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Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh in turmoil

Update : 02 Mar 2014, 05:23 PM

Series of bad performances turned worse when Bangladesh hit the low against associate playing nation Afghanistan in their Asia Cup match on Saturday. The 32-run defeat at Fatullah made the Bangladesh Cricket Board president sit with the captain and the coach alone in separate sittings to identify the problem if there is any, informed BCB director Jalal Younus.

“The president sat with the captain and the coach in separate meetings today (yesterday) to find out what is troubling the side and what the reasons behind this dip in performances are,” said Jalal.

However, it was not revealed what was the outcome of the meeting, but it was learnt that Mushfiqur Rahim complained about the casual approach of some players.

It was learnt Mushfiq took four names to the president – Shamsur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Naeem Islam and Abdur Razzak – who he thought have been laid back lately and are not giving their 100% for the team.

Meanwhile the blame game between the Bangladesh skipper and national chief selector Faruk Ahmed, which started prior to the Asia Cup after the Tigers had a horrible ODI series against Sri Lanka, continued when the latter urged Mushfiq to bring his questions up during the team meeting and not just in front of the media.

Mushfiq, who earlier had an outburst regarding the Asia Cup team selection, said after losing to Afghanistan that the team management should look in to the matter behind the defeat.

“Whatever he says in the media Mushfiq should also say that during the team managements meeting when we talk about our team plan,” said Faruk.

The defeat against Afghanistan was Bangladesh’s most humiliating defeats since they obtained Test status though they had earlier lost to Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and Kenya.

The former Bangladesh captain Faruk was disappointed with the result against Afghanistan and said, “I never thought Bangladesh would lose the match. I am very disappointed but the fact is if we miss so many catches it’s difficult to win a match and our two-three players are out of form at the same time cost us,” said the 48-year-old who took charge of the position, for the second time in his career, just two months ago.

With only two weeks left for the T20 World Championship, Bangladesh must rectify their problems and start working on it before it gets too late for the Tigers. Or else they might have to be a mere spectator during the multi-national event on their own backyard.

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