World T20 news March 10, 2014

'Tone down' World T20 expectations, Shakib tells home fans

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'We have to rely on our natural skills' - Shakib

Shakib Al Hasan has urged Bangladesh's fans to be reasonable about their team's chances in the World T20. Similarly, he wants to be remain sensible and calm on the field, and expects the same from his team-mates.

"As the tournament is at home, we will have the support but there shouldn't be too much expectation," Shakib said. "I have heard people say, 'Let the cup stay at home.' But I think we have to tone that down a bit.

"Please support us, the team will do better. But everyone has to take the result sportingly. Too much expectation does put undue pressure on us."

As the Bangladesh captain during the 2011 World Cup, Shakib has first-hand experience of how expectations could have a major impact on the team. In that tournament, Bangladesh were routed for 58 against West Indies, but bounced back to win against England a week later. Soon enough, however, the pressure seemed to catch up again and they folded against South Africa.

Bangladesh's current form should not boost expectations, but there is still tremendous interest in the World T20, particularly as Bangladesh will open the tournament against Afghanistan on March 16.

Shakib wants the team to show better understanding of the situation out in the middle, and his team-mates to remain cool when under pressure. "What we have to do in T20s is to keep a calm head and give our best. We become too excited in T20s. I think everyone is responsible enough to understand these things and do the right thing for the team."

Shakib said that there is no taking any team lightly in T20 cricket, irrespective of where they are ranked. "Nepal is a big team to us. We are a big team to Pakistan, India and Australia. An over or a ball can change a T20 game. On paper there can be a favorite but on the day, I don't think there is any favorite.

"We should fear everyone because we don't know much about Nepal and Hong Kong. Say we score 160 but someone from the other side scores a hundred. Scotland have done that to us in the past. We have to be careful in all the games. It is hard to recover from a mistake in a T20."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 14, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular our team is almost completely different than that second rate one that went to Bangladesh and the team was under a lot of turmoil after the Taylor sacking.

    What have we done recently besides that Bangladesh tour? beaten Australia in Australia in a test match, beaten India in the ODi series and the test series, beaten England in England in the ODI series, beaten South Africa in South Africa in a ODI series, Drew the test match series 1 all V Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, won the test series V West Indies, drew the test series V England in New Zealand but were the better team and should of won. Now what has Bangladesh done over the last few years beside beating New Zealand? How many test series you won, how many ODI series you won away from home? You should have full grounds since you have about 150 million people vs 5 million people and yet you are still a far inferior side, ask any neutral who is the better team. Stop deluding yourself.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    I don't thing BD can make in to Super eight. I predict Ireland and Afganithan whos going to make it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    what is purpose of shakibs bating or bowling when BD has won only 4 test matches in 16 years , what a performance

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 13, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    @Gagg: "Why not keep going back and you ill find New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh more times in Bangladesh than they have lost"??? - Your point? looks to me just shear desperation. I don't think anyone from our current BD squad have even played from years 00-06 :P its all about the present and future mate and the fact of the matter is your team have been struggling against a team like Bangladesh drawing 2 test matches and lost for the 7th straight time in ODIs lol and that too without Shakib who btw has a fantastic record bat and ball against your team a guy where you just said "can't bat or bowl" lol :) unlike NZ Bangladesh have a rising young team who is currently hosting several major tournaments, have excellent new grounds and massive and passionate support that packs grounds in numbers unlike some literally all empty :D

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 13, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    @Gagg: "Shakib is a allrounder in that he can't bat or bowl"??? - lol Shakib ODI batting record average 35 with a strike rate nearly 80. Bowling average is 29. In tests he averages 38 and its increasing with every test he is playing now and bowling average in tests is around 32 :P he's only 26 years old as well. Kane Willliamsons is a part time bowler whereas Shakib is a full time bowler but even being part time he still averages a pathetic 40 in tests with the ball. Had he bowled full time with that dodgy action I think its fair to say his bowling average will sky rocket to over 70 lol

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 12, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Finally there is something to cheer about. BD won the first match in 2014, even though it's a warm up match against UAE.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 12, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular 2010?? Why not keep going back and you ill find New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh more times in Bangladesh than they have lost. Bangladesh have never won a game against New Zealand outside Bangladesh, ever, even provincial New Zealand teams are better if they play in New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 12, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular these guys with averages of around 40. Shakib is a allrounder in that he can't bat or bowl. Kane Williamson has a bowling average about the same and a bating average of around 40 as is Guptills average.

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 12, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    @Longmemory: that proves you were no where near sensible by saying the only sensible thing he said in the entire interview was to fear every team may be you read that part only but talking about entire:-D... i am sure Shakib meant by the word fear is just not to underestimate Nep & HK as they don't know much about them simple...& by doing that in such case BD has records of losing with such associate teams & recently they also lost to Afg! Due to weak bowling, lack of bowling change at the right time, handling pressure in such moments by not losing a must win game at the end & then immense pressure from the fans..on all that is they need to work on considering their last several loss...

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @Longmemory: that proves you were no where near sensible by saying the only sensible thing he said in the entire interview was to fear every team may be you read that part only but talking about entire:-D... i am sure Shakib meant by the word fear is just not to underestimate Nep & HK as they don't know much about them simple...& by doing that in such case BD has records of losing with such associate teams & recently they also lost to Afg! Due to lack of weak bowling, bowling change at the right time, handling pressure in such moments by not losing a must win game at the end & then immense pressure from the fans..on all that is they need to work on considering their last several loss...

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 14, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular our team is almost completely different than that second rate one that went to Bangladesh and the team was under a lot of turmoil after the Taylor sacking.

    What have we done recently besides that Bangladesh tour? beaten Australia in Australia in a test match, beaten India in the ODi series and the test series, beaten England in England in the ODI series, beaten South Africa in South Africa in a ODI series, Drew the test match series 1 all V Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, won the test series V West Indies, drew the test series V England in New Zealand but were the better team and should of won. Now what has Bangladesh done over the last few years beside beating New Zealand? How many test series you won, how many ODI series you won away from home? You should have full grounds since you have about 150 million people vs 5 million people and yet you are still a far inferior side, ask any neutral who is the better team. Stop deluding yourself.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    I don't thing BD can make in to Super eight. I predict Ireland and Afganithan whos going to make it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    what is purpose of shakibs bating or bowling when BD has won only 4 test matches in 16 years , what a performance

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 13, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    @Gagg: "Why not keep going back and you ill find New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh more times in Bangladesh than they have lost"??? - Your point? looks to me just shear desperation. I don't think anyone from our current BD squad have even played from years 00-06 :P its all about the present and future mate and the fact of the matter is your team have been struggling against a team like Bangladesh drawing 2 test matches and lost for the 7th straight time in ODIs lol and that too without Shakib who btw has a fantastic record bat and ball against your team a guy where you just said "can't bat or bowl" lol :) unlike NZ Bangladesh have a rising young team who is currently hosting several major tournaments, have excellent new grounds and massive and passionate support that packs grounds in numbers unlike some literally all empty :D

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 13, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    @Gagg: "Shakib is a allrounder in that he can't bat or bowl"??? - lol Shakib ODI batting record average 35 with a strike rate nearly 80. Bowling average is 29. In tests he averages 38 and its increasing with every test he is playing now and bowling average in tests is around 32 :P he's only 26 years old as well. Kane Willliamsons is a part time bowler whereas Shakib is a full time bowler but even being part time he still averages a pathetic 40 in tests with the ball. Had he bowled full time with that dodgy action I think its fair to say his bowling average will sky rocket to over 70 lol

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 12, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Finally there is something to cheer about. BD won the first match in 2014, even though it's a warm up match against UAE.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 12, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular 2010?? Why not keep going back and you ill find New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh more times in Bangladesh than they have lost. Bangladesh have never won a game against New Zealand outside Bangladesh, ever, even provincial New Zealand teams are better if they play in New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 12, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular these guys with averages of around 40. Shakib is a allrounder in that he can't bat or bowl. Kane Williamson has a bowling average about the same and a bating average of around 40 as is Guptills average.

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 12, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    @Longmemory: that proves you were no where near sensible by saying the only sensible thing he said in the entire interview was to fear every team may be you read that part only but talking about entire:-D... i am sure Shakib meant by the word fear is just not to underestimate Nep & HK as they don't know much about them simple...& by doing that in such case BD has records of losing with such associate teams & recently they also lost to Afg! Due to weak bowling, lack of bowling change at the right time, handling pressure in such moments by not losing a must win game at the end & then immense pressure from the fans..on all that is they need to work on considering their last several loss...

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @Longmemory: that proves you were no where near sensible by saying the only sensible thing he said in the entire interview was to fear every team may be you read that part only but talking about entire:-D... i am sure Shakib meant by the word fear is just not to underestimate Nep & HK as they don't know much about them simple...& by doing that in such case BD has records of losing with such associate teams & recently they also lost to Afg! Due to lack of weak bowling, bowling change at the right time, handling pressure in such moments by not losing a must win game at the end & then immense pressure from the fans..on all that is they need to work on considering their last several loss...

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 12, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @Gagg - lol Shakib is an all-rounder and these 3 overrated players you have mentioned are not :P also didn't these 3 players were part of that 4-0 banglawash in 2010? :) lol and that series too was without Tamim and Mashrafe so lol invalid argument my friend :P good luck! :)

  • POSTED BY Longmemory on | March 12, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    The only sensible thing the guy said in the entire interview is that BD should fear every team. That's right, they should.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | March 11, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Sakib is Honestly Modest.. What more can you expect from a team with improving batsmen and learning bowlers ? its too early to think about winning a series...

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 11, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular and you of course know that NZ were without Ryder, Guptil and Williamson for the entire series and are all far superior players than both Tamim and Shakib.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 11, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Finally, some BD players think reasonably. But not the BD fans. Right away, BD fans wanted to win the Cup. That's a long way to go friends. First priority should be winning the games in the Qualifying round against other minnows. Then try and win the Group matches against highly ranked nations to reach Semi's. Then try and win the Semi to reach final. Now you can try to win the cup.

    The maximum BD reached in ICC world events are playing at the second round of WC '07 and WT20 '07. BD doesn't have a history of reaching Semi's in ICC events. Reaching the Semi's will be a big achievement for BD if they do so.

  • POSTED BY BARFI on | March 11, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Why can't we dream about our team winning and thinking the Cup would stay at home. Oh you guys don't believe in yourself to begin with. At lease Tamim once used to bat like a real tiger. Sorry Shakib don't tell us to curb our dream.

  • POSTED BY Rahman538 on | March 11, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Only the "Underdog" teams don't feel any pressure, and that's acceptable. Like Hong Kong team declared themselves as underdogs so they don't feel pressure. Bangladesh is a different story. After playing test level cricket for so many years they should know how to cope with pressure.

    "Shakib wants the team to show better understanding of the situation out in the middle, and his team-mates to remain cool when under pressure." Best wishes for you and the Team. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    come on Nepal.. make us proud gorkhalis..

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Shakib should be grateful to all loyal supporters who stood by the team even at the last losing match.

    Instead of instigating his team to win and be positive at all times; he is chickening out with up coming events.

    Come on boys, if you think you all are Tigers; than talk and behave like one. Other wise change your banners to " Cats" !

  • POSTED BY BARFI on | March 11, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @Showkat Khan : Well Said dude!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Is it reasonable for us Bangladeshi fans to expect our cricketers to be:

    1. To be responsible? 2. To be constructive? 3. To be professional? 4. Not to lose from winning positions? 5. Better standard of fielding and catching? 6. Able to handle pressure? 7. Bowlers not give countless runs away in the last 10 overs? 8. The captain to be forward thinking and tactical on opposition weaknesses? 9. Each batsmen valuing their wickets?

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | March 11, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular - I don't know where this particular myth came from, but people like yourself who continue to spread lies do the debate and the cricketing world no favours. If you'd done some extremely basic research, you'd know that 1 player out of a squad of 16 was born outside of Pakistan. One. Why continue to lie to people? All major cricketing nations used players from other, stronger, nations when their cricket was in it's infancy.

    I find it funny how people like yourself have no idea how transparent you are when you start taking this debate to an ugly place - everyone else simply reads your comments and sees them for the misguided, bitter, and ultimately incorrect ranting from a twisted person that they are. Have a great day!

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 11, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    @Herath-UK - lol Overconfidence won't get you far mate. Bangladesh series wins over Windies and NZ were without Shakib and even in that 3rd dead rubber against NZ they were missing both Tamim and Shakib and yet won so pretty poor excuses about their sides missing players because in the end you can only field 11. Just because Sri Lanka have basically won every game this year doesn't make you great. More than half those games could've easily gone to the opposition considering how close those games were for example the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka bilateral series nay you need reminding? with last few overs/ball to win against such teams lol

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 11, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Of course we don't expect Bangladesh to go to the final or something but as long as the team manages to past the qualifiers and have a decent time in the main draw then that's perfectly acceptable. The team can play without Pressure. And a big lol to Afghan and some other supporters for making a 1 off win over Bangladesh like some sort of big thing. Let them try to do it in coming Sunday when it also includes the likes of Tamim and Shakib both who were missing that game then you'll have a point. I don't think half of the Afghan team are from Afghanistan I must say as I've heard they were raised in Pakistan camps or something :)

  • POSTED BY subcontinent-expert on | March 11, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Bangladesh has the potential to beat any team... They lack only confidence which can come back if they start well in this WC... Those questioning about their loss to Afgan. should understand that at any given day even ZIM can beat AUS as they have done be4 in t20.. Ban. lacks killer instinct due 2 which they generaly lose close matches but I believe they will get better if they play more games with pak/sf/aur/eng.,

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    BD team haters proved again that BD is headache in this tournament .Why do they love to interfere BD news then? even more than BD supporters? do they really fear?If they do not fear , why they need to waist their time on mockery ? One thing Sakib mentioned that in T-20 BD respect all teams giving equal importance to Nepal, Hongkong and Afghanistan.

    So please respect all the 16 teams equally and that should be the spirit.

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 11, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    dear sssagat: a test nation team BD who lost to AFG it doesn't mean that AFG is also a test nation team because AFG is yet to get a test status, this is for your correct information..wish you all the best for Nepal!

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 11, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: if to you a newborn AFG who won against BD then i must say winning against BD, IND achieved their greatest win ever chasing a decent total of 279 in this asia cup against BD's weak bowling attack..it clearly shows!

  • POSTED BY sssugat on | March 11, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    This years biggest upset will be then when Nepal qualifies to the next round defeating "Test Playing"Bangladesh and Afghanistan. World will see the power of Gorkhalis. JAI NEPAL!!!

  • POSTED BY neanderthal on | March 11, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I hope very soon ICC starts an annual tournament with bottom two test playing nations and top two associates ranking wise. BD, Zim, IRE, AFG will be a very close contest and it will definitely provide some way forward for associates while doing regular reality checks for non performing test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY SSM56 on | March 11, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    T20 is a different ball game altogether and BD will surely qualify for the second round. No point arguing with fans of the farce "Big 3" who cannot even qualify for the Asia Cup finals. Recent performances indicate that BD, PAK and SL are the "Big 3" of Asia and SA, PAK and SL are the real "Big 3" instead of the pseudo ones.... Aussies being the only exception.

  • POSTED BY i_golam on | March 11, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    ... He probably has not already forgotten what he has done lately ? why you puts the focus on completely unnecessary things ? Do you really think that the BD supporters are so stupid that they believe BD has the capacity to win T20 w /c ? You are insulting the intelligence of your supporters & I hardly beilive and doubt as you say ... that the BD supporters have such a large claim and hope on you ?? You should focus on your own game and should improve it and come up with new stuff. You must increase your capacity rose higher and lead the team with Mushi! You must be wise and think that it is you who is the pillar of the team with all off your experiencees ! So ... you have to act in the middle when BD needs you while you have to be calm, wise and determined !!!

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | March 11, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Would be hilarious if Afghanistan beat Bangladesh again. I only wonder what the Bangladeshis' reactions would be then.

  • POSTED BY Amjed.Afghan on | March 11, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Afghanistan Team has much experience in 20 than 50, they have good players , i think Bangladish will lose again the match, cause they are already under pressure.

  • POSTED BY neanderthal on | March 11, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Yes when BD loses against AFG, thats UPSET and when BD beats some other test playing country once in a blue moon thats 'Not Upset'. Excellent guys keep it up. Your sense of humour brightens a dull day. For your info, BD has lost to Canada, Scotland also before. Losing to associates is not new to BD because thats where they belong. If Kenya or Ireland had as much political backing from BCCI, then they would be playing test cricket today, not BD.

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 11, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    @sergio LOL..you yourself became a JOKE already for what you have said against BD..& then again comparing FC BARCELONA with IND LOL! flat track bullies LOL! enough jokes from you now stop comparing BD with associate AFG & also stop making IND invincible in your dreams as if IND can't lose to BD LOL.. so better take a break & concentrate on IND to qualify to the 2nd round of T20 WC

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 11, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @sergio LOL..you yourself became a JOKE already for what you have said about BD..& then again comparing FC BARCELONA with IND LOL! flat track bullies LOL! enough jokes from you now stop comparing BD with associate AFG & also stop making IND invincible in your dreams as if IND can't lose to BD LOL.. so better take a break & concentrate on IND to qualify to the 2nd round of T20 WC

  • POSTED BY vallavarayar on | March 11, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    BD can always dream of beating Afghanistan. That is not impossible, I think.

  • POSTED BY RibhavBansal on | March 11, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    He is basically preparing the over enthusiastic Bangladeshi fans to not keep any hope for them to progress further in the Super Eights Round, would not be surprised if Afghanistan pip Bangladesh again and Bangladesh do not even qualify for the World T20 because of that.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    First, I wonder if 1 win from the Asia Cup was reasonable fan expectation. Or was it too much Shakib? Second, I don't know of any fans of any country on this planet that are more loyal than us. No other country in recent history had endured more pain than the Bangladeshi fans in the last decade. After 1999 WC, we waited through defeat after defeat for five and a half years for ONE win. We are the most loyal and the most forgiving of fans. In India, they set fire to the cricketer's homes after their defeat in 2007. Shakib, after the way you have treated your fans, you do not qualify to make comments about attitude adjustment on our part. I say, follow your own advise, just play your game. And BTW, win one for us. We are not looking forward to your talking. Let your ball and bat (not that one, a cricket bat) do the talking. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Bangladesh beat Pakistan in 99's World Cup, that was an upset and that does not indicate that Bangladesh was better team than Pakistan in 99's WC. Like that, Afghanistan did the same thing against Bangladesh.... an upset. So do not worry, Bangladesh will easily win against Afghanistan in T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | March 11, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    @Bdthetiger ...mate i said "IF" ind is Barcelona BAN is stoke city...lol look who is tlking about home victory...the so called improvemnt to BAN by beating NZ....it came in ur backward right??not in NZ..lol..hey a world cup was held in Subcontinent...what happed to BAN??..IND is atleast winning at home regularly...what about BAN...???

    @Ammo666...oohh really??was that a joke??u got to pls tell me before telling a joke..so that i can prepare my self to laugh..:D..hey nxt time if AFG beat u guys..u guys will even loose the "stoke city" status k??..lol

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 11, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @sergio11 keep flying in your fantasy like ever hope it gives you some entertainment & peace than being realistic..enough dreaming hey kid now its time to wake up! wake up! wake up! LOL...

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | March 11, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @Ammo666..all i can say when u compare IND and BAN..its like comparing Barcelona and Stoke city in football..lol....now ul tel BAN is Barcelona..lol.....stop it for now..and start talking to AFG fan IF ur team take" revenge" against them....

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | March 11, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Shakib is a sensible guy, thats why he is in the top of odi allrounders list, and probably the only world class player from BD.......

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | March 11, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Good comments from Shakib. I think teams should focus on one match and one over at a time rather than talking about winning the cup and losing in the prelims. Realistic expectation from BD would be to qualify for the main draw and win one game against WI, Ind or Pak. Cant see them beating Aus in this type of form. WI, Ind and Pak would be their best chance (in that order). Wont be surprised if they get routed in 1 or 2 of the games. I don't think they will finish in the top 3 in the group. But it will be a good learning experience for them.

  • POSTED BY sankha.w.k on | March 11, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Less expectations means less pressure. That actually gives them a better chance of winning some matches.

  • POSTED BY Rajah_skn on | March 11, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Well Said Shakib. Sometime truth hurt, but be in reality is good. BAN is a good improving and fighting sprit team compare to India.

  • POSTED BY RoshJ on | March 11, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Sorry to say..BD will even lose to Nepal!! As long as the players and their fans do not understand that they are ranked 10th in tests, 9th in ODIs and even below Afghanistan in T20, they will keep on having these DREAMS! Feel sorry for the lot...

    Their IMMATURE "school boy" captain tried equating SL and Afghanistan (no disrespect to AFG, they are a better team than BD)..little did he know he pretty much closed the door for any meaningful comparision of his own team..what is left..Panama??

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | March 11, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    At last someone in the Bangladesh camp is speaking some sense, too bad it's not the captain!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 11, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Can't wait for AFG vs BD Game... So excited. good luck to both teams

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | March 11, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    BdtheTiger - well said...this guy herath, is so ful of hate, never ever says anything positive about others..wonder what he has lost in life.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 11, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Thats what required. No more - we will thrash him - comments from BD fans. I do not think they can beat associates like Afgan and enter in to the main group.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | March 11, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Looks like Shakib learned on his own experience. He used to give big talks in the past and his team loses horribly.(2011 world cup was the best example). I hope Rahim also learns it soon.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    It is not unbelievable that Nepal can beat Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    It good to host WC in Bangladesh, but see , very little chance bangladesh to hold the cup frankly

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Bangladesh is headed for a yet bigger disaster in the World Cup. Sakib has already said, not to expect anything. He and Tamim and Nasir and Mahmudullah will throw their wickets at will. Mushy and Mominul can score a few runs, now and then. This is a team where players care little for national pride and honour. They are all super-stars in their own minds. Tamim is feigning injury. He is actually upset that he was not allowed to Captain the side when Mushy was injured. Tamim captained the side briefly and he was a disaster. He has been a dud with the bat for a very long time. Its time that he was dropped like India dropped Sehwag. One has to earn his place in the side. What has Tamim done to be there always? Look at Anamul. He is turning into a very dependable opener. Stick with him and Imrul or even Shamsur. These guys have all been scoring runs lately.

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator on | March 11, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    @Hearath-uk,why do you always involve in bd forum with such a poor and mindless comment?if you cant make possitive comments about others then you must not comment.i give you a advise kid-do not make bad name of yourself.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Tone down expectations, huh? So the expectation that we will win at least one game is too much then?

  • POSTED BY CricTimer on | March 11, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    Well said Shakib....(Time and again bowling is a big concern for Bangladesh. It is T20 where Yorker pace bowlers are killers. Bangladesh really in short of bowlers who can ball Yorker. Hope they will find one soon.)...As a Bangladeshi fan I don't expect Bangladesh will win every single match. I just want to see each of the 11s is giving their best on a cricketing day. Also participating teams welcome to Bangladesh once again for world cup t20 event. All the best...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Best of luck guys You play good cricket in Asia cup but mission some part of tricks i hope you will comeback sronger. from srilankan

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | March 10, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    @Raihan_Shovon:Ever heard anything called pitch and outfield conditions.FYI the mighty Indian batting lineup you were referring to was a team of youngsters with least exposure.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | March 10, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Shakib said it absolutely right but maybe a bit late as his teammates previously commented about upset, revenge I guess this is specially intended towards them.Waiting for BD vs AFG.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    FYI Herath-UK, the WI & NZ side BD beat recently were pretty much their strongest team. & obviously what ur trying to say is that last time SL were in poor form & were beaten, right? Well if they are allowed to play poorly then I guess ur allowed to say that BD are in poor form as well. It's funny how you cheap shots try to take all the credit away from us. Grow Up already.

  • POSTED BY bangladesh_blaster on | March 10, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    I think Bangladesh has under performed so far in T20s. But this time it will be different. With performance and faith, we can make it to last 4, and from there on it is anybody's game. On our day, we are a match for anyone. Go Bangladesh, get the title!

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | March 10, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Insha-allah, Bangladesh will be defeated in every single match!! They are pathetic and below ordinary. I hope AFghan brothers can beat them fair and square just like the Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | March 10, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist you are right, I never heard one BD supporter after beating NZ 3 nil say New Zealand were without Ryder, Guptil and Williamson.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Shakib seem to have got matured enough after his recent retribution , by way of b 3 matches ban.The tips as he has offered to his Team mates & the Cricket crazy & passionate crowd of BD, not to expect too much is very correct !This is a game, where on a given day, even a minnow team, might be a favourite and we might see Giant Killing Games,in store for us all.

    Shakinb seem to have given in indirect advice to his Skipper in Mushfiqur, not to underestimate any team and pass unwarranted comments against any team, which will be of bad taste. We expect him to follow his own tips and let his teammates & the fans follow suit for BD Cricket to thrive, just as in the rest of the sub-continental nations and prove to be a hard nut to crack, in the shortest possible time !!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    u r doing gud.but nt making big wining continue .why u need gud coach nd gud fielders

  • POSTED BY needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on | March 10, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    BD is very good team but for wrong era if in 1990's they could have had some chance for multi-national tourney's. Flaw lies in muscle of players, Attitude of nation on couple of great players and rest all are condition based performers. Look at other Asian rival's India (with all trophy's under dhoni), Pakistan winning 1 and finalist in most T20's and Srilanka the inform team with lot of final's to boast confidence coming from consistency . BD should gain a lot with international exposure and chance at home for such a huge series and can make pitches based on there input. BD should easily pass initial round. and cos upset to other teams too and also both groups of 5 are preity evenly matched. BD could easily provide spin friendly tracks to Australia . But West indies and Pak might need different tricks like large grounds with flat not tracks for West Indies and Flat track for Pakistan. Being indian supporter i guess BD should have a seaming Deck for india. good Luck to our neigbhours!

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | March 10, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman definitely should play .

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | March 10, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    @ shakeena , what is wrong is the balling and captaincy. Batting is on the right track and once we upgrade our balling Bd would be decent team. Wish captaincy is changed from mushy to someone else soon. Sl is the most supported foriegn team in Bd , wish you all the best too.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 10, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    BD fans, it is amusing to see that you are using Tamim's and Shakib's absence as an excuse. If you really need your full strength team to beat Afghanistan, then what does it say about your cricket? You guys got to own up and take it on the chin without making such lame excuses.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 10, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    This is good game for BD.Although BD quotes always the wins over WI & NZ, at that time those teams were struck with significant issues & were very weakened teams.WI had almost all star players out with contractual issues & NZ sent a weak team.Even the win over SL in the last asia cup was when SL was returning home from a gruelling series from australia (where they knocked out india from the final) & the SL stars went to asia cup just to return home asap to be ready for the IPL.This is not to discredit BD but you can't live in a cockoo land, then no real progress will ever occur to BD.

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | March 10, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    I dont think BD is capable of even defeating Nepal let alone Afg.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 10, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    @shakeena,thanks for ur respect for BD team. I agree with u that BD desperately missing somewhere.We hope to refix these problems in the coming days. Good luck Lanka as well....

  • POSTED BY computerguru on | March 10, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Finally some sensible talk from someone from BD camp after "We can beat anyone at home", "beating India is not an upset", "Afghan game not a headache", displaying middle finger to the audience etc.

    But, you should say that often to yourself. How many times you got a start and threw away your wicket being overconfident is simply uncountable. You need to understand that you can't thrash every delivery out of the park. Taking singles and twos is also part of the game. You're not chris gayle or yuvraj singh and how much you try, you can't be a hitter like them. So, stick to your basic, winning is important, not being an individual hero.

    Finally, to my fellow BD fans, as I said before the IND match in Asia cup, we need to understand our team's caliber. We are a very poor T20 outfit. Only if our pathetic captain learns to place his fielders and rotate his bowlers and our players prevent themselves from being overconfident, then we can finish a game as winner.

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 10, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    @Er Swapnil Parihar: If you think Nep & Afg is a tough opponent for BD & then i say if BD lose miraculously to them then i must say that it would be even tougher & tougher for INDIA to win against these two if they face anyhow in this T20 WC... but see BD player Shakib's statement at the 7th paragraph about Nepal that Nepal is big team to us even though it is not by paper they are or even it looks so practically but see world's best all rounder Shakib is not trying to take anything away or making them a minnow here in front of BD this is also sportsmanship as in T20 its not so easy to say always who will win at the end....will be interesting to see how the most best IND qualifies to the 2nd round:)

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 10, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    @Shakeena thanks a lot i really appreciate this & this is how sportsmanship should build among opponents..to judge how one should be judged but never forcefully try to misjudge & take any kind of credits away from any team as far as cricket wins & put up a great show because only winning & losing is not all as everyone has their off form days but it doesn't mean its all over BD has improved indeed even though they lost the series against SL...now it looks bit true appreciation from a fair SL'n fan like you but not like many others doing so much more than actually what it is...all the best to SL again for this T20 WC! I believe BD fans only doesn't like over boasting & humiliation being nonsense that's the point to argue...

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 10, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @Er Swapnil Parihar: If you think its tough for Nep & Afg is a tough opponent for BD & then i say if BD lose miraculously to them then i must say that it would be even tougher & tougher for INDIA to win against these two if they face anyhow in this T20 WC... but see BD player Shakib's statement at the 7th paragraph about Nepal that Nepal is big team to us even though it is not by paper they are or even it looks so practically but see world's best all rounder Shakib is not trying to take anything away or making them a minnow here in front of BD this is also sportsmanship as in T20 its not so easy to say always who will win at the end....will be interesting to see how the most best IND qualifies to the 2nd round:)

  • POSTED BY shakeena on | March 10, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    You have a realy good team but some thing , some where went terribly wrong... MAy Bangladesh perform 100% in this T20 world cup. As a Sri Lankan I wish you the very best..

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 10, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee. After playing cricket for 14 years, do you still need Shakib and Tamim to beat an associate nation like Afghanistan? Common man they are not India/Sri lanka, where you will need your full strength team to compete with them. Few months ago you guys said you can easily beat Sri lanka and NZ without Shakib and Tamim. Now you guys are using Shakib and Tamim missing as an excuse for that loss against Afghan team. You got to admit, they just outplayed you guys.

  • POSTED BY WalkingWicket11 on | March 10, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    It has been over a decade since Bangladesh got Test playing status, so why shouldn't the fans start expecting the team to win matches at least on home ground?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 10, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Yes all of us should more responsable , the players on the game and the fan on the off ground. Specially some fan from other country comment about BD cricket so badly . It hurt our respect to the other country. If you dont respecte other no one Will respecte you.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 10, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    There will be a mini Asia cup going on between BD,Afghanistan, Hong kong, Nepal in the Qualifying matches. i hope BD can at least win this Asia cup.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | March 10, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Bangladesh just need to play good proper Cricket then they should easily beat Afghanistan who btw beaten a depleted Bangladesh side in Asia Cup. Shakib has a world record 6/6 in T20 and Afghanistan are pathetic in playing spin. I hope a spinning wicket is prepared so they'll understand that win was a fluke. Tamim is coming back so that experience of his enough to make our team all the more solid.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    I agreed with sakib . in t20 anyone can beat anyone . no one is favourite .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    icc should arrange another 2nd t20 world cup for lower teams like bangla, afghan and so and so because they can't win a cup other than one match and their fans can't see they r struggling. ( their board also they will not work for their success).

  • POSTED BY TMSyed on | March 10, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    C'mon Shakib, you're telling me that people should be more reasonable, after BD's recent performance in the Asia cup? Need I remind you that you played for KKR for a few seasons, and you of all people should not be alien to pressure. Here's my real REAL expectation. Bangladesh will go through past the group stages. We expected the same in 2011, and the excuse you give is crowd pressure? for 58 and 78 all out? that's pathetic.

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 10, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    @sergio11 looks like you have already surrendered & up with excuses even before the T20 WC started so that if your team loses then you have your excuses ready;D...if losing against even BD is still an upset to you then you better stay away commenting illogically about BD...BD already have beaten all the test nation country in the world & against most of them not once they did..they lost against AFG that was an UPSET but it doesn't mean its the end & BD improved much in last 2 years & their those series in last 2 years says it if you KNOW, so accept it! team is still enough young & inexperienced so those new faces needs more time but it doesn't mean you can compare them with these associate teams being nonsense...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Dear Shakib, please remember that we are very realistic. We may say things like "let the cup stay at home... Bangladesh will be Champions... etc." but we'll all accept whatever result is. However, what we really expect is for Bangladesh to perform at their best, give 100% in all the games, and trying with everything to win every game. We would hate to see us lose games the way we have lost them in the past 2 series from winning position (throwing away wickets, dropping catches and bowling loose). Be responsible. You are all international players, and you have all won games - big games. We know what you are capable of, but we are also practical. I think the belief is lacking in the Bangladesh team, which is not acceptable. Be confident, responsible, and play like Tigers. Never give up, not if the team is all out for 60 and not if the opponent scores 250 in 20 overs. That is all we expect. Try till the end. We will react if you don't. So please, do not ask us to lower our expectations.

  • POSTED BY PPD123 on | March 10, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    @Ashik Imran - You are a true blue bangladeshi supporter.... I love your ranking of the top 3 teams 1)SL 2)WI and 3)Bangladesh... They say "where there is life there is hope" Keep cheering for your team mate... Shakib and team should do everything they can for supporters like you. Dont be mad if they dont make it thru to the final stages of the tournament.

    By the way I am also a die hard supporter of the Indian team EVEN when they have been beaten black and blue in the SAF, NZL and the Asia cup.

    Hope we have a wonderful spectacle in store for us ahead...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    I really want Zia to be added to the team. I dont find any reason of having Mahmudulla, in fact 3 off spinners in the team. BD team needs strong heater who can hit sixes and crash down the ground. I think Zia is a really good choice as his medium pace is more than handy. I want the BCB's attention on this matter.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    I am not expecting much from Bangladesh, but I feel players should have a positive attitude. Shakib asking the team's fans to lower their expectations is a sign of weakness, if you ask me.

    Bangladesh have a very ordinary record in T20s and their recent form has been disappointing. That doesn't mean they don't have a chance; the team has bounced back from poor form in the past. The players should remain positive and have faith in their abilities. Guys like Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiq, Nasir A Razzak and Gazi are very capable cricketers and can take Bangladesh a long way.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    inshaallah bangladesh will win go ahead tigers

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @Quazi255 what ar u talking about??

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    alas someone spoke usefully.... regards from SL......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    So from plotting revenges against Associate teams they have come down to lowered expectations. The Bangladesh fans must be so confused. What to expect and what not!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    "Tone down" should be a understatement here.. ICC has come up with the worst distribution of teams in group stages. It will be as it is very hard for Bangladesh to even qualify from group "a" stages as they face tough challenge from both Afganistan and Nepal who have good experience of T20 and will play fearlessly as they have nothing to lose. To go from group stage is almost impossible (more like 0.0001%) as World Cup and Champions trophy winners play as under-dogs(90% chances of them finishing at bottom 2 slots) in that group 2 with mighty Austrialia and T20 champions West Indies to accompany them. This coming from a die hard Indian fan should describe the helplessness of the situation

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 10, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Be afraid...be very Afraid of Nepal....we don't have stadium neither we have good facilities Bt we R here ...Be Aware about us....

  • POSTED BY F.Hashimi on | March 10, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    I like what Shakib said, unlike Mushfiqur he know that any team can beat any other team in a given day, so let us enjoy the game and good cricket. Mushfiqur please learn to respect your opponents regardless of their ICC ranking.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    We are always with you guys :) Just make us proud enough.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Yes very well said Sakib as Mohsin said. We will accept the fact that we are the worst team in the tournament; that we can't even beat Afghanistan. We will support you but be careful not to expect anything at all. After all, that will increase your blood pressure. We have seen how you might react then. We will applaud and scream like crazy when you or Tamim will just swing at anything and throw your wickets away. We will always be there Mr. Sakib Al Hassan, Cricket Shresto (star). We are 'the fans' and that's what we are supposed to do. Clap and clap until our hands bleed. But we will NOT expect any wins. We will not do anything to raise our precious player's blood pressure.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    finaly someone in Bangladesh team talking sensiblely. not like their captain who talks big but deliver so little

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | March 10, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    @Raihan_Shovon...Comparing BAN to AUS..lol...for your information AUS was defending 434 against the best batting line up at that moment..Gibbs,Smith,Boucher,Kallis at there prime add to that AB..and the pitch..it was a flat deck..joburg..yes pace and bounce on offer,but unlike subconitental teams,both AUS and SA loves pitches with pace and bounce..now BAN was defending 326 against the weakest batting line up at the moment after BAN and ZIM among the test playing nations...on a pitch which was keeping low and turing square...and PAK had a very inexperience top order too....you call that "achievement"..lol..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 10, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    rise shakib rise the team

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | March 10, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans return at least 10 times more than what the players deserve. That is why, we are still supporting the team whole-heartedly even after losing so many matches from strong positions. Shakib should better concentrate on his cricket and advise his team mates to play sensibly and professionally.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    The qualifying round should be a good practice just before the main tournament kicks off! But one has to admit that forcing the host nation to play in a qualifying round (which some countries do not have to play !!!) was an insulting decision.... Hope the team are prepared to ans that decision of ICC ..... nothing to say at this moment when Bangladesh are going through a very rough time. But yet again, nothing is impossible...as at this moment if one can think without any bias, without any media hype, sure there is no clear favorite in this tournament. Still top 3 teams would be 1) Srilanka, 2) The West Indies, 3) Bangladesh (if there is no hiccup in the qualifiers )

  • POSTED BY SHEREHIND on | March 10, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Let alone winning, they shall be fortunate if they could beat Afghanis in their ist match. And if they loose, the tournament will loose its sheen as host country won't be there.

  • POSTED BY qazi255 on | March 10, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Asia cup final proved we are best in game , obviously we let them win but be ready all teams we shall not let you in in T20 WC

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | March 10, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    i think BAN have a chance..not to win T20..but to pull some upsets..WI,AUS,NZ,ENG the present team wont be comfortable playing spin in those low and lifeless pitch...as a result their fast bowlers will also become useless..as ball hardly bounces above hip..having said the BAG spin bowling doesnt have the variety of other subconient teams..all spinners are left arm...so even against those teams who have quality left hand batsmen,their spinners will travel..so if they can bring a offspiner to their line up,it will be more balanced..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    "I have heard people say, 'Let the cup stay at home.'. Really Bangladesh folks are saying this? May be they take it literally that the whole word is their home!

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 10, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Dinesh Ranga It is Mushfiq who has a masters degree.

  • POSTED BY Raihan_Shovon on | March 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    @eusamsh Remember SA-AUS match?? AUS couldn't defend 434 runs. 326 is exactly 108 less runs than 434. Give credit where credit's due.. There's credit in scoring 326 against pakistan. The 1st team to post 300+ in asia cup. Mighty India with their batting line up scored around 260 vs pakistan. Give credit where it's due.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Yes.Really....he is the man who has a head only with the responsibility....talented cricketer....intelligent....I've heard that he has got a degree....might be Msc...Is that correct....? I think Thats the way that educated people behave....good luck Sakib....

  • POSTED BY din7 on | March 10, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    "You can anything u want but u must give up the belief that u cant have it". "In order to succed u must first believe that u can"....these two sums it up for shakib..unless ur goals are ridiculously high dont expect success...if bangla people are expecting this from the team they shld feel motivated that despite poor performance in asia cup..people still believe in them...so what if they didnt win it but they must give it all...but what a negative statement shakib has made...so he himself doesnt belive that his team can win wt20 so they never will!

  • POSTED BY qazi255 on | March 10, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Best attitude shown by our best player , No matters you loose or win BD cricket team we love you and support you , in our eyes our team will remain best , I know we are weaker side in T20 but lets hope against hope . we are proud of our players specially you shakib

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 10, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Very reasonable words said by shakib al hasan. Understand the situation.

  • POSTED BY eusamsh on | March 10, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    While Shakib is trying to give out a right message, he is wrong when he states "Shakib said that ... We are a big team to Pakistan, India and Australia.". No Sir, BD is not a big team to PAK, IND or AUS. You are just "a team" who performs once in a blue moon. You might as well focus on team performance, shot selection and taking responsibility in the field. Your team can't even defend 326 total. Stop dreaming, face the reality - its half the battle won when you face reality.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Best of luck Bangladesh :))

  • POSTED BY Raihan_Shovon on | March 10, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Good to see some maturity from Sakib. But we can expect our team to be group champion in qualifier round. Can't we? Be mature. Play to your potential. We want nothing more. We have seen what happens when you play to your potential.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    He is the only man with a head on his shoulders in Bangladeshi team! And his body language shows that too! He is an athlete and didn't say any newspaper material! Best of Luck Shakib!

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | March 10, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    This might be the first ever sensible thing any Bangla cricketer or fan said, ever!!!

  • POSTED BY Prashanth12 on | March 10, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Sensibly said and this applies to all the teams.

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  • POSTED BY Prashanth12 on | March 10, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Sensibly said and this applies to all the teams.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | March 10, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    This might be the first ever sensible thing any Bangla cricketer or fan said, ever!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    He is the only man with a head on his shoulders in Bangladeshi team! And his body language shows that too! He is an athlete and didn't say any newspaper material! Best of Luck Shakib!

  • POSTED BY Raihan_Shovon on | March 10, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Good to see some maturity from Sakib. But we can expect our team to be group champion in qualifier round. Can't we? Be mature. Play to your potential. We want nothing more. We have seen what happens when you play to your potential.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Best of luck Bangladesh :))

  • POSTED BY eusamsh on | March 10, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    While Shakib is trying to give out a right message, he is wrong when he states "Shakib said that ... We are a big team to Pakistan, India and Australia.". No Sir, BD is not a big team to PAK, IND or AUS. You are just "a team" who performs once in a blue moon. You might as well focus on team performance, shot selection and taking responsibility in the field. Your team can't even defend 326 total. Stop dreaming, face the reality - its half the battle won when you face reality.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 10, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Very reasonable words said by shakib al hasan. Understand the situation.

  • POSTED BY qazi255 on | March 10, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Best attitude shown by our best player , No matters you loose or win BD cricket team we love you and support you , in our eyes our team will remain best , I know we are weaker side in T20 but lets hope against hope . we are proud of our players specially you shakib

  • POSTED BY din7 on | March 10, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    "You can anything u want but u must give up the belief that u cant have it". "In order to succed u must first believe that u can"....these two sums it up for shakib..unless ur goals are ridiculously high dont expect success...if bangla people are expecting this from the team they shld feel motivated that despite poor performance in asia cup..people still believe in them...so what if they didnt win it but they must give it all...but what a negative statement shakib has made...so he himself doesnt belive that his team can win wt20 so they never will!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Yes.Really....he is the man who has a head only with the responsibility....talented cricketer....intelligent....I've heard that he has got a degree....might be Msc...Is that correct....? I think Thats the way that educated people behave....good luck Sakib....