Bangladesh news December 14, 2013

Bangladesh's weak T20 bowling worries Mushfiqur


Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, expressed concern over the failure of his bowlers to defend scores of 171 and 188 in the Twenty20 Challenge Series against Bangladesh A. Mushfiqur captained a side that lost all three games against Bangladesh A, including the final T20 on Saturday.

The poor bowling by the senior side is an extension of a trend where they managed to restrict international teams to a score of less than 150 only once in their last seven matches. Bangladesh conceded 204 runs against New Zealand last month and were also hit for 190-plus totals on three occasions in the last two years.

On Saturday, Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain were blasted out of the attack, each conceding more than 10 runs an over from their three overs. Al-Amin Hossain picked up two wickets but he, too, gave away 28 runs in 2.3 overs. For Bangladesh, the more concerning performances came from Abdur Razzak, who gave away 45 runs in three overs, and Sohag Gazi, who was taken for 26 in his two overs.

"The matches were quite one-sided so we are concerned, particularly about our bowling," Mushfiqur said. "Our biggest problem was batting but over the last 12 months, we have improved in that area. We have scored 170-plus regularly. Our worry is bowling in the first six overs and at the death. We must work in these areas.

"Bowlers will leak runs on such a wicket but we have to minimise the damage. We have to practise in these regards. Bowlers have to survive by bowling bouncers and yorkers, in particular. We have enough time to rectify ourselves in these areas."

According to Shane Jurgensen, the Bangladesh coach, the bowlers are yet to bridge the gap between practice and execution. He admitted there is some confusion within the bowling group as they seem to do well in one-day cricket but have delivered different results in T20s.

"We had set up this week to put the bowlers in tough situations so to be fair on them, they tried hard," Jurgensen said. "But we are still struggling to execute what we learn in practice.

"If a bowler is confused from the top of the mark as to what he wants to bowl, then he is not in the right frame of mind. I think we have enough time to mend these problems, and yes, more matches would be helpful."

Faruque Ahmed, the newly appointed chief selector, said the batsmen, too, needed to have better plans.

"I would consider these matches as practice matches, but I would have felt better if the national team had won one or two games," Ahmed said. "Bangladesh A played hard to win all three matches, very easily. Mominul Haque and Nasir Hossain had important roles to play.

"It helps the team to play these matches. I think the senior side lacked in batting plans. We have to play more matches to improve and understand the game, and prepare better for the next matches. The bowling wasn't good today, probably because the wicket was really good for batting."

The three members of Bangladesh's team management agreed that a few new players were staking a serious claim for a place in the national side. Jurgensen saw T20 potential in Muktar Ali's ability to bowl accurately, while Faruque believed that Sabbir Rahman was a contender for the allrounder's role in the lower-middle order. Mushfiqur, too, spoke about the cricketers he believed would push the national players.

"We have guys like Farhad Reza, Muktar Ali, Arafat Sunny, Rumman [Sabbir Rahman] and Mithun Ali who have done well. We want these players to push us in the senior side," Mushfiqur said. "We have more matches in the near future when we will monitor performances of these players as well as those from the Bangladesh team."

The senior side is likely to play another set of T20 matches in the coming weeks as the Bangladesh Cricket Board is looking to arrange another short tournament before the National Cricket League, the country's first-class competition.

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

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  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    The problem lies not with the bowling than it is with the bowler and their approach. Now a days if someone want to be a good t20 bowler than he should bowl lots of variations in his bowling, It is like Batsman have to guess all the time. If a good bowler in other format just bowl a good length delivery , it is not enough in t20 format to check runs. we need t20 specialist bowlers from this format domestic competitions or specialist players. Regular bowler should concentrate more on run checks than taking wicket.

  • Nasim on December 19, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Few suggestions for BCB on how to develop a healthy flow of quality pacers:

    (1) Make the format of the List A tournament more elaborate (like National Cricket League) so that the number of players missing out will be the least and also make these two first class tournaments the top priority in the yearly schedule.

    (2) Arrange regular Bangladesh-A, U-19 visits to England, Australia and South Africa (which is practically quite possible)

    (3) Allocate at least 3/4 grounds permanently for fast, green pitches (really, is it too hard?) - where 50% of domestic matches would be held so that clubs would finally be inclined to value fast bowlers.

    (4) Build at least one pace academy where qualified coaches will formally train young quicks from the age-group players.

    (5) Finally, BCB should have an organized rehabilitation program that will actively help the injured players, especially fast bowlers, recover quickly.

  • Amir on December 18, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    My playing eleven would be Tamim, Shamsur, Rahim, Mominul, Shakib, Mithun, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Sohag/Razzak, Mashrafe, Reza. Mahmudullah is a handy player who can contribute with bat and bowl. This gives us 7 bowling options and a long batting line up. Zia, Al-Amin, Robiul can be brought on based on pitch condition. Anamul should work on developing his footwork. T20 will hamper his development. Go Tigers!

  • Hasib on December 17, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Weak T20 batting is a concern too. Mahmudullah & Naeem are not natural T20 batsmen, no matter how many sixes Naeem hit in a domestic match. Gazi is not a T20 bowler either. When you have Shakib and Razzak in the side, use Nasir Hussain and/or Mominul as the 3rd/4th spinners if needed. Razzak needs to improve his fielding. Have a medium fast bowler in the side: Reza, Zia, or Muktar Ali are descent options. Finally, have 2 good fast bowlers. Mortaza for his experience is an automatic choice. Al-Amin, Shafiul, Robiul or Nazmul can be the second bowler. Rubel, however, is not a T20 bowler (look at his record). This is the best available team for the WC: 1. Tamim, 2. Anamul, 3. Shamsur, 4. Shakib, 5. Mushfiq, 6. Nasir, 7 Mominul, 8. Zia/Muktar/Reza, 9. Mortaza, 10. Razzak, 11. Shafiul/Al-Amin/Nazmul/Robiul. Reserved Mahmudullah and Gazi in case Nasir/Shakib/ or Mominul get injured. This is really the best team we can put together. I don't see any other option.

  • Nasim on December 17, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Names like Talha Jubair, Md. Sharif, Tapash Baisya just keep vanishing in thin air since pace bowlers get to play even lesser number of matches, thanks to our club officials. Better play an economical left arm spinner than a wicket-taking pace bowler who might get a bit expensive (let alone of the monetary lose if that bowler gets injured).

    The reason Pakistan always produce great pacer is not genetic. Waqar said in a TV interview, as a young cricketer he had always been encouraged to bowl as fast as he could and not to worry about the economy. I also heard something similar from Junaid Khan. That makes a lot of sense because just bowling fast at 140-145 kph is not something to be taught.

    We have enough young talents. All we need is to ensure that anyone who's trying to bowl fast from 15 years of age play enough cricket for 3 or 4 seasons. A little encouragement with early basic guidance on rhythm and control for them would save a lot of work. Once we get a roll-model it'd be easier.

  • Nasim on December 17, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    We expect a lot from the current BCB management filled with ex-cricketers. It will be great if this said T20 series ahead of NCL (which has been postponed) could be held. The more you play cricket, the finer a cricketer you become. It is the deficit of cricket round the year, which is why our juvenile cricketers have always been performing well against their world counterparts in age-based tournaments, yet fail to thrive in the senior side. (Just compare the profiles of Mithun Ali of Bangladesh and Kushal Perera of Sri Lanka).

  • mainul on December 17, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Abdur Razzak is in poor form. He should be discarded from T20 world cup team. Noor Hossain should be given chance. He is a leg spinner, will bring variety to the attack and a very promising one.Razzak will prove expensive, no doubt in me.

  • Android on December 17, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    sorry...thanks for indicating my mistaking...that was my unwillingly mistake..u r right...more tha n 90 mile..i want to mean...

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    problem is fast bowling. bcb should make at least 2 pace bowling pitch and extra take care our fast bowler. without improving this department we will never win even a single test as well as t20.

  • Shuzi on December 16, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Bowlers (cricket) or pitchers (baseball) tend to top out around 96-100 mph. 190 kph is impossible. I wonder whether he meant 90 mph...

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