Bangladesh in West Indies 2009 June 23, 2009

Mortaza named Bangladesh captain

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Bangladesh have named fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza as captain for the forthcoming tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to relieve Mohammad Ashraful of his captaincy duties to allow him to focus on his batting. Shakib Al Hasan, the world's No.1 allrounder in ODIs, has been named the vice-captain.

"The board wants to sincerely thank Mohammad Ashraful for his contribution as skipper," Mohammed Jalal Yunus, the BCB's Media & Communications Committee Chairman, said. "The decision to replace him was taken with the intention of relieving the load on Ashraful so that he can play his natural game.

"We all know his quality and what he is capable of as a batsman and we are confident that without the burden of captaincy his batting would flourish and he would contribute more to the team."

Bangladesh faced plenty of flak on returning home from the ICC World Twenty20 in England where they failed to qualify for the Super Eights. The under-fire Ashraful had insisted he had no plans of quitting the captaincy.

Ashraful took over the captaincy from Habibul Bashar in June 2007 at the age of 22, but his journey was far from smooth. In 38 ODIs under his leadership, Bangladesh managed to win only eight games, with a majority of those against the minnows. The significant victories were against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The team also failed to win a Test under him, losing 12 out of 13. He also under-performed as a batsman in both forms, averaging 22.58 in Tests and 25.60 in ODIs.

Perhaps his most noteworthy contribution as captain was leading his team to the group stages of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. Despite that, Bangladesh won only two out of 11 games.

Mortaza has been Bangladesh's strike bowler over the last few years and has turned in match-winning performances in ODIs. His four-wicket haul all but knocked India out of the World Cup in 2007 and he returned similar figures in the team's only victory against New Zealand, in Mirpur last year.

The tour of West Indies begins on July 3 with a three-day match against West Indies A. The team will play two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20.

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  • POSTED BY atique018 on | June 24, 2009, 4:31 GMT

    Finally BCB has take a good decision!!! Ash do not posses any quality to lead Bangladesh national team, even his this kind of form will surely let him out of the national team shortly. Sakib will the outstanding in the Future years. I'm just waiting for Aftab.............. He completes the Bangladesh team.

  • POSTED BY ghandi on | June 23, 2009, 16:58 GMT

    good decision by bcb and good choice ,mortaza ac captain more of a thinking cricketer all,s not lost ashraful can now work on his batting form and his weakness and come back as a stronger captain.

  • POSTED BY Mullick on | June 23, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    I totally agrre with Faysalfa and Masudali that BCB follows PCB and bring the desrving ICL players in the team. At the end of the day we want to see a strong Bangladesh team. Ashraf can now concentrate on his batting as the added burden is not there. At the same time Mashrafee has to be careful with his added responsibility and learn from what Ashraf went thru. We should not take this change as a disgrace to Ashraf but as a blessing. He is still a very talented batsman in the team who can create match winning oportunities. Ashraf, our team needs you to play your cricket.

  • POSTED BY rabzeey on | June 23, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    I did not understand at all how the captain of Bangladesh Cricket team become so complacent about the performance. What message does it convey to the members of the team? We need an aggressive captain with an attitude to lead all out effort to win matches.And i believe Mashrafe is the right man and hopefully he can lead us effectively.

  • POSTED BY Wayne_from_Wantirna on | June 23, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I think Mortaza desreves this opportunity. He is a disciplined bowler and would be picked for many of the higher ranked countries he that was his nationality. Ashruful on the other hand lacks consistency and discipline. These are characteristics that a captain must have.

  • POSTED BY R.Alam on | June 23, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Its a good news But let see in future becoz when some got the captaincy then he is flying in the sky & forget about team. well i hope he will be better from Asraful

  • POSTED BY virtualshah on | June 23, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Good Decision taken at last; it could be great if ... Sakib is considered for the hot spot...Ash should reckon his days/ batting now.

  • POSTED BY Fazlu25.BD on | June 23, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Alhamdulillah! At last we got changed the little master. There is no confusion that Ashraful has talent but under the captaincy pressure he forgot how to play cricket. Mashrafee is Masrafee. We love him. So, let see what Mashrafee is going to give us. Good luck Mashrafee, Good luck Bangladesh and Good luck cricket.

    Thanks Fazlul Karim

  • POSTED BY SamratSunny on | June 23, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    It's a very wise decision to select Mashrafe Mortaza as a captain. Give Ashraful to play free without any burden. He already played some match winning innings for Bangladesh. So, BD definately need him as a proper batsman. For the upcoming tour Bangladesh need to improve lot of things. At first they have to play as a unit. Need to improve their keeping, slip catching and need to improve specially in batting. I will hope Mashrafe will bring good result for Bangladesh. So, good luck for Bangladesh, new captain and all team as well.

  • POSTED BY SamratSunny on | June 23, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Thanks to BCB, at last made a very good decision to remove the burden of captaincy from Mohammad Ashraful. Ashraful is a very good player no doubt at all and he already played some match winning innings for Bangladesh, but main reason to remove him from captaincy, I think, give him concentrate only his batting. If Ashraful bats well, definitely Bangladesh performances will improve. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is a very much competitive cricketer for Bangladesh. It's a wise decision to select him as a captain. Hopefully he will bring better result for Bangladesh for the upcoming tour. Good luck Bangladesh and the new captain and the whole team as well.

  • POSTED BY atique018 on | June 24, 2009, 4:31 GMT

    Finally BCB has take a good decision!!! Ash do not posses any quality to lead Bangladesh national team, even his this kind of form will surely let him out of the national team shortly. Sakib will the outstanding in the Future years. I'm just waiting for Aftab.............. He completes the Bangladesh team.

  • POSTED BY ghandi on | June 23, 2009, 16:58 GMT

    good decision by bcb and good choice ,mortaza ac captain more of a thinking cricketer all,s not lost ashraful can now work on his batting form and his weakness and come back as a stronger captain.

  • POSTED BY Mullick on | June 23, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    I totally agrre with Faysalfa and Masudali that BCB follows PCB and bring the desrving ICL players in the team. At the end of the day we want to see a strong Bangladesh team. Ashraf can now concentrate on his batting as the added burden is not there. At the same time Mashrafee has to be careful with his added responsibility and learn from what Ashraf went thru. We should not take this change as a disgrace to Ashraf but as a blessing. He is still a very talented batsman in the team who can create match winning oportunities. Ashraf, our team needs you to play your cricket.

  • POSTED BY rabzeey on | June 23, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    I did not understand at all how the captain of Bangladesh Cricket team become so complacent about the performance. What message does it convey to the members of the team? We need an aggressive captain with an attitude to lead all out effort to win matches.And i believe Mashrafe is the right man and hopefully he can lead us effectively.

  • POSTED BY Wayne_from_Wantirna on | June 23, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I think Mortaza desreves this opportunity. He is a disciplined bowler and would be picked for many of the higher ranked countries he that was his nationality. Ashruful on the other hand lacks consistency and discipline. These are characteristics that a captain must have.

  • POSTED BY R.Alam on | June 23, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Its a good news But let see in future becoz when some got the captaincy then he is flying in the sky & forget about team. well i hope he will be better from Asraful

  • POSTED BY virtualshah on | June 23, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Good Decision taken at last; it could be great if ... Sakib is considered for the hot spot...Ash should reckon his days/ batting now.

  • POSTED BY Fazlu25.BD on | June 23, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Alhamdulillah! At last we got changed the little master. There is no confusion that Ashraful has talent but under the captaincy pressure he forgot how to play cricket. Mashrafee is Masrafee. We love him. So, let see what Mashrafee is going to give us. Good luck Mashrafee, Good luck Bangladesh and Good luck cricket.

    Thanks Fazlul Karim

  • POSTED BY SamratSunny on | June 23, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    It's a very wise decision to select Mashrafe Mortaza as a captain. Give Ashraful to play free without any burden. He already played some match winning innings for Bangladesh. So, BD definately need him as a proper batsman. For the upcoming tour Bangladesh need to improve lot of things. At first they have to play as a unit. Need to improve their keeping, slip catching and need to improve specially in batting. I will hope Mashrafe will bring good result for Bangladesh. So, good luck for Bangladesh, new captain and all team as well.

  • POSTED BY SamratSunny on | June 23, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Thanks to BCB, at last made a very good decision to remove the burden of captaincy from Mohammad Ashraful. Ashraful is a very good player no doubt at all and he already played some match winning innings for Bangladesh, but main reason to remove him from captaincy, I think, give him concentrate only his batting. If Ashraful bats well, definitely Bangladesh performances will improve. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is a very much competitive cricketer for Bangladesh. It's a wise decision to select him as a captain. Hopefully he will bring better result for Bangladesh for the upcoming tour. Good luck Bangladesh and the new captain and the whole team as well.

  • POSTED BY Tahsinul on | June 23, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    This is the best news ive heard from Bangladesh for a long time. Now we can judge ashraful on his performance with the bat rather then just he is our captain, anyone wants a bet how long it will take before ashraful is dropped?.... in my opinion i say 2 tours and ashraful will be gone

  • POSTED BY aalhasankh on | June 23, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    Bangladesh is admittedly a weak team but some unexpected opportunities to win were lost due to Ashraf's mindless captaincy.One example was the match against Sri Lanka in a recent tri-nation tournament.In a low scoring match,Sri Lanka had lost all the top batsmen when Murali came to the crease and started blindly swinging and connecting the fast deliveries of Rubel Hussain who went for 17 in that one over.In the next over Sakib gave away only 2 runs.Unbelievably,Ashraf again gave the ball to Rubel for the last over and Murali made mincemeat of the ball.Bangladesh lost to Murali's batting and Ashraful's captaincy.Hopefully,Mashrafee will show some basic intelligence in such cases and change the bowler according to dvelopments on the field, notwithstanding what was decided in the team meetings earlier in the dressing room.

  • POSTED BY faysalfa on | June 23, 2009, 10:04 GMT

    For the time being it is good decision but i think BCB should follow the PCB. Shahriar Nafeez, Aftab and Alok Kapali should be in squad asap. Otherwise i dont expect any good result from this squad. Remeber test and oneday match are though comapre to T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY masudali78 on | June 23, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    Welcome Mashrafee!!And thanks to BCB for selecting him as a captain. Ashraful started in 2001 & as a captain he got enough time to prove him self. We are not happy with his captaincy..Many wrong decision on the field. And this year "Abahoni" win the league under Mashrafee's captaincy. I think he is better captain them Ashraful.And also we need ex ICL player Aftab,kapali ,Nafis & diman back ………then we will be more better team..

  • POSTED BY naiky25 on | June 23, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    the change in captaincy is not going to be an instant solution to bangladeshs poor form in internation cricket.

  • POSTED BY T2-- on | June 23, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    Hello every1 i think BcB MADE A GUD decision to give the captaincy to mortaza ashraful made lots mistake in the t2o world cup + they should bring all other player back from the icl like alok kapli, aftab , nafees that will make the team even stronger.

  • POSTED BY vaqqaas on | June 23, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    i think bangladesh is a superb squad but need to play more and more cricket to improve their skills and now when young blood is leading i think they have a lot of chances to win the game

  • POSTED BY cole_evans on | June 23, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    i think shakib al hasan must be the captain

  • POSTED BY vaital on | June 23, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    Very good decision for Bangladesh cricket.

  • POSTED BY shuvo.dhaka on | June 23, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    good decision. but ashraful could take some rest from play.

  • POSTED BY promit007 on | June 23, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    i dont think it will affect on the match result.the board could reduce the cooling time period.n at least they need kapali aftab and nafees in their ODI team right now..they could follow the way pakistan did. they lost two games in a row cause they didnt ve good player in their them.Not only because of ashraful.I still support Ashraful.Lets see what result comes out from Mashrafee.

  • POSTED BY Opportunist on | June 23, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    It is a good and timely decision. I think Ashraful should be out of the team for some days to improve his patience. I know he is good batsman, but his bating can only be compared with the rain in the winter. Player of ICL can be taken to replace him.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | June 23, 2009, 8:03 GMT

    I don't really think there was anyone else they could choose. Even Mortaza doesn't exactly look a suitable candidate and the point made by someone else about it affecting his bowling is a good one.

    As for Ashraful, his record was poor even before captaincy so it's not been an obvious downturn in form. Clearly though he needs to mine his immense batting talent more full-time as Bangladesh need all the help they can get.

  • POSTED BY Jahangirdoha on | June 23, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    Its very welcome decision for Bangladeshi cricket fan, its enough time given to Ashraful to prove himself and his captaincy but totally he failed. Mashrafee can be a aggressive captain like Dhoni. Now Bangladesh has to think about changing of WK. Wish al the best to Mashrafee and his teammates.

  • POSTED BY emmwill on | June 23, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    I am not surprised that Ashraful has been relieved of the captaincy. One might argue that he has done comparatively well over the last two years. However, he failed to inspire the team in the T20 world cup. His brainless batting was pathetic. I am not too sure that Mortaza would improve the team's win-lose ratio, but, at least, he is a fresh face with fresh ideas, I would think. Moreover, he is one of their top performers. I wish him and the Bangladeshi team all the best as they push against the tide of almost inevitable defeats in the future!

  • POSTED BY tahnoon-bin-taj on | June 23, 2009, 6:31 GMT

    Its good to know that Mashrafe is the new captain.We should welcome him.As we saw that Ashraful being a captain could not do that much for Bangladesh.Hope Mashrafe can do something and Ashraful needs rest.Ashraful had been very badly humiliated after the T20 Worldcup 09. Mashrafe is also good and experinced player.he had been the vice captain for many day.

  • POSTED BY Abhinav_Winning on | June 23, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    Good decision but then won't this affect Mashrafe's bowling?

  • POSTED BY shawnnn on | June 23, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    very good decision. if that doesn't wprk out for ash i think they should kick him out of the team for a little bit cuz i believe Bangladesh has more players that could replace him easily like aftam and kapali.

  • POSTED BY kaiser1 on | June 23, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    I hope that this step would improve their chances in the forthcoming series as Ashraful had been mediocre in strategy as well as performing captain. Otherwise it has been a thorough drubbing for them at the international arena by the most powerful as well as the minnows. They also are not consistent enough at and for the big stage cricket.

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  • POSTED BY kaiser1 on | June 23, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    I hope that this step would improve their chances in the forthcoming series as Ashraful had been mediocre in strategy as well as performing captain. Otherwise it has been a thorough drubbing for them at the international arena by the most powerful as well as the minnows. They also are not consistent enough at and for the big stage cricket.

  • POSTED BY shawnnn on | June 23, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    very good decision. if that doesn't wprk out for ash i think they should kick him out of the team for a little bit cuz i believe Bangladesh has more players that could replace him easily like aftam and kapali.

  • POSTED BY Abhinav_Winning on | June 23, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    Good decision but then won't this affect Mashrafe's bowling?

  • POSTED BY tahnoon-bin-taj on | June 23, 2009, 6:31 GMT

    Its good to know that Mashrafe is the new captain.We should welcome him.As we saw that Ashraful being a captain could not do that much for Bangladesh.Hope Mashrafe can do something and Ashraful needs rest.Ashraful had been very badly humiliated after the T20 Worldcup 09. Mashrafe is also good and experinced player.he had been the vice captain for many day.

  • POSTED BY emmwill on | June 23, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    I am not surprised that Ashraful has been relieved of the captaincy. One might argue that he has done comparatively well over the last two years. However, he failed to inspire the team in the T20 world cup. His brainless batting was pathetic. I am not too sure that Mortaza would improve the team's win-lose ratio, but, at least, he is a fresh face with fresh ideas, I would think. Moreover, he is one of their top performers. I wish him and the Bangladeshi team all the best as they push against the tide of almost inevitable defeats in the future!

  • POSTED BY Jahangirdoha on | June 23, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    Its very welcome decision for Bangladeshi cricket fan, its enough time given to Ashraful to prove himself and his captaincy but totally he failed. Mashrafee can be a aggressive captain like Dhoni. Now Bangladesh has to think about changing of WK. Wish al the best to Mashrafee and his teammates.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | June 23, 2009, 8:03 GMT

    I don't really think there was anyone else they could choose. Even Mortaza doesn't exactly look a suitable candidate and the point made by someone else about it affecting his bowling is a good one.

    As for Ashraful, his record was poor even before captaincy so it's not been an obvious downturn in form. Clearly though he needs to mine his immense batting talent more full-time as Bangladesh need all the help they can get.

  • POSTED BY Opportunist on | June 23, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    It is a good and timely decision. I think Ashraful should be out of the team for some days to improve his patience. I know he is good batsman, but his bating can only be compared with the rain in the winter. Player of ICL can be taken to replace him.

  • POSTED BY promit007 on | June 23, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    i dont think it will affect on the match result.the board could reduce the cooling time period.n at least they need kapali aftab and nafees in their ODI team right now..they could follow the way pakistan did. they lost two games in a row cause they didnt ve good player in their them.Not only because of ashraful.I still support Ashraful.Lets see what result comes out from Mashrafee.

  • POSTED BY shuvo.dhaka on | June 23, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    good decision. but ashraful could take some rest from play.