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Zunaid
September 26, 2012, 09:56 PM
http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2012-09-27/news/293001

He pulled no punches. Ties in with my rant.

An excerpt:

[বাংলা]
 এমন বড় আসরে এসে তো দেশের ক্রিকেটের সামগ্রিক অনেক কিছু আলোচনায় চলে আসে। বিশেষ কিছু কি কখনো মনে হচ্ছে আপনার?
সাকিব: আমার শুধু মনে হয়, আমাদের ক্রিকেটে প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতা খুব অভাব। এই যে টিভিতে ইরানি ট্রফি দেখছি, রেস্ট অব ইন্ডিয়ার সব ব্যাটসম্যানই বলতে গেলে সেঞ্চুরি করছে। দলে যারা আছে, তাদের ওপর চাপ তৈরি করছে। আমাদের দেশে ওটা কই? আমাদের বাঁহাতি স্পিনাররা বেশি খাটে, কারণ ওরা জানে দেশে অনেক বাঁহাতি স্পিনার আছে। আমাদের দেশেই যদি আমার মতো আরেকটা প্লেয়ার থাকত যে আমার মতোই পারফর্ম করছে, তখন আমাদের দুজনের পারফরম্যান্সই আরও ভালো হতো। মনোজ তিওয়ারির ঘটনা দেখেন না, সেঞ্চুরি করার পর ১০ ম্যাচ বাইরে বসে থাকল। আমাদের দেশে কেউ সেঞ্চুরি করলে তো নিশ্চিন্তে ম্যাচের পর ম্যাচ খেলে যেত। আপনি যত কিছুই বলেন, ধরে পেটান, এই কম্পিটিশনটা না থাকলে ভেতর থেকে ওই তাগিদটা আসবে না। সাঈদ আজমল সেদিন বলছিল, দুসরা শেখার জন্য টানা চার মাস ও বল করে গেছে, ওর বউ বল ফেরত দিয়ে গেছে। আমাদের দেশে কে এমন করে? সেদিন ও সাকলায়েনের সঙ্গে কথা বলল, দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকার সঙ্গে খেলায় আমলাকে কীভাবে বল করবে জানতে চেয়ে। আমিও বসে বসে শুনলাম। হরভজন আর অশ্বিনের ঘটনা দেখেন না, অশ্বিন প্রতি ম্যাচেই ভালো করতে চেয়েছে, কারণ ও জানে হরভজন বাইরে বসে আছে। এখন হরভজন ফিরেছে, ওরা দুজনই আরও ভালো খেলবে। আমাদের দেশে এই প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতা ার খুব অভাব।
 এটার কারণ কী?
সাকিব: এটা বলতে গেলে অনেক কিছু আসবে। আজ এটুকুই থাক।[/বাংলা]

BengaliPagol
September 26, 2012, 10:10 PM
can someone translate?

Jadukor
September 26, 2012, 10:13 PM
what really surprised me is how we saw some players on the boundary weren't diving to stop the boundaries during the game. If a world class bowlers like Steyn can dive at everything even when the match is almost won, I find this reluctance from our players truly shocking.

Habib
September 26, 2012, 10:15 PM
I hope Pybus took notice. The culprit players must be given jutar bari.

roman
September 26, 2012, 10:34 PM
I hope Pybus took notice. The culprit players must be given jutar bari.

Jutar bari won't be enough. Kick them out of the team for good amount of time. Let them repent. I rather have bunch of no name players than these so called star players who don't give 100% in the field, who don't give his heart when playing for Bangladesh. How could they do this to us? Man I am pissed..

Jadukor
September 26, 2012, 11:18 PM
Notice how Shakib says " Amader deshe keu century korle nishchinte match er por match khele jeto"
I think this statement is quite disturbing. It shows the goal/ambition of our players goes only as far as getting into the national side.

Zunaid
September 26, 2012, 11:21 PM
Notice how Shakib says " Amader deshe keu century korle nishchinte match er por match khele jeto"
I think this statement is quite disturbing. It shows the goal/ambition of our players goes only as far as getting into the national side.

This shouldn't be news to you :)

Remember how Tamim (even though he is pretty much among the best we have) celebrated his back to back 4 ... wait for it ... 1/2 centuries. Half centuries? Celebrate that? Why not question why you couldn't convert? I've seen our players go gaga after getting a 50 in a losing cause. Fail. If you could not help your team win - you fail. Milestones be damned.

Jadukor
September 26, 2012, 11:28 PM
You are right. The various statements in the past did point to the same conclusion

cricbook
September 27, 2012, 12:00 AM
http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2012-09-27/news/293001

He pulled no punches. Ties in with my rant.

An excerpt:

[বাংলা]
 এমন বড় আসরে এসে তো দেশের ক্রিকেটের সামগ্রিক অনেক কিছু আলোচনায় চলে আসে। বিশেষ কিছু কি কখনো মনে হচ্ছে আপনার?
সাকিব: আমার শুধু মনে হয়, আমাদের ক্রিকেটে প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতা খুব অভাব। এই যে টিভিতে ইরানি ট্রফি দেখছি, রেস্ট অব ইন্ডিয়ার সব ব্যাটসম্যানই বলতে গেলে সেঞ্চুরি করছে। দলে যারা আছে, তাদের ওপর চাপ তৈরি করছে। আমাদের দেশে ওটা কই? আমাদের বাঁহাতি স্পিনাররা বেশি খাটে, কারণ ওরা জানে দেশে অনেক বাঁহাতি স্পিনার আছে। আমাদের দেশেই যদি আমার মতো আরেকটা প্লেয়ার থাকত যে আমার মতোই পারফর্ম করছে, তখন আমাদের দুজনের পারফরম্যান্সই আরও ভালো হতো। মনোজ তিওয়ারির ঘটনা দেখেন না, সেঞ্চুরি করার পর ১০ ম্যাচ বাইরে বসে থাকল। আমাদের দেশে কেউ সেঞ্চুরি করলে তো নিশ্চিন্তে ম্যাচের পর ম্যাচ খেলে যেত। আপনি যত কিছুই বলেন, ধরে পেটান, এই কম্পিটিশনটা না থাকলে ভেতর থেকে ওই তাগিদটা আসবে না। সাঈদ আজমল সেদিন বলছিল, দুসরা শেখার জন্য টানা চার মাস ও বল করে গেছে, ওর বউ বল ফেরত দিয়ে গেছে। আমাদের দেশে কে এমন করে? সেদিন ও সাকলায়েনের সঙ্গে কথা বলল, দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকার সঙ্গে খেলায় আমলাকে কীভাবে বল করবে জানতে চেয়ে। আমিও বসে বসে শুনলাম। হরভজন আর অশ্বিনের ঘটনা দেখেন না, অশ্বিন প্রতি ম্যাচেই ভালো করতে চেয়েছে, কারণ ও জানে হরভজন বাইরে বসে আছে। এখন হরভজন ফিরেছে, ওরা দুজনই আরও ভালো খেলবে। আমাদের দেশে এই প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতা ার খুব অভাব।
 এটার কারণ কী?
সাকিব: এটা বলতে গেলে অনেক কিছু আসবে। আজ এটুকুই থাক।[/বাংলা]

sakib u r the father of bd cricket....u can say...whatever u like.... we want u back as a captain....and i know u r the man who's gona show us the morning rise....and moner anonde winter er shomoio summer vhebe pole luff deoa......we belive in u,,:up::up::up:

F6_Turbo
September 27, 2012, 12:56 AM
Shakib: আমরা ভালো স্পিনার, কিন্তু ওয়ার্ল্ড ক্লাস একটা স্পিনার চাই।
PA: সেই ওয়ার্ল্ড ক্লাস স্পিনারটা আপনি হতে পারেন না?
Shakib: না, আমি ভালো স্পিনার, ওয়ার্ল্ড ক্লাস না।
PA: হওয়া কি সম্ভব নয়? নাকি তা হতে জন্মগত কিছু লাগে?
Shakib: প্রতিভার একটা ব্যাপার তো থাকেই। যেমন ধরেন, আমি তো চাইলেই আজমল হতে পারব না। চাইলেও মেন্ডিসের মতো বল করতে পারব না। আমি বিশ্বাস করি, খুব চেষ্টা করলে সোয়ানের মতো বোলার হতে পারব। কিন্তু তখন আমার ব্যাটিংয়ে স্যাক্রিফাইস করতে হবে।


Not sure I'm too happy with this bit....

For those who can't read Bangla....

The interviewer basically asks him what he'd want in the team, and aside from good fielders a strike bowler(Steyn) Shakib also wanted....

Shakib: We're good spinners...but I want a world class spinner in the side
PA: Can't you be that world class spinner?
Shakib: No, I'm a good bowler...not world class.
PA: Can't you become a world class bowler? Or do you need God given abilities...something from birth?
Shakib: There is definitely an issue with talent, for example...I can't become Ajmal, and even if I want I can't bowl like Mendis(in terms of bowling action). But I believe, if I really want it, I can become a bowler like Swann, but then I have to sacrifice my batting.

I know what he's saying...but it's almost like he's accepted that this is as good as it's going to get for him...

crikss
September 27, 2012, 01:10 AM
What's wrong it with it....Whatever training Shakib take he can never become as good as Shane Warne ..and he admitted it...

deshprem
September 27, 2012, 01:12 AM
Not sure I'm too happy with this bit....

For those who can't read Bangla....

The interviewer basically asks him what he'd want in the team, and aside from good fielders a strike bowler(Steyn) Shakib also wanted....



I know what he's saying...but it's almost like he's accepted that this is as good as it's going to get for him...

he's kind of right. no world class spinenr out there is also an allrounder. swan can bat a bit. but he's not selected for his allround abilities. same with warne.

he's asking for a pure spinner of world class calibre. that's fair enough. and his point about sacrificing his batting is also right. I'm pretty sure no one wants him to lose his batting. you can't have everything.

F6_Turbo
September 27, 2012, 01:37 AM
What's wrong it with it....Whatever training Shakib take he can never become as good as Shane Warne ..and he admitted it...

Shane Warne wasn't merely a world class spinner...he was an immortal. There is a difference between becoming one of the best ever and a very good player. Shane Bond was a world class bowler...but no one is going to put him in a top 15 of all time pace bowlers.

There is middle ground there.

I don't like it when people put on a ceiling on their future trajectory - why can't you try to get your bowling average as low as possible AND simultaneously strive to up your batting average towards 40. You might fail...but isn't it better to try and fail than to simply accept the status quo?

Zunaid
September 27, 2012, 01:42 AM
Something may get lost in translation - world class to Shak might mean Warne class. I will cut him some slack, specially since he IS world class in both batting and bowling.

RazabQ
September 27, 2012, 02:03 AM
WRT to the bowling comment, look at the examples he cited. Mendis. Ajmal. Really unique bowlers who can be well nigh impossible for batters. Unorthodox. No matter how hard he tries he won't get to be one of that. He's honest. He admits he can be as good as Swan, who lest we forget, has been the #1 spinner for a number of years. So he's not exactly setting a ceiling here. Remember this is the same guy, who, despite coming from a footballing family, decided he was going to be a cricketer as a teenager. Why? "Because in cricket I can see myself playing in a WC" This is the same guy who Rabeed Imam selected as one for the century when he was just 16. Why? Because of strength and clarity of mind. Self awareness need not be self-limiting.

RazabQ
September 27, 2012, 02:04 AM
That's as honest to goodness an interview you can expect from a sportsman btw.

F6_Turbo
September 27, 2012, 02:18 AM
That's as honest to goodness an interview you can expect from a sportsman btw.

That it is...I particularly liked that he didn't hide behind diplomacy. He called out his teammates for the fielding. Because as we've all discussed here many times in the past...fielding is something you CAN control.

It is about effort and hard work, simple as that.

That players lacked desire out there is an insult not only to the rest of the team, but also to those fans who spent their hard earned money to go watch Bangladesh in Sri Lanka.

Lutfulkhan
September 27, 2012, 03:33 AM
Sakib's observation about lack of competition for positions in the team is so true couldn't agree less. Having being benched at KKR he had to prove himself to make it to the squad even after being MOM. Being benched has defiantly also helped Tamim's game. We need more competition for places in the team. In the Indian team even Sachin has to compete! In our team we have players who scored a century once upon a time. These players know, somehow or the other, they will eventually get back in the team because their is no one to fill their boots!

Sohel
September 27, 2012, 04:00 AM
The most candid, truthful interview ever by one of only two world class players Bangladesh has produced to date. He's the only one with a functional cricketing brain, and awareness of the game beyond the DPL Habamoni-Mohamodon context.

{RANT] Most of our cricketers want all the money and fame they see on TV but without the sacrifice and hard work, driven by passion rather than necessity, to achieve those. They are lazy beyond belief and the alleged quality of domestic cricket actually maintains and enhances those disgusting habits.

BCB, other than the rare exceptions you can count with the fingers in one, veteran Yakuza lieutenant's hand, is packed with ignorant, talkative and egomaniacal idiots who don't get cricket at this level despite their involvement with the sport for decades. Rationalization, love of sycophancy, ethical relativism, sectarianism, dirty party and club politics, blamegaming, decontextualized statistical spin doctoring, and plain old stupidity from folks who believe they're smart, won't change the culture either.

In fact, most don't even know what smart means. They think it has something to do with looking sharp and sophisticated. I've met BCB dudes with extensive playing and organizational experiences in Dhaka who believe the words "bowl" and "ball" mean the same thing. Needless to say, they're not aware of what the latter infers. They also do "wide" and "white", "firm" and "farm", "lose" and "loose" and "decent" and "descend".

It's nothing short of a miracle that we've come this far on "natural progression" and "organic growth" alone. No other sane test playing nation has or ever will select the type and sheer number of players of players they do and their fanboys defend until kingdom come. Other boards have issues, but they would never select so many of the toothless, sightless and lazy guys as we have since day one.{/RANT]

WarWolf
September 27, 2012, 04:58 AM
Really enjoyed the interview. He talked honestly and truthfully.

deshprem
September 27, 2012, 05:14 AM
this just shows how much more experienced and how much more exposure shakib has had compared to everyone else. our pipeline players just don't think for themselves.

you don't need to have played international cricket to know the basic tricks of the trade. our players need education about the game..learn to think about the game.

mufi_02
September 27, 2012, 09:08 AM
You can feel the frustration in this interview. I think its only Shakib who understands the competitive international cricket scene.

He played in county and also in KKR and shared dressing room with many great players. As much as I despise IPL, the tournament is very demanding and there is a lot of pressure from owners, fans, and media. He knows how to fight for spot in KKR while most of our the so called 'stars' in our team are automatically selected.

simon
September 27, 2012, 09:09 AM
Excellent article.

During BPL heard this line a lot "sharing dressing room with intrntnl stars " my phoot.
U guys sleep ,eat ,drink with Sakib and u learned nada.?
ahammok shob gula.
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Night_wolf
September 27, 2012, 09:24 AM
Shakib scored 85 and said he cant be warne/ajmal/mendis..if he tries to be them his batting will suffer..we are all praising him supporting him

R jodi shakib akta duck marto tahole ai same comment er jonne je koto gal kheto kno thik nai

ai holo bangali

crikss
September 27, 2012, 09:34 AM
Shakib scored 85 and said he cant be warne/ajmal/mendis..if he tries to be them his batting will suffer..we are all praising him supporting him

R jodi shakib akta duck marto tahole ai same comment er jonne je koto gal kheto kno thik nai

ai holo bangali

aree eshob interview drama kichui hoitona if Bangladesh managed to reach Super 8...But seriously we don't even have enough performer in BD team :facepalm: r competetion diye team a dhoka to durer kotha.

MarufH
September 27, 2012, 09:45 AM
can someone translate?

read this: http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/content/current/story/584159.html

Shakib Al Hasan voiced his frustration at Bangladesh's early exit from the World T20s saying that the team should have taken the match against Pakistan to last five overs from "where it could [have gone] either way. But it seemed we were never in the game." Shakib also added the team's failure to do "elementary" things was annoying.

Pakistan reached the target of 176 runs with eight balls to spare. A few overs earlier, in the 16th, they completed the progress to the Super-Eights when they crossed the 139-run mark that gave them a better net run-rate than Bangladesh.

He explained how, while fielding, the basics went missing; the lack of commitment too peeved Shakib. "I didn't like the way we lost. We should have been lively after scoring 175, saved around fifteen runs while fielding. I'm talking about elementary things like standing 10 yards inside the boundary on the larger side of the ground. This is just a matter of common sense," he told Bangla daily Prothom Alo in Kandy.

"These things annoy me because neither the captain nor I can tell this every ball. Then the fielder doesn't put in the dive as the ball nears the boundary line. The dive may not work but at least the action inspires another fielder. The others will run beside the ball, without diving, seeing this,".

"This is what I expected from the team when I was the captain and even now when I'm not the captain. I think I will expect these things all the time. If we had done everything properly and lost, I wouldn't have felt so bad. I would have thought, 'they are a better team on paper and on the field and as a result we lost'. The disappointment would have been two out of 10, now it is six."

Shakib's criticism of the level of commitment is significant and though he has landed in hot water in the past for giving a forthright point of view, this time it is quiet justified. Bangladesh have now failed to qualify to the second stage in all of their last four appearances in global events starting from the 2009 World Twenty20s. They had a long build-up to this campaign but it amounted to nothing after they were struck down by Brendon McCullum's second Twenty20 international century in their first group game before giving it away to Pakistan.

Their point of inspiration should have been the way Shakib bounced back after a poor day against New Zealand. His 54-ball knock put him on top of individual scores made by a Bangladeshi in T20Is, beating Nazimuddin's 81.

"I don't normally plan anything when I go out to bat in a T20 game. After the first game against New Zealand, I realised that if I bat naturally I can have a 110-120 strike rate. I didn't have to force things. So against Pakistan when I had gathered enough confidence, I started playing my shots," he said, adding that he only thought of going for the hundred in the final over of the Bangladesh innings. "From a personal point of view, I had a good day. But the disappointment was to see the game being given away."

SS
September 27, 2012, 09:52 AM
damn our news spread so quickly nowadays

AsifTheManRahman
September 27, 2012, 12:03 PM
Thank you Shakib, thank you thank you thank you. He hasn't said anything we don't already know or haven't seen with our own eyes, but it's refreshing to hear it coming out of a player's mouth. I think there is no doubt now that our players are very much to blame for our pusillanimous performances. Not enough coaches, not enough matches, not enough pitches - excuses excuses. You have to be passionate about what you do to begin with. Where's the fire? Forget about pride of playing for the country, how do you look at yourself in the mirror and justify what you've done at the end of the day? This is something that I haven't heard any other player in the team talk about and I wouldn't be surprised if they don't feel the same way. It's my favorite part of the interview, i.e. where Shakib says he was especially fired up for the second game because he had failed in the first and needed to prove something to himself. Compare that to the other sissies in the squad who are just out there to satisfy the selectors and do the bare minimum to secure a spot in the team. No concept of setting standards for oneself.

If guys from Afghanistan and Ireland can show so much passion and urgency in the field, why can't these guys who get paid more and have access to better facilities?

I don't care that he doesn't go to practice if he doesn't want to if he can come back and score like he did against Pakistan. If the staff thinks there's a disciplinary problem there then it's up to them to fix it. As a fan, all I want to see are results.

As for his comments on not being able to become as good as Mendis, well Mendis doesn't do jack with the bat. Shakib is an all-rounder and if he does become as good as Swann some day, I'd more than just take it. Mendis/Warne have the luxury of bowling in the nets 24/7, while Shakib has to bowl AND bat. Considering this, the fact that he's set his eyes on Swann is actually a very good thing and he's set the bar high enough for himself. We all know a team needs very good specialist bowlers to complement its all-rounders, it's a no-brainer. He can't do everything himself.

Mr.Cricket
September 27, 2012, 12:19 PM
Thing is, our guys know that they're gonna loose even before they get out on that field. The spirit of playing the game and for your country isd missing big times!. Need a motivational coach like Ian Pont back.
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BrianLara7
September 27, 2012, 01:12 PM
Man, Wouldnt I love to live the life of our so called "cricketer" (As always everyone other than shakib) who get paid koti taka a year for doing jack and get treated like celebrities but even after all their failures they still walk around acting like kings.. Great players from a decade or two ago ( Richards, Ambrose, Miandad etc) didnt get paid anywhere near as much as utter failures like Shahadat, Riyad, Ashraful but all these players combined arent even good enough to touch the feet of those greats. I say hit them where it hurts, no performance equals no pay. Mediocre performers should be paid the lowest amount of money, only Shakib gets A level contract, Tamim C and all others F. In a country as poor as ours, paying koti koti taka to failed sportsmen makes little sense, if you want koti taka then give performance thats worthy of that

Fazal
September 27, 2012, 03:09 PM
Any idea, who are the slackers that Sakib is indicating?

akabir77
September 27, 2012, 03:49 PM
1. abul
2. molla
3. shafiul
4. razzak
5. who ever is 12/13/14...

Aramaic
September 27, 2012, 04:18 PM
Well said Shakib, this is why I respect you!

We cant handle it when an outsider speaks critically of us, we just blindly defend our players.

We have a bunch of lazy, unprofessional cricketers that need a good kick up the backside

The mental part of the game is very important and we could do with more players who have the same determination, ambition and drive as Shakib

BengaliPagol
September 27, 2012, 07:49 PM
Shakib states that

"I didn't like the way we lost. We should have been lively after scoring 175, saved around fifteen runs while fielding. I'm talking about elementary things like standing 10 yards inside the boundary on the larger side of the ground. This is just a matter of common sense,"

and

"These things annoy me because neither the captain nor I can tell this every ball. Then the fielder doesn't put in the dive as the ball nears the boundary line. The dive may not work but at least the action inspires another fielder. The others will run beside the ball, without diving, seeing this,".

This pretty much reveals the glaring hole in BD cricket. Players lack the fundamentals of the game even when they get to the international scene. International cricket isnt the time to learn fundamentals of the game. Domestics is the place to learn all these fundamentals. International cricket is the place where u show who you are and challenge the best of the best.

kalpurush
September 29, 2012, 03:09 AM
1. abul
2. molla
3. shafiul
4. razzak
...
100 out of 100 :up:

All should be sent to BKSP for a year or two, including Ash for learning the basics...

lamisa
September 29, 2012, 12:41 PM
how i miss JF. wonder what sorcery he performed on our players!

godzilla
September 29, 2012, 02:18 PM
100 out of 100 :up:

All should be sent to BKSP for a year or two, including Ash for learning the basics...

I dislike ASH's batting but I do have to defend him on this one. This guy actualy gives his all while he is fielding. Slides, Jumps, DIVES, you name it he dose it. He is one of our best fielder despite his size.

BANFAN
September 29, 2012, 07:22 PM
Thank you Shakib, thank you thank you thank you. He hasn't said anything we don't already know or haven't seen with our own eyes, but it's refreshing to hear it coming out of a player's mouth. I think there is no doubt now that our players are very much to blame for our pusillanimous performances. Not enough coaches, not enough matches, not enough pitches - excuses excuses. You have to be passionate about what you do to begin with. Where's the fire? Forget about pride of playing for the country, how do you look at yourself in the mirror and justify what you've done at the end of the day? This is something that I haven't heard any other player in the team talk about and I wouldn't be surprised if they don't feel the same way. It's my favorite part of the interview, i.e. where Shakib says he was especially fired up for the second game because he had failed in the first and needed to prove something to himself. Compare that to the other sissies in the squad who are just out there to satisfy the selectors and do the bare minimum to secure a spot in the team. No concept of setting standards for oneself.

If guys from Afghanistan and Ireland can show so much passion and urgency in the field, why can't these guys who get paid more and have access to better facilities?

I don't care that he doesn't go to practice if he doesn't want to if he can come back and score like he did against Pakistan. If the staff thinks there's a disciplinary problem there then it's up to them to fix it. As a fan, all I want to see are results.

As for his comments on not being able to become as good as Mendis, well Mendis doesn't do jack with the bat. Shakib is an all-rounder and if he does become as good as Swann some day, I'd more than just take it. Mendis/Warne have the luxury of bowling in the nets 24/7, while Shakib has to bowl AND bat. Considering this, the fact that he's set his eyes on Swann is actually a very good thing and he's set the bar high enough for himself. We all know a team needs very good specialist bowlers to complement its all-rounders, it's a no-brainer. He can't do everything himself.

Yes, thanks to Shakib for speaking it out. I was in the ground and have written it a few times in this forum even. This was the only painful thing to watch..

I couldn't believe that the players were watching the ball and giving up a few meters away, players taking a good 2/3 seconds before taking off for a chase, players were utterly sluggish in everything in the field. Difference was so clear that many Srilankans watching was commenting on that too... After the second match actually I was so shocked that I tried to forget about the matches and took a hectic program to travel around Srilanka to forget it and to make my trip worth.

All the guys in the boundary lines were sluggish... You can rarely find dives by our players in the boundary lines... Against Pakistan I recon about 5/7 occasions where boundaries could have been prevented if they took off early and put in a dive... At least, may be more.

I'm really happy that Shakib spoke it out and this area needs serious attention... I don't know what's the fielding coach doing. He needs to gear up his efforts or quit his job. We don't need such useless coaches. I have not much complain on any other department, as much I have on fielding. This department has laid us down, I don't know how much of it has been captured by the camera, since I haven't watched, but that's my opinion with my infield experience.

BengaliPagol
September 29, 2012, 07:24 PM
My mother always told me that "with hard work and dedication you can achieve your goals".

Has Ashraful proven this theory wrong with the supposedly 'hard work' he does in training and the efforts he takes to rectify mistakes. And the way he still ends up being that golla type player.

Gowza
September 29, 2012, 07:33 PM
tbh, mendis is only a good t20 bowler, he's no longer effective in the other formats, still might be of service in ODIs but if you look at how he started and how much his averages have ballooned you can see that people have found him out in one-dayers and tests.

no as far as shakib talking about the players not giving 100%, it's reassuring that a player has finally said it, maybe now it will be addressed, maybe this is what is needed to finally rectify this situation and maybe now player will start to give there all more often and results will follow.

now as far as shakib looking at swann, i already think shakib is just as effective with the ball as swann, and is a way better batsman.

brave by shakib, but then they can hardly leave him out of the team can they?