Bangladesh in England 2010 July 5, 2010

Shakib is an ideal captain - Siddons


Bangladesh will assess their captaincy situation following the one-day series against England after Shakib Al Hasan asked for a break from leadership duties as he struggled to combine all his roles. Mashrafe Mortaza is captain for the limited-overs matches, but coach Jamie Siddons hinted that Shakib was his preferred choice to guide the team into next year's World Cup.

Mortaza has only recently returned from a long-term knee injury which limited his participation during England's tour of Bangladesh earlier this year to one disappointing ODI appearance. However, he has resumed the captaincy position that was his when he broke down in West Indies last July during the side's famous victory at Kingstown.

Shakib's form has tailed off in recent months since he became the game's leading allrounder. He averaged 13 with the bat in the Test series against England earlier in the season, although did manage eight wickets - including a five-wicket return at Old Trafford - with his left-arm spin, and followed that by scoring just 52 runs in three innings at the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

"Shakib was the main person behind the decision, he decided it was a bit much for him," Siddons told Cricinfo. "His form was down with the bat and he needed a rest. Mashrafe was always going to come into the one-day side so it was a perfect chance for him to take the reins.

"We'll see how it goes after this tour, I think Shakib is ideally suited to the captaincy particularly leading into the World Cup but if Mash performs with the ball - and that's his big challenge - he may be a good choice as well. If Shakib gets into form we may stick with it."

One good piece of news for Shakib as he strives to regain form is the absence of Graeme Swann, who has been rested for the series. Swann has dismissed Shakib five times in seven innings and it hadn't escaped Siddons' notice that the offspinner wouldn't be around. "He's been a thorn in our side so I'm happy to see him out and I'm sure Shakib is happy to see him gone," he said.

It is a gamble to put Mortaza back in the captaincy hot seat because he is still feeling his way back into the side and, although he remains the country's leading pace bowler, he certainly isn't the threat of a few years ago. Siddons, while backing Mortaza for the three ODIs which start on Thursday, added that it was vital he justified his position in the team.

"The body I think will get through it's just the form and the performance," he said. "I think he's dropped a yard of pace so we'll have to see how he goes against the big boys. England certainly won't hold back on him so we'll see how he stands up. If he swings the ball he'll be fine."

England will be expected to collect another whitewash in the one-day series, but Siddons warned that his team can pull off a surprise. They should have won the second match in Dhaka earlier in the year but couldn't stop Eoin Morgan, and the visitors will look to Tamim Iqbal to continue his form from the Tests where he scored two thrilling hundreds.

"If Tamim goes off in any of these three one-day games England are in a whole heap of trouble," Siddons said. "We can put on a big score if the other guys bat around him. Anything is possible. Each time I speak to him he is learning more about the game. He will get out silly sometimes, but he is the bloke who sets up big scores which win matches. I won't be pulling him back."

One man who has returned to the squad, although is unlikely to feature at the start of the series after Siddons said the batting line-up which piled up 301 for 7 against Middlesex was his No. 1 choice, is 22-year-old Raqibul Hasan who stormed out of the squad on the eve of the first Test in Chittagong.

"There was a bit of a battle to get him back in, but he's one of our really good up-and-coming young players," Siddons said. "He needs to stay in this group to develop, a bit like Jahurul [Islam] who has just come in and is developing. It's great to have Raqibul back and to see Jahurul making runs - they are the future of Bangladesh.

"We have to keep them. Both of them are potentially world-class players and down the track should be there for years to come when Bangladesh come good."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • zzazz on July 7, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    siddons has doing a good job nt the best oviously..... and a teams unity is very importent and he should play a very important role to keep the unity. shakibs recent form has been devastating and he should hav given a rest which he gets now. and mashrafe was the best option avalaible. but most importantly d players have to perform. captaincy was never a problem for bangladesh if the middle order batsmans keeps failling then nither captain nor any coach can do anything about it. so boys tighten your socks and try to perform b coz actions speaks louder than words.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Shakib is a good captain .... He has good plans of attack and defense but at times when team required some innovative and witty moves - he failed .. As a player he is a fast learner but as a captain he proved not to learn from the mistakes of past. During his reign it was obvious that Bangladesh played with a plan. But when a plan B was required Shakib was not versatile to come up with anything... I do agree with Mahmud Hasan abt Shakib's dependence on spinners. But again he never showed the confidence of using them in tight and gambling situations.

    Shakib is an asset. What Bangladesh needs more than his captaincy is his stable batting and uncompromising bowling.. if any one is to make Bangladesh a better team it must be by unified individual performances rather than taking out controversies on who the captain should be...

  • rakibul on July 6, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I agree with Jamie but I don't agree talking about this issue to media.. It is confusing for most of the player..We all know Mash is important for the team & he was treated badly by Shakib & Jamie when he came back to International cricket..Every newspaper of Bangladesh has published that news..Besides shakib made some harsh comment about Mash leaving the team..I think board didn't like it so they brought Mash back in action... whatever is going on doesn't sound good for the team..we don't want that... I hope Mash performs well & everyone supports him.. I also think Shakib will be back as a captain soon..but board needs to make sure it doesn't create any problem in the team.. And Jamie please keep your mouth shut to the media about your personal opinion...

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Attention!!! Shakib as a captain is very bad. He is over dependent on spinner and that's why in his reign he has made our pace attack the weakest in the world. His main priority is to bowl 10 over in ODI and minimum 50 overs in test so that he can grab as many wickets and stay at top in the allrounder ranking. Jamie siddon should support the new captain rather then creating conflict.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Hello Indian Fans,

    Do you remember Greg Chappel as coach who was about to destroy your cricket with Taking Dravid over DADA.. After you kicked Mr Greg, you are back.

    Mr Siddons is doing same here. BCB please eliminate Siddons to save our cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    I also believe Shakib is Ideal captain..


    We had anothe stupid coach like him.. Guess who? Hmm, Mr Mohsin Kamal..

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Don't want any division in our team. Don't understand why our coach needs to open up every bits to public!! You picked him (Mash) and let him perform. Simple!

  • zahidur on July 6, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    I don't see anything wrong with what he said. He is stating the obvious. I hope Mash performs well but it is unlikely he can captain in all form of cricket for Bangladesh (since he does not want to play test cricket for the time being). Shakib should get the captaincy back and I hope Mash is mature enough to deal with that situation.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    yes tht true Jamie. You need to bring unity in the team, not to divide them.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Jamie, please do not start any new conflict in the team. You may have your preferences but do not comment that may infuse confusion and inferior feeling to Masrafee. Let him perform and please just focus on team's improvement. You need to bring unity in the team, not to divide them.

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