Bangladesh tour of England 2010 June 11, 2010

Need consistency in team selection - Shakib

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has called for consistency in team selection to bring stability to the side and allow the players to develop. He drew comparisons with Zimbabwe, who have stuck with the same group of players over the last few years and recently notched up wins over India and Sri Lanka in the ODI tri-series at home.

"We have been a young side for the last ten years," Shakib told reporters in Dhaka following his team's return from the tour of England. "The players have not been given a chance to settle down. You should take a look at Zimbabwe, how they are getting results having persisted with one set of players for the past 4-5 years."

Bangladesh were beaten 2-0 in the Test series against England, with the low point being the batting debacle in Manchester where they were bowled out in a single session to lose the second Test by an innings. While acknowledging the team's fragility in batting, Shakib referred to problems with the bowling as well.

"Everyone knows that we did well in the first Test but not the second game," he said. "Not just avoid the follow-on, we were in a position to score big in the first innings but we failed. The bowling wasn't too good in the series either," he said.

The team's lone success in the series was Tamim Iqbal, who scored two stunning centuries. He, too, was critical of the rest of the team's performance. "From my point of view it was a good series. Two centuries and a half-century in English conditions is not a simple task but as far as the team is concerned, it wasn't such a good series.

"It is quite sad that the middle and lower order didn't perform and this became our problem (in England), making our performance in the two Tests inconsistent."

As for his animated celebrations after scoring a century at Lord's, Tamim confirmed he was signalling Pete, the dressing-room attendant, to put his name up on the honour's board. "Ever since bhaiya (Nafees Iqbal) told me that there is an honour's board in Lord's where the centurion's name is etched forever, I wanted to score there."

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  • Agam on June 17, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    I guess now people have got the difference between Gambhir and Iqbal..lolz

  • Agam on June 16, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    @ Fazlu25.BD

    India fear of a team like Bangladesh..Dream on mate :P

  • Kabir on June 15, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    @Atique Khan….Your comments on Ashraful is just plain wrong. Ashraful may have contributed to a couple of wins over the last ten years or so but he sure was responsible for dozens of humiliating losses that Bangladesh has suffered. He alone epitomises the most damning of criticisms directed at Bangladesh - that of lacking the temperament for achieving success! Ashraful, like many a failed street cricketer, has talent but lacks the intelligence and education to convert it into something useful. It is only in places like Bangladesh where nepotism and cronyism permeates everything that people like Ashraful continue to thrive!

  • FAZLUL on June 15, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Since 2000 till now how many Test match Bangladesh played in Indian soil? Did they give chance to play? Why? They always think us as a competitor either is sports or regional matter. I think they fear us that's why they want to keep us under pressure. We don't care. We will go all the way. We will take place on the top like Shakib or Tamim or some other players. Nobody can stop us coz we are not arrogances or revengeful nation like Indians.

  • FAZLUL on June 14, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    No-1. I don't understand why Indians are always behind Bangladesh? What Bangladesh does? Political, border, river, water or sports they want to suck us but why? What they want from us….our land? From 1971 they are trying to take us in their hand. Do they want to make us one of their state? Do they want ruling us? Since 2000 Bangladesh is playing Test cricket. How did Bangladesh get Test status? Of course by playing and showing their ability. Since that time till now ICC also not questioning how much the people of Indians are questioning about our Test status. Where they should help us to improve as an old Test nation but they are doing opposite.

  • Akib on June 14, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    shakib had a good point in sticking with same players but his examples wasnt good because zimbabwe hasnt done that well with their player. I tamim is not as good is gambhir YET, but he has to be great as sewag and gambhir.

  • Itrat on June 13, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    tamim is not a gr8 player like gamvir. But he is like saeed anwar. People should not compare Tamim with Gamvir. He is a indian player. Money.....money...lol.

  • Agam on June 13, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    @nahazzzz ...Ohhhkkk thats why ur world's greatest opener averages 23 in Australia , 18 in South Africa , 22 in Sri Lanka and 36 in NZ....whereas Gambhir , the flat track bully averages 50 in Australia , 38 in South Africa, 40 in Sri Lanka and 58 in NZ.....lolz...got it now....I m not intending to say anything bad about Tamin but comparing him with the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir is illogical...First ask ur team to be consistent and win at least 1 bilateral series against any top team...then do the comparison of players

  • golam mohammad on June 13, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Bangladesh selectors are the most whimsical of all. They capped some 60 odd players in the last 10 years. They are carried away by recent performances and put young lads in the team, and throws them away just after a couple or more lackluster performances. They debuted a new quick bowler (robiul) at lords because he was performing good in side matches, not because the person on the spot (shafiul) bowled bad in the previous serieses. I wont be surprized if robiul do never get another test match in his life. I can remember at least 5 pacemen who are in early 20s and do not expect to get another call in life after performing bad in the only one or two matches they got. Players like MEK Hussey and Adam Gilchrist had to wait untill late twenties because the player in the team in their positions were doing good. If an opener/top order scores a lot of runs in domestic, and openning slot is not open for a change, selectors push him as number eight batsman and part time spinner (nayeem islam)!

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    MIKE FROM NOAKHALI SAKIB IS RIGHT IN MANY WAYS REGULAR DEBUTANTS AND CHANGING WRONG POSITIONS LOWERED US A LOT EVEN MORE THAN ZIMBAWE ON TOP OF THAT THIS YEAR WE DID NOT PLAY NCL ONE DAY ON OTHER SIDE WE DON"T HAVE ANY QUALITY PACERS ONLY THING WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE THIS ORGANISE A THIRTY FIVE OVER GAME PER SIDE WILLBE CAPTAINED BY FAST BOWLERS OF OWN DISTRICT NO AUCTION SHOULD BE PUT ON BECAUSE THIS WILL BE A BIGG DISCORUAGEMENT WE WANT TO SEE PACERS WHO WILL REFLECT THEIR DISTRICT MY BAN XI LIST TAMIM IMRUL JUNAID ASHRAFUL MAHMUDUL NAEEM MUSHFIQ SAKIB MASHRAFEE RASEL RUBEL

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