Bangladesh v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 24, 2014

'Here to give teams a hard time' - Mushfiqur


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'Need to have better shot selection' - Mushfiqur

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said his team has nothing to lose ahead of the Super 10 and that the aim should be to give other teams a hard time, starting from Tuesday's game against West Indies. After drawing a Test against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh lost two T20s and seven consecutive ODIs, spanning the Asia Cup at home, before bouncing back in the World T20 qualifiers.

"Even though we had played badly during the Asia Cup and the Sri Lanka series, I didn't expect it to be so bad [against Hong Kong]," Mushfiqur said. "It is alarming. The only message to the team is that we have nothing to lose so we better give 200%.

"The opponent must feel that we are here to give them a hard time. If we can do that, I am sure we have the ability to win a few of the four matches."

Bangladesh could add a spinner to their line-up, although Mushfiqur felt a better hitter down the batting order would boost the team too. The allrounder Ziaur Rahman was included following Rubel Hossain's injury and he is an option as a lower-order finisher.

"We have two specialist spinners, plus a few allrounders. We will decide after seeing the wicket, and if there's some help, then why not take the extra spinner? They (West Indies) are a little weak against spin, like to play big shots and not rotate strike," Mushfiqur said.

"Zia bhai has returned, because we need a big-hitting finisher. Sohag Gazi has a strong chance of playing because of his success against [Chris] Gayle in the past. Both could be playing this game."

Ziaur meanwhile has said that he is accustomed to being included late in a squad. "It doesn't surprise me anymore. It is in my fate that I will come in and go out like this," Ziaur said. "I always dreamt of playing in a World T20 so when it didn't happen, I was focusing on playing well and returning to the side strongly.

"But I was happy to learn that I am being included in place of Rubel Hossain, who got injured. I heard it day before yesterday," said Ziaur.

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

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  • N on March 25, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    @Suhag Chowdhury: Sorry Suhag, Bangladesh is NOT a world class team. They are a team with test status. There is a difference.

  • Mark on March 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    @Mullik, totally agree with you. What exactly do some people expect Mushi to say - 'We are going to lose every game'? I get fed up with a lot of the trash talk on here, whether it be against my team (England) or any other country.

  • irish on March 25, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Hey Bangladeshis,,I can only say..Please wear helmets when you go to watch match this evening..West Indians are real serious to make amends for their last performance against India and they are not keen on running singles either! And your bowlers would need counselling after the match! Go Windies..Hit em out of park!

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Red alarm already ranged up for bangladesh in the names of Ireland,Afganistan and even hongkong and netherlands. In my belief afganistan and ireland so far a good decent team than bangladesh. Kenya once a world cup semifinalist are very good team without the lack of support that team is no more. But bangladesh got huge support from SL, Pak and india eventhough they are failing. yes thy have talent it seems atleast if they plays in subcontinent like shakib ,tamim,mushfiq these guys looks good. but real test for them too if they play in australia in seeming conditions.No surprises if they lost badly to irelands and australa in out hypes pls perform first

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Bangladesh is a lost cause in Cricket. They will definitely win 1 or 2 odd matches but most of the time they will disappoint. They dont have any fast bowlers who can even scratch consistently and also they dont have batsmen who can dominate the opponent bowlers. Only thing they have is Shakib Al Hasan thats all. Even Hong Kong has better fast bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Bangladesh captain must inspire his own team reither give iit to others! West indies have no guts to beat bangladesh as new zealand series in new zealand so its better to think to beat them as hard as u can because u can make it ! There's only gayle that u r scared of n he can't play spinners so please think n pray for magics even u don't have ajmal magician but stil u got some of it so please concetrate and be stong because india will get shock if u beat wi ! The way I c things happening. Bangalis u can make it! Only gayle down n sammy n game is urs! Where is ur tiger nature! U r so broke after just losing one 2 series but u can't do this to ur fans. And ur interview is ur thinkings but u should have challenge that u did so u can make it or break it! Well wishes from #pakistan

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Being as pakistani and having bangladesh as 6th favourite team ! And when they have with my 8th favourite! I think bangladesh must use their experience of that winning series logic. If they have any intrest in wining anything in t20 world cup. If they can beat west indies then they can beat england for sure n they can give hard time to new zealand and sri Lanka but still can't beat them so its better to take this game do or die. And if they can't break broken team then where u gona get power to get hold on united teams like nz n SL ! I think they must play with sri lankan style that they brought in cricket history of down boundries to reach a total of 170+ I they get bat first because west indies wouldn't make 150+ if they get batting first. Best of luck bangladesh

  • Mustafizur on March 25, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    I don't understand what Mushi has said wrong. He said we have nothing to lose - what is wrong in that? He said we did not expect it this bad against HK - what is wrong? He said we are here to give them a scare - didn't say we are here to beat them all - what is wrong? I don't understand why some people have such unreasonable grudge on BD. If there are 10 teams, one of them will be no. 1 and one will be no.10. What is wrong in that?

  • BHARATH on March 25, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Cmon yar..... i respect bangladesh but please do perform first & then talk... you are a test playing nation since long time & still cant win against major teams consistantly (apart from few upsets yes). just talking & making big statements wont work... looking forward for your best performance... All the best

  • Shabbir on March 25, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Not really sure where are the anti-mushi fans are coming from. His PASSION for the game is second to none and he wears his heart on his sleeves. In this press conference you see a "hopeful" and philosophical captain who is bewildered by many of his team mates poor shot selection or poor bowling line. He too has been guilty of poor fielding decisions but BD has a very good chance to win this match. WI look like they don't want to be here and a weakened top 8 team is perfect for a hungry Tiger!

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