Bangladesh news November 27, 2013

Mushfiqur to lead until 2015 World Cup

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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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  • asikbadhon 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).

  • Captainman 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

  • TheRisingTeam 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_Rules_Everybody 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.

  • warneneverchuck 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

  • Fogu 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.

  • ashahid 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.

  • 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.

  • Biggus 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.

  • asikbadhon 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.

  • asikbadhon 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).

  • Captainman 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

  • TheRisingTeam 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_Rules_Everybody 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.

  • warneneverchuck 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

  • Fogu 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.

  • ashahid 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.

  • 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.

  • Biggus 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.

  • asikbadhon 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.

  • Ammo666 on November 28, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    That's a pretty right decision...and i hope by 2015 BD would get even more better with enough consistency in their capability & capitalize it well enough to prepare for the WC 2015..& really think about playing the final & get it..& i don't think would be extremely hard if they go this way & better... Best of Luck to BD & obviously Mushy with his successful captaincy...

  • Energetic. on November 28, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    I'm happy BD will be playing in qualifying round. 1 because it will give the team that head start once they qualify and 2 our players can nicely boost their records against either of Afghanistan, Hong Kong, UAE etc.

  • Biggus on November 28, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @asikbadhon:-If we Australians were afraid of minnows we wouldn't have squeezed that recent ODI series Vs BD in to an already crowded schedule, nor would we be one of only two sides, the other being Pakistan, to have made an effort to include Afghanistan in their plans. Doesn't look much like we're afraid, don't you think? You're pointing the finger at the wrong people.

  • Captainman on November 28, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @Imsrk - Who cares about rankings? over 200 countries and Bangladesh in top 10 of course we are happy :P besides Bangladesh have not been playing enough games otherwise would've easily climbed up the rankings :P

  • sirnayem on November 28, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @Imsrk.. Where are you from buddy? I wonder do you have any idea of Cricket.. give a nation who has gone over Bangladesh in the ranking after joining the elite panel of cricket!! Grow Up man!!

    Thanks to BCB on the decision, this will keep the players and coach out of the tension of any dramatic change in team till 2015 world cup and they can plan firm..

  • Biggus on November 28, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @asikbadhon:-As I tried to explain the qualifying comp is there to keep the final comp manageable. Were all the associates and lower ranked full members to be there in the group stages the comp would go on for ever, and the matches involving only those lower ranked teams would be big money losers. The qualifying stage is not to protect the big boys:-That's just paranoia. The qualifiers are there to allow the best of the rest a chance to compete without doubling the length of the competition, believe it or not.

  • asikbadhon on November 28, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    @Biggus:after qualifying matches only two team will compete with the big boys,this two team may be BD and Zim or any other country but not two new countries for sure,if they cannot play with the big boys, then how can they see their lack, Afg or Ire may be strong team for other associate teams,but not for big boys.So what is the problem with big boys,are they afraid of minnows,if not then why they don't want to play with them,how can cricket can be global!We could see some upset or exciting match because it is t20.As a host nation we have to play for qualification!!!!how funny!In near future if Aus or Eng go behind in ranking and they host the world cu,will they need to play qualifying round!I don't think so!

  • Biggus on November 28, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @Fogu:-No mate, the qualifying round is there to ensure the maximum number of teams have a chance to compete in the big comp while keeping it and the required games to manageable limits. On topic, I think it's a good move by the BD cricket board, I think Mushy is a fine player and clearly the best man for the job. No need to have a go at Albert, he was merely expressing pleasure at the opportunity to see the qualifiers and the resultant successful teams competing. If it's the term minnows you object to I can only suggest the following:-That when BD is rated high enough in the rankings not to have to play in the qualifying round then they will not be minnows. Until that time the term is probably fair enough.

  • warneneverchuck on November 28, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    @fogu u need to pray for BD team so that they can learn to play well and reach at the top of table which I dont seee happening any time

  • British_North_America on November 28, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Albert_cambell Sorry for you.SA can never win the World Cup.

  • Rafelgibt on November 28, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Its really a timely decision taken by BCB.Mushfiq is the best man to be retaining as the Captain of Bangladesh team.@All the critics plz be calm. Otherwise you might have heart attack witnessing Bangladesh Cricket progression.LOL>>>>

  • Fogu on November 28, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Good decision. Mushy is a good captain for BD. @albert, the qualifying round was put in to protect those "big boys". If your big boys were really big, they would not need protection. @ Imsrk, it must be lonely in hateville. Focus on elevating yourself. Just because you are in Hateville doesn't mean you have to stay there. I pray you can get past your hatred and get to become more human. Go Tigers!

  • SaluteSachin_MSD on November 28, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    ROFL @ suhag chowdhury.... u made ma day man....

  • warneneverchuck on November 27, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Whoever is the captain BD wil always be at the bottom of table

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Good decision by BCB...only this leader can show his ability on right place... all the best M.Rahim

  • Warm_Coffee on November 27, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Good decision. I rather see the team play more Tests and ODIs then the hit and miss T20. But I can't see Bangladesh even reaching the 1/8 in world cup since the team is not playing enough ODI Cricket especially in faster bouncier pitches.

  • Albert_cambell on November 27, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    It will be a treat to watch when all the minnow teams take on each other in the ICC T20 qualifier round. Thanks to ICC for arranging that. Let the best team to compete with the big boys.

  • amhrajib on November 27, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    It is a very good decision by BCB and he is a perfect man who could lead Bangladesh team properly.

  • on November 27, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    BCB should concentrate more on T20 world cup and before that there is a qualifier. It can be a shame if BD loose against one of those new comers in qualifier. Arrange more T20 matches for BD if not possible then some domestic T20 competition. BCB and coaches should take seriously this format. Asit is the shortest format so anything can possible. BD should practice with suitable wickets as well.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Obviously the r8 decision.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    @suhag chowdry...I'm a bangladeshi fan and I have to disagree with you....Mushy isn't the best captain in the world. Ms Dhoni is and then Sangakara. Mushy is good nevertheless

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Great news, hope Mushi will bring more!

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Its very good decision by BCB.. we will get more good results from this Leader... he is a best captain in the word now... as my opinion

  • Tahmid_scofield on November 27, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    r8 decision at the right time.........

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  • Tahmid_scofield on November 27, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    r8 decision at the right time.........

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Its very good decision by BCB.. we will get more good results from this Leader... he is a best captain in the word now... as my opinion

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Great news, hope Mushi will bring more!

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    @suhag chowdry...I'm a bangladeshi fan and I have to disagree with you....Mushy isn't the best captain in the world. Ms Dhoni is and then Sangakara. Mushy is good nevertheless

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Obviously the r8 decision.

  • on November 27, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    BCB should concentrate more on T20 world cup and before that there is a qualifier. It can be a shame if BD loose against one of those new comers in qualifier. Arrange more T20 matches for BD if not possible then some domestic T20 competition. BCB and coaches should take seriously this format. Asit is the shortest format so anything can possible. BD should practice with suitable wickets as well.

  • amhrajib on November 27, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    It is a very good decision by BCB and he is a perfect man who could lead Bangladesh team properly.

  • Albert_cambell on November 27, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    It will be a treat to watch when all the minnow teams take on each other in the ICC T20 qualifier round. Thanks to ICC for arranging that. Let the best team to compete with the big boys.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 27, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Good decision. I rather see the team play more Tests and ODIs then the hit and miss T20. But I can't see Bangladesh even reaching the 1/8 in world cup since the team is not playing enough ODI Cricket especially in faster bouncier pitches.

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Good decision by BCB...only this leader can show his ability on right place... all the best M.Rahim