Bangladesh v Australia, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur April 1, 2014

Mushfiqur backs out-of-form Tamim

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Mushfiqur Rahim has given his full backing to Tamim Iqbal after the Bangladesh opener completed a wretched World T20 campaign with another early dismissal, this time against Australia. Mushfiqur also said he wasn't yet sure why the team was failing, and that he would examine the causes.

Tamim has scored just 83 runs in seven innings, with a highest score of 30 against Nepal, and an average that is slightly under 12. He was one of five Bangladesh players to have played all seven games in the tournament, and among just three to have the chance to bat in every innings.

Tamim has been dismissed caught four times during this tournament, twice at mid-off, once at short third-man and once at slip. He was trapped leg-before once, and was out bowled thrice. It has now been 13 innings since he has scored a fifty in an international match. But it is still way short of his worst phase, which was a 26-innings fifty-less run between October 9, 2008 and July 9, 2009.

"I don't think it is yet time to see him as a burden," Mushfiqur said. "The Super 10 matches were back to back, so probably he also needed more time to regroup. I don't think he has reached a stage where he has to be dropped. I think now that it is over, we will try to see where his problems lie - whether it is mental or skillwise - and we should try to overcome them.

"He is a very important player for us and I don't think it is a solution to drop someone if he has played badly for five-six matches. I think we have many good players, but I don't think we have someone like Tamim. We have to try and see to it that he can regroup and return to his old form and play consistently. Anamul is now playing consistently well so if Tamim can play like his old self our top order problem will be solved at least."

Looking back at the tournament itself, Mushfiqur said that the team was derailed by the loss to Hong Kong, after which they had to face four major T20 teams

"After Hong Kong we were not playing against Nepal but against India, Pakistan or West Indies. So that was a big shock for us. I think we really recovered well but there were a couple of guys who didn't perform well and that didn't help us.

"If four or five guys are out of form it is difficult to play well as a team and to play 40 overs of competitive cricket and that also cost us in planning and application. So we have to look after those areas and come back for our country and hopefully we will do that."

Mushfiqur felt that the combined loss of form hurt the team the most, as Bangladesh has often thrived on a number of players doing well together.

"There were times in the past when myself, Shakib [Al Hasan] and Tamim were not there but still Bangladesh won. At that time there were four or five other players who performed consistently: Mashrafe, Riyad bhai, Nasir, Anamul, Sohag Gazi.

"Now we are all here but you have to play on the field, names don't matter. If Tamim, Shakib, myself, Riyad Bhai, Gazi, Nasir, Mashrafe, if all of us could play to our potential then I think the results would have been different."

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

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Mushfiq, Tamim isn't out of form only 5-6 match, He's out of form since long time ago. I dunno why Mushfiq is so biased about Tamim? Other rising openers aren't getting chance for him.Also Mushfiq's captaincy is just poor. Need Shakib at captaincy honestly :(

  • POSTED BY Click_Click_Cricket on | April 5, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Mushfiqur needs to give up wicket-keeping. Anamul is a better keeper. Then he can focus on captaincy. PERIOD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    It is a long due to let go BD head coach Shane Jurgensen, relieve Mushy from captaincy duty, and replace chief selector with current selector Bashar. Will BCB ever make these changes? Is BCB president doing the best job he could ever do? BD fans at back home should raise their voice otherwise this struggle will continue.

  • POSTED BY lovesanga on | April 2, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    BD players have big mouth than the bat..sakib told after AFG macth that he knew it was one sided..then HK have done u....they their fan & commertry must deserve these defeats boz of their mouth..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    We need to reconstruct our-selves by firstly appointing Sourav Ganguly as a Coach and a new Captain.

    We should build the team around players like Mohammad Islam, Marshall Ayub, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Shabbir Rahman, Naeem Islam, Shakib Al-Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain, Mehedy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Robiul Islam and Rubel Hossain.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    We need to identify the problems and address the problems with sincerity. Appoint an independent investigation body to investigate from BCB downwards to the players attitude and the coaching method at the lowest level. LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED!

  • POSTED BY eZoha on | April 2, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    You are absolutely right, @computerguru. However, you missed to mention the match against HK, where BD took 5 wickets quite early. But Mushfiq allowed Dar to take easy singles and let HK to take the match to the finishing line.

  • POSTED BY computerguru on | April 2, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    1) 1st (SL were 68-8) and 3rd ODI (SL were 9-2 chasing 248) vs SL 2) Matches against PAK (BD posted 326), AFG (AFG were 90-5) and SL (SL were 8-3) in Asia cup 3) Match against WI (two missed stamping chances, two dropped catches from Riyad, poor field placings), and PAK (PAK were 68-3, out of form Malik was allowed to take singles as per his wish) in WT20 So, BD have lost 7 matches this year only due to Mushfiq's totally incompetent and one dimensional captaincy. He can't inspire the team, neither can he be strict against the non-performers. Moreover, his biased attitude towards Riyad is well proven by now.

    Its time for Mushfiq to go. Yes, he is one of the best batsmen of BD. But he must surrender captaincy and keeping (Anamul is 10 times better keeper than rahim).

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | April 2, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    The Bangladeshi fans should stop living in denial and accept that Bangladesh were and are a mediocre team who will lose more than they win. They might beat a higher ranked team on their day but they are not gonna beat 4 higher teams in 4 matches. Atleast not in near future. Hyping the team with comments like "Crouching tigers Bangladesh", "We are tigers, we maul, beware" must stop. The fans get offended when someone like Sehwag speaks the truth that they are an average test team but does any sensible Bangladeshi think they have a competent test team who can beat any higher ranked team in 2 consecutive tests? Not saying that they may never have a world beating team, they may be a strong team 10 years down the line but they don't have one now. Keep cheering your team but accept that you are more likely to get disappointed than not.

  • POSTED BY chessking on | April 2, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Here we go with same excuses from Mr. Captain himself. Funny, how he always finds ways to describe out of form players as "some of our players did not perform" but never takes responsibility for his own failing. Failing to become an effective captain on and off the field, failing as a batsman, failing as a keeper, and the list goes on, on and on. He says, "If Tamim, Shakib, myself, Riyad Bhai, Gazi, Nasir, Mashrafe, if all of us could play to our potential then I think the results would have been different." -- does not it go without saying that you have to perform, and it is the underlying factor? Doh!!! Here is a list of NO's for BD team. No willpower, NO positive attitude, No batting, No bowling, NO fielding, No positive steps taken to correct issues (game after game after game), No patience (when needed), No attack (when needed), No temperament, No test cricket, No One dayers, No T-20. I am sure I have missed some. Feel free to add to this list to see what else are we lacking.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 12, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Mushfiq, Tamim isn't out of form only 5-6 match, He's out of form since long time ago. I dunno why Mushfiq is so biased about Tamim? Other rising openers aren't getting chance for him.Also Mushfiq's captaincy is just poor. Need Shakib at captaincy honestly :(

  • POSTED BY Click_Click_Cricket on | April 5, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Mushfiqur needs to give up wicket-keeping. Anamul is a better keeper. Then he can focus on captaincy. PERIOD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    It is a long due to let go BD head coach Shane Jurgensen, relieve Mushy from captaincy duty, and replace chief selector with current selector Bashar. Will BCB ever make these changes? Is BCB president doing the best job he could ever do? BD fans at back home should raise their voice otherwise this struggle will continue.

  • POSTED BY lovesanga on | April 2, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    BD players have big mouth than the bat..sakib told after AFG macth that he knew it was one sided..then HK have done u....they their fan & commertry must deserve these defeats boz of their mouth..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    We need to reconstruct our-selves by firstly appointing Sourav Ganguly as a Coach and a new Captain.

    We should build the team around players like Mohammad Islam, Marshall Ayub, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Shabbir Rahman, Naeem Islam, Shakib Al-Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain, Mehedy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Robiul Islam and Rubel Hossain.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    We need to identify the problems and address the problems with sincerity. Appoint an independent investigation body to investigate from BCB downwards to the players attitude and the coaching method at the lowest level. LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED!

  • POSTED BY eZoha on | April 2, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    You are absolutely right, @computerguru. However, you missed to mention the match against HK, where BD took 5 wickets quite early. But Mushfiq allowed Dar to take easy singles and let HK to take the match to the finishing line.

  • POSTED BY computerguru on | April 2, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    1) 1st (SL were 68-8) and 3rd ODI (SL were 9-2 chasing 248) vs SL 2) Matches against PAK (BD posted 326), AFG (AFG were 90-5) and SL (SL were 8-3) in Asia cup 3) Match against WI (two missed stamping chances, two dropped catches from Riyad, poor field placings), and PAK (PAK were 68-3, out of form Malik was allowed to take singles as per his wish) in WT20 So, BD have lost 7 matches this year only due to Mushfiq's totally incompetent and one dimensional captaincy. He can't inspire the team, neither can he be strict against the non-performers. Moreover, his biased attitude towards Riyad is well proven by now.

    Its time for Mushfiq to go. Yes, he is one of the best batsmen of BD. But he must surrender captaincy and keeping (Anamul is 10 times better keeper than rahim).

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | April 2, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    The Bangladeshi fans should stop living in denial and accept that Bangladesh were and are a mediocre team who will lose more than they win. They might beat a higher ranked team on their day but they are not gonna beat 4 higher teams in 4 matches. Atleast not in near future. Hyping the team with comments like "Crouching tigers Bangladesh", "We are tigers, we maul, beware" must stop. The fans get offended when someone like Sehwag speaks the truth that they are an average test team but does any sensible Bangladeshi think they have a competent test team who can beat any higher ranked team in 2 consecutive tests? Not saying that they may never have a world beating team, they may be a strong team 10 years down the line but they don't have one now. Keep cheering your team but accept that you are more likely to get disappointed than not.

  • POSTED BY chessking on | April 2, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Here we go with same excuses from Mr. Captain himself. Funny, how he always finds ways to describe out of form players as "some of our players did not perform" but never takes responsibility for his own failing. Failing to become an effective captain on and off the field, failing as a batsman, failing as a keeper, and the list goes on, on and on. He says, "If Tamim, Shakib, myself, Riyad Bhai, Gazi, Nasir, Mashrafe, if all of us could play to our potential then I think the results would have been different." -- does not it go without saying that you have to perform, and it is the underlying factor? Doh!!! Here is a list of NO's for BD team. No willpower, NO positive attitude, No batting, No bowling, NO fielding, No positive steps taken to correct issues (game after game after game), No patience (when needed), No attack (when needed), No temperament, No test cricket, No One dayers, No T-20. I am sure I have missed some. Feel free to add to this list to see what else are we lacking.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | April 2, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    The irony of the year - "Mushfiqur also said he wasn't yet sure why the team was failing, and that he would examine the causes." If he really want to examine the cause he should look into the mirror. How about playing out the whole tournament with few players of his personal favor and not showing any sign of faith in other players, not even in the media-talks? How about not playing gap shots and rotating the strikes enough? How about field-setting that neither prevents singles nor boundaries, let alone field positions for catching miscued shots? What about poor choice of bowler in crunch situations? Mushfiq can look into these things for a change, since routine drills isn't improving the poor show in batting/ bowling/ fielding at all...

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | April 2, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Interesting how Mushy is backing Tamim now. He hasn't been that kind to Nasir who was out of form maybe but never as formless as Tamim. Maybe he was angry with Nasir for not always being able to repair BD innings coming late in the order after all those big names, including Mushfiq in top order, collapse with rash shots. Again, it's a mystery what really was the use of Shamsu as the reserve opener, who couldn't play a single match in opening position, not even the practice matches. It seems Musfiq will pick Gazi every time, no matter how poor he is in T20. Riyad maybe sealed his place already as middle order batting 'allrounder' in T20 with those mediocre performances while Sabbir hardly got any chance to justify his inclusion in the squad. Despite better T20 stats than many others, Mominul seems quite out of favor in the eyes of the 'management' (i.e. Mushfiq, Jargensen and Faruk)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    A big LOL to the captain of the world T20 champions...World talking 20 championship held in BD.

  • POSTED BY Tinybaba on | April 2, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    I'm happy that finally BD team management is forced to re-think of the captaincy of the team. This man , Mushy is useless and hopeless leader and he doesnt deserved to be in the team at the first place. He thinks he is the best cricketer in this word hence undermine all other teams. It is for the own good of the tigers , they should sack him and appoint someone else immediatly.

    Or else there wont be any future for BD in a foreseeable future.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | April 2, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is an ordinary player with a poor attitude and terrible fitness levels. If Bangladesh want to get somewhere then drop him and try deserving determined players like Imrul for Tests and ODIs, Anamul for ODIs and T20s and Junaid Siddique for T20. Its all about the right attitude and Tamim doesn't have that.

    If BCB were strict then Bangladesh team would've been in a superior position than they are right now. Bangladesh Cricket is too laid-back in my view hence such poor 2014 results.

    4 poor players for Bangladesh this year thus far - Tamim, Nasir, Gazi and Razzak.

    4 good players for Bangladesh this year thus far - Rahim, Anamul, Al-Amin and Shakib.

    5 promising youngsters for Bangladesh this year - Al-Amin, Taijul, Anamul and Taskin and Mominul - future and hungry stars in my view.

  • POSTED BY PPD123 on | April 1, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Arre this fellow is nothing but a bunch of excuses.... Look at his last statement - if Tamim, Shakib, myself, A, B, C, D would have played to potential the results would have been different. Let us play paper cricket - you name any bangladesh team - choose any 11 of your choice and lets put them against the Australian team (that also failed in the recent WT20) - Finch, Warner, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey, Hodge, Haddin, Faulkner, B Hogg, Starc, Bollinger. If this Aus team plays to potential the "result would not be any different" even if the "choicest" Bangladesh team played 10x their potential. I am not trying to be rude, but that is just reality. I am not a bangladeshi, but I absolutely love the BD fans... I think the passion and support they should for their team is second to none. Unfortunately the results dont do justice. It is high time that people like Mushfiqur and Mashrafe stop talking and put in some consistent performances... their fans deserve (and should demand) better.

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    yea result could have been different if mushfiqur had an attacking mindset but by not backing the player who is been out of form for such a long time

  • POSTED BY CricTimer on | April 1, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    I am not a specialist but comparing with rest of the super9 teams Bangladesh bowling was questionable in many t20 games. Bowling short pitch balls against batsman, who are better build physically, punished them. Knowing that they do not have pace attack, they should not have to deliver short pitch balls, rather could keep it full and low. Considering the height, I believe they will bowl better low balls, which in t20 is consider as an attack. And it is also easy to save singles when a bowler consistently bowling low-slow -Yorker by bringing more fielder into the first circle. Their batting is not bad but they really in need of strong slogger at bottom end.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | April 1, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    So what was the point of resting Tamim for Asia Cup? oh right because they needed him for World T20 but look what he has done in this tournament. Very poor stuff from Tamim an experienced player. I question whether he actually cares because there are deserving openers like Imrul Kayes who he is keeping out. So I disagree with Rahim because if you read Tamim's overall T20 stats they read:-

    35 games - average 20 - strike rate 105 - simply poor stats in T20 by Tamim.

    Also Rahim captaincy is simply poor. Half those games this year Bangladesh could've easily won had Rahim made better strategic decisions and set aggressive fields pressurizing new batsman.

    I'm not a fan of Gazi or Nasir anymore as their body language speak for themselves. Time for Abdur Razzak to leave and groom in a promising young left armer called Taijul Islam who I feel will succeed in tests with his control and accuracy unlike Razzak who is the same as Nasir and Gazi.

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Rightly said...need to regroup and rethink about the strategy or game planning..

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | April 1, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    I think Mushfiq needs to be dropped from captaincy and the coach needs to be replaced by an actually international level coach.

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  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | April 1, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    I think Mushfiq needs to be dropped from captaincy and the coach needs to be replaced by an actually international level coach.

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Rightly said...need to regroup and rethink about the strategy or game planning..

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | April 1, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    So what was the point of resting Tamim for Asia Cup? oh right because they needed him for World T20 but look what he has done in this tournament. Very poor stuff from Tamim an experienced player. I question whether he actually cares because there are deserving openers like Imrul Kayes who he is keeping out. So I disagree with Rahim because if you read Tamim's overall T20 stats they read:-

    35 games - average 20 - strike rate 105 - simply poor stats in T20 by Tamim.

    Also Rahim captaincy is simply poor. Half those games this year Bangladesh could've easily won had Rahim made better strategic decisions and set aggressive fields pressurizing new batsman.

    I'm not a fan of Gazi or Nasir anymore as their body language speak for themselves. Time for Abdur Razzak to leave and groom in a promising young left armer called Taijul Islam who I feel will succeed in tests with his control and accuracy unlike Razzak who is the same as Nasir and Gazi.

  • POSTED BY CricTimer on | April 1, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    I am not a specialist but comparing with rest of the super9 teams Bangladesh bowling was questionable in many t20 games. Bowling short pitch balls against batsman, who are better build physically, punished them. Knowing that they do not have pace attack, they should not have to deliver short pitch balls, rather could keep it full and low. Considering the height, I believe they will bowl better low balls, which in t20 is consider as an attack. And it is also easy to save singles when a bowler consistently bowling low-slow -Yorker by bringing more fielder into the first circle. Their batting is not bad but they really in need of strong slogger at bottom end.

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    yea result could have been different if mushfiqur had an attacking mindset but by not backing the player who is been out of form for such a long time

  • POSTED BY PPD123 on | April 1, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Arre this fellow is nothing but a bunch of excuses.... Look at his last statement - if Tamim, Shakib, myself, A, B, C, D would have played to potential the results would have been different. Let us play paper cricket - you name any bangladesh team - choose any 11 of your choice and lets put them against the Australian team (that also failed in the recent WT20) - Finch, Warner, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey, Hodge, Haddin, Faulkner, B Hogg, Starc, Bollinger. If this Aus team plays to potential the "result would not be any different" even if the "choicest" Bangladesh team played 10x their potential. I am not trying to be rude, but that is just reality. I am not a bangladeshi, but I absolutely love the BD fans... I think the passion and support they should for their team is second to none. Unfortunately the results dont do justice. It is high time that people like Mushfiqur and Mashrafe stop talking and put in some consistent performances... their fans deserve (and should demand) better.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | April 2, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is an ordinary player with a poor attitude and terrible fitness levels. If Bangladesh want to get somewhere then drop him and try deserving determined players like Imrul for Tests and ODIs, Anamul for ODIs and T20s and Junaid Siddique for T20. Its all about the right attitude and Tamim doesn't have that.

    If BCB were strict then Bangladesh team would've been in a superior position than they are right now. Bangladesh Cricket is too laid-back in my view hence such poor 2014 results.

    4 poor players for Bangladesh this year thus far - Tamim, Nasir, Gazi and Razzak.

    4 good players for Bangladesh this year thus far - Rahim, Anamul, Al-Amin and Shakib.

    5 promising youngsters for Bangladesh this year - Al-Amin, Taijul, Anamul and Taskin and Mominul - future and hungry stars in my view.

  • POSTED BY Tinybaba on | April 2, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    I'm happy that finally BD team management is forced to re-think of the captaincy of the team. This man , Mushy is useless and hopeless leader and he doesnt deserved to be in the team at the first place. He thinks he is the best cricketer in this word hence undermine all other teams. It is for the own good of the tigers , they should sack him and appoint someone else immediatly.

    Or else there wont be any future for BD in a foreseeable future.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    A big LOL to the captain of the world T20 champions...World talking 20 championship held in BD.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | April 2, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Interesting how Mushy is backing Tamim now. He hasn't been that kind to Nasir who was out of form maybe but never as formless as Tamim. Maybe he was angry with Nasir for not always being able to repair BD innings coming late in the order after all those big names, including Mushfiq in top order, collapse with rash shots. Again, it's a mystery what really was the use of Shamsu as the reserve opener, who couldn't play a single match in opening position, not even the practice matches. It seems Musfiq will pick Gazi every time, no matter how poor he is in T20. Riyad maybe sealed his place already as middle order batting 'allrounder' in T20 with those mediocre performances while Sabbir hardly got any chance to justify his inclusion in the squad. Despite better T20 stats than many others, Mominul seems quite out of favor in the eyes of the 'management' (i.e. Mushfiq, Jargensen and Faruk)