Bangladesh news May 8, 2013

Mushfiqur resigns as Bangladesh captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushfiqur Rahim has announced that he will be resigning as Bangladesh captain after the end of the current series. His announcement, which came a few minutes after his team lost the third ODI to Zimbabwe and with it the series, took the BCB and most observers and journalists by surprise but the board has decided to back him as captain.

The post-match press conference in Bulawayo was addressed by vice-captain Mahmudullah but, after his final answer, Mushfiqur lifted his hand to ask the journalists to stay a minute longer.

"I just have one thing to add before we finish," he said in an emotionally charged voice. "I will be stepping down as captain after the last two [Twenty20] matches. I believe that I couldn't lead my team, and I didn't score enough runs. That is why I think we lost the ODI series."

He was asked if there was a problem within the team but, instead of replying, walked out of the room.

The BCB, responding to the news, was full of praise for Mushfiqur and suggested he would have been retained as captain until the home series against New Zealand in October.

"It has come as a surprise to us," the BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. "We have spoken to him moments after he made the announcement. We believe he is an efficient leader, and upon the team's return on May 15, we will sit and discuss with him face-to-face.

"We will have to take a look at the manager's report, and also find out if he got full cooperation from the other members of the team. His tenure was till the Zimbabwe tour but we will discuss the matter with him. It was perhaps an emotional decision, and it shows how much he cares for the team."

In January, the BCB had extended Mushfiqur's term as captain until the Zimbabwe tour, but he was widely expected to continue in the job until the end of the year.

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  • Shuzi on May 11, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Mushfiqur has been a good leader. His Achilles' heel has been strategy and in-game tactics. If BCB manages to reverse his decision, they should try to find a good VC, strong in these areas. They need to insist that Mushfiq uses the VC for strategy and tactics. Imran Khan was a great leader, but Miandad was the best tactician in the team. Imran used Miandad's advice a lot.

  • Javed on May 10, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @ Mohammad_Aziz, I didn't talk about Shakib/Tamim's performance in the field. I was talking about the team discipline. By the way, I'm not a big fan of Ashraful and Shahadat.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Musy was on his way to be a great leader because of his dedication and passion towards the team. He is very confident in leading any site. He does not discriminate anyone in the team and gets to everyone for their need very friendly. I think he is the best choice for bd for next 10 years for the betterment of bd cricket cos he has potential and bd at this time needs it desperately. Hope he changes his mind. Good luck

  • Sameer on May 10, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    @Calvin R Noronha or could be that MS dhoni has courage to lead from the front.

  • s on May 10, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @ kuddus_Mamu, please drop Sakib and Tamim, make Ashraful the captain, and Make Ashraful and Shahadat two permanent lifetime member of Bangladesh Cricket team. Bangladesh will rule the world cricket like they did few years back.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    How many times has Zimbabwe been beaten, thrashed, bludgeoned, outplayed and all of the above and yet Brendan Taylor and the whole team soldiers on? Really, I have no sympathy or respect for this decision because it just shows the arrogance that the Bangladeshis brought into this series and it'll be character building for that whole team to eat huge slices of humble pie. Get over it, stuff happens, move on.

  • Sameer on May 10, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @Calvin R Noronha or maybe MS Dhoni has courage which Mushy doesn't to lead from the front despite failing and rebuild the team.

  • Nasser Anzum on May 10, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Mushfiq is an emotionally charged person but most importantly he is dedicated to his team & country and he really cares for it. Definitely this sort of attitude can't be taken negatively. People talk about professionalism,strong nerves etc which Mushy has shown before in the previous series. There are few players in our team whose body language doesn't suggest that they are fully committed. We need characters like him leading from the front. I'd rather have a captain who puts the team first than a captain whose objective is to keep his job of captaincy only. There are different sort of leaders in the world but BD need to have the likes of Mushy. And it's great to see fans from bangladesh and people from outer world are backing Mushy.

    Mushy, we all love you and we all want you to lead the team, please , come back.

  • Yasiru on May 10, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Mush time was kinda mix-Bag .But he is a good leader .And i m sure he will now understand the Value of people who criticize them badly when they loss rather than fake excuses or praises.People who criticize at that time coz stop such a humiliating defeat in future.Because we know such fake praises will only take you to the dark in future while giving a temporary happiness. But all BD except few has shown that bad attitude and pave the way for such a unbelievable defeat against ZIM .Now BD captain will understand who are best and who are bad.Accept defeat with warm heart and love it.So that you can make your mistakes after that.One day you can win the whole world.But Bd just don't accept loss.So there will be no future for them.Listen to what Dhoni says after he won .he says we have done mistakes in the field and we sud not do them in next game.Even after 10 wicket win in ODI he says such.Not in loosing but in winning also he accpt defeat so dat he can learn.That is why he won the WC.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Is Bangladesh new leader still long way to go. So what we lost against Zimbabwe u can't revenge in our soil. It's sports it happens don't have to be emotional be strong continue ur leadership like u did in Asia cup.