Bangladesh captain says problems will have to be identified after run of five straight defeats as team ends ICC World T20 campaign without a win in Super 10 phase
This was Mushfiqur Rahim speaking on Tuesday (April 1) night, minutes after Bangladesh ended its run in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a seven-wicket loss to Australia in its final Super 10 Group 2 tie. Counting the loss to Hong Kong in the final match of the qualification phase, it was Bangladesh’s fifth straight defeat and understandably, the skipper was not amused.
“Maybe we are not able to realise what the problem is, maybe outsiders will be able to understand (better),” he went on. “Now that the tournament is over, we will try to get feedback from them and hope that we can solve the problem as soon as possible hopefully. There have been times in the past when I wasn't there, Shakib (Al Hasan) and Tamim (Iqbal) were not there but still Bangladesh won. We won because at that time, there were four or five other players who performed consistently like Mashrafe (Mortaza), (Mahmudullah) Riyad bhai, Nasir (Hossain), Anamul (Haque), Sohag Gazi. Now we are all here but you have to play on the field, names don't matter. If all of us had played to our potential, the results would have been different.
“It is really disappointing. We played seven games but we couldn't play well in any of the matches in this round,” he said of the Super 10s. “In the first round, we started well but when we lost to Hong Kong, the momentum was lost. It was a real shock for us. There were a couple of guys who played well - Anamul batted really well, and Shakib had a good series with the bat and the ball, Al-Amin (Hossain, the paceman) also had a couple of good spells. But in a tournament like this when you want to beat some of the big boys, you have to have at least four or five guys playing well and as a team. That did not happen. We have to find out those areas where we are lacking because otherwise in future, we will face a big struggle.”
Rahim conceded that the team had found it hard to recover from the shock loss to Hong Kong. “A bit, because after Hong Kong, you are not playing against Nepal, but against India and Pakistan and West Indies, so that was a big shock for us,” he pointed out. “If four or five guys are out of form too, it is difficult to play well as a team and to play 40 overs of competitive cricket; that cost us in planning and application.”
There is a school of thought in Bangladesh that conferring the vice-captaincy on a player is generally counter-productive, the cases of Nasir, Tamim and Mahmudullah used to buttress the argument, but Rahim ruled out any connection. “I don't think the vice-captaincy is an issue,” he observed. “It is a matter for the board to decide who will or will not be vice-captain. We have a feedback (system), maybe that did not happen recently. With vice-captaincy or even with captaincy, I don't think there are people who covet the post. If someone is given the responsibility, he will be ready for it. Individually, we have a good relationship with each other and maybe when you are losing, a lot of questions will be raised, but I personally have never felt this. I have never seen the three of them display any egotistic qualities and I don't think it is right to ask questions along these lines.”