Bangladesh v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 25, 2014

'We are not playing with a free mind' - Mushfiqur

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Mushfiqur Rahim has said Bangladesh's players are playing under the pressure of maintaining their places in the team, and this mindset has made it difficult for the team to compete in T20 matches.

"I think the main problem could be that previously our players could play their natural game freely from their positions," Mushfiqur said, after Bangladesh's 73-run defeat to West Indies. "We didn't get that result in the last three months. The pressure is now about maintaining their place in the team.

"I think that's when you fall into pressure and can't play naturally. In T20 format you have to start scoring quickly, so it becomes difficult for those out of form and with this mentality. We can't think like this, we have to play our natural game as we did in the last two years."

This comes on the back of an admission from within the team management that they are finding it difficult to drop players who are out of form.

Ahead of the Asia Cup, Mushfiqur had slammed chief selector Faruque Ahmed for not consulting him during squad selection and there have been whispers from the Bangladesh dressing-room that players are not feeling too comfortable with the changes Faruque has made.

There are two arguments in this case. One side of the story is that the current crop of Bangladesh players should have a direct superior keeping them in the straight and narrow, but whether the chief selector should be that person is not clear.

Secondly, if Faruque has held the players accountable, there are doubts over whether he should have started it so early in his second stint as selector, in a manner that has apparently shaken the team's morale. There was widespread praise of Faruque's handling of the Bangladesh team during his first stint between 2003 and 2007.

Mushfiqur felt the players were not handling the expectations that have built up over the last two years.

"Most of the players are not in the momentum of performance," he said. "They are not playing with a free mind. We have to overcome this quickly.

"It is quite obvious there will be pressure and criticism. The expectation is big because of how we played in the last two years. Six or seven of us performed, which raised our team's overall performance. But that's not happening now."

Mushfiqur said the team's poor fielding was a result of their mindset. "The confidence is low because of batting and bowling form," he said. "It is reflected in our catching and misfielding, as I feel some are mentally down."

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

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  • on March 28, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    1. "The current crop of .... whether the chief selector should be that person is not clear". 2. "If Faruque has held the players accountable, there are doubts .... in his second stint as selector, in a manner that has apparently shaken the team's morale". These two arguments goes straight to the heart of the whole thing and points to chief selector Farukue who obviously has created a huge mess and blunder, introduced highly stressful elements into the player's morale. A PEACEFUL-FREE-EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENT is what the players need and it is absolutely crucial that they get it to be able perform at their peak potential. Who has the power and ability to set that up. It is a must-have. We can learn a thing or two from the Australian set up (being tried and & tested) and we can inject some positives taken from them into our current structure. Putting way to much pressure and blame on players is not going to do it for us. Political juggernaut needs to go away for good in Bangla Cricket.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 28, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Russel Crow rightly pointed out the two weak spot in Bangladesh Cricket- (1) Coaching staff (2) Domestic cricket. With the classical BCB administration, it seems a long shot for Bangladesh players to have regular and quality first class seasons or get access to other first class tournaments abroad. However, BCB can at least now change the coaching staff for some sort of immediate improvement. It was presumed that Jargensen isn't the right person up to the task of head coach when BCB promoted him from bowling coach as negotiations with Stuart Law or Richard Pybass failed. Now it is evident and Jargensen must be replaced with a competent coach. The time is ripe and also there is an opportunity to bring Dav Whatmore back in Bangladesh.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    "The Bangladesh Cricket Board, who originally said they would act as guarantors in the event of non-payment issues in the BPL, are now claiming it is not their responsibility to pay the fees incurred by franchises. Sri Lanka Cricket have made representations to the BCB on Dilshan's behalf, but to no avail." Typical BD political tactic applied by BCB but apparently it doesn't work on world community as it works on poor Bangladeshi people. Not a single international player will come to play in BD now. The last time BCB adopted such self-contradiction, BPL lost the supply of Pakistani players - (http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/story/600649.html) The real irony though is apparently BCB is really 'clueless' of BD players' consistent nonperformance and is very content with its job confined to recasting Bangladesh team now and again on mixed ground of subjective prejudice, media hype and fans' speculations (as they can't provide enough cricket for us to be objective)...

  • Srabonkothaboli on March 26, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    If you decide only with past result then I think Bd is very good OdI team because in last two years they won most of their ODI match.They were the runner up of 2013 asia cup.Before loosing to srilanka they did not lose a single series in home.Whitwash newzeland 2 times.Drawn a odi series in srilanka.All of those result was upset?!! I know they are playing very bad now Because Nasir and Tamim are out of form also squad silection and captency is not good enough.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    We badly need a new coach and a new captain. Mushfique is plainly pathetic as a captain. Just too many basic errors in his decisions. His methods and defensive mind set are simply not working!

  • StraightDRIVvE on March 26, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Martin Crowe said that Bangladesh has talent but they lack a proper coach. He clearly states a Bangladesh does not need a coach who played only first class they need someone who played lot matches for their country.

    Could we have a Bangladeshi Coach and foreign for other departments. Maybe that could work some magic.

    My XI

    Amamul Zia Shamsur Shakib mominal Mushi Sabbir Riad Hossain Mash Sunny

  • Allen_JakeSully on March 26, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Best of luck Bangladesh for upcoming matches..

  • keptalittlelow on March 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Bangladesh has a problem that the captaincy of Mushfiqur has been very poor, he blames everyone except himself, also too much reliance on Shakib Al Hasan.

  • on March 26, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to play hard and thy need self beliv too

  • mrgupta on March 26, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @Srabonkothabol: The problem is this only, you are looking at the best result that BD has managed and that too restricted to only 6 Test matches. Reality is, out of total 83 tests BD has Won only 4 and lost 68 which is the worst performance by any team ever in Cricket in their first 83 Test matches. You have mentioned they have Won 1 and lost 2 in last 6 tests, they have actually Won 1 and lost 9 in their last 15 Tests. I feel for the passionate Bangladesh Fans who try their best to keep their spirit up but their team is letting them down.

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    1. "The current crop of .... whether the chief selector should be that person is not clear". 2. "If Faruque has held the players accountable, there are doubts .... in his second stint as selector, in a manner that has apparently shaken the team's morale". These two arguments goes straight to the heart of the whole thing and points to chief selector Farukue who obviously has created a huge mess and blunder, introduced highly stressful elements into the player's morale. A PEACEFUL-FREE-EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENT is what the players need and it is absolutely crucial that they get it to be able perform at their peak potential. Who has the power and ability to set that up. It is a must-have. We can learn a thing or two from the Australian set up (being tried and & tested) and we can inject some positives taken from them into our current structure. Putting way to much pressure and blame on players is not going to do it for us. Political juggernaut needs to go away for good in Bangla Cricket.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 28, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Russel Crow rightly pointed out the two weak spot in Bangladesh Cricket- (1) Coaching staff (2) Domestic cricket. With the classical BCB administration, it seems a long shot for Bangladesh players to have regular and quality first class seasons or get access to other first class tournaments abroad. However, BCB can at least now change the coaching staff for some sort of immediate improvement. It was presumed that Jargensen isn't the right person up to the task of head coach when BCB promoted him from bowling coach as negotiations with Stuart Law or Richard Pybass failed. Now it is evident and Jargensen must be replaced with a competent coach. The time is ripe and also there is an opportunity to bring Dav Whatmore back in Bangladesh.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    "The Bangladesh Cricket Board, who originally said they would act as guarantors in the event of non-payment issues in the BPL, are now claiming it is not their responsibility to pay the fees incurred by franchises. Sri Lanka Cricket have made representations to the BCB on Dilshan's behalf, but to no avail." Typical BD political tactic applied by BCB but apparently it doesn't work on world community as it works on poor Bangladeshi people. Not a single international player will come to play in BD now. The last time BCB adopted such self-contradiction, BPL lost the supply of Pakistani players - (http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/story/600649.html) The real irony though is apparently BCB is really 'clueless' of BD players' consistent nonperformance and is very content with its job confined to recasting Bangladesh team now and again on mixed ground of subjective prejudice, media hype and fans' speculations (as they can't provide enough cricket for us to be objective)...

  • Srabonkothaboli on March 26, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    If you decide only with past result then I think Bd is very good OdI team because in last two years they won most of their ODI match.They were the runner up of 2013 asia cup.Before loosing to srilanka they did not lose a single series in home.Whitwash newzeland 2 times.Drawn a odi series in srilanka.All of those result was upset?!! I know they are playing very bad now Because Nasir and Tamim are out of form also squad silection and captency is not good enough.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    We badly need a new coach and a new captain. Mushfique is plainly pathetic as a captain. Just too many basic errors in his decisions. His methods and defensive mind set are simply not working!

  • StraightDRIVvE on March 26, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Martin Crowe said that Bangladesh has talent but they lack a proper coach. He clearly states a Bangladesh does not need a coach who played only first class they need someone who played lot matches for their country.

    Could we have a Bangladeshi Coach and foreign for other departments. Maybe that could work some magic.

    My XI

    Amamul Zia Shamsur Shakib mominal Mushi Sabbir Riad Hossain Mash Sunny

  • Allen_JakeSully on March 26, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Best of luck Bangladesh for upcoming matches..

  • keptalittlelow on March 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Bangladesh has a problem that the captaincy of Mushfiqur has been very poor, he blames everyone except himself, also too much reliance on Shakib Al Hasan.

  • on March 26, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to play hard and thy need self beliv too

  • mrgupta on March 26, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @Srabonkothabol: The problem is this only, you are looking at the best result that BD has managed and that too restricted to only 6 Test matches. Reality is, out of total 83 tests BD has Won only 4 and lost 68 which is the worst performance by any team ever in Cricket in their first 83 Test matches. You have mentioned they have Won 1 and lost 2 in last 6 tests, they have actually Won 1 and lost 9 in their last 15 Tests. I feel for the passionate Bangladesh Fans who try their best to keep their spirit up but their team is letting them down.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    It is sad to see Bangladesh struggling from the time they were granted test status. If you compare them with Sri Lanka who were granted test status in 1982, won the world cup in 1996.Ever sin winning the world cup, Sri aka has become a force t be reckoned with especially in Limited overs cricket, Even prior to 1996 Sri Lanka was a good one day side, All cricket overs world over has been waiting for Bangladesh Cricket to come of age But they have failed so far. Only time they looked a side which could compete at International level was in 2007 world cup when they notched up wins against India and Pakistan. I feel that Bangladesh should replace their captain and the coach. May be they should bring back Sakib al Hassan as Captain. Non performing players should be dropped bring in new comers and experiment. What now happens is that after a demoralizing loss they bench 4 or 5 players and after the next loss those who were dropped earlier are brought back. This cycle should be stopped.

  • Dielo on March 26, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    On one hand, these guys always give the "Please don't call us minnows" speech but then encourage more such talk with such soul-crushing performances like yesterday. Cmon Bangladesh, pull up your socks .... do it for your passionate fans if nothing else.

  • shanks1967 on March 26, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Stats give you a perspective. Bangladesh has been playing ODIs for almost 30 years now. Out of 283 matches, they have lost 200, won 83 and out of these 83, only about 20 odd are against top test playing nations. Rest are all against associates or Zimbabwe(31 wins). I think in spite of money, fan following etc, the board and the grass root structure for the game are pretty poor or non existent. I dont see any other reason for such sustained failure. Where as Sri Lanka won their World Cup as early as 1996 and are continuously and consistently performing in all formats. I think as a nation the people should ask some serious questions on people who run the sport.

  • on March 26, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Mushfiq must resign as the captain of Bangladesh cricket team. Because of his poor captaincy we lost at least 4 ODIs and the match against Hong Kong in 2014. He fails to take right decision at the right time, too defensive and doesn't use resources well enough. He should play just as a batsman, not even a wicket keeper. Anamul is much better than Mushfiq. Shakib should be the captain for Test and ODIs and Mashrafe in T20s. Otherwise, supporters will lose patience and interest if they continue to play like this.

  • Srabonkothaboli on March 26, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    I don't understand what's the problem in Test.IN last 6 test BD Won1 ,Lost 2 and Drawn 3.Is it really bad result?I don't think so.

  • neverwrong on March 26, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Full of excuses. The way MR is giving excuses it can never be player's fault. He is using the media to go after Faruque when he should be working with the coach and motivating the team to improve performance....BD Team has ample talent. If MR can't do that he should get into politics where I think he will do well. All analysis can be done after the tournament. Also I can't see any pressure in their loss to Nepal and see no pressure playing their first match against WI. The pressure of loosing your place in the side is always there in any professional sport and every sportsman has to overcome this.

  • SamWintson92 on March 26, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    The captaincy of Mushfiqur has been poor. I'll rather give the captaincy to the best player of Ban, Shakib Al Hasan.

  • on March 26, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    1- Bangladesh Fans must realize that after Netherland, they are the weakest team in the tournament.

    2- It has been over 15 years I have been hearing that BD is the new team with potential. Come on BD players it's over 15 years. And no! you can't compare them with the early days of NZ, SL and Zimbabwe. They all didn't have a strong domestic structure, a huge crazy Fan base and the amount of money on offer to make cricket as a career.

    3- Bangladesh must realize what are their weak and strong points.

    4- Captaincy - I admired this guy since he took over but real test of captaincy comes in the bad days. Will he ever come short of an excuse after losing a match? He has to keep things simple. Out-of-form playing for so long should be out of the team and bench warmers should be included. Same goes for out-of-discipline players. Haven't we seen the West Indies amazing example with Mr. Gibson in the past?

  • niazbhi on March 26, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    BD batting was poor. Musfiq did not handle the bowlers well. Al Amin bowled well in the first over. He should have gotten at least another in the beginning. Sakib and Zia should have come earlier. Its ok to try Gazi against Gayle.. if it did not work bring Sakib or Zia for over or two. Sakib only bowled 3 overs because Musfiq did not bring him earlier. BD pacers did bowl well. Woth better handling of bowlers Bangladesh could limit WI with 150 or 160.. which would not matter.

  • on March 26, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    this guy is talking nonsense. he is talking about others confinldence while he is also lack of it. he did not captained well his team in last few tournements. feel sorry for such loyal banga fans.

  • on March 26, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    main problem is the captaincy.mushfik is still persisting with his age old theory about bowling right hand to left hand batsman and left arm to right hand batsman.how gross this idea can be has been reflected in the match.he just waited for gayle to be out.shakib is a world class bowler.he should be good enough to take a wicket of lefty.and also shakib could have taken out smith who actually made the difference. pathetic captaincy.and for what reason ziaur is in the team.if u dont give him to bowl and use him as a no. 7 batsman then thats of no use.why mushfik?why do u have so much hatred towards zia?and not to forget so much love about mahmadullah.this guy was getting punished ball after ball but still he was given to bowl. but hey hes an offspinner and a lefty was batting then(equation solved)

  • on March 26, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Revoke their Test status for the good of the game.

  • checkOnCricket on March 26, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @Nasimul Ghani: Please do consider that everyone likes to see good cricket. Its not that Indian Fans are trying to find fault with BD or something like that. Its the Denial that freaks everyone. BD at present is performing badly. Every cricketing nation has gone through such a phase. Its how they come out of it and start proving to their fans and cricketing world what they are capable of.

    BD fans has to accept that current BD team is not playing a proper international cricket and their captain is not fit perform that role. And the Team is showing too much over confidence in the field with no performance. Denial of all these would certainly be of no use.

    Stop blaming other country followers and start analysing what is the problem with the team.

  • Baundele on March 26, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Mushfiq is the main reason why Bangladesh lost the match quite miserably. Both the pacers bowled excellently at the start. But he then brought occasional slow bowlers in stead of the third pacer. When your main bowlers are doing well, never bring in a non-bowler in the attack. He has always been a below par keeper. Although Bijoy is a better keeper, Mushfiq still continued keeping to cost too many byes. The catching has been terrible. The total effect is West Indies scored about 40/50 runs more than par. Nothing to say about Bangladeshi batting. It has been consistently horrible.

  • RibhavBansal on March 26, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    At the start of the year, Rahim said "We can beat any team at home". After 12 consecutive losses which included a loss at the hands of Afghanistan, then Shakib said do not keep high expectations clearly highlighting the negative mindset, they had a mixed result in the qualifying stage for the World T20 when they looked good against Afghanistan and Nepal but lost to Hong Kong, then Rahim said, "we are here to give teams a hard time", only you seem to be giving yourself a hard time, now Rahim gives the lamest excuse possible, players are afraid of losing their spot, in an international team, be it any sport, no one can take their place for granted, according to the fans and Rahim, it is always lights, dew, every lame excuse possible but never the truth, that they are not a quality team, they are a club side at the best, even the fans come there to come on TV, as soon as they see themselves on TV, they have such huge grins on their face as if they have climbed Mount Everest!!!

  • on March 26, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    It is not a matter if over confidence it is a matter of bad luck and bad form . People of mr Gupta like should know how ridiculously delirious and blind Indian fans can be when it come to their own teams poor performance . I have seen a very unfortunate attitude of grandiose delusion some of these Indian fans on BD . The more great team you are more humble to the lower rank teams but they mostly the Indian fans and some of its cricketer tries to humiliate BD rather ingloriously . Indians should know it only expresses their shallowness and low mentality.

  • mrgupta on March 26, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    I think the problem is Attitude and Overconfidence. BD players and fans think alike, they think they are doing very good and are a very strong team now. Even when they lost all their matches in the Asia Cup including the one against Afg they were still ready to brush it off immediately like nothing has happened and they will do wonders in the World Cup. I know even the bigger teams like Ind, SL and Pak fans boast too much but they still have a strong history and all have done quite well with occasional blips. The thing that people from other countries hate about BD players is the 'I am the best' attitude without much to show for. I praise BD fans for their passion and am a fan of Shakib.

  • checkOnCricket on March 26, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Bangladeshi cricketers should first stop being over confident and should start playing cricket rather talking too much about it. Take Dhoni for example. He is Mr. Cool and does not talk pre and post match. He tries to show the attitude towards the game and approaches every game with level 0.

    I still feel bangladesh is a very good side and all they lack is the direction and once they are on the right path they have all the talents to play professional cricket.

  • on March 26, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Bangladesh and Rahim are specalists in failure. Thats it. End of story

  • on March 26, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Mushfiqur, I beg to disagree with you. The trouble with your team is that you do not have the inner strength, because over the years all foreign coaches have failed to create that. There are just few simple solutions that need to be applied to get your team on track. Firstly did your team do a team SWOT of Windies, and my guess is that you did not. What were your strategic plans and tactical- strategic plans for the match? Judging from the way the game progressed, my opinion is that you had none. But you team can turn around provided you get the proper guidance, and that I do not mean about how to bowl or bat because your players are talented but your management no the coaches know how to harness that talent for the sake of the country image in Cricket. When you play international teams you got to do lots of classroom work, setting your mind set, identifying the stars and wild cats and nurturing them and looking after the cash cows. Crickets not just about brawn but lots of brain.

  • on March 26, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    There are no excuses to be honest. Bangladesh should first build themselves as an international team and then compete at this level. It will need many years if not decades. Time for ICC to evaluate their test status.

  • on March 26, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    Same old story. Bangladesh have a long way to go. They should understand there is a yawning gap between associate members and regular test sides. Beating AM made them feel like world beaters. Need to pity the fans though who always turn in huge numbers to support the team. And importantly, they should walk the talk and should not be overconfidence at any point of time.

  • on March 26, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    I'm shocked about the result, they didn't even from their previous mistake yet, i want to know what's going wrong? 16 cores heart broken fans what's to know how many disappointment we have to see each time we watch the game

  • rsmehdihasan on March 25, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    First you should talk less and while talk use your head and gesture and positive mindset what you did before. Chief selector Farukh must go as he lost the confidence from national crop of players. Akram Khan somehow must re install this very important position beside his role as a board director. Only T20 captaincy should go to other player. Most suitable t20 captain is Shakib as per his performance. Strong code of conduct and discipline must follow inside and outside of the team while talking with press or out of game.

  • on March 25, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    This is the lamest excuse ever. Every player wants to play for the national side and the pressure is always on, for both those on the team already and those aspiring to be there. Pressure is part of the whole experience. To say, its the pressure of losing one's place in the side, that's causing players to under-perform, then what are we to do? If u can't handle pressure, then you don't belong at the elite level. Guys who are wiliting under pressure should be shunned in favour of new faces. Mushy is always making excuses for his favourites who never fail to fail. When was Tamim or Mahmudullah in the runs? Why aren't players like Shamsur or Imrul, who have been scoring lately, not in the team? The selectors are not fair in their selection of players. There is too much favouritism which is affecting the team's performance.

  • indianzen on March 25, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    Where are the fans who called themselves Tigers ? forget about Tigers, indeed not even Cats... More and more international experience makes you play well but unfortunately Bangladesh is busy and interested too much in copying IPL and making illegal money...

  • Cyber_Baba on March 25, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Mushfiq should read the article written by Anil Kumble about Bangladesh cricket. It is an excellent article and covers all aspects of over-hyped Bangladeshi cricketers and fans.

  • on March 25, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    This rahim guy is a bundle of contradictions.when they win a match he goes on about how unbeatable his team is in home conditions and they lose then this above. Actually the first qualified said it all.when this Moniul guy hit a six to win the match against the associate nation. His reaction. pumped his first. waved the bat around.a crlebration normally reserved by players for the most important match or some finals.and here was a bangladeshi acting like they won the world cup. The attitude tthat was required, was that he simply put his head down after the 6 and went to shake hands knowing there still was a long way to go.

  • Abaa on March 25, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Ever since Sakib's immensely arrogant unsportsmanlike display against Nepal, Bangladesh have been embarrassed and battered ... They are being showed their true place and oh how brutally! A win against Afghanistan and Nepal was enough for these ordinary Bangladesh players and their overconfident disrespectful fans to once again show their brash annoying characteristics. Love Sakib's golden duck. Hitting a six against an associate team after the game is won is no big deal. Getting all out for under 100 chasing 170+ in your own backyard against one of the weaker teams amongst the top 8 now that shows where you truly stand in the world rankings!

  • on March 25, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Mushfiq please stand down, you are the worst captain cricket has ever seen, also encourage your brother in law Mahmudullah to retire! Since the Sri Lanka series till today Bangladesh gifted so many wins to the opponents cuz of your mediocre game plan, moreover you don't know how to utilize your bowlers. Please do the entire nation a favor and drop down. Thanks

  • Dhutugemunu on March 25, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Sure. Maintaining a place in BD team is not easy for almost all BD players. Most of them doesn't perform consistently (only exception is current #3 all rounder in Tests and ODIs #4 in T20Is Shakib Al Hasan). So selectors are forced to do changes to the team. If you look at the BD international cricket history, BD team players are keep changing. Unknown names appear in every tournament. On the other hand BD fans keep commenting here on Cricinfo to drop players and to add unheard players each time. :)

  • on March 25, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    "There was widespread praise of Faruque's handling of the Bangladesh team during his first stint between 2003 and 2007", not really. Many decisions taken in that era were widely criticised.

  • asiacricket1234 on March 25, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Why not? Who is stopping you? After the T20 against SL you said we are failing to finish it but we are learning from our mistake & it wont happen. But you lose the 1st ODI in same way. Then it went worse. At least on those matches you fought well but nowadays you are not even able to give a fight. Thats not all. You lost 2matches to associates. You didn't learn anything from the mistakes and also the performance graph has went down. Your captaincy wasn't bad its been PATHETIC. Why Shakib didn't finish his spell? Why Zia came to bowl at 18 over? What is Riyad doing in team? None of these make sense. You look clueless out there. Players seems to have no wish to be out there. Whats wrong with all of you?

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 25, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    I knew the cat would come out of the bag at some point. It shouldn't surprise any of us fans who dwells in Bangladesh. Coincidentally I came across an interview of Dav Whatmore today (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/730465.html?genre=9;) where he shared his experience being a head coach in 'Dicey Cultural Environments'. I can just feel that current "elected" BCB management well exceeded previous ad-hoc boards to create massacre in BD cricket. Especially when ex-cricketers engage in cheap politics and toy with the team from within the 'management' is very very disappointing. I especially can't forget how Siddons-Shakib's Bangladesh team was put off from the path of progress.

  • BanglaTigerss on March 25, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I agree with Mushfiqur. Players should not play to keep their spot. They should play to win the tournament. Faruque ahem should be dropped. We need better selector. Our captain is very smart but there is little he can do when he doesn't have the right squad. He should be consulted when selecting players, specially for such a big tournament. Because, if the team fails everyone will blame the captain

  • Joamiq on March 25, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    For low confidence in batting and bowling to carry over into the field speaks to the mental weakness of these Bangladeshi players. Fielding is a matter of being focused on every ball, being aware of everything that can happen at that moment. You must block out anything unrelated to the ball being delivered. If you cannot do that, you do not have the mental strength to succeed in international cricket. And let's be honest: Mushfiq is just making excuses. This team's fielding is always poor, regardless of their batting or bowling form. They're thinking less about their form and more about their post-match bhath.

  • KingTarik on March 25, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Once again just more EXCUSES from Mushfiqur for continuously losing one game after another.Bangladesh just should play in the associate level because that's how they are playing in 2014. As a passionate Bangladeshi fan, it's so disheartening to see my team losing so poorly and playing so immaturely one match after other. Not even putting up a fight in any match. They never seem to learn from their mistakes and keep repeating them. The Bangladesh players have attitude problems and they are so arrogant and keep running their arrogant mouth.The team management needs a coach and a team manager who can straighten these players out and make them accountable. Mushfiq shouldn't complain about out of form players playing under pressure . This is Intl cricket , Every player in every team are under pressure when they are out of form. That doesn't mean out of form players should be countless chances. If this was any other test team, all these BD players would be kicked out except Shakib.

  • on March 25, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    This comes from a fan from India - World cricket needs a strong Bangladesh. I don't believe they are a team capable of losing the way they did today. They were very competitive in the Asia cup in spite of loosing all the matches. I am sure this is a bad patch and will pass.

  • IAS2009 on March 25, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    this is a new excuse, poor Mushfiq just ran out of excuses, how come whole team is stressed out, poor fielding don't even have excuse. fielding is not even first class level. expectation is win from every team in every country, what is the point of sports if expectation is to loose.

  • on March 25, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    I don't know if this guy understands what he speaks! I remember he just blasted his teammates after the loss to Afghanistan and recommended a few of them to be dropped and now, he says that they should play with a free mind! And I want to know this - when did 6-7 players perform at the same time for Bangla? As far as I know, there are only 2 international quality players in their side - Tamim and Shakib; Mortaza, Mushfiq and Razzak are decent performers on their day.... All the other youngsters like Sohag Gazi, Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain etc. have shown potential but have never bossed over games like youngsters in other teams.... The first step at redemption for them is to stop acting like they make a World XI team and accept that they are still unfinished international material... Next step is to back the players with some inspirational captaincy which isn't possible under Mushfiq; finally please respect your opponents! That will take away the pressure!

  • TigerRoars on March 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    I am not really sure what he was trying to say. Is it to offer excuse for the poor performance? We were told that he will start making better decisions once he goes back behind the stamps. Well, why did he persist with Gazi? Why did he not bring Shakib earlier? It looks like he planned to bring Shakib on after Gayle fell, but Gayle did not fall early. Good captains change plan when the game changes. And, they don't throw young players under the bus. That's all I will say about the captain for whom I had a lot of hope when he was made captain.

  • BigINDFan on March 25, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Stop giving excuses and start performing. Go to the nets and practice bowling and batting. Do fielding drills and show up during matches with a can win attitude. BD is better off sacking the current crop of players and fielding a young A team who can do a better job than score 98. Netherlands and now BD are spoiling it for other Associates. AFG, Nepal or IRE would have fared better in this tournament than these two teams.

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  • BigINDFan on March 25, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Stop giving excuses and start performing. Go to the nets and practice bowling and batting. Do fielding drills and show up during matches with a can win attitude. BD is better off sacking the current crop of players and fielding a young A team who can do a better job than score 98. Netherlands and now BD are spoiling it for other Associates. AFG, Nepal or IRE would have fared better in this tournament than these two teams.

  • TigerRoars on March 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    I am not really sure what he was trying to say. Is it to offer excuse for the poor performance? We were told that he will start making better decisions once he goes back behind the stamps. Well, why did he persist with Gazi? Why did he not bring Shakib earlier? It looks like he planned to bring Shakib on after Gayle fell, but Gayle did not fall early. Good captains change plan when the game changes. And, they don't throw young players under the bus. That's all I will say about the captain for whom I had a lot of hope when he was made captain.

  • on March 25, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    I don't know if this guy understands what he speaks! I remember he just blasted his teammates after the loss to Afghanistan and recommended a few of them to be dropped and now, he says that they should play with a free mind! And I want to know this - when did 6-7 players perform at the same time for Bangla? As far as I know, there are only 2 international quality players in their side - Tamim and Shakib; Mortaza, Mushfiq and Razzak are decent performers on their day.... All the other youngsters like Sohag Gazi, Imrul Kayes, Nasir Hossain etc. have shown potential but have never bossed over games like youngsters in other teams.... The first step at redemption for them is to stop acting like they make a World XI team and accept that they are still unfinished international material... Next step is to back the players with some inspirational captaincy which isn't possible under Mushfiq; finally please respect your opponents! That will take away the pressure!

  • IAS2009 on March 25, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    this is a new excuse, poor Mushfiq just ran out of excuses, how come whole team is stressed out, poor fielding don't even have excuse. fielding is not even first class level. expectation is win from every team in every country, what is the point of sports if expectation is to loose.

  • on March 25, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    This comes from a fan from India - World cricket needs a strong Bangladesh. I don't believe they are a team capable of losing the way they did today. They were very competitive in the Asia cup in spite of loosing all the matches. I am sure this is a bad patch and will pass.

  • KingTarik on March 25, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Once again just more EXCUSES from Mushfiqur for continuously losing one game after another.Bangladesh just should play in the associate level because that's how they are playing in 2014. As a passionate Bangladeshi fan, it's so disheartening to see my team losing so poorly and playing so immaturely one match after other. Not even putting up a fight in any match. They never seem to learn from their mistakes and keep repeating them. The Bangladesh players have attitude problems and they are so arrogant and keep running their arrogant mouth.The team management needs a coach and a team manager who can straighten these players out and make them accountable. Mushfiq shouldn't complain about out of form players playing under pressure . This is Intl cricket , Every player in every team are under pressure when they are out of form. That doesn't mean out of form players should be countless chances. If this was any other test team, all these BD players would be kicked out except Shakib.

  • Joamiq on March 25, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    For low confidence in batting and bowling to carry over into the field speaks to the mental weakness of these Bangladeshi players. Fielding is a matter of being focused on every ball, being aware of everything that can happen at that moment. You must block out anything unrelated to the ball being delivered. If you cannot do that, you do not have the mental strength to succeed in international cricket. And let's be honest: Mushfiq is just making excuses. This team's fielding is always poor, regardless of their batting or bowling form. They're thinking less about their form and more about their post-match bhath.

  • BanglaTigerss on March 25, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I agree with Mushfiqur. Players should not play to keep their spot. They should play to win the tournament. Faruque ahem should be dropped. We need better selector. Our captain is very smart but there is little he can do when he doesn't have the right squad. He should be consulted when selecting players, specially for such a big tournament. Because, if the team fails everyone will blame the captain

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 25, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    I knew the cat would come out of the bag at some point. It shouldn't surprise any of us fans who dwells in Bangladesh. Coincidentally I came across an interview of Dav Whatmore today (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/730465.html?genre=9;) where he shared his experience being a head coach in 'Dicey Cultural Environments'. I can just feel that current "elected" BCB management well exceeded previous ad-hoc boards to create massacre in BD cricket. Especially when ex-cricketers engage in cheap politics and toy with the team from within the 'management' is very very disappointing. I especially can't forget how Siddons-Shakib's Bangladesh team was put off from the path of progress.

  • asiacricket1234 on March 25, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Why not? Who is stopping you? After the T20 against SL you said we are failing to finish it but we are learning from our mistake & it wont happen. But you lose the 1st ODI in same way. Then it went worse. At least on those matches you fought well but nowadays you are not even able to give a fight. Thats not all. You lost 2matches to associates. You didn't learn anything from the mistakes and also the performance graph has went down. Your captaincy wasn't bad its been PATHETIC. Why Shakib didn't finish his spell? Why Zia came to bowl at 18 over? What is Riyad doing in team? None of these make sense. You look clueless out there. Players seems to have no wish to be out there. Whats wrong with all of you?