Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 28, 2014

Mushfiqur hopes for a better tomorrow

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Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has been the team's mouthpiece for much of their slump, turning up after pretty much every defeat to sum up how badly they have done, defending a selection or two, and appealing to the fans to stay with the team. He has used the word "alarming" a number of times and expressed exasperation at the dropped catches. Even more worryingly, he has been frank on a few occasions about being a bit lost in trying to find out a way to improve his team.

After yet another insipid performance, one wondered just what else could he say.

Against India, Bangladesh made 40 runs more than they did in the last game (98 all out against West Indies). Anamul Haque made 44, Mahmudullah returned to some form with an unbeaten 33 and Mashrafe Mortaza finished his quota of overs without getting injured. But to post 138 for 7 against India's batting line-up was never enough. The team's senior batsmen Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal once again failed to contribute significantly. It has been six games now that the No 3 batting position has hardly put a dent to the team's score.

Bangladesh are virtually out of their home World T20 tournament but Mushfiqur, as he has done since the Sri Lanka ODI series, hoped for a better tomorrow.

"We wanted to start well, but we didn't do it in these two games," Mushfiqur said. "There was a bit of improvement today, but we still have lots of areas to work on. We are playing against top teams, we need to play smarter cricket. Hopefully we will come up with good plans tonight and do better in the next two matches."

Given the lack of good starts from the openers and the continued struggle of the middle-order, Mushfiqur said that there is going to be a shuffling of the batting order in the next match. "Our plan was for Shakib to play at three, and myself at four," he said. "But because Nasir [Hossain] and [Mahmudullah] Riyad were not in good form and Sabbir is a new guy, we didn't want to risk Shakib going in very early and expose the middle and lower-order. Shakib plays his shots and could get out early too. The same could have happened with me. But we are going to think about it again."

On March 26, the BCB president had said the team could undergo changes after the World T20. He didn't elaborate on which areas, but Mushfiqur has made it clear that he won't be leaving the job of captain.

"No one wants to leave the captaincy at a bad time, leaving your responsibility," he said. "I enjoy captaincy, it is a big honour. If we do well, nobody thinks of us. But when we do badly, you have to work and come back to good form. The change is up to the administrators. If they make 20 changes and it helps the team, it is going to be good for the team."

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

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  • mrgupta on March 29, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Recently i came across a very interesting trivia. Any BD fan can answer it. When was the last time Bangladesh defeated Pakistan in any form of International Cricket?

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    @HippocraticTiger...why Indian fans (including me) hate BD so much is just because of attitude....i have no issues with BD win/loss....but you should learn to respect the opposition...if BD win any match...the players and fans react as world beaters, Tamim, masrafe, mushfiquar, shakib all are equal in this regard...and show disrespect to other countries fans and players...this is the problem with BD....keep your head cool and identify mistakes with the help of coach and captain and workout on them....restructure the entire team...even if you dont get opportunity of playing with bigger countries...play with associates in their soil...there is no wrong in that...gradually the performance of BD will improve and they get some more opportunity of playing with major countries...

  • mrgupta on March 29, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    I can't help thinking that since BD captain said that Bangladesh team plays well at home and will be difficult to beat, they have lost all their matches at home and have won only against Nepal and Afg (lost to them too before that). They tried to show that its a disgrace to them when they were asked to play the qualifier by defeating Nepal with a six (rather than taking single) they have lost 3 matches since then. Surprisingly Netherlands is giving a rather good competition to bigger team than Bangladesh at their home grounds.

  • Rugsy on March 29, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    I feel that one of the problems with BD cricket is the attitude of their players. Once they get selected, they tend get inflated egos and swagger about on the field as if they are world beaters. Mohd Ashraful was a prime example. Instead of concentrating on the basics, learning from his mistakes and trying for consistency at the top level, he wasted his talent by his attitude and behaviour. The swagger and the strutting about are fine if you keep winning; otherwise it looks pathetic. Tamim Iqbal is another example. The only level headed guy one sees is Shakib Al Hasan and that is perhaps why he is a cut above the rest. Once the BD players stop floating in the air and get down to solid hard work, they will also start winning

  • shaantanu on March 29, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    to be very honest SL made great strides in 14 years,the same number of years since Bangladesh has been inducted into the league of biggies.on the flip side i wonder whether Bangla have got enough chances to play against quality opposition like AUS,SA just to name a couple.maybe not.....of course i dont remember whether Srilanka got such chances either as i was a kid then and hardly followed cricket seriously.......there must be a lot of wrong happening within that ails Bangla cricket which we are not aware of.

  • on March 29, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Bangladesh should learn a thing or two about innings building from Netherlands. They played exceptionally against a strong New Zealand bowling attack to score 151 for the loss of only 4 wickets. Even if the Dutch don't win today it's still a commendable performance unlike Bangladesh who play ungainly shots in times of recuperation.

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    It is one step forward and two steps backward for Bangladesh

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    @sfarazi....Please, U alone r not playing on spinning pitches. Ind,pak,sl also play on spinning pitches..What can u say about the pitches in SL??Are ur pitches turning more than sri lankan pitches??? If so You should have world class spinners and your national batsmen should play spinners easily.Neither of them is happening.

  • Lion_96 on March 29, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    @wapuser, buddy, out of all the points I have made, you picked my point about population? anyways, its not major a factor but its still worth mentioning. and yes, you cannot compare the expectations of India & Sri Lanka, they are incomparable. But it just goes to show if you have decent infrastructure and enough talent to be nourished, than you can always compete with the best in the world, despite all the problems that may exist in the country. But its just puzzling that despite the interest and passion of the game (and the population, yes i said it again :P) in Bangladesh, they still struggle after 14 years of Test Cricket. But I do hope that they put in sum good performances before they play their full quota of matches in the tournament.

  • sfarazi on March 29, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    The fans come back every time because we believe the team has immense potential and talent to beat the top teams but in the last 2 matches, their body language indicated that they had lost before they had even begun. Bangladesh are more than capable of playing in the top league but attitude and administration has been very poor. Those people calling for Bangladesh to be put into associate level should understand that the team, despite being in amongst the top 10 nations, hardly get a chance to play teams like Australia, SA and England on tracks that suit the fast pacers. How are we to develop our fast bowlers if we're constantly made to play on spin friendly tracks? How are we ever to rise from the bottom if we're always disapproved of or dismissed as unworthy? Yes, we're inconsistent but we definitely don't lack talent. If you watch BD cricket, you'll realise that when we're functioning well in all departments, we're capable of playing good matches. Here's to a brighter future!

  • mrgupta on March 29, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Recently i came across a very interesting trivia. Any BD fan can answer it. When was the last time Bangladesh defeated Pakistan in any form of International Cricket?

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    @HippocraticTiger...why Indian fans (including me) hate BD so much is just because of attitude....i have no issues with BD win/loss....but you should learn to respect the opposition...if BD win any match...the players and fans react as world beaters, Tamim, masrafe, mushfiquar, shakib all are equal in this regard...and show disrespect to other countries fans and players...this is the problem with BD....keep your head cool and identify mistakes with the help of coach and captain and workout on them....restructure the entire team...even if you dont get opportunity of playing with bigger countries...play with associates in their soil...there is no wrong in that...gradually the performance of BD will improve and they get some more opportunity of playing with major countries...

  • mrgupta on March 29, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    I can't help thinking that since BD captain said that Bangladesh team plays well at home and will be difficult to beat, they have lost all their matches at home and have won only against Nepal and Afg (lost to them too before that). They tried to show that its a disgrace to them when they were asked to play the qualifier by defeating Nepal with a six (rather than taking single) they have lost 3 matches since then. Surprisingly Netherlands is giving a rather good competition to bigger team than Bangladesh at their home grounds.

  • Rugsy on March 29, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    I feel that one of the problems with BD cricket is the attitude of their players. Once they get selected, they tend get inflated egos and swagger about on the field as if they are world beaters. Mohd Ashraful was a prime example. Instead of concentrating on the basics, learning from his mistakes and trying for consistency at the top level, he wasted his talent by his attitude and behaviour. The swagger and the strutting about are fine if you keep winning; otherwise it looks pathetic. Tamim Iqbal is another example. The only level headed guy one sees is Shakib Al Hasan and that is perhaps why he is a cut above the rest. Once the BD players stop floating in the air and get down to solid hard work, they will also start winning

  • shaantanu on March 29, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    to be very honest SL made great strides in 14 years,the same number of years since Bangladesh has been inducted into the league of biggies.on the flip side i wonder whether Bangla have got enough chances to play against quality opposition like AUS,SA just to name a couple.maybe not.....of course i dont remember whether Srilanka got such chances either as i was a kid then and hardly followed cricket seriously.......there must be a lot of wrong happening within that ails Bangla cricket which we are not aware of.

  • on March 29, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Bangladesh should learn a thing or two about innings building from Netherlands. They played exceptionally against a strong New Zealand bowling attack to score 151 for the loss of only 4 wickets. Even if the Dutch don't win today it's still a commendable performance unlike Bangladesh who play ungainly shots in times of recuperation.

  • on March 29, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    It is one step forward and two steps backward for Bangladesh

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    @sfarazi....Please, U alone r not playing on spinning pitches. Ind,pak,sl also play on spinning pitches..What can u say about the pitches in SL??Are ur pitches turning more than sri lankan pitches??? If so You should have world class spinners and your national batsmen should play spinners easily.Neither of them is happening.

  • Lion_96 on March 29, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    @wapuser, buddy, out of all the points I have made, you picked my point about population? anyways, its not major a factor but its still worth mentioning. and yes, you cannot compare the expectations of India & Sri Lanka, they are incomparable. But it just goes to show if you have decent infrastructure and enough talent to be nourished, than you can always compete with the best in the world, despite all the problems that may exist in the country. But its just puzzling that despite the interest and passion of the game (and the population, yes i said it again :P) in Bangladesh, they still struggle after 14 years of Test Cricket. But I do hope that they put in sum good performances before they play their full quota of matches in the tournament.

  • sfarazi on March 29, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    The fans come back every time because we believe the team has immense potential and talent to beat the top teams but in the last 2 matches, their body language indicated that they had lost before they had even begun. Bangladesh are more than capable of playing in the top league but attitude and administration has been very poor. Those people calling for Bangladesh to be put into associate level should understand that the team, despite being in amongst the top 10 nations, hardly get a chance to play teams like Australia, SA and England on tracks that suit the fast pacers. How are we to develop our fast bowlers if we're constantly made to play on spin friendly tracks? How are we ever to rise from the bottom if we're always disapproved of or dismissed as unworthy? Yes, we're inconsistent but we definitely don't lack talent. If you watch BD cricket, you'll realise that when we're functioning well in all departments, we're capable of playing good matches. Here's to a brighter future!

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on March 29, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    What BCCI should do is allow Nepal to compete as a team in the Indian domestic cricket structure (if the Cricket Association of Nepal agrees to it). I'm sure with the kind of exposure they'll get from playing competitive domestic cricket, they'll get to the point where they're competing and even beating Bangladesh in 5 years' time.

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @ lion 96 hello mate , I don't understand this population issue. We can also say the team say India tht has more population has expectations of billion people where media too is always ready to bash the team n players like anything if they lose, so it is always difficult to perform under such high pressure whereas sl has no such issues.

    Also there is always a fear of losing ur position in team if u perform poorly ib 3 or 4 matches coz many ppl r knocking doors of bcci...whereas no such issue with sl..I hope u get my point.

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @Hippocratic Tiger - us disapproving of you has nothing to do with your record for the last 2 years. It's your attitude. Your fans and team alike. Change it and we'll welcome you with open arms.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 29, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @HippocraticTiger: The main reason why we hate Bd is that because of the BD fans...They talk too much and Bash the other teams too much to an extent like the other team's fans don't even this BD team in big boys group!!! Yes you guys have talent but you fans think that BD is like Aussies of 90's and WI's at their peaks!!! When you win odd matches then you bash other teams with such disgrace. As a minnow you should earn the respect of big teams to get the respect back ..... We indians are not as aussies of 90's and also don't disrespect too much as BD fans do!!!!

  • Lion_96 on March 29, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    As some one who has also wished Bangladesh, success, the last three months have been dispiriting to say the least! its been 14 years since BAN have secured Test Status and they have not achieved anything close to what SL achieved between 1982 - 1996. In that period, SL had won Test Series against IND (1985), NZL (1994), PAK (1995), ENG (1992). We won the 1986 Asia Cup and of course the 1996 World Cup.And not to mention, that we have total population equal to Bombay and all the problems we faced over the years such as the Civil War (1983 -2009) and countries not playing in SL (1987 - 1992) and the Asian Tsunami (2004). BAN dont have these problems and yet they struggle enormously for a decade and a half. And to achieve the things we have since 1996, we have done ourselves really proud in the cricketing world. Cricinfo Plz Publish! Thanks!

  • vallavarayar on March 29, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    In a lot of ways, a country's cricket team reflects the country's people. A lot of people here mention a need for a mature captain and more maturity from batters. But I think what we have on show is a good reflection of the country at large.

  • HippocraticTiger on March 29, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    I don't understand/know why so many people dislike Bangladesh team and fans. Those who didn't follow BD game closely last 2 years mainly those people trashing BD lot.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 29, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    It seems like there is 'NO TOMORROW' when BD batted!!

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Though I support Bangladesh and their passion for Cricket but that doesn't justify their place in top 10 teams.Being a team they really lack good bowlers and sensible batsman.Very poor approach if they are still looking for upset after 14-15 years..Ireland,Afghanistan,Netherland have more sparkling players,if they are given that much chance ,I am certain they will put a much better show.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 29, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    It is high time Bangladesh is relegated to associate level. They are wasting their time trying to play at this level. They just don't have the skill set to give competition to any one of the major teams, except for an odd win here or there. If they continue to play at this level, they will just keep disappointing their fans ad inifinitum, and pretty soon the fans will desert them.

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Albert Campbell for once said something right. A mature captain is needed. Unfortunately, don't think there are any mature people in the team. Wanted it to be nasir a few months ago but he is so devoid of form it is reaching levels of irreparability, but with a few more years he should take over. For short term, sakib looks the only option.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 29, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I have not seen any team's fans as disrepectfull as BD fans are. You might be passionate about u r team but thatdoes not mean you have to think your team as aussies or WI wen they were at their peaks... Please learn to be humble. We indians are also as passionate as u are but we never think our team as WI's of yesteryears or AUSSIES of 90's. We are just hoping that we could be like them one day. In batting DEPT we are almost at the sussies of 90's level...But we don have bowlers to back good batting. Hpe BD fans stop howling and bashing other teams and be sensible...Yes we indian fans are sometimes bashers of SL team but we don disrespect each other this much as BD fans do!!! Atleast SL have acheived few things in cricket

  • realfan on March 29, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    dont get me wrong, but this is compitative cricket and there are many teams out there willing to play more international matches... there are better teams than BD, zimbabwe, afgan, NED, IRELAND.... they have quality players.... but the problem is BD never learns... they talk big all the time and delivers once in solar exclipse... this should not happen in compittative cricket.... even after 15 years of intenational exposurte they consider beating anyteam in BD is upset... thats pathetic... and the attitude of their fans too... they think their players are world beater after their batsmen hit a boundary or six, and their bowlers as tormentors fo batsmen when they took a wicket.... sure that good, but that sttitude is bad, same applies for BD players... masraffe for example recnetly.. trahim in this match... they just dont have respect for the game,... and they are not willing to improve... and then they cry that india wont travel to BD because india is afraid...lol

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    And stats do lie sometimes. Stats show their bowlers have the best economic rate in the bowler which is so misleading. They play more matches against Zimbabwe, Kenya, etc. Had they played more matches against top teams, their economic rate will be minimum 10/over.

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Attitude is the key. These Bangla batsmen are overconfidence in their approach and bat as if they are world beaters. The way Tamim charged in the first ball of the match said everything. That guy who came at #3 slog swept the first ball he faced and was caught at deep midwicket. Are they playing baseball or cricket? You got pity the fans.

  • SamWintson92 on March 29, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    1. I just don't want Mushfiqur to continue captaincy. He's always clueless & looking for plan b, c, d, --- & all fails. 2. I'll give the captaincy to Shakib Al Hasan. He was good when he was in charge barring defeat in the Zim & leaving out Mashrafe from the WC 2011 squad. Both worked against him. 3. But Mushfiqur also lost in Zim & add the losing streak starting from home season against SL.

  • on March 29, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    I hope they kick tamim,razzak,farhad,gazi out and bring back Arafat Sunny and Shadman Islam/Somya Sarker. They can also keep mosaddek hossain and taskin in the team. Even though mahmadullah batted well last match, he should be considered as a bowler only. Mahmadullah,Sunny,Shakib should be our main spin attack. Zia,Mash,Alamin and Taskin should be in the team as Pacers. Shamsur,Anamul,Mosaddek,Mominul as the top 4. Shakib,Mush,Nasir for the middle order.

  • SL_rockz on March 29, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    poor fans they always think their team as world best team...:/ and their wishes of seeing them winning will be a dream ....netherlands do better than BD... NO bright future for BD cricket...

  • Abaa on March 29, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    CONTINUED ... And as for any fan that comes out with absurd declarations about how India or Pakistan took a 50 years to become a force to reckon with, I have got news for you. A lot less cricket was played in the 1950s to 1990s as when compared to the 2000s. So the no. of years argument is illogical in this comparison! The no. of games played shows the difference in performance more accurately. Take tests for example, Bangladesh played 83 tests in 13 years from 2001 to 2014 winning 4 (2 against that West Indies B team and 2 against post crisis Zimbabwe) and losing 68 and managing only 11 draws. India played 86 tests in 30 years from 1932 to 1964 winning only 8 but losing only 34. They had 44 draws. Pakistan played 82 tests in 25 years from 1952 to 1977 and won 14 losing only 22. They drew 46. So you can be sure that if India or Pakistan had played 83 tests in their first 13 years like Bangladesh, their progress would have been much faster as well!

  • Abaa on March 29, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Has anyone else noticed how much Sakib has been scoring since his refusal to take a single in a match that was already won against a rookie associate and then sealing a match with a six which was apparently all about "making a statement"? When you are playing for an ordinary team that is dishing out below average results you must not dare to disrespect your opponent like that! First an embarrassing loss to Hong Kong which is another associate. And then battered by West Indies who were actually playing terribly in that game. And now India just sleep walked through to a win without even trying. CONTINUED.

  • on March 29, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Guess who is having a hard time....

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    I wish you all the best for hoping for a better tomorrow for BD cricket. You guys should come to India and compete with Under 19 for another 10 years to learn cricketing basics and good behavior on and off the field...

  • Unmesh_cric on March 28, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Why is Mushfiqur talking about selection all the time?

  • Albert_cambell on March 28, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    BD needs a mature captain who can walk the talk. Habibul Bashar was the best BD captain I have ever seen. Since after that nothing special about the captains they had.

  • Legaleagle on March 28, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    Blah Blah Blah!!! 15 years and counting and NOTHING to show for it.

  • BARFI on March 28, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Get rid of the biggest bully of the Team and his name is Mushfiq and the so called all-rounder Shakib the ugly gesture

  • on March 28, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    So Musfique and co. has been working on dumb plans so far. I think the problem is Musfique cannot think critically when he's at the center. His decisions even today had no logic or consistency, anyhow hope for the best. Someday new set of players will give us more wins and less promises.

  • StraightDRIVvE on March 28, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Anamul Haque, That six inside out with out advancing - no bangladeshi batsmans i have watched has ever played a shot like that. Hope he has a long promising career.

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    It's sort of funny to see Bangladesh disheartened because they're going through a bad run of form. I'm having a hard time trying to remember when Bangladesh were ever in a good enough form to compete with the best of teams.

    Hopefully ICC and other cricket boards support the growth of teams like Nepal, Afghanistan, Ireland and Netherlands and they get a chance to play with the big boys too. With the downright embarrassing test record that Bangladesh possesses, I see no reason why Ireland cannot be given a test status too. I'm sure they could give Bangladesh a run for their money in the longest format.

  • faisalworld11 on March 28, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Wrong shot selection and pre madiation! Bangladesh players have problem in their thinking. Never learns from their mistake.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 28, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    The main problem with BD is that their players are simply not mature enough to understand the complexities of cricket. Time and time again, they throw away their wickets as if their heads are made up of clay. They get decent starts and then panic for no reason. They could have made 150-160 against India but failed to do so because every batsman wanted to play one shot too many. This attitude has to change if they EVER want to experience success at the world stage. Last but not least, some of their players need to be coached on how to respect the opposition. Some of the things they say makes them look silly. BD fans deserve better results than this. Mushfiq is not the problem, he's part of it.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    "Mushfiqur hopes for a better tomorrow" which never comes!!! LOL Useless BD team better off playing against associate nations. At least they will be able to win a few matches and spare them the ignominy

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Yeah, I've hearing this seens Sri Lanka tour of B'desh. No hopes left

  • TheRisingTeam on March 28, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Rahim is a terrible captain as half the games Bangladesh lost should've really be won if not for poor captaincy. He's far too defensive. Anyway, Bangladesh have given Cricket a bad name with such dreadful performances in the last 14 years where most matches resulted in heavy defeats. Its best if there is a 2 tier system as there's clearly a massive gap between the top 8 and the rest. Bangladesh are just not good enough and its a shame players like Rahim, Shakib and Tamim have failed this year because they each have like 200 International game experience but strangely that experience is not helping them perform. We lack talent and professionalism. We're a poor side simple as that and have never been good at any sport to be honest. I don't know about you but I'm giving up on Bangladesh Cricket.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Change one: Get rid of Tamim. Give him a break. He needs it. We need it. Please. Change NO. 2. MUSHY : You get too much pressure playing in the middle and end up playing some rash shots. You need to stop do the talking and take on the responsibility to open batting with Anamul and start leading from the front. Just try one game and see what happens and YES, we are with you.... Always.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Just give up playing altogether and make way for others

  • British_North_America on March 28, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal was not used in Sri Lanka series and Asia Cup to have him fit for more important world cup only to score 5 and 6 in two super ten matches.Next time, do not preserve any player rather try to play best eleven to keep the team in momentum.

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  • British_North_America on March 28, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal was not used in Sri Lanka series and Asia Cup to have him fit for more important world cup only to score 5 and 6 in two super ten matches.Next time, do not preserve any player rather try to play best eleven to keep the team in momentum.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Just give up playing altogether and make way for others

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Change one: Get rid of Tamim. Give him a break. He needs it. We need it. Please. Change NO. 2. MUSHY : You get too much pressure playing in the middle and end up playing some rash shots. You need to stop do the talking and take on the responsibility to open batting with Anamul and start leading from the front. Just try one game and see what happens and YES, we are with you.... Always.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 28, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Rahim is a terrible captain as half the games Bangladesh lost should've really be won if not for poor captaincy. He's far too defensive. Anyway, Bangladesh have given Cricket a bad name with such dreadful performances in the last 14 years where most matches resulted in heavy defeats. Its best if there is a 2 tier system as there's clearly a massive gap between the top 8 and the rest. Bangladesh are just not good enough and its a shame players like Rahim, Shakib and Tamim have failed this year because they each have like 200 International game experience but strangely that experience is not helping them perform. We lack talent and professionalism. We're a poor side simple as that and have never been good at any sport to be honest. I don't know about you but I'm giving up on Bangladesh Cricket.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Yeah, I've hearing this seens Sri Lanka tour of B'desh. No hopes left

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    "Mushfiqur hopes for a better tomorrow" which never comes!!! LOL Useless BD team better off playing against associate nations. At least they will be able to win a few matches and spare them the ignominy

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 28, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    The main problem with BD is that their players are simply not mature enough to understand the complexities of cricket. Time and time again, they throw away their wickets as if their heads are made up of clay. They get decent starts and then panic for no reason. They could have made 150-160 against India but failed to do so because every batsman wanted to play one shot too many. This attitude has to change if they EVER want to experience success at the world stage. Last but not least, some of their players need to be coached on how to respect the opposition. Some of the things they say makes them look silly. BD fans deserve better results than this. Mushfiq is not the problem, he's part of it.

  • faisalworld11 on March 28, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Wrong shot selection and pre madiation! Bangladesh players have problem in their thinking. Never learns from their mistake.

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    It's sort of funny to see Bangladesh disheartened because they're going through a bad run of form. I'm having a hard time trying to remember when Bangladesh were ever in a good enough form to compete with the best of teams.

    Hopefully ICC and other cricket boards support the growth of teams like Nepal, Afghanistan, Ireland and Netherlands and they get a chance to play with the big boys too. With the downright embarrassing test record that Bangladesh possesses, I see no reason why Ireland cannot be given a test status too. I'm sure they could give Bangladesh a run for their money in the longest format.

  • StraightDRIVvE on March 28, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Anamul Haque, That six inside out with out advancing - no bangladeshi batsmans i have watched has ever played a shot like that. Hope he has a long promising career.