Bangladesh news November 27, 2013

Mushfiqur to lead until 2015 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushfiqur Rahim's tenure as Bangladesh captain has been extended until the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The unanimous decision was taken at the second meeting of the BCB's board of directors in Dhaka.

The extension is a vote of confidence for Mushfiqur, who led Bangladesh to a 3-0 victory in the home ODI series against New Zealand in October and November, after drawing the Tests 0-0.

"I feel honoured by the faith the board has shown in my ability to lead the Bangladesh team. This is also a fantastic opportunity for me to plan for the future with Shane (Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen), the players and the rest of the management," Mushfiqur said. "We have started to develop a better degree of consistency in recent times and I will try my heart and soul to maintain that positive vibe. The path ahead is a challenging one but Insha-Allah we will reach our desired goals across all formats of the game."

In May this year, Mushfiqur had resigned the captaincy after Bangladesh lost an ODI series in Zimbabwe, but later said that the decision to quit was a mistake. The BCB decided to reappoint him in July but for a term that ended on December 31, 2013. A day later, Mushfiqur 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. This latest extension of his tenure is for more than a year.

Mushfiqur has been Bangladesh's captain since 2011 and has led them in 12 Tests, 24 ODIs and 15 Twenty20 internationals. Under him, Bangladesh have won one Test, 11 ODIs and six T20s.

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  • asik on November 30, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @Imsrk: Any new team can make upset,but that doesn't make them a power house in cricket.It's a long time process.May be you have forgotten that Bd beat Pak in 1999 world cup though they were one of the best team on that time.Which team Bd beat in 2007 world cup chasing 191. If Afg and Nepal can beat Bd,then it will be huge achievement for them and they will be more confident to compete with the big boys.Win and loss is a part of game.You will not be super power every time.Look at the cricket history,you will get it.

    @IndiaRulesEverybody:Your name say everything but on flat tracks and spinning tracks against non subcontinent teams!And money can change every pitch flat!If you chase then you will surely win against us,because India has the best batting side,but you bat first,then your super bowler will not be able to defend the huge total done by your batsman(Last time they did that against us).

  • Chris on November 29, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Same people that said New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka etc will 'thrash' Bangladesh lol but it backfired. Fact is we have an excellent young team that is gaining experience all the time while the seniors of other teams have virtually all retired leaving a gap hence were able to challenge and beat these teams since 2012 and have excellent fans all packed, holding lots of tournaments, new world class stadiums etc good luck :P

  • Shipu on November 29, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Rahim is a good captain and clearly Bangladesh's most successful to date with several victories already against the bigger teams and already 3 draws in tests this year. And with this very young talented team, he will take them to all sorts of new levels in the sport. I think Shakib will make a great vice captain since he's the best player in the side, heavily experienced and also has good leadership skills. One of the good notes is that players like Rahim, Shakib and Tamim have been around for over 5 years now nearly played 200 International games and still they are between the ages of 24-26 and this proves how much of an exciting future Bangladesh Cricket has. The other good note is that these players will be hitting their peaks by the time the world cup starts. The next few years look really exciting for Bangladesh Cricket...

  • India on November 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Watching the qualifying rounds is going to be hilarious. It will be like watching midgets fight. My bet is on Ireland and Netherlands. Probably Nepal who knows. Of course the BD cricket team can come to the watch the matches as spectators and see how elite teams play cricket.

  • Rahul on November 28, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    I think now more talented teams like Afghanistan and nepal are coming up they can easily beat BD

  • Amir on November 28, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    My intention wasn't to have a go at Albertc but the protection of big boys. My point about qualifying round was regarding ZM and BD having to qualify. They are both full test playing nations and shouldn't have to qualify. The qualifying round could have been limited to the associate nations with top two qualifying to make a final list of 12 teams. I would even prefer 16 teams.

  • Shahid on November 28, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @asikbadhon:- While I understand your feelings for having to play in the qualification round while being host, it is not uncommon though. For e.g. in the Soccer world cup, the host nation always have to go through the qualification round games before going into the final 16 round. It is similar in Olympics where the athletes from host nation have to qualify for the events.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @susmi.......I disagree with you! Musfiq is not that good specially during balling changes. He doesn't rotate the bowlers well and another important thing is, he is very defensive in field. No doubt Sakib was the right person as captain. He is the most professional cricketer in BD team, but Mustafa kamal and other board members didn't like his straight forwardness.

  • Richard on November 28, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @asikbadhon:-No argument from me about you guys needing more matches, and I like it that we include smaller teams in our plans. We think it's for the good of the game even if it doesn't make huge dollars (we'd like to think it generates at least a little good will I guess), but there's little we can do about the plans of other boards, remember these days we're just one vote at the ICC. We can't tell anybody to do anything, we can only at the very best be the masters of our own affairs.

  • asik on November 28, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    @ Biggus, I am not taking about Australia bro, they are not strong like before but still one of the power house of cricket.The thing is the associates needs more match with big teams, i am not talking about all of them.The best four should be given chance without any qualification round and it's t20 match,this will not make the serious too longer.ICC could arrange two or more matches in same day.In first round it would not be a problem,because they have no chance to qualify in the second round,but they would gain more experiance and learn about their weakness.

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