Bangladesh news September 5, 2011

Shakib 'surprised but not shocked'

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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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  • 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.

  • shafiqo 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.

  • shafiqo 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.

  • Quddus-Mamu 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.

  • on September 7, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    A bunch of jokers...in 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 ...it 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!!!

  • 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....................

  • sameer111111 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.

  • CricketChat 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.

  • 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.

  • hasib9 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.

  • 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.

  • shafiqo 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.

  • shafiqo 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.

  • Quddus-Mamu 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.

  • on September 7, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    A bunch of jokers...in 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 ...it 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!!!

  • 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....................

  • sameer111111 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.

  • CricketChat 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.

  • 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.

  • hasib9 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.

  • gracegift on September 6, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Bangladesh's best performances have come under Shakib. Not right to sack him after one poor series. Will India sack MS even after the 4-0 thrashing by England?

  • on September 6, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    It is not a surprise at all. Any captain of a national team should be dynamic enough in his every activities related to cricket i.e. in talking to media, team performance, selection, etc. He should not create any grouping within the team. But Shakib and Tamim should not be upset at all. They can concentrate more on their performance. But one thing should also be realized by the selectors - please do not peak Mr. Ashraful in the national side again. We are now bored to see his such performance again and again. It seems that whatever the result or performance of the team, Ashraful is the must peak without any logic. Any player having more than 50 ODIs in his belt but having less than 30 batting average should have no right to be picked up in the national team.

  • nazmul198 on September 6, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    "But still I believe that we had lack of preparation and that was one of the main reasons behind the debacle." said Shakib. funny part is that before west indies series he will fly to india to play t20 in champions leauge....so again after west indies series he will say "lack of preparation"....

  • on September 6, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is never shy to speak his mind and that is why I respect him. A captain should always be bold like this. They should not be a "yes man" of the board

  • on September 6, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    A great decision by BCB. I appreciate this decision. Shakib, Tamim and some of members of Bangladesh are very arrogant. There are no doubt about their performance. They are best performer of Bangladesh. But performance is not all in all for a player specially for a captain. He has many responsibilities, not only in field but also outside the field. Shakib is not suitable for captaincy, even Tamim. Shakib has many lacking in taking decision in field. Now they should give attention to improve performance as a player. BCB should announce better new captain and vice captain for Bangladesh as early as possible. Mahmudulla or Mushfiq may be good choice. BCB should find a good, responsible and profession Team Manager like former player Khaled Mahmud, Khaled Masud or other better person.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 6, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    "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" True indeed and holds the same for sub continent teams. Now shakib can concentrate on his own performance. He is a genuine allrounder.

  • AbAdvani on September 6, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Shakib is the best captain Bangladesh has ever had especially for ODIs -The selectors are just trying to deflect the attention by trying to make him a scapegoat.

  • Baundele on September 6, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    It was a very good decision by the BCB. Top performers with attitude problem should not be captains. BCB should also get rid of the Siddons-imposed 'sticking to the same team for eight years' theory. There are good players in Bangladesh (Nasir and Shuvagoto are recent examples) to replace long time non-performers like Ashraful, Junaed, Roqibul, Riyadh. Create a healthy competition so that places in the team are 'earned', not 'for granted'.

  • on September 6, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Shakib lacks diplomatic attitude: right we agree, and he should have showed better control of his team as well as relation with the board and selectors. But, question is who is next? Mushfiq is the only choice because apart from shakib and tamim, mushfiq's place in the 11 is confirmed. Any one else?? Kayes can be made vice captain at most. None other then Mushfiq.

  • Fantasy_Cricket on September 6, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Shakib al Hasan is 24 not 25!

  • on September 6, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    So sad, another bad decision By Bd Cricket board, But only sakib & tamim stripe from Capt. vice capt. not the solution. First restructure the nonsense whole committee ,restruestructure the cricket team and above all need to restructure the whole circket systems. But seems sounds bad nothing will happen and cricket will be nore worse coming days like zim was before.

  • on September 6, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    emotional people says that Mashrafee should be captain, how? his khees are not so strong to bear the weight of captaincy, we wish for his come back, he will be good for us, about Shakib, it is our failure, we could not hold him......we failed to handle him properly, we could not use him in a correct way. Anyway, I recommend Riad as new Captain.......

  • on September 6, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    BCB should know dat it's not football

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on September 6, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Let's hope he won't face the same future like Gayle or Afridi after this reaction!! But i afraid BCB won't react in a better way than WICB or PCB! BCB is also responsible for recent ZIM debacle. But Shakib is made Scapegoat & I afraid BCB won't do anything to improve domestic cricket.

  • on September 6, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    "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."

    Nothing strange in what Shakib says. Companies in India do the same day in and day out.

  • shafikzaman.bd on September 6, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    It's a real Eid gift from BCB to cricket fan. Bad example. action taken without investigation. First need to abolished the Cricket Board. Some one try to established Mr. Ashraful as a captain (a real culprit boy).

  • Sam_k14 on September 6, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    What difference does this make? Does BD cricket board think now BD will magically start winning? It is not because of Shakib BD lost. BD is asked to play with better teams pre-maturely. They were given test status too early and now getting thrashed even by Zim. BD board found an easy target to blame. It is not Shakib but the shear lack of talent among BD cricketers that led to the defeats.

  • SU-SAIBAH on September 6, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    It was a very good decision indeed . Everybody should be brought into task . Truth should come out .

    Future Captain ??? How can we erase Mashrafi Bin Murtaza from our memory ? Can we have any update about him ?

    W I tour is not that far ? So, Rahim might be the right interim choice .

  • smudgeon on September 6, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    @Meety - I know...what is this hold Ashraful has over the selectors? Agree with you & Andre Williams, Rahim would probably be the best fit for captain at this stage.

  • on September 6, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    This is the spirit man.Be cool.Do your performance.You will appoint as captain again.And don't make any unpleasant statement or comment which can create more problem.you are the best.So do your duty only.It was a matured reply from you.

  • Meety on September 5, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    @Andre Willians - I don't think its a great surprise, Shakib is a top player, but very average captain, I do agree Rahim would be the logical choice. I do think that there are people on the selection committee that want Ashraful as captain (as bizarre as that sounds!).

  • Bang_La on September 5, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @ André C. Williams, Razzak is a good option but you are right there are many stories untold yet. Lets say again, go tigers!

  • on September 5, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Surprising as he performed reasonably well

  • Monjur_Elahi on September 5, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    This is no surprise! I think everyone realised that it was commingle. Shakib's casual comments and immatures attitude was not really being appreciated in last two years. He lacked deplomacy and he has made improper statements to all including fans. It was his performance and ability to lead the team impartially kept him afloat. However before ZIM series he had been warned and cricinfo also published a report that he should really work with the team without grouping. He did not do it. Even the fans were commenting during the games that he is different. Much better was expected of him.

  • S.S.Sagar on September 5, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I Can See Him Captain Again!!! CauSe, BD Have No Other Better Choice. And, He Will Be Again ASked For Being The Captain After A Few SerieS LoSing ContiniouSly! Let'S JuSt See... I Know, That I'll Be Right. Of CourSe...

  • A_Proud_Bengali on September 5, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Excellent my man...expected this reaction from you! You acted maturely and realized that its a bright chance for you to attain the No.1 spot back. Mushfiqur Rahim will be a good captain i believe...he is calm, composed and is very active on the field. Finlly Shakib can focus on his performance and continue being the best man in the squad. Go Tigers, lets roar...! ;)

  • on September 5, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Definitely a surprise...there are more more in-depth issues to be resolved in terms of players performances,etc..There really are not many options for captain at this point, Musfiqur Rahim seems the only logical replacement. Hopefully the players will see through Zimbabwe that they can improve...let's go tigers!!

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  • on September 5, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Definitely a surprise...there are more more in-depth issues to be resolved in terms of players performances,etc..There really are not many options for captain at this point, Musfiqur Rahim seems the only logical replacement. Hopefully the players will see through Zimbabwe that they can improve...let's go tigers!!

  • A_Proud_Bengali on September 5, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Excellent my man...expected this reaction from you! You acted maturely and realized that its a bright chance for you to attain the No.1 spot back. Mushfiqur Rahim will be a good captain i believe...he is calm, composed and is very active on the field. Finlly Shakib can focus on his performance and continue being the best man in the squad. Go Tigers, lets roar...! ;)

  • S.S.Sagar on September 5, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I Can See Him Captain Again!!! CauSe, BD Have No Other Better Choice. And, He Will Be Again ASked For Being The Captain After A Few SerieS LoSing ContiniouSly! Let'S JuSt See... I Know, That I'll Be Right. Of CourSe...

  • Monjur_Elahi on September 5, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    This is no surprise! I think everyone realised that it was commingle. Shakib's casual comments and immatures attitude was not really being appreciated in last two years. He lacked deplomacy and he has made improper statements to all including fans. It was his performance and ability to lead the team impartially kept him afloat. However before ZIM series he had been warned and cricinfo also published a report that he should really work with the team without grouping. He did not do it. Even the fans were commenting during the games that he is different. Much better was expected of him.

  • on September 5, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Surprising as he performed reasonably well

  • Bang_La on September 5, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @ André C. Williams, Razzak is a good option but you are right there are many stories untold yet. Lets say again, go tigers!

  • Meety on September 5, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    @Andre Willians - I don't think its a great surprise, Shakib is a top player, but very average captain, I do agree Rahim would be the logical choice. I do think that there are people on the selection committee that want Ashraful as captain (as bizarre as that sounds!).

  • on September 6, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    This is the spirit man.Be cool.Do your performance.You will appoint as captain again.And don't make any unpleasant statement or comment which can create more problem.you are the best.So do your duty only.It was a matured reply from you.

  • smudgeon on September 6, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    @Meety - I know...what is this hold Ashraful has over the selectors? Agree with you & Andre Williams, Rahim would probably be the best fit for captain at this stage.

  • SU-SAIBAH on September 6, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    It was a very good decision indeed . Everybody should be brought into task . Truth should come out .

    Future Captain ??? How can we erase Mashrafi Bin Murtaza from our memory ? Can we have any update about him ?

    W I tour is not that far ? So, Rahim might be the right interim choice .