Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele September 24, 2012

'We have nothing to lose' - Mushfiqur

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You summoned incredible courage once and beat up the school bully back in class five, but it doesn't help if till then, and thereafter, he has thrashed you every single time. The memory of that one triumph might even start to fade with each successive failure. In 44 meetings, Bangladesh have defeated Pakistan all of once, in the 1999 World Cup. It's been more than 13 years and 37 losses since that heady Northampton evening. The unfortunate part for Bangladesh is, even a win, unlikely as it seems, may not be enough to keep them in the tournament. Nothing less than a comprehensive victory will do.

Mushfiqur Rahim knows what he is up against on Tuesday, but held out a brave front. "It is difficult but not an impossible task," Mushfiqur said. "It is Twenty20, and England were bowled out last night for 80 [against India]. Who would have thought? Pakistan are good but not unbeatable. If we play our best cricket tomorrow, if everyone puts their hands up and shows guts anything is possible. We know where we have to improve and to how go about it tomorrow."

He also said something which rings true on the other side, considering the kind of rumblings the 1999 loss caused in Pakistan. "There's pressure in every game. They'd think in the same way. Pakistan don't want to lose against us, that is for sure. We have to come hard and we will give our best shot."

Bangladesh rely so much on their spinners but the fact that they played on a fresh pitch against New Zealand, and will do the same tomorrow, has forced Mushfiqur to consider playing another quick bowler. "I thought we made a mistake in the first game as the wicket was not that helpful for the left-arm spinners. We thought there would be something in the day. That is why we choose to field. We didn't bowl well also.

"We are looking at a fresh wicket tomorrow and it is also a night game. We have a few seaming all-round and pace bowling options. Probably we will have one more [quick] bowler in place of a spinner. We will come back tomorrow, have a look at the wicket again and see how it goes."

Mushfiqur said Bangladesh are in a tough group, with New Zealand and Pakistan, but said tomorrow was a chance to perform against another top side. "It brings a big challenge for us. They have great strength in their bowling and their batting is also good. It is one more opportunity, a do-or-die game for us. We have nothing to lose. Our boys did not put their hands up in the previous game, hopefully we will learn from our mistakes."

Fresh pitch or not, Mushfiqur knows Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez will be a handful. "He's [Ajmal] a big factor. He will start bowling in the Powerplay when we have to take some risks. We can't play all their bowlers normally, but attack some. We have players for that, and we are planning in that way."

Bangladesh have Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan offspinner, travelling with them as spin-bowling consultant. He's been giving tips to the spinners in the squad and has also bowled to the Bangladesh batsmen during training. "He is telling us how to read Ajmal, Afridi, [Umar] Gul and Hafeez. But the application of it will depend on us."

The last time these two sides met, Bangladesh came within one stroke of winning the Asia Cup in Mirpur in what was ultimately an emotional loss. Mushfiqur said that was a different format and admitted Bangladesh would not have the same kind of confidence they had that night in Mirpur. A more revealing stat is that after beating West Indies in their opening game of the World Twenty20in 2007, Bangladesh have lost nine successive matches in the event. It is almost as distressing as their record against Pakistan. They are up against a lot of history tomorrow.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on September 25, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Bangladesh heaters - let's talk.....apparently, Bangladeshs doing good against the best bowling attack of the world. :-)

  • musa441 on September 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    i m a pakistani fan and i am extremely disheartened by the comments below by the fans yes they played badly in the first match but wait they are humans and humans have the habit of making mistakes time and again but dont degrade them by these foolish comments by making fun of their captain he said "they have nothing to lose" what would have he said then other than this in a situation like this?? we will destroy pakistan team and we will win ?? then u guys wud have commented and made fun of him that he is over confident!! i mean come on dont degrade someone so much that he cant get up. i want bangladesh to give a good fight although being a pakistani fan i want pakistan to win but i feel for bangladeshis afterall they are people which once were our national brothers!

  • SantuPaul on September 25, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Pakistan is beatable, no doubt about that. But 'We have nothing to lose' statement from Bangladesh shows they have no motivation to play well and beat Pakistan.

  • on September 25, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    We all knew that B'desh had nothing to lose. Now, even their Captain confirmed it.

  • RK204 on September 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    best of luck......CHUDI BD

  • on September 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    My best wishes to the Bangladesh national cricket team .We are improving day by day.If we play good cricket today,we will win against Pakistan.We have nothing to lose but today is the right time for proving that we are the Tiger!

  • Dashgar on September 25, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Stupid tournament where you can win one of your first two games and be kicked out of the tournament. Unfair on every team, not just the lower ranked teams like Bangladesh.

  • Nadeem_rana on September 25, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I, being a Pakistani, looking forward to Pakistan's victory against Bangladesh. Making a little fun of Mushfiqur Rahim's statement is not that bad. We can do it to any captain from any country as it provides some amusement to all of us which is a very important part of our lives, but the fact is Mushfiqur Rahim's statement is very sensible. When he says "We have nothing to lose", it is most likely encouraging his team players to " play without any panic and fearlessly and without taking any extra pressure but try your best to win it. Even if you lose, you will not suffer a lot as that is what everyone is expecting even from your own country". The sentence "We have nothing to lose" has an importance in the history of the world too. Even in wars in ancient times, on many occasions when a weaker side declared "We have nothing to lose", they fought very fearlessly and turned the table. I, as a Pakistan, praying for Pakistan's victory but as a human would always like to tell the truth.

  • wijitha_srilanka on September 25, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    LOL, Yes he is correct, When you have lost every thing, there is nothing more to loose. The progress of Bangladesh cricket is very poor. They have a fair amount of talent. what they lack is a cricket brains, player who can inspire the team to take the team one step up. Like Arjuna and the co did for Sri Lankan team in 1996. Bangladesh will slip down further until they find a Swift Leader who has a cricket brain and a thoughtful mind.

  • on September 25, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Tigers, forget equations forget super8 facts ! Just rise one more time and knock down Pakistan in any result. We just want win. Go tigers go ! Best of luck , tigers :X

  • on September 25, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Bangladesh heaters - let's talk.....apparently, Bangladeshs doing good against the best bowling attack of the world. :-)

  • musa441 on September 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    i m a pakistani fan and i am extremely disheartened by the comments below by the fans yes they played badly in the first match but wait they are humans and humans have the habit of making mistakes time and again but dont degrade them by these foolish comments by making fun of their captain he said "they have nothing to lose" what would have he said then other than this in a situation like this?? we will destroy pakistan team and we will win ?? then u guys wud have commented and made fun of him that he is over confident!! i mean come on dont degrade someone so much that he cant get up. i want bangladesh to give a good fight although being a pakistani fan i want pakistan to win but i feel for bangladeshis afterall they are people which once were our national brothers!

  • SantuPaul on September 25, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Pakistan is beatable, no doubt about that. But 'We have nothing to lose' statement from Bangladesh shows they have no motivation to play well and beat Pakistan.

  • on September 25, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    We all knew that B'desh had nothing to lose. Now, even their Captain confirmed it.

  • RK204 on September 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    best of luck......CHUDI BD

  • on September 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    My best wishes to the Bangladesh national cricket team .We are improving day by day.If we play good cricket today,we will win against Pakistan.We have nothing to lose but today is the right time for proving that we are the Tiger!

  • Dashgar on September 25, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Stupid tournament where you can win one of your first two games and be kicked out of the tournament. Unfair on every team, not just the lower ranked teams like Bangladesh.

  • Nadeem_rana on September 25, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I, being a Pakistani, looking forward to Pakistan's victory against Bangladesh. Making a little fun of Mushfiqur Rahim's statement is not that bad. We can do it to any captain from any country as it provides some amusement to all of us which is a very important part of our lives, but the fact is Mushfiqur Rahim's statement is very sensible. When he says "We have nothing to lose", it is most likely encouraging his team players to " play without any panic and fearlessly and without taking any extra pressure but try your best to win it. Even if you lose, you will not suffer a lot as that is what everyone is expecting even from your own country". The sentence "We have nothing to lose" has an importance in the history of the world too. Even in wars in ancient times, on many occasions when a weaker side declared "We have nothing to lose", they fought very fearlessly and turned the table. I, as a Pakistan, praying for Pakistan's victory but as a human would always like to tell the truth.

  • wijitha_srilanka on September 25, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    LOL, Yes he is correct, When you have lost every thing, there is nothing more to loose. The progress of Bangladesh cricket is very poor. They have a fair amount of talent. what they lack is a cricket brains, player who can inspire the team to take the team one step up. Like Arjuna and the co did for Sri Lankan team in 1996. Bangladesh will slip down further until they find a Swift Leader who has a cricket brain and a thoughtful mind.

  • on September 25, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Tigers, forget equations forget super8 facts ! Just rise one more time and knock down Pakistan in any result. We just want win. Go tigers go ! Best of luck , tigers :X

  • always_SA on September 25, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    India beating England cannot be used as an example to motivate Bangladesh beating Pakistan. Anyone who watched the match would know that English were bamboozled on a pitch that provide very slight assistance to turn. Now, pakistan is no England and know the conditions well. Bangladesh better pack up and leave or else they will be humiliated. SA are the champions in all formats and in all conditions. The cup is ours. Go SA.

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 25, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    pak shud win this easily.bd is just over-rated by their fans,afghan and ireland are playing better cricket than bd...

  • AkDoN on September 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    @IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps ...you said it very correctly....100% chances are there

  • on September 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    today is that time.. go ahead bangladesh...

  • AkDoN on September 25, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    I am despo to see BD performance in this match. They should stuck to basic if they wana make some kind of impact on their fans now...else PAk will literaly thrash them out of int. cricket..bell is ringing for them now.

  • acricfan on September 25, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    this kind of attitude doesn't suits u musfiq...the captain of afganistan can say this,not u..and if u think u guys have nothing 2 lose then why r u playing come back home ang just sleep...u don't have any right to play with our emotions...coz u may have nothing 2 lose but we the bangladeshis have many things 2 lose....

  • British_North_America on September 25, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Mushfiq does not deserve a place in the team and he is captain?????????lol

  • DINESHCC on September 25, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    TODAY'S SCORE: Pakistan 320/2 Nasir Jamshed 150 n.o. Imran Nazir 74, M.Hafeez 40, Umar Akmal 50 n.o. Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-144-0, Mahmudulla 4-0-77-1, Abdul Razak 4-0-80-1 Bangladesh 22 All out in 5.2 overs. Shakib Al Hasan 0 n.o. Extras lb 20, w 2. Shahid Afridi 0/0, Ajmal 5/1, Hafeez 4/1

  • on September 25, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    "Nothing to lose",,,, BD is already going in the match with shaky mindset,,,they have everything to lose,,, 8 straight defeat i t-20,,,,,they lost everything,,

  • British_North_America on September 25, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Bangladesh is a rubbish team no doubt but Sandeep.M.J.D do you really think BD will ever lose their test status??????????????????????Even if they lose 200 tests in a row, they will not lose it.Reality is ICC is trying to spread cricket and also want to give Ireland test status.But if Ireland has test status, other teams have to play with them but who will play with them? Which team has got time for them?That's why they are not getting it.May be they will get it after winning an ICC tournament.

  • satish619chandar on September 25, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    May be, BD should try to treat this opportunity as self realization one. The loads of spinners they had for NZ team were not the ones required for these kinds of tracks. They do play well in home tracks where it aids their natural game. May be, sending players to other nation domestic tournaments might help. In fact, sending a team might do wonderful job too. Or even they can prepare flat tracks on their own and learn the art. It is very difficult to get fast bouncy tracks in these parts of geography but certainly, flat tracks can be countered.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on September 25, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    'We have nothing to lose' - Mushfiqur What? Now a days these kind of statements are not fancied mate. Every one knows your team can hardly beat any other team in the world, but atleast give it a proper try. On the other side you will move closer to loosing the Test, ODi, T20 status if you keep on losing. Moreover the pride (if any) will be lost. Do well, give a fight atleast.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on September 25, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    PK r not English or Kiwis. They r better against spin attack. With only 1 good fast bowler BD can do nothing in away conditions. Apart 4m Mashrafi, all the seamers of BD history r too ordinary. Only a strong fast bowling attack can b handy at Pallekele & BD lack it. In fact a win isn't enough rather a big win is required 4 BD. Everybody knows that BD break down under pressure. So less hope 4 minnows here.

  • ariful007 on September 25, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Bd is in a tough group with Nz and Pak. Thats Why it is a very hard task for them to go to the super 8. Now they are at the do or die condition. Bd has some good match wining players, Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiq and Nasir. They have proved their ability in Asia cup. But it is a different format game. So now they have to prove them again. Pakistan is the number one t20 team. So bd have to play really good to beat Pakistan. Best of luck Bd....

  • on September 25, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Best of luck Pak................................................................................

  • on September 25, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Team Pakistan should take this game seriously and goes to next round with wining streak.... Best of luck team Pakistan....

  • CricketMaan on September 25, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    There has been enough criticism of BD and a lot of it fair and some unfair, a lot pushing Ireland ahead of BD and so on and so forth. The one comment i dont understand is why keep saying 'after all these years at international cricket' etc...Likes of India, Pak, SL have been playing for AGES, while they have competed well abroad, have not consitently beaten teams overseas, this despite a much stronger domestic system and a large pool of palyers. BD cannot boast of the same level of domestic system yet or large pool of talented players at disposal..its not' why after so many years' that should be put across them, but ask 'what are they doing about thier domestic cricket' that will push players uphill..BPL is one step but is not going to produce Test players..They probably should recruit overseas players within thier domestic sytem to add more quality at that level.

  • on September 25, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    People need to keep in mind that this team along with Zimbabwe don't even play Cricket for example this year a lone a year we're coming to an end, Bangladesh have only played 4 ODIs and 0 Test matches so that's the problem whereas i.e. team like England have played 16 ODIs and 11 Test matches big difference.

  • Vikum72 on September 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    BD's lack of serious progress after all these years is something to ponder about! Is it lack of skill in their team which is rather puzzling for a cricket crazy nation? Crossing the mental barrier at this level is also an overwhelming task for a young cricketing nation. I believe its only possible for a side to do this after they build up their own team of experienced veterans to guide the next generation through.

  • on September 25, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Winning and losing is part of game, what actually matters is the progress that a team makes from the start till present. BD is playing international cricket for almost 15 years, and they are still underdogs, WHY? They have not made any progress apart from giving an upset to a major side once in couple of years. Until and unless they don't improve their status from underdogs to a moderate side, they will remain losers.

  • TopOrder_ on September 25, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    "Mushfiqur said Bangladesh are in a tough group, with New Zealand and Pakistan". Just a week ago all the Bang Fans were saying NZ will be like a WALK-OVER. As we have Defeated NZ 4-0... Now can any BD fan claim that again. Self proclaimed Tiger Gone CATs with nothing to lose. Dont look back, Look whats ahead and work on it..DREAMERZZZZZZ.

  • shihabhossain on September 25, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Best Of Luck Bangladesh...... Tamim 100

  • Hasan_SG on September 25, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    We need to change the captain Mushfiqur. Need an agressive captain. Mashrafee or Shakib would be better. Also the management should provide them energetic food to boost their power. So that they can hit 4 or 6.

  • on September 25, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Bangladesh team lacks backbone, an attitude like this from a captain is really frustrating. Play for win or just don't play at all.

  • satish619chandar on September 25, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I predict BD to lose but not by much margin. Even if they win, i don't think by enough margin to get through to next round. They have a bunch of talented individuals no doubt but need to transfer it into performance.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Wel i have nevr ratd bd team as highly(like majority of non.bd fans) as many ovr.hypd bd fans do jst bcoz bd have nt been able to produce single quality seamer(forget tear away quick) in their entire history,neithr they have great spiners eithr,jst shakib n tamim ,even shakib's figures lok blown up n ovr.ratd since he plays mostly against minor opositins,

  • on September 25, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Bangladesh has the ability to beat Pakistan, if the wicket is spinning and Tamim, Ashraful, Shakib glitters...But otherwise, it's gonna be tough task..Being a Bangladeshi supporter...nevertheless i have to admit that Bangladesh has to be more sincere and focused towards the game..

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 25, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Pak should go for a thumping win today,should nt tak things 4 grantd as big win wil help our cnfidnce a world of gd at supr8s.WE HAVE SOME SCORS TO SETL against bcb n bd team pls some ovr.hypd fans who went ovr.board during asia cup final n Shown their sore losers aproach.IF Bd team can prform even half relative to hype which z creatd by their fans,they would b betr than afg,ire BT THEY R CERTAINLY NT AT D MOMENT.

  • on September 25, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I am an Indian, i feel that Bangladesh and Ireland need to play more against top teams. BD should get more bilateral series like other countries to be on par with other teams. ICC should include BD in the Test series FTPs and Ireland for more tri series ODIs (if they want to develop cricket honestly)

  • rajputrocks on September 25, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Bangladesh have certain mind block against pakistan will they be able to break it lets see

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on September 25, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I don't know why everyone is running behind Mushfiq's comments. It's a tactical comment, just to release pressure from BD players, so that every player can play their natural games. Everyone knows that beating PAK with this big margin won't be easy- (not for BD only; for other teams also). Mushfiq made this comment so that players don't become over-pressurized by this Win+NRR expectations. One more thing, don't compare BD with IRE, as STAT shows that BD's win-ratio in ODIs 5-2 and in T20I 3-1. Inspite of less opportunity (not much less than BD) in International level, most of the IRISH players have more opportunity than BD to play competitive county cricket. So, they are not so much less-experienced as everyone commented. To my opinion, definitely IRE should get Test status. At least IRE and BD can play test with each other regularly. Something is better than nothing.............

  • Ribs on September 25, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    As Viru mentioned once this BD looks very ordinary in all forms of cricket and their winning ratio is self explanatory. They are playing competitive cricket for more than a decade as a team they are not developed lot. They have some world class players like Sakib apart from that they are not a team to perform in all surfaces. They can defeat some test playing nations on their day mostly spin tracks which suit them. They defeated depleted WI but they are far behind from full strength WI. They defeated Kiwis in a recent tour but in the last match Baz bombarded them. If some one keep going means they don't have a bowler to stop them. Viru's WC 175 and Baz 100+ during their last match is evident.

  • on September 25, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Attack Hafiz & Gul early with Tamim & Ash, Sakib, Nasir Play Afridi & Ajmal intelligently& go for the last 3-4 overs. on the other hand get rid of Imran Nazir & Jamshed early with Mashrafi, Fielding & Catching should be proper then we have a chance. Good luck BD we are always with you.

  • Sharif_Islam on September 25, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    To Mushfiqur: your attitude toward a match and winning is pretty frustrating! You meant losing doesnt matter to you, oh poor man! We are competing in a tournament. Your goal must be the trophy. Fight until the last ball. You are the responsible man why Mccullam scored 123!! Your bowler changing was not effective. Now you are saying we have nothing to lose! To me, there is still a chance. Chance works for the great minds. I hope we will win and gonna qualify for the super 8.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on September 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    come on tigers get your A-game on. you guys have some very talented chaps in the teams. we want to see them really pull their weight around. upsetting pakistan seems unlikely but you never know. anything is possible in T20. you got to believe.

  • chapathishot on September 25, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    The problem with Bangladesh team is that the team is mediocre and it is because of the attitude of the team and the supporters.They support these mediocre performances and get satisfied with it .The opposition score 400 against BD and BD scores 280 the fans as well as the team find satisfaction and achievement in scoring 280.Unless this attitude is changed they are history and as some good teams like Ireland and Afghan are arriving and may go above them soon

  • sfarazi on September 25, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    To be honest, I don't care whether Bangladesh qualifies or not but I want them to play quality cricket and prove themselves worthy of being a test playing nation. Pakistan was brilliant in their match against New Zealand and I truly believe that they deserve to win this tournament just as much as I thought they deserved to win the world cup last year. Best of luck to both teams and hopefully Bangladesh will produce a gem of a performance.

  • on September 25, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Bangladesh is playing test cricket for 10 years now.When they got test status Kenya was far ahead of them in terms of cricket talent.Its ridiculous for Mushfiqur to think that "we have nothing to lose".Atleast in T20 format,they should have made some in roads considering the cricket following they have got back home.Don't understand why talent is a problem in BD,when a similar country like Pakistan has abundant talent. For cricket sake,BD has to flourish sooner than later.

  • BangCricFan on September 25, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Mushfiq is again saying that he has plan for Ajmal as he said he had plan for McCullum. Good luck Mushfiq.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 25, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Actually BD deserve to be the WT20 champs before the start of the tour. Their players performed well against all teams in the last game they played. Beat NZ 4-0, beat SA recently and they played well in BPL, SLPL etc. So, others must stop their pathetic cricket and give the trophy to BD. I think Ahamed Hussain and Extreme Speed will support me.

  • on September 25, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    win or lose is the part of game but for cricket lovers i believe if bangladesh just change captain for one day and try shakib as captain the game will interesting to see

  • WishW on September 25, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    c'mon bangladesh..you would do all the other teams a big favour by knocking Pak out!...

  • iphone1 on September 25, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Its a bit absurd the BD captain calling this a tough group. From BD's perspective this is the easiest group as they would have fancied their chances beating NZ and they blew it up. If they had been in any other group it would have been 'tougher' for BD. It can be said having BD in their group is tough for other teams as they would prefer Afgans, Ireland or Zim instead. I do like some BD players, but not the BD fans on cricinfo. Their arrogance is not tantamount to their team's skills !!!!!

  • ahmad.basam10 on September 25, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    I believe that pakistan can win not only this game, they can win the World T20 as they are favourites.

  • Navarene03 on September 25, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    So the verdict always goes against the vanquisher, yeah? In case Bangladesh wins against Pakistan and wins again by a margin that allows them to qualify for the Super Eight, all these naysayers start to sing the praiseworthy song for BD. Tigers have all the gates open to not only win this match, but also by the margin that will make them qualify for the second round.

  • on September 25, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Bangladesh captain change no solves the problem. Mushfiq is good captain and give him sometimes to prove himself. Problem is not-consistency of batting & balling line-up. Most of the time BD fail both side. That's the main reason BD lost frequently. My advice BD batsman's & ballers woke up try to do individual improvement. Don't depend on each another? So BD captain should think how to beat Pakistan not think to qualified super eight. If you think too much about super eight, you could not perform well and end of the day badly defeat. Don't give us hopeless at least make plan to beat Pakistan make us happy.

  • on September 25, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Bangladesh captain change no solves the problem. Mushfiq is good captain and give him sometimes to prove himself. Problem is not-consistency of batting & balling line-up. Most of the time BD fail both side. That's the main reason BD lost frequently. My advice BD batsman's & ballers woke up try to do individual improvement. Don't depend on each another? So BD captain should think how to beat Pakistan not think to qualified super eight. If you think too much about super eight, you could not perform well and end of the day badly defeat. Don't give us hopeless at least make plan to beat Pakistan make us happy.

  • Quddus-Mamu on September 25, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    It would be really hard for Bangladesh to qualify for super8. Pakistan is very strong in T20. But Bangladesh team should try their best. I would suggest to make couple changes. My best XI for tomorrow's game : 1.Tamim, 2.Ash, 3.Shakib, 4. Mushfiq, 5.Mahmudullah, 6.Nasir, 7.Zia, 8. Reza, 9.Mash, 10.Razzak, 11. Abul. Good luck Tigers.

  • waqaslone on September 25, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    After losing from Bangladesh in '99, Pakistan are always a step more cautious when playing against Bangladesh. They know criticism for losing from this Bangladesh side would be double than of losing from India.

    If Bangladesh had not over hyped their '99 WC victory, history would have been bit different between Pakistan n Bangladesh in matches.

  • ammar7may on September 25, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Being newcomers, Bangladesh Cricket Team always have the flexibility; however, they need a few critical changes with their approach. First of all, each player should set standard for himself and try to achieve it in the presence of his personal trainer (coach). Secondly, just keep to those personal standards in an international match, rather than taking it as a high pressure game. It is rightly said that they have nothing to lose at this stage, so it must passionate them to perform higher and feel no pressure at all of fans' expectations. 5 weak sticks become strong, when tied into 1; however, they don't get stronger than 5 strong sticks tied into 1. They awfully need to strengthen each stick with skill and consistency, as then only their team effort will mean something. Good luck BD cricket team. Best of luck Pakistan.

  • on September 24, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    I remember people calling bd the next Sri Lanka, but they proved to be another Zimbabwe ,I think in few years Afghanistan might surprise us all .

  • nabeel1988 on September 24, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    May The Best Team Wins.. Aameen

  • on September 24, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    A lot of people are saying Rahim shouldn't be the captain or he may get sacked if Bangladesh don't qualify or win and Shakib etc should be replaced. I agree and sort of disagree because number 1 Mushfiq is a new captain a good young one but only make silly mistakes at crucial times which is why my advice to the Bangladesh management should be to get changed the current vice-captain of Bangladesh and swap him for Shakib because he's very experienced as a captain mind you he captains a BPL team and was a former captain of Bangladesh. That way a great partnership can be set. Whatever happens in this match tomorrow, Bangladesh need to sort out these things fast because the West Indies series is coming up soon.

  • on September 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Seriously why is everyone attacking bangladesh and Zimbabwe especially Bangladesh!! These guys play series every 6 months and how if they win how are they supposed to carry on with that mentality?! If ireland were in test they would certainly lose by innings defeats. One of the main reasons why bangladesh struggle is because they lack amazing pace bowlers, even an Australia B team fast bowler would easily be in bangladesh's test team/ away odi team

  • Mushtanda on September 24, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Perennial losers do not have anything to lose.

  • SKKhan on September 24, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    I think a margin of 30-40 runs is not as big as many are making it. Pakistan batting either makes 200 or 80, so I hope they will be turning out tomorrow to make 200, please don't give us any more shocks.

  • on September 24, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    hi all i am supporting pakistan but bangladesh killing their own team by their own hands there is no doubt that shakib uk hassan should be the captian in all form games of cricket. if you look at bangladesh cricket they had very good winning rate with shakib and also more confidence with shakib what would you expect from dead captain even he has no place in the team and he is captain surprise its like Misbah in T20 .....

  • on September 24, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Bangladesh are just over hyped team. They beat a team once in 5 yrs and their fans wait for that day like fans of main teams wait for wc.lol:) but still shakib is a good player and i hope he makes an effort to take his country to super eight .

  • madeforcricket on September 24, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Just checked the 10 day weather forecast for Colombo.Rain is expected on almost all of these days. Now you don't want super eight to be ruined by t-storms.ICC should have taken post monsoon season into account while devising the schedule.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 24, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Bangladesh should just win this game and move on from there because Bangladesh as a team has no chance of beating this team in 15 overs or by 40 runs its certainly improbable. What Bangladesh needs to do is end that trend of defeats against Pakistan. We beat them in the Under-19 match recently so I see no reason why we can't beat them in this T20 match.

  • on September 24, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    He's [Ajmal] a big factor. He will start bowling in the Powerplay when we have to take some risks.

    Dear bro, you will have to face Ajmal after 10 overs not in powerplay. I dont think so Bangla will have any chance to Qualify, Because they will have to win big margin...Anyways Good luck

  • fr600 on September 24, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I want Pakistan to win this match so that later they can show India and Australia where they belong.

  • samincolumbia on September 24, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    As Sehwag rightly pointed out...Bangladesh is a very ordinary team!

  • on September 24, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Tigers Just relax now ! Even Pakistan, India, South Africa, England don't show this attitude, that we r going to win ! U should Just say that we will try our best, WE R NOT CHAMPIONS or favorites But we have Confidence in ourselves & we WILL TRY OUR BEST FOR OUR NATION.

  • on September 24, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Well it's one thing to be hopeful and another to be BLINDLY living in self denial. Bangladesh have been doing the latter. For more than a decade they have lived in a world of dreams and delusion. They have let their fans down time and time again. This is getting very ugly. In my honest assessment, Bangladesh are nothing more than minnows. They don't win regularly against top teams and whenever they do it's once in a blue moon. Sure, they had won against NZ recently in a home series BUT that's not a yardstick to measure success by any means. Now we have a captain in Mushfiqur Rahim offering blind hope to his team's fans and supporters. I honestly cannot see Bangladesh beating Pakistan, and that too by a huge margin. BD need to do a reality check on their team. For far too long they have lingered at the bottom of the ICC table. This calls for a serious review of the last 2 teams on the table: BD and ZIM, both IMO should NOT be playing international cricket. The ICC needs to do something.

  • salman_0902 on September 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    We did not come here to win so "'We have nothing to lose" - Mushfiqur

  • Keithnkin on September 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    We have nothing to lose...except more bad press

  • Saim93 on September 24, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    But what is the point of the win, we all know they will not beat India Australia and South Africa later! Inshallah Pakistan will win, best of luck to bangladesh too of course!

  • BowledYa on September 24, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    I was a supporter of BD (from Pakistan), but they have lost it with a lack of back bone, and all the complaining about the Asia cup loss. Ireland has shown lot more guts than BD and in my mind should be given an opportunity to go for test status. BD should back themselves out like Zimbabwe and concentrate on improving. Getting hammered each match is demoralizing the players and thus this mindset of "nothing to lose". Each sport is played with a lot of heart, and if you don't have it then you have lost before even starting.

  • IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on September 24, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Oh Saqlain is your bowling coach. Then you have no chance to win. By now all information on how to get Tamim, Ashraful and your other batters must be on laptop of whatmore

  • on September 24, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @Sandip Das...Its funny you talk about TEST STATUS first a country like India should be filling up entire seats in their Test matches then talk about TEST STATUS. Test Cricket is disliked by most of the world and can't even attract in crowds even for big matches. Bangladesh may have a pathetic record in Tests but there's reasons for that and even if you take away ZIM and BAN Test status you're only left with 8 teams lol so what's the point of having a ranking table? :) look at ranking tables of other sports and compare it to the way Cricket is structured so you can see what I'm talking about.

  • onlinebz08 on September 24, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    How he gonna win if his attitude is like this

  • sameer111111 on September 24, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    This attitude is the secret of their great performance in the last 20 years.

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    I am too disappointed to hear such nonsenses from this lacklustercaptain of Bangladesh.

  • Sandstorm82 on September 24, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Can someone please remind me why the BD team and fans feel aggrieved for the loss in the Asia Cup? they failed to hold their nerve and we know cricket is unforgiving on those with no back bone. Time to forget the past and move on; accept they got beaten fair and square. I really don't understand what the fuss is about? If only they concentrate on their on-field performances, they'd have a greater chance of success like their sub-continental counterparts.

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    B'Desh have made it a fine art of saying "We have nothing to lose"..... c'mon guys how long are u gonna say that!!! a couple of wins here & there is all you guys have managed in your entire playing history (NZ Series an aberration)

    Test status should be taken away from them .... Ireland should be given a few more matches than them.....

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Bd is another Zimbabwe , fir top sides to experiment with, in 15 years one can train a dog and cats to play better then them ,plz mushfiq save it!

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Why are they demolarizing themselves ?

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Bangladesh should forget about Super Stages prospects because they don't really deserve it after what happened against New Zealand. I mean if the target of 190 is impossible then they should have gone for over 150 so that Bangladesh would have had a more realistic chance of progressing due to the NRR. Bangladesh should play for pride now and go for the win instead of beating them inside 15 overs or by 30 odd runs because against this bowling attack no chance. The good thing is that if they can win this by whatever margin, you can take a lot of pride of that and then focus on your next series which happens to be against the West Indies within 6 weeks a first series for Bangladesh this year believe it or not.

  • ZAB2121 on September 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    That is a very depressing speech by BD skipper. I dont think that would motivate any of the BD players at all. Infact that is a bad representation of their star players ie Shakib, Tamim and Nasir.

  • on September 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    What a lame attitude...We have nothing to lose.....if you have nothing to lose then why are you playing the game? It is this nonsense attitude which has led BD to nowhere ever since they were brought into international arena. If the captain is coming up with statements like that then it clearly shows that some thing is seriously wrong with the management setup. BD needs an inspirational leader who would say "We would give any thing to win this match because we didnt come here all to way to to be bullied". It is as simple as that.

  • Afridynamite on September 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    a very inconsequential match indeed! Pak & NZ are in

  • LeftBrain on September 24, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I hope it turns out to be a well contested match, not the typical sort of one-sided and low quality game we usually see when Bangladesh is involved.

    I also feel sorry for Mushfiq ur Rahim for having to come-up with positives after positives before every match, and than have to do so after every loss.

    It must be hard for self confidence. The key is, when you are in the middle, convert atleast half of what you say during media calls.

    For Pakistan, I hope it doesnt come too easy as super Eight is a do-or-die affair.

  • ACHILLES_FZX on September 24, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    This is the case in all there matches Nothing to lose.

  • on September 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim ahead of tomorrow's match vs Pakistan: 'We have nothing to lose' . . . Since we started to play cricket :)

  • Tokai69 on September 24, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Why all the time bowlers have to take control of the game, why can't batsman take the charge. Bangladesh team should overcome those numbers like 250 team score and 50 milestone in the individual achievement level to win over the big opponent. I was so disappointed the way Mushfiq's team played against NZ when batsman surrendered too early and did not fight up to the end to increase the run rate!

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  • Tokai69 on September 24, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Why all the time bowlers have to take control of the game, why can't batsman take the charge. Bangladesh team should overcome those numbers like 250 team score and 50 milestone in the individual achievement level to win over the big opponent. I was so disappointed the way Mushfiq's team played against NZ when batsman surrendered too early and did not fight up to the end to increase the run rate!

  • on September 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim ahead of tomorrow's match vs Pakistan: 'We have nothing to lose' . . . Since we started to play cricket :)

  • ACHILLES_FZX on September 24, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    This is the case in all there matches Nothing to lose.

  • LeftBrain on September 24, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I hope it turns out to be a well contested match, not the typical sort of one-sided and low quality game we usually see when Bangladesh is involved.

    I also feel sorry for Mushfiq ur Rahim for having to come-up with positives after positives before every match, and than have to do so after every loss.

    It must be hard for self confidence. The key is, when you are in the middle, convert atleast half of what you say during media calls.

    For Pakistan, I hope it doesnt come too easy as super Eight is a do-or-die affair.

  • Afridynamite on September 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    a very inconsequential match indeed! Pak & NZ are in

  • on September 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    What a lame attitude...We have nothing to lose.....if you have nothing to lose then why are you playing the game? It is this nonsense attitude which has led BD to nowhere ever since they were brought into international arena. If the captain is coming up with statements like that then it clearly shows that some thing is seriously wrong with the management setup. BD needs an inspirational leader who would say "We would give any thing to win this match because we didnt come here all to way to to be bullied". It is as simple as that.

  • ZAB2121 on September 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    That is a very depressing speech by BD skipper. I dont think that would motivate any of the BD players at all. Infact that is a bad representation of their star players ie Shakib, Tamim and Nasir.

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Bangladesh should forget about Super Stages prospects because they don't really deserve it after what happened against New Zealand. I mean if the target of 190 is impossible then they should have gone for over 150 so that Bangladesh would have had a more realistic chance of progressing due to the NRR. Bangladesh should play for pride now and go for the win instead of beating them inside 15 overs or by 30 odd runs because against this bowling attack no chance. The good thing is that if they can win this by whatever margin, you can take a lot of pride of that and then focus on your next series which happens to be against the West Indies within 6 weeks a first series for Bangladesh this year believe it or not.

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Why are they demolarizing themselves ?

  • on September 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Bd is another Zimbabwe , fir top sides to experiment with, in 15 years one can train a dog and cats to play better then them ,plz mushfiq save it!