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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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 .

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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