Bangladesh news July 4, 2013

Mushfiqur unhappy with short-term appointment


Mushfiqur Rahim has strongly criticised the BCB for appointing him as a short-term captain, saying it would make it difficult for him to set goals and would affect future captains too. Mushfiqur was retained till the end of this year, which effectively means he will be in charge for only the home series against New Zealand in October - the rest of the season's international fixtures fall in 2014.

"I think this is the only cricketing nation that appoints the captain on a series-by-series basis," Mushfiqur said. "To be honest, it is very wrong for a cricketer. It is difficult to set a goal if you don't know for sure how long you will be a captain for. So in that way, it is very difficult to be a captain on a series-by-series basis. And it is not just for me, but for every future captain.

"The board isn't thinking long-term, so it doesn't matter if I think long-term or not. These five months actually amount to just one series. I will give my 100% as captain and player, and make sure the rest of the team does the same."

After he resigned from the post in May this year during the Zimbabwe tour, Mushfiqur was convinced to stay by BCB chief Nazmul Hassan. But there was apparently no discussion on the period he will remain captain.

This is, however, not the first time the board has resorted to series-by-series captaincy. Shakib Al Hasan had a long-running dispute after he was repeatedly given just one series to lead at a time. It almost led to his resignation in 2010 when he refused to lead until he was named captain for another year.

After Shakib was sacked in mid-2011, Mushfiqur was first given two series to lead in the same year. He was then named captain till the 2013 Zimbabwe tour. But the board has now returned to the one-series policy.

It is expected that Mushfiqur will be asked to continue after the New Zealand series (as was the practice during Shakib's reign). Unlike Shakib, however, the incumbent captain has declined to take the fight to the board. "I can never discuss it [being captain till the 2015 World Cup] with the board. If they recognise me as a good enough leader, they can tell me. Whether I would do it then is another matter.

"For the benefit of Bangladesh cricket, the captain must be given a longer term. It will happen in the near future, I hope."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Jonny on July 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Beat New Zealand which Bangladesh should with ease as the long the pitch offers turn throughout the match. New Zealand bar Vettori don't have any quality spinners and apparently Vettori won't be touring because of a serious injury so should be a bit easier for Bangladesh. Also Bangladesh do not have to worry about the New Zealand pace attack since none of their bowlers can bowl express like the West Indies side which Bangladesh played fairly well against last time. Its very likely Bangladesh will be surpassing New Zealand Cricket soon. New Zealand are poor players of spin.

  • Rico on July 8, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    I like Mushfique's tenacity, but in this case, just be grateful you have the job for now. You made a big hole in your resume with the resignation drama. Once more maturity is shown, hopefully BCB will reward it with a longer contract.

  • BIG on July 7, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    He is the Bd's most winning captain, he has the full right to ask for more time either it is that he resigned before or not. if your were in his shoe, you will understand.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    LOL did he not quit it a few months ago...Be glad the selectors gave you the job back...

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    First he resign captaincy then he complains for giving him another brief life!!instead of complaining go out there and prove BCB to extend your contract for longer length

  • timeh on July 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    I actually like the idea of picking the captain from the best playing 11, rather than guaranteeing one player a position in the team regardless of form.

  • Shipu on July 5, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Prove them wrong by beating New Zealand in an ODI and Test series which Bangladesh should if they prepare turning pitches.

  • siddhartha on July 5, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    lots of attitude problem with Mushfiq. not sure why BCB is sticking with him as captain.

  • Dark on July 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Yo Rahim... Just go out there and show 'em what you can do... Stop criticizing BCB.. Actions will speak louder than words dude...

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Yes! This is BCB's strategy, I must say one of the poorest one....

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