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Bangladesh's bad cop problem

Mohammad Isam

March 24, 2014

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Nasir Hossain dropped Ashan Priyanjan early in his innings, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, February 20, 2014
Nasir Hossain has a highest score of 42 this year in 12 innings across all three formats © AFP
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A day before Bangladesh's first Super 10 match against West Indies, the team management's difficulty in delivering home truths to struggling players came into sharp focus. The BCB held a meeting late on Saturday evening trying to make sense of Bangladesh's loss to Hong Kong over the weekend. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the team management has informed BCB officials that they have found it difficult to put across a strong message to out-of-form players. At the end of the meeting, however, there was no directive from the BCB, which on previous occasions has been known to step in and instruct the team management.

Throughout Bangladesh's dip in results over the last three months, there was always a sense that not many in the team management were prepared to talk tough to the players. Since the drawn second Test against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh lost two T20s and seven ODIs in a row and only returned to winning ways in the warm-ups before the first round matches of the World T20. They crushed Afghanistan and Nepal thereafter, but as the loss against Hong Kong showed, they still haven't got out of the woods.

That the team management finally admitted to such a problem is a surprise considering the confidence they had shown in out-of-form players such as Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain and Abdur Razzak. Nasir's highest score in all three formats this year is 42, and he averages 23. Mahmudullah averages 11, with a highest score of 30, and has taken 11 wickets. Razzak has taken five wickets in seven matches at 50.60, and has missed seven matches this year due to a hamstring injury.

Bangladesh's reason for sticking with these players, and the team management's reluctance to come down hard on them, isn't too hard to fathom. All three of them have been valuable players for Bangladesh till the recent past. Nasir had shown tremendous touch in run-chases, particularly till the New Zealand series last year, Razzak is Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in ODIs, and Mahmudullah has scored more ODI runs at No. 7 than anyone bar Shahid Afridi since his debut in 2007. All three, however, have endured worryingly long bad patches.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's captain, made light of the management dilemma, saying it wouldn't take too much for a player to return to form. "A crucial 10 or 20, even a catch, can change your mentality," he said. "We are working towards this. We don't look at the players' past to choose our best eleven. We look at what's happening at the moment and who our opponents are, what the conditions are."

A win or two, he added, would make all the difference. "Any player can be out of form. We have some players who cannot play well at the same time. This is the main concern, nothing more. If results are different in the next one or two matches, things will be different."

The confidence within the team is at a low ebb with Shakib Al Hasan once again telling fans that there should not be any expectations from the Bangladesh team. "I had said it earlier; it is better not to have much expectations from us," Shakib said. "You should enjoy the cricket and support us. If we play badly, there should be constructive criticism.

"Our goal was to reach the Super 10s, now how we do it is less important than actually qualifying for this stage. The points from the first round won't be counted, so there's no point talking about what happened in the past." For short-term relief, Bangladesh have to put together a performance against the West Indies, and against the rest of the group. A first step could be to correct the environment within the dressing-room, which, it seems, at the moment, a far too comfortable place to be.

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

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Posted by chamil96 on (March 25, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

Go WI Go....... Today Gayle is the murdering in BD all bowling attack.You know Gayle is perform always for 5-1...today is his perform day.you can see another world record from Gayle..i am sure.....any way BD also is very strong side there home. today we can see the good match.congrats both of you!

Posted by vkias on (March 25, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

@Abdullah Bin Masud....exactly dear...im not having any issue with BD win/loss...after one win against associates, BD fans feel like they are champions...this kind of attitude (i find it in both players and fans) is bad for BD and it is not allowing cricket to grow in your country also it is restricting your teams performance....if BD come out of such attitude, it can perform much better...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Main problem is that if we win any match, we think we won 10 World Cups and start feeling like that, we think we are everything no one is even close to us , we fell it even when we win with associates .We should stop this habit. We feel we are champions and we have all mighty powers after a won match and never thank Allah, we must also thank Allah if we win. We should stop dancing in the streets after every win, and stop dancing after every boundary hit by our player or if opponent's wicket falls.

Posted by p77gin on (March 25, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

the problem with bangladesh is they start making a lot of noise whenever they win a match. suddenly they have arrived. the media goes crazy and what not. what they don't realize is that it takes years if not decades really get into the big league. stay calm and keep building. slowly and gradually you will improve too. but no, they want instant glory and the speed at which they go up, is exactly the speed at which they fall right back! :-)

Posted by vkias on (March 25, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

@sonu.g...even after the horrible loss against HK, BD fans are still in hallucination...so you did not get answer for your question...

Posted by vkias on (March 25, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

@ Ammo666....can you tell which major title BD won recently..lol...even after 30 years of playing ODI's, no single title for BD....simply issuing statements after statements wont win matches for BD....i understand the frustration of fans for this reason....

Posted by vkias on (March 25, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

@spellbinder76....your team will easily reach semifinal, how?....BD is not in a group with Ireland, Zimbabwe, Canada, ND, Kenya.....its players are not performing....it is regularly losing matches to associate countries...im puzzled how BD will reach semifinal?....yesterday Dhoni issued a statement that INDIA is looking to improve its NRR in next match....normally he wont issue any statements unlike BD captain...if he say like this, just imagine what will be the condition of BD against India on 28th March....

Posted by vkias on (March 25, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

@spellbinder76....your team will easily reach semifinal, how?....BD is not in a group with Ireland, Zimbabwe, Canada, ND, Kenya.....its players are not performing....it is regularly losing matches to associate countries...im puzzled how BD will reach semifinal?....yesterday Dhoni issued a statement that INDIA is looking to improve its NRR in next match....normally he wont issue any statements unlike BD captain...if he say like this, just imagine what will be the condition of BD against India on 28th March....

Posted by MathurRanjan on (March 25, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

I think we south Asians are quite similar in temperament and the way we like things to be done. I guess at this juncture Bangladesh needs to assess which way they would like to go. They need someone like a Ranatunga/Ganguli a the captain, someone who had the guts to stand upto oppositions. I think such captains are able to get decent players play like champions because of the passion. I think Bangladesh can beat any team in the world, especially in T20, but shouldn't we expect more from them. What pains me is that they do not play to their potential. It will be good if they breed youth.....fearless and to an extent arrogant

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (March 25, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

Bangladesh is a team which needs every individual to perform to win the match. They cant rely one or two players. Especially the lower middle order in batting has to click. They have never win matches by 5 or 6 wickets. Anyhow, i don't see them winning matches bowling second.

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