Bangladesh news March 29, 2014

'I need to be more responsible' - Anamul


Bangladesh's batsmen have not scored a single fifty in five matches of the World T20, putting into focus the entire batting order. Anamul Haque, with his three scores in the forties, has been the only batsman to get anywhere close to the landmark while Shakib Al Hasan, the most experienced T20 player in the team, has survived just three balls in the last two games.

There have been other failures too. Tamim Iqbal averages just 12.40 in this tournament. Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 69, seven more than Tamim, while Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah are going through a prolonged lean patch. Even a score of 30-odd, by Mahmudullah against India, excited the team management as they clutch to a very few straws.

It is hard to remember whether any Bangladeshi batting line-ups from the past had gone through a complete loss in form. Even the one who is seemingly ahead of the lot, Anamul, has not been able to convert his starts into a big score. He started off breezily against India, but soon was slowed by wickets at the other end. He did pick up boundaries and couple of sixes on occasions but was undone by Amit Mishra's googly at the end of the 13th over, having batted 43 balls for his 44.

Anamul has admitted guilt at not taking the responsibility of putting together a better score when clearly, he has been hitting it quite well. "I am not necessarily just concerned about my own form," he said. "The team could have had a bigger score had I converted my 40 into a 70. I think the batsman who's scoring, has to take the responsibility. I think I should be doing that.

"If either of Tamim bhai or Shakib bhai was in my situation, they would have played a bigger innings. I have to do the same. I hope to play a big innings. Not all batsmen stay in form in a team. If I get to thirty in the next two games, I will try to make it big."

Neither of Anamul's bhais have survived long enough in this tournament. Shakib, however, is keen to break free from his two early dismissals, and is looking forward to getting back at No 3, his old T20 batting position.

He did bat at his preferred position in the short chase against Afghanistan, but the team management has tried to amalgamate the top and middle-order by keeping Shakib and Mushfiqur at No 4 and 5. But so far, the No 3 position has yielded 49 runs in five innings, so it could be time to revert back to Shakib.

"I was batting at No 3 for quite some time but before the World T20, the captain and coach came up to and said that Mushfiqur and I have to strengthen the middle-order where the batsmen were not getting runs," Shakib said. "This was the plan, because I have been regular at three since the last World T20. I would definitely prefer batting up the order, but only if the need arises.

"When I was batting at four in the qualification round, I thought it was okay. We could have tried after two quick wickets fell. Maybe there will be a change in that thinking. Batting at 3 gave me 15-16 overs, and it hasn't changed much now. I haven't batted well in the last two games so I am focused on improving myself.

The other bhai, Tamim, has been out caught thrice in the last five games. Against India he was beaten by a superb R Ashwin delivery which he edged to Suresh Raina at slip but against West Indies and Nepal, he holed out to mid-off and short third-man, trying to blast out.

As a result, he has been the first man out in all five of Bangladesh's matches in the World T20. Anamul has put it down to some sort of lack of communication between the two openers, though he has also reiterated the need for the opening pair to take advantage of the fielding restrictions.

"Our opening partnership was doing well before the Asia Cup," Anamul said. "The same is not happening for us now. Tamim bhai is working very hard but I think communication is very important at this time. We have to improve upon that area.

"I have a lot to learn from Tamim bhai. He often tells me what to do. I think a wicket can fall with the new ball, so we have to bat carefully during the Powerplay. But having said that, we don't have big hitters in the end overs so we must take advantage of the first six overs, even if we lose a couple of wickets," he said.

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

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  • love on March 30, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    I hope they give a tough fight to pakistan. No body is expecting them to win as even aussies could not chase 190 against ajmal and co but they scored around 175.If they score even 160 it will be hell lot of improved performance which they can do easily by having better shot selection and giving due respect to world class bowlers.All the best from India to Bangla fans.

  • niaz on March 30, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Its best to play Sakib at 3. If plays well BD have a decent chance of a big score (because Sakib usually has a better S/R). If he is out Musfiq, Shamsur, Md, Nasir have to pick up. Nasir and Tamim has been off forever. May be Momin and Kayes could do better.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Bangladeshi captain talks like Australian captain. They were over confident of playing in the home ground. Its a shame that they failed even to Hong Kong and they disappointed the supporters.

  • Shameul on March 30, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @Nasim_Ahmed, Nice Team selection... I think it will work..

    My preferred batting order for the next match: (1) Tamim (2) Shamsur (3) Anamul (4) Mushfiq (5) Shakib (6) Sabbir (7) Nasir (8) Zia (9) Mashrafe (10) Razzak (11) Al-Amin Overs: Shakib 4, Al-Amin 4, Mashrafe 4, Al-Amin 4, Razzak 2-4, Zia 2/ Sabbir 2/ Nasir 2

  • Nasim on March 30, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    That is why I feel for BD players including these 'vhai's here, although the basic mistakes in fielding/ bowling/ batting/ captaincy seen from them is inexcusable even if they have no coach at all. My preferred batting order for the next match: (1) Tamim (2) Shamsur (3) Anamul (4) Mushfiq (5) Shakib (6) Sabbir (7) Nasir (8) Zia (9) Mashrafe (10) Razzak (11) Al-Amin Overs: Shakib 4, Al-Amin 4, Mashrafe 4, Al-Amin 4, Razzak 2-4, Zia 2/ Sabbir 2/ Nasir 2

  • Nasim on March 30, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Many players from the current squad couldn't play many game (from SL ODIs or Asia Cup matches to the practice matches of World Cup) before they're put right before the firing line. Razzak couldn't play in SL series. Al-Amin was frequently out of favor for the main XI (in fact he didn't play a single T20 against SL and wasn't regular in subsequent ODIs either). Sabbir wasn't included even in the ODI squads despite injury/ poor form of few fellow players. Mominul didn't play the SL T20Is, the WC first round or even the WC practice matches. Shamsur and Zia were also ignored as far as possible.

  • Nasim on March 30, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Let's put some perspective first. After the NZ series way back in November, BD players almost sat out the full season of December and January except from friendly games like T20 challenge series (Bangladesh vs Bangladesh A) and Victory Day T20 cup. To be specific a player could get a maximum of 9 T20 practice match (sort of) before Sri Lanka series. Since players couldn't play even NCL, let alone BPL, those 9 matches were only guide of players' form for the T20I squad selection. Even if you take that into account (forget the player's career summary) selection of both Riyad and Gazi as well as Forhad over Zia/ Muktar for the SL T20Is was questionable. Despite twin loses against SL Shamsur at 2 and Anamul at 3 clicked for BD and Riyad/ Forhad proved not to fit in T20 while Arafat performed. Yet again, the squad for world cup announced right after that had no sign of appreciation of form since Arafat was dropped and Forhad and Riyad retained. Shamsur had no chance to play since as well...

  • Nasim on March 30, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    @ computerguru: Shakib can play that shot quite well. In the Honk Kong match he got out with that shot not because he mistimed it. It was only because the placement was wrong since there was a fielder and also the boundary was the longest in that direction. Besides, every batsman has to develop newer shots or newer tactics of batting to evade the continually updated intelligence of the opposition against him. The 0 (1) and 1 (2) happened due to superb bowling from Santoke and Kumar. The first occasion he was deceived by the slower length delivery of Santoke for a defensive off drive. The second occasion Kumar dropped it short having seen him coming down the wicket so Shakib had to defend that but unfortunately it went on to hit the stumps after an inside edge and then some pad as well. I agree he is the one Bangladesh depends so heavily on and needs him score runs. That is why he shouldn't bat at 3 'coz if he falls all seems lost too early. Anamul/ Mushy should bat at 3. Shakib at 4.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Tamim Bhai bats like a lord. He cares little for the team's plight, swings and misses and is back in the pavilion in no time. Wonder how he merits a place in the team. Since the worst that his replacement can do is fail like him, why not take a chance? Tamim Bhai needs a break. Sometimes a stint in the wilderness helps one to retain his form. Hope against hope, the same might work for Tamim too. Please selectors, give the man a break.

  • Atif on March 30, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    I feel Bangladesh has a strong chance of winning today. Pakistan will not bring their A game to the match unfortunately.

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