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Bangladesh's weak T20 bowling worries Mushfiqur

Mohammad Isam

December 14, 2013

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Bangladesh celebrate the fall of Anton Devcich, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah, November 3, 2013
Shane Jurgensen, the Bangladesh coach, admitted that the side hadn't bridged the gap between practice and execution in T20 © AFP

Shamsur Rahman suffers ankle injury

  • Bangladesh batsman Shamsur Rahman suffered an ankle injury during the last T20 match between Bangladesh and Bangladesh A in Dhaka on Saturday. Rahman, who was a part of the Bangladesh team, twisted his left ankle while fielding and was taken for an MRI. The results of the scan and his fitness status will be known tomorrow

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed 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.

Posted by Fogu 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!

Posted by hasib9 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.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed 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.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed 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).

Posted by mainul079080 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by TigerRoars 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...

Posted by chapathishot on (December 16, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

@Anisur Rahman Anis: The advertisement should be given in Pakistan and also reduce the speed to 140-150 as it is humanly impossible to bowl at 190Kph.May be you can advertise in US some of the base ball pitchers throws around that speed.The point is speed is not important but accuracy is .And it is not possible to take a raw talent and put him straight into international team.Especially in fast bowling as bowling fast involves lots technique and not strength alone.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Practice makes perfect. A great call from Shane Jurgensen to push for these 3 matches. Now the Bangladesh team can work on their powerplay bowling and death bowling. We should expect the fast bowling to improve because Jurgensen himself was a fast bowler. And with the return of Saqlain Mushtaq, we can expect the spin bowling to improve as well.

Posted by Tamimfan on (December 15, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

soumya sarkar is fluke player . where is alok kapali?

Posted by   on (December 15, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

for t20 bangladesh need another sqad, if the national team defeated by A team then how can we expect to defeat other international team. i think its not a shocking news for us rather a good news that bangladesh have more alternative or backup player to replace who are not performing well.........

Posted by wapuser on (December 15, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Bangladesh have packed their team with left arm spinners. Unless you have variety, you can not pick wickets. It is also unfortunate if your leading fast bowler is so injury-prone. You always know that he will get injured after a few matches. Mushfiqur is an immature captain. Tamim Iqbal should be tried as captain.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

BCB should start to search fast bowler around the district through advertise who can bowl fast more than 190 kmh that bowler will be directly enter national team.Three month remaining of world t20 cup.there is lot of time to search tallent fast bowler within this period.we will not get better result without real fast bowler in modern cricket.i dont know why bcb did closed grameen phone tallent haunt.its very dissapointing..i believe there is a lot of past bowler avaiable around ervery is possible to get fast bowler within this time if bcb want....

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (December 14, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Our bowling is also very poor for test matches hence little chance of taking 20 test wickets. If Bangladesh can sort their bowling out then I believe they can become a pretty strong team since they are already becoming better with the bat and at field but bowling is still an issue. Even with spin we are yet to produce a world class one so something is clearly wrong with the bowling department and needs major addressing now. Solutions I think is to form a proper "long term plan" for bowling (pace and spin) and invest in building pace academies to get lots of young cricketers in, sporting pitches to encourage the bowlers and a well structured fitness program to minimize injuries which has been a problem for Bangladesh in last few years.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

why do they keep mahmudullah and naeem. they never won any match for BD. my best 11 is: tamiim, shamsur, ziaur, mominul, shakib, rahim, nasir, gazi, mashrafee, forhad reza, arafat sunny.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

bangladesh should search fast bowler around the every district who can bowle more than 190 kph.In modern days we will not get better result without pure fast bowler.bangladesh fast bowling is very poor.three month remaining of world t20 cup.i think is enough time to search fast bowler around the the district and directly push to national team.i m totally surprise why the grameen phone tallent haunt was closed.Bcb should rethink about fast bowler tallent haunt immideatly.i believe a lot of fast have avaiable around the dist.just we need pick up them.otherwise another upset r waiting for us that is afganistan.....

Posted by   on (December 14, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

matches with SA would be great

Posted by   on (December 14, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Hope they can organise a series of ODI'S and T20'S before the World T20. I heard that SA want a series so possibly them?

Posted by   on (December 14, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Honestly the batting lineup of Tamim,Shamsur,Anamul,Mominul,Mushy,Shakib,Nasir is fabulous for a T20 game. Even Naeem can be placed in place of Shuvo or Anamul. The bowling is a concern for sure but look at this: Al-Amin isn't a bowler with much confidence so he isn't really a good enough bowler for the top. Mashrafe, Nazmul, Gazi and Razzak with Shakib and Nasir can easily restrict teams. I HUMBLY REQUEST BCB TO ALLOW NAZMUL HOSSAIN TO PLAY THE UPCOMING MATCHES. GENUINE swing bowler please look at his talent and allow him to play!!!!!!!!!

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