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

No one fought or showed desire - Mushfiqur

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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?

  • British_North_America on August 24, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    BCB if you need captain, I am here but please change Mushfiq.

  • Captainman on August 24, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    There are 3 major problems of Bangladesh Cricket - Poor Cricketing Infrastructure, players disinterest and players behaving unprofessionally.

    Which is why Bangladesh will never break into the the top 8 and will remain a very poor team. This Bangladesh side cannot even beat our Pakistan D team in a series if I'm totally honest as head to head record of 2 sides show.

    My advice - If you want to win games then play the associates more often than not rather than hiding from them because there's really no hope beating a top 8 side because 90% of the time your team fails.

  • riverlime on August 24, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    As far as I could tell while watching the games, the batting talent is there, but not the temperament or desire to win. No one looked as though they refused to be removed, the sort of "over my dead body" Steve Waugh or Shiv Chanderpaul grimace.

  • on August 24, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Is it that the players are under performing deliberately so mushfiqur steps down as a captain? Or they are thinking that no matter what they do they won't loose their place in the team? Looks like mushfiqur is a soft captain and the players are not respecting him. The captain should be tough yet fair and should drop players if they are not performing up to the standards I don't know much about BD cricket but recently there was an article on cricinfo about how spinners are preferred more then pacers in the domestic league to me that is wrong BD pacers are always breaking down the system should change plus where has raqibul gone he looked like a decent batter what about abul hassan I believe that scored a hundred batting at # 10 on debut how about the players from A team any one of them can't they step up into the national team BD are lacking aggression mushfiqur speak up or I can see you getting replaced before the WC probably nasir hosein should become captain

  • Obaidur_nawabganj on August 24, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Kayes and Shamsur have lack of sense of situation of the game. They need to send back to their school to learn game better.

    Nasir should bat at 3 or 4 and Mominu, Mithun get their chance.

  • on August 24, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Why does Bangladeshi supporters get their hopes up.... I still don't get it :/

  • on August 24, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    This types of comments is harmful for ours team. Mushfiqe should resign

  • TheRisingTeam on August 24, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Rahim should be removed as captain. The stats this year speaks for itself but for some reason BCB cannot see it? not only that but we also lost at home to Afghanistan and Hong Kong. Is BCB blind?

    Split the captaincy in 2. Mashrafe as ODI captain with Anamul as vice. Shakib as test with Mominul as vice captain. Anamul and Mominul need to be groomed as our future long term captain and vice captain since these 2 not only have the serious talent but the best of attitudes amongst all our players. Are you reading this BCB?

    Why are players like Gazi, Nasir, Mahmudullah in the side for? they have extremely poor stats this year and should be dropped for good. There's no hope for Bangladesh if things continue the way they are and will be in for more embarrassments against Zimbabwe in few months.

  • on August 24, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    mushfiqur rahim is not the right person to be the captain instead of taking responsibility of the team he always likes to use the word ''them'' excluding himself being the main responsible as a captain

  • sarnot on August 24, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Bad captaincy from Mushfiq or out of resources. I don't think blaming other players make any sense where nobody wants to play bad. Players are not inspired!! Whom should we blame for that? The captian, if he won't inspire them then nobody can. The team selection is on its worst, no Taskin and Mominul where these guyz will definitely deliver in time. They have better talent then those peoples who are getting constant chances with no improvements.

    Well, 2014 is the worst year of Bangladesh and its actually good if they can learn from it and prepare for the 2015 world cup.

  • on August 24, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    no change in the team after continuous poor showing with the bat shows there's something wrong with the selection committee...dont konw when was d last time tamim,nasir&riyad did something with d bat.....team is loosing itz greatest supporters...future doesnt look very bright for our cricket :(

  • snbirdi on August 24, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    If Bangladesh wants to develop as a cricketing nation, they really need to remove this kid from captaincy as soon as possible. Not only does he lack the most basic motivation and inspiration needed to lead a side, he also seems extremely willing to quickly point fingers at others in the team instead of taking responsibility.

  • siddhartha87 on August 24, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Bangladesh has the talent do well but always fails to do it in big stage. Over the years guys like Tamim Iqbal,Mushfiqur, mahmadullah ,Nasir,Kayes have played many solid knocks but often they do not fire as a group. Too much coach changes have also hampered them.

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on August 24, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    It's not a paid vacation for the players and if they fail to take personal responsibility, than they shouldn't be allowed to play for the country. I hold Mushi responsible for his poor captaincy as well because he has failed to inspire and lead the team.

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  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on August 24, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    It's not a paid vacation for the players and if they fail to take personal responsibility, than they shouldn't be allowed to play for the country. I hold Mushi responsible for his poor captaincy as well because he has failed to inspire and lead the team.

  • siddhartha87 on August 24, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Bangladesh has the talent do well but always fails to do it in big stage. Over the years guys like Tamim Iqbal,Mushfiqur, mahmadullah ,Nasir,Kayes have played many solid knocks but often they do not fire as a group. Too much coach changes have also hampered them.

  • snbirdi on August 24, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    If Bangladesh wants to develop as a cricketing nation, they really need to remove this kid from captaincy as soon as possible. Not only does he lack the most basic motivation and inspiration needed to lead a side, he also seems extremely willing to quickly point fingers at others in the team instead of taking responsibility.

  • on August 24, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    no change in the team after continuous poor showing with the bat shows there's something wrong with the selection committee...dont konw when was d last time tamim,nasir&riyad did something with d bat.....team is loosing itz greatest supporters...future doesnt look very bright for our cricket :(

  • sarnot on August 24, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Bad captaincy from Mushfiq or out of resources. I don't think blaming other players make any sense where nobody wants to play bad. Players are not inspired!! Whom should we blame for that? The captian, if he won't inspire them then nobody can. The team selection is on its worst, no Taskin and Mominul where these guyz will definitely deliver in time. They have better talent then those peoples who are getting constant chances with no improvements.

    Well, 2014 is the worst year of Bangladesh and its actually good if they can learn from it and prepare for the 2015 world cup.

  • on August 24, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    mushfiqur rahim is not the right person to be the captain instead of taking responsibility of the team he always likes to use the word ''them'' excluding himself being the main responsible as a captain

  • TheRisingTeam on August 24, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Rahim should be removed as captain. The stats this year speaks for itself but for some reason BCB cannot see it? not only that but we also lost at home to Afghanistan and Hong Kong. Is BCB blind?

    Split the captaincy in 2. Mashrafe as ODI captain with Anamul as vice. Shakib as test with Mominul as vice captain. Anamul and Mominul need to be groomed as our future long term captain and vice captain since these 2 not only have the serious talent but the best of attitudes amongst all our players. Are you reading this BCB?

    Why are players like Gazi, Nasir, Mahmudullah in the side for? they have extremely poor stats this year and should be dropped for good. There's no hope for Bangladesh if things continue the way they are and will be in for more embarrassments against Zimbabwe in few months.

  • on August 24, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    This types of comments is harmful for ours team. Mushfiqe should resign

  • on August 24, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Why does Bangladeshi supporters get their hopes up.... I still don't get it :/

  • Obaidur_nawabganj on August 24, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Kayes and Shamsur have lack of sense of situation of the game. They need to send back to their school to learn game better.

    Nasir should bat at 3 or 4 and Mominu, Mithun get their chance.