Bangladesh news April 1, 2014

No cricket at home for two years - Shakib


Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has suggested that the side should not play any home games for two years to help reduce expectations from cricket fans in the country.

In an interview with a local newspaper, Shakib stated the factors that had resulted in Bangladesh's poor performance in the World T20 and said the pressure from fans, the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the media had created an environment where the players stopped thinking about the team and focused on looking after themselves. He also voiced concerns about the country's lack of talent, cricket infrastructure and coaching.

"People's expectations, the journalists' reporting…board's pressure," Shakib said in an interview to Prothom Alo when asked about reasons for the recent failure. "Players get puzzled under these pressures. It becomes difficult to believe in ourselves. When a player thinks that he will get dropped by playing poorly, he stops thinking about the team and only thinks about his game. When four-five players are thinking like this, the rest follow. Coach, captain and players cannot function properly.

"It would be best to play outside the country. There should not be any cricket at home for two years. The expectations of home fans will go down, which will be very good. We should understand how much we expect from the team. When we will produce players of that level, there can be higher expectations. But we don't have good players in the pipeline, neither is the domestic cricket of a good standard. Our practice facilities are not good and we don't have a world-class coaching staff."

Shakib, who is the joint leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in this World T20, said his performance against Hong Kong in the first round had helped the side qualify for the Super 10. In Bangladesh's final match of the first round, Shakib top-scored with 34 before the side was all out for 108. He then opened the bowling and sent down four overs with returns of 3 for 9 that helped the side progress to the second round on net run rate, in spite of a defeat to Hong Kong.

"I did quite well in the first three matches. I don't know how people will take this, but I sometimes feel that had I not taken three wickets and scored 34 runs against Hong Kong, we wouldn't be playing in the Super 10s. I wasn't consistent, didn't do well in two matches. It can happen in T20s. I am not the sort of bowler who can take five wickets.

"I was never this type of bowler, never have been and never will be. I am not a match-winning bowler like Saeed Ajmal or Sunil Narine. I can bowl a good over when the team needs but I cannot guarantee a wicket. We have one match left [against Australia]. If we can finish well, we will think it was a good World T20."

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

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  • Sultan on April 8, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    He should start reading biography of world leading sport personnel. Maradona, pele..... From where they have started and where' they reach.....learn sakib before you complain

  • Fahad on April 6, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    I find this hilarious. Just because the team couldn't perform, played poorly in almost every game, now the fans' expectation is high? If cricketers cannot take pressure, why are they in the team? I'm sure it's like this in every nation. If you cricketers cannot take pressure, don't blame the fans. If a cricketers expect to stay in the team after consistently playing poorly, there must be something wrong in the way they think. It's better to be a part of the team showing you can, not by hiding from criticisms.

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Give the same facilities to Nepal cricket for two years , what Bangladesh is getting now. And see the results , I am sure they will come up with a better team than Bangladesh 14 years of excuses.

  • Yasmin on April 5, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    We THE FANS were heart-broken when Shakib exercised extremely poor judgment by grabbing his crotch and was suspended by BCB for a few critical games in the T20 Asia Cup.He certainly deserved the suspension but it cost the team dearly as he is, without a doubt, the best all-rounder in the history of BD cricket.So,YES, it hurt the fans. However, after reading his comments about the poor showing of his team and his assessment of the reason for such god-awful performance and his prescription to remedy the ill that supposedly plagues his team, it's quite obvious about what is really wrong with the BD team.It is the mindless, brainless, and thoughtless individuals like Shakib that're holding back the evolution of BD cricket.Yes, he is quite athletic and he is often good with the ball and the bat.But the team and the FANS are better of without such a negative, uninspiring, and witless individual.Dropping him off the team forever would be the best thing the BCB can do to rescue a sinking ship.

  • Aysha on April 5, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    I get what is he trying to say because i am in a team in U.S.A but i was born in Bangladesh. i know what is like to be in pressure. i understand what it is like to be pressure by a lot of group of people, fans, your schoolmates i think it is a great idea. why r u guys acting like that. the team need to get this pressure out in order to win any other games. and it is hard to win a match when the player have a lot of presser on their head. if you guys want them to win the next couple of games then i think this is a great idea like if said I AM IN A TEAM TOO WHERE YOU GET A LOT OF PRESSURE AND IT IS NOT FUN.

  • Babaji on April 3, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    This statement sums up Bangladesh's team's mental attitude. This team is pathetic and below ordinary.

    A team that is shying away from fan expectations should not be playing cricket at all. The lack of talent in this time cannot be hidden overseas.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    So, we the fans should have been content with these dropped catches, awful short pitched bowling, basic miss-fielding, dreadful shot selections and clueless captaincy, time after time for the last 14 years?

    We should not have even expected the team to have won a single game in the Super 10? If you can't handle pressure and expectations, then you are in the wrong profession!!! Oh! I get it, you want to enjoy stardom, fame and all the privileges that goes with it and you don't want the fans to expect anything in return?


  • Kam on April 3, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    What is going to happen after two years when they will come back to play at home. People's expectations will be there doesn't matter if you play at home or away.

  • kevin on April 2, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Here is how Sakib can get over the Fan pressure. Use self suggestion psychology.Tell yourself before the game,there is no fan expectation.You made that up in your mind and play your Game! Stop blaming your fans who loves cricket and their country for your sub par performance. Study each team before the game. Cricket is a game of intelligence, patience, and stamina. Study your opponent. How they close the game. Ask yourself why Malinga bowls his last few overs the way he does making it impossible to play on off side. Do your homework!!! Study bowling techniques and variations in spin used by players such as Badree or Narine. Last of all go back to basic fundamentals of cricket and practice,practice,and practice. Stop being so negative to your countrymen.

  • mohammad on April 2, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    We need a few good pacers, better than Taskin and Alamin, a good offspinner, a performing left-arm spinner(quality out of dozens), two more batsman of Shakib and Mushfiq's caliber, as far as T20 is concerned, we need to build up Ziaur Rahman and Nazmul Hossain Milon for this along with Anamul and Shamshur.Tamin is not a fast scoring player and he better suits test and ODI.

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