Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013-14 May 9, 2013

BCB to investigate Mushfiqur resignation

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Emotional outburst is now the accepted rationale of Mushfiqur Rahim's resignation from the Bangladesh captaincy but BCB president Nazmul Hassan has vowed to get to the bottom of this sudden decision, hinting that there were other contributing factors.

Mushfiqur's inability to control himself has been well known to those close to him, and given how easily Bangladesh went down to Zimbabwe in the ODI on Wednesday, it was enough for him to get riled and defeat to Zimbabwe would obviously lead to anger in the Bangladesh dressing-room.

There were far too many poor shots played by senior batsmen, including Mushfiqur, and the bowling was not efficient enough to defend 247 on Wednesday or 252 in the 2nd ODI. In general, there was a lack of hunger, noticeable in the players' body language.

There was, predictably, a lot of expectation on Bangladesh. A team that can beat West Indies and Sri Lanka would certainly be expected to win the subsequent series against Zimbabwe. Instead the pressure of expectation got to the players, some taking the contest too lightly while others, like Mushfiqur, visibly crumbled.

When he took over as captain in 2011, former Bangladesh national selector Faruque Ahmed, who picked Mushfiqur at the age of 16 to play the Lord's Test in 2005, pointed out only one blemish in Mushfiqur's make-up, saying: "He has difficulty handling matters when he doesn't do well himself." In essence, Faruque meant that when his batting or wicketkeeping sees bad days, he has a difficult time coming to terms with it.

At the time this was a minor factor as some argued that he was mature enough to keep a positive outlook in tough times. There was a short honeymoon period in his captaincy before losses to Pakistan at home, but over the last 12 months, Mushfiqur has led well and kept the team on an even keel.

But in Zimbabwe, his preparation was hampered by poorly organised practice sessions and trouble in the hotel. For someone who is very particular with preparation, these were important issues that needed to be taken care of. Then came the 335-run defeat in the first Test, after which Bangladesh recovered with a series-equalling win in the second Test. Mushfiqur led from the front, his 93 in the second innings being the clinching factor. But the 2-1 ODI series defeat ultimately became the trigger for his announcement.

He talked to BCB president Hassan on Wednesday night, but like he told his teammates and the media earlier, he did not elaborate on the "why" and "why now". Apparently he was sobbing as he talked to Hassan, who was critical of the time he chose to quit, especially as it was done while on tour and with two more matches left to play.

"Mushfiqur couldn't speak properly when I called him," Hassan said. "He was probably choking back tears. He just told me that he can't give proper leadership, and that there were issues with teamwork. We will investigate all of this when the team returns.

"But it wasn't smart to give up the captaincy while on tour. We will find out upon his return why he quit so suddenly. We need to find out what compelled him to take this decision, if there were any instigating factors. If we find anyone guilty of hampering our team's progress in any way, we will definitely take action."

Hassan said he will also talk to Mushfiqur about some of the shots the senior batsmen played. Throughout the three ODIs, there were ordinary dismissals from the top and middle-order batsmen that led to collapses but while they recovered through Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah and one occasion Abdur Razzak, it was not enough in the second and third ODIs.

"We probably still don't know how to bat in such conditions," Hassan said. "But at the same time, the way some of the batsmen gave away their wickets at crucial times was just astonishing. I have told the management to investigate already, but I think it's best to talk to Mushfiqur directly."

The Bangladesh captaincy has changed hands quite frequently over the last decade, despite the cultural subtext that success was not always the defining factor. Since the team loses more often, the captains over the years have been expected to lead from the front. In his stint, Mushfiqur has done it well on the field, but this move will lose him a lot of goodwill.

If there were internal issues that prompted him to quit, Mushfiqur should have spoken to the players directly or gone through the cricket board. A defeat to Zimbabwe is unacceptable in Bangladesh, but this was no case to kick out the captain. It should have led to introspection, and now perhaps there will be, but with a lot of hue and cry.

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

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  • bdfane on May 11, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh player on fire today by bd captain

  • Kumaranuj on May 11, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I am not surprised on BANG defeat by ZIM so MUSHFIQ need not to surprise & to resign. because.... "LOUSING AGAINST ZIMBABWE IS BANGLADESH'S DESTINY " I am not joking pls look at the past records of Bangladesh against Zimbabwe. Sorry mate!!!

  • Ramansilva on May 11, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    When BD team defeat a higher ranked team like SL or WI once in a while they think that they can beat anybody anywhere. That "can do" attitude is in fact very good for uplifting team morale. However, a team and its fans should be modest when they are successful and be realistic on what is really possible. They were probably on a superior mentality during Zim tour. That is why both the captain and the fans could not fathom the defeat.

  • Changis on May 11, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Mushfiq should carry on as captain and board should take necessary steps to solve the problem for betterment of the country. No internal problem should keep running on......

  • on May 11, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    i dont remember when bangaladesh win series against sri lanka? :O

  • borhans on May 11, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Make tamim the new captain ..mahmudullah vice ..don't bring sakib back as captain .he need to learn few things before he get the chance again

  • on May 10, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    what i think listen bcb may be musfiq rahim captaincy this year not well that why he want to the left captaincy , i think that decition is well because he know he will doesn,t well captaincy himself.and i think that is a best taken decition musfiq then i think u can give this year captaincy shakib may be he will do well because he is a experiance man and one i talking about old is gold,that sit..................

  • Sadequl on May 10, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    @ Rodney Arteta Mathe thanks mate for the positive msg. Yes Zim could be BD's closest rival but reality is Zim has lot better cricketing past [with flower bro, heath streak etc etc] & middle part where Zim were a bit out of international cricket doesn't seems to have that much of a negative effect of their cricket either. No matter what we say this whole series definitely showed Zim's upcoming batsmen were matured enough compared to BD's boys & BD batsmen doesn't seem to know how to handle crisis situation with a patient.

    BD boys play so much of the shorter version games that seems to have a negative roll for boys to play falls stroke in each versions & another fault is BD player's plays in spin friendly pitches in the country which also has such a bad impact on the cricket in abroad too.

  • JACK.SPARROW on May 10, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Mushfiq you are so emotional. But that shows how much you care for us and country. Forget the past and move on. Finish the t20 on a high.

  • JACK.SPARROW on May 10, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I suspect there should be something fishy or wrong in the dressing room.

  • bdfane on May 11, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh player on fire today by bd captain

  • Kumaranuj on May 11, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I am not surprised on BANG defeat by ZIM so MUSHFIQ need not to surprise & to resign. because.... "LOUSING AGAINST ZIMBABWE IS BANGLADESH'S DESTINY " I am not joking pls look at the past records of Bangladesh against Zimbabwe. Sorry mate!!!

  • Ramansilva on May 11, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    When BD team defeat a higher ranked team like SL or WI once in a while they think that they can beat anybody anywhere. That "can do" attitude is in fact very good for uplifting team morale. However, a team and its fans should be modest when they are successful and be realistic on what is really possible. They were probably on a superior mentality during Zim tour. That is why both the captain and the fans could not fathom the defeat.

  • Changis on May 11, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Mushfiq should carry on as captain and board should take necessary steps to solve the problem for betterment of the country. No internal problem should keep running on......

  • on May 11, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    i dont remember when bangaladesh win series against sri lanka? :O

  • borhans on May 11, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Make tamim the new captain ..mahmudullah vice ..don't bring sakib back as captain .he need to learn few things before he get the chance again

  • on May 10, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    what i think listen bcb may be musfiq rahim captaincy this year not well that why he want to the left captaincy , i think that decition is well because he know he will doesn,t well captaincy himself.and i think that is a best taken decition musfiq then i think u can give this year captaincy shakib may be he will do well because he is a experiance man and one i talking about old is gold,that sit..................

  • Sadequl on May 10, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    @ Rodney Arteta Mathe thanks mate for the positive msg. Yes Zim could be BD's closest rival but reality is Zim has lot better cricketing past [with flower bro, heath streak etc etc] & middle part where Zim were a bit out of international cricket doesn't seems to have that much of a negative effect of their cricket either. No matter what we say this whole series definitely showed Zim's upcoming batsmen were matured enough compared to BD's boys & BD batsmen doesn't seem to know how to handle crisis situation with a patient.

    BD boys play so much of the shorter version games that seems to have a negative roll for boys to play falls stroke in each versions & another fault is BD player's plays in spin friendly pitches in the country which also has such a bad impact on the cricket in abroad too.

  • JACK.SPARROW on May 10, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Mushfiq you are so emotional. But that shows how much you care for us and country. Forget the past and move on. Finish the t20 on a high.

  • JACK.SPARROW on May 10, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I suspect there should be something fishy or wrong in the dressing room.

  • Desihungama on May 10, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Mushfiq should be playing IPL instead of wasting his time captaining Bangladesh V Zimbabwe. Looks like he's pulled a Shahid Afridi on Bangla fans. You don't resign after every series defeat. A charter is defined when chips are down and going gets touch. That's what makes you a man if you can rise up. What Mushfiq did is called an ostrich approach to the problem. And secondly, give Zimbabwe some props. For what they have gone through in last decade and still be able to put a fight is commendable.

  • Captainman on May 10, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Our Cricket team is progressing but not as fast. I blame the Cricket board for not taking domestic Cricket seriously especially first class Cricket and not altering the Cricket pitches in Bangladesh for some silly reason. Flat pitches will do no good for Bangladesh and instead, make them super bouncy so batsman can have proper techniques and play with comfort because they struggled to deal with it on this tour. I reckon Bangladesh will be tough to be in their conditions but overseas, especially in seaming pitches, they will crumble to pieces against stronger teams than Zimbabwe.

  • on May 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Mushfiqur has had great success as a captain since taking over in 2011. A 2-1 ODI loss to Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe is by no means a reason to quit the captaincy.

    Bangladesh have beaten the West Indies 3-2 in ODIs, and have tied the ODI series with Sri Lanka IN Sri Lanka 1-1. Add to that a drawn Test match against Sri Lanka IN Sri Lanka, and a historic first Test win against Zimbabwe IN Zimbabwe.

    There is no one better than Mushfiqur at this point in time to lead Bangladesh. I hope he realizes this, takes this loss in his stride, and sees the greater picture ahead.

    There's a World Twenty20 to win next year on home soil, and an even bigger ICC World Cup to win in 2015.

    Sri Lanka won their first World Cup 15 years after gaining test status in 1981. 2015 will be our 1996.

    Keep going Mushy, reach for the Sun. And even if you miss it, you will still land among the stars!

  • on May 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Let Shahriar Nafis be the captain of Bangladesh Cricket Team.I think he will do excellent.

  • anver777 on May 10, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Some thing wrong somewhere !!!! any captain wish he will get 100% from team, but i doubt whether Mushi got at least 50% from players !!!!

  • Crikoot on May 10, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Mushfiq's resignation was not totally out of the blue but could have waited till the tour ends. Hope selectors and others learn how to resign. Bangladesh team performance could be impacted by overall political situation back home.

  • Rana38 on May 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim should remain captain until t20 world cup 2014,then he need to decide remain captain or not.He should concentrade in practise for t20 series vs Zimbabwe,good luck.

  • NasirBangladesh on May 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    In current best 11, Musfiq is the best choice for leading the team.I can remember the incident of banishing Sakib & Tamim from leading squad. Mushfiq definitely is better than the former duo. No replacement is justifiable. If You dont take on, then probable list will be Riyad as captain and Nasir as Vice captain. Riyad's performance is not regular and we should give time for Nasir to deliver more as batsman rather than leadership now. Come on Mushy..sit on the driving sit. All the best. Last thing is that Top order's cheap failure should be investigated.

  • on May 10, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    this had to happen.bangladesh are one of the weakest teams in the world.and apart from that they dont have capability to handle pressure when they lose.

  • on May 10, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Hey Mushy, though I am from India, and I still havent forgotten that you threw us out of the 2011 Cricket World Cup with your 50 with the bat, but I do follow BD cricket very much, and you are one of the reasons for that, one more compelling reason is 11 Bengalis taking on the world. Whatever people may have told you which led to your emotional resignation, just go out there fire in the T20s and bang the zimbabweans out, you will feel very good on the return flight to Dhaka, and will also enjoy your press conferences in Dhaka. Your persistence with Mahmadullah paid off, and in Nasir you have a very good bat, next match ask Ashraful to bat No.10, I hope he will understand

  • on May 10, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    BD boys still couldn't learn how to bat with patients in a crisis situation & this might be a downfall for our cricket if we can not over come from such hole. As far as it goes with T-20 for BD it's a brand new format & they still haven't got any possible answer with this format yet, so U can guess what might be the end result too.

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Bangladesh should just accept that Zim has been a touch stronger than them, after all they are their closest rival. How come we never see Graeme Smith mourning and quitting every time he goes and loses a series in Australia because he knows that close rivals are hard to beat on their own turf. Besides Zim will be going to Bangladesh nxt yr, and I am sure Bangladesh will win the series there. They should actually be proud of their performance, squaring the test matches and narrowly losing the ODIs, and who knows they might even clinch the T20s, and that for me wld be a job well done.

  • on May 10, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Musfiq is being over critical on himself. I personally think his game improved so much since he is leading BD. Zimbabwe is not very easy to beat in their home conditions plus I also think Shakib and Tamim should take some responsibility for this series as well. Tamim looked completely out of character and too defensive while Shakib was attacking from ball one and restless. BCB should definitely investigate the reason behind such performances. All this could just be bad form or luck but never the less troubling.

  • gmayd on May 9, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Mushy seems like school boy. BD needs a matured player & someone like Shakib. Mushy is unfit to lead.

  • on May 9, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    I really like the current BCB president . I saw him in the stadium in WI series & could see his love for cricket & bd team . He was really straight cut about the Pakistan tour too. Hope he will stay the same.

  • Sadequl on May 9, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Ty Islam for the nice topic but I think if BCB really wants to have a postmortem about something then they should do it for the root of the problems.

    01) After passing more a decade in international cricket, BD cricket is still there where they started their journey & still they can not compete with a bottom ranked team, WHY!

    02) What is the meaning of such kind of waist of people's money in this sector when it didn't add any value to its name & fame for the country YET !

    03) Its not only the players inability which is causing BD cricket to stuck in such non performance stage & what steps BCB's think tank has taken yet to improve nation's cricket rather then occupying BCB office's chair!

    04) What steps BCB has taken where boys will feel priceless to perform for their country with their own responsibility rather than playing for IPL or some other sorts of cricket!

    05) What is the meaning of playing in slow spin peach when whole world is playing in pace helping environment!

  • Nuria_Rahim15 on May 9, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    MUSHY can't quit in this crucial time when we need him the most....BD cricket has just started growing and he did his best to make it grow, he might think that his performance was not up to the mark but he should be reminded constantly that he is the one and only Bangladeshi double centurion....I just hope he thinks about his decision and reconsiders it cuz BD needs people like him in the team!!

  • on May 9, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Zimbabwe was a much better team in the tournament, Mushfiqur did his best for his team, he should not be disappointed as good and bad times are part of the game

  • palla.avinash on May 9, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I don't think Mushfiqur did any thing wrong to resign , i just feel Zimbabwe after loss in west indies has triggered ignition fire in Zimbabwe and knowing good knowledge of there home ground they came out of full attack which made hard for Bangladesh. So i would say BCB to cool down Mushfiqur and continue him as skipper, some times things don't go your way but u need to stick to your plans greame smith suffered heavy losses of his team but stuck to him same with Bangladesh they need stick to him.

  • SamRoy on May 9, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Some of the shots Shakib Al Hasan played were atrocious. That shot when he went down the track and slashed at a very wide ball (in the second test) made me believe he will never become a truly world class all-rounder even though talent wise he is easily among the top 5 (may be in top 3). Application, patience and using your grey matter are very important parts of batting. Both Tamim and Shakib lack these qualities.

  • British_North_America on May 9, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Well, I think Mushfiq should quite.Bangladesh needs a captain who can handle emotion and go hard on nonperforming players.If Shakib is to be blamed for his 58 and 78,then Mushfiq can be too for his 134 and 147 in the first test vs Zimbabwe.Shakib was removed after Bangladesh loosed test & ODI series vs Zimbabwe in 2011.What better Mushfiq did? His only remarkable contribution was Asia cup which was mainly dependent on Shakib's all round performance as he was man of the series.The ODI series leveling against Sri Lanka was based on Nasir.I do not see Mushfiq did very well as a captain.He had also not been consistent with his batting and a lot of keeping blunders.He dropped Samules twice in the only T20 vs West Indies and then Samules took 29 off the last over.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 9, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @ CrICkeeet: The main problem is their inability to play good cricket in bouncy and fast bowling friendly pitches. They r emerging Tigers in slow & low pitch but r cats in any other types of pitches in the world. It's not the fault of cricketer rather curator & board who didn't prepare such pitch in any domestic venue.

  • on May 9, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Let Mushy finish the series. If the players give 100 percent effort they can win the two T20s. That will help salvage some honour. Then Mushy can decide if he wants to continue as Captain or not. As long as he keeps scoring runs for us, we will hail him as a hero. Maybe his batting will improve once he is free of the Captaincy's pressures. At this time, the little man has too much on his hands.

  • CrICkeeet on May 9, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Bangladesh is full of too much ups nd downs. This is the same bangladesh that struggled against ZIM, IRE. And this is also d same bangladesh that beat WI by 3-2 nd Whitewashed NZ by 4-0, Beat SL,IND at a row in asia cup... Ban is progressing bt d main prblm is still their consistancy is nt up 2 PAR...

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  • CrICkeeet on May 9, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Bangladesh is full of too much ups nd downs. This is the same bangladesh that struggled against ZIM, IRE. And this is also d same bangladesh that beat WI by 3-2 nd Whitewashed NZ by 4-0, Beat SL,IND at a row in asia cup... Ban is progressing bt d main prblm is still their consistancy is nt up 2 PAR...

  • on May 9, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Let Mushy finish the series. If the players give 100 percent effort they can win the two T20s. That will help salvage some honour. Then Mushy can decide if he wants to continue as Captain or not. As long as he keeps scoring runs for us, we will hail him as a hero. Maybe his batting will improve once he is free of the Captaincy's pressures. At this time, the little man has too much on his hands.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 9, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @ CrICkeeet: The main problem is their inability to play good cricket in bouncy and fast bowling friendly pitches. They r emerging Tigers in slow & low pitch but r cats in any other types of pitches in the world. It's not the fault of cricketer rather curator & board who didn't prepare such pitch in any domestic venue.

  • British_North_America on May 9, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Well, I think Mushfiq should quite.Bangladesh needs a captain who can handle emotion and go hard on nonperforming players.If Shakib is to be blamed for his 58 and 78,then Mushfiq can be too for his 134 and 147 in the first test vs Zimbabwe.Shakib was removed after Bangladesh loosed test & ODI series vs Zimbabwe in 2011.What better Mushfiq did? His only remarkable contribution was Asia cup which was mainly dependent on Shakib's all round performance as he was man of the series.The ODI series leveling against Sri Lanka was based on Nasir.I do not see Mushfiq did very well as a captain.He had also not been consistent with his batting and a lot of keeping blunders.He dropped Samules twice in the only T20 vs West Indies and then Samules took 29 off the last over.

  • SamRoy on May 9, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Some of the shots Shakib Al Hasan played were atrocious. That shot when he went down the track and slashed at a very wide ball (in the second test) made me believe he will never become a truly world class all-rounder even though talent wise he is easily among the top 5 (may be in top 3). Application, patience and using your grey matter are very important parts of batting. Both Tamim and Shakib lack these qualities.

  • palla.avinash on May 9, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I don't think Mushfiqur did any thing wrong to resign , i just feel Zimbabwe after loss in west indies has triggered ignition fire in Zimbabwe and knowing good knowledge of there home ground they came out of full attack which made hard for Bangladesh. So i would say BCB to cool down Mushfiqur and continue him as skipper, some times things don't go your way but u need to stick to your plans greame smith suffered heavy losses of his team but stuck to him same with Bangladesh they need stick to him.

  • on May 9, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Zimbabwe was a much better team in the tournament, Mushfiqur did his best for his team, he should not be disappointed as good and bad times are part of the game

  • Nuria_Rahim15 on May 9, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    MUSHY can't quit in this crucial time when we need him the most....BD cricket has just started growing and he did his best to make it grow, he might think that his performance was not up to the mark but he should be reminded constantly that he is the one and only Bangladeshi double centurion....I just hope he thinks about his decision and reconsiders it cuz BD needs people like him in the team!!

  • Sadequl on May 9, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Ty Islam for the nice topic but I think if BCB really wants to have a postmortem about something then they should do it for the root of the problems.

    01) After passing more a decade in international cricket, BD cricket is still there where they started their journey & still they can not compete with a bottom ranked team, WHY!

    02) What is the meaning of such kind of waist of people's money in this sector when it didn't add any value to its name & fame for the country YET !

    03) Its not only the players inability which is causing BD cricket to stuck in such non performance stage & what steps BCB's think tank has taken yet to improve nation's cricket rather then occupying BCB office's chair!

    04) What steps BCB has taken where boys will feel priceless to perform for their country with their own responsibility rather than playing for IPL or some other sorts of cricket!

    05) What is the meaning of playing in slow spin peach when whole world is playing in pace helping environment!

  • on May 9, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    I really like the current BCB president . I saw him in the stadium in WI series & could see his love for cricket & bd team . He was really straight cut about the Pakistan tour too. Hope he will stay the same.