Bangladesh news September 9, 2011

Shakib was perfect for captaincy - Siddons

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons has come out in support of Shakib Al Hasan, the recently-sacked national captain. Shakib, Siddons said, has the 'perfect credentials' for a captain, but lacked the support required to lead the team.

"He [Shakib] is the only person to lead the side," Siddons, who now coaches Wellington in New Zealand, told Bangladesh newspaper, the Independent. "A captain must be consulted on everything regarding the team and must be listened to when he speaks or raises an issue. This does not happen with Shakib or any other captain at present. He is a great thinker, and is also the team's best and most-respected player, perfect credentials for a captain."

Shakib and his deputy Tamim Iqbal were axed earlier this week following Bangladesh's poor performance during last month's tour of Zimbabwe, with indiscipline being cited as one of the reasons for their removal. Shakib has always had strained relations with the board, having questioned team-selection more than once. Current Bangladesh coach Stuart Law had expressed surprise at Shakib's removal and said he had the respect of his players.

Siddons had coached Bangladesh between October 2007 and April 2010, and moved to the Wellington job after his contract was not renewed following a disappointing World Cup and home series against Australia. Siddons and Shakib worked together in the capacity of coach and captain for close to two years, barring brief spells when Mashrafe Mortaza took charge.

The selectors have not named a new captain, triggering speculation about who could be ready to take over. Mushfiqur Rahim, who has played 24 Tests and 98 ODIs, and is one of the few players who is a regular part of the national XI, is tipped as a frontrunner for the job. Siddons, though, said he did not think the players were eager for the post. "Not one other player in the side apart from maybe Ash [Mohammad Ashraful] is willing to take it [captaincy] on. They know there is no support around them and they will be blamed for any results."

Siddons also said he did not understand the need to have a selector or observer in the dressing-room during matches. During the tour of Zimbabwe, Siddon's successor Stuart Law had reportedly expressed displeasure over selector Habibul Bashar and 'tour observer' Shafiqur Rahman Munna's presence in the dressing room.

"I believe a selector should be allowed to visit the dressing-room and sit in there to discuss or chat at times, but should not make it his home during a game," Siddons said. "I have never understood the reasoning behind having an observer with the team, and especially not in the [dressing] room. This is a blatant mistrust of the coach and players, and is never a positive."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Enayet on September 12, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    @i_amVIVA : You said it all!! Very nicely put indeed!!

  • Ashfaque on September 12, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    "Not one other player in the side apart from maybe Ash [Mohammad Ashraful] is willing to take it [captaincy] on"- This sounds very interesting.

  • Masudur on September 12, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    sakib and tamim must not loss heart, they shouldn't indulge in any politics only concentrate on their game, captaincy will come back let your bat and ball do the talking

  • TMoney on September 11, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Getting mixed feelings from the BCB and the coaching department in general. Im guessing money has a huge part in the decision from the BCB because from the reviews of Stuart Law he thought Shakib was perfect and he had no troubles with him...

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    we need shakib back in captaincy..without his captaincy, we cant win any series wit West Indies

  • Muhammad Rakibul on September 10, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    "Not one other player in the side apart from maybe Ash [Mohammad Ashraful] is willing to take it [captaincy] on. They know there is no support around them and they will be blamed for any results." - It was true for Shakib too. He wasn't willing to take it before the ODI series against Zimbos last year. Captaincy of BD team is always risky. Masud, Mahmud, Bashar, Ash- all of them faced it. Now it's time for Shakib. If the current attitude of BCB won't change, the same scene will b repeated in upcoming yrs.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    BCB! House of politics not the cricket developer. Sakib's fault is, he tells the truth, he really to to play for country and try to develope the team actully what we want, We all fans always with sakib, coz he is real hero and model for us something to changing.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    I think the punishment for Shakib and Tamim was too harsh. I undestand they need to be disciplined. May be the borad should think again and land on a more realistic position.

  • Shariful on September 9, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Where to start? I think first I should thank Mr Jamie Siddons for coming out and saying things about this unsavory sacking of Shakib as our cricket captain. Jamie said things that many knowledgeable Bangladeshi cricket fans feel deep at heart. Unfortunately, our board officials, who supposedly are knowledgeable, wanted to assert their authority and took this unwarranted decision to sack both Shakib and Tamim.

    Since the world cup (or maybe earlier), Shakib lost support of some board members especially the president Mr Mostafa Kamal and some directors for some reasons. Unfortunately, our sports reporters decided to write more about Shakib's misdemeanor than the politics in the BCB.

    Shakib's bold attitude, effort to be an authoritative captain and not-so-obedient behavior enraged board president and some directors according to media report during that period. He wanted to be a captain who would have authority - who can lead from the front.

    As fans, we also failed to support him. pity

  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    he is saying that because he was in his inner circle within the team. he taught him to cross limit & it has become regular practice of shakib.

  • No featured comments at the moment.