World Twenty20 2014 April 3, 2014

Bangladesh face tough questions after WT20

Bangladesh's performance in the World T20 brought to the fore limitations of skill, accountability and a deep sense of insecurity
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Over the course of the last three weeks, the nation of Bangladesh has shown its love for cricket and cricketers from around the world, and proved that it can manage to hold a World T20 on its own. Its cricketers, however, have sung a different tune.

Their on-field performance has been shoddy and un-host like. They have lost five T20 games on the trot, starting with a loss to an unranked Hong Kong after which they became easy targets in the Super10s. At various times during this drubbing, they have repeatedly said how poor they are, why T20 is not their game, how they are genetically unsuited for big-hitting and that their fans should expect very little from them.

To conduct a thorough analysis of what the Bangladesh players did and said between March 16 and 31, one has to first detach Shakib Al Hasan's recent comments from the equation. His belief that home fans should be deprived of the game for two years to temper their expectations was, according to his TV interview with Sanjay Manjrekar before the Australia game, based largely around some hotel staff's eagerness of wanting their favourite team to win.

Also, the controversy that Shakib created was almost expected, after he had created a similar buzz during the 2011 World Cup and immediately after Bangladesh's exit in the 2012 World T20. Shakib has deflected his own frustration by making these strange comments and it should be left it at that.

The focus, therefore, should firmly be on the team's performances. Most of the Bangladesh players came into the World T20 on the back of two ordinary competitions at home - the series against Sri Lanka and the Asia Cup. The team's morale was at an all-time low after they were beaten by Afghanistan and then lost to Pakistan despite scoring 326 in the Asia Cup.

Bangladesh started their World T20 campaign by crushing Afghanistan and Nepal, but there was hardly any ambition left after they closed in on their goal of confirming a place in the Super 10s. Prior to the World T20, however, statements like, "Even teams like Hong Kong and Nepal could beat us" suggested a deeper problem.

Bangladesh appear to be a one-dimensional team with many cricketers comfortable playing in just one format, mostly ODIs, and being one-directional. They seem easily distracted, whether confronted by a loud appeal or a big controversy. It was natural for them to be scared about their livelihoods as serious questions were raised on Bangladesh's Test status when the ICC revamp position paper was leaked in January. That news admittedly had an impact on the team as they were crushed by Sri Lanka in the first Test.

Like most others, this is also a team that wins only when a number of players perform. When they won two ODI series without Shakib - their best player - against West Indies in 2012 and New Zealand a year later, it was a mark of progress. In the final ODI against New Zealand in November last year, they swept to a 3-0 series win by chasing a 300-plus score without Shakib and Tamim and in spite of Mushfiqur's low score.

But form has deserted many of these new performers, like Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi and Rubel Hossain, which means that a large chunk of players from the team built over the last 18 months are struggling. Only Anamul Haque and Al-Amin Hossain have shown significant progress as cricketers, particularly the latter who played seven games in the World T20 without much trouble.

Their fielding in every game of the tournament also confirmed that their confidence had hit rock bottom. It wasn't just dropped catches or ground fielding; towards the end, it was either a stunner or bust. Tamim and Ziaur Rahman pulled off three great catches between them but when someone like Nasir dropped catches, it became a statement of how scattered the ranks are.

The players were shell-shocked after being beaten by Hong Kong, having plummeted to a depth they have dreaded all these years. In the second phase of the tournament, as rumours emanated from the dressing room, theories abounded. There is a feeling, with evidence in the form of statements and an outburst by the captain, that new chief selector Faruque Ahmed has got off to a rocky start. It hasn't gone down well with the team management and several players, particularly those who had grown out of the habit of listening to a senior figure within the team or the BCB.

One can be certain that a team which looked aimless after achieving its target of reaching the Super 10s would require a sterner boss somewhere in the chain of command. Given how Bangladesh have reacted to certain situations on the field and how woeful they have been while accepting failure and weakness, it is time for a sense of accountability to be injected into this mercurial team.

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

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  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I think i was wrong bd is too emotional giving the moshfi child to lead and wasting other talents.. truly they need better captain..

  • POSTED BY rsmehdihasan on | April 8, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    I think BD chief selector has failed in every corner. After his reassignment in this position BD did not win a single match against quality oppositions. He lost confidence among national level players. Also Mushfiq captaincy in T20 level is questionable. He can not inspire his team as well. Lots of comments in press was also a vital factor regarding concentration among some of the players. I think Mr Farukh should appoint in another position inside board and Mr Akram should regain his duty as a chief selector. To ease of pressure someone should captain BD at least in T20 level.Domestic cricket should play in competitive and quality pitches around the country. some cricket academy is must for BD cricket future.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    1. Mushfiq was always my first preference as a captain. But he is proving me wrong. I think now he likes and gives opportunities to some players in the team than others which is dangerous for team cohesiveness. I can see he has less confidence on some players which is lethal for team performance. I wonder how is his performance in the dressing root in recent time. 2. Agree with Mahmood Hasan. Yes, taking Ganguly as a coach will be a good move especially for some players who has rather poor communication skill in English. So, the message will be delivered in Mother Language but from a Foreign coach. He should be cheaper too compared to somebody from ENG/AUS.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    comen tiger,,we will win oneday insha allah...no proplam,,we r give good fight agin..we wont impore overself need some times,,,

  • POSTED BY mishu01710 on | April 7, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    BCB should arrange minimum 4 series for A team each year where they will play 3 FC matches, 5 ODIs and 2 T20s in a series. Current national team coaching staff could handle A team wisely with adding spin bowling coach like Sunil Joshi and fielding coach like Wade Secombe with regular physio and trainer. For national team please bring high quality head coach like Tim Coyle or Tim Nelson and assistant coaches from international background like Graeme Hick as batting coach, Jason Gillespie or Aaqib Javed as fast bowling coach, Saqlain Mushtaq as spin bowling coach and Richard Halsall as fielding coach. Give them maximum allowance, hospitality and salary as they want where BCB have enough money to invest for bring longer and greater success. Lastly, please use Richard McInnes bravely who developed todays Sakib, Tamim, Mushfiq and many more from age level.

  • POSTED BY mishu01710 on | April 7, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    BCB should develop infrastructure first like have to revamp NCL and run BPL with handy format. DPL is quiet OK. Every FC teams should hire high quality foreign head coach under BCB as well as assistant coaches, physio and trainer. They should have 2nd XI also where BCB should arrange 2nd XI four day tournament simultaneously. FC teams hospitality , logistic should be high quality like genuine FC team where we are far behind. BCB should care about it strongly. Have to create a system where every team could have been play 2 high quality foreign players on their first XI who has minimum 75 FC matches experience with good records in Australia, England or South African domestic circuit only or retired international top quality players. Also BCB must should run A team, Development team and Academy team activities regularly.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | April 7, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I'm tired of seeing superstars with 1 hundred followed by 5 ducks. That's the general scenario of our team. Let recent average and strike rate dictate batsmen selection, not one performance. Experience counts to nothing if experience fails over and over again.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    Keeping aside all the emotions, let's try to get to bottom of this situation BD is in now. 1. Can't we hire a world class coach like we had before ? (Dav whatmore) 2. Re-structure the local cricket focusing specific formats (test, ODI, T20). 3. Setup world class cricket coaching centers. 4. Nurture young talents (like Taskin) 5. Find the reason why BD team's average age is 22/23 for last 7/8 years? 6. Create Fast/bouncy tracks.7. Why BD players lose their form after couple of years (specifically after getting married)? 8. Is there any internal politics going within the team? 9. How come all the BD spinners under performed in such good spinning condiiton?10. Run pacer hunt program through out the country regularly.

  • POSTED BY P.BIPULKUMAR on | April 6, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Tamim should change his style & bat at no 3 in all format for his revival . limited over team of bangladesh should be Anamul(wk) ,Shamsur ,Tamim , Mominul , Shakib , Nasir , Sabbir , Taijul , Taskin , Al amin, + a bowler ..... Test team of bangladesh should be Shamsur ,Kayes ,Tamim , Mominul , Mushfiq , Shakib , Anamul (wk) , Taijul + Al amin+ 2 bowlers ...

  • POSTED BY akramabed939 on | April 5, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    The Prime minster should intervene to save Bangladesh cricket. First step, fire Lotus and bring new faces in the board. Players like Atar Ali Khan, Pilot, and Chacha(Sujon) should be in the selection team. I think hiring Ganguly is a terrible idea. I would settle for a couch like Dav Wathmore. Also, the board should give the coach more freedom in selecting players. Long live Bangladesh cricket's test status...

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I think i was wrong bd is too emotional giving the moshfi child to lead and wasting other talents.. truly they need better captain..

  • POSTED BY rsmehdihasan on | April 8, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    I think BD chief selector has failed in every corner. After his reassignment in this position BD did not win a single match against quality oppositions. He lost confidence among national level players. Also Mushfiq captaincy in T20 level is questionable. He can not inspire his team as well. Lots of comments in press was also a vital factor regarding concentration among some of the players. I think Mr Farukh should appoint in another position inside board and Mr Akram should regain his duty as a chief selector. To ease of pressure someone should captain BD at least in T20 level.Domestic cricket should play in competitive and quality pitches around the country. some cricket academy is must for BD cricket future.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    1. Mushfiq was always my first preference as a captain. But he is proving me wrong. I think now he likes and gives opportunities to some players in the team than others which is dangerous for team cohesiveness. I can see he has less confidence on some players which is lethal for team performance. I wonder how is his performance in the dressing root in recent time. 2. Agree with Mahmood Hasan. Yes, taking Ganguly as a coach will be a good move especially for some players who has rather poor communication skill in English. So, the message will be delivered in Mother Language but from a Foreign coach. He should be cheaper too compared to somebody from ENG/AUS.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    comen tiger,,we will win oneday insha allah...no proplam,,we r give good fight agin..we wont impore overself need some times,,,

  • POSTED BY mishu01710 on | April 7, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    BCB should arrange minimum 4 series for A team each year where they will play 3 FC matches, 5 ODIs and 2 T20s in a series. Current national team coaching staff could handle A team wisely with adding spin bowling coach like Sunil Joshi and fielding coach like Wade Secombe with regular physio and trainer. For national team please bring high quality head coach like Tim Coyle or Tim Nelson and assistant coaches from international background like Graeme Hick as batting coach, Jason Gillespie or Aaqib Javed as fast bowling coach, Saqlain Mushtaq as spin bowling coach and Richard Halsall as fielding coach. Give them maximum allowance, hospitality and salary as they want where BCB have enough money to invest for bring longer and greater success. Lastly, please use Richard McInnes bravely who developed todays Sakib, Tamim, Mushfiq and many more from age level.

  • POSTED BY mishu01710 on | April 7, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    BCB should develop infrastructure first like have to revamp NCL and run BPL with handy format. DPL is quiet OK. Every FC teams should hire high quality foreign head coach under BCB as well as assistant coaches, physio and trainer. They should have 2nd XI also where BCB should arrange 2nd XI four day tournament simultaneously. FC teams hospitality , logistic should be high quality like genuine FC team where we are far behind. BCB should care about it strongly. Have to create a system where every team could have been play 2 high quality foreign players on their first XI who has minimum 75 FC matches experience with good records in Australia, England or South African domestic circuit only or retired international top quality players. Also BCB must should run A team, Development team and Academy team activities regularly.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | April 7, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I'm tired of seeing superstars with 1 hundred followed by 5 ducks. That's the general scenario of our team. Let recent average and strike rate dictate batsmen selection, not one performance. Experience counts to nothing if experience fails over and over again.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    Keeping aside all the emotions, let's try to get to bottom of this situation BD is in now. 1. Can't we hire a world class coach like we had before ? (Dav whatmore) 2. Re-structure the local cricket focusing specific formats (test, ODI, T20). 3. Setup world class cricket coaching centers. 4. Nurture young talents (like Taskin) 5. Find the reason why BD team's average age is 22/23 for last 7/8 years? 6. Create Fast/bouncy tracks.7. Why BD players lose their form after couple of years (specifically after getting married)? 8. Is there any internal politics going within the team? 9. How come all the BD spinners under performed in such good spinning condiiton?10. Run pacer hunt program through out the country regularly.

  • POSTED BY P.BIPULKUMAR on | April 6, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Tamim should change his style & bat at no 3 in all format for his revival . limited over team of bangladesh should be Anamul(wk) ,Shamsur ,Tamim , Mominul , Shakib , Nasir , Sabbir , Taijul , Taskin , Al amin, + a bowler ..... Test team of bangladesh should be Shamsur ,Kayes ,Tamim , Mominul , Mushfiq , Shakib , Anamul (wk) , Taijul + Al amin+ 2 bowlers ...

  • POSTED BY akramabed939 on | April 5, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    The Prime minster should intervene to save Bangladesh cricket. First step, fire Lotus and bring new faces in the board. Players like Atar Ali Khan, Pilot, and Chacha(Sujon) should be in the selection team. I think hiring Ganguly is a terrible idea. I would settle for a couch like Dav Wathmore. Also, the board should give the coach more freedom in selecting players. Long live Bangladesh cricket's test status...

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    I think Ganguly should be considered as coach for our team and along with him additionally we should have our own credible Bangladeshi coach to assist/coordinate with him. There should be very clearly defined responsibilities between the two. Combination of the two can bring about a greater positive impact on our team as long as there's no politics involved. He understands/speaks Bangla. He showed great interest towards our team. He reads and understands cricket like the palm of his hands. He could decipher the intricate stumbling blocks that are causing chaos/confusion within the team. There needs to be a harmonious, sympathetic and respectful rapport, a congruous nature of relationship in between all levels. He could be a catalyst and an independent observer coming from outside who could shed some real lights in bridging the mercurial gaps/inconsistencies that are being mentioned in this article. Chief selector Farouk should be reconsidered for his post.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Mushfique didn't do good as captain, I agree. But can u find an alternate? I don't find much players who'll surely persist in the team!!! BCB must think carefully about the up coming world cup right now; make fast pitches, find alternate players & build them to handle touch situations. I think other than Anamul none played good cricket in T20. About the coaching stuff, well I doubt if they really have the capability to handle a test playing cricket team. So BCB have many things to do & start it quickly. Find some new players, selectors & coaching stuff & make a good atmosphere to play good cricket. Actually our expectations r not high rather it's reasonable.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Bangladesh are in danger of losing test status if the 2 tier system of test cricket is introduced... They must be playing a miniimum of 4 tour series with strong teams and also imporve their infrastructure of cricket in the country... At this point Bangladesh are lacking players and talent who can take Bangladesh cricket to a higher level

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    well done ... win or lose , it does not a mater.. Even India also loose some time... So take it as sportive

  • POSTED BY madmanmorgan317 on | April 5, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    replace tamim with imrul kayes. he performed very well in the only game he played in the sri lanka series. no idea why he was dropped

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    As world cup is coming on next year, Bangladesh should not think about last WorldT20s. Though they lost in last 7 ODI's but their performance was not too bad. Considering Australia's condition Bangladesh should concentrate on their fast bowler like Taskin, Al-Amin etc. Don't need to change the team players right now. I hope after next BPL, players of Bangladesh will get charge and will come up with new spirit.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Bangladesh need separate T20 captain. Mash is good choice. Last 2 match under him Bangladesh played well. He made Dhaka gladiators champion in BPL two times.

  • POSTED BY marlboro19 on | April 4, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    'mercurial' is a wrong choice of adjective to describe BD cricket team. If anything, they have been very consistent in losing matches.

  • POSTED BY keralite on | April 4, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    They need to have a world class domestic set up to nurture talent. That is upto the biard to ensure that. Bangladesh is a country with huge passion for the game. Continuous poor show from them will hurt cricket. ICC and other boards also need to acknowledge this fact. Why not spend a season or two in English county? Is that possible? Can somebody tell me how a foreign player can be a part of county cricket. I have seen both Dravid and Akram saying a season or two in county cricket makes one a better player.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    I think we need separate captain for t20. Bijoy is right choice for t20

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    bangladesh team needs to play more first class games in challenging pitches. more of A tours to be done. board should fund more money for future of bangladesgh cricket by hiring a specialised coach for batting bowling fielding and mental conditionoing..

  • POSTED BY rsmehdihasan on | April 4, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Chief selector Mr Farukh should move to other place as his selection in every match has been failed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Bangladesh should forget this t20 wcup and start concentrating for the ICC wcup in australia. For that we need good pacers. BD has Taskin,Alamin who seems to bowl much better than the past fast bowlers. Zia an Mashrafe should be in the team aswell. BCB should also focus on their spinners. Time to let go of razzak and tamim in the team and add young Mosaddek and Sunny as their replacement. This should be the ideal ODI squad Shamsur , Anamul, Mominul , Shakib, Mosaddek, Mushfiq, Mahmadullah, Nasir, Mashrafe, Alamin, Sunny, Taskin. Reserves: Tamim, Zia, Gazi

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Mushfiq really needs to step down as a captain. Selectors should give chances too Mosaddek,Shadman (from u19s) and keep taskin and sunny as a regular in the team. Players like Tamim,Nasir thinks they have their place in the team intact. Once they get the feel they might get replaced they'll start performing. We need more competition between the players. Look at mahmadullah he failed in 1st few matches. But once he got dropped he started performing.

  • POSTED BY funnykid on | April 4, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and naturally Pakistan fan but amazed the batting talent BD has right now. I have no hesitation in admitting that in the batting department, they have more talent than Pakistan. Tamim Iqbal, Shakib, Aman ul Haq, Nasser Hussain they are very good and talented batsmen. I fail to understand as to why they don't click more often. Its something to do with their mental weakness rather than technical. The problem lies in their bowling which is not up to the mark. They always play to their full potential when they play against Pakistan. They nearly defeated Pakistan in the last as well as current asia cup. I think they lack self belief.

  • POSTED BY on | April 4, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Being an Indian fan of Bangladesh Cricket, what I understand is the loss in T20 is mostly because poor captaincy and improper use of the resources. Can any one justify why a big hitter like Zia was not given chance to bat at no 4 when Musfiq continuously failed in this position ? Had he made quick 40 in 20 balls it could have made the situation different. Mahmudullah showed great form during the end and also deserved to be promoted to No-4 if not Zia !!! Similarly Mortaza could also have batted ahead of out of form Nassir as he is a good striker.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 4, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    rahim is not good captain and the players not getting support from others like captain,coach

  • POSTED BY delucricket on | April 4, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    BCB should seriously consider psychological coach for these young players. Many players seem to suffer from low self-esteem and inferior complexity when they compete with other nations. This could be very normal at the international level for any young player, but not at a level when it affects player's performance and temper. Also talents won't cut it alone; they need to go through rigorous and systematic practice year round to keep up in form. Only BCB can initiate this kind of progressive undertaking for their team because they have the funds.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 4, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Rahim should step down as captain.He couldnot win a single match in a major ICC event which they host. It is a really shameful thing.Bad example that ICC will not give further tournaments like this to BD. BD players lack professionalism . In any rough patch and whatever the frustration they should deal it inside the team and within themselves as individuals.That is taught by the game itself for an individual. Sakib comments were a sign of captain loosing control over other players and inside the team. Captain should be responsible for an act of un-professionalism from a team player. It is true that anybody has the right to speak but when you speaks out regarding matters of a national TEAM you should speak on behalf of team .Each individual has different comments about the team and they should be discussed and expressed inside the team members and last thing coming out should be a collective team opinion including or sometimes not including your comments as well.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 4, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Unfortunately & unlikely our captain will not resign like hafiz did for pakistan......

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I think a break from international cricket may be needed for these players who look like they dont care.

  • POSTED BY pvwadekar on | April 3, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    The Bangladesh fans are totally unrealistic to expect that their team can win in home conditions in T20. Media has portrayed these players as world beaters and the people have swallowed the hype,so a lot of pressure on the players, who lets face it are not world beaters. They are a bunch of honest triers that on their day might win a few matches here or there. So if BD fans should lower their expectations just a bit. Give the players some space where they can perform without any media/fan pressure. IF they still fail, then the players are not good and need to be discarded. Perhaps 2 tier system is a good option.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | April 3, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket sorry to say is poor. Board lacks knowledge on what Cricket is really about. If you don't have a proper first class structure and lack of interest in it then you are bound to fail badly against the better teams and that is what happened this year. Pitches in Bangladesh are too batman friendly. You have interesting pacers like Al Amin, Taskin etc but you want them for some reason to bowl on these lifeless pitches of Bangladesh. Fact of the matter is Bangladesh Cricket is unprofessional, players lack motivation, unwilling to learn and no world class players in any department which is poor considering Bangladesh has some 150 million people. Shakib is no world class player. A world class player always aims and scores for 100s but he only goes for 50s.

  • POSTED BY Arun_Mathew on | April 3, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    the most painful thing to watch in cricket field is how bangladesh team lets down their passionate supporters every time. Such a inconsistent, mediocore bunch of players are these bangladeshis,, I am happy i am not a bangladeshi fan, just imagine their plight, supporting their national team every now and then and still having to suffer the embarasement of losses.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | April 3, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Dav Whatmore once successfully mentored Bangladesh team and left them on a right path in 2007. There is yet another opportunity to bring him back in Bangladesh as head coach since he is now free and available for new contracts...

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Can't handle expectations, can't handle pressure, can't handle constructive criticism, making outrageous comments, making endless excuses, don't like being told what to do, blaming everything and everyone apart from themselves and finally panicking like mad when fielding or batting.

    BCB, please bring in Sourav Ganguly as a Coach and appoint a new Captain.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | April 3, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Hope like before, BCB would never care what people Analyze the recent team performance. They have their one style and workflow to follow! We, tiger fans are crying out here to teach them professionalism and undergo mental health treatment to play in a tense situation. Management should understand players are not Joe public, rather ambassador of the nation, they must be groomed that way to avoid national embarrassment in future!

  • POSTED BY 10000000 on | April 3, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    u cant expect everytime to give a thrill from Bangla, still this side can win againest any team on their day.

    For tournments - need to wait more.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    i think BCB needs to either bring BPL back or hold a domestic tournament in which foreign players should be available. It doesn't need to be a franchise based tournament, even a tournament like the england's will do fine for the players. Only Shakib has interacted more with foreign players and hence he has more confidence and skills when facing tougher opponents which cannot be said for other players except in BPL. And the curator must prepare more grassy pitches which helps seam bowling instead of a batsman's paradise which will make the batsmen work more hard for their runs and make them better players.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | April 3, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    What Shakib said has some truth in it but some of his excuse seemed lame but than we should consider that he was talking out of his frustration. Team is going through a tough phase and everytime we fail people start talking about how bad we are and we shouldn't have test status etc. All these have impact on players. What we need to do is to make our players mentally strong so they can deal with this sort of situation.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | April 3, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Unfortunate but true- Bangladesh team lacks professionalism, discipline, talent and understanding of the game. They need a big overhaul of their current team, the domestic structure and mental strength training.

    Lowly players like Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiqur must be shown the door now.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 3, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Time to vest in some other team than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh . Ireland will be a better team inspite of it losing its best to England

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | April 3, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    From now on BCB selection committee (Omit Faruq Ahmed ASAP) must go with open mindset to run 3 formats of the game with best possible fitted players according to the need of particular format.For example- Only for TESTs-Kayes, Marshall, Robiul, Enamul Jnr, Mehrab Jnr, Only for TESTs & ODIs-Naeem, Mominul, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Shohag, Al Amin Only for ODIs and T20s- Ziaur, Mashrafee, Razzak, Rubel, Tamim, Sabbir, Anamul Bijoy, Soumu, Arafat Sunny, Taskin For all formats-Shakib, Mushfiq, Shamsur This way all the players would always be on their toes to do well for the team and him.

  • POSTED BY tiger1984 on | April 3, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    well said ISAM......they need a mentor like ranatunga or ganguly who can really force them upwards

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | April 3, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Wow!Very well written and precisely pointed out the problems by Mr.Isam.I hope this is not the end of the world for the players, support staffs and the most important factor FANs.From my point of view the problem is lied with the players.If any player is selected for all the formats irrespective he deserves or not then the player become COMPLAISANT that he has far enough chances to play.For example-Mahmudullah, Shohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak,Nasir Hossain etc. players are always picked for all the formats of the game which is totally WRONG;specially-Mahmudullah & Shohag(Why are both in T20) and Razzak (Why is he in TEST).If we can sorted out this players selection criteria that most suitable players are going to be chosen for the best suitable FORAMTs of the game then certainly we can overcome the problem.

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  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | April 3, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Wow!Very well written and precisely pointed out the problems by Mr.Isam.I hope this is not the end of the world for the players, support staffs and the most important factor FANs.From my point of view the problem is lied with the players.If any player is selected for all the formats irrespective he deserves or not then the player become COMPLAISANT that he has far enough chances to play.For example-Mahmudullah, Shohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak,Nasir Hossain etc. players are always picked for all the formats of the game which is totally WRONG;specially-Mahmudullah & Shohag(Why are both in T20) and Razzak (Why is he in TEST).If we can sorted out this players selection criteria that most suitable players are going to be chosen for the best suitable FORAMTs of the game then certainly we can overcome the problem.

  • POSTED BY tiger1984 on | April 3, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    well said ISAM......they need a mentor like ranatunga or ganguly who can really force them upwards

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | April 3, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    From now on BCB selection committee (Omit Faruq Ahmed ASAP) must go with open mindset to run 3 formats of the game with best possible fitted players according to the need of particular format.For example- Only for TESTs-Kayes, Marshall, Robiul, Enamul Jnr, Mehrab Jnr, Only for TESTs & ODIs-Naeem, Mominul, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Shohag, Al Amin Only for ODIs and T20s- Ziaur, Mashrafee, Razzak, Rubel, Tamim, Sabbir, Anamul Bijoy, Soumu, Arafat Sunny, Taskin For all formats-Shakib, Mushfiq, Shamsur This way all the players would always be on their toes to do well for the team and him.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 3, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Time to vest in some other team than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh . Ireland will be a better team inspite of it losing its best to England

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | April 3, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Unfortunate but true- Bangladesh team lacks professionalism, discipline, talent and understanding of the game. They need a big overhaul of their current team, the domestic structure and mental strength training.

    Lowly players like Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiqur must be shown the door now.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | April 3, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    What Shakib said has some truth in it but some of his excuse seemed lame but than we should consider that he was talking out of his frustration. Team is going through a tough phase and everytime we fail people start talking about how bad we are and we shouldn't have test status etc. All these have impact on players. What we need to do is to make our players mentally strong so they can deal with this sort of situation.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    i think BCB needs to either bring BPL back or hold a domestic tournament in which foreign players should be available. It doesn't need to be a franchise based tournament, even a tournament like the england's will do fine for the players. Only Shakib has interacted more with foreign players and hence he has more confidence and skills when facing tougher opponents which cannot be said for other players except in BPL. And the curator must prepare more grassy pitches which helps seam bowling instead of a batsman's paradise which will make the batsmen work more hard for their runs and make them better players.

  • POSTED BY 10000000 on | April 3, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    u cant expect everytime to give a thrill from Bangla, still this side can win againest any team on their day.

    For tournments - need to wait more.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | April 3, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Hope like before, BCB would never care what people Analyze the recent team performance. They have their one style and workflow to follow! We, tiger fans are crying out here to teach them professionalism and undergo mental health treatment to play in a tense situation. Management should understand players are not Joe public, rather ambassador of the nation, they must be groomed that way to avoid national embarrassment in future!

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Can't handle expectations, can't handle pressure, can't handle constructive criticism, making outrageous comments, making endless excuses, don't like being told what to do, blaming everything and everyone apart from themselves and finally panicking like mad when fielding or batting.

    BCB, please bring in Sourav Ganguly as a Coach and appoint a new Captain.