Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st T20, Bulawayo May 10, 2013

Mushfiqur issue hasn't affected us - Ziaur

Since Mushfiqur Rahim surprised everyone by resigning as Bangladesh captain two days ago, the Bangladesh team has been kept away from talking about it to the media. The management finally let allrounder Ziaur Rahman take questions ahead of the first Twenty20 in Bulawayo.

A relative newcomer in the squad, Ziaur hardly gave away anything on the Mushfiqur issue, but said the captain became emotional after the defeat in the one-day series. "After Wednesday, we have sat and talked about it [the resignation] together, and it hasn't affected us," Ziaur said. "We had a meeting today as well, where the captain talked to us about the conditions we are going to face. He [Mushfiqur] is doing well, and I just feel he is an emotional guy. He felt bad after the defeat, that's why he reacted that way.

"It is a good wicket, but there was help for the bowlers in the morning. But since the Twenty20s are starting in the afternoon, there won't be too many issues for the batsmen, because it flattens out at that time. That's what we discussed with the captain today."

The atmosphere around the Bangladesh team has been unusually quiet according to reports from Bulawayo. It caught everyone's eye because this team is known to be quite accommodating with the media. The last time such a shutdown took place was after the team was bowled out for 58 against West Indies in the 2011 World Cup, following which Shakib Al Hasan criticised former players in a newspaper column.

Newspaper reports in Bangladesh have claimed that several of Mushfiqur's team-mates, who got wind of his impending announcement moments after Wednesday's match, rushed to him in the dressing room. They urged him to think about it after returning home, but he was adamant. According to one report, Mushfiqur was even asked to skip the press conference but he went a few minutes after Mahmudullah to tell the media.

BCB has vowed to convince Mushfiqur to stay, and they have almost five months to do so. The two Twenty20s on Saturday and Sunday are Bangladesh's last international matches till October when they take on New Zealand at home.

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

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  • Maskurul on May 11, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Bangladesh is moving hither and tither to hide themselves from their poor performances.now a pivotal question has been raised from here.is Mushfiqh is blame for this reason?the answer is very clear to all.no.Mushfiqh is talented cricketer and he is fit for this captaincy.only he is the skipper who wants to lead his team with accuracy and consistency.there is no doubt here.but a inter conflict ion is going on among the senior cricketers.at first BCB should find out it.otherwise it would create negative effect for the Bangladesh cricket

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    lack of collaboration from others compelled mushfiq to take such a ambiguous decision.BD players must confess for the loss against a inferior team like zimbabwe. They don't deserve such a victory against bangladesh. Bangladeshi top order make that fianl ODI impossible to win.Mushfiq is a really talented player. He got gut to beat any team singly but some experienced fellas did worse in field and missed important catches which made mushfiq very disappointed. I think that's the reason mushfiq went to be stubborn.Its just a ostentatious attitude of mushfiq so that others can get the rhythm in upcoming t20.

  • Shegufta on May 11, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    A really crucial time in Bnagladesh cricket right now but I feel that perhaps Mushfiq made this decision in the heat of the moment. Yes, the loss was discouraging and a lot was expected from Bangladesh to win in the ODI series but I don't think the Bangladeshi supporters would be so harsh to want a change in captaincy because of a loss to Zimbabwe. We're very passionate about cricket and the people of Bangladesh have more expectations of their cricket team than most other countries because of cricket being our primary sport but the team should know that no matter what, they'll always have our support. It doesn't matter what other people have to say about our team, as long as this team has Bengali support, they'll do really well. Good luck Tigers!

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    C'mon Mushy Its just a ODI series lost, I know you felt disgusted after losing against Zimbabwe but it's ok. Now you should look forward and make our team much better rather than leaving the team without a leader.

  • khondokar on May 11, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Sadequl..very very nice post. Musshy, plz read our posts..we love u so much and think that u r the only right person in the team to lead the team Bangladesh. I firmly believe that bangladesh has improved a lot under ur captaincy and there was a great deal of comfort between seniors and juniors in the team. Your performance in batting and keepng was also instrumental.. And these 2 losses in ODI's is ofcourse a step backward to the continious improvement that bangladesh was doing but certainly not the end of the world. But, i think our performance in this series was not up to the mark for sure,but was not very very bad either..we had our moments in patches..but it could have in a lot better, but it's not ur fault... Please, take it easy and feel our love and lead for the country...Representing bangladesh should b ahead of any personal emotion and shortcoming . Good luck bro...we like u so much.

  • Nuria on May 10, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @Sadequl I so agree bro....I mean this is a game and one or the other has to loose so what if its BD this time MUSHY shouldn't have reacted that way!!!

  • sadequl on May 10, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    I am not sure what exactly Mushi's resignation status atm but if he is still having a bit of confusion then he should re-think about the matter seriously for the sake of his country.

    Hei knows his team lot better then any others & what ever odds he is having in the team there R many other ways to resolve those issues then quieting the job. Mushi has taken the team's progress parameter on a high level & there is none better then him to take it up to the end now.

    BD boys should realize what they R doing is no way less then a country's solders does for his mother land. In a battle field leaders never resign or quite from their post even if obstacles comes into their path, they fought until they can conquer victory. So Mushi & the boys should try to realize for whom they R playing for.

    As far as it goes with remaining T-20 matches, just do your best & don't bother about the result cause this tour in Zim is not the end of the battle in cricket the field & still a long way to go.

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