World T20 2014 news March 26, 2014

Bangladesh rattled by misfiring players

With their players struggling to make a sustained impact, the management is struggling to nail down the best combination and have been guilty of making several strange calls during this World T20
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Bangladesh made four changes heading into their opening Super 10 tie with West Indies and none of them clicked, and the painful defeat to West Indies underlined confusion among the management as to what their best XI is.

The biggest casualty on Tuesday was Nasir Hossain, who has played across formats continuously since making his debut in August 2011. The stretch is both a tribute to his ability and fitness, but he hasn't scored an international fifty since last May. The drop in form came into sharp relief when the specialist finisher struggled during run chases in the recent limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

On the surface, it looks the right call. Nasir probably needs a break from cricket, as was reflected in the amount of catches he has dropped this year, especially considering he is one of their best fielders. But if flagging performance was the reason for his ouster, then Mahmudullah's retention is puzzling, even to casual fans of Bangladesh. He averages just four in T20s and 11 overall in 2014.

He was picked as an offspinner, when Bangladesh had already recalled the specialist Sohag Gazi. If Bangladesh wanted to get the better of the opposition's left-handers, West Indies only had three. Two of whom were No.9 Sunil Narine and No.11 Krishmar Santokie.

Mahmudullah did prove useful enough to break the 97-run opening stand by picking up Dwayne Smith. But, he also dropped Darren Sammy twice off consecutive deliveries in the 19th over and was caught behind for one. His batting has been a distinct point of sourness this year, making 12 in three innings. His position at No. 7 means he wouldn't normally have time to build an innings, but in period under scrutiny he had 12.3, 8.2 and 9.5 overs remaining to make an impact.

Having been criticised for defending some of his selections, captain Mushfiqur Rahim finally said that Mahmudullah's time may be up.

"He hasn't played up to the mark," Mushfiqur said. "We have tried a new combination today [Tuesday], but we still thought that we can bank on his bowling if not batting. For our next selection, we will keep his performance in mind and if available, we will use a better option in the next game."

But there were two good calls taken too: favouring Ziaur Rahman as the seaming allrounder over Farhad Reza, who had a meltdown against Hong Kong.

Ziaur should have been in original World T20 squad announced in February considering Farhad's troubles at the international level. But at the time, Farhad, had taken 29 wickets in the earlier season's Dhaka Premier League and averaged 39.71 with the bat. Ziaur had been groomed as a T20 specialist since before the 2012 World T20, but he had taken less wickets in the DPL while also averaging slightly less with the bat than Farhad in first-class cricket.

Mushfiqur can be castigated for picking Mahmudullah ahead of Nasir and for underusing Ziaur, but he would be more concerned with Gazi's ineffectiveness. The offspinner's last substantial contribution was a thee-wicket haul in the series-clinching second ODI against New Zealand in late October. Since then, he has averaged of 81.11 in all formats, the second-worst for Bangladesh in the period, with only nine wickets.

The handling of Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque cap the confusion that is dominating Bangladesh's team management and selection committee. Shamsur's BPL success brought him to the international T20 team nearly 12 months ago. He climbed into the ODI and Test team thereafter, and a few low scores in the Asia Cup lost his place to Anamul Haque, with Tamim Iqbal returning from injury.

Mominul was picked for the West Indies game, a batsman who was benched for the T20s against Sri Lanka last month and all of the warm-up and first round matches of the World T20. Suddenly, he was pushed up at No. 3, a role which seems to be slightly out of his grasp in the shortest format, despite being quite competent in Tests and ODIs.

More than changes to personnel, Mushfiqur and coach Shane Jurgensen have to finalise a batting order that reflects belief and positivity, and bring shape to the bowling attack. To the captain's credit, he has backed himself publicly despite the follies. The hope is that he gets it right next time, then the defending wouldn't be necessary.

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

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  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | March 29, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    ...Moreover, if a team is established through the capabilities to execute plans in the field, proven from previous performances, and somehow now making and repeating basic mistakes then any sane management would try to rectify those mistakes through objective analysis of those mistakes and problem-oriented coaching. BD team now has a non-existent coach that the BCB has appointed. Of coarse, time would call for replacements but that too has standard protocols, which in case of Bangladesh, none can't find - even with the wildest of imagination. (Can anyone explain why Forhad/ Riyad is in the team?) Again, It is more unlikely that you just chop and change the team and they start producing consistent results. Without right captain, right coach and right system to harness new players (domestic tournaments) (that BCB itself is supposed to ensure), BCB is looking to hold its office as an ICC full member board only by pressurizing the players...

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | March 29, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Re: Daniel Ahmed: First of all, I never exaggerated our players' abilities nor I tried to defend any of their numerous faults in the field. In fact, before India match, Anamul's interview really disappointed me. I hoped, as they were up against the wall, this time tigers were going to play in clear mind but yet again their thoughts seemed to be too clouded with loses against Honk Konk and WI, also too preoccupied with what they will have to do. But if you've seen the body language of Mashrafe, apart from everyone else, who is the most positive and enthusiastic sportsman in the team, you must see the team's morale is totally broken. Players are under immense pressure from within the management. The BCB chief himself has commented on few players by name like a common fan and promised recasting of the whole team in the middle of a tournament. The chief selector, no doubt, in his previous tenure with Dav Whatmore, built the very nidus of present BD team but being too ambitious this time...

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    @ Nasim_Ahmed, how BCB and chief selector has got anything to do with such horrid on-field performances. The captain had issues with couple of players and I don't understand why he made such a big fuss about it. Instead of bitching, Mushfiq should come out strong and play hard cricket. Beside why Mushfiq persists with Mahmadulla; I think Mahmudallah is a club level cricketer and shouldn't be in the team in the first place. Its about time we should accept that BD cricketers are mentally weak.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3. Mominul 4.Shamsur 5.Mushfiq 6. Sakhib 7.Nasir 8. Naeem 9. Shohag 10. Mortaza 11. Al-Amin , better depth in batting and a much safer bet for BD.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | March 28, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Yesterdays match between England and SriLanka is a perfect example how some negative and unfair outside decision subjecting an enthusiastic team can affect the players psyche immediately. England took a brilliant catch of Mahela, surprisingly denied by the TV umpire. Afterwards England dropped a number of sitters, their strong suit of bowling couldn't show off either. After a successful 2013, Bangladesh team seems completely shattered right from the beginning of 2014- thanks to the exploits of BCB and Chief selector. The combination of XI seems not to matter much now as we can understand from the Tigers' body language. One doth the scath and another hath the scorn. My only message to the Tigers is just play cricket and think cricket, forget about everything else (and please captain, be a little more positive while fielding). We are with you.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    1.Tamim2.Enamul 3.Sakib 4.Shamsur 5.Mushfique 6.Ziaur 7.Nasir 8.Gazi 9.Mashrafi 10.Al-Amin 11.Sabbir

    Bouler:Mashrafi,Al-Amin,Gazi,Sakib,Ziaur Part Timer:Sabbir,Nasir Batman:Tamim,Enamul,Mushfique,Shamsur ALL-Rounder:Ziaur,Nasir,Sakib,Sabbir,Gazi

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | March 28, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Here is another on of them irrational Bangladeshi fans BDTigerz4ever_786! Statements like yours is the reason that fans from countries like Ind, Pak and SL can't stand most of you is because you lot are immensely delusional and extremely disrespectful! It is one thing to be confident. It is another to be brash and arrogant! If your team wins it is a completely different matter. Ind has won heaps when it matters. Pak has won everywhere against everyonel. And SL? Well they make every competition final which they cannot do without being consistent which is not possible without winning. So when their fans boast they have actually got some back up. Past records. Consistent, contemporary performances. Statistics. Consistent game changers and proven match winners like a Dhoni or a Sangakkaara or an Afridi. But when Bangladesh fans do it that too while losing to Afghanistan in an ODI and Hong Kong in a T20 and specially not having won a game against a top 8 in 2014 its just plain ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY CricTimer on | March 28, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Replacements are big concern for BD team. T20 bowling verse is keep the ball low and slow. BD bowlers doesn't seems to understand and deliberately get punished by delivering short pitch balls. Among all the seam bowlers only Alamin could make the impression from last 2 matches. Mashrafee and Spin bowler Shohag gazi yet to learn where to pitch their balls to keep it low. Talking about batting Anamul is a performer. Tamim I am sorry but you better not come down the wicket for big short every time. Shakib you bat like no 11th batsman of Australian team with no understanding about the team situation. Mominul you are not for t20 sorry. Sabbir learn how to play over log on-off. Mushi i love your batting. Mahmudullah you are same as Momin. Ziaur, to be in the team you cannot make any mistake and learn how to play shots towards off side too. Rubel if I was coach, I would make you a Malinga cause you have that ability. Nasir enough of styling, play some proper cricket...

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | March 28, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    I think Bangladesh needs Stuart Law as coach again because he brought us into the final in Asia Cup and that was the time when Bangladesh were considered one of the most dangerous teams in cricket.

  • POSTED BY chessking on | March 27, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    To continue my comment, there needs to be accountability from the players, selectors, coaches, and management for their performances. A poor country like Bangladesh can not afford to spend untold amount of money and resources after a game with nothing to show for it. The international quality stadium, grounds they all take tremendous amount of money that the country simply does not have. Players and everyone involved needs to be told about drastic steps will be taken if no consistent improvement. It is not acceptable to win a match or two after losing 20 in a row. No performance, no international cricket "PERIOD"!!! End of story. After all, it is only a game and people's lives are at stake day in and day out in a poor country like ours. The recourses can be better utilized to develop infrastructure than the stadiums and grounds. No more international cricket and give other associate TMs (Afghanistan, Nepal, Netherlands) a chance. Everyone involved in BD cricket needs to wake up!!

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | March 29, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    ...Moreover, if a team is established through the capabilities to execute plans in the field, proven from previous performances, and somehow now making and repeating basic mistakes then any sane management would try to rectify those mistakes through objective analysis of those mistakes and problem-oriented coaching. BD team now has a non-existent coach that the BCB has appointed. Of coarse, time would call for replacements but that too has standard protocols, which in case of Bangladesh, none can't find - even with the wildest of imagination. (Can anyone explain why Forhad/ Riyad is in the team?) Again, It is more unlikely that you just chop and change the team and they start producing consistent results. Without right captain, right coach and right system to harness new players (domestic tournaments) (that BCB itself is supposed to ensure), BCB is looking to hold its office as an ICC full member board only by pressurizing the players...

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | March 29, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Re: Daniel Ahmed: First of all, I never exaggerated our players' abilities nor I tried to defend any of their numerous faults in the field. In fact, before India match, Anamul's interview really disappointed me. I hoped, as they were up against the wall, this time tigers were going to play in clear mind but yet again their thoughts seemed to be too clouded with loses against Honk Konk and WI, also too preoccupied with what they will have to do. But if you've seen the body language of Mashrafe, apart from everyone else, who is the most positive and enthusiastic sportsman in the team, you must see the team's morale is totally broken. Players are under immense pressure from within the management. The BCB chief himself has commented on few players by name like a common fan and promised recasting of the whole team in the middle of a tournament. The chief selector, no doubt, in his previous tenure with Dav Whatmore, built the very nidus of present BD team but being too ambitious this time...

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    @ Nasim_Ahmed, how BCB and chief selector has got anything to do with such horrid on-field performances. The captain had issues with couple of players and I don't understand why he made such a big fuss about it. Instead of bitching, Mushfiq should come out strong and play hard cricket. Beside why Mushfiq persists with Mahmadulla; I think Mahmudallah is a club level cricketer and shouldn't be in the team in the first place. Its about time we should accept that BD cricketers are mentally weak.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3. Mominul 4.Shamsur 5.Mushfiq 6. Sakhib 7.Nasir 8. Naeem 9. Shohag 10. Mortaza 11. Al-Amin , better depth in batting and a much safer bet for BD.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | March 28, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Yesterdays match between England and SriLanka is a perfect example how some negative and unfair outside decision subjecting an enthusiastic team can affect the players psyche immediately. England took a brilliant catch of Mahela, surprisingly denied by the TV umpire. Afterwards England dropped a number of sitters, their strong suit of bowling couldn't show off either. After a successful 2013, Bangladesh team seems completely shattered right from the beginning of 2014- thanks to the exploits of BCB and Chief selector. The combination of XI seems not to matter much now as we can understand from the Tigers' body language. One doth the scath and another hath the scorn. My only message to the Tigers is just play cricket and think cricket, forget about everything else (and please captain, be a little more positive while fielding). We are with you.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    1.Tamim2.Enamul 3.Sakib 4.Shamsur 5.Mushfique 6.Ziaur 7.Nasir 8.Gazi 9.Mashrafi 10.Al-Amin 11.Sabbir

    Bouler:Mashrafi,Al-Amin,Gazi,Sakib,Ziaur Part Timer:Sabbir,Nasir Batman:Tamim,Enamul,Mushfique,Shamsur ALL-Rounder:Ziaur,Nasir,Sakib,Sabbir,Gazi

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | March 28, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Here is another on of them irrational Bangladeshi fans BDTigerz4ever_786! Statements like yours is the reason that fans from countries like Ind, Pak and SL can't stand most of you is because you lot are immensely delusional and extremely disrespectful! It is one thing to be confident. It is another to be brash and arrogant! If your team wins it is a completely different matter. Ind has won heaps when it matters. Pak has won everywhere against everyonel. And SL? Well they make every competition final which they cannot do without being consistent which is not possible without winning. So when their fans boast they have actually got some back up. Past records. Consistent, contemporary performances. Statistics. Consistent game changers and proven match winners like a Dhoni or a Sangakkaara or an Afridi. But when Bangladesh fans do it that too while losing to Afghanistan in an ODI and Hong Kong in a T20 and specially not having won a game against a top 8 in 2014 its just plain ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY CricTimer on | March 28, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Replacements are big concern for BD team. T20 bowling verse is keep the ball low and slow. BD bowlers doesn't seems to understand and deliberately get punished by delivering short pitch balls. Among all the seam bowlers only Alamin could make the impression from last 2 matches. Mashrafee and Spin bowler Shohag gazi yet to learn where to pitch their balls to keep it low. Talking about batting Anamul is a performer. Tamim I am sorry but you better not come down the wicket for big short every time. Shakib you bat like no 11th batsman of Australian team with no understanding about the team situation. Mominul you are not for t20 sorry. Sabbir learn how to play over log on-off. Mushi i love your batting. Mahmudullah you are same as Momin. Ziaur, to be in the team you cannot make any mistake and learn how to play shots towards off side too. Rubel if I was coach, I would make you a Malinga cause you have that ability. Nasir enough of styling, play some proper cricket...

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | March 28, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    I think Bangladesh needs Stuart Law as coach again because he brought us into the final in Asia Cup and that was the time when Bangladesh were considered one of the most dangerous teams in cricket.

  • POSTED BY chessking on | March 27, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    To continue my comment, there needs to be accountability from the players, selectors, coaches, and management for their performances. A poor country like Bangladesh can not afford to spend untold amount of money and resources after a game with nothing to show for it. The international quality stadium, grounds they all take tremendous amount of money that the country simply does not have. Players and everyone involved needs to be told about drastic steps will be taken if no consistent improvement. It is not acceptable to win a match or two after losing 20 in a row. No performance, no international cricket "PERIOD"!!! End of story. After all, it is only a game and people's lives are at stake day in and day out in a poor country like ours. The recourses can be better utilized to develop infrastructure than the stadiums and grounds. No more international cricket and give other associate TMs (Afghanistan, Nepal, Netherlands) a chance. Everyone involved in BD cricket needs to wake up!!

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | March 27, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    As a die-hard BD fan I think Nasir and Mahmudullah need to eat more EGGS regularly to boost their hitting power --- alternatively "EGG THERAPY" can be given regularly before and after every match to get the desired result. Go for the TIGERS --- I love you boys.

  • POSTED BY chessking on | March 27, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan I have been very critical of this team with their recent dismal performances both on and off the field. Team selection by the management still being done primarily through player's past performances and not by "what have you done lately" mentality. Players are going into a match with negative "can not win" approach and complaining about the pressure from the fans and TM management. It can easily be fixed!! You perform well and everything falls in place. Bad performance on the field will create criticism and it is the fact of life. Players can not expect to perform this bad game after game and not getting criticized or being pressured for it. And also, they should make a recording of their post game media comments, so it can be just played game after game without anyone physically attending it. Because it is the same old story, performance, and result. It is time now to dissolve this team and divert all the resources to helping the poor and the disadvantaged.

  • POSTED BY BDTigerz4ever_786 on | March 27, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    @GURUNG REALLY????

    what happened when BD bashed ur team by 8 wickets in super 10?? that shows how bad your team is

    And out of 5 t20 match ban vs wi Ban won 2, WI won 3

    last time we won against them in series without our best players by 160 runs also we got them allout in 60 runs in odi

    SO look at the stats before commenting

    1 bad day is not the end.....

  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | March 27, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3. Anamul 4. Shakib 5. Mushfiqur 6. Shabbir 7. Ziaur 8. Mahmudullah 9. Mashrafe 10. Arafat 11. Al-Amin

  • POSTED BY RED-TIGER on | March 27, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Yes we are very passionate! but lets be honest! in forum is one thing and in field is another? have you ever tried being in the middle to know what it takes when your on the deadline? so lets be real!!! we cannot compare our self with others at the moment.. and putting your XI will get nowhere! JUST PRAY! for consistency not a one of WIN..

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    When Bangladesh win a match against one of the 8 nations, whole country bring flowers as if the team has climbed mount Everest in the winter. Beating a stronger team once in a blue moon should not bring flowers or praise in that manner. The appreciation should be subdued and reserved but no flowers. Some of the players in the team show arrogance and lack positive mind set. They are not humble and have no resilience. They break when they are not supposed to break. These BD players need to be on their toes by the management all the time and remind them that they have achieved nothing yet and push them to achieve higher level. Bringing flowers will not take them to that higher level but constantly remind them that they are dispensable and accountable will make them think for their action.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | March 27, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman is good t20 pacer and may be the best/successful for Bd in this format, no way he should be underused like that by mushy. Nasir is totally out of form , no reason to bring him back. My XI against india would be -

    1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Shamsur 4.Sakib 5.Imrul Kayes 6.Mushfique 7. Mithun Ali 8.Ziaur 9. Mahmudullah Riad 10.Masrafe 11. Al Amin

  • POSTED BY Dhali_BD_Fan on | March 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Just watched the ENG vs SL match. Everything was the same as BD vs WI except for the ENG batting. This truly confirms we, the BD team, and not yet up to world standards. Jawardene = D Smith (many chances given), Mushfiq = Broad (bad captaincy), ENG fielders = BD fielders. Dilshan = Gayle, SL batting = WI batting. Difference? ENG batting which won them the game! Amazing things can happen when one beleives and is confident, like the way V Kohli batts!

  • POSTED BY Dhali_BD_Fan on | March 27, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Best 11, despite thier shortcomings - we have a weak team, weak management, weak everything. But if we chose a best 11 and stick by it, train and work on - it just might click in the future... maybe: 1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Shamsur 4.Rahim 5.Sakib 6.Nasir.7.Ziaur 8. mahmudullah 9.Masrafe 10.Razzak 11. Al amin

  • POSTED BY Dhali_BD_Fan on | March 27, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Atten BD Management: Shohag must be dropped! Not only is he out of form in bowling (his main trait), but also batting AND fielding! He dropped catches and misfielded several times. He represents the weakest link in the chain now. Start from there!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    @mindhunter84, your bowling plan is i think is workable given the condition of the pitch. i think it's a good bowling plan. But i like to shed some light on the Batting Plan. What if Tamim does not open at all, Instead Imrul kayes should open as he is a lefty as well with Anamul followed by Shamsur ( if wicket falls within 1st 6 overs),mominul, tamim, shakib, mushfiq, zia, gazi and others! I like to delay Tamim and Shakib's arrival because it will give the openers and number 3 to freedom to bat with cautious aggression knowing that Tamim and Shakib still to arrive followed by mushfiq and this plan might prevent the batting collapse we have been seeing far too often in the recent past. i think Imrul can maintain Tamim's average in the 1st 6 overs as tamim's average is not quite high and musfiq can play Nasir's role as a finisher as Nasir's form is a bit shaky at the moment.

  • POSTED BY BD_Cricketer on | March 27, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @Ayaan10411 - The reality is that you are afraid that BD team will soon give your team the taste of "BanglaWash"...probably you have heard about that!! @Raam K. Gurung - Did you watch the match BD vs Nepal?

  • POSTED BY BD_Cricketer on | March 27, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @Ayaan10411 - Sounds like you are an ignorant follower of cricket! Did you even looked at the record book to see the earlier days of for Indian or NZ cricket?

  • POSTED BY mdrafisaad on | March 27, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    More than the remaining matches, eagerly waiting to see the punitive measures including sacking Mushfiq from captaincy ... thousands of cricketers are in the pipeline who don't get 60 thousand taka (772 USD) salary per month but are barely alive with immense talents and better prospects.... "The BCB president dropped broad hints at massive changes after the global event. "I think a lot of changes will come after the tournament. We will make changes wherever necessary." *** Is the amount paid to them a waste? { 2010 salary scale of cricketers ( Grade A+ :: 1,24,200 tk (1598 USD).** **(Captain and vice captain will receive 10,000 (128 USD) and 5,000 tk (64 USD) each for every match) Grade A :: 1,03,500 tk (1332 USD). Grade B :: 81,650 tk (1051 USD). Grade C : :60,950 tk (784 USD). Match fees for every players :- Each T20: 35,000 tk (450 USD). Each ODI: 60,000 tk (772 USD). Each TEST: 1,00,000 tk (1287 USD).(50,000 tk (643 USD) will be added if the match goes to 5th day)}

  • POSTED BY Zakirali on | March 27, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Part from the current captain I see no other player showing body language on the field to suggest that they re trying to win the game ....... Shame on all the others... We fan deserve better.....shame shame shame how the last quarter of the year went for Bangladesh .... Pride goes to the captain ...... If I speak for the majority of the fan around the globe ... The word cannot describe how we feel.....

  • POSTED BY The-love on | March 27, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    @sonu.g -> This nothing team has beaten us 3 times.Out of which 2 defeats were very crucial(World cup exit and Asia cup exit). This is because we played with the same attitude considering them nothing team.Being an Indian request you to give appropriate respect to opposition team.All the best to both teams and Hope for India win.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    If BD needs to make an impression on the next game, they really need to do their homework right. Shane Jerguson can play a huge role on this. He needs to sit with the boys one on one and work out an execut"able" plan (along with a back-up plan). Find out what weaknesses the opponents have (i'm afraid they've none) and focus on exploiting them. Just look at Sri Lanka's strategy to the game. They are the best in this business. If there's no such thing (a real plan) in place, then we're in for a 'you know what'. I'm just hoping for a good, solid competitive cricket. Wish Sachin still played. Mere presence of him is good enough to watch the game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    BD bowled out for mere 98 runs against WI. it was a sheer bad luck for Nepal for not being qualified for S10 otberwise team Nepal would have been played better than this. it has now been proved tbat BD had never been for the status. the ICC must be aware if it....!!!

  • POSTED BY Joamiq on | March 27, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Mushfiq has made several odd decisions, but we're misplacing our focus. What difference do combinations and tactics make when you have a team full of players who can't hold simple catches? Bangladesh's problems are of attitude, temperament, focus, and commitment. Not alchemy. Concerns over these ancillary things only distracts focus from where it should lie.

  • POSTED BY chessking on | March 27, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    siddhartha87..... in response to your post above, this is not acceptable that a country like Bangladesh keep playing like this in the highest level of international cricket. Why is it wrong to expect good, fighting games from them? As I posted below, for a country playing competitive international cricket for over 30 years and getting the support from its fans and management, it is not acceptable to continue in such a disastrous path. I am not sure what the answer is, whether the temperament of the players, or the selection committee, or the don't care attitude of the players!!! No one is being held accountable, and it is going on for a long time. Yes, we have good fans and they support the team regardless of their performance. That is more reason to put up a good show, at least in your home turf!! Shakib and Mushy's pre-game demoralizing comments of "fans should not expect too much, or we are here to give others hard time" does not instill confidence in the players either.

  • POSTED BY Ayaan10411 on | March 27, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Bangladesh is not worth playing cricket at the international level; even if they play for next 100 years, still they will not be able to show a better performance than what they have shown in last 15 years.

    Accept the reality guyz!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Last match's team was a good selection. Its the copybook captaincy and bad fielding that let WI score 171. It would have been around 135-140 if our captain had brought in Shakib earlier into the attack changing his initial plan. Plus, we leaked 26 runs in the field. If we could have saved 20 of these and could have taken D Smith's wicket early, the target would have been at least 30-run less. While chasing a target of 140, our batsmen would have performed much better.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 27, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    it's wrong to expect too much from BD team. Just let them enjoy. Apart from Shakeeb no one is a match changer and t20 is format of match changers.

  • POSTED BY AjjarRavi on | March 27, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I am Indian & whenever I see a match involving BD, I am amazed at the crowd support they get in spite of the below par show by their team on a very regular basis. Hats off to you BD cricket Fans. I love the enthusiasm u crazy cricket fans have. I always thought Indians are the craziest cricket fans but no, u definitely are.

  • POSTED BY chessking on | March 27, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi living abroad and always try my best to follow the games. I remember while I was back home in the early 1980's, Bangladesh would play a lot against Sri Lanka, who acquired their test status some time before. So, I am thinking a country playing a game for 30 plus years, and getting quite a lot of support from the fans and from team management, why still there is no sign of consistent improvement? It hurts me as an expat to watch their shameful performances game after game. How come countries like Afghanistan and Nepal, and Hong Kong are so much better at this stage of their development? So, with this kind if attitude they will never become even a mediocre full member team. So, this is about time to dissolve this team and quit the ICC as a member nation and stick to playing in only the "BPL". There is always an excuse "this , that and the other" why we lost the game, but never a constructive plan to show up in the next game. Play only the associate TMs for now.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    I dont know what is wrong with bangladesh...i think some players are not playing their natural game like Tamim iqbal, nasir hossain,sohag gazi and abdur razzak....who used to create a difference in overall performance..on the other hand i should say mushfiq is selecting players based on ''FRIENDSHIP' which is quite clear as he selects mahmudullah for no reason... and to be honest bangladeshs pace bowling is too ordinary...and a good spin bowling line up destroyed due to lack of form of razzak and gazi..Their main problem is in the grass level where good players are not developed in the domestic leagues

  • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 27, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Handover the Captaincy to Shaqib and everything will fall in place. Mushfiqur is a good batsman, but is too immature to handle his team. He needs to understand the 'No Blame' culture first. One cannot gain the respect of his team if he keeps blaming everyone and everything after a loss and keeps making ridiculous statements to the media. The Captain needs to instill confidence and motivate his team, but all Mushfiqur is doing is blaming his players. And this is not doing any good to BD cricket. They have the talent and under a different Captain, they sure will perform better than they are doing now. Though I am supporting India for tomorrow's match, wish BD team the very best. T20 is any body's game and the team that plays better on a particular day will win. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY sonu.g on | March 27, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    @tom jayden. with the calamitous way they r hosting this tournament(ex- lights going out in the middle of the match, cricketers complaining about being stuck in traffic for 2 hrs btw hotel and ground) i would b very surprised if they get to host another icc event in 20 years....and their performance on the field is not helping either

  • POSTED BY Mindhunter84 on | March 27, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Team should be like this: Tamim (give him one last chance), Anamul, Shamsur, Mominul, Shakib, Mushfiq (WK but not as captain), Nasir, Zia, Gazi, Mashrafee (C), Al-Amin. 5 frontline bowlers and 2 part timers. Do not include Mahmudullah just because he is related to Mushfiq!! He is now good for nothing. Mushfiq's captaincy is also questionable as he under utilizes Zia (who has a great potential with bowl and bat) and messes up with his bowling options. Zia must be given atleast 3 overs. 2 overs from Zia should be within the first 12 overs. Shakib's 4 overs should be split up into two parts, 2 overs within the first 8 overs and the rest 2 overs at the death. Mashrafee should only bowl at the start and should not bowl at the death. Al-Amin can open with Mashrafee depending on the conditions and the opposition batsmen and can be given 1 over or 2 at the death. Death bowling should be done by Shakib, Zia and/or Al-Amin. It is not compulsory to get 4 overs from Gazi even if he bowls poorly

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    The Bangla team need a rest from the International cricket and what a shame they banned foreign flags. with this attitude there will be no more cricket in BD in future.

  • POSTED BY Nur_nsu on | March 27, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    I wouldn't recommend changing the captain in the middle of the tournament. It will only create more chaos. It is true that Sakib has shown better in the past but how do you put someone in charge when his mindset is "do not expect too much out of us"? I do understand his reason on this however as I know the how-high fan base..but still... that one comment disqualifies him for the leadership right there! No change in leadership. Make Sakib more active on the field. Mgmt can advise him that way. This is not the time to shuffle rather go out there and give your best. There is nothing to prove anymore... just play to beat the others... whoever they are. If the ball goes through hands put your body in the line ... at any cost ... cannot drop the catches...arghhh... if the team is in slide glue yourself to the popping crease and stay there till the end of 20 overs... where are all these eagerness`? They gave up even before it has began! Sad!!!

  • POSTED BY sonu.g on | March 27, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    the main problem for bangladesh is 1) they require an experienced and cool head in the middle order.right now they all to hit sixes every ball and become a hero.they need someone lyk a dhoni a matthews ross taylor abdv.2) an attacking captain 3) a good and consistent fast bowler.in reality mash and amin r nothing bowlers who bowl at a friendly pace.who will b clobbered against india..well frm outside i can see these deficiencies...bangla fans may know better.....go india go get us to the sf by beating this nothing team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 27, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    when I see Bangladesh cricket they will be either in panic mode or too much excited. IMO They should find a middle path where every one should relax a bit. To do this first of all they should accept that they are very mediocre cricket team and mediocre cricket set up as over all.They should start taking help of other countries to improve their cricket standards.Asian teams should help them in regard to this.they can do this an sending their players to play in domestic cricket of other nations and also county.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    They should look to play Ranji trophy matches in India and let themselves grow in a competetive atmosphere as was the case with Sri Lanka. It will be harsh on their EGO as they are pretending s world champions,but the bitter truth is they will find it tough going in Elite group of Ramji format.

  • POSTED BY BD_CricFan on | March 27, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Mushfiq's wicket keeping wasn't exactly up to par recently. Let's face it, he doesn't have the wing span for a keeper. It's time to groom Anamul for keeping.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | March 27, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Mahmudullah had been one of the most consistent performers for Bangadesh over recent years but their team management only made him collapse in terms of form by shuffling his batting position again and again. He is someone who needs a little time to settle down on the crease like Rohit Sharma or Dhoni. He is no Sammy who could just come start hitting balls out of the park right with the ball 1. Moreover as far as his bowling is concerned, he has definitely made an impact and performed better than his offspin peer Gazi so he definitely deserves place in the side.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    I think Bangladesh fans and players are unrealistic about their teams abilities. Your team was promoted in 2000. It is 14 years, in these years you have not progressed at all. You are calling your players superstars, test specialist and odi specialist. Sorry to say you have none of these. I read a column about your players popularity and their income and that they are living in very luxury style. Maybe that is your problem, your team have not achieved anything but they have got fame and wealth. Fame and wealth should come with achievement like in every other country and field. Your tema has only big ego nothing else.

    So In my opinion your team has to learn that everything comes and will last with hard and honest work. So when you can achieve all that they have achieved without any result , they have no pressure to perform.

  • POSTED BY Aus_guy on | March 26, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    I think problem with BD is the attitude of the players, when they win match or two, they think they are world beaters and make lot of noise. If you just look at great players like Kalis, Sachin , Sangakkara, Gilchrist, Viv Richards, .. list goes on,, how humble they are..

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Bangladesh needs a new and good quality coach, Shane Jurgensen has no credibility as a coach , they also fired Julien Fountain who was great fielding coach under whom BD's fielding has been impressive and now they field as if they are school kids.and they lack stamina after being at the crease for a little while because of fitness issues which the coach should address . BCB administrators need to reduce pocketing revenues and provide lucrative deals for coaches so that they can get some high profile coaches to come and work for them.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    BD BATTING LINE UP: 1. ANAMUL (Levelheaded+Attacking+Killer Instinct+Fearless) Calm-cool-collected mindset. Shot selection: getting better, cleaner. He must not stop to learn, grow & mature & constantly evolve. 2. MUSHY (Levelheaded+Attacking+Reassessing+Killer Instinct) He should be leading from the front & take on the responsibility to open the batting & last till the end. 3. KAYES (Levelheaded+Attacking+Improving) 4. SHAMSUR (Levelheaded+Attacking) 5. SHAKIB (Inconsistent+Attacking+Killer Instinct) 6.TAMIM (Hot headed+Attacking+high risk high return/zero return+Inconsistant+killer instinct+fearless) Afridi like player but irresponsible. He's becoming another ASH-like INCONSISTEN-LIABILITY. Stopped learning, banking only on past achievements. Should play down the order and become a more potent threat. 7. MOMINUL(Levelheaded+collapse stopper) 8. NASIR (Levelheaded+Collapse Stopper+Attacking) 9.GAZI (Attacking) 10. MUSHRAFI / ZIAUR ( Attacking + Killer Instinct)11. RUBEL/AL AMIN (?)

  • POSTED BY i_amVIVA on | March 26, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Best for Tigers nx gm. I support Zia, Sabbir, Mominul and of course Nasir be in the team consistently. Razzak and Mahmudullah should be left out. And constant change is never a good idea, they should grow as a pack for some time, thereby, know each others approach, remember, this is a team game. I question Mushi's captaincy very much, where the management should look into it seriously. He left behind the basics of rotating bowlers, utilizing prize bowler initially to keep the run rate low, & the like mistakes games after game. This is un-understandable to general public. There was at least 2 or 3 games BD could've won had there been sensible leadership in the field by the Captain. Finally, the management, coach, captain & all BD cricket leadership should sit with the team to explain consequences of throwing away wickets through rash batting; we've to establish accountability, - they should make clear, no position is guaranteed, there will be consequences for irresponsibility. Period.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | March 26, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    I think the main problem is Mushfiq's one dimensional captaincy in T20. He is not a quick thinker and leaks too many lb and drops catches and misses stumpings as a keeper. His batting is OK. Jurgwnsen is also not proving to be a coach worth for this level of cricket.

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | March 26, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    I am a bit surprised here with the heading of the article. Is BD just 'rattled' now with it's 'misfiring' players?? When exactly have the substandard players of BD 'fired'? No matter which format, BD has always been in the bottom of the pile. Many BD fans feigned indignation when their team was asked to go through the qualification round. We all saw what happened there. This is a team which is barely good enough to be an Associate team let alone a lowly full member team. They made a shameful trade with the BCCI, offering their servitude to them in exchange for some matches with India. Everybody knows without that deal where this substandard team would be today.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Totally agree with Sammy K

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Losing to WI was not the sad day for BD, losing to HK was. Can we blame the level headed mangement team or a coach that never made it to big leagues and never build a nerve for playing big teams.He can't help this team! BD players looked like the 5 yr old first time holding a cricket bat against the spin. Coach Jargensen your team was playing against no 1 &2 ranking bowlers in T-20, Narine and Badree(4/15)!! It Is sad to see players like Sakib can go to CPL, IPL, and big bash perform well and choke at home. Whatever is bothering him he needs to get over it!!! Tammim,thanks for the brilliant catch, but you are history.BD mangement -why schedule a month long Sri Lanka team in ahead of T-20 world and play TEST, ODI and few T-20s. Team was all banged out of shape with injuries, cofused as ever, andl lack of energy to play late night drama.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Everything is spicing up for Bangladesh. Shamsur in for either mominul/tamim. Gazi i am not sure about in T20 he really needs Saqlain back... Nasir in for Mahmadullah and Reza never to be seen in international circuit again.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 26, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Al Amin was lucky to get those gifted wickets in those circumstances. Im surprised as to how a bowler like him has got a place in the national side. Any other team wud nt have let him complete his quota of overs. BD needs some genuinely good medium pacers.

  • POSTED BY Srabonkothaboli on | March 26, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Captency & keeper should change.Anamul/Samsur should be keeper. Team should be.. ANAMUL,TAMIM,MOMINUL,IMRUL KAYES,RAHIM,SAKIB,SAMSUR,ZIA,SANY,MASH,AL AMIN. Imrul kayes played good in one day and test so why he is not in the team.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | March 26, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Dula bhai should have been the first one to go of the 4 changes they made.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | March 26, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Copying India, captaincy to Rahim is just a joke... I feel Sakib can do better...

  • POSTED BY akramabed939 on | March 26, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    How do you select when all the players are the same. Same result will ensue no matter who you pick. What a predicament! You have to fundamentally change your selection process from the bottom up. Hope this helps!

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Mahmadullah is just a bowler now. He can stay in the team but should be considered as a bowler. Tamim isn't a great player. Shamsur is much better than Tamim. This is my Playing IX Shamsur,Anamul,Mominul,Shakib,Mushy,Nasir,Zia,Sabbir/Mahmadullah,Gazi,Mash,Alamin. Good batting lineup. Mahmadullah can play if it's a turning pitch. Spinners: Gazi,Shakib. Pacers: Zia,Alamin,Mash. Nasir,Sabbir,Mominul can bowl as parttimers. THIS IS THE BEST LINEUP AT THE MOMENT

  • POSTED BY tapanguc on | March 26, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    i have read most of the comments here...i liked many of them...most of those are of emotionally prepared...as i am following cricket all the time... i think something has happened last few months that is out of field...like changing the selector...putting Faruk as a chief selector was really bad choice....i am pretty sure...no one gonna complain regarding to that...but its reality ...he was captaining bangladesh national and club team through most of his career...but was not successful at all but still people has faith in him...i dont know why??just leave him away..next thing has to do select best team from 14 members....to me..best eleven should be like..1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Shamsur 4.Rahim 5.Sakib 6.Nasir.7.Ziaur 8. mahmudullah 9.Masrafe 10.Razzak 11. Al amin..forget abt form think abt their capability..dont use Masrafe at the death over,dont try new bowler at the death over..try to fix it most of the cases. al amin could be best choice along with the best bowler of the specific day.

  • POSTED BY RED-TIGER on | March 26, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    We need to Acclimatize! if we keep swapping changing then how are we to settle? given the guys are young too..

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Mominul should be in the team. He is like Amla. Steady and sure and this is what we need. Our superstar Tamim will continue throwing away his wicket and he will still be in the team. its time to get Shamsur and Anamul open the innings. Tamim is out of form and so give him a break. he is one of the reasons why we lose so often. he can't even score against teams like Hong Kong. If the openers can put a solid foundation then sakib and Mominul and Mushy can go on to build a solid innings. Mushy is a terrible captain for sure. I agree, his lack of strategy was why we lost so many close games. Let him stay as a batsman. Bring Sakib back as captain. the coach needs to be fired too. He isn't helping at all.

  • POSTED BY RED-TIGER on | March 26, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    It can be done, ONLY way!!! keep the players within campus without letting them back in there home luxury where they are likely to be distracted (many ways..) it will not work by continues shuffling, ABOVE ALL one must show absolute interest in CRICKET and no other! LOOK at SriLanka/India /WI's even after all the hard work of play, they still have so much interest and love in cricket that they were watching other matches being played!!

  • POSTED BY imtiaz82 on | March 26, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    The problem lies with Mushfiq's captaincy. In the last few months, Bangladesh could have easily won few close matches including the ones against Srilanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and HK if he set an aggressive field and made the right bowling changes. We lost to Srilanka twice in the last ball, against Pakistan the team was on it's way to a comprehensive victory when Mushy brought spinners against Afridi instead of pacers. Winning those matches, who would increased the self confidence of the players resulting in better result in the Worldcup.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    We need to change the captain and coach. with these changing and chopping is helping no one. how can you say after 1 game monimul is not good? When your captain doesn't know which bowlers to bring in and take the same player day in day out and try to defend his performance, i think its time for him to go. He doesn't even understand the situation when to bring in which players, instead he sticks to a script. Please bring back shakib as captain, who is not loved by the management and the media but brings the A game out of the players. so regular public doesn't care about the other two but the team. so do the right thing.

  • POSTED BY ILoveMyBangladesh on | March 26, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    The main problem with Bangladesh team is that they are severely low on confidence, they desperately need to win a game against a good opponent to get back some confidence. My team will be:

    Tamim, Anamul, Shamsur, Shakib, Musfiq, Nasir, sabbir, Jia, shohag, Al amin, Mash.

    They have no choice but to play gazi if they leave out Riad. Most importantly Musfiq has to lift the team spirit and somehow change his suddenly ridiculous captaincy. Unfortunately I don't see them turn things around soon....but I am so damn sure that they have capability to turn it around against big teams.

  • POSTED BY anuradea on | March 26, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    The problem with BD cricket is that the commentators and the crowd blow up the players abilities to such an extent even the players are finding it hard to keep up to those expectations. Batsmen are made and commented to look like Tendulkars, Lara's and the bowlers as Muralis and warnes which they are no and most proberbly never will be. Shakib is the only guy who may even come close to get into any of the top five and the others will find it hard to even get into division one teams in other countries. So you should give them a break and take to good days when it happens and encourage them to try and play in div 1 teams in other countries so that they can improve. Look at your school cricket and try to develop and expose them to club or league cricket around the world so that they will see the correct standard of young players in those counties. Just because they beat WI and NZ who are in the bottom of the pack in home conditions BDwill not be Sri Lanka orIndia.Get real and face upto it

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    I think the dilemma can be solved with competent planning and thinking. Get Shamsur instead of Mominul ( no disrespect to the talented Mominul, but he is more of an ODI & Test Specialist) and get Nasir Hossain in place of Mahmdullah.Sabbir hasn't looked the best with bat/ball, so can be swapped with Razzak if its a turning track. So there you go: 1) Tamim 2) Anamul 3) Shamsur 4) Shakib 5) Mushfiq 6) Nasir 7) Zia 8) Razzak/Sabbir 9) Gazi 10) Mashrafee 11) Al-Amin. I think this is a good combo - 6 top order batsman, 2 late big hitters, as well as 6 full time bowlers.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    I think the dilemma can be solved with competent planning and thinking. Get Shamsur instead of Mominul ( no disrespect to the talented Mominul, but he is more of an ODI & Test Specialist) and get Nasir Hossain in place of Mahmdullah.Sabbir hasn't looked the best with bat/ball, so can be swapped with Razzak if its a turning track. So there you go: 1) Tamim 2) Anamul 3) Shamsur 4) Shakib 5) Mushfiq 6) Nasir 7) Zia 8) Razzak/Sabbir 9) Gazi 10) Mashrafee 11) Al-Amin. I think this is a good combo - 6 top order batsman, 2 late big hitters, as well as 6 full time bowlers.

  • POSTED BY anuradea on | March 26, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    The problem with BD cricket is that the commentators and the crowd blow up the players abilities to such an extent even the players are finding it hard to keep up to those expectations. Batsmen are made and commented to look like Tendulkars, Lara's and the bowlers as Muralis and warnes which they are no and most proberbly never will be. Shakib is the only guy who may even come close to get into any of the top five and the others will find it hard to even get into division one teams in other countries. So you should give them a break and take to good days when it happens and encourage them to try and play in div 1 teams in other countries so that they can improve. Look at your school cricket and try to develop and expose them to club or league cricket around the world so that they will see the correct standard of young players in those counties. Just because they beat WI and NZ who are in the bottom of the pack in home conditions BDwill not be Sri Lanka orIndia.Get real and face upto it

  • POSTED BY ILoveMyBangladesh on | March 26, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    The main problem with Bangladesh team is that they are severely low on confidence, they desperately need to win a game against a good opponent to get back some confidence. My team will be:

    Tamim, Anamul, Shamsur, Shakib, Musfiq, Nasir, sabbir, Jia, shohag, Al amin, Mash.

    They have no choice but to play gazi if they leave out Riad. Most importantly Musfiq has to lift the team spirit and somehow change his suddenly ridiculous captaincy. Unfortunately I don't see them turn things around soon....but I am so damn sure that they have capability to turn it around against big teams.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    We need to change the captain and coach. with these changing and chopping is helping no one. how can you say after 1 game monimul is not good? When your captain doesn't know which bowlers to bring in and take the same player day in day out and try to defend his performance, i think its time for him to go. He doesn't even understand the situation when to bring in which players, instead he sticks to a script. Please bring back shakib as captain, who is not loved by the management and the media but brings the A game out of the players. so regular public doesn't care about the other two but the team. so do the right thing.

  • POSTED BY imtiaz82 on | March 26, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    The problem lies with Mushfiq's captaincy. In the last few months, Bangladesh could have easily won few close matches including the ones against Srilanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and HK if he set an aggressive field and made the right bowling changes. We lost to Srilanka twice in the last ball, against Pakistan the team was on it's way to a comprehensive victory when Mushy brought spinners against Afridi instead of pacers. Winning those matches, who would increased the self confidence of the players resulting in better result in the Worldcup.

  • POSTED BY RED-TIGER on | March 26, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    It can be done, ONLY way!!! keep the players within campus without letting them back in there home luxury where they are likely to be distracted (many ways..) it will not work by continues shuffling, ABOVE ALL one must show absolute interest in CRICKET and no other! LOOK at SriLanka/India /WI's even after all the hard work of play, they still have so much interest and love in cricket that they were watching other matches being played!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Mominul should be in the team. He is like Amla. Steady and sure and this is what we need. Our superstar Tamim will continue throwing away his wicket and he will still be in the team. its time to get Shamsur and Anamul open the innings. Tamim is out of form and so give him a break. he is one of the reasons why we lose so often. he can't even score against teams like Hong Kong. If the openers can put a solid foundation then sakib and Mominul and Mushy can go on to build a solid innings. Mushy is a terrible captain for sure. I agree, his lack of strategy was why we lost so many close games. Let him stay as a batsman. Bring Sakib back as captain. the coach needs to be fired too. He isn't helping at all.

  • POSTED BY RED-TIGER on | March 26, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    We need to Acclimatize! if we keep swapping changing then how are we to settle? given the guys are young too..

  • POSTED BY tapanguc on | March 26, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    i have read most of the comments here...i liked many of them...most of those are of emotionally prepared...as i am following cricket all the time... i think something has happened last few months that is out of field...like changing the selector...putting Faruk as a chief selector was really bad choice....i am pretty sure...no one gonna complain regarding to that...but its reality ...he was captaining bangladesh national and club team through most of his career...but was not successful at all but still people has faith in him...i dont know why??just leave him away..next thing has to do select best team from 14 members....to me..best eleven should be like..1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Shamsur 4.Rahim 5.Sakib 6.Nasir.7.Ziaur 8. mahmudullah 9.Masrafe 10.Razzak 11. Al amin..forget abt form think abt their capability..dont use Masrafe at the death over,dont try new bowler at the death over..try to fix it most of the cases. al amin could be best choice along with the best bowler of the specific day.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Mahmadullah is just a bowler now. He can stay in the team but should be considered as a bowler. Tamim isn't a great player. Shamsur is much better than Tamim. This is my Playing IX Shamsur,Anamul,Mominul,Shakib,Mushy,Nasir,Zia,Sabbir/Mahmadullah,Gazi,Mash,Alamin. Good batting lineup. Mahmadullah can play if it's a turning pitch. Spinners: Gazi,Shakib. Pacers: Zia,Alamin,Mash. Nasir,Sabbir,Mominul can bowl as parttimers. THIS IS THE BEST LINEUP AT THE MOMENT