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No cricket at home for two years - Shakib

Mohammad Isam

April 1, 2014

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Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan added 116 runs in the last 10 overs, Bangladesh v Ireland, World T20 warm-up, Fatullah, March 14, 2014
Shakib Al Hasan said the captain, coach and players of the national side could not function properly due to pressure © AFP
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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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Posted by Davijonesbd 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

Posted by fr600 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Love_Tiger_Cricket 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.

Posted by aysha741 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.

Posted by Legaleagle 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.

Posted by   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?

BCB, YOU HAVE HEARD AND THIS IS THE ATTITUDE NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Posted by Straight666 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.

Posted by geocricketer 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.

Posted by British_North_America 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.

Posted by Thomas_Ratnam on (April 2, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Bangladesh have the player base, fan following, the talent, the opportunities and the facilities. So what's the problem? I think it is a matter of mental attitude and strength. As is being mentioned, all international sports persons go through the pressures that Sakib Al Hassan mentioned. Bangladesh is not unique in that area. After reading about them extensively and being there to interact with some of their young hopefuls in the early 2000s my guess is that their potential is not being harnessed optimally and the negative results are somehow overshadowing their genuine ability. This impedes their overall progress. Stopping local games may reduce expectations on the ground but will reduce funding and interest. Rather I think they should be working on their talent versus bad results.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Disgraceful !!! Irresponsible !!! Grow up Shakib !!! You owe your country men that respect for supporting you very single ball. I am Nepali student in Bangladesh. We can call Bangladesh cricket crazy nation, more of that they are Bangladesh cricket supporter. It was your performance since fight put on against Pakistan Asia cup. Games against India, Lanka ,Kiwis. Your good cricket was in talks everywhere. When you take praise in good time, you are suppose to criticized in bad times. When Bangladeshi fan were aspecting easy wins against associate countries, you lost to Hong Kong. You even didnot put any fight in super 10. Being test nation you cannot give world that chance to question your ability. I feel Bangladesh cricket team should address their fans for hurting their expectation in such a pathetic way at home. Be shameful and promise them to come back hard. My last line to Shakib- Not taking single against Nepal when it was available was disgraceful. Dr. Santosh Nepal

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Surprisingly B'desh not producing much world class players - they need to find the talents in the age of 10 and need to train them in very professional level - will cost lots of money and time but they have to start a new begin to their cricket - otherwise it will remain as its for ever.

Posted by bhushanB on (April 2, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

I agree the fan's expectations need to be realistic.... Just because you are playing in your backyard does not guarantee that you can win all (/any)... Ofcorse it being a T-20 format.. they should have won one here and there... but still until you find that exceptional talent or coaching staff or the infrastructure... consistent winning is not that easy...

I've seen Srilanka go through the same for a good 10+ years, until that world cup when Jayasurya came up with a new plan to play in the first 15 overs... Srianka were in a similar position.. they had several good players... like (there was someone else before these guys.. forgot his name) Disilva, Ranatunga, Tilakaratne, Mahanama, Atapattu, ...but it took a jayasurya to turn things around... and they've found exceptional tal of Murali, Vaas around the same time.. Several things have to fall in place for a side to believe they can fight at the highest level. Good luck Bangladesh!!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

Not playing in Bangladesh as a solution to Bangladesh's cricket woes is silly. All countries have great expectations from their country's sportsman. All sportsman go through it everywhere to varying degrees. The sportsman or athlete should figure out or even take help in handling this on a person to person basis. Running away form it as suggested by Shakib is not the answer...probably the opposite of what he is suggesting may be the answer as more and more exposure to pressure will result in better handling of the pressure. You are a professional entertainer and get paid for it..you better find ways to cope up with pressure otherwise do something else. Regarding development of cricket through both short and long term planning in place has to be done. Resources and smart use of it will improve things. take help from experts and always have a review process that can measure performance and take corrective action as you move along with your plans...

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

Every international team playing in local conditions, face tremendous pressure from fans and media. (Media Pressure is there even in overseas matches). Not playing before one's own crowd is not the solution, but developing the mindset and skill to play with passion before the home crowd..... that is what Bangladesh cricketers need to do.

Posted by Roger.A. on (April 2, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

In the early 2000's when all India could manage sometimes was to keep loosing, this was what I thought, that Indian fans must lower our expectations. We used to turn up and fill stadiums only to see India loose against South Africa and Australia continuously. But that is the wrong attitude. It is only when you have such devotion to cricket, that you can produce great sides. India then din't have great facilities, but they had icons who kids aspired to become. That's why you have a Kohli today. If not for Tendulkar, who kept breaking records despite the teams losses, we may never have had Kohli, the cricketer, but may have ended up with Kohli, the engineer. It is going to be heartbreaking to watch you team loose, but this is the way. Kids are going to be inspired by Shakib or Tamim Iqbal, to become future stars for you. Staging World T20 in Bng has happened only because of the fans. Need to keep that in mind. Maybe a kid will be inspired by watching Kohli or Afridi playing .

Posted by cricketlover80 on (April 2, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

When you are not used to winning, you will always have doubts in your ability. Bangladesh cricket has improved over the years but they are still lagging behind other teams. They need just one match winner in their team to uplift others performance.

Posted by Markdal on (April 2, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

I think it was Shakib's way of saying that they are just not good enough yet. He's possibly right in what he's saying about the local pressure, but the problem is, they are not a "drawcard", so not too many other countries are keen to host them either, because they know they will lose money. On the other hand, look at New Zealand. It took them 27 years to win their first Test, 39 their first series. Bangladesh have already won a Test series (albeit against a 2nd WI team). New Zealand has rarley been a "powerhouse" in Test cricket, but have been more than respectable for many years. Perhaps a few tweaks of the BD 1st Class set-up are all that is needed.

Posted by Zillurcc on (April 2, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

What a silly command? Sakib no doubt the best player in BD team but unfortunately fond of doing silly things & commands & he doesn't get any lesson. He just forgets that that's how they play in home land; it's understandable what they'll do in abroad. I just doubt if he means national team or playing in money format club games. Any way BD's mission is over for the moment. I'm sure they r relieved. U see we fans expect good cricket from our team. Our expectation is not high & we don''t say that BD stick in semi final, just play good cricket, may be beat one team in top 10. But they usually lose against Afgans & Hong Kong. once again feeling just pity. How to over come from here? Some says BD players lack in concentration, courage & patriotism. One of my known says they need few months combat training. What u say?

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Wow, what a load of rubbish. Never have I heard such tripe from an international cricketer. No wonder this guy is not the captain any more. Good luck for the future Bangladesh, but don't listen to Shak.

Posted by balajik1968 on (April 2, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Ashwin Mysore, I agree, but the primary source is the Ranji Trophy.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (April 2, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

The sooner they stop the forced Future Tours Programme the better. Let teams that want to play against Bangladesh play. That will undoubtedly be teams at about their level, most of the time, and make for more interesting matches and better contests. Then, if and when Bangladesh become good enough to attract the interest of the better teams, then Bangladesh can play against them. That is how to do it. It isn't hard to figure out.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

For a team to do well in test matches it should have five batsmen who average 40+ and at least three bowlers who consistently take wickets and average around 25. Similarly, in ODIs it should consistently post a total of 280+ and have bowlers with economy around 5. In T20I's these numbers are 160+ and 7.5. BD appears to be a talented team but does not satisfy these criteria. So they are likely to win only occasionally. However, they should still beat associate members as they are much better than them. Pressure can affect best of the sides, for example Aus in 1992 WC, India in 2007 WC and SA in 2003 WC. The pressure of expectations can play havoc with ones nerves not only in cricket but in all walks of life. Members of BD team are no different. They need kind words, respect and understanding response. Calling them names will not solve the problem.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Good thinking by Shakib, as they want to start from doing fundamentals right & come back with "nothing to lose" kind of mind set.

Posted by ImonG on (April 2, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Every profession has its share of pressure points. So no wonder a high paying high limelight driven profession of being a BD cricketer must bring with itself its share of pressures. Cribbing about it is of no use. But then again, there should be a reality check both for the BD cricketers & fans. They are an average team at best, & please don't start comparing yourselves to India Pak or SL. They have been world champs in atleast one or more formats,& that doesn't happen by doing well in 4-5 matches match or a series. Yes hey have had their achievements & failures home & away, but even then, lets not forget the biggest BD achievements would be a win here & there against big teams, total 5-6 max & a home series win against NZ, thats it.Can u give me 1 BD player, apart from Shakib who will get into top 25 SL IND or PAK players ? Groom your players, don't worship them & develop a domestic setup which would produce world class players in the long run. You have the passion & interest to do so

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Sakib is deviating from the actual issue, or rather, looking for a lame excuse. Bangladesh has always been a 'promising' side. It is a different matter that they are yet to fulfill their promise. Let alone playing like a test team, they are yet to play like an associate team. It is high time we rectify modern cricket's biggest blunder, of giving test status to Bangladesh. Let them play FC, and come back after 5 years.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

Well, that is something you'd never hear MS Dhoni say!

I feel a bit for Shakib, it is never easy winning a major title at home and when you sit as low in the rankings as Bangladesh does it is obviously a relief just to qualify. Interesting that their game looked outstanding up until they had qualified and went to pieces thereafter. I'm not sure no home games is the answer though. As i've said all along what they need is time. Look back 10 years and who did they have in their team that could compete at international level, probably Rafique, Habibul and Mortaza, that was it. Things look a whole lot better these days! They do need to get the recklessnes out of their cricket though but they have the batsmen and spinners in spades, just got to find some more depth in their seam bowling. This is simply a bump along the way.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

very funny....funny logic....look at the Indian cricket team...does arrogant shakib think Dhoni takes less pressure? ...shame on shakib....none wanted here him to beat india or australia....but y did they lose to Hong kong and before that to Afghanistan? pressure or over confidence? read his interview what he said after defeating young Afghan team in the qualifier stage.... he is an arrogant weed...and should be kicked out from the team who always finds out logic...dont forget his on field arrogance also....shame on him...

Posted by ADARSH100 on (April 2, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Players need to cope up with the pressure and that is what the players do. If fans cant have the right to expect who will have? Pleaaaaaase... try to understand your mistakes and atleast give hope to the fans that they will play with their full strength and try to win matches for the team. Acknowledge and apologize the fans for their encouragement and disappointment. Shakib must have 2 years of psychological training about pressure handling and media conferencing. If he was in India stating about fans, he wont be spared . Had respect and love for Shakib. But this is soo disappointing statement.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

Shakib should know that its not the reason you had a pressure. I mean to say that one should not escape from the performance he showed in this world cup.

Posted by Biso on (April 2, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

@mysay: and those other BD fans who are accusing Saqib of hogwash , having a weak mind , not motivated enough- must also do some introspection. True!, fans have invested precious time and money without which BD players would not have been where they are today. Does BD's record to date suggest that the team has the potential to beat big teams in sub continent conditions. Beating NZ does not say for much as NZ are pathetic on slow turning tracks. In fact the present tracks are slow and not real turners. At times there has been decent swing and bounce in the afternoons. Can BD win 30% of their matches against any of the sub continent teams like SL , Pakistan or India on home pitches. The answer is a clear NO. The players you got is the output of the systems you have. This includes the press and fans like you too. Saqib is right. Raise your expectations when you have players of the required level in the team and on the bench. Until then show patience.

Posted by bouncer709 on (April 2, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

Shakib! best way is not to play cricket, so when you won't be playing cricket, no body will expect from you..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Very poor from Shakib this, Bangladesh is a good strong team that has recently white washed the Kiwis. Shakib should understand that people in bangladesh have trusted their cricket team over the years as a result of which today cricket is bigger than football there. on the contrary to maintain that kind off fan following bangla should play more home games as that will even give them a better chance to win a few more. Shakib, I reckon is suffering a breakdown of sorts.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (April 2, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

Yeah, cant cope with the pressure from fans???? Banning games at home is not the solution. Hang up your boots and let the ones who can handle the pressure play.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (April 2, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Whats Shakib trying to Say. IF BD cant beat HK and Afghan team at home then how can they win at overseas. Every fan wants their to win. There is always expectations. Sorry guys BD are not good enough in international cricket. I am sure teams like Neth, Ire, Afghan will compete better than BD in international cricket if they play more games. BD are slightly better than these teams Only because they have more experience.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (April 2, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

Wow! Never thought I'd see the day when Shakib Al Hasan would start making excuses! This team is not taking responsibilities for their mistakes, and their failing to acknowledge their woes. First step is to admit that you have problems. All around the world people are praising the Bangladeshi fans for crazy love and support for not only Bangldesh team, but other teams and cricket in general. This World Cup has been highly succesful mainly because of the Bangladeshi people. All the games have been sold out. The fans did their part; can't say that about the team. And what do Shakib do? He spins that around and use that as an excuse for their failures and puts the blame on the fans. He's right about one thing. ICC should ban Bangladesh from playing cricket if their top players make idiotic comments like that.

Posted by Biso on (April 2, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

It is time for BD fans to show some maturity. The guy is making an honest assessment of what his abilities are. Saqib is probably the best BD cricketer to date. Do not raise charges of cowardice against him. The problem has been that BD fans have made an image of their favorite cricketers and the poor guys are under tremendous pressure trying to live up to that make belief image. The BD press should own some responsibility for the present plight of their team. They should have shown the professional maturity to tell the fans on their face where things actually stand. No point telling fans what they love to hear , even if the truth hurts. The T20 WC has exposed the fact that BD team is nowhere as good as their fans dream it is. It is also ,certainly, not as bad as their performance in the tournament suggests. I am sure that with little pressure of expectation the BD team could have played out of their skins and beaten more fancied teams in a match or two. That is Good enough.

Posted by Lion_96 on (April 2, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

No games at home for two years? I know Pakistan have played very well at neutral venues since 2009, but Bangladesh are no Pakistan.And if Bangladesh cant win at home, imagine their fortunes away from home. Imagine you are a crazed Bangladeshi cricket fan living in Dhaka. In 2016, Bangladesh will play their first home game in two years, what do u think my expectations would be? it would obviously be high! not the other way around! I have never heard, nor did i think i would ever hear this suggestion from a Test player. And I hope i wont have to hear this again. All sides have pressure and expectations from their fans. Deal with it!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

Very realistic Shakib, BD fans should admit the realities.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

This is very upsetting from Shakib, we all believe in you. We trust that if you all play as a unit and try your best to give the full of your talent, you all can do anything. We just want to see your full effort for the game, thats all. I am a fan of BD cricket from 1999, and will be... waiting for your come back.

Posted by yohandf on (April 2, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

Dear Bangladeshi fan , ask your team to get couple of tips from Sri Lanka . a smaller country with smaller pool of players . Also have issues with cricket board too . but key is they forget everything on field and give the best . no ego s among players . works as a team . Have you seen malinga allowed Mahela to make field placings despite being the captain . try to build supportive culture in team . path to success

Posted by garawi on (April 2, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

In my opinion two tier system should be enhanced by a point system for all T20i and ODI matches and place the teams in a order by giving points for matches won/lot and drawn. This points system should be applied to both test playing and non-test playing tiers. The last in the list should be demoted to the non-test playing level for one year while the top one in the lower tier promoted to the higher level. This will be fair to teams like Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands and even Nepal and Hongkong which seem to have improved fast during the last years. Also it will speed up the development of the lower tier teams competitiveness in general.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

Look BD fans. The person whom you admire so much and are willing to fight for with other countries' fans on this forum and elsewhere doesn't even want you.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

Dear Shakib, Do not get so upset. We all are behind you. We clearly see that the team is not functioning as a unit. Bangladesh can only prosper if you all work as a unit. Moreover, you all need to help Mushi. It looks like he is taking some wrong decisions and nobody is giving him a second option to think about.

Posted by CoolFrenzy on (April 2, 2014, 2:55 GMT)

Not playing at home is not going to lower fan expectations. Perhaps, playing poorly over a long period might lower the expectations. But you wouldn't want that, would you? So stop whining, accept that you were outplayed and work on performing better.

Posted by ProdigyA on (April 2, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Don't worry buddy...ajmal got trashed today like a school kid by Bravo and Sammy. Because of him pak got eliminated from the tournament twice. You r a good player and were a no. 1 allrounder for some time.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

words of a weak mind, Bangladesh has come so far only because of their fans. I don't think they would have big tournaments in their country if the fan following was not so awesome. Shakib is forgetting that the money that he gets paid is coming from the pockets of these fans, and out side Bangladesh hardly anyone come to watch their game. If he can't handle pressure at home then he should retire and give way for someone with courage

Posted by Ramansilva on (April 2, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

Although many fans criticize the comment of Mr. Hasan I see some merits in what he say. Less matches at home and more matches away can benefit BD players to develop their techniques. Presently every player try to be a slogger. It is hit or miss. Exposure to outside will help to sort out such issues. Perhaps ICC can set-up two tiers. Top 8 teams play in one league. 9 and 10 play with top 6 associates in a second league. The top performer of te second league upgrded to the first league at the beginning of a new cycle. Similarly the ast of the first league releated t the second league. BD is currently in 9 or 10 rank in all formts. Playing ore frequently with associates will help them to come up.

Posted by mysay on (April 2, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

This is all hogwash by Shakib, if playing at home with the support of your fans behind you does not motivate you, then the whole team might as well give up playing cricket all together. Stupid comments from a senior player, you are the main reason your team loses because I have never seen you as a senior player motivating your team members, here too your running them down. Please retire all together, what good is a bowler who agrees he can take only lucky wickets. So retire and Bangladesh cricket, prohibit him playing in the IPL. His attitude ain't worth a penny.

Posted by jimbond on (April 2, 2014, 2:18 GMT)

For a while, it may make sense for Bangladesh to focus on limited overs, avoid playing against the test playing nations, and focus on improving the domestic quality. At the moment, several of the associates are performing better and it only adds to the guilt complex of the Bangladesh team.

Posted by Tipu606 on (April 2, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

silly excuse about pressure from fans.BD batsmen dont know correct shot placement and send the ball straight down the throat of the fielder when trying to hit a six!!or take BD bowlers for example fast bowlers dont know how to bowl a yorker or an inswinger and the spin bowlers fail to give the ball a spin and get hit for sixes.another disheartening aspect for the fans is that those players who are out of form are again and again taken in the playing eleven.

Posted by ARad on (April 2, 2014, 1:25 GMT)

The most alarming comment by Shakib is about the lack of talent in the pipeline. Maybe ICC (and India) shouldn't have given BD Test status but I feel bad for the BD fans that even after nearly 13 years, BD cricket is at this sorry state.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (April 2, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

Like how Ireland were invited to play in the Caribbean Super50 ahead of their WI tour, I believe each of the top teams, who have high class tournaments, should invite at least one weaker team for their premier domestic competitions with a short series tour thereafter. Teams invited should be based on geographical convenience.

West Indies regional competition should invite the US and Canada in the future.

South Africa's domestic competition should invite Zimbabwe and Kenya if possible.

India's Ranji trophy should invite Bangladesh's full strength XI.

Pakistan's domestic competition should invite the UAE.

England should invite Ireland and Netherlands while not stealing their players!

Sri Lanka, as we know, will assist Nepal.

I believe my points are valid but to make it a reality the issues of politics, religion and money have to be dealt with accordingly.

Posted by KingAjmal on (April 2, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

Shakib obviously didn't mean 2 years. All he meant was that Bangladesh fans need to be more realistic and that he wants fans to understand that the team is not good and talented enough to win lots of games for home crowd. Which is why its best to play the likes of New Zealand, West Indies, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland and maybe England at home instead because you have a far realistic chance of winning games/series than against i.e. your fellow big asian countries who thrive in such conditions. But the fact of the matter is that Bangladesh need to sort out their poor first class structure and the sorts of pitches you play on otherwise the struggle against the major teams will continue.

Posted by Dashgar on (April 1, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

They've had a tough run it's true but in the end all teams suffer sometimes from pressure and the expectations of home fans. Bangladesh still need to give their fans a team to support. They aren't the greatest side in the world, they aren't producing superstars day in day out but they are a lot better than they used to be. There's no need to axe half the team from this performance. They just need to keep developing all their players and doing their best on the field. Teams have poor tournaments. Bangladesh have at least outperformed England.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (April 1, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

What a lame excuse. Professional players have the ability to switch off from 10,000 spectators and do what they must do as a team. Almost every team performs better at home that away. Bangladesh has not played well at all, the blame is not on expectations of the fans or the board, the players have let themselves down, and now it is tike for some soul searching. I don't think the solution is to drop the present lot and look for fresh talent, for this seems to be the best they have. Perhaps the root cause of the problem is that Bangladesh was admitted to international status a little too prematurely.

Posted by CricTimer on (April 1, 2014, 23:15 GMT)

Bangladesh had his good momentum in cricket with Shakib-Tamim-Razzak-Mahmudullah. We have seen their best. But they need even better. Else they need to spend more money and play more games against SA, Sri lanka, Australia, India to gain the experience. It is true what shakib has mentioned in his comments that Bangladesh yet to find some good quality players. Perhaps he should have mentioned they did not find players that do look players beside any other international team. Bangladesh selectors and board become of joke of producing shortest cricketers...

Posted by niazbhi on (April 1, 2014, 22:54 GMT)

I am happy that Sakib was able to express his feelings. He told the truth (thats leadership). He performed as well as he could do. Does BD have players who can replace him? No. Dutch or Ireland team can play their game without pressure. Fans are unable to appreciate that BD team actually progressed a lot (despite losing all the 20/20s).

Posted by SL_Boy on (April 1, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

this is a stupid suggestion ever heard ... so you go oversees and lose every game lol

Posted by Manu4 on (April 1, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

It must be hard being a Bangladeshi- have one sport to talk about and have the only superstar complain about too much expectation! Shakib should understand, that if it wasn't for the fans at home, he would be an unknown sportsperson outside. If it wasn't for the numerous matches that you play at home with the fans growing crazy, no one would even recognize you. BD plays to empty stadiums in most places (except for the BD expatriates of course). Shakib and others should feel blessed that they play for Bangladesh where they get to be demi gods inspire of the lack of talent and success.

Posted by CricketAficionado on (April 1, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

Bangadesh people have lots of passion for the game and they throng to the stadium out of their pure interest in the game. Players haven't been doing their bit to live up to the minimum expectations of fans. Instead of taking heart and inspiration from the fans support and expectations, shakib was advocating of obstaing from playing matches at home. This is quite ridiculous. If they work hard and play with unity and descipline, they can win matches. Best example is they ran srilankans very close in all odi's n t20e matches. They need to believe in themselves and look after the team interests. I believe bangladeshis are the most passionate of the game besides indians. They have the potential to become no.3 team in Asia.

Posted by TheKeeper on (April 1, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

Shakib is absolutely right. I think that BAN should pick a playing eleven at the beginning of the year in each format and stick with that eleven for 12 months, before reviewing for the next season. If a player has to be dropped, it should be only through injury. They should have 4 replacement players who will fill-in for any injured players. That way BAN can build team spirit with the players feeling secure in their jobs. This is not a game, it is a job; where job security is vital to the output performance of the employee.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

wow we have been calling our cricketers tigers; if its not for the large fan following Bangladesh wouldn't have earned the test status. Instead of an apology we fans got the blame, things like this can only happen in Bangladesh.

Posted by Senthil23october on (April 1, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Maybe Shakib is right. .You might be a crazy football fan, even India might win few matches here and there but you cant expect India to win FIFA World Cup!!. .There should be some sense in fans expectation. .

Posted by ofcourse on (April 1, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

Wonder why do the Bang cricketers give so many interviews even during bad times. Haven't seen Dhoni take the mike even a single time during all the consecutive losses. And, Mushfiq is probably the world record holder for the most number of interviews by a sportsperson. Will do the BD team a lot of good if they just keep quiet and try to improve on field.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

Which team won't like to play in their home. How pathetic. I had tremendous respect for this guy. Recent indecent behaviour and lack of performance plus commitment issues have tarnished his image. Pls retire if you feel your not good enough to play for your country. Feel so sad for the fans.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

very disappointing from shakib, other country players like india, pakistan takes much more pressure, where the supporters are not as considerate as us. did not expect this looser like attitude from one of the top all rounder of the world.

Posted by jay_qwerty on (April 1, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

no offense meant to Bangladeshi fans but what Shakib said is true- the part where he says your expectations exceed your means. If I have 100000$ to spend, I can buy a Ferrari. If I have only 10 taka, I should probably think about making enough money before thinking about buying one. Similarly if my team has to rely on 20 guys who would not make it to the second maybe even the third XI in most nations, I cannot win any matches can I? So he said you need to improve your facilities and since that will not happen soon, the Bangladeshi team should play abroad for 2 years where better facilities are available. Just because you play at home, the Bangladeshi soccer team will not beat Hungary will it?

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

Shakib, Bangladesh fans are really passionate and crazy just like in few other countries in the subcontinent.If they are deprived of having any games in BD it will indeed have a negative impact.

Your other suggestions are genuine and Cricket Academies and coaching facilities etc are all are good hints, that needs to be given due attention by the BCB.

May be after 2 years, the crowd might not be able to watch u back with the rare potential in you, might be a deterioration or improvement.

Even after 2 long years, surely the same amount of excitement & expectation is bound to be there but if the level of expected improvement in the young Team is upto the expected level only u singlehandely will be blamed as a proponent of this theory !.

Request you to change of ur point of opinion and have alternate ideas involving the fans in BD to watch their Cricket idols in action in BD itself !

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Rather than blame Shakib for his poor "attitude" and that he should subsequently "retire," maybe look at what he's actually saying? He is one the best players Bangladesh has produce, and probably will produce, since their induction into Test status. Shakib is one of the best allrounders in the formats, and with all of this said, he has no confidence in his team! Is that his fault? No, it's the fault of a country who find them in a vicious cycle: They cannot practice well with good staff against good teams because other nations' cricketing boards do not view Bangladesh as a profitable nation to play against. Bangladesh isn't a profitable team to play against because of the lack of consistency, which is due to the staffing quality as well as the lack of experience, as Shakib stated. He wants to play outside on other pitches against Associate and Test teams not because it's an excuse, but because that's how any team should actually get better. Get it together Bengalis.

Posted by saju1983 on (April 1, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

It is hard to believe that world's best allrounder (previously) said such unexceptable word. It shows how premature he is! Fans are like prayers to other teams but it became pressue to u man..... Such a looser (Shakib). If u cant take fan's pressure then take retirement man..........

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

how about playing better cricket for two years without throwing our wicket away

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (April 1, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Guess what, I was just thinking the same thing a couple of days back and Shakib spoke the same . I agree with what Shakib tells, they need to shun themselves from the media and from the critics. The issue affecting BD is clearly a case of confidence and lack of self belief in their own talent. They need an international coach with test cricket to mentor the team. I currently feel that the team does not have much of a clue at crunch situations / No thinking outside the box. Ex : Jayasuriya promoted to open the batting - they could have done the same with Ziaur Rahman , who seems to be a similar guy. BD needs an Intwenational Mentor/Coach to guide them ala in the Tom Moody mould.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

One reads Anil Kumble's assessment of Bangladesh cricket team and then reads through Shakib's. This one seems such a sad excuse.

Posted by Navid_Hossain on (April 1, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

It is humiliating and embarrassing for the bangladesh cricket fans... after 10-15 years of international cricket, bd is afraid to play in their own backyard....Bangladesh should stop playing cricket altogether... isn't it a better solution? If u simply cant handle the pressure of international cricket, then there is no reason to play.

Posted by slackers11 on (April 1, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

No home cricket for 2 years = No wins for 2 years for BD, Great idea indeed.

Posted by Dominic_Mohammed on (April 1, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

If fans does not support, who do you expect to get support from. This is ridiculous excuse and very disheartening for fan.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

I agree with Shakib. Earlier too when he was the captain he had spoken his thoughts and a lot of people rubbished him for that. But truth is bitter at times. Fans and media should accept the lack class in the current team and should not be too critical. Take the BCB to task for not nurturing the team well.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Better thing is to replace the team that has failed to live up to there expectations....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

if shakib is not good enough to handle let him retire why playing at international level saying too much pressure which is very poor then he should learn from india were each and every match they play have much more fan expectation than bd so dont find poor excuses for under performance very poor cricket and attitude from bangladesh to me associates like bd should not play cricket for at least a year

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (April 1, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

It is obvious Shakib was too depressed to utter those words. Though most of it is true it was never his place to say any of those. It's no help for him. Its all but some juicy story for the media to sell (Yet again they struck the iron when it was hot!). I have spent a lot of time making arguments here in favor of him and other players but all seems to be wasted now as he seems to lose faith in himself as well as us fans. Despite being the best performer in the team, for some reason he went for saving his own hide by himself :( I'm searching but can't find a way to close my espncricinfo account here. Can anyone help? P.S. I really saw it coming when Anamul got out horribly with a duck - you know - after media had got to him and he said that he had to be more responsible, should feel more guilty for not scoring hundreds etc. etc.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

I am sorry to say Sakib, your idea is simply ridiculous. If our best cricketer is thinking in this way, then we can easily guess the situation of the rest of the players. As a sportsman you should appreciate your countrymens' support rather than fearing it. It is not only skill but also mental toughness will make you a good cricketer. Supporters' support is a thing to enjoy, not a thing to consider as pressure.

Posted by Banglar_Lathial on (April 1, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Once again shows how unprofessional the team has been both on and off the field. Every team has a media manager who monitors and weighs each public opinion/statement made by any one within the team. BD team management is just run by people who are either part-timers, politically elected, and/or cricket management illiterate personalities. It is a total chaos and no one's in charge/control. Their performance was just a reflection of the chaos/uncertainty/unprofessionalism from the management/board. It's high time BCB invests in a good, qualified, and skillful management team who will not be interfered with by politics and nepotism. And, a good coach can then effectively guide the team. Let's not go gaga over hiring the world's best coach now since the creme-de-la-creme of the problem is within the team management and board.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

If you cant handle these kind pressure ...... then better take retirement and sit at home bec cric is all about handling pressure ............ such a losing excuse !!!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Very disappointing attitude shakib

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 1, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Very simple. BD should stop focusing on BPL and show more commitment towards improving their domestic cricket. BD has one of the WORST domestic structures in world cricket. This is why their cricketers don't know how to perform properly in international cricket. Unless they address that problem, sadly they will continue to lose all games against bigger teams. Their fans should also realize their team's potential and stop cheering left and right without common sense. It's okay to support your team but you gotta be reasonable too.

Posted by TSJ07 on (April 1, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

As an neutral fan I too felt the same as Shakib after watching recent T2- WC in BD. Their fans reacts violently to every four/six hit by their batsmen and BD player dismissal. This is not good for BD cricket in longer run. fans should be aware of their teams capabilities and should react accordingly.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (April 1, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

No excuses from Bangladesh players. Yes we are not an eye-catching team and amongst the minnows but still there's no excuse for Bangladesh to not win games/series against these teams at home - West, Nz, Eng, Zim and Ire. I don't expect Ban to beat the fellow 3 asian teams due to better quality players and similar condition of pitches to ours hence lost to them all this year. This is where Bangladesh has to learn and find a way to beat them at times.

Anyway, Bangladesh need to seriously improve and focus on first class Cricket, have lively pitches and improve that weak bowling attack then team will at least get somewhere. Having the right attitude is also the key on where the team goes.

Posted by imtiaz82 on (April 1, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

I agree with Shakib's point that the domestic cricketing structure needs to be improved.. Bangladeshis just like other south asians are not naturally athletic like Africans or Afghans. So we cannot expect fast bowlers and great hitters without proper grooming and training. BCB should try to emulate Srilanka and copy their domestic/ first class structure as they were in our position just 20 years back. But Shakib blaming the fan for their own poor performance is childish and shows he is still immature as a player. These are professional players who are paid a big salary, so fan pressure should be their least worry.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

people, plz understand wat he is saying. he is 100% correct. Bangladesh was never capable of winning matches with top teams. They can cause upset when the other team performs badly. Any associated member team can cause this kind of upset in a given day. The bangladeshi fans should understand wat their team is capable of. In a country which has no cricket infra structure, its a big thing to produce people like shakib(eventhough he did sick things in live camera in a match, cricket is a gentlemans game n he is nothing close to it). So just move on, maybe if bangladesh start building the infra stucture, maybe bangladesh can win a world cup in 10 years

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

we should respect Shakib words..he is the person who has performed to the international level ..he is the person know each and everything inside and outside ...it is easy to stand out and talk what it feels which need not to be real most of the time ...

He means a lot ..un less a new environment comes quality doesnot rise up....

all he means they are under tremedous pressure -- he is not asking fans to change ..he wants a change in the board other than audience please respect him..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

I believe Bangladesh has facilities much better than many of the african countries who plays good despite all odds. Fans expectations of course increases pressure but thats the beauty of the game. Handling pressure is the price you pay for being in the limelite. However his concerns are legitimate as well. In short term, there should be career stability for players from the board. Best would be to put some ear plugs while playing.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Mr. HASAN This strategy may back fire brutally as fan's hunger will be at peak once the time comes topplay again in the local circuit.

Posted by Ashwin_Mysore on (April 1, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

@balajik1968......small addition.....along with Ranji Trophy...Irani, Vijay Hazare, Deodhar and Duleep trophies are also played in Indian Domestic calander and not to forget NKP Salve Challenger Trophy.

Posted by xylo on (April 1, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

I hope Shakib isn't going through the mental blues currently. Just at the beginning of the Asia Cup, he was declaring that defeating India should no longer be considered an upset. And here we are, a month later. He is a good talent, and he needs to be calm and sane to take Bangladesh cricket forward.

Posted by rohitkossery on (April 1, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Such immature comments from a professional cricketer. He should feel blessed that despite Bangladesh's recent form, so many fans support and adore them. All teams face fan pressure and sometimes unrealistic expectations, especially in the subcontinent. The way they handle it is what sets them apart from Bangladesh. If Shakib wants the fans to stop expecting much from Bangladesh, then it seems Bangladesh is doomed to be a minnow team forever, because it's fan expectation that always propelled all other teams to aspire higher.

Contrast this with associate teams like Netherlands or Ireland who play their heart out, despite knowing their performance will not much impact on their countrymen. Maybe Bangladeshi fans should start supporting these teams, since they atleast have the heart to play for their country than for themselves, and don't blame the fans for their failures

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

total shame... now you are blaming your fans for your poor performance...this will easily be the lamest of excuses. dear shakib think before you open your mouth..

Posted by indicricket on (April 1, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

As somebody from the subcontinent I can completely understand where Shakib is coming from. In fact Tamim also made a similar statement sometime ago when he said something to the effect that 'Sehwag is lucky that he was not born in Bangladesh'. But I still think the players should pull up their socks and have some semblance of consistency in their performance. I am sure the fans look on their players little more kindly if they showed some gumption for a fight even in their loses.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

He is stating the obvious. Bangladesh players know their capability, so just do not expect too much from them.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

Contrast: Nepal and Bangladesh

Bangladesh gentleman Shakib al Hasan recently reported to the country newspaper that Bangladesh should not play at their home at least two years. It was a serious case to the Tiger fans to overcome this speech. The cricketer claimed that it was the pressure in-built to the players playing in front of the home crowd where the expectations of the fans were too high. He stated that it was the over ambitions of the fans,local medias that made the condition of players critical that it couldn't let the team play wise cricket. Meanwhile, the expectations of the fans and medias in Nepal is the main reason Nepal has been doing so well at the international level.Nepalese skipper Khadka is dying to play in front of the home crowd since its long no any tournaments are held in Nepal.I guess, player like Shakib who is also a youth icon and believed whole heartedly by Bangladeshi fans should have thought at least twice before giving that interview. He must learn something from Nepalese skipper Paras Khadka who does not miss to address his fans with his sage words all over the world he visits for tournament. So, we can vividly contrast the team spirit of Nepal and Bangladesh at this level.

Posted by balajik1968 on (April 1, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

What Bangladesh has not done even after all these years is put a good domestic structure in place. It shows in the way they play. Put a strong structure in place, wait at least 5 years for players toughened by the domestic competition, and a good team will start to emerge.

Finally some realism from the Bangladeshi players. Earlier there was a lot of bombast from the players. As recently as a month ago, Mashrafe Mortaza was speaking as if Bangladesh routinely beat India, when the total number of times they beat India was a grand total of 2 in the last 7 years. Good luck Bangladesh. But you will never make it unless you put a structure in place, and it is not the BPL, just like the IPL will never be the place where talent emerges for India. It is the Ranji Trophy from where talent will emerge.

Posted by Rayyan2000 on (April 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Omg very disappointing from someone like shakib

Posted by Tokai69 on (April 1, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

I am so disappointed being a Tiger fan. All the team member should go through a touch coaching schedule. They must have some mental training, that could help them to break this minnow cricketing mentality! I like Shakib a lot as a player and lots of young-starts are following you. Please, be careful when you talk like this or hire a consultant when you're confused what to say.... BCB should focus on nationwide talent hunt immediately and put more players in the pipe-line after proper grooming.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

What a ridiculous statement.

Posted by mani86 on (April 1, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

Shakib needs to man up. Pressure from fans is something every sportsperson has to deal with. Amazing that an international cricketer from the sub-continent is crying like a small child about pressure from fans!

Posted by switchmitch on (April 1, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

People who are not from the sub continent may be able to relate to the kind of pressure Sakib is talking about. The expectations and reactions of the fans border on the extremes. Players are either idolized or crucified, depending on the performance on that particular day. The emotional and passionate nature of the fans does not bring any objectivity or moderation to the table. As players, facing this kind of pressure and expectations, not to mention physically threatening backlashes, is not a joke. If people can accept on field related stress illnesses and breakdowns, they have to accept that the external pressure on the sub continent players, from the media, fans, boards (sometimes even governments), can be much more mentally debilitating. Sakib is a brave man to talk about this publicly. Of course one can argue the players have to be ready to face this but then players are supposed to face on field pressures too without breaking down, right?

Posted by BARFI on (April 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

Shame Shakib for saying that. What AFG and NEPAL has? Still this two team will surely pass BD if BD employs such a hot headed Cricketer who does not like his own crowd and says something like 2 yrs ban to deprive home crowd. Shakib must apologize and all the company should fire him from all endorsements. A class act selfish Cricketer who can break this team very easily. If somebody plays only for themselves the these are two bullies 1) Mushfiq and 2) Shakib. You both are shameful and disrespectful. What would expect from a player who put hand on their private parts. Shame

Posted by jokerbala on (April 1, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Shakib might not have the right words but his intentions are right I beleive.He wants everybody to play fearlessly but it is very difficult given the current circumstances.Everyone was waiting for Bangladesh to become the next SriLanka which as not happened for one reason or the other.It is easy to blame the supporters but all the supporters were expecting was a Netherlands or Ireland like performance from them. Give it a go and make life tough for the test playing nations with few good individual performances here and there and an upset if possible.Nobody expects them to win a world tournament. That is not too much to ask for is it?

Posted by omairhr on (April 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

he's taken at least excuses classes from MSD.

Posted by Baundele on (April 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

I am very disappointed that Shakib is talking such rubbish. He is one of the few cricketers I admire the most. However, his view clearly shows that he and his colleagues are not mentally fit to play at the top level.

Bangladeshi fans are quite mature. We do not expect anything unreasonable from the team. They should win against weaker teams. And they should fight against top teams. Fight means, they should not throw away wickets, should not drop catches, and win from positions like the SL match, when we got them down 8 wickets for about 60 runs.

Players like Shakib should be ashamed of themselves for not bringing in these simple results. On the other hand, they are blaming the fans! How funny!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

I think its best if we do a Zimbabwe and stay away from some international matches. What Shakib said is true, can we rely on anyone else other than him? I guess Mushi can be relied upon usually but is there anyone else, are there any potential youngsters we can rely on in future? Maybe Mossadek but all these things are a BIG FAT NO. I hope there will be a major overhaul and BCB listen to what Shakib says because he knows it and what he said is absolutely correct.

Posted by Hummingbird0 on (April 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

yeah 2 years!! Even in the all comfortable dust bowls, your team haven't come to terms. Afters 2 yrs maybe. But when will u guys get ready to play in fast bouncy pitches?

Posted by voyager on (April 1, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

It should be very reasonable from fans that you don't lose to associates 90% of the time, and win against big teams 10-15% of the times. Having such a large supporting crowd is a blessing that very few teams have at the moment, and it should put you in the right zone. This is the first time that I have heard from a professional sportsman that he would rather play in empty stadiums.

Posted by Yasser_C on (April 1, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Bangladesh were brought into the tier1 circle too early, thanks to Team Wasim Akram who, I still believe to this day, lost to Bangladesh purposely for them to get ODI status. Due to their premature entry, they never had a chance to look back and improve their basics. New players are still being brought into the international team without basics. They play a few games, get smashed around and disappear. Need to go back and improve before challenging senior teams. The day they can beat any teir2 team at will, will be when they should start playing ODIs let alone tests. And while I am at it, can someone please tell Shakib that it is not just his team that is immature, it begins with his Prime Minister!

Posted by dganger on (April 1, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

Its really dissapointing to see an International cricketer talking like this. It is like why do u support and expect so much from us? Its like the passionate and loyal Bangladeshi supporters needed to be blamed for their debacle. Being an Indian I feel really sad for such passionate bangladeshi supporters. Look at the craze and following this people have for their game. The T20 WC theme song created by the bangladeshi's has created huge ripples across nations with its popularity. It gives a glimpse how cricket has developed fan following in this part of world. Look at the other cricket minnows Netherlands, Irelands, Honkong etc...Ii doubt weather even 5 % of population followes cricket in this nations. The cricket players of this nation can only dream of getting so much attentions from their fans..and compare this with Bangladesh, where a cricket player asking fans to give up the expectation. This is ridiculous and sad at the same time.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

They shouldn't have that negative approach or be intimidated !! winning and loosing will be there!! The way they are playing from last one month only they have themselves to be blamed, they have the potential so there is an expectation from the local people nothing's wrong in that

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

From a professional sportsman this is pathetic. Part of sport is pressure, be it from on the field or off it. Tough luck if your fans have expectations, you should be happy they do.

You want an easy, go play 3rd team cricket for a club in the middle of nowhere, don't complain while playing at the highest level that you can't hack it.

Seriously, joke this must be?

Posted by Nervewrecker on (April 1, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Must say that Bangladesh seems to have the most passionate cricket supporters in the world at the moment. Where else can you pull such large crowds even for neutral matches. And how do their players repay them? By some ridiculous comments from 2 of their most celebrated players. First Mushfiqur says Bangladesh will need another 10 years to produce another Mushfiqur, then Shakib says they shouldn't play at home for 2 years. Shakib should step aside from international cricket for 2 years and attend How to deal with pressure classes by Dr. MSD.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 1, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

BD fans are expecting a lot from their team. They consider themselves as top 3 or 5 teams. But in reality they are a bottom level team with a good performance once in an year. But still they are eager to bash opposition and hype themselves. As long as they donot have a decent record against top8 teams, BD fans must show respect to them.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Shakib might be right but if you are playing international cricket, you need to cope with such pressure and expectation and you are not allowed any excuses. Look at Nepal who played outstanding cricket being come from poor background (no insfrastructure, no motivational factor).

Posted by SrinR on (April 1, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

Fans, of any country, for any sport, basically want to see their team compete, to try their best, to play to their potential. Sensible cricket fans do not expect their team to win all the time - that is just impossible, even for the top teams like Aus and SA.

So, Bangladesh cricketers, don't worry about the results, just put your head down and try your best, and you will find that your fans will still support you.

Posted by banglafan on (April 1, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

I have never, as long as I can remember, heard a Test / international cricketer state publicly that he won a game for his team. Well, our Shakib did, indeed. "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." Well, I sure didnt take this well at all, neither did millions of cricket lovers.

Posted by Bloodwrath on (April 1, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Everybody knows Shakib is a world class all rounder,somewhat like Ashwin 2.0 But u can't have a team built around Ashwin 2.0.This is not just a veiled attack on his team members ability to handle pressure but an expression of helplessness in their lack of talent,At least your guys are more motivated than the English

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

talk about pressure and expectation... MSD is carrying huge expectation anywhere India plays and the court thing is adding extra pressure on him still he and India is delivering... Come on this bangladesh team doesn't deserve Test status.. Its the fact and the truth

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

The only way BD team will improve is by allowing its players to play in Indian domestic cricket. The BD board can work out a deal with the BCCI and ensure that all its players are getting adequate playing exposure against quality players.

Posted by stormy16 on (April 1, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Seriously what is this guy saying - there is no game without the fans! No world class facilities and coaches? Has he heard of Pakistan and SL? I am not a Bangladesh fan but even I have been waiting for them to put up a show and I really thought this summer was it. I saw these youngsters in the 2007 WC in the Windies and expected them to be a real force but 7 years on they have gone no where and I am thoroughly dissapointed and I can only imagine how the supporters must be feeling. All Bangladesh games are packed with huge crowds supporting the team and they get a kick in the guts. Shakid must withdraw his comments and apologies to the fans.

Posted by M.Usman-Sharif on (April 1, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Let alone the test status of BD is under question, their decline shows they must be playing with associates only and come through proper channel to play international cricket on merit. In current situation it looks unlikely that likes of Afg, Ireland, Zim and Afg will not let BD get better of them

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Put your head down and work hard on the basics. Bangladesh can be as good as the best teams in the world. Players should take energy and inspiration from the crowd and vice versa. Keep up the good work. Regards from Pakistan.

Posted by SrinR on (April 1, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

If a national level player has this kind of attitude, then maybe Bangladesh do not deserve test status after all. Maybe they should go back to the Associates and continue on at a level they feel comfortable at.

Posted by moonlight555 on (April 1, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

So, Shakib wants to play international cricket without any pressures! In that case, please play "gully" cricket, there's no pressure there and you can perform to your "potential"....

Do not blame your team's inadequecies to fans and media! Either learn from the defeats or give way to others!

Posted by lazyone on (April 1, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

Sakib is correct. Banladesh fans are always expecting what the team can't deliver. They are still a weak side who can only cause some upsets.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

On field Shakib is an attractive player(Ban's best) but Off field ridiculous. Needs to improve his conduct,attitude and thought process as well. Be more professional and less political

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Very immature coming from an experienced player. If bangladesh cant seem to win at home, how would they do any better overseas? Secondly every nation expects their athletes to perform. Is he trying to say their expectations are too much for him to handle?

Posted by Ruch on (April 1, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Its time to drop down to bottom tier and let someone like Ned through the ranks. Ban won't have any expectations to worry about then

Posted by cricketclassics1 on (April 1, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

It's like having 100kg put over you. After that even if you put a mountain, it will not make a difference. Indian captain MS Dhoni explains what the pressure of expectations is like for national cricketers in the country

Something to learn for Shakib

Posted by TheProfPak on (April 1, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

I totally agree with Shakib. The fans are very emotional and the bad management of players is hurting BD badly. The passion is there, but BD fans should realize that there team is not world-beaters yet. They need to give support their talent players, but at the same time, they must not get angry at their dismal performances. We subcontinent people get emotional very easily and also are very impatient in general. They (BD) are very new at international level. Does anybody remember how other teams fared in their early 30-40 years. This is a gradual process. You can't expect a baby to compete against men. This generation of BD players are far better than the former BD players. They have an all-rounder who remained the top All-rounder for long time. Now is the time to pay attention to the domestic structure and to spread the game to grass-root level. If BD fans want to see their team winning, they need to pressurize their board to keep away from politics.

Posted by KingAjmal on (April 1, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Poor stuff from him. If true then Bangladesh knowing how pathetic they have been in Cricket should not be having test status simple as that. Teams like Ireland, Afghanistan, Nepal etc are far more worthy than Bangladesh and should replace them. Bangladesh have no world class players, poor infrastructure and very weak mentally and physically.

Posted by gunner_stunner on (April 1, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

I agree Bangladesh fan's are over enthusiastic and sometimes even oblivious to the way their team gets thrashed at every outing, but the players are equally to be blamed.

Look at Tamim Iqbal's performance during this cup. Appaling! Shakib's batting and bowling during the League matches (not counting playoff's) was trash .. First ball ducks, 1s, 2s .. the problem is simple .. here is no talent in Bangladesh and if there is talent, there is no application.

I agree with Shakib that there few people don't play for the teams but play to ensure that they aren't dropped. But would like to know what exactly was he doing scoring at less than run a ball against Pakistan chasing 10 rpo.

Quite sure some Bangaldesh fan will now find faults with India and say that Shakib is better than most Indian batsman or something equally disgusting.

Bangladesh should be thrown out of Test Playing nations and should be made to play with other Associates.

Waiting for some hate comments now

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

If you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen its simple! after 14 years of dedicated following and watching your team get thrashed match after match I think Bangladeshi fan's demands are understandable. Playing away from home will loose your more following as winning away from home is not easy trust us we in Pakistan know that very well! give your 200% in every home match build your rep at home first then look at overseas rep.

Posted by Salobalay on (April 1, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

WHAAAT?! Shakib should be thankful for the support they had in this world cup. If you or others can't handle the pressure that people of Bangladesh are watching and supporting you, you are simply not mentally fit enough to play international cricket.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Another weird comment from a Bangladeshi professional cricketer. Every voice coming out of the Bangladesh camp right now is one of denial. I know it's very hard to admit mistakes, but this is getting absurd.

Guys, you need to man up and own your mistakes and do the following:

a) Rectify those mistakes

b) If unable to do the above, because you don't have the skill to, go back to the drawing board, reinvent yourselves & in the meanwhile open places for guys more talented / potential than you.

But if this makes too much sense, don't bother.

Not playing at home? Let's see how that goes for you ..

Posted by MrGarreth on (April 1, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

This is just ridiculous. Bangladeshi supporters deserve better. I have not seen a more passionate set of supporters for a team that continually lets them down. And then for Shakib to come out with nonsense like this. They should lower their expectations despite all the resources and support Bangladesh cricket has at it's disposal?? That's just such a slap in the face of their supporters. I wish we had the type of support for South Africa that Bangladesh have in their country. Shakib himself is idolized there whereas our King Kallis is treated like just another sportsman. BCB and their cricketers need to pull finger

Posted by Ishfaqkhan.jk on (April 1, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Well are those words really said by sakib. Can't believe a guy like sakib comming out like this. Wat bangladesh cricket fist need is disipline. I mean if u put sakib, tamim and nasir in any strong team they will perform well becoz of gud 11 players. They hav played enough cricket to know wat are basic needs to b succesful at international level. Play gud cricket don't relay on spinners bring gud and qualtity bowlers change ur batting style.

Posted by Haleos on (April 1, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

@chapathishot - reason is simple. They do not possess quality players to be able to play in other countries. There is no demand for hit and miss cricketers.

Posted by rohan024 on (April 1, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

yea rite Shakib. Nice way to save your home fans from torture, and torture people outside your country by playing there. This WC is enough proof that teams like Netherlands, Ireland, and even Nepal will do much better only if they are allowed to play against the big boys. Btw to Shakib's point that Bdesh players play selfish bcoz they get dropped easily, i would like to know how many Bdesh players hav actually got dropped in the last 4-5 years. I see the usual suspects always playing for Bdesh - Shakib, Rahim, Tamim, Mortaza etc etc. Who has got dropped?

Posted by Haleos on (April 1, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

All those SRT haters. Imagine the weight of expectations he carried for 22 odd years and still performed exceptionally. Here is Sakib maoning about expectations from not so large no of fans. Fans have a right to expect. It is up to individual players to be mentally strong to handle it. They do get obscene amount of money nowadays just to turn up for a match.

Posted by cricketclassics1 on (April 1, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

his suspension from Asia cup matched has surely affected his recent performances

Posted by The-love on (April 1, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

@Ruhel420 -> I feel very sad after reading these comments from shakib.It seems they are losing self-confidence.Come on Bangladeshis,this is the perfect time to support your players.If you can not support them in crisis,you don't deserve to celebrate their success.All the best from India to Bangla.I hope they play well and winn against aussies.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

So the main player of the BD teams has admitted that they cant handle the pressure of international cricket.......This adds on to the push for removal of BD in cricket. I have never heard a player stopping fans to support them......Sakib its better if you start playing local club cricket or gully cricket...there nobody will watch you and you can take as many 5-fors and score as many 100s......it will be better if this satisfies you......Sakib why would anyone play BD if the fans stop watching you and o revenue will be generated. After 15 years of full membership.....you still feel you cant win a single game in your own home tournament.......that justifies BD people's mentality and weakness

Posted by randikaayya on (April 1, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

Can't believe what I just read. bd cricket team wishes to distance itself from the fans? There's no logic in the claim that fan expectations contribute to weak performances. If anything fan support makes teams MORE successful, that's why everyone's home record is better. However I do agree with Shakkb about th maturity factor, it appears that the players, fans and the general public of Bangladesh need to grow up!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

Actually playing fame at home and not performing well will demoralise fans

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Bangladesh n does not need anyone.they just need a world class psychiatrist for each player.

Posted by Army_rangers on (April 1, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

@Ruhel420 sure mate we indians dont let u guys down..take our support BD and i know u have the capacity to bounce back..i really agree with u bro when an asian team underperforms everyone come hard against them where as whenever non asian teams play worst cricket its just a bad day..gosh,what a biased..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

hoping win against Hong Kong was too much?when you throw ur wickets away,expecting a partnership is burden to you? expectation of using head rather than rush of blood is unrealistic?if its then pls stop playing and breaking our hearts. we want basic things.not too much

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

Pakistan is eager to play at home, & Bangladeshi star Allrounder is insisting that his country is not willing to play at home,.....wow

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

it's not a good for bangladesh cricket where the best player speaking like this he is not a wicket taker he is not like sunil & ajmal but for bangladesh shakib is more than sunil and ajmal so why shakib think like this and his suggestion also not upto the mark becz the home crowd gives you strength and you are suggesting bangladesh should play outside the country it's not a good sign....

Posted by chapathishot on (April 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

The real problem in Bangladesh is the lack of proper system in the level below International level.The Dutch and Irish have players playing in SA ,Austrailia and England .Afghans have players playing in Pakistan,Even they are one of the teams in Pakistans domestic T20 championship.But Bangladesh have Sakib playing in some 20-20 leagues other than that nothing.

Posted by Minnow_Team_Fan on (April 1, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Another bad interview by yet another experienced player.

Just days back, they came up with an over confident mindset by saying that they could beat any team in the world. Then they failed miserably and their captain gave a worst interview of all time in which he shifted entire focus on players rather than accepting the defeats. They changed many team members and now another experienced team member is identifying the cause of defeats because the team is under pressure and low in confidence.

Bangladesh needs to understand that rapid change of mindsets coupled with public disclosure of the reasons of failures/ successes without even investigating the truth behind them either make the players overconfident or pessimistic.

Bangladesh board should bar the players (even the captain) from giving an interview. Even the post match interviews should be discussed and reviewed first before they do hard-to-reverse harm to Bangladesh cricket and players.

Posted by mustang81 on (April 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

Are you sure you really want that Shakib? I don't think you would like what Pakistan is going through now. Also, expectations... man this is part of international sport. Don't play it if you cant handle it! Simple..What do you expect your followers to do? Come to the stadium and expect you to fail. Well.. guess what.. nobody pays money for that!

Posted by Kashi0127 on (April 1, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

Strangest comment ,but perhaps logical. It sounds as if the losing out to any opposition is given as per Shakib and he is hoping that if that happens outside the country less people would know about it and may be less coverage in media!

Posted by IMG_SL on (April 1, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

I this Shakib got this wrong. With that amount of fans you get a great support and it will help to let down opponents mentality, not yours. There is no point avoiding the home country, still your fans have TVs and Internet.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Comon Shaqib whom are you fooling. Just admit it you guys played a very unprofessional and rash cricket. Learn something from Netherlands, Nepal and Afghanistan atleast they put up a fight.

Posted by Ruhel420 on (April 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

when aus scores 86,eng scores 88,nz scores 60, ppl say it was a bad day for cricket. but when bangladesh scores 98,138,141, ppl say the test and odi status should be taken off. wow!what a logic! we will win the match against Australia, ,let see what can we do,,,Indian fan please support us,,

Posted by bdsmaruf on (April 1, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

No cricket at home for two years - Shakib. then after 2 years you have to find job or business. who will invite such bd team. guys grow up you are already 14years old in full members. you guys can not improved, its your problems not bd supporters. if you guys can not take pressures why should you play cricket for national team. you guys should not play cricket profesionaly.it is the worst interview given by a cricketer in the history of cricket.what dose actually he means is finish cricket from Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Stop thinking like this . You have got the potential ,we saw in your game against pakistan in asia cup and against many big teams in past also. Be strong and keep working on your cricketing skills.Thats it.

Posted by Saddha on (April 1, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

Sounds like a man who is going through a rough patch in terms of confidence to me. Maybe he himself should take a rest from the game for some time till he can build his confidence back rather than trying to do what he is suggesting. If his suggestions materialize, it can be very damaging to the future of cricket in Bangladesh in my opinion.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

everyone loves playing at there home ground and how many times bangladesh have played at mirpur and still doesn't know what pitch is like. look at sriLanka they only played few time in bd and they already picked up the pitch shame bangladesh don't make excuses admit it u guys can't play against tough team.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Mr. Shakib al Hasan, fans are the only thing you have currently, dont lose them by throwing rubbish every now and then, this is the worst interview i have ever read in my life.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Such defeatist attitudes ruin a team sport. All Bangladesh needs is an inspirational leadernlike Imran Khan or MS Dhoni. I sincerely feel bad for the Bangladeshi fans. They deserve better than this loser.

Posted by RibhavBansal on (April 1, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

I really feel bad for the Bangladeshi fans, they mindlessly support their team without any expectations and even though the Bangladeshi team is not at all doing well, they are still behind their team, but this suggestion from Shakib and also the arrogance that Bangladesh qualified because of him just shows the mentality of the players. They consider themselves as kings even though they really have not achieved anything in their careers. The very fans who support the team everytime, Shakib does not want to play in front of them for two years. Real sad time if you are a Bangladeshi fan!!!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Judging by his comments Bangladesh need better back up staff and a captain who supports his team mates (Mushi has been bagging them out each and every game). This is where Dhoni excels. We all know how much criticism Jadeja, Ashwin and even Kohli (before WACCA test) were getting. We now know what great match winners they are. Most of the players like Tamim, Shakib, Nasir... are decent but they need to be mentally in the right place. Running away is poor option. In India and Pakistan the expectations are so much greater and yet they never ran away. Sachin had to perform in an environment where the public viewed any score under a hundred as a failure for him.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

What kind of statement it this, everyone want to play and perform in front of his home crowd where he gets lots of support from the crowd and he is asking to now play in their home. Ask Pakistan how it feels to play away from home every time.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

But Bangladesh don't win outside home anyway. So if you keep losing for 2 years is it not going to put a different kind of pressure?

It's not just batting and bowling that's the problem. Even fielding was bad. What's the excuse for that. I remember when srilanka was bit of minnows in early 80s their fielding was top class and they manage to win few games just with their fielding. So why can't Bangladesh improve their fielding at least rather than blaming the pressure from fans. countries like India pak Lanka Bangladesh etc excel in only cricket so it is their top sport and there will be expectations whether they like it or not. So learn to handle it.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

If yiu can't handle pressure at this level of game..you should stop playing cricket...shakib...Bangladesh is on of the best squad...but every team can't win...that's it...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

shakib it's not pressure, it's just ur too scared to lose infront of home crowd

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

why can the fans not expect improvement and wins, maybe the team has the wrong personnel. and wrong thinking.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

Good luck vs Aussies tonight, tigers. Hope you can bring some joy to the home fans - I thing Bangladesh are a good chance, the way the games are favoring slow bowlers more and more!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Pakistan does not play home cricket at all , it does not reduce thier expectation level . instead they expect them to do good!! performing abroad is more difficult than home .

Posted by veerang on (April 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

worst interview given by a cricketer in the history of cricket.what dose actually he means is finish cricket from bangladesh,the BD team always plays good cricket and never expect good cricket from us.with this type of mindset bangladesh cricket could never progress in cricket.look at our indian team,always plays under tremendous pressure and never complains ones.

Posted by masoodali150 on (April 1, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

Brave Thought, Decision and Intelligent observation for the Bangladeshi fans. That is reality which must be shown to those who do not consider this. You did good job Shakib.

Posted by rise_of_the_ashes on (April 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

Rather than keeping their own game up to the mark, they want to decrease expectation of the fans. Pakistan isn't playing any cricket in home from last 5 years but fan back home still equally motivated. I don't think these type of things can help Bangladesh.

Posted by Pathiyal on (April 1, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

too pessimistic thoughts i would say! international sports is all about handing pressure. if they admit they are not able to, then they are not ready for it. having said that, i consider shakib al hasan to be a potential match winner quite contrary to his thoughts. we have seen him doing well in patches. just he has to forget the media, focus on the job. they have a few other good guys in him, the captain, tamim, mashrafe, nasir etc....these guys can really make a massive impact if things go well for them. i wish the team the very best...in the present and for future! this is not the end of the road for them at all.

Posted by hunain94 on (April 1, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

hiding behind your fans it is not an excuse its simply unacceptable sakib......you cannot handle pressure than allow any other associate to take your place you people rest for two years

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

I really feel bad for Bangladesh and other less ranked teams they don't get much exposure outside of these WT20 and World Cups there are no series against top ranked teams because as we have seen they are afraid of playing with lesser ranked teams and by now we have seen netherlands almost stunned South Africa and New Zealand but only finished off well against England in these situations when the top ranked teams are afraid of playing against less ranked teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe i think these lower ranked teams should play series against the top associate teams like Ireland, Afghanistan , Netherlands, Scotland and Nepal etc to gain more match experience and give more tough time to those top ranked teams and i am sure these teams are still able to beat them more often if given much oppurtunities.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (April 1, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

in couple of months there will be world cup..if you don't play at home.. where can you play..Pakistan will very much like you travelling there

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

What perhaps is really needed are good psychologists to help the players. Not playing in the country is perhaps not the answer

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

Running away from pressure?

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