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Mushfiqur eyes revenge against Afghanistan

Mohammad Isam

March 9, 2014

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Mushfiqur Rahim with the World T20 trophy, Dhaka, March 9, 2014
Mushfiqur Rahim's first task is to end Bangladesh's winless streak which stretches back to last November © BCB
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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said that they are looking to take revenge on Afghanistan in their opening day World T20 game on March 16. The home team of the tournament's fifth edition is looking ahead to a turnaround in form and results after having been without a win since November last year.

Last month, they drew the Chittagong Test against Sri Lanka but since then, Bangladesh have lost the two-match T20 series as well as seven ODIs in a row, including a 32-run loss to Afghanistan on March 1.

"They [Afghanistan] will also be under pressure," Mushfiqur said. "They would like to do something in such a big event. But we want to take revenge after being beaten in the Asia Cup. Our first target is to cross the first round, but more importantly, we are concentrating on the first game against Afghanistan. We have two matches after that against Nepal and Hong Kong.

"We have found out more information about them [Afghanistan] lately. We have played against them, which helped in that regard. They might know enough about us but Shakib [Al Hasan], Mashrafe [Mortaza] and Tamim [Iqbal] didn't play the Asia Cup match against them. They must have seen these players on TV, but it is a different ball-game when they play against them."

Bangladesh had Afghanistan in big trouble at 90 for 5 but a 164-run sixth wicket stand between Samiullah Shenwari and Asghar Stanikzai wrested the initiative away from the home side. Bangladesh's opening batsmen were dismissed for 0 and 1, and the middle-order misfired despite most of the batsmen getting starts.

Mushfiqur hopes that Mashrafe, Tamim and Sohag Gazi will be fit for the first game, with the trio still recovering from injuries. Gazi hurt his bowling hand during the Afghanistan game while Mashrafe suffered a side strain in the India match. Tamim missed the Asia Cup after suffering a neck strain during the Sri Lanka series.

Mushfiqur himself hurt his finger during the second Test against Sri Lanka and have given Anamul Haque the wicketkeeping gloves in the last seven ODIs, but he said he hopes to recover soon. "I had another X-ray. I will start keeping from tomorrow, and the pain has been less. I hope to keep wickets from March 16.

"I believe that we will find everyone fully fit which will make us stronger. I think it is important to do well on the particular day and overcome the pressure."

Mushfiqur believes their recent poor performance has made the team a lot keener, and urged his players to step up. What also motivates them is their poor World T20 performance till date.

"We beat West Indies in the 2007 tournament but haven't quite played consistently. We don't play too many T20s like the other international teams which hinders our consistent performance. Recently we have played some domestic T20 competitions, where our players have done well.

"We are more focused on working hard, and showing our performance. We are hungrier now. We want to show that Bangladesh can take up a big challenge in this World T20. We need to be calm under pressure, and there are guys in the dressing-room who play better in pressure situations. I hope they do that in the coming days."

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Posted by BARFI on (March 13, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

Mushfiq is not the right captain for a team like BD. Why did not he resign this time. This should have been the right moment and he knew if he did, board would have accepted. BCB should fire him.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (March 12, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

@ Shukoor Hadi: Bro, chill! Neither BCB nor your Board is run by crazy fans and while the elitist test nations love watching dogfights between "minnows" doesn't mean they will be happy to play with one. While I always wondered why can't there be 11/12 test nations, you must admit, the standards set by those 'elite's forced some fellow Afghans to take BD as an obstacle for their test status and thus go offensive on BD. But truth is we'll only have each other to play with for a long time to come...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Bangladesh should seriously think about the captaincy. To an outsider it appears that Mushfqiur has failed to get the best of the team. At the Asia Cup Bangladesh failed as a team even though their players performed individually. At crucial times the Bangladeshis failed to keep a cool head and lost matches. Matches against Pakistan and Afghanistan was for the Bangladesh to win. But they lost. They seem to lack killer instinct. In the Asia Cup Afghanistan looked a better prepared team than Bangladesh. I wouldn't be surprised if Afghanistan beat Bangladeshis again on the 16th March as Afghanistan seems to have a better bowling unit than Bangladesh. Talk of revenge will only put Bangladesh under further pressure.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

@Cricket_is_Unpopular, I went through all comments in this forum, you can rarely find Afghans commenting, comments are mostly from other countries who support Afghan team., if Bangladesh Invited Afghans for BD domestic matches it was not because BD intended to let Afghans use their facilities (though it helped Afghans to expose to world's good cricketers), actually it was because Afghans were cost effective than other countries in terms of fee meanwhile full of talent and each one of them proved themselves to be game changer..... it is you BD guys trying to be aggressive by issuing harsh statements.

Helping others is a good thing, whether it is , politically and militarily, economically or in sport but what I believe is not good to flaunt and show off of the help, Afghans really appreciated what BD had done for Afghan cricket, but now, seeing the boast from a Bangladeshi I have to rethink how giver Bangladeshis are.

Posted by MianNasir on (March 11, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Afghanistan are very talented and hard working team with naturally talented players. One thing for sure they are going to give tough time to many oppositions. It wo'nt be cake walk for Bangla team to avenge Asia Cup defeat.

Posted by bangladesh_blaster on (March 11, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

It is ok to use any term, as long as it helps your team. Mushfiq is very committed and sentiment when used positively can bring good results. I believe Bangladesh will go very far in this tournament.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (March 11, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Mushy does not have a Masters in "English", I don't think revenge is the exact word be meant to use He definately is eager to come out positive, the problem is not with him its something general with BD people, they, we are passionate people - which ironically is also our biggest problem. I am not taking anything away from Afganistan, but they are new and a growing team, they won against BD but failed to post a challenge in all the other matches, BD on the other hand challenged all tje other teams in all the games so their ability is unquestionable, what is and remains an issue is their ability to.handle presaure from expectations. Good luck.to all.teams!

Posted by chapathishot on (March 11, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

@ TNAmarkFromIndia :Agree with you 100% and the difference in celebration is also shows the belief in themselves.When a team which believes that they are capable winning against the opposition wins the match the celebration will be muted.When a team which themselves are not sure they could win against an opposition wins the match then they will be delirious.Even against a third string West Indies Bangladeshis were delirious.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (March 11, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Dear Mushfiqur.. Revenge they say is a dish best served cold. You lost to a decent Afghan team, hugely talented but with no proper coaching. Get over your loss and don't just try to win against Afghanistan. Think big, and look the big opponents in the eye. Your team has the players to win the World T 20 cup, but its up to your as skipper to orchestra it without descending to petty tit for tats!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 11, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Revenge is a very odd word.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 11, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

I request Bangladesh to not invite Afghanis or let them use their facilities because of their fans immaturity here. I don't understand why we need to help them because its not like we are made of money or something hence not our responsibility. Bangladesh should solely focus on their team and their team ONLY!!!

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (March 11, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

In the quest of getting "revenge", the Bangladeshis will only sink deeper into the quick sand and get themselves into more trouble. The biggest problem that the Bangladeshis have is even after all these years of playing international cricket, none of them seem to have a steady head on their shoulders, not even their captain who does not think twice before blaming the team and the cricket board openly and talking about exacting "revenge" from a team like Afghanistan. Compared to the delirious celebrations by the Bangladeshi team after beating India and Sri Lanka in the 2012 Asia Cup, the Afghanistan team were a lot calmer and more professional after having beaten Bangladesh, and I won't be surprised if this very trait will take Afghanistan ahead of Bangladesh in world cricket in the near future.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

Instead of using the word "revenge" Mush could have said "prove a point", as in "prove a point against Afghanistan". But i guess this guy is watching too many Hindi Film . I would love to see both Afghanistan and Nepal upset Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

Bangladesh, having been a test playing nation for many years now with much exposure to cricket in the big league, should be focusing on "breezing through" the qualifying stage to the tournament proper, rather than focusing on just one game - against Afghanistan. If they dwell on that upset loss to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, there will be more upsets coming. No disrespect to Afghanistan. Their spirit is truly to be admired. If they too qualify to play in the last 10, that would be great for their cricket. Ireland and Zimbabwe should be strong contenders to qualify and it would be interesting to see how Nepal would perform. The qualifying stage should actually be very interesting.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

@QTS_ Instead of using the word "revenge" Mushy could have said "prove a point", as in "prove a point against Afghanistan". The point would be that the loss to Afghanistan was a "one-off incident" and Bangladesh is capable of doing better than that.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Respect to the spirit of AFGANISTAN team......Gallant and down to earth............a sure path to glory....May glory be yours mates!!!!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

Come on Mushy ! Be a sport. There is no revenge in sport. It is good to be competitive and to think of beating Afghanistan since they, being an Associate Member nation of the ICC, beat Bangladesh recently but it is not right to call it revenge.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

The Afghanistan team is one of the politest that there is. I remember when their quick sent Shamsur's wicket cartwheeling, he first raised his fist, then put it down as quickly. Mushy was wrong to use the word "revenge' against such a gallant group of gentlemen players. But then Mushy appears brian dead when he is facing the cameras. He has a loose jaw and talks without thinking. He is also brain dead when marshalling the bowling attack. This man has zero captaincy brains. Dhoni is terrible, but Mushy is far worse. The BCB should keep him only as a batsman. Get someone else to captain the side. Otherwise we will keep losing close matches, forever.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 11, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

@asgar.ali SL won WC by luck? for your information SL played 3 wc finals,they are runners up in two t20 wc as well. With their balanced bowling attack it's almost sure that they get into top 4 in this wT20 as well.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Mushy has a big mouth. Its Bangladesh that will be under tremendous pressure. The Afghans have nothing to lose even by losing. They fight like lions and Mushy and his gang always wilt under pressure. They were playing the Afghan quicks as if they were Steyn or Mitchell Johnson. They were not comfortable even against the world's poorest spin attack (Afghanistan's). Bangladesh will be lucky to defeat Afghanistan. And even if they do, what's the big deal? A test playing country defeating a minnow. Mushy thinks that would be equal to winning the World Cup. The rest of us don't think so.

Posted by Wacky_Cric_Lover on (March 11, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

I think the problem with BD is that they take every loss to their heart. Guys, its just a sport. There is no "revenge" here. I believe this "revenge" mindset is actually holding them back specially against Pakistan where many times they were close to victory but then emotions overcame the rational thinking. If BD can just leave this "revenge" aside then I am sure they will be a better team and if they play like that then I am seeing them beating big teams like Pakistan, India, England etc. in just 2 years time.

Posted by QTS_ on (March 11, 2014, 0:49 GMT)

'Revenge' has been used in cricket context for a long time, e.g. Pakistan tour of Australia in 1999 after the World Cup final defeat (advertised as 'Badla'), WI tour of India in 1983 after the World Cup final upset, 2006-07 Ashes after the fantastic 2005 Ashes, BD-IRE WC 2011 match after the corresponding match in 2007. As long as it is understood that the word is used in the proper cricket context, and not the belligerent way, friendly relations can still be maintained.

Can anybody think of another word that carries the same cricket-context meaning but not the violent implication?

Posted by TheKeeper on (March 10, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

I used to like Mushi and still think he is a good batsman, but I don't think he is a good captain. Actually, I think he is a terrible captain. What BAN really need is a more astute captain and a couple of good disciplined fast bowlers.

Posted by Senthil23october on (March 10, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Interesting thing is Bangladesh cant able to win single match in Asia cup though its been played at BD!!. .They are actually average team at home and a bad team overseas. .

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

Bangladesh Will Win Bangladesh.. End Of Discussion, If Something Happens Over and Over It is not called Upset, and Afganistan Accidently Beating Bangladeshi n Asia Cup was an upset

Posted by scklnka on (March 10, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

that's a nice looking bd team jersey,why our Indian team uses the same jersey for both odis and t20,

Posted by maddystevens on (March 10, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

I agree with all you guys. Bangladesh captain shouldn't have used the word revenge. It's just a sport. If he maintains such attitude, then there would be no improvement in their cricket. They would further slide and hit the rock bottom. Afganistan, are quick learners. Tip them for winning. They did very well in the World T20 qualifiers too. Good luck to Afganistan.

Posted by computerguru on (March 10, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

Dear mushfiq, you are saying that you'll thrash'em and your teammate shakib is saying to tone down expectations, and I frankly don't know what is the team's actual target.

'Revenge' should not be used in a sports' context, and you, being a graduate should have known that.

You, as a batsman is decent but your captaincy is simply pathetic to say the least. We lost to PAK even after scoring 326 mainly due to your incompetent captaincy and your bias towards riyad.

You and your team-mates can't handle the pressure, simple as that. First, learn to handle pressure, learn to lead a team having 16 crore fanatic fans and then come to talk to media. Ciao.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Mushfiqur should talk like a mature player, not like a school boy. 'Revenge' What nonsense! Cricket is a sport for gentlemen. So, talk like one, and act like one. First, be humble cricketers, all to gain and nothing to lose. Some players in BD team acts like as if they are a Million$ players. Speak with such a arrogance. The in not good on the team as a whole. Failure goes before the pride! If you win enjoy, if you lose accept with gentleness. Be a cricketer!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Obnoxious use of words such as "revenge" should not find it's place in any sports. The egocentric choice of words and looking down at inexperienced teams makes me nauseous. I hope Afghanistan wins! - a Bangladeshi

Posted by niazbhi on (March 10, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

"If Afganistan play 100 match against Bangladesh they will lose 99 match." Where did that data come from. They(AFG) have better quicks and their spinners are not bad. BD may be a bit ahead in terms of batting, with practice AFG can overcome that. Its hard to say which team would win more than 50 matches.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 10, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Although Mushfiq talks too much sometimes, he does what he says usually.In this Asia Cup, he told us not to expect much and actually the results followed his words.In the last Asia Cup, he told that they will target India's bowling.We know what happened.

Posted by android_user on (March 10, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

@Asgar.Ali..... hah don't compare BD with SL or AFG...... u would be able to beat AFG because they're new to T20 but can't compare wisely...... but u can't compare BD with SL.... they are far higher masters in T20 & hold the world no.1 ranking in WT20..... and remember its not there luck wins matches... but there dedication, team work, proper leadership & skills what brought them to that place man....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

After rising the Teams like Afghanistan and Ireland, Bangladeshi and Zimbabwean team is no more than a sad and disappointed story for icc.. Actually Afghanistan becomes more Dangerous in T20's. As i see this Afghan team is made more for t20 matches. Where they only lost by 1 run against Pakistan in their previous T20 match. For Afghanistan this is an honour that a full member side challenges you. Good days have Started for AFghanistan.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (March 10, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

People mark my word bd will crush afghans by a massive margin.then i will see where do you hide.bd has so many recent and past success.so dont compare afghans with bd.you can compare them with bd 10 years later not now.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Afganistan fans are dreaming again to defeat BD once more time. You can see it. Because u have to pay no money for it. So see it deeply.. Ha ha ha.. If Afganistan play 100 match against Bangladesh they will lose 99 match. And one match will be upset. You did it already so not a single chance more. So, the best of luck that BD will lose you a little margin. So, CHEERS..

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 10, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

Mushfiqur may have to eat those words. Afghans batting weakness were exposed against the Lankan, Pak and Indian bowling, but we have to keep in mind that this is in the 50 over format. In this shorter format they will prove to be much stronger, especially since the BD bowling is nothing great to talk about. Afghans is growing in confidence with every match. T20 is way different from ODI's and test matches, this is more about Controlled aggression, Confidence and Luck. So we may get to see a few upsets here and it won't surprise me if Afghans beat the more accomplished teams in this tournament. Here we have seen time and again that one Player can reverse the tide, so get ready to expect the unexpected. Cheers

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

I think people get exited too much after Afghanistan beat Bangladesh . Obviously Afghanistan did well and they deserved the win but one thing made me laugh. After winning only 1 match, they are comparing to be better team than bd !!!!! If they are better team then it would not be an upset. !!! Clearly Afghanistan is playing better cricket as an associate team !!!! As we see the previous record, BD has thrashed India so many times including 2007 world cup. they had very good record on last Asia cup. If you compare the rest of the 3 matches, you will see India, Pakistanis and SL have thrashed Afghanistan and collected win with bonus point. Bd played very competitive cricket against all 3 and suppose to win at least 1 or 2 matches.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (March 10, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

Bangladesh are a decent limited-overs team but they need to stop pretending to be world beaters for their own good. "Taking revenge" sounds funny as it's just a game and both teams step out on the field looking to win. Afghanistan played better cricket and won that match fair and square. So the word 'revenge' is inappropriate in this context.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi I would rather hear him say, "Afganistan is a good upcoming team who is getting better every day and we have to be on top of our game to beat Afganistan." Words like these show respect to the opposition & make own team prepare better. As a host nation, win or, lose I would like to hear him credit all the opposition teams & thank them for visiting Bangladesh. This way he will not only gain respect from all teams but all cricket fans around the world. Just listen to post game comments by South Africa, Australia, England, NewZealand captains how they credit the oppositions when they win or, lose.... Just my 2 cents....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Revenge is never a good thing. I think BD should look at the game and realise they are a better team then Afghanistan, and use this mentality and the experience to win a T20 game, where anything can happen.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 10, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

revenge with the worst bowling attack in the world.afgan bowling attack is better than bengladesh.there only problem is their incapability to face spin bowlers

Posted by nothingnew on (March 10, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

I am not BD . but i love when Bungaladesh perform really well . This is the time u can come and show who you are ? I love if BD can come for semi's in T20 world cup . I wish that . BD is younger game . I hope at least 2 guys should be act and drag the game till last point. Don't find the win in next our . Use all overs find the win first.

Posted by Ayaan10411 on (March 10, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

I as a Bangladeshi support Bangladesh Team, however I don't want to or can not take the credit away from Afghanistan. In T20 WC Both the teams would surely play hard to defeat the opponent.

We must respect and support each other to further develop our skills as cricketers and progress in the International Cricket.

Good Luck- Both the teams.

Posted by neanderthal on (March 10, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Waiting to see chest bumps between Shakib and Tamim once they beat Nepal...followed by a national holiday declaration.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 10, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

Bangladesh is moving in the way of Australia....hey wait not in terms of performance...but in the way of sledging the opponents....keep it up guys...you have very bright future in sledging.....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

Bangladesh is the successor of India, mostly they won their matches by batting, whereas Afghanistan is the successor of Pakistan, and both of them have the capacity to take 20 wickets in test. To win the match you need bowlers who can take 10 wickets in odi/t20 and Afghanistan proved that by taking 10 Bangi wickets.so moral of the story is PROVE IT INTO FIELD, not to the media.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Mohammad Nabi, captain of the national team, said after the Asian Cup: "We have not come here to win the Asia Cup. We are here to perform and learn something from the Test playing nations. We will work hard and learn

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Mr. Mushafiq you are keeping down morale of your team through this kind of statements...what revenge you are talking about...that was our friendly match...cool down don't take it serious...we are waiting for upcoming match on 16.Match.2014...The game is not over till now...the world should hear our target is Bangladesh Team once again... Thank You!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

You all haters will see.......... :p

Posted by Thriller_Tiger on (March 10, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

However, one thought just has crossed over my mind that Mushi should not use that word 'REVENGE'. It seems to me not as a CRICKETic word. He should rather find the lackings he has in his captaincy, faults they have done in the field & try to recover them. These talks will do nothing to bd team than building more pressure. Hope they'll gain maturity. BEST OF LUCK.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

BD is a good team in ODIs and shorter formats. They have beaten WI, Eng, NZ (at home in series), beaten India, Pak, Aus, SL in one -off games, and did well away in SL. They should have won the last asia cup and beaten SL in the last few months. They have some good batsmen and spinners. All they need is a bit more consistency and if they can produce some exceptional cricketers they will become a top side even away from home. They have a large fan following and if they rigorously build a good infrastructure to unearth fast and spin bowlers, they can go a long way. In the last few years they have been decent. yes they started off badly but they are the most likely team to continue long in cricket compared to other new teams. So do not underestimate BD. look at their records in the last 3/4 years. BTW the might WI fell to India, SL lost to kenya, Pak to Ireland, Aus to BD, Eng to Ireland, Aus to Zim, WI to kenya...but that does not mean that these teams will beat them again.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 10, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

@asgar.ali you Bangladesh fans are hilarious as the performances of your team. This is first time I am hearing from someone that a team can be unbeaten in multi national tournaments due to luck. So what about SL been runners up in 4 world cups. is that too due to luck? Please make sure that your team win at-least one multinational tournament then you can start talking.

Posted by android_user on (March 10, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

If there is anyone upon whom Bangladesh should exact, it's Bangladesh. Because not only was it great cricket by Afghanistan but it was an equally poor show by Bangladesh. And since Afghanistan is not a test team, the responsibility of losing solely lies on the other team (read Bangladesh). So Bangladesh lost their own game (with due respect to Afghanistan). So they should be plotting a revenge upon themselves. Does that even make sense??? LOL!!!

Posted by lionslanka on (March 10, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

asiacricket1234

I am 100% agree with you. Look who are bluffing here. Once upon a time they won world cup due to luck & now they had won the Asia cup again due to luck. I think we will have an opportunity to give them back with interest very soon. It's due to law of average, we couldn't win recently. Every games were tight & on many time we were on the course of easy victory. We were without of top players. In fact we fielded our 2nd & 3rd string to test all them unlike Asian Giants who came here with full squad. Now it's SL's turn. Law of average speaks that they get hammering from SA in opening T20 W/C match followed by sound spanking by England & NZ. Their only hope being qualifier from group B most probably Irish & that too will be difficult for them. Then we will look how these SL talk. ICC should reconsider their test status also.

Tigers!! It's your turn now!! Roar with bang!! Go BD!! We are with you forever!!

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 10, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Is Mushfiqur watching WWF more than cricket?? I mean this type of sledging opponents are seen there more than any sport. Bangladeshis look like huge fans of hype making. You hurt SL & they demolished you fully. You took on Indians & they floored you. You bragged on Afghans & they responded with humble attitude & silent victory over you. So revenge theory now?? Dude, come out of fantasy land.

Posted by SL_legacy on (March 10, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

@asiacricket1234, mate you're one of the funiest fans I have ever seen. You want your captain to be aggressive and build the moral of your team by trash talking about other teams? Specially an associate nation like AFG? WOW, if that is a moral booster, I can imagine where your team is heading. Being aggressive and boosting moral of the team team is completely alright and its captain's duty. But if he uses these types of meaningless speeches to do so, he is neither a captain nor a player who should play a great game like cricket. I feel sorry for yor BD fans and team!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

BD has been under so much pressure after that defeat to Afghanistan, probably this pressure will help Afghanistan to outplay them again in on Sunday.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 10, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

after losing the wt20 Mushfiqur will return to his normal routine i.e discussing why they should have won Asia cup 2012 and their little series wins over New Zeland. Grow up you so called tigers

Posted by SL_legacy on (March 10, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

It is only in BD that these types of immatured speeches are hailed and praised. This guy Mushfiq is no good for a cricket player. Nowadays, BD have become a team of blaffers. Not only the regular captain, but standing captains (Mortaza) are speaking pathetically in front of media and then the fans go crazy and praise their captain for being mindless. You guys simply cannot take defeat and that is your downfall. Learn how to be humble and respectful. You have to respet others to gain respect. Afgans have already proven their selves in just a few matches with test playing teams that they are capable of being a good team in a short period. You BD guys should stop making pathetic statements and see what you're lacking. As one of the commentiors corrctly said salf criticism is mostlky needed for BD team. All the best!

Posted by SekarSa1 on (March 10, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

Warm-up fixtures going to be telecast in India.? Any one knows about it.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

Dear Rahmat, we respect Afghanistan team...but they are not stronger than Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.....Big teams are Big...

Posted by MeijiMura on (March 10, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

Bangladesh need not only worry about beating Afghanistan. Hong Kong have the strongest batting amongst the associates in the group and will be highly competitive in their games. Afghanistan's great strength is its strong bowling attack. Neither will be a pushover for Bangladesh, but at least they'll beat Nepal surely. The danger for Bangladesh is the continued lack of respect shown by the Bangladesh captain towards opposition sides. The associates already have all the motivation in the world to succeed with Rahim giving them more. Someone should sit down with him to tell him that neither he nor his team are as good as they think they are and that what counts is how you perform on the field not how big you talk off it. At the rate he is going he and the Bangladesh national team will have no support whatsoever from the outside world, support they desperately need to become a success story in the future. Rahim needs to learn to show the opposition some respect no matter who they are.

Posted by Abaa on (March 10, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Ha ha ha ha looks like even losing to Afghanistan has not brought these below average Bangladesh cricketers crashing back to earth !!! How they can talk like this after losing and losing and losing is pretty baffling ... After reading these forums I used to think that Bangladesh fans were brash and arrogant. But looks like their players are no different! I mean when have they ever let their cricket do the talking? All talk is all they have done for a long time now. Last month it was "Beating India is not an upset". A couple of years ago it was "Zimbabwe bowlers are ordinary". Today it is about getting revenge over an associate nation. I mean come on a freaking associate nation that has barely played 6 or 7 ODIs :-O And this coming from the captain of a test side! And then these fans defend their team when people question their test status! Test status should have been handed to Kenya after their '03 WC semi final performance. Or to Ireland NOW. Bangladesh NEVER deserved it EVER !!!!!!!

Posted by blthndr on (March 10, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

@Posted by Rahmat Jamalzai on (March 10, 2014, 5:29 GMT)..."Afghan cricket team is a team with just 15 years history but more strong then BD,PAK,IND and SL"....u can say afgan is the most promising cricket team may be surpass BD over the years bt saying more strong than other asian giants is too much....

Posted by ahmadzaisaad on (March 10, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

With respect to BGD, Afghanistan is equal to the challenge and they will beat Bangladesh Again In-Sha-Allah. Just a Fit Hamid is required, then see AFG in the second round.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

I am really surprised; this kind of comments only adds pressure to the team. BD fans love their cricket team but most of us don't approve this kind of silly talks from Musfiq. He needs to learn how to talk politically and respect his opponents. Personally I think Afghanistan bowling is much better than BD, I am sure with couple of quality batsmen they will challenge top teams. Mushfiq should understand just like Bangladesh, Afghanistan cricket team has also improved. So as a senior cricketing nation, BD should help Afghanistan and respect their effort.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

Dear Mushfiqur just wait for attack bowling of Afghan tigers! WE WILL COME!!! Afghan cricket team is a team with just 15 years history but more strong then BD,PAK,IND and SL... JUST WAIT WE ARE COMING.. Mushfiq you just tell your hope to water its dream only... we will win the first match of T20 at yout home..

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

It will be a great contest, hope our captain Mohammad Nabi read mushfiqure's saying, so that he can get prepare as well, i am sure Afghan cricket team are far better in T20 format of cricket and will perform well insha allah, We have beaten Bangladesh in ODI and we will beat then in T20 as well.

Posted by fatden on (March 10, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

If you are the real tiger than prove your self against other teams. This is the field of cricket it is not the war ground that you used revenge word shame on you and your team.

Posted by sanathputha on (March 10, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

What is needed for Mushfiqr is a lesson in media handling. It is funny how he is trying to score big in talking to local media while rest of the world is trying to understand how on earth Bd can justify their test status. Bit of a soul searching and self criticism would have been much obliged.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Afghanistan is very strong team in t20 inshullah we will beat Bangladsih again i m sure!!

Posted by Fawad.Surosh on (March 10, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

I am pretty sure Afghan heroes will again pull this match Insha'allah.

Posted by android_user on (March 10, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Afg won the last match luckily. but this time that isn't gonna happen again. All Afg fan just wait for the revenge. a lot of sadness are waiting for you.

Posted by Mohammad_Yasa on (March 10, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Mushfiq is a good player as we've seen him through the years, but his captaincy isn't that good. He might have no information that Afghanistan is better T20 team rather than ODI. Every Afghan batsman has the ability to hit the ball out of the ground, but can't play for long enough which is necessary in ODIs. In T20 a single over can change the game. Hope Nabi and Shahzad fire with the batting and the young Najib support them to some extent. Though We saw in Asia Cup that Afghan bowling attach is better than Bangladesh.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 10, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 I didn't mention that they can't win. But they should not start talking before the things begin. On paper Bangladesh looks strong, but They just need to put their heads down and play sensibly if not they could be in for another disappointing surprise.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

is this Minnow captain out of his mind to say such a statements??

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 10, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

Mushfiq as a Bangladeshi I want to remind you that your words represent the whole nation. Our Afghan brothers are guests in our country and we should not use words like revenge. Afghan hospitality is legendary so let's show some Bangladeshi hospitality to the Afghan team. Let your performance on the field do the talking. Actions speak louder then words. Afghanistan is a very good team and they have already defeated us once, so this type of trash talking only makes us look foolish if we lose. Just play a good smart game of cricket and leave it at that.

Posted by KingTarik on (March 10, 2014, 1:21 GMT)

Captain Mushfiq needs to stop running his mouth and show over confidence. This kind of overconfidence after doing so poorly in the last months is utterly ridiculous .Instead of showing this kind of overconfidence, how about Rahim spends some time carefully with the coach and his players evaluating the teams Bangladesh about to play at the T20 world cup. Perhaps watch these teams' video footages.Find out who their best players are, find out their weaknesses and work hard to come up with a good plan and strategy to win. Mushfiq needs to learn how to be an aggressive smart captain and be more tactical. Bangladesh needs to come up with a plan to over come their own weaknesses as well. Such as being mentally tough and play well under pressure, improve their bowling and fielding, and learn to dominate an entire match rather in phases and giving up so easily during crucial moments. A prime example is against SL they should have won when SL were 67/8 and again Ban were 110/3.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

Here it comes again, first he did it before the SL series by saying "we can beat anyone at home" and it turns out "anyone can beat us at home". Please learn to respect the opposition. Did anybody see Angelo Mathews, Sanga says these kinds of statements ever, and look SL they left BD unbeaten. Less talk and more work is the best approach. And it looks like BD has not learned the lesson and I will not surprised if they dont go through the first round of WT20.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 10, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

First of all, without Ziaur Rahman Bd is noway full-strength t20 squad. Secondly, anybody who understand cricket properly would surely realize that mushfiq captaincy is bad and his captaincy already brought defeat from the jaws of victory both in asia cup and in Sl series and will continue to do so if he remains captain. Now it was totally unnecessary and immatured to talk this way . Please we BD fans demand mushy to step down from captaincy , shakib and mortaza were proper captain. Some afghan fans here claiming their team is equal to other test playing nations , please give me a break , your team is nowhere near that yet, may be in future they will be may be but now the games against india and Sl in asia cup give some idea where your team stands.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 10, 2014, 0:30 GMT)

Tell Bangladesh that anyone can beat you. Remember afghans are physically very strong and talented. They play better T20 matches.

Posted by android_user on (March 10, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

I respect Afghanistan team and from heart I want their success but in international level u need to be more professional . the facilities and performance has for bangladesh . Afghanistan need to long way go to achieve this . to all afgan brother we have respect to u guys but its not easy to beat us in our own soil . good luck bangladesh . in sha Allah this time we achieve something very special .

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

although,bangladesh loss to afganistan in asia cup but recently BD played good cricket,with india,srilanka and pakistan we fight strongly.without shakib,tamim,mashrafee and gazi it was good.in every match BD was close to win.BD beat newziland 4-0 last home serise.So i think bangladesh is more better team then afganistan.Mushfiqur rahman is one of the best and cool captain in world cricket.....good luck Bangldesh team.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 9, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

This is a sport event not a war mushfiqur shouldn't talk like that, it shows the thinking and the attitude of a sportsman May Allah give victory to Afghanistan and defeat to Bangladesh so he learn how to give interview

Posted by kc69 on (March 9, 2014, 22:35 GMT)

Probably Mushfiqur is correct that BD will be a lot stronger this time but this isnt a 50 over format.I have seen even good teams loose a match in matter of few overs, Moreover BD vs AFG would be a crucial match because yhe loosing team will mostly be knocked out so either way pressure will be loaded on BD team...hope we get to see a great game of cricket and a worthy team qualify...

ALL THE BEST to both BD & AFGHANISTAN -from India

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 9, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

Now and not ever you can hold that cup. Tight together with both hands.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 9, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

I think Mushfiq should relax and ask his boys to work hard on their attitude more than anything. Because, some of the Bangladeshi players are behaving as if they are world beaters. A few of the statements issued to the media by BD players gives them a bad reputation. Things quickly snowball when you see the kind of performances like you had from BD during the Asia Cup. In T20, any team can beat any team. Even Zimbabwe beat Australia in World T20 in 2008. Does that mean Zimbabwe are world champions ? So BD need to work hard quietly and stop giving immature statements to media. If they play well, they can beat Afghanistan. Otherwise, they should be ready to face another defeat.

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 21:04 GMT)

other than player, we should blame BCB because they don't know how to build the team. cricket is a drama, which they play one one drama each day. this is useless game.

Posted by wapuser on (March 9, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Afghanistan is not a bad team.. As an indian i feel bcci can support them by organizing matches and providng support for better coaches and facilities.. They nearly beat pakistan also..

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

AFG has a good bowling power..... & Bang has a strong batting side.... whoever wins...this is not a war to take revenge... this is a game... & as a SL fan I would like to say to Afg that if u loss it... it dosent matter.....u ar just New and next time u will be very powerful.... hope to see SL would give our best coaches.... and sooner u will be able to beat any country ...

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 9, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

LOL Rahim, you are talking about taking revenge from associate team! That's doesn't even sound right. So far all you have done is talk and lose all the games. Little less talk, and little more action! Please!

Posted by LionsofLanka on (March 9, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

Mushfiqur is a bad student of cricket & never learn from the defeats. A top team like SL visit your country & instead of fine tuning of your team, you are enjoying in verbal affairs. I just want to ask what you gained in our tour. If any other team, say, Afghanistan was there, they will learn the difference between associate & elite group. They are eager to play with top teams. Same about Irish, Scots & Dutch. Because BD got test status so quickly, thanks to Subcontinent politics, they have lost importance of it. We could have rest our top guns & could have send 2nd string but we didn't. I bet Afghans' victory would repeat once again & then BD cricket would realize what is missing. Mushfiqur should watch Afghans how they are humble. It's not lol!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

some of the bd supporters are trying to justify what our captain has said in press, i have no problem with captain wanting to win the match but why you have to turn it into a war, its just putting pressure on other players, we had already been defeated by afgan in asia cup so it will surely play in their mind if they lose this time nothing will be as humiliating as this. Save your aggression for the match with some cleaver planning and with a bit touch of luck which seems to run away from us at the crucial moment.

Posted by scarrule on (March 9, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

@fahim first of all sehwag wasn't captain of india nor he said that during press conference but when a player of his calliber says that he will make sure he proves it, and yes he proved it by smashing your bowlers all around park scoring whopping 175 runs in mirpur. Make sure rahim fulfill his words.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 9, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

A test captain is talking about taking revenge against an "ASSOCIATE" team. OMG... Mushi + a microphone is a bad combination.

Posted by khalidniazi on (March 9, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

This is his dream indeed Afghanistan national team is not as weak as he had thought we have the strongest bowling attack in Asia as our team have proved in the previous Arise Asia cup matches . . . so at the end i have a slightly small message for Moshfiqurahim that just wait for the 2nd big defeat that you must be face with it very soon which could be another historic win for our war hitted country Insha'Allah . . best of luck Afghanistan cricket team all the best and best wishes proud to a Muslim and proud to an Afghan

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 9, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Although its very likely our new youngsters the 2 Haques will become Bangladesh's best batsman in few years, at the moment Rahim is clearly the top batsman in our team. Shakib is more talented but he doesn't value his wicket and Tamim has been on a downhill since 2010. Rahim captaincy is too defensive hence the losses we've been suffering and needs to be more positive and attack minded otherwise Bangladesh would've won half those games this year and not suffer from these problems like the shocking loss against Afghanistan. Bangladesh have to play extremely well though to beat Afghanistan because the Afganis will be fired up for it.

Posted by neazahmed on (March 9, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

some afgan and anti bd alliance are detesting bd, just for your information one win cant make you superior just like for bd one win against india doesn't mean we are mighty than india !

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (March 9, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

@Abir Choudhury and Anwarul kabir,what is mushi said that you r so ashamed of.lol.mushi is the best bd batsmen and captain in bd history.he said he wants to show bd can win.is that a problem to you?hahaha!!

Posted by KFRITZ on (March 9, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Very immature again from Mushfiq...No international captain will use the word revenge in cricket or any other team sport...the press uses it...and to those who say he didn't use the word ,please read clearly the third paragraph...

Posted by AjmalYousafzai on (March 9, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Good luck Afg . hope they give answer to BD by good performance on 16Mar

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

cricket is played on the field and not by words......if bang win then its fine if they loose to afghans then it will dent their confidence badly...in fifty overs cricket u can some what predict whose gona win but in t20 its equal ground coz one over in t20 chnges the course of the match....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Of course mushfiq didn't use the word "Revenge"... He just said to win this match and media took it "Revenge" that always we saw...

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 9, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

lol dont take Afg lightly they have way better bowling attack than BD, Ind and SL(to some extent) !

They are just like Pak team,,Good bowling attack but average batting !

Posted by JanooGerman on (March 9, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Cricket is not about revenge. It is about performance, as a player and/or as a team.

This is where Bangladesh always loses the script. They mostly concentrate on taking revenge and the questions about the performances of players and/or team always becomes a secondary issue. Bangladeshi captain must believe on the "Actions louder than Words". If not then statements like these will become part of Bangladeshi Cricket.

If we take a look at the approach of some of the greatest captains of now and past, none of them made statements about taking revenge after loosing a game or series. The emphasis from them was always on increasing the level of performance. Greatest example is Australia which turned the tides with a current surge in the performance level of players.

Posted by rony1008 on (March 9, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

I have never liked players boosting about their team chances before the game. It is perceived as arrogance by general public, even in their home countries, puts unnecessary pressure on the team and at the end, if the end up loosing the whole team looks foolish.

Mashrafee did the same thing before the Asia cup and look at their performance in the tournament. I am afraid these players never learn. Instead of boosting the chances before the game, they should perform and Mushfiq, of all people, should work on this captaincy because I sincerely believe despite some awful performance from some of his players (not players), there are one or two matches Bangladesh could have won but for his inept captaincy. I hope he concentrate on the team's play and do some sole searching. As a Bangladeshi, I find this boosting before the game quite unnecessary and annoying.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

@ Anawarul Kabir, there is nothing Mushfiq said wrong.No one needs a masters degree to talk over media.There are player and they must have some aggression that push them back their confidence. Cricket is also a psychological game, and we know we lost to Afghan out of fear. We must have more confidence like how is talking to media now. Look at those games after they lost to Afghanistan and how Afghan did. Afghan is never a better team than Bangladesh, yet what makes them ahead of BD is their fighting attitude and confidence. BD only lacks confidence here. So Mushfiq's comment over media is a good sign.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

This is unacceptable from mushi, it's one thing being positive and being arrogant is another thing. why on earth he had to use the word 'revenge', in asia cup afgans just outplayed us in everything and we could not do well. not having your key players in the team can not be an excuse.It would turn out as disaster if we lose again this time, a wound takes long time to heal. Talking like this will only serve to add pressure and won't help to stay focus. Just find out their weakness, make a good plan, polish up your fielding and come hard on them in the field. I hope this time bd will not let the game slip through their finger and play aggressively till the end.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

This is just poor choice of words from the skipper who is doing one wrong after another. Does bangladeshi player doesn't learn anything from the opponent? I am ashamed to be a Bangladeshi. I am not a new cricket follower and have been following bd cricket from its beginning (meaning when lipu was captain and even before that). So i was stunned to see such word on a team's captain when their team got beaten by Associate teams. BTW Afgans are on top of us ranked wise. About learning not long ago after our media tried so many different ways to get the same words out from NZ captain or their players, they did not say WE WANT REVENGE. You should know by now how to say stuff to media (since u have a MS degree 2). very disappointed.

Posted by wapuser on (March 9, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Oh its Afghanistan... Bangladesh are going to be humbled again.....

Posted by RafPragmatic on (March 9, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Or should I say another chance for Afghanistan to increase their Bangladesh hunt tally!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

we will be win all match in 1st round.....in-sha-allah....... Go tigers......we are always with you....

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (March 9, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Inshallah we will winn again

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (March 9, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

inshallah we will beat Bangladesh again and then musafipqr rahim will never talk about revenge from afghans

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Mushfiqur I have never met you. simply stay focused, respect your opposition teams. As Sri Lankans we respect your teams capability, having said that remember the taste in the pudding is after eating it. So get started after that your words and your opinion will have credibilityl

Posted by K_M_Iqbal on (March 9, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Lions will win again insha allah.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (March 9, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

@Madan,he has the every wright to talk about revenge.he is by far the best BD batsmen.he is the first bangladeshi to score a double 100 in test.he scored countless 50s when bd won.he has achived for bd what no other captain for bd achieved

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Bangaladesh are concentrating only on Afganistan. Yo man !! They will Know what Team Nepal is all about when they face them on 18th of March. Be aware Bangaladesh, Gorkhali are coming.

Posted by noorullahkhan on (March 9, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

If afghan players play with good plan bangladesh will never get any chance to win. Good wishes for afghan heroes.

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Afghanistan will beat again Bangladesh inshaa'Allah

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

I definitely want afghans to win now....

Posted by Niketh2000 on (March 9, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

If BD had any chance against the Afghans, it would have been in the longer formats, this would be a doddle for the Afghans.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

Bangladesh will win! Allah be always with u, mushfiq.. GO on!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

is it sport or war ? mark my words Bangladesh will lose again to Afghanistan who play better than them.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 9, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

BD captain better be quite till he wins a game for the country.. otherwise whole nation will get nothing but depression again and again

Posted by reality_check on (March 9, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Never ever in any sporting contest one should mention the word revenge. Unless you know that you WILL win for certain, you may have to eat your humble pie later on ... very embarrassingly.

Posted by TwohedulAzam on (March 9, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

@ Madan Shivakumar: Yes Mushfiqur did set the world ablaze with his batting in the Asia cup, he started with a fine hundred against India, then he also had a good start against Afghan and could have won the match for BD if the south african umpire could do without producing that ugly lbw decesion which firstly had an inside edge then it was also clearly missing leg stump as shown in tv replay if u ignore the inside edge; then against Pakistan he and Shakib produced the best slog over batting for BD hitting Ajmal ann Gul all around the park and ended with a 33 ball 51not out!!! So he is the most reliable BD batsman and rightly criticized those who was not performing, so please before commenting make sure u know what u are talking about.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 9, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

Now the real fun will be Afghanistan beating BD again.This time with Shakib and Tamim in the team

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 9, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

@Fahim: Totally agree with you brother, When their players make disrespectful remark to other team on and off the field they always support them. Tell us how aggressive they are and proud of their killer instinct but if our player just say that they want to win these people go crazy about it. Like we need to lock them up. What these so call cricket fan needs to understand that they are our players and we love them so what they think doesn't count. Mushi is 100% right here. We had a awful 2014 so far and we badly need to turn around and being captain he is just trying to fire thing up for his team. What is wrong with that?

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Brother from other countries,Why this language from our captain hurt you???Is it only for being the Bangladeshi Captain???When other captains from other countries like India,Australia slages in the field and in the the match conferrence,where does this manner go?When Virender shewag told,It's(BD) an ordinary team..Where was the manner..Its 100% right to be aggressive.First Oil in your own machine...try to learn manner yourself first,then please come to talk...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

@Syed Wasif : Well said brother. Mushfiqur should go through a proper captaincy training program imho.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 9, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

The Bangladeshi players always shoot their mouth off. Less talk and more play would be good. It probably helps him to play up in the media

Posted by British_North_America on (March 9, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Lakpj What do you think of BD? They cannot even expect to beat Afghanistan in their own ground?

Posted by neanderthal on (March 9, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

@asiacricket1234, If you follow captains and teams around the world, noone uses such words like 'revenge' etc. Noone says they are going to lose. Everyone says they are well prepared and looking for best results/wins etc. Its the added heroism and drama that is the problem with BD and I am sure it adds pressure on them while achieving nothing good. BD players need to be a bit more politically correct while talking to media and may be follow the common norms in these cases.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Haha! This guy is really hilarious... says all kinds of trash before the game but becomes a slaughter lamb on the field... and then, as if he is setting the world ablaze with his batting, he questions the commitment of his players! What a captain man! In the Asia Cup, it was well and truly revealed that his team is functional only due to some decent players like Tamim and Shakib... His own game or keeping is nothing great and yet, he talks like a superstar! First remove the guy from captaincy and drop him for a few games, he might learn his lesson ! :)

Posted by vishwa1111 on (March 9, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Cricket is a sport and revenge is not a word that should not use in cricket....I think bangladesh do not understand who they are and what they can and can't.....When they play against SL I read an article that some bangladesh player saying "SL r under pressure"...The main thing in cricket or life is we have to respect others and Bangladesh team is never doing it.......

Posted by neanderthal on (March 9, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Looking at the other teams in the group, it would have been nicer if AFG-BAN match was scheduled later. Its almost like 1st match of the group will decide who goes through. BD has been really bad in T20s historically after that 2007 wc. However, against SL they did well and at least showed some glimpses of planning instead of going for broke all the time. AFG on the other hand are a much better team in T20s. On paper, BD should beat AFG but they must stop the trash talk. It will only take them down.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 9, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Funny how some people criticising him for wanting to win this match. So genius people what do you think he should have done? Just say that we are gonna lose it so don't bother about it? He is the captain no matter what is the situation he has to do go for the win and keep the moral high of the team and thats what he is doing. Well Done to him and Good Luck Bangladesh. Honestly if it was captain of other teams said such thing people would have been praising them about how brave they are and what a great captain but when ours do it the same people goes crazy about it. In fact if Mushi didn't said this the same people would have complained that how defensive he is blah blah blah

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

i think its caption of this article. otherwise he didnt use revenge word. they should not talk much insted improve own game. and play according to own strengths instead of thinking about opposition.

Posted by mij374 on (March 9, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

@Darkmanx12155 agree with you he his just useless captain.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 9, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

Funny how some people criticising him for wanting to win this match. So genius people what do you think he should have done? Just say that we are gonna lose it so don't bother about it? He is the captain no matter what is the situation he has to do go for the win and keep the moral high of the team and thats what he is doing. Well Done to him and Good Luck Bangladesh. Honestly if it was captain of other teams said such thing people would have been praising them about how brave they are and what a great captain but when ours do it the same people goes crazy about it. In fact if Mushi didn't said this the same people would have complained that how defensive he is blah blah blah

Posted by Lakpj on (March 9, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Here we go again BD had started trash talks even before the tournament. This is the problem with BD players and fans they issue statements with out accessing much. This is just cricket not a war, even in the 2011 WC Bangladesh came with lot of hopes and got kicked out from the first round. Afghanistan has nothing to loose, on the other hand Mushfiqour and BD might start loosing lot of things if they don't perform well in this tournament.

Posted by LSAF on (March 9, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

This guy will regret using the word 'revenge' against Afghanistan. He should say goodbye to cricket if Afghanistan beat them again. Action speaks louder than words!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

By no way he has the qualities of a captain. Cricket is a gentlemen's game and it is clear that he isn't so . There is no point in speaking like this . Learn mushi learn.FIRST OF ALL LEARN MANNER . I really think BCB should fire him right now for the sake of bangladesh cricket .

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 9, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

Mushfiqur continues to be arrogant and disrespectful. First they disrespected Lankans and now Afghanistan. I really hope BD plays tests in Australia .They deserve some proper thrashing and sweet chin music specially this pathetic captain.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

Mushfiqur Rahim Dont Challenge To My Afghani Boys They Give You A Shameful Defeat In Asia Cup Inshallah In TWENTY match Afghanistan Will Defeat Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Seriously, this attitude of Bangladeshi captain does not suit them. At First Place, you should not make so big statements which you cannot fulfil. Before going to Asia Cup, such statements were made like beating India is no more a Upset and blah blah, and I think it was known to Mushfiqur that the trio of Tamim, Mashrafe and Shakib aren't playing. Since Last Asia Cup final, Bangladeshis are just looking for revenge against Pakistan and now against Afghanistan. It's a game not a war!

Posted by vinay224 on (March 9, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

Mushfiqur needs to learn from dhoni a lot. Even when they lost to eng and aus he stood infront to support team. when they whitewashed australia in india 4-0, still he never said any word like "revenge". Mushfiqur must lead his team from front rather than showing his aggression on emerging teams.

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (March 9, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

A good captain will always respect his opponent! Kick Mushfiqu out from the captaincy and give it to Shakib!

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

don't talk Mr Rahim just perform and Afghanistan have showed to cricketing world that they r much more capable than the Bangladeshi have some shame and show some value for talent

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (March 9, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Bangladesh is in this slump because of the plain immaturity of their captain Mushfiqur. He doesnt seem to learn from his mistakes. He puts him and his team under tremendous pressure by making unwanted comments like this. Afghanistan has nothing to lose, but Mushfiqu will lose his captaincy if he lose to Afghanistan on the 16th. Sakib is the one to captain BD.

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 9, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

He has done his trash talking again. He should have strategies to mathc his big mouth talking. His gibberish talking set him apart from the cool can calcuating Mathews, Bimbah and Dhoni.

Posted by SShinwari on (March 9, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

Afghanistan is stronger team as other test nation team, but they should do more focus on their batting and should bring new efficient players to their squad. Afghanistan players should keep in mind the basics when they play good cricked if satisfied their fans.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Well,well,well....what is this,mushfiqur is supposed to respect all the teams..just becouse they lost against a very talented side they are thinking of revenge. Somebody needs to pull the head weight out of the bangladeshi captain.It is the law of cricket that one team will only win...and it was afghanistan's day.Mushfiqur must not be complacent and must focus on the other teams as well and not onl afghanistan...

Posted by LoveLanka on (March 9, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

BAN should stop this kind of talk first of all including their fans. BAN was one of my favourite teams when they were developing and coming up. but atfer few success against big teams they have started to put mouth before the BAT & BALL. when SL arrived in BAN they decided that the test will be 0-0 or 1-0 to BAN, ODIs 3-0 to BAN and T20s 1-1. and look what has happened. Even after BAN was beaten by AFG, SL refused to take BAN lightly in their last league game. BAN has lot to learn including their fans. now all these talks will add more pressure on BAN itself, because otherwise they will have to eat their words as well. So the best thing BAN should do is regroup, has soem good practise sessions, select a fit and willing bunch from the talented bench and make the bat & ball do the rest. all the best to them and hope they will regain some lost control.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (March 9, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Including Forhad Reza in place of Ziaur Rahman for T20Is is a big mistake. Sabbir Rahman bears promise but it would be hard for him to fire right away after he had played only one T20 match against Sri Lanka. He could have easily been played the subsequent ODIs. It seems BD is considering him only as a batsman but here is his records as a legspinners so far- List A: Matches- 35 Inngs- 23 Ovrs- 111.3 Wckts- 29 Avg- 18.79 Econ- 4.88 Youth ODIs: Matches-26 Inngs-24 Ovrs- 181.2 Wckts- 34 Avg- 21.35 Econ- 4.00

Posted by maxblackhunt on (March 9, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

It would be a very close match this..I have quit my job to watch the t20 world cup..am so excited :D :D :D my notice period finishes on Saturday WORLD T20 HERE I COME !!!!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

BD Just need to play 60% of their abilities to beat Afganistan, this time with more senior players playing in the team we will going to see a one sided match against Afgans, God bless you Afghanistan, I can clearly see a crashing defeat in the hands of Bangladesh in the World T20 Opener.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

Afghanistan will replace Bangladesh very soon in test cricket list in sha Allah. Bangladesh are good in T20 matches, but Afghanistan are a much stronger challenging side to Bangladesh. We hope Bangladesh players will not face any matter from the spectators, while playing against Afghanistan and hope they will get calm and patient at the time of losing to Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

Everything will be alright if BD just could hold on their nerves on crucial moments, that's the key to success and in recent past Bangladesh team is suffering on it, hope BD will overcome their lacking and will play according to their potential.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 9, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Afghanistan are very promising no doubt about that but it was obvious that that win over Bangladesh was just a one-off. Bangladesh were without their 3 best and most experienced players in Tamim, Shakib and of course Mashrafe otherwise Afghanistan would've had no chance. I do hope an ODI series is arranged between 2 teams so we can show it was a fluke but then again doesn't matter since Bangladesh will thrash them at World T20 opener with our best team. This 11 will be ideal - Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Mominul, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Sabbir, Sunny, Rubel and Al-Amin.

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

Mushfiqur You will have to good bye for the captancy just after the first match.... You have only revenge on your mind not tacticss.....strategies..... Dont wonder abt the RESULT...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 9, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

Bangladesh cricket team will play much more better than pervious match which was in Asia cup this is a challenge for Afghanistan from captain Mushfiqur Rahim hopefully they will Start match with win in the t-twenty world cup..

Posted by DauD_ on (March 9, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Afghanistan are a much stronger T20 side than they are a ODI side. Even their ODI side managed to beat Bangladesh, so Mushfiqur should not be complacent against Afghanistan or else he may find his team eliminated in the first round of the tournament.

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