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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 vkumar_086 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 vkumar_086 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 vkumar_086 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 vkumar_086 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 vkumar_086 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.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 25, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

Few SL'n fans are still much better & have some sportsmanship for who deserves in such occasion & give comments accordingly but there are almost not a single IND'n fan who praises good cricket or good effort to any team playing against them or learned to accept any defeat with their so called legends, as if they are the KING of cricket & unbeatable & can't lose to BD LOL..& SL of course they are better than your so called legendary current IND team!

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 25, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

@sonu.g: Oh! yes what was your question Mr. VIP can you please repeat...its like BD fans hardly cares about such Ind'n fans like you to even answer..so better shut your own mouth & go to either Ind'n or SL'n forum & talk about your so called legends with them only...enjoy.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 25, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Few SL'n fans are still much better & have some sportsmanship for who deserves in such occasion & give comments accordingly but there are almost not a single IND'n fan who praises good cricket or good effort to any team playing against them or learned to accept any defeat with their so called legends, as if they are the KING of cricket & unbeatable & can't lose to BD LOL..& SL of course they are better than your so called legendary current IND team!

Posted by akashhaque on (March 25, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

BD must pick young players and give players like Mahmudullah,Razzaq,Nasir a break. Nobody in the team is permanent,everybody must realize that. Its very unfortunate that BCB is found afraid of giving a break to these out of form players, very funny!!!!!!!! Last of all we need a bating coach immediately, Dravid would be the best choice, who is fit, will teach basic grammers of batting to our batters. also he can contribute a lot for our U-19 and young team.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

All the Best Bengal tigers, From Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 25, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

@Albert_campell& Wonderstar1: some fans like you here from IND & SL are like a football do you know..getting kicked from here then again will fly to another forum & make things unreal & atrocious & then again getting kicked from their by other nation fans you ppl falls to another nation's forum & starts spreading the same thing & corruption in fair cricket...what you ppl think trying all this will make BD vulnerable in world cricket & even would be easy to beat them & will stay so called winless LOL..SHAME!!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

@delucricket, wonderster1: this is a thread for BD cricket team's management issue. if you have any comments, suggestions etc. regarding this you are welcome to do that. why bringing the topic like BD cricket team is terrible... should play with associates, Indian streets are full of cricketers like Rahim, Sakib (seriously!!) etc. Your team are going through a difficult phase with all the new players and started to do good. So instead of wasting your time and brain over Bangladesh's problem, focus on yours. Your valuable comments may get attention to BCB high-officials and they may hire you as Indian coach or whatever country you belong to.

@sonu.g: we are completely beaten by your sharp and intelligent talk; you really nailed us. wow... you must be feeling very well. sleep tight now. :)

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 24, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

@ wonderstar1....even if our retired players like Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Srinath, Prasad, come again into team, they can beat this overrated BD team in their soil...they are comparing Mushfiquar (who scored only 2 centuries in ODI till now) with Kohli (one of the best cricketer post sachin era and plays well in every condition and in every format)

Posted by neanderthal on (March 24, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

Imran khan & Sakib al hasan... LOL..that comment made my day

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 24, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

The best way for BD to instill hope in their fans is to pick players who have the passion to play and win and not give excuses. Shakib is doing the right thing to temper expectations but the captain needs to inspire his team both on the field and off the field. Players who have reputation but not performing needs to go whether is Nasir, Mahmudallah for BD or Yuvraj for India.

BD should put WI into bat and use their spin strength to full advantage. Chasing will give them confidence as opposed to setting up a total. Also Shakib should come up the order to No.3 and Anamul should open the innings. Tamim should bat at No. 4 since he is struggling at the top.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

There is a good chance Bangladesh will reach the semis. You heard it here first!

Posted by MandeepSingh-INDIA on (March 24, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

BD talk too much before the game avoid minor status. Base on their form , boarder line of associate satatus, my bet is WI beat BD easily.

Posted by lankantone on (March 24, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Best wishes to Bangladesh from Sri lanka. U have enough talent to beat any country in world cricket. Show ur colors.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 24, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

@Albert_campell & Wonderstar1: some fans like you here from IND & SL are like a football do you know..getting kicked from here then again will fly to another forum & make things unreal & atrocious & then again getting kicked from their by other nation fans you ppl falls to another nation's forum & starts spreading the same thing & corruption in fair cricket...what you ppl think trying all this will make BD vulnerable in world cricket & even would be easy to beat them & will stay so called winless LOL..SHAME!!!!

Posted by slackers11 on (March 24, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

@sonu.g its also worth noting how many Test matches SL won in India.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 24, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

@ Ain_EL_Sabet: Bro, things are little complicated in BD. Take for example, when Zia was replaced, to be honest, he was a little out of form with the bat and apparently captain never felt for his bowling much, so guess what happened? Forhad Reza happened!! Sabbir only played 4 T20Is and few BPL matches and despite his decent first class, list A and youth ODI all-round records, his fate is sealed as no more than a T20I specialist batsman!! Mominul despite being in the team never gets a go even in a practice match. Even a player's injury cannot open scope for a performing player who were put out abruptly or a new player who has been around for quite a time, while off-form player never getting a proper composure until he is totally demoralized and ousted for good... this same 'management' fired Shakib blatantly from captaincy, Shakib survived it only with his professionalism... I'm not sure about what Md. Ashraful is facing now... the space here is too little for such numerous examples...

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 24, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

@ Itteza Ahmed Mate, please dont blame the ICC for placing Bangladesh with the associates. You can check the rankings for T20 teams. Bangladesh was placed below Ireland in the ratings and this is the reason that they had to play the qualifiers.

The ICC did not stop Bangladesh from winning matches.. so why didnt BD put on a better performance? Now the ICC's decision has been proved right whn Bangladesh lost to Hong Kong who were the lowest ranked in the group! Losing twice in less than a month to 2 associate nations does not augur well for BD cricket...

Posted by spellbinder76 on (March 24, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Bangladesh can easily reach the semi-final stage due to their spin bowling and the batting of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib. They also have a great fielding side. What they need is the total support of the management.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

@sambd Mate, I am not for removing test status of Bangladesh - but look at the performances of ur team. Ppl are calling for removing the test status only because BD has not performed to expectations. No body expects them to win test series after series.... but wins in ODIs and T20s need to be more consistent...

Ind started playing ODI in 1974 & won the World Cup in 1983, Pakistan srated playing ODI frm 1972 & won the WC in 1991, SL started playing from 1975 - they won in 1996. Though SA havent won, no-one can argue their match winning potential...

On that note, can u say the same about Bangladesh that started playing ODIs from 1985? No. Winning a major tournament or at least coming close to the title is one way of putting everyone in their place - if ur team can do that in another 5 years, then its real progress, otherwise BD cricket will be in doldrums!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Good luck bangladesh.. from pakistan.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 24, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Shakib's comments are pathetic. Just pathetic. There should be no expectations, happy to have qualified for S10 (if you call that qualifying...). Are you kidding?!?!

Posted by sonu.g on (March 24, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

looks lyk bangladeshi fans dnt hav answrs 2 my questions... well this is how we make u people shut up....as for the overseas losses.that will end because those were the first 2 tours for this young batting lineup after the legends returned....as for SL fans how many overseas test tours outside asia hav u won since ur so called legend sanga made his debut??? my guess 0. what a shame......

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 24, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

@BangladeshCricketTigers - U cant even compare Mishra, Ashwin & Jadeja with ur playing XI leave along the ones on the streets of Bangladesh..

Ashwin is the fastest to 100 wickets in this decade in Test matches, he has a test average of 39.40 with the bat!

Jadeja was the bowler of the tournament in Champions Trophy in England,

Mishra has bamboozed even the likes of Chris Gayle in this tournament.

Dont overrate ur players, they dont deserve it!

Kohli has a century to his name in all the country's he has traveled in Test cricket!

Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Dhoni - all have half centuries/ centuries to their name playing in foreign soil!

Bangladesh dont even stand a chance against them - ur cricket quality is poor - accept it! With the exception of Shakib, there is no class there! Look within urself instead of taking a jab at other country professionals.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 24, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

I really expected Bangladesh to make a huge statement this summer firstly against SL and then the Asia Cup but they failed miserably in both. However, the t20 WC is still there for Bangladesh to make a statement and they really must put the summer behind them and put up a show. All the key players are available and they are playing at home so the time has come and another poor show will be dissappointing to say the least.

Posted by Ahad_Khan on (March 24, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

100% agree with ''Arifur Rahman Khadem''. This is the best team.

Posted by Tiger_The_Hunter on (March 24, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Its really sad that fans from other nations poking in BD news. I am well follower of cricinfo comments and I have rarely seen a BD fan is commenting on other's news. Why you don't understand that its our game & definitely we will cheer for our team. I don't see any offense in that. Imagine the cases of 10 years earlier when all teams were a cakewalk to Aussies. Even then, before every matches, fans used to expect wins for their supported nations. Then why can't we?

If u ask about BD's probability in this tournament, I will say they will be champion. I know that emotions emphasized here over reality, but who care? BD haters, pls bash on Dutch's 39/10, who were better than BD by you a few days ago.

BD fans never compared Mushy with Bradman. Its just the disgraceful comments from BD haters. But Mushy is Kohli, Shakib is Hadley, Mashrafe is Steyn for us. But this doesn't mean that we are comparing the qualities. We are comparing the relative contributions to their teams. Be respectful.

Posted by Zillurcc on (March 24, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Best wishes BD tigers for tomorrows game. Spin will be the key factor. What about the team selection? Come on; Mark Taylor legend Australian team captain was asked when he gave up captaincy why was he leaving captaincy & he replied that he was loosing his shrewdness. Now our selectors will have to prove. Still Razzak, Nasir, Reza in team!!! Let's see what happens next. But mind it to be good selector u'll have to be very impartial & think for the country first.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

best xii for BD.. 1.Tamim/Shuvo 2. Anamul 3.Sabbir/Mominul 4.Sakib 5. Mushfiq 6.Nasir 7.Zia 8. Mahmud 9. Gazi 10. Mashrafi 11. Al-amin

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

@Middle path: you just said the exact thing that I was thinking. Albert_Cambell is an avid follower of bd cricket. His comments are on every BD news and probably follows the bd cricketers more closely than bangladeshi even. BD cricket really needs such die hard supporters like Albert. Thanks Albert for all your support.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 24, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

If players x and y are out of form then you cant expect them to perform with tough bad cop message or hard time, they are out of form duh. What did india do when a batsman like virender sehwag was out of form ? india replaced him for someone who is in form. Nasir has been off form since the srilanka series then why is he still playing while in form players like momenul imrul kayes etc sitting on bench ? Give nasir's place to someone else now and bring nasir back when he gets his form back. Only for mushy captaincy Bd lost from the jaws of victory twice - t20 against Sl and against afghan in asia cup. Any player in the world can be out of form, its not Bd players its team management who dont know how to groom players and who to give team selection and captaincy. It may sound funny but I think 90% of Bd problems would be gone if BCB does one thing - give full authority of team selection and captain selection to coach and nobody else .

Posted by wapuser on (March 24, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

For god sake release Bangladeshi fans from the burden of mahmudullah & farhad reza. If we want to beat better team than we cant have such players in team, whereby we yet to improve a lot in all departments to play competitive cricket. I just dont find a single reason why these two players are chosen randomly in the squad. Is farhad reza even competitive enough to fit himself in Bangladesh A team?!!

Posted by sonu.g on (March 24, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

alright i hav had enough with bangladesh fans poking fun @ india's overseas record.....i jst want 2 ask how many test matches hav bangladesh won overseas and matches against WI B team doesnt count....u shld focus on ur weaknesses...show me 1 bowler who can bowl at over 135kph consistently and ur batsmen r technically flawed.....u cnt expect them to face dale steyn and mitchell johnson on those bouncy pitches..atleast india r a young team and are improving with every match...remember dale steyn went 75 ovrs without a wicket in jo'burg against our young batting lineup....bangladeshi fans please respond.

Posted by TigersCanKill on (March 24, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

My call to BD management and selectors is: Do whatever needs to be done to come out of this situation even if you have to take a very drastic action. If Mahmudullah, Nasir, Razzak, Gazi, Rubel are not performing up to their potential then rest them unlit they show promise in domestic cricket. Reza should not be is the team from the beginning. Also why we have the same players in all formats (Test, ODI, and T20)? We can keep 4 or 5 core players and then replace the others based on their merit, style and performance in the specific format.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

"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." - Ha, ha, the funniest line of this article. Few things can be deduced from this, which, BTW, everybody knew- 1. Mushy is a pathetic captain who can neither establish authority over selection of playing XI nor carry the fallen comrades. Instead making life hell for them with so called high-level meetings that leak in media. 2. The selection panel itself, influenced by the political board, practices so many non-cricketing selection/deselection that they don't have the balls to make it right when it matters. 3. Guess how cricinfo 'learned' it. From some 'anonymous ex-cricketer Board official' who likes to talk to media and doesn't care it obligates him too...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

@ Albert_cambell, I'm not sure if you're serious or kidding. Where did you see someone commenting on "Mushi is better than Bradman"? I don't mind saying Mushfique is a legend as well as he's proved it as a very reliable batsman and a wicketkeeper at his age. On the other hand, I didn't see the comments either comparing Shakib with Richard Hadley. I respect Sir Hadley as a cricketer but it's genuinely true that Shakib Al Hasan, according to ICC Ranking, held the record of becoming the number 1 all-rounder in limited over matches for a number of years that no other cricketer did in the past. It might be a bit silly to compare one cricketer with another or saying he's better than the other, but in my eyes Imran Khan and Shakib Al Hasan are two all-rounders who showed the most consistency in bowl and bat dominating world cricket for years that cricket lovers should remember for years.

Posted by BARFI on (March 24, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Only one thing can happen tomorrow with this BD team as they are here to give other teams a hard time is to lose to them miserably that they will feel bad that the match was not worth even playing. Mushfiq your team, which happened to be mine as well will lose because we have cricketers like you. No confidence and no sense of guilt and shame. If you can win the like rest of the eager passionate Bangladeshi my eyes will shed some tears. Because you and shakib by syaing these and losing matches to AFG and HKG humiliated the whole nations. We would not have mind it if you would have respected other nations and be humble and confident about winning. Shakib and you are more into making moneys than playing for your own country. Shame!

Posted by ibbani on (March 24, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

@wonderstar1 - I echo you. The whole BD team can be found in 2-3 streets in any town of India, they are not worth international. THey just have to be stripped off with the test status. ICC must assess their performance in the year 2014. If they lose all and draw nothing, leave alone wins. They should be withdrawn with the status.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Poor performance by bangaladesh they lost the ODI against afghansitan by 39 runs that shame giving the experience that they have. Now they lost t20 to Hong Kong which showed another poor performance. It is time for icc to really reconsider both zim and Bd status and put these to teams to play regular ODIs with associate teams in order to help to boost their wining record and also give a chance to associates to play more games.

Posted by reyme on (March 24, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Another BD article, another barrage of hatred from the haters. To the BD fans: ignore the haters, haters will hate since they are blind. They pray and hope everyday so that BD fails. All these big talks about how Nepal, AFG, IRE are better than BD and how much more they deserve Test Status is simply pathetic! BD just beat all these 3 teams handsomely last week, just last week. With better captaincy BD can beat HK 10 out of 10 times.

Posted by ibbani on (March 24, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

wapuser and etal - India is sitting comfortably in the Semis, Please look into your own plate. Just wish your team good luck so that they don't fold again to 58 as they did in WC 2011 in front of your own crowd. India will beat your untigerly team royally. Just wait for 27th March. The whole world will be looking into it. BD came in 1994-95 approximately. Nearly 50-60 players already retired and you are still saying, we will improve. I will never see a BD win in my lifetime....

Posted by bdsmaruf on (March 24, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

nasir don't deserve a place in the team at this moment. he is out of form. tamim, anamul, sakib, momunul, mushiq, sabbir, mahmudullah, zia, gazi, mortaza, al amin. it will be a good team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

ICC divided cricket by creating some associates level. ICC is responsible for BD cricket team downfall equally as well as BCB and players. what if world champion West Indies or India takes on associates on inaugural match or it should be defending champion VS host nation. ICC purposely humiliated BD. as a host nation directly should be on the super 10.

Again @ wonderstar1" READ the comment from BangladeshCricketTigers and you better stop period " India always has problem with BD cricket. Hey be a tiger while all tigers are around.......

Posted by Equal_right2play_cricket on (March 24, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

We may do the following: 1.Send Zia@opening with Shamsur(gamble-hv tried once against Newzealand). 2.Put Tamim@middle as a try to regain form(good chemistry with Shakib). 3.Forget '2/3 seamer' or 'more spiner' type concept. In T20, very little difference between our part time bowler & so called front liner. 4.Drop Razzak. He is experienced but even a gr8 player need to b retired! Consider Mahmudullah, Nasir as bowling allrounder. 5.Place Mominul at lower middle for a finisher role rather than Zia. 6.Include Mash, Gazi@10-11 to make a small, strong tail. So squad is: 1.Shamsur 2.Zia 3.Anamul 4.Shakib 5.Tamim 6.Mushfiq 7.Mominul 8.Nasir 9.Mahmudullah 10.Mashrafi 11.Gzi

Posted by Equal_right2play_cricket on (March 24, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Agree with Arifur Rahman Khadem

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

@Albert_Cambell so u know a lot of names of bd players. wow u really follow bd cricket a lot.everytime there is even a club cricket news u show up and recite eulogy on bd cricket.we really need cute cute bd fans like u.it only gets better.

Posted by sambd on (March 24, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

many comments here have very high ranking hopes for other countries than Bangladesh may i remind you all please look at the test records done by the bigger teams in the past , some of you just have big mouth and comments which does not make any sense to me , see your own history in cricket than talk about Bangladesh team who is not even 20 years old in test cricket .

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

To display competitive matches against top teams in Super 10, tigers need strong batting line-up as follows. Bangladesh needs to gain and retrieve a lot of confidence by playing good cricket and defeating West Indies tomorrow. 1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Shamsur Rahman 3. Anamul Haque 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Mushfiqur Rahim 6. Nasir Hossain 7. Mominul Haque 8. Mahmudullah 9. Ziaur Rahman 10. Sohag Gazi 11. Mashrafe Mortaza 12. Abdur Razzak/Al-Amin Hossain. Depending on needs, the batting orders may change with Ziaur batting in top/middle order. If Mashrafe or Sohag is ill, then either Razzak or Al-Amin can replace them. All the very best for Tigers.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (March 24, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

@albert_campbell. exactly. well said. Cant stop laughing at " Mushi better than Bradman. that's the best part".

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Indian wll never learn how to keep thy r mouth shut

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

all the best bangladesh. welcome to the party. teach wi how to represent nation not the ipl money. cheers from srilanka.

Posted by akramabed939 on (March 24, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Feel nostalgic about the golden days of Athahar Ali Khan, Rafiq, Shanto, Bulbul, and Akram Khan. The aforementioned players and many others like them had something to offer to the cricket crazed people of BD. These kids in the current team only play for their own personal glory and not for the nation's. I blame not the players, but the people who keep selecting them.

Does Bangladesh management realize what a deep trouble its cricket is in? For the country sake, the board should make the right decision based on the current circumstances.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (March 24, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

posted by Sifat Alam Pias " And What can I say about mushi, he is a legend already". @ Sifat Alam Pias If ever there was a sentence that needed to be read twice then it has be this. One can have a great laugh at your cricketing knowledge. seems like you don't follow cricket outside Bangladesh or in denial to accept that BD players are very low level . This very arrogance or ignorance( whatever it may be) is the very reason why BD keep losing even to associates.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

First of all BCB need to change, second they need some good selectors, third they need to get more seamers or pacers both will work.

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 24, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

To BD fans, Don't over rate your players . You let them by building high hopes . Here and there BD can win, even Nepal can do this and i truly believe that.

Posted by Equal_right2play_cricket on (March 24, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

BD should not make rational everything.

WI hv weakness against spiner! Not always. This may b happened at tight line-length with brilliant fielding. Think alternates if Gazi fail to get Gayle.

B professional, don't b excited too much even we get few wickets/ tight overs earlier. Don't loose momentum (giving wide/no balls, droping catch, short/leg side ball). Plz try to rotate the match with 4/6's rather than 'swing & miss'! Keep pressure on opposite until last moment.

Posted by BangladeshCricketTigers on (March 24, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Wonderstar1 is completely out of sense i guess haha. If you get cricketers like Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman in every streets of India, then, remember that crickters like amit mishra, ashwin, jadeja who can bat a bit and bowl a bit are available in each and every houses in Bangladesh. Your players are out of talent but just have some media hypes. evel all the batsmen are flat track bullies who get flat very easily around the world other than the sub-continental pitches. Remember how many away matches did you consecutively lost? even with NZ? haha. be realistic. Bollywood would be their best place insted of cricket ground. .

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 24, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

What did someone say Mushi is a legend? According to BD fans, Mushi better than Bradman, Shakib better than Richard Hadley, Nasir better than Bevan, Mortaza better than Steyn, Tamim better than Viv richards, Razzak better than Murali and Warne.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

@wonderstar1, how many match have seen of sabbir rahman? u judge him so easily!! Just wait and see what can he do in future.... And What can I say about mushi, he is a legend already

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

I like to FORHAD REZA is playing. I really like it Selectorssssssssssssss.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (March 24, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

@BD is just an ordinary . Oh no no they aren't even ordinary .I i must say they are distinctively close to below-ordinary team. cricketers like Rahim or Shabbir rehman can be found in every streets of India.

Posted by Equal_right2play_cricket on (March 24, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

We(crowd) should not make too much noise after couple of 4/6's. This may b encouraged to hit the next one. Yes we r poffesional. But it may be avoidable. Is it possible to control the DJ little bit! Mushi, plz take a win for inspiration rather than judge your real strength. B cautious @every moment of every game.

Posted by eZoha on (March 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

The whole mess started when, in absence of Mushfiq, Mashrafee was appointed as captain for T20 against Sri Lanka. Tamim was the deputy of Mushfiq then, but he was ignored. The fact that higher management can install anyone as a captain anytime they want disturbed the team harmony completely and created a lot of mistrust within. Things went downhill since then.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Such lame body languages from Bangladesh cricket players, can't believe I supported BD for more than a decade and then "I had said it earlier; it is better not to have much expectations from us," Shakib said. Where is the will power??? where is the fighting spirit?? Hope BD cricket team proves me wrong but a 4-0 defeat is underway.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

BD has big problem with seem bowlers. Secondly Mushfiq does not attack when he think he is going to WIN. BE an agreesive and determined captain.

I don't understand; why someone on the board or team cant see the picture what we see lack of confidence or try taking the charge.

BD players getting better on chasing that's a huge development for sure but most of the times they lost while defending a total. MUSFIQ needs to encourage the team and not to hard on players or the board. remember TEAM WORK... OLD school.

HEY Mushfiq and all the players, no one cares about you if you continuously remain a loosing side. When YOU won; BD showed their love to you all.

so no more chicken things OKAY !! be a true tiger and face it

My eleven: Shabbir/Tamim, Anamul, Nasir(at 3) , Aminul, Shakib, Mushifq, Mahmodullah/shabbir, shohag Gazi, Zia ur Rahman, Al-amin, Mushrafe

Good luck... Go bd GO

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 24, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Bd was righlty said ordinary few years ago..

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 24, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Lack of confidence may cause to lose games, as the talks from Shakib and Mushy suggest. If you capitulate a game even before it starts, then there's very little hope of winning the same. This BD team is capable of winning against any big team in the group, as shown in their past performances. Moral boost, self confidence, and hunger for success can change any game - from the jaw of defeat to the glory of success. Did BD team see today's SA-NZ game!!! Can anyone emulate Steyn in their own game -either in bowling or batting. There is a lot to learn for BD team, not so much in practice and preparation, but in mental toughness, controlled emotion, self confidence, and the likes, - all of which points a big finger to 'Acute Psycho Treatment' for the team on an urgent basis. Yes, mental fitness for BD team. Hope BCB and the team management are reading my post... Good luck tomorrow to team BD. Go Tigers, beat the defending Champion, make news, and make history in your own backyard. Cheers BD.

Posted by delucricket on (March 24, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

I am sorry to say that the real truth is BD cricket does not deserve a test ranking. Their management is not strong and certainly all they did is made a street team out of many tallented boys. Look at Shakib what a attitude he developed he does not take singles only wait for big shots. You thing this guy only play for himself not for the country.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 24, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

@wapuser Consistency is not abt winning all matches, its abt being able to bounce back after terrible losses which each team will face at some point of time or the other...

Bangla's domestic system needs to become strong, that is the only way they wud get better players who will threaten the place of the existing ones - too much reliance on Shakib will do no good...

Posted by FHZAHID on (March 24, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Besides aggression over BD team, one thing more I would like to mention is - BD must learn sportsmanship on the ground which unfortunately missing among their team members.

They must understand beside so many years playing test, ODI's and T20I their performance is below standard. Losing from Hong Kong is an example.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 24, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

Any team can have a bad day at the office in this format but the consistently non-performing players need to be shown the door - let them perform in the domestic tourneys and prove their mettle to be chosen again.....

BD's fans are very passionate abt the game - it is heart warming to see so many of them turning up even for associate games! Hats off to u guys! The last T20 World Cup in SL did not have tht kind of support even for full members matches. There were empty stands for non-SL matches which was disheartening..... No offense SL but I think a thing or two need to be learnt from the Bangla fans!

BD's strength is spin - WI have a weakness in tht dept provided they stick to the right line and length if not the wounded tigers of the WI after a crushing defeat will come out strong and smoke them all over the park!

Posted by Equal_right2play_cricket on (March 24, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Our problems r (opinion only): 1.Derespectful to others. 2.Childish Board, Media, player. 3.Convesional thinking. 4.Wining take as judgement rather than inspiration. 5.Wrong perception about own strong-weak point.

Plz do the following: 1.Send Zia@opening with Shamsur(gamble-hv tried once against Newzealand). 2.Put Tamim@middle as a try to regain form(good chemistry with Shakib). 3.Forget '2/3 seamer' or 'more spiner' type concept. In T20, very little difference between our part time bowler & so called front liner. 4.Drop Razzak. He is experienced but even a gr8 player need to b retired! Consider Mahmudullah, Nasir as bowling allrounder. 5.Place Mominul at lower middle for a finisher role rather than Zia. 6.Include Mash, Gazi@10-11 to make a small, strong tail. So squad is: 1.Shamsur 2.Zia 3.Anamul 4.Shakib 5.Tamim 6.Mushfiq 7.Mominul 8.Nasir 9.Mahmudullah 10.Mashrafi 11.Gzi

Posted by chapathishot on (March 24, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

@Mohammed Tanbir :Do you mean losing to Hong kong LOL

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (March 24, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

The players have gone through a lots of off the field incidents quite recently, the worry of loosing test status because of the 'Big three' proposal, Mushfiqur vs Farooque (Chief Selector) conflict, BPL scandal, etc. The cricketers needed some minute concentration in the games. Some players got selected (Forhad Reza) without any logical reason, it doesn't look like the new comers in the team are treated in a professional manner and being given the opportunity to play (some allegedly blames on Shamsur Rahman, Ziaur Rahman is not given the bowl in a match). Also the bowlers are bowling wrong lines all the time, numerous short balls, despite all the coaching and suggestions- is it very tough to bowl length ball? Mahmudullah is still good with the ball, does little bit of batting, he is not meant to score centuries - that is the upper and middle order batsmen job. I wonder why Muktar Ali is not in T20 squad?

Posted by wapuser on (March 24, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

I still think Bangladesh is quite young in the cricket scene, i think they came into the scene around mid 1990's. it takes a while to produce consistent performances, well india is still trying to produce consistent performances overseas after so many years of cricketing experience. Cricket is a funny game. So as supporters and fans its important to be patient and not having a very short memory.

Posted by naziia on (March 24, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

I think the team management and team selectors need understand the players and find who have hunger for a win. Select your 15 members, stick to them and let them play for couple of years. I'm sure they will find a way to success. To be honest I don't see the players understand each other and tries to big headed. Sorry this is not the way you play cricket. Also the Bangladesh team need to appreciate the support they get from every single fans who spend so much of their money watches bangladesh lose.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

...well, just stick with cheering for Sri Lanka!!!

Posted by computerguru on (March 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Any team that has Farhad Reza in it doesn't deserve to win at international level. And then there are horribly out of form Nasir, Riyad, Razzak...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

we will be back in sha Allah dont loose hope people we should the world what we are capable of and in sha Allah we will do it again

Posted by British_North_America on (March 24, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Criticize when they play bad, passion does not win matches.Otherwise, Nepal would have been world champion.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

Seems like we have no intentions of trying to win any match...guess more embarrassment awiting for us...shame

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

The management needs to be changed! The captain needs to be changed! The selectors need to be changed! The BCB needs to be changed!

Alex Ferguson use to look at every individual player's eyes and see if they had the desire of hunger to succeed at the beginning of every football season. The one's that did stayed and the one's that did not were sold.

Lack of discipline and professionalism is rife in Bangladesh Cricket from the top to bottom. FULL OF EMPTY PROMISES, PASSION AND DESIRES!!!!

Posted by part_time_cricketer on (March 24, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

teams have played 2 matches already by 23rd march. and Bangladesh starting their campaign on 25th March. What a scheduling !!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

How Team management select Farhad Reza for world cup?He is out of form from many years.He is always poor with bat and bowl.I think he is in this team for other reason.

Posted by mahmudtiger on (March 24, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

It's a matter of great sorrow to hear that. Don't worry tigers we will be with u people, like the way we were. We are kind of emotional but we know you people can fight back hardly. Good luck.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

I think one or two win can change dressing room environment and than they can delivered more . good luck . hope we win tomorrow .

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