World Twenty20 2012 September 27, 2012

Shakib riled by Bangladesh's lack of grit


Shakib Al Hasan voiced his frustration at Bangladesh's early exit from the World T20s saying that the team should have taken the match against Pakistan to last five overs from "where it could [have gone] either way. But it seemed we were never in the game." Shakib also added the team's failure to do "elementary" things was annoying.

Pakistan reached the target of 176 runs with eight balls to spare. A few overs earlier, in the 16th, they completed the progress to the Super-Eights when they crossed the 139-run mark that gave them a better net run-rate than Bangladesh.

He explained how, while fielding, the basics went missing; the lack of commitment too peeved Shakib. "I didn't like the way we lost. We should have been lively after scoring 175, saved around fifteen runs while fielding. I'm talking about elementary things like standing 10 yards inside the boundary on the larger side of the ground. This is just a matter of common sense," he told Bangla daily Prothom Alo in Kandy.

"These things annoy me because neither the captain nor I can tell this every ball. Then the fielder doesn't put in the dive as the ball nears the boundary line. The dive may not work but at least the action inspires another fielder. The others will run beside the ball, without diving, seeing this,".

"This is what I expected from the team when I was the captain and even now when I'm not the captain. I think I will expect these things all the time. If we had done everything properly and lost, I wouldn't have felt so bad. I would have thought, 'they are a better team on paper and on the field and as a result we lost'. The disappointment would have been two out of 10, now it is six."

Shakib's criticism of the level of commitment is significant and though he has landed in hot water in the past for giving a forthright point of view, this time it is quiet justified. Bangladesh have now failed to qualify to the second stage in all of their last four appearances in global events starting from the 2009 World Twenty20s. They had a long build-up to this campaign but it amounted to nothing after they were struck down by Brendon McCullum's second Twenty20 international century in their first group game before giving it away to Pakistan.

Their point of inspiration should have been the way Shakib bounced back after a poor day against New Zealand. His 54-ball knock put him on top of individual scores made by a Bangladeshi in T20Is, beating Nazimuddin's 81.

"I don't normally plan anything when I go out to bat in a T20 game. After the first game against New Zealand, I realised that if I bat naturally I can have a 110-120 strike rate. I didn't have to force things. So against Pakistan when I had gathered enough confidence, I started playing my shots," he said, adding that he only thought of going for the hundred in the final over of the Bangladesh innings. "From a personal point of view, I had a good day. But the disappointment was to see the game being given away."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Abdullah on September 30, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Sorry for the cut off, when you express your frustration, you probably don't pay attention to your limitations. Anyways my other lines were are as follows;

    What good are you than India and Sri Lanka in that manner? When it comes to security questions, we the 16 crore people of Bangladesh along with the BD team were concerned. BCB had no choice but to postpone the trip. We love our BD team, whatever and how ever they are. Some day the workd will see. I did not want to hurt your feelings, but this is the fact. Please take other things in consideration before make any comments. Again I apologize, if I hurt your feeling.

  • Abdullah on September 30, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @ da_man_, Thank you for being a well wisher of BD team. I don't know how old are you, if you are more than 25-26 years old, you should remember and realize the fact. Let's not talk about how many times India has invited BD team, let's talk about Pakistan. Before the entire test playing countries decided not to visit Pakistan, how many times Pakistan has invited Bangladesh in Pakistan? Bangladesh won the ICC trophy in 1997. By winning the tournament, Bangladesh qualified for the 1999 Cricket World Cup for the first time, where they defeated Pakistan, creating one of the biggest upsets in their cricketing history. Bangladesh got the status of a Test playing country on 26 June 2000. After that we all hoped, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka will come forward and play as many matches as possible. With due respect to Pakistan and you, I want to ask you a question, how many times has Pakistan invited Bangladesh to Pakistan or came to Bangladesh besides Asia Cup or World Cup? What good are you t

  • Haroon on September 30, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    @FOTO: Pakistan invited team BD for a series, which you guys declined. THE BD security team were happy, so don't peddle out that sorry excuse. Your management changed their decision a few weeks before the start of the series at the behest of BCCI. Let's see if India ever invites you over for a series, or continues to avoid you. I wish team BD all the best, but you guys have to take every opportunity with both hands. Having a series against Pak may have helped you in that crunch game...

  • Hasib on September 29, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Bangladesh has 4 PLAYERS (Shakib, Razzak, Tamim, and Mortaza) and 7 PEOPLE in the team. We need to have about 8 to 10 players capable of winning matches. Definitely need a good fast bowler to back Mortaza in the opening spell, an opening partner for Tamim, a middle order, and a finisher/power hitter towards the end. Most of the time I play much much better cricket than Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, and Ashraful. They play good cricket once every year (look at their averages and strike rates). Playing good once in a blue-moon is not enough to be a top team. Bring Aftab Ahmed back.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    It need to change Bangladesh captain. sakib or mashrafi will be good for the team. mushfiq not lead the team proper way. should need a change now.

  • RAHUL on September 28, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    I have to agree with Shakib. He did good critizism I am a huge BD fan but be honest people. Do you really think that T20 is a game to judge ripping full-member status? Ireland and Afghanistan gets out very quickly with other associate members in ODI's. Do you think that can be a test playing nation? Ireland lost many games to BD and they are mostly Ireland all out all out. Afghanistan has good pace bowling. Better than BD but only 2 batsmen perform in a game and the rest are gone out. To be honest, I think BD should keep their test status. by 2020 they will only play 16 test matches. Very very tragic. Look how many Indian players or England players play test. One player might play more than any games BD has ever played. But BD should realize to take on more tasks and touring other places. They should know how to play outside home because they have a bad record of playing games away. As for the captaincy. I think Mushfiq is a good captain. THough he needs to get his field/bowl plan righ

  • Bangla on September 28, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @PACERONE: Why did you forget about ZIM who played superbly (!) ? Shouldn't they be dropped , before dropping BD and WI? BD and WI are way better than ZIM.

  • Harmon on September 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Shakib played one good knock and feels riled at the loss? SRT has played like this all his life and has seen his team losing many a times. He never said anything.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    in every game all the bangladeshi players should give their hundred persent commitment and play for their country, otherwise they will not win never ever. BCB also understand some points which are 1.bring only fast bowling coach from WESTINDIES. 2.make fast bowling pitch. 3.arrange more fast class matchs for a team with test nations country. 4.bring jhonty rohdes as a fielding a captain who has vast knowledge of game plan and talented. 6.whoever is not performing drop him and give chance to others.

  • Mohan on September 28, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    I think if Shakib knocks ECB door they might grab him with both hands kicking out English Best Alrounder

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