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Fazal
April 27, 2006, 02:21 PM
There is a one-to-one interview with Akram in today's Daily Star. Here is the link
http://www.thedailystar.net/2006/04/28/d60428040235.htm

Nothing new, but some honest opinion. Here is some of his comments that captured my attension:

About Talent and current structure and BCB:
"Bangladesh cricket can improve. The talent is very much there....But your structure is not right. Nobody is interested in first-class cricket... If you don't improve in four-day cricket, you will never improve."

"Your national players don't even play first-class cricket. Nobody has interest to play first-class cricket"

"First-class cricket should be sponsored or the board should pay money to the players....I know the board has a lot of money here. So where that money goes I don't know. If you want to improve you should put your money into cricket."

About Ashraful and Aftab:
"The problem with the press over here is that a player scores only three hundreds and you call him great. The words like great, legend, best are being used after only a few good scores.... But now look he's dropped."

About lack of backup players [My Favorite]:
"The problem stems from the fact that there is no backup.There is no pressure on a player for his position"

About the role of specialist coaches:
"Role of coaches? To take holidays (laughs)."

About Mashrafee and Shahadat:
"You only have two bowlers. Shahadat (Hossain) has a big heart. Mashrafee (Bin Mortuza) is coming out well, but he's mostly injured. Mashrafee should be aiming to be the best in the world, and not just in Bangladesh. And for that he has to work hard and stay fit. Same goes for Shahadat."

About other types of Spinners:
"You don't have off-spinners or leg-spinners. Why not have a spinners' camp?"

Tigers_eye
April 27, 2006, 03:07 PM
lol, How dare he says Ash is not great? How dare he blame the Media?

he has no idea what great steps the board is taking with all the money they have to improve 1st class cricket. One word: Cheer leaders. That's how you not only attract the BD national players but also fans. Wasim is not that smart, it seems.

does he want the coaching job? why criticize the current one?

What's wrong with Wasim? Surely he knows a bowler named Taposh? Only two bowlers?

What does he know about spinners? luckily he didn't face our Alok. He wouldn't have commented like this if he only watched his hatrick spell. :)

Bancan
April 27, 2006, 03:17 PM
i think a very honest and truthful interview. i agree with all of his comments.

ammark
April 27, 2006, 03:17 PM
I agree with Wasim. This series, esp the 2nd ODI has exposed what a GULF of difference there is in standards within our team. We call Ashraful and Aftab great, and when they're not there, us fans know that we have are playing our A side with Tushar and JO in the team! Only a reform of our domestic structure can fill this gap. The under-19s all have so many miles to go, so its only right to start them up with more than one good four day first class competitions! Regardless of how boring first class cricket is, that is a true game of cricket, and if players succeed in it, they will appreciate it more. We can always aim for a win or two and bash our national team, but our quality wont improve without this vital step. And the fans being so close minded and only looking for strokeplay are only going to sustain our poor quality cricket.

ammark
April 27, 2006, 03:19 PM
lol, How dare he...

:floor:Could not agree more :lol:

aosaif
April 27, 2006, 04:51 PM
lol, How dare he says Ash is not great? How dare he blame the Media?

he has no idea what great steps the board is taking with all the money they have to improve 1st class cricket. One word: Cheer leaders. That's how you not only attract the BD national players but also fans. Wasim is not that smart, it seems.

does he want the coaching job? why criticize the current one?

What's wrong with Wasim? Surely he knows a bowler named Taposh? Only two bowlers?

What does he know about spinners? luckily he didn't face our Alok. He wouldn't have commented like this if he only watched his hatrick spell. :)

OH MAN why are you taking such a SOFT stance on Wasim? Doesn't he know that our board president Ali Asghar is one of the coolest mastans around? He's cool, and he can get Wasim killed before the 3rd ODI. Wasim should think before talking bad about our gangsta board. :D

Tehsin
April 27, 2006, 09:37 PM
aosaif: the most UNDERRATED poster on BanglaCricket

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. Does this mean that you are the 'Rajin Saleh' of BC ? Actually, Rajin isn't that underrated, but you get my point.

Sadly though. Wasim hasn't said anything that us fans haven't said over the years. Hopefully, the board will pay more attention to Wasim and not ignore him like they ignore us. :)

Sauron
April 27, 2006, 09:43 PM
Wasim Akram should be appointed CEO of BCB, replacing Mahmudur Rahman.

PoorFan
April 27, 2006, 09:59 PM
<!--StartFragment -->The way he speak loud and clear, he will definitely fail working with BCB, players and media.

Mr-Cricket
April 27, 2006, 10:05 PM
Sadly though. Wasim hasn't said anything that us fans haven't said over the years. Hopefully, the board will pay more attention to Wasim and not ignore him like they ignore us. :)
Exactly. What he has said, is the brutal, and honest truth. Nothing has been sugar-coated, and this may shock some of you (causing resentment amongst others too). But the fact remains, these comments have the weight to give our Cricket the good kick on the backside we need right now. Make no mistake, this is a GOOD thing. Good work, Wasim. :up:

Daddy_Mac
April 27, 2006, 10:47 PM
0I think he right...he was honest and he didn't blame any one in particular which was a very clever thing......
All in all....insted of we disscussing about the interview...BCB should step up and take action.....

cricketboy
April 27, 2006, 10:53 PM
Our 1st class cricket sucks and there is no official quality cricket at district or divisional level. We need backup Wasim is right. We dont even have a single offspinner or legspinner. No fast bowlers except Shahadat and Mash. Dont call Rasel and Tarek Aziz and Co, fast bowlers. :D We dont even have another batsman now who can replace a batsman in the Bangladesh squad. All this is because of lack of quality domestic cricket.

Ahmed_B
April 27, 2006, 11:47 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/ahmedb/Temporary/Wasim2.jpg

Here is our 'Charming wasim bhai' in the program.. he really means business.. doesn't he? ;)
Thanks to him for being outspoken.. and surely was an inspiring thing for the youngstars to have him around.. :)

aosaif
April 28, 2006, 12:54 AM
Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. Does this mean that you are the 'Rajin Saleh' of BC ? Actually, Rajin isn't that underrated, but you get my point.

Yeh I am pretty much the most underrated poster on BC. Me and Rajin go back a long way. But yeh, Rajin's now getting the recognition he deserves (only until he starts to fail again).

Fortuner
April 28, 2006, 03:16 PM
lol, How dare he says Ash is not great? How dare he blame the Media?

he has no idea what great steps the board is taking with all the money they have to improve 1st class cricket. One word: Cheer leaders. That's how you not only attract the BD national players but also fans. Wasim is not that smart, it seems.

does he want the coaching job? why criticize the current one?

What's wrong with Wasim? Surely he knows a bowler named Taposh? Only two bowlers?

What does he know about spinners? luckily he didn't face our Alok. He wouldn't have commented like this if he only watched his hatrick spell. :)

Well..

i cnt agree with u...its true wht wasim said about our media...if a guy manges to score a century or 2 kinda like once a blue moon..media does make a big issue out of it...saying he is genius.....u shld b callin that person a genius who is performing ..consistently..and is showing hw much talented game by game he is...i aint saying ash not a talent here..he is but is he performing consisitently..no...then why make big issue out of him....do u see other media ppl doing it..actually we bangladeshi..have got so much love for this game...we jst get too much excited thats it...wasim dint understnd that...he aint a bangladeshi...

and comin to taposh..wht is he..nothing gr8..u ever saw any body intl recognized praised him..no..but mash and rajib...got that..so thus to wasim these two are gr8's ....

al Furqaan
April 28, 2006, 03:35 PM
it was the truth.

where the hell are the off and leg spinners????

Sovik
April 28, 2006, 03:43 PM
Harsh but true.

rudro
April 28, 2006, 04:02 PM
lol, How dare he says Ash is not great? How dare he blame the Media?

he has no idea what great steps the board is taking with all the money they have to improve 1st class cricket. One word: Cheer leaders. That's how you not only attract the BD national players but also fans. Wasim is not that smart, it seems.

does he want the coaching job? why criticize the current one?

What's wrong with Wasim? Surely he knows a bowler named Taposh? Only two bowlers?

What does he know about spinners? luckily he didn't face our Alok. He wouldn't have commented like this if he only watched his hatrick spell. :)
How dare you make these comments????:) :)

Zunaid
April 28, 2006, 04:03 PM
Cat's eye - looks like we need a SARCASM 101 lesson. :)

DotBall
April 28, 2006, 05:18 PM
I am surprized that Wasim does not know that we are #1 in corruption and asking about where is the money spent BCB is plain unthoughtful.
What is BCCB's future plan? I checked the Tiger website and there is nothing under "Development" and there is hardly enough information on the domestic cricket.
May be somebody can start a thread about BCCB and their future plan and how they are going to be realized?

ASA
April 28, 2006, 06:22 PM
May be somebody can start a thread about BCCB and their future plan and how they are going to be realized?

Who dares to butt the nose into BCCB's future plans ... trying to get killed or something? lol :D

akabir77
April 28, 2006, 07:01 PM
our cricket following fans.... SOme body opened a thread the other day after ash was dropped as if somebody dropped lara or tendu and wont get a chance back in his life. Now see what happen he scored 13 and the scar is goig to be with him for ever ... just like the players fans, media, and management needs training..

Locutus
April 28, 2006, 09:58 PM
Well. he is right to the point. Everything he said is right. Hopefully some of the Bangladesh sport and team management reads and gets something out of it.

6alltheway
April 29, 2006, 10:11 AM
i think a very honest and truthful interview. i agree with all of his comments.

me too. Maybe he should coach the BD team.

Frost
May 2, 2006, 02:28 PM
I agree whatever comments Wasim Akram made. All of them are very valid points. I agree that he said after a few good games our press start saying someone is a great cricketer. Our supporter also do this. However, supporters and press can do that - sometimes you need that to boost up morale of supporters and publicity of the newspapers. After all, most of us like to dream and worship heroes. On the other hand, the selectors should use their judgment and performance of the players when selecting. Unfortunately, it seems sometime selectors do not put sufficient effort (watching domestic leagues, practice sessions, etc.) while selecting team - they seems to use passion of supporters and reporters. They need to be driven by their brains not the hearts (which we supporters can afford to do).

Tigers_eye
May 2, 2006, 03:15 PM
Those who missed the last months SARCASM 101 lesson, there will be another course SARC 201 in the near future. This is a little bit advanced course and three week long. I will be facilitating the course online. Prompt enrollment will get a discount on the tuition fees. If you have any questions please .....

Week 1: Lesson 1: Read the screen part 1.
Week 2: Lesson 2: Read the screen part 2.
Week 3: Lesson 3: Read the screen part 3.

Wasn't Wasim among one of them who spoke highly about Mohsin Kamal as a coach? Getting old can't remember a thing.

cricketfreak
May 2, 2006, 05:41 PM
I would say that the only 3 Bangladeshi players who actually have the right to keep a constant position in the team are Shahriar Nafees, Habibul Bashar and Mohammad Rafique. Others should be replaced when playing bad(Ash). The consistency with which these 3 players play cannot be seen in any other player in the Bangladesh Team. Also, Wasim is very correct about fixing first-class cricket, and I myself have felt very sad about Bangabandhu National Stadium being taken away.........
Me and my father went to watch the Bangladesh vs India match there(the one we won) the day before my father suddenly died. The stadium meant a lot to me, and I can't believe they could give it to soccer....

mhferdaus
May 2, 2006, 06:14 PM
I would say that the only 3 Bangladeshi players who actually have the right to keep a constant position in the team are Shahriar Nafees, Habibul Bashar and Mohammad Rafique. Others should be replaced when playing bad(Ash). The consistency with which these 3 players play cannot be seen in any other player in the Bangladesh Team. Also, Wasim is very correct about fixing first-class cricket, and I myself have felt very sad about Bangabandhu National Stadium being taken away.........
Me and my father went to watch the Bangladesh vs India match there(the one we won) the day before my father suddenly died. The stadium meant a lot to me, and I can't believe they could give it to soccer....

No one should be invincible, anyone who starts performing bad, rest him.

Kamini
May 2, 2006, 11:06 PM
These ex-cricketers do not have to pay for speaking up..there are many of them now a days...they have a lot of spare time!


Development do not happen overnight. You guyes should be happy with the progress BD has made under Whatmore...

Do not expect miracles, the test series and the first two one-dayers with Aussies went pretty well. Aussies being no. 1 and they played a full side...what more can u expect?


I think there is hope for BD Cricket in near future. The kind of hope that I personally never thought was there before.:up:

Fazal
May 3, 2006, 11:46 AM
I think there is hope for BD Cricket in near future. The kind of hope that I personally never thought was there before.:up:

Kamini in mission. Magar Mission ta ke :-/

annie
May 3, 2006, 12:47 PM
These are all known things for bd cricket but does our cricket authority cares?

AussieFan
May 4, 2006, 09:07 AM
lol, How dare he says Ash is not great? How dare he blame the Media?

he has no idea what great steps the board is taking with all the money they have to improve 1st class cricket. One word: Cheer leaders. That's how you not only attract the BD national players but also fans. Wasim is not that smart, it seems.

does he want the coaching job? why criticize the current one?

What's wrong with Wasim? Surely he knows a bowler named Taposh? Only two bowlers?

What does he know about spinners? luckily he didn't face our Alok. He wouldn't have commented like this if he only watched his hatrick spell. :)

Wasim's been a guy supportive of your cricket. Here too, he's being supportive telling you the truth. So if you don't see it that way, it's hard luck.

Frost
May 4, 2006, 10:51 AM
AussieFan, probably you missed the sarcasm in Cats_eye's post. lol