Bangladesh news February 25, 2014

BCB calls up Mushfiqur on selection comment


Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim attended a hearing with top BCB officials after saying on Sunday that he was shocked with chief selector Faruque Ahmed's selection of the Asia Cup squad.

BCB director Akram Khan, also the chairman of the cricket operations committee, said he and acting chief executive Nizamuddin Ahmed discussed the matter with Mushfiqur, Faruque and coach Shane Jurgensen. But neither he nor Nizamuddin revealed if there was any action taken on Mushfiqur.

"We held a type of a hearing with Mushfiqur," Akram said. "We sat with him first. We discussed the code of conduct, his communication gap with Faruque bhai. We talked to both about these issues. I don't think there will be any more problems like this.

"During my time as a chief selector, there was no provision for the selectors to select the team along with the captain. Similarly, the captain doesn't have to take the selectors' suggestion when he picks up the playing XI. It is a matter of understanding, that the selectors and captain take each others' opinion when picking a squad and a playing XI."

The incumbent Faruque has said that coach Jurgensen had attended a discussion with the selectors regarding the Asia Cup squad, and it was understood at the time that the team management had been already represented.

"When we made this team, we had a long discussion with the coach," Faruque said. "We understood that since the coach attended, he was representing the captain too. When we do discussion on playing XI, it is not necessary that all three selectors attend the meetings. If I attend, then I am representing the selection committee. I think it is good that such a thing has come up, so that now the BCB can make discussion mandatory. This will be my strong recommendation.

"It is not clearly mentioned in our job description that we are bound to consult someone while making a 15-man squad. It is the same with the captain when he is making a playing XI. He can talk to us about a specific issue but they are not bound to do so," he said.

Faruque said he understood Mushfiqur's sentiment, having been a captain himself during his playing days. He said that Mushfiqur's comments were a "misunderstanding". "I have captained Bangladesh and at the club-level for almost 17 years, so I am well placed to understand how important the captain has to take all the pressure," he said. "I think what has happened has been a misunderstanding.

"I think the BCB president explained it very well yesterday: we make the 15, captain makes the eleven. That is how we made the team. We understood that the coach knew some of the captain's opinions," he said.

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

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  • Naimur on February 26, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Faruqe is correct - he need not consult the coach or captain, he needs to select the best 15 which he has done.

    The earlier Bangladesh get rid of Mushfiqur and Jurgensen the better it will be for them.

  • maruf on February 26, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    anyway captain should be consulted.

  • Abdul on February 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Mushfiq is very unprofessional and does not deserve to be captain. Every day he criticises BCB in the media.

    BCB should take stern action against him.

  • Nasim on February 26, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Mushfiq' international cricket career in fact started (at an age of 17 if I'm correct) during Faruk's previous tenure as the chief selector. As a young captain Mushy deserves time to mature and learn how to talk in media. Faruk on the other hand is vastly experienced and proven for his job as chief selector and it is unfair to question his methods on the ground of mere speculations made by the media... We fans should just let go of the fuss... After all the squad for the Asia Cup is the best possible one at this moment, wouldn't you agree?

  • shameem on February 26, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA --- thanks mate, your comments are bold and beautiful.

  • shameem on February 26, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    I got the opportunity to witness chief selector's dismal batting performances in various instances as BD captain in the past. His short-selection was shocking and we the BD supporters were worried even when BD playing Kenya, PNG and even Namibia!!! Is he jealous of Mushy's (read also Shakib's) success???

  • Jayson on February 25, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Why do you think "Mushi" should be chief selector, captain, and coach all in one? He should focus on picking the best 11 and being the best captain, not on what others are doing. In what other sport does the captain get so much responsibility? If he is worried what Faruque and the BCB are doing, do you think he can play to the best of his ability?

    And if it wasn't for Faruque, Akram, and others Bangladesh would still be minnows! And last I checked, Faruque is the one who first picked Mushfiqur last time he was chief selector... that selection looks pretty good doesn't it?

    Finally, if Mushfiqur wants to pick the entire 15, he can quit playing and be chief selector.

    Go Tigers!

  • Tonmoy on February 25, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    It's too much. Leave this topic please.

  • M.G. on February 25, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Win or loss, we all do mistakes. Clearly, Shakib's act was distasteful, but I agree with many that his punishment was excessive. Although senior player, he's a young fellow. Rather, a hefty monetary fine plus a one game suspension would've been adequate. I fail to understand what's going on in, BCB to rational such sever fine for his #1 player, don't know whether he'd personal grudge against him, or what; I know he is first a politician, with may be zero cricket knowhow; But compare others, - Bailey's sledging, Peterson's acts for years, Harbajan discriminatory acts, Kholi 's constant misbehavior, - all remained unpunished. And here comes Nazmul of BD, at the dawn of asiacup, put forth a sever verdict against his key player; this makes little sense. Punishment is more symbolic, - suspension is suspension, a day or three likely has same effect on players. BCB and Nazmul probably ruined any chance BD had in this tournament, and the fans ought to hold them responsible for the farce.

  • M.G. on February 25, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    now it's mushi's turn to be disciplined; and bcb can now destroy team ban before even going to the first game. well done bcb.

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