Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2011 July 19, 2011

Was Shakib consulted on squad selection?

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and the new selection panel, led by former captain Akram Khan, have had a public disagreement over the squad for the Zimbabwe tour starting later this month. Shakib said he was not consulted before the 15-man squad was picked, while Akram insisted he was.

"I learned about the team after it was named," Shakib said. "I felt that [I should've been consulted] but they, who selected, should have felt it too."

Akram, however, expressed his disbelief at Shakib's comments and insisted that he had spoken to Shakib over the phone in England. "I'm really shocked," Akram said. "It's really hard for me to believe that Shakib made such comments."

Akram, who became selection chief in April, said that he discussed the squad with Shakib before finalising it. "I personally talked with him over telephone in front of my colleagues [Minhazul Abedin and Habibul Bashar] to take his view over the selection. I mentioned all the names for his opinions and he said it is okay." During a two-day practice game at the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy ground last week, Akram had informed reporters present that he held talks with Shakib over the team.

When Shakib was further pressed for his opinion on the current 15-member squad, he said, "The people who selected the team can tell better how good the team is. But I will lead out my eleven." The reason for Shakib's resentment is unknown as he refrained from expanding.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • on July 22, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    A captain should have his say, because in the end he is the one leading the team. If he feels that there are selections of players who might disrupt team spirit or leadership dynamics, then he has the right to speak out. I won't lead a group that has resentment towards me.

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    sakib is very good player but not a good captain. Bangladesh need a new captain to who lead very carefully the total team to reach a high level. who is cool minded and very intelligent. sakib should like the player alok kapali. what is the wrong he made? he played well in domestic cricket and he is a very effective player for Bangladesh. at now shariar nafees is better choice for captain. why are we not going to top? maybe our player selection is not good.we always going to made our team under 19. it not good. experienced and quality full cricketer is better option to perform well .

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    sakib is very good player but not a good captain. Bangladesh need a new captain to who lead very carefully the total team to reach a high level. who is cool minded and very intelligent. sakib should like the player alok kapali. what is the wrong he made? he played well in domestic cricket and he is a very effective player for Bangladesh. at now shariar nafees is better choice for captain. why are we not going to top? maybe our player selection is not good.we always going to made our team under 19. it not good. experienced and quality full cricketer is better option to perform well .

  • TarekHaider on July 22, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    I guess cricket has now become more media oriented (more like a bollywood melodrama) then playing at the ground which people would like to see. This is happening more with the sub-continent teams. For all (Sportsman, Selectors and Media) please do the positive thing which we as BD and Sub-continent supporter can be proud of.

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    i think sakib and tamim both are doing too much, its not acceptable. Akram khan, habibul bashar and minhajul abedin is most senior and best cricketer in bangladesh, they take good decission and give a best team but sakib doing too much, this is not acceptable.......

  • McAdnan on July 22, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will face problems if they have communication gap between the captain and the selectors.

  • on July 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    i agree with curious_george and sarwar....Sakib and Tamim can be BD's best players but both of them have got attitude problem...BCB should not tolerate it, discipline should come first.. Sakib should have not done this on the press. If he doesn't like it he should have spoken to chief selector. he should not express his disagreement on the press, which is against team discipline. I think Shakib got to be more matured as a captain. Nafis is the best man to lead Bangladesh now. Mushfiq can be his deputy. Both of them are fit to be leader of BD team.

  • on July 21, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    The million zimbabwean dollar question is: Who is going to be the winner of the widely touted RELEGATION CUP?

    All the best zimbabwe. Even as a fan of asian(asia = India) cricket, i wish you the very best.

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 21, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    BCCB should gave captaincy to Nafees and vice-captaincy to Mushfiq. Shakib and Tamim should not lead our cricket team. They both have some attitude problem.

  • on July 21, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    The captain shoul've more power and say than we adre practising now. Selectors picked up a team and the captain should lead as selectors choice, its not that simple. Capatain should have his choice as well. Well the way Shakib expressed his planning of picking eleven is not impressive at all. Anyway all the best for the Zim tour.

  • on July 22, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    A captain should have his say, because in the end he is the one leading the team. If he feels that there are selections of players who might disrupt team spirit or leadership dynamics, then he has the right to speak out. I won't lead a group that has resentment towards me.

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    sakib is very good player but not a good captain. Bangladesh need a new captain to who lead very carefully the total team to reach a high level. who is cool minded and very intelligent. sakib should like the player alok kapali. what is the wrong he made? he played well in domestic cricket and he is a very effective player for Bangladesh. at now shariar nafees is better choice for captain. why are we not going to top? maybe our player selection is not good.we always going to made our team under 19. it not good. experienced and quality full cricketer is better option to perform well .

  • on July 22, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    sakib is very good player but not a good captain. Bangladesh need a new captain to who lead very carefully the total team to reach a high level. who is cool minded and very intelligent. sakib should like the player alok kapali. what is the wrong he made? he played well in domestic cricket and he is a very effective player for Bangladesh. at now shariar nafees is better choice for captain. why are we not going to top? maybe our player selection is not good.we always going to made our team under 19. it not good. experienced and quality full cricketer is better option to perform well .

  • TarekHaider on July 22, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    I guess cricket has now become more media oriented (more like a bollywood melodrama) then playing at the ground which people would like to see. This is happening more with the sub-continent teams. For all (Sportsman, Selectors and Media) please do the positive thing which we as BD and Sub-continent supporter can be proud of.

  • on July 22, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    i think sakib and tamim both are doing too much, its not acceptable. Akram khan, habibul bashar and minhajul abedin is most senior and best cricketer in bangladesh, they take good decission and give a best team but sakib doing too much, this is not acceptable.......

  • McAdnan on July 22, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will face problems if they have communication gap between the captain and the selectors.

  • on July 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    i agree with curious_george and sarwar....Sakib and Tamim can be BD's best players but both of them have got attitude problem...BCB should not tolerate it, discipline should come first.. Sakib should have not done this on the press. If he doesn't like it he should have spoken to chief selector. he should not express his disagreement on the press, which is against team discipline. I think Shakib got to be more matured as a captain. Nafis is the best man to lead Bangladesh now. Mushfiq can be his deputy. Both of them are fit to be leader of BD team.

  • on July 21, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    The million zimbabwean dollar question is: Who is going to be the winner of the widely touted RELEGATION CUP?

    All the best zimbabwe. Even as a fan of asian(asia = India) cricket, i wish you the very best.

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 21, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    BCCB should gave captaincy to Nafees and vice-captaincy to Mushfiq. Shakib and Tamim should not lead our cricket team. They both have some attitude problem.

  • on July 21, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    The captain shoul've more power and say than we adre practising now. Selectors picked up a team and the captain should lead as selectors choice, its not that simple. Capatain should have his choice as well. Well the way Shakib expressed his planning of picking eleven is not impressive at all. Anyway all the best for the Zim tour.

  • on July 21, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    As my words Shakib is not well prepared to be Bangladesh's captain as he is thinking himself a super hero by playing kolkata and worcestershire........not happy at all..

  • on July 20, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I think Shakib should have been a matured captain till now.......... He should not react on these silly issues........... He should think only about the choice of good players............Leading does not mean to lead in choicing them.........It means to lead them by setting an example of playing pure cricket.......... On field tactics are fully used when the players' capability are fully used...... So u should think about the players, such as alok kapali..... He is a really talented player........ Why shouldnt he get a chance instead of naeem or raqibul???? Its high time u should think about ur country, not partialism..........

  • on July 20, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    I don't understand what's the problem with Shakib. First of all he shouldn't have expressed it to press which he does a lot. Secondly he shouldn't fly so much. Playing in English county and IPL has not made him a superhero. It's just the beginning. A lot of Shakibs will come up i future.

  • Bang_La on July 20, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I think, knowing Bangladesh executive style, I can explain the limbo. Akram Khan read out the list of players selected by the technical committiee (selectors' committee was thrown away by so called technical committee) to Sakib over phone and Sakib had only to listen from thousands of miles away. So theoratically Akram Khan was right that he informed Sakib about the team and Sakib was also right that he only knew about the team after it was declared.

  • rakibul-narail-bd on July 20, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    First of all this kind of controversial factor should not be disclosed to media. We have to build a better ordered cricket board, like order in field consisting 11 players. I think here, sakib is making a wrong in his understanding. It is obviously believable that, akram as a chief selector talked to sakib on bd squad ahead of zim tour. Sakib may think, he was only informed not consulted. So be careful sakib on speech to media and also be a good man along with cricketer. Everyone of bd relating to cricket should remember, our cricket board is BCB not PCB.

  • on July 20, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    wts wrng wit our cap? why do we hav to see this fiasco before every squad selection, nannu, akram and bash were all former caps and i thik they did consult with shakib...

    Remember the MIchael Beer incident, ponting had to agree with the selectors not to play him, ponting was reluctant with the decision but had to go on wit it...

  • Manik_1 on July 20, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Whats wrong Shakib? Play with ur selecting team.dont angry man.u r the one bd good player.so do your job.do your best,then allah will do the rest.go ahead.I love Tigers team.

  • Benzim on July 20, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    First thing it shdnt be disclosed to the media. As per Cheif Selector comment he had done correctly but on the other hand Shakib disagreed wz the same. So Shakib needs to clarify his dis-satifaction now.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on July 20, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    It's very unfortunate ahead of a vital tour to ZIM. Captain should b always consulted but it's selectors decision at the end. Those confusing words won't help team's performance. Who is telling the truth? How can we believe what's the truth? Lets bury down the issue. Akram & Shakib must correct their misunderstanding for the sake of team's unity & performance. And Shakib, U can select ur 11. I think pretty good options for u. The problem might b with 1or 2 players isn't it? So why r u making confusing words? Just go into the battlefield, lead the team & win it by playing good cricket. Nothing else.

  • banglafan on July 20, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Shakib has always shown partisanship in selecting his team, by taking Roqibul and Naeem over others. Granted they are very good players, but there are other playes too who fit the bill. The selectors must lay down the rules very strictly, and ensure that no individual becomes bigger than the team. If they are honest about this, the fans will rally behind them.

  • Sharif1028 on July 20, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    @Lahori_munde don't want to see your comment about Bangladesh cricket.

  • Robin7 on July 20, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    My questions are: is that Captain's role? Is is not captain's role to decide 11 from 15? I think it selectors role to choose best 15. Am i right? In my opinion it is just a courtesy to consult with Captain. Sakib might like Naeem or Raqibul for their fielding ability - but .............

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 20, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Shakib, you are still too young, you are the hope for BD cricket. Let's not talk too much please.We don't know who is telling the truth, but you should talk to the selectors first you talk to the media. It is not good for Bangladesh cricket.

  • S.S.Sagar on July 20, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    @Najeeb: LaSt 2 YearS, ASh'S Average in ODI IS 23.50 And Not In TeSt Or T20 HiS Average IS Below 15. Learn To USe The StatSguru, Dude...

  • on July 19, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Its obvious he does not like the players and it does not matter at the end who the selectors pick, their job is to keep the team stable. Look at Akram Khan taking in players like Ashraful someone who averaged below 15 in the last 2 years as a batsman ?

  • La_Bangla on July 19, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    What difference does it make? Bngladesh is going to loose as always

  • on July 19, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    i know sakib's attitude is not matured at all as a captain. but i also strongly disagree of having ashraful in the team. what has ash done recently to have a place in the team? playing ashraful means playing with 10 men. however sakib's attitude towards our respactable former players is totally unacceptable. he could've remained silent and picked up his own 11 at the due time.

  • on July 19, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Come on Shakiib. Be matured as a captain! The team is OK. This kind of comment can create clashes between the players.

  • on July 19, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Shakib is our best player, but his attitude is getting worse day by day. I doubt a respected man like Akram would tell such a white faced lie. After all, he's giving details about when and in front of who he talked with Shakib about the selection. All shakib is saying is vague hints about not being consulted. Shakib really needs to change his attitude. I'm a big of his play, but not of him as a person.

  • on July 19, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    I think selectors should left out ashraful and in his place Naeem Islam should get in, Naeem can bat, bowl and he is a good fielder also.

  • on July 19, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    whats going on ???? Come on Shakib, this is the best team..dont make any clash again. Best of luck TIGERS & SHAKIB (love u)

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on July 19, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    sakib has some fevourite player who isn't picked! raquibul,nayeem may be the reason,but the selectors are 90%ryt. ash should left out.

  • Rabbul2 on July 19, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    very shocking news.its not good. on whom we can trust?

  • nishpapjibon on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Its Nt a Good View B4 The Tour Begin. Bth The Selection committee shld have cnversation and if its nt done thn it could face prblem in between players and committe members. i hope b4 the tour begen everything cm normal And All The Best Tigers!!!!!

  • Ashique129 on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Same old Shakib. I don't know who's the liar here. I am inclined to believe it is Shakib, as he has previous histories of similar acts. He was supposed to be punished after the WC 2011 for his antiques on the team selection before the event, but he wasn't. You let people get away with bad conduct and it is reinforced. I didn't believe he is leadership material in the first place. I feel extremely uncomfortable when an arrogant, impolite, spoiled kid like him represents my country team. And I ask forgiveness to all who is reading (not Shakib though) for my harsh words.

  • on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Is it Short term memory loss? Bt this kind of situation never wanted

  • on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    don't argue with Akram Khan...he is the world Heavyweight Champion

  • on July 19, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    I don't know .. who was right. But, this disagreement is not a good sign for Bangladesh cricket. However, current team for Zimbabwe tour is not satisfactory..

  • chrisgus on July 19, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    lots of question marks here

  • on July 19, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Very funny! Truely, one of these two parties is ... .

  • on July 19, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Sorry I mean Rok aka Rokibul not Naeem. Rokibul is a good friend of Shakib's

  • on July 19, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Must be because Ash is in and Naeem is not. Shakib needs to get on with it!

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  • on July 19, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Must be because Ash is in and Naeem is not. Shakib needs to get on with it!

  • on July 19, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Sorry I mean Rok aka Rokibul not Naeem. Rokibul is a good friend of Shakib's

  • on July 19, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Very funny! Truely, one of these two parties is ... .

  • chrisgus on July 19, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    lots of question marks here

  • on July 19, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    I don't know .. who was right. But, this disagreement is not a good sign for Bangladesh cricket. However, current team for Zimbabwe tour is not satisfactory..

  • on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    don't argue with Akram Khan...he is the world Heavyweight Champion

  • on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Is it Short term memory loss? Bt this kind of situation never wanted

  • Ashique129 on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Same old Shakib. I don't know who's the liar here. I am inclined to believe it is Shakib, as he has previous histories of similar acts. He was supposed to be punished after the WC 2011 for his antiques on the team selection before the event, but he wasn't. You let people get away with bad conduct and it is reinforced. I didn't believe he is leadership material in the first place. I feel extremely uncomfortable when an arrogant, impolite, spoiled kid like him represents my country team. And I ask forgiveness to all who is reading (not Shakib though) for my harsh words.

  • nishpapjibon on July 19, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Its Nt a Good View B4 The Tour Begin. Bth The Selection committee shld have cnversation and if its nt done thn it could face prblem in between players and committe members. i hope b4 the tour begen everything cm normal And All The Best Tigers!!!!!

  • Rabbul2 on July 19, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    very shocking news.its not good. on whom we can trust?