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BCB ponders split captaincy

Mohammad Isam

August 26, 2014

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board is pondering the introduction of split captaincy after BCB president Nazmul Hassan suggested that it was the way forward. The matter was extensively discussed during a board meeting on Tuesday, hours after the Bangladesh team capitulated to a 3-0 series loss against West Indies.

Mushfiqur Rahim's leadership is being called into question following the defeat in the West Indies. The loss in the last match against West Indies in St Kitts extended Bangladesh's winless streak in ODIs this year to 13 matches, a decline in performance following an impressive run in 2013.

"We don't want to discuss it since the series is still going on but there is every possibility that in the future we will split the captaincy between the Test and ODI teams," Hassan said.

Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been appointed captain of the Bangladesh men's team for the Asian Games, is being seen as a leading contender to take over the ODI captaincy, having already led the side in the past. Mushfiqur will miss the Asian Games, to be held in September-October in South Korea, due to his wedding.

While Mushfiqur's batting form has remained intact, averaging 37 across three formats this year, his wicketkeeping has been below-par and he missed crucial stumping chances in two successive games recently. The BCB also discussed his selection policy during the meeting, since it is the captain who picks the final XI after the selectors choose the squad.

Other key decisions at the BCB meeting

  • Nizamuddin Chowdhury has been promoted from acting CEO to a full-time position. He was made the interim days after Manzur Ahmed died in early 2012, having been CEO since September 2010.
  • Sarwar Imran, the former Bangladesh coach, has been appointed high performance senior coach. He will also be Bangladesh A's head coach for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe A.

Hassan said the board had stopped short of "taking decisions" during a series, but he raised several questions on the selection of the team in the West Indies, including the playing XI for the first ODI.

"We wanted to take a number of decisions but thought that since the series is ongoing, it won't be wise to do so," he said. "Considering the opponent, we will get fewer opportunities to be in winning positions, so why can't we make proper use of those?

"We don't interfere in team selection, which is the selectors' jurisdiction. As far as I know, the captain decides the team on the day. No one interferes. But we have some questions about selection in the first ODI against West Indies. We will ask them after the series. I think the team has some strategic issues, too."

The formation of an independent body to oversee matters of the national team was also discussed during the meeting. The committee, likely to be called the technical committee, would be similar to one that existed between 2009 and 2012 and, according to Hassan, would include former players who are not employed by the board, as well as some board directors.

"We can support them [the Bangladesh team] in every way, but they have to perform," he said. "Today we discussed that we can have an independent body, a technical committee made up of outsiders, like former players, and some board members.

"After every series they will talk to the coach and captain. They have the right to speak to any player, and give us an independent assessment. I think we will get a lot of newer ideas."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Posted by Fogu on (August 27, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

I would not go back to Shakib as captain. This seems like a reasonable suggestion. Mashrafe is a good leader and can be a good captain. Mushy can still lead the Test side. I would not propose Anamul as captain since he is still wet behind the ears. He needs to focus on his game and not be distracted. Mominul and Nasir can be groomed for future. Go Tigers!

Posted by Never_stop_believing_BDcricket on (August 27, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

I don't see more options except Shakib, Mashrafi. Mahmudullah maybe has some experience to lead a team but his place in the team isn't even sure. Shakib would be good a good captain if he had no ego or habit of misbehaving. Mushfiq can captain the test side , Mash can captain ODI and T20.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (August 26, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

If you change captains based on the series losses, India should have changed their captain 8 times. Tests in Eng 0-4 (2011), in Aus 0-4 (2011/12), in Ind vs Eng 1-2 (2012/13), in SA 0-1 (2013/14), in NZ 0-1 (2013/14), in Eng 1-3 (2014). ODIs in SA 0-2 (2013/14), in NZ 0-4 (2013/14). But still Dhoni is the captain. Who is the next captain? Go back to Shakib or Mortaza? or give a try with Tamim? or a new guy like Anamul Haque (since he has 3 - 100s) or Al-Amin Hossain (since he has 2 - 4wicket hauls).

Posted by British_North_America on (August 26, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

From now on, no Mahmudullah in the ODI side, Gazi will be out too, Mominul will get more chances, we need Shakib or Mashrafee as captain, Naeem should get more chances after he was the unofficial man of the Series against New Zealand that we won last year, he made way for Shakib instead of an out of form Mahmudullah and what happened?

Posted by Aju.Nair on (August 26, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

I do not blame Mushfiqur alone for the recent loss. Team didnt play very well..Last match against WI also , team missed catches, didnt utilize half chances, event Musfiqur missed a simple stumping chance of Bravo..I dont feel Shakib Al Hasan is a good leader..we all know his behavior on field and off field...I am not sure why Bangaladesh is not testing new youngsters...Why they are still going with the same old team again and again...When they tested Taskin against India, it was a good result...why cant they try Mithun Ali...Why they are not giving Mominul Haque enough chances..why cant they bring bank some of their old players like Alok Kapali..Anamul Haque is the only player showing the responsibility....On a long term I could see Tamil Iqbal is the only captaincy material in the team..Lets see what the selectors do..

Posted by bangla_slog on (August 26, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Rahim is not improving as a captain, even tho he is leading with the bat. His lack of innovation has cost us consistently. So I think he needs to be replaced by someone BETTER. The problem is there is no good candidate. Tamim was not great as a captain, when he got chances. Shakib and Tamim both will be overlooked due to disciplinary records anyway. And if you illiminate them, you are left with Mashrafe, Razzak and Mahmudullah. Razzak and Mahmudullah may lose position in the team in near future. Mashrafe deserves the captaincy, but there is no guarantee about his fitness. And he is not playing Tests anymore. So even if he is given captaincy for the ODIs/T20s, they has to be on the lookout for a captain in the long term. May be Mushfiq will get the initiative from all these and improve as he remains the test captain. Then he can be given back ODI/T20 captaincy as well.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (August 26, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Making Mashrafe Captain will be a great idea as he is well respected in the team and when he was captain his decisions on the field seemed lot smarter than Mushfiq. Trouble is he always get injured :/. Anyway Good Luck. We need to stop losing now and anything seems necessary need to be done

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (August 26, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

I like the idea of split captaincy. Will make the job easier for the captain of the format and ease pressure. Rahim simply has poor captaincy skills I'm afraid. I will have Mashrafe as limited overs captain and Shakib as test. But really, if Bangladesh wants to win games then its about time thinking of playing associates here and there.

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