Bangladesh v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

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

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

March 25, 2014

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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."


Ziaur Rahman is not able to hold on to a tough chance, Bangladesh v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 25, 2014
Mushfiqur Rahim says Bangladesh's poor fielding has come about due to a lack of confidence © Getty Images
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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."

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Posted by   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.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed 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.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed 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)...

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by 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

Posted by Allen_JakeSully on (March 26, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Best of luck Bangladesh for upcoming matches..

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Bangladesh needs to play hard and thy need self beliv too

Posted by 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.

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