Bangladesh news September 8, 2011

Law says Shakib had players' support


Stuart Law, the Bangladesh coach, has said he was surprised by the removal of Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh captain. Law, who joined the team in late July, has had a tumultuous start to his tenure with Bangladesh losing the one-off Test and the ODI series in Zimbabwe last month. Law said he was not consulted about the decision to sack Shakib and vice-captain Tamim Iqbal and that it had been taken not just based on the on-field performance of the team in Zimbabwe.

"It was a surprise," he said. "The cricket board has made a decision so we have got to run with it. I was not [consulted] but I was on leave, so I was not contactable at the time. The board has made a decision not just based on events in Zimbabwe but, from what I understand, some other ongoing situations."

The BCB had said there had been reports of indiscipline surrounding Shakib and Tamim which had been part of the reason for their removal. Shakib had always had an uneasy relationship with the board and selectors, having initially refused the captaincy and later questioned team selection more than once. Law, however, said Shakib and Tamim had the support of their team-mates. "I've observed that the Bangladesh dressing-room is no different than any other I've been involved in. Captain and vice-captain are basically the leaders of the group. They have the respect of the players and they dish out their respect as well.

"What you guys have been told and what is being reported is far from the truth about what's going on inside the dressing room. From what I've seen, they are a very disciplined bunch of boys. They enjoy a good time and they're allowed to. We're dealing with very young men in that dressing room and they should be given their chance to grow up."

Law also said the performance in Zimbabwe did have positives, since Bangladesh won the last two ODIs, and previously uncapped players Nasir Hossain and Shuvagoto Hom both impressed.

"While we didn't perform well in Zimbabwe, it steadily improved. We unearthed two youngsters who came in and did a great job. There's a lot of positive things that came out. The feeling has definitely been good."

Bangladesh have not named a new captain yet, and Law believes it could be any one of "six people". He said whoever the captain was would have the full support of the team and would find having Shakib around to be an advantage. "Cricket teams run themselves. It is the captain who makes the decisions but very rarely will he make it by himself. He'll consult his players out there. It is great to have a guy like Shakib in your locker for advice in the field. That's going to be a positive."

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • Steve on September 9, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    In a way, relieving Shakib of captaincy will only do good for him. Of late, his own performance has come down a notch or two. A good performance from him is lot more valuable to his team than his captaincy which I am afraid was not that good.

  • Mustehsun on September 9, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    I think Shakib Al Hasan was the best captain Bangladesh ever had, this is my views .i hope Bengali brothers will take good decision on that, well wishes from Pakistan

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    The amount of attention that Ashraful gets is beyond my comprehension . No cricketer in BD has gotten that amount of privilege as Ashraful . No body has problem if Ashraful plays consistently , but this guy scores a half century once in a full moon and then hides in the bush . Shakib goes there and plays his best , if BCB could give him support of two or three more consistent players , may be BD has a better chance of winning . Instead BCB goes on to create more controversy .

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    the urgency to act maturely indeed the best way to come out of this woeful situation for bangladesh cricket board and it's officials. i don't know the reason behind the foolish acts of the people associated with bangladesh cricket. but it reflects clearly of the poor management system which ultimately heading them to make this sorts of news. wish the board to adjust the loopholes and act smartly not to be news or not allowing others to make any news in this unhealthy manners. all the best and go forward with own duties.

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Good luck Shakib & Stuart law go ahead & Rubish Team manager report & BCB.

  • Anil on September 8, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Great question: How to run cricket in your country? And the greatest answer is: Follow what Pakistan is doing. A kid knows Shakib leads from the front--always--and is the single efficient leader. How a bunch of visionless brainless nincompoops--who cannot possibly compete with preschoolers in cricketing thinking-- sit in every national board and run them decades after decades is beyond me.

  • Talukder on September 8, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    What a mess!!!! we are going to backward at least 5 years...

  • amit on September 8, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    whtever the situation in the dressing room ........but i must praise mr. law for his comment regarding the situation which mentioned tht the players were well mannered both on and off the field. if he would have told anything against Shakib whether it was true or not tht would have definitely made the situation inside the dressing room worse as in tht case shakib and tamim would have found their relationship with mr. law uneasy and could be evoked an unhealthy situation.

  • G.JEEVAN on September 8, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Shakib is Bangladesh is the best player in Bangladesh by a large margin,a poor decision by BCB!!

  • Dummy4 on September 8, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    As Stuart Law surprise and some other players have support to sakib. That means its the result of bad relation with BCB. What will BCB do now!!! will remove Stuart Law.

    BCB just destroying our team..

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