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BCB calls up Mushfiqur on selection comment

Mohammad Isam

February 25, 2014

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Musfiqur Rahim is distraught after getting out, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, February 6, 2014
Mushfiqur Rahim had said he was not happy with the selection decisions © AFP

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.

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Posted by naimurchowdhury32 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.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (February 26, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

anyway captain should be consulted.

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 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.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed 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?

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (February 26, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

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

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem 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???

Posted by Go_Tigers 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!

Posted by NokshiKatha on (February 25, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

It's too much. Leave this topic please.

Posted by i_amVIVA 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.

Posted by i_amVIVA 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.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

BCB should now let the matter rest. They have to be careful that they don't repeat the high-handed approach of the WI Board as the latter have nearly destroyed their team in the process. We took a beating at the hands of the Lankans. Now its time to try and salvage our pride back. The team needs support from every corner - the BCB, the fans and the media. This is a team suffering from too many lows at the moment. Time to move on and plan a new era without self-centred stars like Sakib and Tamim. No one is bigger than the game or the team. Go Tigers go! We beat the big boys before and we will do it again, Inshallah!

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 25, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

It is customary, prudent and professional that both Captain and Coach be consulted before finalization. You can not assume that inclusion of coach covers captain, where is the respect for individuals. The team needs to be cohesive, cooperative and complete in their way of getting the right combination for the captain and the players. The selectors' job should be picking the right players, as well as, making sure both the captain and coach feel comfortable with them. The later are the ones doing the real job in the field. Thus, I strongly support the theme that the final saying would be from the Captain and the Coach after the selectors present their initial takes. farook should've realized that his captaincy of minnow bd era in the past is vastly different from what mushi faces now a days, especially at the 11th hours of the asiacup.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 25, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

farook's captaincy of bd as a minno era is different from what mushi is facing. also he can't assume that when coach is present then captain is represented. farook is the one created all these mess, brought extra unnecessary pressure on bd team at this crunch time of asiacup. bcb management needs to learn and employ common sense, courtesy, thereby support improve the sagging bd team to move higher.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 25, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

OK now this is too much. He didnt say anything wrong and we all know that Farook is responsible for all these so why putting our captain under pressure just before our first match in Asia Cup???

Posted by   on (February 25, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Well managed by Akram khan. No communication gap between players and top management can ensure better performance. Off field decision are very important. Make right decision at the right time

Posted by   on (February 25, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

now bring on wats in the rules and what not.come on officials bd just been thrashed in an odi series. captain must be very much upset and should be involved everywhere to take things under control.where has all the hospitality gone?and now faruque also started to speak to media so what mushfik did wrong then exposing his frustration!

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