West Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, St George's August 24, 2014

No one fought or showed desire - Mushfiqur

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Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said that his batsmen hardly made an effort as they went down in a humiliating 177-run loss to West Indies in the second ODI. He questioned the team's ability to fight or will to win after they were involved in yet another collapse, losing their last seven wickets for 13 runs to be dismissed for 70. It was their biggest loss to West Indies in ODIs, and their second-lowest one-day total after being twice bowled out for 58 in the last three years.

"None of them even tried," Mushfiqur said of his team-mates. "Everyone feels guilty when they play badly, but if they had been a bit more inspired to play for the country, it would have got us closer to the target and given us some confidence going into the next game."

Bangladesh started cautiously before losing three quick wickets and leaving Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur to restart the 248-run chase. It was the captain's wicket that began the collapse, as he saw a Sunil Narine delivery bounce more than he anticipated and edged it to Denesh Ramdin. Mahmudullah followed next ball while Tamim, Sohag Gazi and Nasir Hossain all fell one after the other in a very short span to hand the home side their first ODI series win since February last year.

Mushfiqur blamed the openers for not proving a solid base, and said that there was no sense of responsibility among the batsmen. "Our plan was to bat normally for five to ten overs. It was a good batting wicket. If we had a good opening partnership, we could have taken the game further. But some of the batsmen got out poorly.

"Nobody batted with responsibility. I don't think anyone among the eleven players fought, showed pride to play for the country or showed a deep desire to win. The shameful loss is a result of this."

Bangladesh have arrived in Basseterre, St Kitts to play the third ODI and the solitary T20. They won their only ODI here in July 2009 and Mushfiqur said the batting would have to be much better if Bangladesh were to avoid 0-3. "We have played in St Kitts before," Mushfiqur said. "The wicket is flat and the ground is comparatively smaller. But wherever you play, you have to do the job properly.

"Their bowlers will be the same, so we have to bat more responsibly. Our ball selection has to be better. When the bowlers don't get any help from the wicket, the onus is on the batsmen to do well."

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  • Proteas_Power on August 25, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Organise a 3 match series vs. Australia in Australia & than watch how Bangla players play against the best bowling attack in the world in hard conditions. I hope if they somehow draw 1 match then this team will capable to beat any team anywhere.

  • dummy4fb on August 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    One thing for sure flat lower wickets in domestic cricket will not bring any fruit for BD cricket future. prepare bouncy, turning difficult track. that's how bowlers will be boost with their accurate line length and variations. on other hand batsman will learn to survive and build an innings in difficult conditions. that's how mental strength comes in BD players mind. wolrd class spin coach is must because traditionally we will be good in spin bowling like India and Srilanka. Every country is giving special care to their strength. our strength will be spin bowling. So special attention in spin bowling is required. when domestic cricket pitches will be bouncy then our pace bowlers will be in right direction as well.

  • Anan3t on August 24, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Mushfiq is only to be blamed. He is captaining just to retain Mahmudullah in the squad. He is the solo reason bangladesh's performance is downwarding.He can't motivate his teammates rather makes them feel pressured. He can't take right decision in the middle. He is definitely a game changer but unfortunately for the opponent teams. Step down, Mushfuq.

  • dummy4fb on August 24, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    BCB i will request do not waste your energy in BPL. just improve the domestic cricket competitiveness and standard. plan from now to prepare best pitches like difficult surface for our young starts in next domestic tournaments. visit Australia or South Africa to find out how their domestic cricket and academy is working together, take their structure and exploit that, though it can take 3/4 years but start from now.. find out a more talented spinners appointing a good spin coach, start a cricket academy with all facilities like BKSP solely for young talents.

  • dummy4fb on August 24, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    i will question new coach ability to pick the best team, is he qualified enough!! in jourgenson time team was playing well and always picked the best team, i will blame Mushfiq about the performance of BD team. his unnecessary comments in Asia cup and against ICC revamp definitely was out of control and immature , why players like Mahmudullah and opener like imrul was picking ! imrul, shamsur is a opener then why they are picked without any previous experience in middle order. how many times we see Mahmudullah through his wicket carelessly being a vice captain! we can not afford enough time to give Haturasinge for his experiment .... truth is we have talent, we need to give and find talent like Bijoy who are desperate to perform for his country, see his body language! why we do not have a world class spin coach , why we not giving new left arm spinners enough opportunity, still BCB is not starting a cricket academy solely for producing players like Nasir, Bijoy. improve in d c is must

  • Obaidur_nawabganj on August 24, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    BD need fresh captain right now. It's badly needed. I hope if Anamul gets captaincy then it will be the best. Techniques like Anamul will help team to change the current situation.

    whatever we think that a win may help tigers because they are tired to get their food and if they get that, that will be the power.

  • dummy4fb on August 24, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Mushfiqur's poor captaincy cost BD the game for many time. Why is he still captain now ? Sakib was the best captain in the history of Bangladesh. Thus Sakib could be an intelligent replacement of Mushfiqur, but Sakib is out of the team for silly reason. When BCB understand the simple thing that they need Sakib badly to overcome current crisis ?

  • android_user on August 24, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    mushfiq is the only player who has scored some runs for Bangladesh in past few years but other new batsmens apart from anamul no one has that potential. .

  • Saddha on August 24, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Rahim should stop blaming his team in public like this over and over again, it certainly does not help the moral of the team now does it?

  • tigers_eye on August 24, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Can someone give Musfique a MIRROR? Stop blaming others and learn to take blames sometimes. It always starts with the captain. Under your watch BD had scored 58, 58, 70, 78, 91, 119 shall I continue? No shame and that is why in broad daylight you can focus on others but not yourself. Openers?

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