers, Vernder Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, and looked menacing throughout the game. The more opportunity Mash gets to bowl against quality opponents the better he becomes and the better the performance of the entire team. Shakib is too blinded to see that.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on June 29, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    The best decision BCB made in 10 yrs. The return of Mash as captain is the biggest and most pleasant surprises for legions of BD fans (the benching of Ashraful was another noteworthy BCB decision) SHAKIB is a great all-rounder & I don't think anybody has issues with his performance (YET), but his lack of grit, determination, and plain old manliness have troubled me from the get go. He is quite friendly & he has a great smile but he appears weak & totally intimidated next to other captains during the pre-game chats.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on June 29, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    I'm glad that someone in the BCB had the common sense to make the call that had to be made. Shakib's batting performance has been abysmal in his last ten appearances. Lateley, Shakib has been very quick to criticize other batters for not standing up to the challenges but has managed to refrain from wagging his accusatory finger at himself quite conveniently.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on June 29, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Shakib has acted as if he was threatened by the return of Mash from day one & has actively cultivated a not-so-friendly relationship with his former captain. His public trashing & criticism of Mash should have raised the red flag for the BCB, which revealed how far Shakib was willing to go to remove Mash as a threat. In Asia cup, Shakib didn't let Mash bowl for more that 5 overs against Pakistan. Yes, he was leaking runs but so was everybody else. And it wasn't as if the game was within BD's grasp or as if BD posed a threat to their opposition at any point of the game. Yet, he let everybody else bowl but Mash. Mash bowled superbly against India and showed signs of why he is still the best BD bowler. Mash took the scalps of both openers, Vernder Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, and looked menacing throughout the game. The more opportunity Mash gets to bowl against quality opponents the better he becomes and the better the performance of the entire team. Shakib is too blinded to see that.

  • Zobaid_Khan on June 29, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Mates, all these comments and criticism by Indian fans point to only one thing; they are scared and so BD Cricket is on right path!!!!!!

  • SABD on June 29, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    @V_Raju: Dude, be honest & tell me something. Does India deserve the no. 1 spot in tests? I was talking abt 'series' victories abroad agnst SA & Aus, not single tests. Chk out the stats on this link:(http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;orderby=won;team=6;template=results;type=team;view=series) Recall how Aus dominated the world when they were at the top, winning series' convincingly in every country. India have never beaten AUS or SA in a test SERIES outside Ind. Yet they r at the top, thanks to the flat tracks. Does Ind hv ready replacments for Sachin, Dravid, and Laxman? I know Dhoni, Sehwag and Gambhir r brilliant at home, but can they perform like those 4 legends in Austrailian or SA conditions? And when did I compare Ind with BD? BD's cricketers r very young(in their early 20s!), u can't expect much from them. Let this current bunch of cricketers stick for 2-3 yrs. They'll start to fire.

  • on June 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Mashrafe Mortaza was never deposed as Captain Shakib was acting captain Mortazas been injured since the 2009 series against the West Indies so its the right decision

  • Wahid_Hossain on June 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    To all the Indian supporters;after playing test cricket for 42 years India got out for 42(1 run for every year of experience!) at Lords in the 1974 England tour.Is BD doing that badly in comparison! And also for your kind information,Tamim Iqbal is the HIGHEST run scorer in test cricket in 2010(in fact 4 of the top 12 are Bangladeshis)and Sakib is the joint-third highest wicket taker!

    TO all other BD bashers:strip BD of test status,oust WI,NZ and maybe Pakistan also!Test cricket will again be a sacred game, played by four and a half country.So what,it is the question of sanctity and purity!!!

    To AbhiPro,no system in the world can produce Sachin Tendulker. Sachin's and Lara's are born; not produced.Sachin is a genious whom we all adore.

  • JS82 on June 29, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    To all the naysayers regarding the development of Bangladesh cricket - everything comes in circles. Each team has/had their hay-days, Bangladesh will have theirs someday. Trust me, it will happen. It could take 20 years but eventually it will happen. Bangladesh will never get stripped of the test status because of 2 simple reasons - lots of money to be made by selling cricket to 150+ million people who follow it religiously and secondly the Asian power block (esp. India) needs Bangladesh to have votes in ICC.

  • shakib007 on June 29, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    who is dis faisal hossain....i wanna see aftab ahmed and alok kapali in da team.cus dis two r very gu8 batsman for middle order.i can't see anyone else for dis position.....dis two r perfect for dis position so far..especially aftab ahmed is perfect batsman for bouncy wicket...he can bat well in bouncy wicket..cus he likes to play stroke against quick bowler...i think everyone wants to see aftab and alok in da squad..

  • Bang_La on June 29, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    @ AbhiPro, hehehehe, stop that broken record telling Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Shewag..... Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Shewag.......... its true Bangladesh have not produced anyone close to the first thee names, NOW, you tell me few names close to them that INDIA have produced. Name few even close to Tamim, if you don't mind. What I insist here, Indian stream of class players is trickling and if you love cricket, it must make you worried. I was expecting an apology or even saying sorry for the comment one Indian made calling Bangladeshis stupid. Nada.

  • BDHUNTER on June 29, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    we r surprised by the emotional decision of BCB, Mashrafe as bang captain where as he didn't sure abt his place in this side,he is a bowler only not a all-rounder ,if we called him a all-rounder then wht abt styne, J. taylor, harbajan....,however with his captaincy bang wil get biggest shame in cricket.

    Finally in brife i think sakib was the best 2nd to bashar.

  • on June 29, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    bangladesh shd be demoted from test status in order to keep the quality of test cricket.....ther are not wrthy for test arena....they are telling that they are improving bt nevr do it......

  • on June 29, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    No one should make any negative comnt about Indian cricketer. They have won Asia cup and have been doing well for since 20/20WC. so at the moment they are the GOD. So negative comment will make their worshipper :-D. People who doesn't like india team should wait because if they lose a match all the immatuer indian fan will be burning their effigy than you can just support them :-D

  • on June 29, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    In response to Mr. sathishvaiju's comments about Bangladesh fans we only like to say wait gentleman Bangladesh will bounce back soon. You will get your appropriate answers for your sweet comments.

  • MacZZ on June 29, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    We shouldn't critisize bcb so much there is definetly a reason for this. We shouldn't care if shakib is captain or not we shud just hope for good performance from him. Shakib had some probs with captaincy like his fielding placements wernt so good and he did not put correct bowlers at correct times. I don't think at this time there is anybody to replace shakib so putting mash isn't such a bad idea. Hope mash does gud captaincy and plays well and shakib comes back in form. I want bs to put up a good performance.

  • Faruk-Ahmed on June 29, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    GOODLUCK MASHRAFI, GOODLUCK BANGLADESH

  • on June 29, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Given the performances Shakib has shown over the last few months, particularly with his batting, it would definitely be better for him to have a break from Captaincy. However, appointing Masfrafee as a captain now, personally, I do not think it's the right choice. It's undoubtedly good news to have Mashrafee back in the squad. However, his performances in the recently completed Asia cup were not up to the mark. Since the world cup is just round the corner, only eight months away - changing the captain is only making the team a little unstable. Perhaps, the board does not have any other options but opt for the most senior player, Mashrafee. The board, however, has made good decisions on the squad though. Dropping Ashraful was the correct decision. Both Raquibul and Feissal were correctly included. If our seamers can put the balls in the right spots, the batsmen can play 50 overs and put up a decent score, it would not be impossible for us to beat England. I sincerely hope, we win one

  • sathishvaiju on June 29, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Hello, Bangladesh fans, don tell u almost beat england like that and all. u r not at all a good team, always u r saying v r improving, but not even winning a match against any team, first win n then talk.In Asia cup u have lost in a very high margin. u people jus cry tats all u know. even ur players like shahadat hussain, Mushfiqir rahim knows only to shout.Fit for nothing players ur players.

  • on June 29, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    It was really surprising for me as well to replace Masrafee as the captain. Sakib is the on of the most emerging cricketer in world cricket. But in recent times he couldn't bat as superior as we look forward to him. I can't make out whether it's for captaincy or else. But it's seems to me that BD is not in performance now as a team. It might be Sakib couldn't manage other tigers and don't have influence on his teammate. Now Tamim is on stage, Earlier Sakib/Masrafee/Asraful were there. But one player is performing in a match. Why not 3-4 players at a time. I don't sense that there is no match winner among BD tigers except Tamim now. Bangladesh needs to carry out as a team to win the match instead off one or two personnel performances.

  • VipulPatki on June 29, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    @AbhiPro: Excellent riposte!

  • AbhiPro on June 29, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    All Bangladeshi fans who are calling Indian cricketers worthy only of ads, guys, one has to be worth something in the first place to get ads. Can your system produce players like Sachin and Rahul and VVS and Sehwag? And for your information, this is the away record of India (past 10 years): Played 57 won 21 lost 18 drawn 18 which is next ONLY to Australia. I don't even want to compare this record with Bangladesh's 'performance' overseas. Please do not display your jealousy by calling such great sportsmen worthy only on billboards.

  • Sonoual on June 29, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Mohammad Ashraful was the most ideal and perfect choice for Captaincy. He was performing better when he was leading the side. He could not adjust himself as a pure player. He is not in comfortable zone. He is the most talented batsman In Bangladesh team. Selectors should not destroy his skills & reduce his temperature of performance. You have two options either let him play or drop. If you drop him no other player can fill his gap successfully except Shahryaar Nafis but he is not being selected. And if you pick him he cannot perform as per his standard because he is not in comfortable zone. Coming to the shocking news, there is no doubt that Shakib is far better & more talented player & captain than Mashrafi. Bring back Shahryaar Nafis & Alok Kapali then you have more chances to start winning habits. Afab should be given proper guidance & he will turn more dangerous batsman in world cricket.

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    BCB's decision was overdue to drop Mohammad Ashraful who was having a very poor form for a long time. He was not contributing at all. Of late he became a liability for the team and the management. However, we wish him all the best & come back to the main squad by establising his consistentency of good form. No doubt he is a talented player but without performance it is meangless. We do not like to compare Sakib with anybody. Sakib is a gifted player who always performs more than 100% either with the ball or with the bat. Sometimes with both. We congratulate Mashrafe Mortaza for becoming the Captain again. Hope he will do well with the supports of his team mates. Best of luck for the TIGERS in the coming ODI series.

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    ITz A very good decission

  • V_Raju on June 29, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    @ShababFAlam

    I hope you are here to read this !!! Man ... please use cricinfo to find out and clear your facts how many times india has won in Australia, SA, Eng and WI. And talking about home series ... Atleast we win at home ... rather being innings defeated. Bangladesh is a good team... they have good players I respect that ... rest ur comments about Dravid and Laxman .. they will play till they are 60 ... do you have an issue ???

  • hasib9 on June 29, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    @ Sam_k14: this is about Mashrafe's captaincy; not about Bangladesh's test status. we all know BD almost defeated England in three of last 4 test matches they played. Lack of experience gave England the advantage. Anyway, stop crying about it and comment only when you have something relevant to the article.

  • Zobaid_Khan on June 29, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    This is a right move; Mash's role as openning bowler is still unchallenged, so he should be given chance to perform as a captain. As a captain he is more mature and many of Shakib's captaincy decisions were dubious; like batting in daynighter in February at Mirpur; some times his field placings and bowling changes were not in accordance with the match situation; and overall, his batting has suffered a lot during the last few months. He is a much better player. Let us give him chance to mature as future long term BD captain. And Mash deserves a second spell after the shortest tenure as captain, DO NOT WRITE HIM OFF AS YET. As for Ash he has much to prove before any talk of come back should arise

  • on June 29, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    this would have been a terrible move but Bangladesh lose every game they play already. how much worse could mashrafe mortaza probably do?

  • on June 29, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    This is stupidity personified!1Disastrous decision from Bangladesh comedy board.Don't expect extraordinary performance from an ordinary team.They still have a long way to go to establish themselves as major international team.

  • shamsulislam on June 29, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    The decision regarding captaincy is hasty one as Masrafee is not 100% fit to play. I think this will be another extra pressure to masrafee, but Shakib he proved himself that he can play as a captain also. May be bad patch going on for Shakib, Let see who is right, Me or the think thank of Bangladesh team.

  • arif37 on June 29, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    I dont think this is a right decision

  • arif37 on June 29, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    I do not think this is right decsion at all. Mashrafe is fighting with his form and fitness. He has a problem in attitude as well. Last time he left hotel room when he was informed that he is not in for the next match. Captain who has problem in attitude will never bring any good result. Batting advisor S Ganguly's appointment will be good decision.

  • AhsanIqbal on June 29, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    This is a poor decision by the BCB because Shakib was leading the team to a great form. They were brilliant in the Test Series in and against England but the major problem for them was that they were not being able to finish the games in style. If they were the good finishers, they would have been among the best teams of the world.

  • on June 29, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    I dont know why they are doing unwanted experiment to cricket team. I personally think Mashrafe Mortaza may be a good bowler but hard to make him captain because He just come back from injury and didnot perform too well & also replacing Mohammad Ashfraful by Raqibul Hasan is like replacing Sachin tendulkar by Saurav Tiwari

  • frogjust on June 29, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    i think taking capitancy away from bang's best player is a good decision right now. This team has in my opinion two world class players in tamin and shakib. It's the promising players that have to take the next step for them to succeed. I'm talking about mushfiqur, mahmudullah, junaid and maybe shafiul and raqibul. After that, bang really needs a) breed a world class fast or swing bowler (or both) soon and a steady solid middle order batsmen to temper the stroke makers they certainty already have.

  • kingislanddairy on June 29, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    i dont think mashrafe being captain again is such a great move. yes shakib has too much pressure on him. everyone expects him to bat well after bowling 40 overs and captaining a young side. he had to drop one. either batting, bowling, or captain. i would have preferred him to give up his batting and concentrate on bowling and captaincy. it would have allowed mahmudullah to move up the order as well. i think dropping shakib from captaincy is a heartbreaking move for him. he puts in all the effort, but his team cant perform. and without word, someone else takes his job.

  • mike5181 on June 29, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Bangladesh players are all just immature boys. They need to learn that the key is experience, having an entire team under 23 and what not is not going to cut it in international cricket. They need to rough it out with the same core group of players for 2-3 years and then younger players coming through can mature around wiser senior players.

  • crazycricketfan4life on June 28, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    What a deplorable move by the BCB (right before the WC). . Mashrafe is our best bowler but he is prone to injury which might even make him a doubt for the upcoming WC too. I think Shakib liked the added responsibility and I will add some stats to show why this is so. Yes Shakib does have his moments where his reason is betrayed by his emotions, both on and off the field, but that is supposed to happen to a 23 year old leading a test team and will change with time and maturity which I believe will come to Shakib.For BD Cricket you need patience and a lack of it has just been shown by its employers. Sorry Shakib but you were dealt a bad hand. SHakib-Al-Hassan Stats (As Captain) - Test Batting: Mts 9; Runs: 623, 1 100 and 3 50s; Avg:36.67. -Test Bowling: Mts 9; Wickets: 35, 5/w hauls: 3; Avg. 33.07. -ODI Batting: Mts 26; Runs: 741; 2 100s and 3 50s; Avg:33.68 -ODI Bowling: Mts. 26; Wickets:32; 4/w haul:1 (his first); Average:32.71; Econ. Rate: 4.42. The numbers speak 4 themselves.

  • T2-- on June 28, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Its not bad decision Before Shakib Ave Run Was 36 Now it has come down to 33, He is to young to Be Captain, But I Love 2 See Him To be the Next Captain In 2-3 Years Time. Plus Now he hard some Experience.

  • on June 28, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    P A T H E T I C!!!!! Shakib is an excellent captain!! why change whats not broken??! Captaincy is not the problem!! its the lack of individual performances from the bangladeshi side!! I doubt Mashrafe will ever be a good captain!! only shakib has the brains for the job!! Bangladesh has definitely taken a step backwards!!!!

  • bdcricfan21 on June 28, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    It is quite clear that the burden of captaincy was hurting Shakib's game. Shakib is obviously the captain for the future, but at this point, it is best for him and BD cricket if he focuses on his own game. To be quite honest, Shakib's captaincy was pretty awful. Understand that this is just temporary. Shakib will be back at the helm in the future but right now he is not ready. True Mashrafe is not in the best of form right now, but a half fit Mash is alot better than "Sharapova" hossain, or all the other duds we have in our pace attack. I just hope there isn't some kind of internal rift within the team because of this move.

  • on June 28, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Nice to see this.. Well Ashraful was not performing well at all... he has been upsetting his fans since quite a while.. And regarding new captain, I hope it will give him confidence and he won't do sloppy fielding as he did against Pakistan in Asia Cup.. Anyways all the bet Bangladesh,,

  • on June 28, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Right decision....Although Sakib is a very good player, he is not a good captain. Also it is a right decision to select Raqibul Hasan rather than Mohammad Ashfraful.

  • on June 28, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    the bangali selectors are expecting extraordinary performance from an ordinary team....only Tamim is international quality...rest are mostly average.//// stupid decision....

    when it comes to spudity, Bangladesh cricket board remind me so much of our Pakistan cricket board..

  • on June 28, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Many emotional commentators are forgetting that B'desh is still a "mineow" in the world cricket, and is trying to improve their position, and they are doing a remarkable job. So bringing in the name of India and other countries does not make sense at all. But their situation may be compared to Sri lanka in 1960's, and they made their country pround by pure hard work, and B'desh should follow their footsteps. B'desh has 5-6 very good players in Tamim, Mahmadulla, Shakib, Mortaza (questionable now), and couple of bowlers; but they need another 5-6 good players for the team. It will take another 5-6 years to get a complete team. But selection of unfit Mortaza whose place in the team is very much questionable is deplorable, and no one can justify it. People of B'desh should rise to the occasion and protest again the inherent political game behind the curtain.

  • on June 28, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    shakib should still be captain

  • Zigor on June 28, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    I think Shakib is highly overrated. He should work on his attitude on field. I think the team should be learning from seniors in world cricket. Unfortunately under his captaincy the Bangladesh team is too busy fighting with the senoirs of other team. Look what happened in Sehwag controversy .Don't we all agree that a team which is at last rank in all three formats is ordinary. I think the correct response would have been to accept that they are at last rank and to say they want to come up on the ladder. Bangladesh has to accept who they are and then move on. All they show is unrequired anger on the field. (Especially by shakib !). Conclusion : It's the right move.

  • Bang_La on June 28, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    @ JS82: ok, take this wand and do it! It will do good to world cricket as well :)

  • Bang_La on June 28, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    @ VipulPatki, this Kabir Banarjee said "stupid Bangladeshis", NOT stupid Bangladesh cricket selectors or so. You may try to under English comprehension and find the difference in the meaning of two phrases. Indian fans take a superior stand and try to belittle Bangladesh, that brings the counter reaction otherwise we wouldnt have bother to think about that knee-jerking bunch of so called cricketers who are only worth on bill boards and TV ads :)

  • SABD on June 28, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Mr. Kabir Banerjee, there are numerous terminologies we can use against ur country & culture but are reluctant to do so, so u better keep ur tongue on check. Shakib does need a break from captaincy to get back that form which has made him the no. 1 & no.3 all rounder in ODIS & tests respectively. U better worry abt ur own team. Ur team has cheated the cricket world by hogging the top spot on the ICC test rankings. How many time hv they defeated Aus or SA in a test series outside India? U keep playing tests at home, and that on flat batting tracks. Wonder what's gonna happen once Sachin, Dravid and Laxman retire? Can India win tests abroad then?

  • on June 28, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Really good move, shakhib will get releaf, they want allow mahmadullah to bat in first four.

  • CricLook on June 28, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    This is disastrous decision.......I dont think its the right time to change the captaincy...This young team is just trying to stand up and evolving as a unit...in this situation leadership change only hurts this process of improvement...Its true last couple of match was not impressive but the team didnt performed as a unit not only the captain....Important thing is the fitness and form of Mashrafee is not consistent... I think the decision is taken without thinking much or some other gossip may be behind the scene... I donno wheter these slectors have brain or not...What they decide only halt the progress of the team...Wake up guys !...Use your brain...

  • Bang_La on June 28, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    @ Sam_k9 oooops k14, you may change skin but a lamb is always a lamb, never a wolf. India, comprised of knee-jerking players, are glorified only because the money they put into Morgan's paycheque, and England, the inventor of cricket won one and ONLY internatinal tournament in 100 years. So why Bangladesh is worse? :)

  • Bang_La on June 28, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Not an encouraging decision. Mash is not fit at all for bowling, save being the captain. The BCB president played a role in it, I hear here, as his personal choice Ashrafool had to be scissored out and Shakib replied him publickly long time back, he didn't forget that. So, its more than one birds in one stone. Bravo.

  • VipulPatki on June 28, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Guys! don't split hairs. Place Kabir Banerjee's comment in the proper context. He was criticising Bangladeshi selectors and not the nation itself. @Arman Shah: "...over reliance on abdur razzaq.." You dont call bringing on your trusted slow bowler in a fire-fighting situation a symptom of over-reliance. Shakib was doing okay and should have been given time atleast till WC. Poor batting technique is a major issue for most BD batsmen which has to be sorted out in the nets rather than behind a closed door. I also sense that, to some Bangaldeshi cricket fans, supporting their national team means little more than to cackle against India at the first available opportunity. Reactions to Kabir Banerjee's comments are a case in point.

  • SHAKILTAZ on June 28, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Although Shakib is not on good form but Masrafi is not playing well as well.8.25 is very poor economy rate in odi.His avg is not good at the moment.It could be huge pressure for him when he is struggling to come back his form.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on June 28, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Its a great move. Sakib,plz don't be shoaib Malik! Now you should improve yourself as world best allrounder and plz help Masrafe.

  • on June 28, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    I am afraid about the future of cricket in bangladesh. The blame is nothing to do with players or performance. management is absolute stupid!

  • on June 28, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    This is quite a big mistake for Bangladesh. Shakib has been a fine captain, and has done well with his bowling. If he's given time even his batting will come around but it's not to expect as much as Iqbal noting that Shakib is a middle-order batsman. None the less Shakib should retain the captaincy.

  • manasvi_lingam on June 28, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Since Shakib is their best player, along with Tamim perhaps not playing as a captain will relieve some of the pressure and help him bat and bowl better than before

  • smukhles on June 28, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    I really wouldn't call a nation stupid, as a matter of fact I sincerely agree with this comment that "God bless comment column where everyone gets to be an expert for a few minutes", and would like to remind this Kabir Banarjee that his presence in front of the wicket perhaps would be for a second or so and with the ball probably be even less ! whatever the team management thinks, let them go forward with that, this is none of your concern and by the way, as per being stupid," it takes one to know one".

  • Shawn-Ghosh on June 28, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    What poor judgment by BCB, or is it a political maneuvering some one behind the curtain. With any cricket sense, any one could see that Shakib was the best captain B'desh had, and it was improving every series. No one was expecting them to be a Sri lank overnight, but they were on the right track. He si the best player B'desh had, and the tea needs solid natsmen. Ashrafullah was doing for the last few series, he should be dropped, and Mortaza has a potential but non one knows how much can he contribute to the success of the team. B'deshis should protest against BCB officios.

  • on June 28, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Mashrafe is injured most of the time. Plus, his comeback performance has been average. If it were up to me, I would replace him asap.

  • on June 28, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    According to a bangladeshi newspaer Shakib want to stay away from captency bcz of his form and county responsibilities. Thats why they made Mash captain

  • starsagitarian on June 28, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    this is an absolute blunder... !! Mashrafe is not in form... returning from injury and his bowling charts were ignorable in the Asia cup... !! I have all my support behind Sakib on this... !! I mean its understandable that the tranfer of power was going to happen some or the other day... but people please spare a thought for sakib who has led from the front at so many occasions in the past one year... imagine his load, the expectations and the pressure that builds with each loss and then to be able to commend the growth of bangladesh cricket at every loss... its tough... now slap him with a snub from the captaincy all of a sudden and u have a very very disappointed man... !! I really fear this might ruin his career rather than doing him any good... ! if u cant keep ur most trusted man happy why would he consider keeping u happy in return... ?? I have one request to BCB... if you cannot make sensible decisions please vacate your posts for some body who knows what hard work is... !!

  • JS82 on June 28, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    What a bone headed move! If I were Harry Potter, I would have casted the stupefy spell on all these idiot selectors.

  • The_Czar_of_Bizarre on June 28, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Shakib is very talented and has a winning attitude that bangladesh have lacked in past. Hopefully he gets the captaincy back. And BCB should avoid being fickle minded like PCB. Both teams have talented but naive players who can get carried away by little success as well as really poor management. All the best to Bangla for England tour. Hoping to see Tamim give england hard time.

  • on June 28, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    This is a very good move by bcb.no doubt the best two players of bd team are sakib and masrafi but off course when they r in form.I have seen both as a captain.Masrafi leaded abohini and that year they got the championship dispite masrafi bowled off spin.But as a captain sakib is very negative and defensive.It will help him to play risk free game and we hope he will get his batting form very soon.AND BCB PLEASE,GET BACK KAPALI AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.LAST 5 MATCH EXCEPT LaST ONE,BD felt a real absence of a good middle order batsman.AND PLZ SEE,THERE IS 6 BOWLER WHERe RUBEL IS A GREAT MISS USES.Cz he could not able to paly a single match in last series.nazimuddin and shamsur rahman shuvo is a good replacement for FAISAL AND RAQIBUL IF THEY FAIL.BUT WE NEED KAPLAI AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE

  • AbhiPro on June 28, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @Nawsad . . . If Shakib was following Shoaib Malik, then he should not be Test captain as well. And Mortaza will not play Tests in the near future. So who will be the Test captain? Tamim Iqbal? Must say cannot read any logic in this move. Shakib is one of the few genuine all-rounders in the game today . . . he is so much more than a bits-and-pieces player. And Mortaza has to remain injury free first. Don't know what good he can do as a captain if he is not in the team more than half of the time. 'UNCUT immature' Indians indeed! How abusive can you get mate! Cricinfo guys, pl moderate such comments. We don't want cricket to be replaced by lowly mud-slinging here.

  • Saim93 on June 28, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Wrong move BCB, Im pretty sure they have done this to check whether they will get better results with Mashrafe as captain but in my opinion there are many disadvantages. Firstly Mashrafe has fitness problems and he will have to concentrate on this as well as on his captaincy and his bad patch of form. Secondly he had a fight with Shakib and due to this they may not connect very nicely now. Finally now that he has been stripped as captain Shakib's morale may go down and that is something Bangladesh cannot afford given that he is the best allrounder of today. We will have to wait and see what happens but this is the way I feel of this situations.

  • on June 28, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Hello Mr.Banarjee

    watch your mouth , It is Bangladesh matter nothing concern with your so called overated india. stay with india .

  • on June 28, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    @ kabir Banerjee............. well i am not sure where u r form........... u have called a nation STUPID......... what do u think about ur comment......... probably ur seniors did not teach u these things..........

  • on June 28, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Changing Captains will not work, Bangladesh Cricket Team Players are losers, and time and again they don't fail to prove that. In my opinion Bangladesh should be snubbed of their Test and ODI Status and transferred to Division One. Bangladesh Cricket Team has already caused enough Heart Aches for this humble fan. :(:(

  • izak on June 28, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    From another brainless,airhead, we lost more than 10 games in a row I think (lost count!) , What difference does it make at this point? It could be worth a try.I am glad all these readers have bothered to vent or demean B`desh , it just shows you guys care! Keep up the good work. God bless the comment column where everyone gets to be an expert for a few minutes.

  • MacZZ on June 28, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    This not the worst thing the bcb has done. Whenever somebody is in good form and just start to mature up bcb put them as captain and I was afraid they would put tamim as captain like the time they put Shariar Nafees or Mushfiqur Rahim as VC. So atleast it's not the worst decision but it is the second worst decision by bcb right now. Shakib is really talented and I hope he comes back in form and it doesn't really matter if he is captain or not.

  • on June 28, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    good decision. shakib is a good bowler but too immature for captaincy. also his field placings and over reliance on abdur razzaq are worrying. many times his strategy perplexes even the most ignornat cricket fan like me, his reluctance to attack the opposition by placing an aggresive field his prime shortfall. he over estimates abdur razzaks abilities to take wickets, razzaq is mediocre and not worthy of test cricket. he does not use mahmudullah enough and prefers to bowl majority of overs himself. perhaps by relinquishing captaincy he can concentrate on his batting which is woeful at present. good luck to mashrafe and hope he has better field placings and cricketing brains than the previous captains.

  • on June 28, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    why ppl are so angry about this selection. Shakib wasn't doing well as captain and his form is down too. Mashrafee is a good player. I hope he'll not have anymore injury and get back his usual form. Go Mashrafee. (BTW I read in Bengali newspaper that Shakib won't be captain in this tour bcz of his county responsibilities. I don't think he as available to play those matches against ireland and scotland)

  • Nipun on June 28, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    So Bangladesh cricket team is trying to emulate Pakistan in terms of captaincy....It's only been a year since Ashraful was sacked & now,with only months to go before the World Cup,the captaincy status is under clouds!Mortaza is not even fully fit now-his bowling was total rabble in the Asia Cup,& now he is the captain?!Hmmmm....

  • Sam_k14 on June 28, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    LOL you can change the bull but it is the same cart! If BD fans think they will win against a decent team (no matter who the captain is) they are dreaming in technicolour! Look at their performance at the Asia Cup. Afghanistan would have done better than BD. They should be playing against club teams in England. I really think the ICC should take away test status from BD. Why do we have to put up with this nonsense? We want to see good games not a bunch of whipping boys getting hammered left right and centre

  • on June 28, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    What the hell is this!!!!Why changing when shakib was doing okay...the problem is not shakib`s captaincy ,the problem is the presence of good for nothing ash,mash and co.....shakib deserved to be in charge till 2010...why do BSB have to foolow PCB..couldn`t they follow south africans and give shakib a run like smith!!!look how matured a cpatain smith has grown into....just rubbish from BCB

  • Agunjhora on June 28, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    mashrafe has been very inconsistent since coming back from injury, not even regained full fitness yet (opted out from test by himself against england). I can't understand why the change been made! Recently his from has been really poor, pressure of captaincy is not going to help him either

  • Auckland_bluesz on June 28, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    There is too much pressure on shakib! Evrybdy wnt hm 2 perform evryday wth both bat n ball.. He ws dng t succesfuly 4 sm time bt what i feel is captaincy is adding to all the pressure he's already having.. So the selectors must hv thought of relieving some of it.. But the problem is his replacement,Mortaza isnt 100% fit.. Otherwise he wud hv been a gud choice..

  • Asgore-Koshru on June 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    It is a very sad news for we all Bangladeshi cricket fan. How much further wrong our cricket team management can afford to do. Mushrafe???? Again??? As a captain???? The man has injury and not performed well last few matches and been on n off from the game. Anyway, we always hope for the best . Hope Shakib get back into his form and Mushrafe as well. To our team management....Plz do not experience with players every single matches. Let them play and be matured .We all r looking forward to WC2011. Lets not get the politics involve while u do the selection. All the best in England.

  • Nawsad on June 28, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    @kabir banerjee u have no right to call us STUPID!comment shud be sports related not nations.....anywayz indian people or indian supporters are UNCUT immature.lol.Itz a good move for bcb cz shakib was following shoaib malik now i think bangladesh team will be shaped as a spirited team as was before.and special thanks for dropping ash as he needs some times to think about his future. goodluck mash and bd team......

  • CMIS on June 28, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    this is a bonehead move. mashrafe may be a talented player, but i suspect he hasn't much going for him between the ears, and I'm afraid the next few weeks will prove that. BD, as a developing team need stability, not a board trying their best to emulate their tumultuous pakistani counterparts.

  • Ed_Lamb on June 28, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Amazing how the selectors can make the Bangladesh team's chances of really challenging the best sides in the world that much harder....as if the player's task wasn't hard enough already.

  • aavi242 on June 28, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    wtf?? they have gone mad!!!

  • abyrao on June 28, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    I always knew bangladeshi selectors were dumb and stupid the way they keep giving importance to Ashra(fool). But this is the heights cant even label them stupid. Simply brainless thats all.

  • on June 28, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    LOL! who bloody cares!they are still going to loose every match!

  • on June 28, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    that's pretty messed up to be honest, I'd be incandescent with rage if I were Skakib - he's still the only bowler worth his place on the entire team and has one of the highest batting averages.

    stupid bangladeshis.

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  • on June 28, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    that's pretty messed up to be honest, I'd be incandescent with rage if I were Skakib - he's still the only bowler worth his place on the entire team and has one of the highest batting averages.

    stupid bangladeshis.

  • on June 28, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    LOL! who bloody cares!they are still going to loose every match!

  • abyrao on June 28, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    I always knew bangladeshi selectors were dumb and stupid the way they keep giving importance to Ashra(fool). But this is the heights cant even label them stupid. Simply brainless thats all.

  • aavi242 on June 28, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    wtf?? they have gone mad!!!

  • Ed_Lamb on June 28, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Amazing how the selectors can make the Bangladesh team's chances of really challenging the best sides in the world that much harder....as if the player's task wasn't hard enough already.

  • CMIS on June 28, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    this is a bonehead move. mashrafe may be a talented player, but i suspect he hasn't much going for him between the ears, and I'm afraid the next few weeks will prove that. BD, as a developing team need stability, not a board trying their best to emulate their tumultuous pakistani counterparts.

  • Nawsad on June 28, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    @kabir banerjee u have no right to call us STUPID!comment shud be sports related not nations.....anywayz indian people or indian supporters are UNCUT immature.lol.Itz a good move for bcb cz shakib was following shoaib malik now i think bangladesh team will be shaped as a spirited team as was before.and special thanks for dropping ash as he needs some times to think about his future. goodluck mash and bd team......

  • Asgore-Koshru on June 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    It is a very sad news for we all Bangladeshi cricket fan. How much further wrong our cricket team management can afford to do. Mushrafe???? Again??? As a captain???? The man has injury and not performed well last few matches and been on n off from the game. Anyway, we always hope for the best . Hope Shakib get back into his form and Mushrafe as well. To our team management....Plz do not experience with players every single matches. Let them play and be matured .We all r looking forward to WC2011. Lets not get the politics involve while u do the selection. All the best in England.

  • Auckland_bluesz on June 28, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    There is too much pressure on shakib! Evrybdy wnt hm 2 perform evryday wth both bat n ball.. He ws dng t succesfuly 4 sm time bt what i feel is captaincy is adding to all the pressure he's already having.. So the selectors must hv thought of relieving some of it.. But the problem is his replacement,Mortaza isnt 100% fit.. Otherwise he wud hv been a gud choice..

  • Agunjhora on June 28, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    mashrafe has been very inconsistent since coming back from injury, not even regained full fitness yet (opted out from test by himself against england). I can't understand why the change been made! Recently his from has been really poor, pressure of captaincy is not going to help him either