Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong

Siddons sympathises with Raqibul, but Shakib fumes

Andrew Miller in Chittagong

March 11, 2010

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Raqibul Hasan admires a shot at the nets, Dhaka, January 3, 2010
Jamie Siddons on Raqibul: "He's obviously an upset kid at the moment, and probably a bit confused, and he may need some counselling from people around him" © Associated Press
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Bangladesh's coach, Jamie Siddons, believes that Raqibul Hasan will soon come to regret his "rash and emotional" decision to retire from international cricket on the eve of the first Test against England in Chittagong, but hopes that the Bangladesh Cricket Board will take pity on the 22-year-old batsman whom he described as "upset" and "confused".

The coach's conciliatory stance is, however, at odds with that of the captain Shakib Al Hasan, who believes that the board's failure to take action against the fast bowler, Mashrafe Mortaza, who pulled out of the recent one-day series after another row over selection, has set a dangerous precedent for ill-discipline within his squad.

Mortaza played in the first ODI in Mirpur on February 28, his first international appearance since damaging his knee on the tour of West Indies in July. However, following a lacklustre performance in a six-wicket defeat, he was dropped to make way for Rubel Hossain, and promptly walked out on the team, although the BCB covered up the row by claiming he was visiting his sick mother. In August 2008, the opening batsman, Shahriar Nafees, also withdrew from a squad at the last minute, this time on a one-day tour of Australia, as he preferred to concentrate on his studies.

"If the board had taken an action against that one [Mashrafe], it would have been very good," said Shakib. "That was a big mistake on the part of the board because these are all disciplinary issues. It would have been good if we had sorted out this kind of problem earlier. In the past Shahriar Nafees did the same thing, he withdrew himself after the team was announced. This kind of thing really affects us. I don't know what the board will decide, it is totally up to them, but it will be good if they come down tough."

Despite cementing his place in the Test squad with a century and a fifty for Bangladesh A in the three-day warm-up against England in Chittagong earlier this week, Raqibul informed his team-mates of his decision on the team bus after practice on Wednesday, having sent a letter announcing his retirement to the Bangladesh board that morning.

According to Jalal Yunus, the board director, his resignation has not yet been accepted, although it is understood that Raqibul is angry at his omission from Bangladesh's one-day plans. He was left out of the recent tour of New Zealand and the home ODI series against England that concluded last week, and perhaps more significantly the 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean next month, a tournament regarded as a shop window for the riches on offer in the shortest and most lucrative form of the game.

"He's made a rash, emotional decision, and I think a really bad one for himself and his family," said Siddons. "He's obviously an upset kid at the moment, and probably a bit confused, and he may need some counselling from people around him. But he'll work on that and think about that, because he's a strong-willed kid and very internal, and hopefully the people in power will want him back.

"He was out of form before this game, so it was a bit of a shock he made the hundred and the fifty after the way he's been playing. But he's one of the guys I've been working on and supportive of for two years, so it's a setback, especially for the World Cup. I need to let him talk to his father and his family, and make sure the board welcome him back when he wants to come back, which I'm sure will happen in the next six to 12 months."

Shakib, however, might not be so keen to forgive and forget, after having such a frustrating distraction thrust upon him ahead of a high-profile Test series. "It is difficult to say how much it will affect us," he said. "We tried to make him understand, but he just told us that his mind is not with the game, and that he won't play, and that's totally up to him. But we don't want it to affect our cricket, so we are just focusing on tomorrow's game and trying to do our best to forget everything else, and get on with it, and play to the best of our ability.

"It's very disappointing because he's been too emotional and you can't play cricket with that much emotion," Shakib added. "You can get axed in any series - and it is not that he did not deserve to be axed - but it would have been better for him if he had continued. Nobody is Superman, but you need to have enough maturity to understand that you're going to pass through good and bad times in your career. This kind of period comes in every cricketer's life. It's better if you use your head than your heart in this period."

"This sort of thing happens to everybody, it's not only for him," the Bangladesh selector, Akram Khan, told Cricinfo. "The most important thing is he has to perform. He didn't get a chance in New Zealand, and he wasn't in the one-day squad for this series, but he was in the Test squad. A lot of good players don't get a chance every time. The England captain [Alastair Cook] is also not in the squad for Twenty20 cricket, but he's still a very good player. I can't understand why he's done this."

The root of Raqibul's anger may well lie in an apparent disagreement between the board and the selectors over his recall for the England Test series. Cricinfo understands that the recommendation from above had been that Raqibul should be dropped along with Mohammad Ashraful, whose form has deserted him in recent months, and Siddons hinted that politics had played its part. "I think there's probably a little bit of truth to all of that," he said. "But if Raqibul's got a grievance, it must be with the selectors because they are the ones who left him out.

"He didn't like being dropped in the way he was dropped, then he missed out on the 30 for the Twenty20 squad, which was probably a bad selection, and he's really disappointed," Siddons added. "He thought he'd proved his point that he was good enough to be in that 30, which I think he is, but then he walked away. I don't know who he was trying to hurt, or what point he was trying to prove, but I hope the BCB welcome him back because he's a kid who's a bit confused."

In Raqibul's absence, Aftab Ahmed slots into the middle order, with Mahmudullah promoted three places from No. 8 following an impressive tour of New Zealand. Either way, there has been no recall for Ashraful, despite Siddons stating that he would have been his preferred replacement in the squad.

"Ash was the name I pushed forward, but I'm only one person and I don't have a say in selection, apart from my debating ability," he said. "I thought to have him around the group would be good, but he wouldn't have come into the side. Aftab was straight in. He's a seasoned campaigner and he's learning about international cricket the way I want it to be played. Hopefully he's the one who stands up for us. One goes out, and another gets the opportunity."

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Aftab Ahmed, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 8 Naeem Islam, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Shadahat Hossain

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Posted by firoz63 on (March 14, 2010, 5:06 GMT)

I think Rokibul has made a right decision. If he plays 100 more matches in favor of Bangladesh, He will never be able to impact a small for any win, so he should quit. if we see his average, Strike Rate and the capability of playing strokes, he should not be selected any more. If the player is Ashraful, he may do something for Bangladesh's win, once he can score and that day there may be a possibility of win so we should bring him back by solving his problem. Player like Rakibul only can occupy crease for few overs and come back without scoring essential runs but losses valuable balls, he will never be a match winning. We need to see wins now. Still Bangladesh can not chase runs over 300, so need players having good strike rate.

Posted by iasohel on (March 12, 2010, 13:39 GMT)

Maruf Rahman is absolutly right. But people couldnn't understand the actual thing. We have no Bret Lee, No Ponting But we had a good team spirit which has been destroyed by some faomuos. I have no dout about mash capabilities but he should follow the rules and regulation of the team. Again i will say he is crazy only about IPL AND NOT PRIORITY THE TEAM SPIRIT. But some thing wrong with the Rakib. COME ON BANGLADESH GO AHEAD

Posted by Mustafiz_Manikganj on (March 12, 2010, 4:56 GMT)

I referred to the Symonds case as an example of how disciplinary issues should be approached- with strictness. I was not comparing Mashrafee to Symonds- the two cases are different in nature. Symonds engaged in self-destructive behaviour which affected himself as much as the team. Mashrafee, on the other hand, engaged in a course of conduct that, following what Raqibul has done, has clearly had an infectious effect. I am not suggesting that there actually should be a ban straight away- but at the very least, the Board should crack its whip and seek accountability. As far as team selection goes, sure there are questions, and there shall always be. Why is Junaid getting such an extended run? Should not players such as Jahurul, Farhad, Faisal and Shuvagata, who have had good domestic seasons, be given chances? Should not Sagir be given an opportunity with the gloves, and Mushfiq be played only as a batsman, as he keeps costing us at least two wickets per innings while we are bowling?

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 11, 2010, 19:15 GMT)

Sakib Hussain going south. His batting going south , his bowling going south.

Sakib is more interested in politics and power for himself than playing well against england.

Oh well Bangladesh Team is below ordinary.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

Whats going on? Dont knw. Pak-Ban same problm

Posted by bandor on (March 11, 2010, 18:19 GMT)

Someone said mashrafee should have been handled the way symonds was handled. Cannot be more junkie comparison than that. Symonds had multiple serious serious disciplinary breaches and his replacements were knocking at the door for some time. Another one commented that the team is Shakib's (HIS) team. Rubbish once again. The team is Bangladesh's team, brother. Shakib is number one all-rounder in ODI for time being for some quirky rating system of ICC. But let's not be flying and let's put our feet to the ground. There are far better all-rounder in Kallis, Yousuf pathan, Angela Mathews etc. I believe Shakib should be really demoted from captaincy if his attitude toward senior players continues.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 11, 2010, 17:50 GMT)

One of the problems facing Bang cricket is immaturity of the players. Shakib is a diamond in the rough, what he said is characteristic of a firm captain. Bang clearly has talent and thus don't need any soft, gentle, coaxing treatment. It's not entirely up to players to better their Club structure but they can influence the final XI and Shakib seems to be the right man for that. I would like to see him grow even tougher and more critical as well and push for increased maturity in his team. Statements like the 1 Chris Gayle made the other day when he basically said crap is crap and no excuses are what developing teams need. I hope the BCB and the other players get behind Sahkib and I also hope Aftab Ahmed plays well and takes the chance that has been given to him. I also very much support leaving Ashraful out of the team he is clearly out of form.

Posted by CricLook on (March 11, 2010, 17:49 GMT)

I think Shakib is right...If u want to develop a wining team u have to be professional about selection...Players should also react with professional attitude...Coz they r not a kid....they represent the country. The selectors and the board should deal this sort of behavior with great care. Otherwise this will kill the harmony of the team .....Above all, all have to accept , if you are not performing you have to step aside to give opportunity to others.

Posted by TawsifSalam on (March 11, 2010, 17:43 GMT)

Shakib looks tired of trying convince Raqibul. If we consider Shakib's side, his captaincy too has not been a walk in the park. First the board president who also bosses his domestic club, gave birth of a hasty commotion; then one of the seniors in the squad made an erratic quit; and now another player does the same with an extended impetuousness.

So if Shakib thinks that the culture of rebellion that illustriously started prior to the ICL, has not been dealt properly by the board and that is why the same unwanted things are taking place, we cannot say he is wrong.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

Now, looking back to Mashrafee. He is one of my favorite cricketer too. But, in order to be in a team, you gotta perform. Now you may ask, does Rubel is performing better then Mashrafee? No he's not. But Rubel has better prospect then Mashrafee. Rubel does not fall for injury frequently, Rubel got pace, and with a better bowling coach, just imagine, 145 KM/h in-swing yorker! What exactly we got from Mashrafee? Any match winning performance, or close to match winning performance. Here do not bring some example against Kenya/Scotland/Ireland, we are not that little enough to bring those kind of example. In World Cup against India, we won, because of Tamim and Mushfiq. In T20 World cup against West Indies, we won because of Ashraful. Our first test win against Zimbabwe, because of Enamul Hq Jr. Our recent tour in West Indies, Masharfee was not even in the team! So, why we are so Mashrafe addict? Was he ever in the ranking on top8 bowler? He played for KKR, and conceded 40+ runs in 3 overs

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 17:33 GMT)

Shakib is the most complete cricketer Bangladesh can ever have. Those who are comparing Shakib with Shoaib Malik, probably either ignoring some facts about Malik or just trying to be smart. Shoaib Malik took the charge of the team, when Younis Khan denied more then twice to take over. Malik wanted to have complete control over his team. Look at Dhoni, who made Dhoni? Sourov Ganguly, the way way Ganguly supported young players like Dhoni, Shewag, Yuvraj..Later they became the masterpiece batsmen. Later when Dhoni became Captain, he wanted to have complete control over his team. Ganguly has been axed for not performing, while even under-performed Ganguly scored more runs then our performed Ashraful. So, try to see the point here, when you're Captain of a side, you NEED to have control over your team. If Sachin scored 5 "Ducks" in a row, I can bet anyone he'll be axed too. So, did we blame Dhoni for wanting to have control over his team?

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 17:20 GMT)

I am stunned to find out that coach Jamie Siddons "doesn't have a say in team selection!" Fir heaven's sake, he is the one with the tactics and he doesn't get to decide who plays and who doesn't? This is beyond a joke.

As for Raqibul, the poor lad was probably frustrated at how Junaid kept on gettng picked despite his bad form.

Posted by OutCast on (March 11, 2010, 17:07 GMT)

In Asia, its a tradition that a certain family/group hold seats for decades... the sports is supposed to be played in good spirits and MUST give opportunity for everyone since its a priviledge rather than a right... Its too sad some teams carry players for decades.... come on, let everyone get a chance to play in what would a once-a-lifetime opportunity... Raquibul, be a man and appreciate the opportunity that you got and DON'T be upset for the chance that you will not get!! time to rotate... let everyone enjoy it... I like OZ, they dont carry the scarp metal... they discard it before it gets rusty... am I right Mr.Hayden?

Posted by arish.rajan on (March 11, 2010, 16:50 GMT)

I am an Indian. But,I like Shakib more and more He speaks like Sehwag :-) plain & honest

He is a top player and will get a place even in India, Aus or SA. Past few months Bdesh is improving a lot. In 1 year they will become a competitive side and be better than west indies. Shakib's performance and captaincy is a key factor. This guy can inspire Men. He might do what Ranatunga did for SL cricket maybe with the style of Imran Khan

Recently bdesh won a match chasing an easy target. Tamim made 80 but then bdesh collapsed. Finally Shakib finished the match. In the presentation Shakib said honestly that he was disappointed by the earlier batters. Then Tamim said I am sorry to disappoint my captain. becos they both knew bdesh will never be a good team playing like this. Good teamplayers n good captains are like that

But I fear that he will face lot of problem from speaking so openly.Lot of people hate n envy the brave n talented. When he faces bad form they will go all out to destroy him

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

I completely agree with the sentiment expressed by many that these players should be severely dealth with. There is no place for personal emotions when it comes to representing country. If we do not take serious action to these type of players and their actions, we will never become a good team. We need to learn to respect coach and the decisions made by the board. My feeling is there are some people aound these players who are instigating them. But they should know better. These players should never be brought in the national team ever.

Posted by shonkhochil on (March 11, 2010, 16:38 GMT)

I was really hoping that someone will support Shakib completely & mustafiz_manikganj did..I just have some simple questions..how many times Andrew Symonds beings accused for discipline problems? Answer is countless time..How many times Ricky ponting accused board not punishing Andrew? I can't remember once.. I am not supporting Mashrafi at all for walking out the team but Shakib has no right to go in public & make comments like this.. suppose Mashrafi & raqibul get punishment,ban from cricket for a year..then what?do you think they will ever be able to play comfortably under Shakib's captaincy knowing that their captain don't want them in the team? Inside news is Bangladesh team is divided in BKSP & non BKSP group.. If a captain can't handle a senior player with respect he is not a good captain.. I am afraid Shakib is on the way of becoming a Shoaib Malik..

Posted by cricster67 on (March 11, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

RH's frustration is understandable - many national boards have found themselves having a lot of power and almost no oversight. Shakib's displeasure is also understandable - a captain does not want to wake up wondering if his players will play that day or not. This looks like another case of abuse of power by the administrators. This is very damaging and also wide spread. IMO, the boards need much better oversight from gov and media. Meanwhile, RH and other players also need to grow up and need to figure out a way to work with less-than-ideal administration.

Posted by pink_tiger on (March 11, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

i think raqibul is certainly a drama queen! telling his decision to quit suddenly on the team bus!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

What Shakib thinks is right: breaching discipline should be dealt hard. However, that he said so in public does not seem right to me. The Bangladeshi media will take it too far and pose as a duel between Shakib and Mashrafe, and worse, between Shakib and the rest of the team. As they always do, they will try to emotionally blackmail us Bangldeshi people and present Shakib as the autocratic captain. It will be all bad for the team.

Posted by Dewan_Jaglul on (March 11, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

You all have said it all. Just want to hope that each of the players will do their best and bring in glory in this ensuing test.

Posted by Polorky on (March 11, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

I think that Shakib is right. If Bangladesh want to be taken seriously as a cricket team you can't condone players prematurely retiring because they are unhappy at the selectors decisions. This is not to say that I agree with the selectors decision but it is their decision and for a player to just walk away like this is immature and unprofessional. Cricket in Bangladesh won't last long if players threaten to walk out everytime something happens they don't like. It is a difficult situation and Raqibul should be given support but it was the wrong way to react and Shakib had to make this clear especially after Mortazas walkout. Nobody is bigger than the team and players have no god-given right to be automatically selected. Time for some to grow-up.

Posted by eZoha on (March 11, 2010, 16:10 GMT)

I think Shakib has every right to comment on the board's failure to handle the Mashrafee issue. Since his injury, Mashrafee is hoping unjustifiably to return to national team as a captain. Shakib is doing a wonderful job, whereas Mashrafee is still untested in international scene as a captain.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 16:05 GMT)

Warning to Shakib. You have a long way to go. Please behave rationally and pay respect to them who desreves the respect. you all are playing for the countyr. And you are at the budding stage. Politics can and will destroy all of your sportsman spirit. Ypu are a good player and still you have not proved that you are a good and competent captain. To win against Z and WI is not a big deal. If you can win a series against any of your neighbouring conutries then the people will accept you as a hero. Concentrate on your cricket and not verbal staement to the media. You have superiors and seniors , let them decide who will play and who will not. But keep the sports minister and MPs out of the selection committee. Wish all the best luck to you and your team mates. A win against this England team in the test will only prove that you are still able to play test cricket. You still have not proved that. So keep your mouth shut and play cricket to your best ability,

Posted by Mustafiz_Manikganj on (March 11, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

I completely support Shakib on this. It is irresponsible and unprofessional for a contracted player to walkout on the team at the last moment citing "personal reasons". It can only have an adverse impact on team morale. The Board should take a tough stance so that future indiscipline is nipped off at the bud. Both Raqibul and Mashrafee should at least be asked to show cause as to why they should not be suspended from all cricket- including domestic club cricket, so that in future any other player thinking of playing truant will know that it will hit him in the pocket. I also find some of the comments of my countrymen expressing empathy for Mashrafee dissappointing though predictable.As much as we love Mashrafee's precious talent, it is precisely this sort of muddled emotion that we have to avoid if we are to succeed as an international team. Bangladesh should take a cue from the way in which the Australian's have dealt with Symonds. No player is bigger than the team.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 15:35 GMT)

i dont agree with the first kid saying, i think shakib said it right, u cant just go ahead pull u from the last moment, think of players and coach point of view, shakib is 100% right. shareer nafees, mashrafee and now raqibul, all did the same thing, just like u are playing in area cricket, u just got mad at your friends and decided not to play, there is big different between moholla cricket and national team, here, u are playing for ur country, show some patriosm, love for ur country, and this is why the board selectors shud be strict on this issue and band this players few games or fine big amount!

Posted by mavenhb on (March 11, 2010, 15:20 GMT)

Come on Shakib said the right thing ....... Raqibul is a piece of crap batsman .... he scored only one fifty in his 14 test innings ...... he does not deserve to be in the bangladeshi batting lineup ...... he is just creatin a bad seen thats all ....... he is a attention seeking cry baby.

Posted by shonkhochil on (March 11, 2010, 15:17 GMT)

I agree with Benjer.Seems like Shakib's is going in the same direction of Shoaib Malik who was very promising..I really don't think Shakib will have any problem from Mashrafi as he is not playing test cricket & he is the one who requested board not to consider him for the captaincy.Criticizing board not to punishing Mashrafi for his deeds only shows how desperate Shakib is not to have him in the team. It's a very bad sign for Bangladesh cricket.There should be strict code of conduct no matter who it is. Raqibul has every rights to retired since he didn't make any public comment. And if boards wants to punish Mashrafi they have to punish Shakib as well.

Posted by bandor on (March 11, 2010, 15:17 GMT)

I totally agree with shonkochil. Probably shakib should be at the receiving end of desciplinary actions for ventign agaisnt BCB president couple of months ago, although I am not a big fan of BCB president. Now he is making damaging remarks in public about senior players like mashrafee. Mashrafee is a rare talent for bangladesh who plays selflessly. Most of his injuries were during fielding when he gives 200%. I guess if he was a bit selfish, he would have been matchfit and the captain. I have a haunch that because of his attitude toward the game mashrafee would be a better captain and big brother for the team.

Posted by long_handle9 on (March 11, 2010, 15:15 GMT)

I think you people are being too harsh on Shakib, yes he did mention that it's Raqibul Hasan's decision but he has to be firm. He doesn't come across as a very diplomatic character lol but Bangladesh would want a strong captain. The selectors backed Raqibul, this is mostly the board's fault I feel. Sad to see Raqibul Hasan's departure because he's one of the more steady players in the side

Posted by KAZabbar on (March 11, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

Shakib got it almost spot on. He and Jamie were supposed to work on strategies to get KP/Bell/Trott etc out. Instead they are having to deal with such utter rubbish. Also about Mortaza, did he think he was bigger than the team? Bowling 6 venom[wicket]less overs like a chubby little kid, and still wanting a place in the team relying on his past performance? Lastly, I do not think Raqibul took a stupid decision, someone in the higher ranks of the board did not want him in the team. Despite being in the initial 14 for the ODI series, some board member excluded him. Such interference really kicks a players' confidence in the nu*s. I am sure Raqib will come back when there is a little bit more decency in the board.

Posted by TawsifSalam on (March 11, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

Difference between other authorities and sport authorities is, sport admins have to deal with mostly very young fellows. Someone with a good record of running any sound organization smoothly is somewhat appreciated to run a cricket board. But the important thing is to have the ability of positive interaction with the sportsmen, who are mostly youngsters. This is rather a more important concern while handling the Bangladeshi cricketers, who are much young. So, a board official or all of the policymakers should act in the way which doesn't give an option for a player to strongly consider being driven by the sentiment. It's important.

Now that's how things should look like from the board.

But a player, rather a professional international cricketer, should be less driven by sentiment. Someone told he is no Sachin or Ponting to act like that. I don't remember Ponting, but Sachin wasn't in the squad for entire of his career. But he didn't create these flaps.

Posted by rkmasum on (March 11, 2010, 14:58 GMT)

"Truth is sour". Though unpleasant to hear, shakib is in the right position. It is performance which makes the room or kicks out from the team. there's no scope of emotion to survive. Raquib and Mashrafee should think that even the best players can maintain their peak form all the career along.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 14:47 GMT)

i think, descipline is essential for a team to be a "team"........bt mashrafe is as essential as descipline in "Team Bangladesh".shakib is a good player as well as good man.i think, he is right in his comments.Raqibul takes this descision emotionally,bt it is not fair as he became the part of plan of chittagong test.He is a talented player....i hope he will come back soon and will become a part of "The Tiger"BIG BOSS KAMAL must not make influence in selection.It is not his work.........he has very little knowledge in cricket administration.He is the real culprit.....

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 14:39 GMT)

I think Sakib Al Hasan is now thinking himself as a superman.Which is not good at all for bangladesh cricket.He is trying to introduce the pakistani cricket culture in our country.Mashrafee mortaza is an asset of Bangladesh cricket.sakib should give proper respect to him.Mashrafee is the perfect man for captaincy......

Posted by tigers_eye on (March 11, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

Shakib is correct in many ways. Most of them have arleady been said by previous posters. I would like to add this is an unnecessary distraction for HIS team. Yes those who don't like Shakib must know this is HIS team. Before an important series like this with lots of media attention he did not need this thrust upon him because of an immature decision of Raqibul. Raqibul is/was his buddy from the early U-19 days. They are very close. He almost sees this as back stabing. After his utmost his effort to change Raqibul's decision, which he failed only this out burst came and that is justified. No captain wants distraction right before a series like this. He would want every player focusing on their task in hand and try their best to get a positive result.

Survival of the fittest. No place for weak mentality. I ask as Siddons said, what did he try to prove by this pullout and what has he achieved? However, better things will evolve from this for sure. Best of luck to Bangladesh team.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 13:40 GMT)

This is NOT how shakib should talk 2 da media abt team management....he should show some respect

Posted by bornfighter on (March 11, 2010, 13:38 GMT)

The way Sakib talking about his teammates, it seems quiet alarming to me.....particularly about Mashrafe. Most probably, he forgot that Mashrafe suppose to be the captain of the team & he deserves to be so. His dedication for the team, should be exemplary for anyone.I admit that Sakib is the first international MEGA star fm B/desh. But it's a long way to go to be a GREAT star & the first virtue of greatness is to be humble to everyone. He should try to learn that.

I wish success for TEAM Bangladesh.

Posted by Abaa on (March 11, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

I completely agree with shonkhochil, Sourav Mahmud and benjer ... Shakib is turning out to be quite the character :-( Seems all the fuss over him by his country people has made him think he's the GOD of Bangladesh cricket or something !!!

Posted by benjer on (March 11, 2010, 13:03 GMT)

Fully agree with Shonkhochil & tks to you for giving the real comments & feeling like the real Bangladeshi.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

the selectors need to listen to the captain and coach more, although these actions show the players have a bit too much pride. im hoping the players that have gained a chance from this farce use it wisely and cement their places and bangladesh can form a core unit.

Posted by benjer on (March 11, 2010, 12:49 GMT)

The comments of Sakib Al hasan is realy unfare & now it's very clear he is playing a open game in the team.How he can say's this type of commmnets against masrfee??Now Shakib Talking too Much that's why his performence also not like the last year.also he thinking if Mashrafee will not in the team then he could keep continue his captency.What a Shame!! Shakib also very Immature as he is only 22.Shakib acting is now looks like pakistani Shoaib Malik.Don't do this pls also you don't think Mashrafee will not come in the captency.Think abt your performence.

Posted by iasohel on (March 11, 2010, 12:43 GMT)

He is an asset for BD. At 22 bat avg 30, thousand runs in ODI not bad at all. Look like BD ponting. Sakib is brilliant not a donkey. Mash is crazy about IPL(without get a chance in 11) and try to come back practice in BD national team (28-02-10). Raqibul decision is right bcoz the big boss r handling the player.

Posted by Swapnil_Manish on (March 11, 2010, 12:42 GMT)

Shakib has got it spot on. To achieve success in any sport, it requires a lot of discipline and the players should be aware of their responsibilities when they represent their nation. Walking out on the team or resigning on not being selected will do no good and affects the morale of the entire team. It's now upto the Bangladesh cricket board to heed their captain's words of wisdom.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

agree with shonkhochil.

Shakib is acting like an autocrat. this is definitely not good for the team. If things go like these, we are soon to become a team like pakistan.

Posted by Shen_Mark on (March 11, 2010, 12:30 GMT)

He should have been in the 30, but this is slight compared to whats happenned to their neighbours. and he should have known that Bangladesh are never short of new talent so that was a brave?/bold? decision

Posted by shonkhochil on (March 11, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

The comments of Captain Shakib-Al-Hasan is really alarming for the future of the Bangladesh cricket.Is he trying to be an autocrat? Did he forget how he became the captain of the team?The way he is criticizing Mashrafe Mortaza in public it will be really hard for the bowler to come back in the team & play with him again.We love Mortaza & we know how hard it is for him to come back right after such an injury.But the way Shakib treated him after the return was absolutely unacceptable.Raqibul's decision was really immature.It shows that he is just 22.I think Andrew point out the reason why Raqibul was angry inside & the way he was axed before the one day series from the squad was unacceptable.But Shakib's comment about Masrafi, Raqibul & board in public is really bad for the future of cricket.No one is above the country & no one will stay at the top forever.I have heard about grouping in team & seems like it's coming in public.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 11:51 GMT)

what happen raquibl hasan........i think he is carzy ..........he is not also very good player but i not want he stop his carrier

Posted by pink_tiger on (March 11, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

well said skip! we r with ya. mr siddons is right too, give mr R atleast 6-12 months to contemplate! mr R needs to think hard what is wrong with him, certainly his thought process is muddled up right now.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 11:48 GMT)

It seems selection policies in Pakistan and Bangladesh are farcical. Bangladesh does not have such an abundance of riches that it can afford to have their better players out of the national side. Let's hope this is resolved quickly in both instances.

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