BCB president Nazmul Hasan has criticised Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim for some of his comments to the media during the two-match Test series between the Tigers and South Africa.
The Proteas thrashed Bangladesh by 333 runs in the first Test at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom before repeating the dose in the second Test at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein where the visiting side went down by an innings and 254 runs.
Consequently, a dispirited Mushfiq shared some of his thoughts with the press, including his captaincy, his fielding positions in the boundary, and his decision to field first after winning the toss in both the Tests.
“Why should I resign as captain? It is not an individual’s game. It is a team game. Obviously all the blame comes to me being the captain. The board will decide about me, since there’s a lot of time before the next Test series,” said Mushfiq at Mangaung Oval Sunday.
Regarding his decision to field at the boundary, Mushfiq said, "I want to clear something: I am not being considered as a good fielder. The coaches wanted me to field in the deep because they feel I give away runs or drop catches in the inner circle. I tried to abide by their instruction. You have to do what the team management tells you to do. I tried to field in the deep but whenever I was in the inner circle, I tried to speak to the bowlers.”
When queried to share his reasons for fielding field in both the Tests, Mushfiq informed, "I think it was my mistake to win the toss. I have been trying to do everything honestly for the last 12 years. But in these last two games it seems it’d have been better had I lost the toss. I think it is my personal failure. I am not able to motivate my players or guide my bowlers."
And following his comments, the BCB boss has come down hard on Mushfiq in a programme in Dhaka Monday.
“Mushfiq is feeling uncomfortable. That is maybe because of the team management, coach (Chandika Hathurusingha) or us at the board. When he returns to the country we will talk with him. But his comment has hurt the country’s reputation,” said the BCB chief.
He added, “We haven’t ascertained any truth behind Mushfiq’s complaints. The information that we have contradicts Mushfiq’s objections.”
However, the BCB supremo said, “We have no plans to remove him from his Test captaincy.”
The BCB president also gave his take on Mushfiq’s comment regarding his decision to field first after winning the toss.
“A captain can’t talk like this in a press conference. This is not good for the team. The body language of the Bangladesh players did not indicate that they took to the field to win,” he informed.
As far as Mushfiq’s fielding position in the boundary is concerned, the BCB boss said, “The team management did not tell him to field in the boundary. It was his decision only. No one forced him.
“Mushfiq is a bit different from the others. Actually those who remain silent often you can’t say what goes on in their minds.”