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

Mushfiqur backs out-of-form Tamim


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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  • Android 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 :(

  • Smart 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • charith 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..

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Ez 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.

  • Golam Kibria 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).

  • Neo 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.

  • Afzal 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.

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