Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd T20, Bulawayo May 12, 2013

Resignation a 'mistake' - Mushfiqur


Mushfiqur Rahim has said he regrets his hasty resignation from the Bangladesh captaincy, although he is effectively out of the job until the BCB decides whether to reappoint him.

After the third ODI on May 8, which Bangladesh lost, Mushfiqur told his team-mates and announced to the media that he would quit after the Zimbabwe tour. But following Sunday's 34-run win over the home side in Bulawayo, Mushfiqur admitted that it was a mistake on his part to have announced his resignation with two matches still remaining in the tour. He has also denied that he quit because he felt there was a lack of teamwork, as widely reported in Bangladesh.

"After resigning I have realised that I should have discussed the matter with the BCB, who have made me the captain," Mushfiqur said. "It was my mistake. People from the BCB have told me that we will hold discussions when I am back. I have let them know my decision, now it's for them to decide.

"It is not about teamwork. I have taken the decision emotionally. It was a wrong decision on my part. No player should back out in such a time. I should have been encouraging everyone, but I ended up doing just the opposite. I have now realised my mistake. Losing to them didn't go down well with me. My team-mates have backed me, and I hope this is how it remains in the future."

Bangladesh lost the first Test by 335 runs, their biggest defeat to Zimbabwe by margin of runs, and later lost the ODI series after taking a 1-0 lead. The win in the second T20 helped them draw the series. Overall they lost four games and won three across the three formats, which wasn't the result they would have expected coming to Zimbabwe four weeks ago.

"We are upset, because we had expected a much better result," Mushfiqur said. "A few things didn't go our way, plus we made some mistakes. We should have won the last [ODI], which was disappointing. We should have conducted ourselves better in the field, cooler heads were missing. There's a lot to learn from tours like this."

Bangladesh's next international assignment is in October but the BCB is likely to hold talks with Mushfiqur soon to resolve the controversy surrounding his swift resignation and even swifter repentance.

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

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  • sadequl on May 15, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @ Titu Zaman no doubt what you saying is important but we also got to realize the real fact too. Hope U R aware about the English phrase, "Cut your coat according to your cloth" & what ever Mushi tried by restricted Zim to score runs freely was exactly in that manner cause we all have seen how weak & toothless our pace attack were when Zim batted against us in the first test & see our bowlers couldn't even get Taylor's wicket in both innings of the first test!

    Unlike Pak most of the sub continental team depends on "Spin" attack & that's why these teams can't show their highest performance in abroad. Captain can set attacking field set up when he will have proper ammunition in his hand to destroy opponents, otherwise all attack can be back fire for him in such hostile environment.

    Regarding BD's batting order except Mushi none were consistent enough from last year or so & if U look closely U will see how Mushi lead it from the front [From Asia cup to Zim's 2nd test including a 200].

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @Sadequl: Mushy is a valuable member to BD team but definitely not a strong person to lead a team. A captain should always have a good game plan so that rest of the team member can execute that plan successfully. Some of his actions during game time don't tell me he has any sort of game plan. I will give you one example, test cricket is not about saving runs but bowling opponents out in both innings. In a test cricket, Mushy sets the field like ODI and it seems like he is more interested about saving runs than bowling opponents out. It only proves that captain doesn't have a good game plan. Setting the field in a test cricket got to be lot more attacking than the way BD fields now a days. Rest of the examples are not necessary including wrong batting order hurt BD badly in last ODI series. I think Mushy should be part of XI but someone else should lead the team.

  • sadequl on May 14, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @ Titu Zaman what R U saying mate & how come U can say such thing! Being a captain Mushy did incomparable task for the team. As a Bangladeshi if we deny his perseverance for the team would be unjustified. It wouldn't be fair to judge a fruit by its appearance only & what ever BD team's present standard now Mushy has a lot of his own credibility in it too. Yes now as a whole, other team members R also performing better but if we look closely we will be able to see how Mushy motivated & guided the whole team as a perfect leader & with all due respect no other captain in BD has done the same yet within this short period.

    "To err is human" & if only for such one silly emotional mistake, if we start to neglect all his good will then it will be ungratefulness towards him. Hope BCB wouldn't make any farther mistakes by pulling Mushy out of the captaincy atm & what ever mistakes already happened will be kind enough to oblige there by & look forward to see a better cricketing future for BD.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Musfq and coach Shane Jurgenson with his coaching staffs are doing the best job for BD till date. BD was never consistent before like right now. Now they can bounce back after a big defeat , ex: 2nd test win against Zim. First win against W Indies then Srilanka and even in Zim they drew level two series from worst position and also There is a fact that standard of umpiring was very bad at Zim. We can not deny that.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    In World cricket Captaincy is the most difficult job and in a game like cricket it is the most important and difficult one. Each test nations have a long term plan about choosing their captains and now a day's we see different captain's in different format. Selecting a right captain is not a easy job. Some portion of team performance also depends on captain's shoulder. As BD has little choice and Musfiq is doing the best as a captain for BD so Mushiq should regain his captaincy. Under his captaincy BD shows consistent performance. For BD's cricket development it is important that BCB does not make a rusty decision. BCB should select a captain who can continue for long time as well they should give him lots of freedom. Every test teams have a proper plan regarding selecting their captain. Other wise changing captains in short period will hurt BD's development.

  • Shabbir on May 14, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    A lot of people are putting Mushi's age into the mix ... just to put things into perspective, Mushi was the wicketkeeper for BDs winning team against India in the 2007 world cup upset, where he was on an unbeaten 53 and sealed the win. His age is not the problem as he has more than enough experience. The main issue is him not being able to control his emotion. He did a good job as captain and I hope this hiccup does not comeback to haunt him through the rest of his career.

  • Nasser Anzum on May 14, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Everyone is saying the same old stories of Bangladesh Cricket where the captain is the scapegoat forever always. This man has led BD on the field brilliantly for 2 years. Suddenly bringing off field issues, people are questioning his on field captaincy skills too. I know Mushy hasn't done a great thing by resigning too quickly but we can't underestimate his earlier achievements. There isn't any better leader than him in the side. Mushy should try to curb his instinct of being overrode by emotions to avoid those off field issues, then we may have good results in future under his captaincy.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on May 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    It was really a MISTAKE from Mushfiqur, resigning from the captaincy.I would strongly say our batsmen really failed on this tour whenever they needed to stay long in the crease which eventually cost us not winning any format of the series.So, Its the batsmen not Mushfiqur to blame.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    BCB will make another mistake if they ask Mushy to continue lead the team. Mushy is not the right person to lead the BD team. This guy is still pretty young but that can not be excused as he is playing international cricket for a while. Some of Mushy's shortcomings are picking wrong XI out of 15 man squad, batting order has never been correct, asking expensive bowlers to bowl at the wrong time in ODI/T20, over using some bowlers Gazi, Enamul, Robiul in a test cricket, fielding style is not attacking enough in a test cricket. Above all, BD needs a strong captain who can lead the team as well as can come up with a good game plan for every single series whether it is Test/ODI/T20.

  • Anver on May 14, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Zim is not a bad team on their own conditions, so winning the Odi series was not so shocking news for me.... they really came back from behind to seal the series !!!! BD's only blemish i think was the 1st test where they under performed & lost badly, other than that, it was evenly contested tour !!!!