Bangladesh news March 10, 2014

Nasir, Razzak look for turnaround


Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain and bowler Abdur Razzak have both defended their form ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 after they received criticism for their recent performances in the ODIs.

Nasir has made just 140 runs in seven innings this year, and is going through his longest streak without a fifty in ODIs, while Razzak managed just two wickets in the last three games.

Nasir, though, has said he doesn't feel out of form and he is trying to get out of a mental rut. "From where I bat, I don't get chance to bat long," he said. "My strike-rate has to be more than 100. If I am defending 10 off 20 balls, it brings pressure. These things happen to everyone. I have made 30 or 40 odd in the last game, but I think my form is okay.

"I think I am having a good enough time. You may think otherwise. I think it can happen, not scoring runs in a few matches. I am trying to get out of this. I think the media talks more than the people. I thought 'I have to perform, people are talking,' so probably that put some pressure on me."

When Nasir was first picked, the then chief selector Akram Khan had said his strength was to bat according to the situation. Nasir, too, reiterated that, saying his job was to stay around till the end without worrying about goals.

"I can't set a goal. I have to think of being in the middle when 20-25 balls are left, so I have to keep focusing on that," he said.

While Nasir's lack of runs deprived Bangladesh of strong finishes with the bat, the criticism Razzak received was for giving away 18 runs when Pakistan needed 31 off 18 balls in the chase of 327. Razzak, though, said the criticism was uncalled for.

"For most of the time in my career I have bowled in the first, second Powerplays and in the last four overs," Razzak said. "Fingers were pointed at me when I have done badly, which I think is a good thing in a way. I can understand that I am not doing it well.

"If you see my past, I have given five to seven runs," he said. "Have you ever thought we have won games because of such overs? Maybe at some point, someone could have noticed and written on it."

Razzak was confident he would continue the role of being Bangladesh's go-to bowler in the Powerplays and slog overs. "I can get a top-edge and it can go for four, off a good ball. Shots can go over the top, but I enjoy bowling in such situations. They believe in me to bowl in those times, so I want to keep that belief.

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

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  • Monamy on March 11, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    I am surprised bcus of nasir's comments. He was my favourite player once. But if you have any problems or lackings just accept it and try to rectify it. Saying that" i always play like this" won't solve your problems or give you runs. Let's just face it that you are having some problems with your batting and come on you are too easy to predict for opposition team and that's why you are not getting run not because " i always play like this".

  • Shuvo on March 11, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I'll agree with Mr. Anwarul Kabir here... the body language is so wrong that even the opposition starts feeling comfortable even when they are 3 down within first 10....and i believe BD has a huge pipeline of left arm spinners and lower end batsmen so why not give them a chance and let these 2 watch that how exactly you are supposed to play :)

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Nasir needs a break from International cricket. He is in rotten form no matter what he says. Sometimes players come back stronger after a break. Nasir doesn't play responsibly. Even an amateur can tell that his shot selection is atrocious. Time to give the others a chance. If the selectors stay with Nasir, nothing will change as the man is in denial. Razzak had a bad day. But his fitness is also questionable. A man is supposed to be at his strongest when he is in his 30s. Yet Razzak lumbers along like one in his 50s. He will never regain his form of old unless he gets back to 110% fitness. The sad thing is without Razzak our spin attack will lose most of its shine. Send him to France. They made a fitter bowler out of Zahir Khan. maybe they can do the same for Razzak.

  • Hasib on March 10, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    I thought "Warm_Coffee" said goodbye to cricket! Anyway, Razzak is in a bad form. Do not brag about winning a match or two. Your job is to help your team win. Fans will always criticize when you do poorly and praise when you do well. Nasir needs to improve his strike rate. Mominul is in fine touch and I wish Zia and Sunny were part of the WT20 squad.

  • Dik on March 10, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    I think Anwarul Kabir hit the spot! No one's talking about how many runs he gave up but his fitness. He runs and moves around so negatively. He has no life in his game. He looks old. He's only 30ish, but I have seen people over 50 move fast than him.

  • Amir on March 10, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    I think, we as fans lose perspective. I would persist with Nasir because he has shown his abilities consistently last couple of years and was averaging above 40 with the bat. He had a lean patch but that doesn't mean we drop him. We are not one of the big teams that have many cricketers in the pipeline. Razzak however should be dropped in favor of Sunny because he has not shown consistent performance in the last 2-3 years. our best bet would be to include Sabbir, Zia and Mithun in the 15 men squad.

  • Pr on March 10, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Razzak and useless nasir needs to be remove from the team.nasir only scored 26 in a match for BD A against lowly zimbabwe.we cant expect him to score runs with his poor technique.abdul razzak is too old to be in tge team.

  • ESPN on March 10, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Wrong. People are not talking about that 18 runs. They are talking about your body language razzak. It looked liked you mom made you play and you both had better things to do. First address the correct issue before trying to solve it. Looks like we will have the same Raz and Nasir show.

  • Farhan on March 10, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Recently watching both of them on the field become embarrassing. They dont seem to have any wish to be on the field. Both of them need to be replaced. I cant believe they made it to the team

  • Zunaid on March 10, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Why are they in denial? Athletes lose from, and they regain form. If you are in denial you take no initiative to do better. Nasir has forgotten the 4 lives he got before he scored 40 in his last game. One must also point fingers at the coach and selectors. Why are out of form players selected? And why isn't the coaching staff proactive in working out the deficiencies. Razzak still continues to bowl his boundary ball per over - be it in Tests, ODIs, or T20s.

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