Bangladesh news April 29, 2014

Mushfiqur hopes for Jurgensen U-turn

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim hopes Shane Jurgensen will overturn his decision to resign as head coach. But he hasn't gone into more detail since he is bound by a BCB edict not to speak about the coach's resignation.

Jurgensen is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on Wednesday night, after which Mushfiqur is looking forward to talking to him in person. The captain said having Jurgensen around would be good for the team.

"I do have a lot to say but the BCB has asked us not to talk about the matter," Mushfiqur said. "All I know right now is that he has resigned but the BCB hasn't accepted the letter. To be honest, we have to wait until the BCB president returns to the country.

"But I will talk to him. I would hope that he returns, which will be good for the team."

Mushfiqur and Jurgensen had been in charge of the Bangladesh team since the winter of 2012 when they beat West Indies 3-2 in the ODI series. They have had more success in 2013 too, winning a Test match in Zimbabwe and beating New Zealand 3-0 in an ODI series at home.

But it has all gone wrong since January, and the pressure, as Bangladesh kept losing matches, fell firmly on the captain and coach. Mushfiqur did most of the explaining before and after matches throughout this time, when he was often grilled for selection and on-field tactical decisions.

Jurgensen felt the heat after the World T20, when he became the target of BCB directors who said they were looking for a more batting-oriented coach. Both Mushfiqur and Jurgensen were given two-year contracts till after the 2015 World Cup.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Mushi should resign as T20 captain. In other Format he is OK.

  • Baundule on April 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    I do not understand why Mushfiq should have 'a lot to say' in this matter. If he is bound by the BCB edict, he should have said 'no comments' at the most. I thought he is a very good captain; but in recent months his on the field captaincy has been weird, and his media outbirsts have been really poor.

    The captain should take his fair share of responsibilities for letting the coach down.

  • Nasim on April 30, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Continued... 6. BCB didn't have the backing for their big mouth to blame Jargensen's low profile as coach because they had been too incompetent to find a high profile one in the first place 7. BCB won't say sorry so they published Jurgensen's resignation letter, tagging that as 'emotional' and denying everything 8. Given that BD media hadn't checked Jurgensen's side of the story at all and aided BCB in directing the innuendo towards Jurgensen alone now turns toward the players' positive opinions and criticizes BCB lightly to create an air of hope that Jurgensen might come back. If the above are all true then answer the following - a) Jurgensen won't be there when BD crumbles in 2015 world cup b) Jurgensen will be there when BD crumbles in 2015 world cup

  • Nasim on April 30, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Let's try to find step by step whether the inevitable horror for Bangladesh in 2015 world cup WILL OR WON'T be accompanied by Jurgensen: True of false?- 1. Jurgensen's appointment as head coach despite his low profile till 2015 WC after Pybass - was entirely the exploits of BCB 2. As head coach Jurgensen did his best although there were mixed results 3. The destabilizing factors for BD cricket in particular has been recent failures of 2014 which can't obviously be the coach's fault alone 4. While everyone including the Board President himself started talking silly in the media, Jurgensen stayed professional, didn't add anything to the fuss - rather submitted a report to the board as requested/ ordered 5. Without any further light on Jurgensen's view, the board 'unofficially' started to speak ill of Jurgensen, even worse as he was not home - media grabbed it as usual without much cross-analyzing. Continued...

  • Dik on April 30, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Yeah Rahim, you would love that wouldn't you. That's a play right out of your book. You already resigned twice. Just make the 3rd time a charm. We need a fresh start. If you don't before you know it, it'll be time for Tamim, Shakib and all the core players will hit their retirement age! They're getting close to hitting 30s. By now they were suppose to take us to the next stage! We just need right people in place.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Totally agree, continue with him and surely it being in his homeland will spur him on!

  • Android on April 29, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    change needed

  • mohammad on April 29, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    So that Mushfiq remains all powerful in the team.

  • Shoaib on April 29, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    The main problem is with Rahim captaincy and would be best if he resigns from it. His negative and defensive fields has cost Bangladesh half the games which they should've won this year. Doesn't matter who coaches Bangladesh because Rahim poor captaincy skills is going to bring Bangladesh many damaging losses like those against minnows Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

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