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Eshen
June 2, 2008, 02:01 PM
"Door open for all"

http://www.newagebd.com/2008/jun/03/spt.html

Rafiqul Alam, the chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Board, had a busy time in the past one month to form the teams for the forthcoming tri-series, Asia Cup and the Ireland and England-bound A team. He talks about the teams, players and the recent trends with Azad Majumder of New Age

Q: You have passed a busy time. How difficult it was to form so many teams?
A: We just had to go through a process. Players of the national team, domestic tournaments, Under-19 team and Academy team have all come into our consideration. Even we looked into the performances of our players in the Minor County and IPL. Yes, in the last month we were very busy as we had to make so many teams. But in the end we did our job.

Q: What was the most difficult decision?
A: The whole thing was very difficult. After the World Cup our senior players were not firing, not scoring enough runs. We faced difficulty in forming the A team as well. We picked at least six players from the Asia Cup squad for the England-bound A team, but it wasn’t a very easy decision.

Q: Senior players were ignored for both the national team and the A team. Do you think they have nothing more to give?
A: I have always said senior or junior player is not a matter for me. It all depends on form, fitness, pitch, weather condition and opponents. I have no grudge against the senior players because some of them are proven performers. If we think we need their services, we will pick them directly.

Q: Habibul Bashar said he was expecting a call-up to the A team to get prepared for the busy Test season ahead. Why he has been denied the chance?
A: Habibul Bashar does not need to prove anything. He is very important player to us. We have given him a one-year contract, while the others got six months’ contracts. It shows we have still faith in him. We did not want to take him in the A team, because we thought it would be embarrassing for him. I agree that he needs practice. But we have some plan for him. The BCB agreed to provide one-to-one coach for him during the off time.

Q: If Akram Khan, a member of your selection committee, can lead A team in the twilight of his career (to West Indies in 2003), why not Bashar?
A: That was a different situation. At that time the BCB wanted to groom some younger players under the guidance of a senior cricketer like Akram. I guess there was Dave Whatmore on that West Indies tour, so the presence of someone like Akram was important. This time we don’t need it as Jamie Siddons is probably going to England with the A team.

Q: Some of the players like Tapash and Tushar, who are in their late twenties, seemed to have disappeared from the international scene. Do you think they can come back?
A: Of course, they have a chance to come back. We kept the door open for everyone. But they have to perform at some level. We will even consider the performance in other professional leagues like Minor County. We have plenty of domestic competitions now, it’s better for them to concentrate on performing there. We are fair to all.

Q: Alok deserved a chance in the team that had been announced earlier. Why he was needed to come on only as the replacement of Aftab.
A: No doubt, Alok had performed very well in domestic cricket last season. But we had little choice earlier. Sakib (al Hasan) had pulled out, but we could not consider Alok in his place because of the former’s bowling. Sakib’s bowling gave the team a kind of balance and we needed someone like that. So we took Mehrab (Hossain). Anyway, Alok had to come in place of Aftab. But we did not want to drop Aftab as we were already missing Sakib. Aftab was out of form for only two months. So we thought it would be unfair to drop him.

Q: The team is going through a lean patch. Still the experiment is going on. Why?
A: I don’t think we are experimenting with the team. Initially we took some new players because we wanted to build a team for 2011 World Cup, but the situation forced us to make the other changes.

Q: You have inducted at least seven players (Junaed, Sajidul, Roqibul, Mosharraf, Dhiman, Nazmiuddin and Dollar) in less than a year after taking charge. Don’t you think this is too much?
A: I have already given answer to this question. Junaed and Roqibul forced their way into the national team with good domestic performances. We sent Sajidul to New Zealand because Rasel was injured. Mosharraf came in the side as a back-up spinner to Razzak after Mohammad Rafique retired. We took Dhiman as Mushfiq lost his form. And you know why we have picked Dollar now. Either Nazmul or Rasel was our choice for this slot. But they have groin and ankle injury respectively. So we had only Dollar and Rubel Hossain to choose from and we chose Dollar as he is relatively experienced.

Q: Some of the players you have picked, like Sajidul and Junaed, were impressive on their debut, but dwindled later. What was the reason behind this?
A: Sajidul is a good bowler, a strong lad. He did well in New Zealand. But you know he went there as the replacement of Rasel. But now Rasel is back in his place and it may affect Sajidul’s performance. I am, however, a bit disappointed with Junaed. He was picked as a good opening prospect particularly for one-day cricket. But unfortunately he failed to click in the limited-over format and instead got success only in Test.

Q: How confident you are that Mushfiqur Rahim will make the most of his chance this time?
A: Technically Mushfiq is a good batsman and he has proved it in the past. Unfortunately he had lost his form, but now he has regained it and so we selected him. I hope he will do well.

Q: Are you happy about his wicket- keeping ability?
A: He needs to improve, no doubt. But I hope he will do it in time.

Q: Being the chief selector what you think is the major drawback of Bangladesh team at the moment?
A: The major drawback is that our senior players are not performing. Ashraful, Aftab and Shahriar weren’t getting enough runs. They have to feel it and have to be professional.

Q: Finally, what will be your message to coach Jamie Siddons and captain Mohammad Ashraful?
A: Patience is the key, Jamie. Keep patience, I hope you will be able to lift Bangladesh to a position within the time limit that was given to you. For Ashraful, I think he must show more depth and maturity as a batsman.

Fazal
June 2, 2008, 02:35 PM
Tiger Mama Managing Team Selection....


http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/8960/teamselectionws0.jpg

Tigers_eye
June 2, 2008, 03:15 PM
bujtey parsi. HB'rey free ride dibey (back door diye). That is why they didnot want to expose him to the county sides with the A team. What an excuse "embarassing"? I thought selectors select players on performance not what the players would think or feel. Idiot daddy!! HB will cry foul by saying I have been victimized. I have no practice before Major series. And BB (boro bolod) will include another off form player at the end citing he is performing well.

Aftab naki dui mash off form!! Doesn't he read daily newspapers? Naki 42 against Pakistan in one game made him think he was in mardenga form?

djnaved
June 2, 2008, 05:10 PM
"Door open for all"




Q: The team is going through a lean patch. Still the experiment is going on. Why?
A: I don’t think we are experimenting with the team. Initially we took some new players because we wanted to build a team for 2011 World Cup, but the situation forced us to make the other changes.




after ash,aftab,JS, rafiqul alam is bolod number 4. rafiqul mama, plz think about present time. forget about 2011 world cup....plz,plz,plz,plz

thebest
June 3, 2008, 01:44 PM
I would like to ask one question. Why they drop Dhiman? What are the problems if there are two w/k when one of them can easily play as an specialist. I consider both better batsmen than AAAs
You have a team which average age is 23 ; still you want a build a team for 2011 WC in 3 yrs team. What a joke? why not continue with the team till 2015.Then the average would be 31. Ideal age for being champion. 2011 could be a mid term evaluation for the team of 2015.

cricket_dorshok
June 3, 2008, 10:16 PM
I would like to ask one question. Why they drop Dhiman? What are the problems

very simple answer, you can't expect anything from NBS (National bolod squad, courtesy AF).

nahaz
June 4, 2008, 05:37 AM
Rafiqul said he had to watch our players' performances in IPL. So that's his excuse for wasting his time on the telly. I thought we had only one player playing 4 overs in the IPL. Or does he want to pick some of the Indian players too? And maybe Warnie...as player-coach

ehteshamul
June 4, 2008, 08:53 PM
"Door open for all"

http://www.newagebd.com/2008/jun/03/spt.html

Rafiqul Alam, the chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Board, had a busy time in the past one month to form the teams for the forthcoming tri-series, Asia Cup and the Ireland and England-bound A team. He talks about the teams, players and the recent trends with Azad Majumder of New Age

Q: You have passed a busy time. How difficult it was to form so many teams?
A: We just had to go through a process. Players of the national team, domestic tournaments, Under-19 team and Academy team have all come into our consideration. Even we looked into the performances of our players in the Minor County and IPL. Yes, in the last month we were very busy as we had to make so many teams. But in the end we did our job.

Q: What was the most difficult decision?
A: The whole thing was very difficult. After the World Cup our senior players were not firing, not scoring enough runs. We faced difficulty in forming the A team as well. We picked at least six players from the Asia Cup squad for the England-bound A team, but it wasn’t a very easy decision.

Q: Senior players were ignored for both the national team and the A team. Do you think they have nothing more to give?
A: I have always said senior or junior player is not a matter for me. It all depends on form, fitness, pitch, weather condition and opponents. I have no grudge against the senior players because some of them are proven performers. If we think we need their services, we will pick them directly.

Q: Habibul Bashar said he was expecting a call-up to the A team to get prepared for the busy Test season ahead. Why he has been denied the chance?
A: Habibul Bashar does not need to prove anything. He is very important player to us. We have given him a one-year contract, while the others got six months’ contracts. It shows we have still faith in him. We did not want to take him in the A team, because we thought it would be embarrassing for him. I agree that he needs practice. But we have some plan for him. The BCB agreed to provide one-to-one coach for him during the off time.

Q: If Akram Khan, a member of your selection committee, can lead A team in the twilight of his career (to West Indies in 2003), why not Bashar?
A: That was a different situation. At that time the BCB wanted to groom some younger players under the guidance of a senior cricketer like Akram. I guess there was Dave Whatmore on that West Indies tour, so the presence of someone like Akram was important. This time we don’t need it as Jamie Siddons is probably going to England with the A team.

Q: Some of the players like Tapash and Tushar, who are in their late twenties, seemed to have disappeared from the international scene. Do you think they can come back?
A: Of course, they have a chance to come back. We kept the door open for everyone. But they have to perform at some level. We will even consider the performance in other professional leagues like Minor County. We have plenty of domestic competitions now, it’s better for them to concentrate on performing there. We are fair to all.

Q: Alok deserved a chance in the team that had been announced earlier. Why he was needed to come on only as the replacement of Aftab.
A: No doubt, Alok had performed very well in domestic cricket last season. But we had little choice earlier. Sakib (al Hasan) had pulled out, but we could not consider Alok in his place because of the former’s bowling. Sakib’s bowling gave the team a kind of balance and we needed someone like that. So we took Mehrab (Hossain). Anyway, Alok had to come in place of Aftab. But we did not want to drop Aftab as we were already missing Sakib. Aftab was out of form for only two months. So we thought it would be unfair to drop him.

Q: The team is going through a lean patch. Still the experiment is going on. Why?
A: I don’t think we are experimenting with the team. Initially we took some new players because we wanted to build a team for 2011 World Cup, but the situation forced us to make the other changes.

Q: You have inducted at least seven players (Junaed, Sajidul, Roqibul, Mosharraf, Dhiman, Nazmiuddin and Dollar) in less than a year after taking charge. Don’t you think this is too much?
A: I have already given answer to this question. Junaed and Roqibul forced their way into the national team with good domestic performances. We sent Sajidul to New Zealand because Rasel was injured. Mosharraf came in the side as a back-up spinner to Razzak after Mohammad Rafique retired. We took Dhiman as Mushfiq lost his form. And you know why we have picked Dollar now. Either Nazmul or Rasel was our choice for this slot. But they have groin and ankle injury respectively. So we had only Dollar and Rubel Hossain to choose from and we chose Dollar as he is relatively experienced.

Q: Some of the players you have picked, like Sajidul and Junaed, were impressive on their debut, but dwindled later. What was the reason behind this?
A: Sajidul is a good bowler, a strong lad. He did well in New Zealand. But you know he went there as the replacement of Rasel. But now Rasel is back in his place and it may affect Sajidul’s performance. I am, however, a bit disappointed with Junaed. He was picked as a good opening prospect particularly for one-day cricket. But unfortunately he failed to click in the limited-over format and instead got success only in Test.

Q: How confident you are that Mushfiqur Rahim will make the most of his chance this time?
A: Technically Mushfiq is a good batsman and he has proved it in the past. Unfortunately he had lost his form, but now he has regained it and so we selected him. I hope he will do well.

Q: Are you happy about his wicket- keeping ability?
A: He needs to improve, no doubt. But I hope he will do it in time.

Q: Being the chief selector what you think is the major drawback of Bangladesh team at the moment?
A: The major drawback is that our senior players are not performing. Ashraful, Aftab and Shahriar weren’t getting enough runs. They have to feel it and have to be professional.

Q: Finally, what will be your message to coach Jamie Siddons and captain Mohammad Ashraful?
A: Patience is the key, Jamie. Keep patience, I hope you will be able to lift Bangladesh to a position within the time limit that was given to you. For Ashraful, I think he must show more depth and maturity as a batsman.

INTERVIEW RAFIQUL ALAM WITH AZAD MAJUMDER OF NEW AGE – INTERVIEWER MISSED SOME VITAL QUESTIONS

I think Rafiqul Alam did pretty well in the Interview.

Rather I would say the Interviewer Azad Majumder of New Age missed some vital questions that could have been thrown to Rafiqul Alam which we as readers and nation as whole have been craving so long to get the answers.

Some of the question that comes to my mind :

What do you think about Siddons’ performance so far? or
Are you satisfied with Siddons' performance so far ?

What do you think Siddons need to do to pull Bangladesh out of this difficult situation ?

Why do you think Ash and Aftab’s performance deteriorated so significantly under Siddons? Any thoughts or special measures you have in mind to deal with these special cases after all they were once our key performers. Weren’t they ?

What needs to be done to bring back our golden glory or form ?

Tigers_eye
June 6, 2008, 03:40 PM
...
Rather I would say the Interviewer Azad Majumder of New Age missed some vital questions that could have been thrown to Rafiqul Alam which we as readers and nation as whole have been craving so long to get the answers.

Some of the question that comes to my mind :

What do you think about Siddons’ performance so far? or
Are you satisfied with Siddons' performance so far ?

What do you think Siddons need to do to pull Bangladesh out of this difficult situation ?

Why do you think Ash and Aftab’s performance deteriorated so significantly under Siddons? Any thoughts or special measures you have in mind to deal with these special cases after all they were once our key performers. Weren’t they ?

What needs to be done to bring back our golden glory or form ?
If I were in Rafiq's shoes I would have answered them as:
1) Siddons did a terrific job. He has brought in some innovative technics like marble slabs, team rules etc. This has put a positive affect on Tamim, Shakib, Mahmudullah, and few more.

2) I am satisfied with JS.

3) In my (Rafiq's) opinion he is a good coach and do not need any input from anyone else. He knows where are the deficiencies and he is working on it. As a fan first, I would request him to insert the self belief in to the players and may be help the captain understand the strategies that the team management makes before every game.

4) Ash-Aftab's off form has nothing to do with Siddons. It is their inability to learn from their own mistakes. They have played a good number of games to understand the standard of the international game and how to prepare for them. As senior players they need to take more responsibility.

5) How to improve them in the field? I have no idea but I will watching closely on their performance. I will recommend in cutting their match fees if the performances are not satisfactory.

ehteshamul
June 7, 2008, 05:13 AM
If I were in Rafiq's shoes I would have answered them as:
1) Siddons did a terrific job. He has brought in some innovative technics like marble slabs, team rules etc. This has put a positive affect on Tamim, Shakib, Mahmudullah, and few more.

2) I am satisfied with JS.

3) In my (Rafiq's) opinion he is a good coach and do not need any input from anyone else. He knows where are the deficiencies and he is working on it. As a fan first, I would request him to insert the self belief in to the players and may be help the captain understand the strategies that the team management makes before every game.

4) Ash-Aftab's off form has nothing to do with Siddons. It is their inability to learn from their own mistakes. They have played a good number of games to understand the standard of the international game and how to prepare for them. As senior players they need to take more responsibility.

5) How to improve them in the field? I have no idea but I will watching closely on their performance. I will recommend in cutting their match fees if the performances are not satisfactory.

Hello Tiger’s eye Bhaiyya,

Thanks for taking the initiative and the time to answer the questions

However I have these observations to your answers.

I will deal for now with one only otherwise the posting will become too lengthy

My question : What do you think about Siddons’ performance so far? or
Are you satisfied with Siddons' performance so far ?

Your answer as Rafiqul Alam

Siddons did a terrific job. He has brought in some innovative technics like marble slabs, team rules etc. This has put a positive affect on Tamim, Shakib, Mahmudullah, and few more.

I disagree with you that as a Head Coach Siddons did a terrific job Coach. That’s not true.

He did a good job in honing batting skills of Tamim, Saqib and to some extent- Nafees(He regained form against ICC Associate member Ireland only to lose his form against Pakistan), Junaed( Did well against Newzealand) and the younger players: Riyad, Farhad, Dhiman,

So battingwise he did a pretty good job with regards to above mentioned players.

Resultwise in terms of victories Zero or no success (I am not including BD’s performance
against ICC Associate member Ireland)

If we go by facts: Losses by huge margins against Newzealand, South Africa and Pakistan.

We don’t mind losing to the heavyweights of Cricket that is understandable.

The matter of concern is the way batsmen continue to throw their wickets by senseless and needless shots. Don’t these guys feel accountable that they are representing a cricketing nation and playing International and not club cricket?

We are at a loss to see there is repeated collapse of the top order.

As a coach Is it not his job to address the issue and devise solutions to avoid this?

Result : Bowlingwise– Going Downhill
Mashrafee has lost form and not delivering the goods that is expected of him he being the key bowler of the team.

Rasel also seems lost in wilderness.

Razzaq:Seems he totally forgot his wicket taking abilities.

However on the upside Shahadat has become a very improved bowler and did exceptionally well against South Africa.

Result : Fieldingwise - Down the hill . They are all over the place and have floored many easy chances be it catching, run outs or saving runs.

With so with so many deficiencies still persisting with the team do you still think Jamie can bring sanity to our team or are you covertly thinking of other options ?

If it is okay with you can we do a Hypothetical Siddons Vs Journalist Interview with you playing the role of Siddons and me a journalist It will be an interesting duel and readers can provide inputs or comments as appropriate.

Please let me know when you are ready.

Thanks once again.

Allah Hafez!

Cheers!