Bangladesh news September 5, 2011

Shakib 'surprised but not shocked'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shakib Al Hasan, who was axed as Bangladesh captain on Monday, has said that though he was surprised by the decision, it wasn't entirely unexpected. Both Shakib and vice-captain Tamim Iqbal were stripped of their leadership posts by the Bangladesh board after the team's defeat in both the Test and the one-day series in Zimbabwe last month.

"I am surprised by the sudden decision but I am not shocked. I can take things easy which is my strength," Shakib told the Dhaka-based newspaper Daily Star. "The board definitely took this decision for betterment of the game, so I must accept it."

Shakib, 25, has been Bangladesh's captain for two years, except for brief spells when the frequently injured fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza took charge. Shakib was named captain for 2011 after leading the side to an impressive 4-0 one-day series win over New Zealand at home and following it up with a victory over Zimbabwe late last year.

It hasn't been a smooth ride for Shakib as captain. In December 2010, soon after he was named full-time captain, he complained that he wasn't prepared for the job and that he was not getting a free hand in selecting the team. He also demanded a long run as captain and didn't want to take over on a "series-by-series" basis as the board wanted him to. He also had a strained relationship with the new selection panel headed by former captain Akram Khan, with Shakib saying he wasn't consulted when the side to tour Zimbabwe was picked, while Akram insisted Shakib was.

The controversies and the loss to Zimbabwe, a team which was making its return to the Test arena after five years, seem to have led to Shakib's sacking. "As a captain I must take the responsibility for the poor showing in Zimbabwe," he said. "But still I believe that we had lack of preparation and that was one of the main reasons behind the debacle."

Shakib said the board needs to investigate the reasons behind the Zimbabwe failure. "You see in our country everywhere we make someone scapegoat for any failure because we don't want to dig deep to find out the real problem and this is no exception," he said. "This is our system. We always try to solve problems casually."

No replacements have yet been named for Shakib and Tamim.

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  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    For the betterment of cricket in Bangladesh, Shakib is the guy that needs to be at the helm. This decision to remove him from captaincy is still okay if they wanted a message sent to him. But he must be brought back in some time, in say a year. Like some one else mentioned here, people get emotional with wins and losses.The bigger picture is that Bangladesh is still growing as a cricket nation and shakib is the man that will lead the growth. So this should be temporary.

  • O on September 7, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Vice captaincy can be of makeshift appointment basis. One series Kayes may be tried, another series may be Ryad or Razzak provided that they are selected for the match. For Shahriar Nafees, firstly he 'll have to ensure his place in the squad, best 11, perform consistently, earn popularity/respect among the current players/performers. Then he may be a good choice for captaincy. It is always difficult for the returnees. Persistence is the key quality required in all these players.

  • O on September 7, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    A difficult decision was made, hopefully to save the team from further future debacles. This is not probably a permanent resolve from this type of school boyish grouping games. BD coaching staff & board elders will have to ensurer skills on how to motivate young cricketers & be respected guardians. This seems like the "Shoeb Malik incedent" in Pakistan team. Plz don't let shakib fade out like Shoeb. He may have made some childish mistakes which he may not realize fully due to his age but he needs to be kept inspired as the best performer of the team. He'll probably be a good captain in couple of years time. Tamim needs to be talked to by the uncle Akram Khan so that he does't become like Shehwag. Shehwag's arrogance is not a positve quality from a sports person. Tamim will also do better in future. Mushfiqur seems the best choice for now who can keep the BKSP buddies & the under-19 team mates in harmony with the rest of the bunch with his matured JU educated exposure.

  • Javed on September 7, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Let's make Nafees as a Captain and Mushfiq as his deputy. These two guys are cool, at least they don't have any attitude problems like Shakib and Tamim. Go Tiger Go.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    A bunch of BCB.....As captain and vice captain Shakib and Tamim both has shown immaturity and they have shown lacks in leadership traits...So do the BCB. They should have nurtured and allowed them to grow. how many captains in last ten years? can't remember!! It's not a musical chair !! allow the captain to develop the leadership skills, it is science and needs to learn does not come naturally.... Immature decision and behavior by the board and selectors actually hurting BD cricket....I recall, Al Shariar Rokon, once considered as the most talented batsman of the country and thrown away by the selectors and BCB ( Farooq and gang). Now he is in NZ as player and coach ( Napier?)....hope this two will not follow the same path.... A grim future for BD cricket??? board should concentrate more on developing the first class infrastructure rather than a search for a spineless captain!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Mashrafee and Shahriar mifht be the choice forODI and Test. Very good decision by BCB. WE want these two player in their best form now. After 5 years about captaincy....................

  • Sameer on September 6, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Am an Indian and like the way Sakib carries himself on the field. He seems calm and is undoubtedly the best player in the team. Hope this inspires him to do well as a player. The same cannot be said about Tamim. A average player, albeit an entertaining one, he thinks too much of himself. A couple of flashy innings and he thinks of himself as the next Sehwag. Unlucky to get out, LOL. Wake up man, u are going to get unlucky a lot of times in the future, by the look of things.

  • Steve on September 6, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    My be unrealistic, but I hope BD selectors can pick some good batsmen from the lower leagues. The current lot seems to think assured of their places, consequently, not putting in their best efforts.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    The best thing has been done for Shakib & Tamim's cricket career by this decision. Now, both of them can forget their tiny previous role as a captain & a deputy and concentrate on their individual games more to be looked healthy by the stats which will eventually help these two buy some t20 tickets world wide.

  • Hasib on September 6, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Shakib is the best player in Bangladesh team; no doubt about that. But thought I highly doubt he is the best choice for a captain. He is too young for this job. Take Shahariar Nafees or Mahmudullah, both of them are very mature and calm, and also relatively consistent compared to other players in the team.

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