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Murad
February 9, 2013, 07:15 AM
Shane Jurgensen, who has been Bangladesh's interim coach over the past few months, has been given the role full-time for the next year. The decision was taken at a BCB cricket operations committee meeting, and his appointment will be formalised once the Bangladesh board approves it.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/current/story/604284.html

Bonglababu
February 9, 2013, 07:17 AM
Don't know if I should be glad or not. But I am earnestly looking for someone with great passion for our cricket.

simon
February 9, 2013, 07:23 AM
atleast this guy wont have family issues & leave.

Naimul_Hd
February 9, 2013, 07:23 AM
Expected one !

I don't think even 1 year enough for BCB to find a permanent HC.

Nadim
February 9, 2013, 07:24 AM
Pls hire a decent batting caoch now. And keep Saqlain Musthaque
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MohammedC
February 9, 2013, 07:28 AM
Good move. He is much settled in the country compared to other coaches who came recently. Only Siddons came close at latter stage of his Bangladesh stint.

I will echo with nadim about hiring a batting coach.

Murad
February 9, 2013, 07:28 AM
Pls hire a decent batting caoch now. And keep Saqlain Musthaque
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pace bowling coach lagbe na?

Nadim
February 9, 2013, 07:38 AM
pace bowling coach lagbe na?

Jurgensen can take care of that. But we need a pace bowling coach for the academy...
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Blah
February 9, 2013, 07:41 AM
This is probably due to Indian current coach's contract won't be renewed and they are/will be in hunt for good coach. Which is why BCB didn't get any good response from their coach hunting ads. To top is off, recent batches of decent coaches left BD (and non-payment of BPL players) doesn't make bangladesh or BCB a very attractive place to work.

Remember the last two coaches who left (due to whatever reasons) didn't have anything good to say about BCB. And BCB with its true nature didn't handle the situation very well. If I was an half-decent international coach I wouldn't work for BCB right now.

Shane Jurgensen is an obvious choice because he is here and he did a good job so far.

I personally would love to have Ian Pont as a coach, but I don't see that happening because Ian, while a good coach, has a habit of talking too much about too many things. While its a good thing for the supporters, no Cricket Board will like coaches being the highlight of the team. One of the habits of good and stable coaches is there ability to work in background.

Good Luck Shane.

Murad
February 9, 2013, 07:44 AM
Jurgensen can take care of that. But we need a pace bowling coach for the academy...
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He can? Last 2 year e to ta dekhlam na. Ekta pacer ke o improve korte parenai.

simon
February 9, 2013, 07:53 AM
batting coach shouldn't be the concern, we got way too many candidates for that :snob:
we need a good pace bowling coach, Jogashon diya hoy nai, hobeo na

jeesh
February 9, 2013, 08:05 AM
If we can retain Saqlain Mushtaq, add Aminul Islam then we will have a decent setup. The efforts of Jason Swift as fielding coach hasnt exactly been up there, dont mind Salahuddin in that role given his excellent relationship with players.

Tiger444
February 9, 2013, 08:24 AM
Congrats to Coach Jurgenson for the job. A good decision in the end. Just not enough quality coaches out there that are interested in us. So that made the job a whole lot easier. As long as he has passion and is willing to work in Bangladesh for a long time, then I believe he'll do a great job. Good luck to him and wish him all the best

Tiger444
February 9, 2013, 08:30 AM
He can? Last 2 year e to ta dekhlam na. Ekta pacer ke o improve korte parenai.

Not all the blame should go on coach Shane. 1 BC member here said that he watched Shane putting markers down and having I believe Abul and Rubel bowl and those spots, they ended up struggling even doing that. If they can't hit spots regularly even in practice then how do we expect them to do it regularly in games? Bottom line is we need to have a pacer academy or have a quality pace bowling coach at the Academy working with young bowlers. We can't expect our players to come in to the national team and be taught basics. That should be done at the developmental level. Look how India and SL have a well organized plan for pacers. Even then they have issues. Obviously we'll struggle with nothing in place.

ankur86
February 9, 2013, 10:26 AM
Wasim akram or saurav ganguly could be a better coach. they understand our mentality and culture.

raad007
February 9, 2013, 10:32 AM
Looks like Saqlain is coming back. Good for our spinners.

Tiger Manc
February 9, 2013, 11:51 AM
All the best coach. We need to retain Saqlain and hire a batting coach.

al Furqaan
February 9, 2013, 12:41 PM
I think its the best possible move. No one else wants to stay, and the BCB is to blame for that most likely. You don't always need a big name coach, costs money, and team doesn't perform. So why not hire a guy who actually gets results like SJ?

In just one full series in charge he can boast of highest Test total ever and ODI series win against top notch opposition including a must-win game. He has proved that he's capable.

Best wishes to SJ, and I see him being more successful than most of his predecessors.

Max100
February 9, 2013, 01:40 PM
best of luck SJ. we dont need high profile coach, we need some one who will spend most time with our player and know them well and work based on that.

Max100
February 9, 2013, 01:42 PM
Wasim akram or saurav ganguly could be a better coach. they understand our mentality and culture.

no indian or pak coach.

when ganguly was captain for IPL team--- he made sure, under his captaincy, mash or tamim get no game / no chance to prove themselves

MohammedC
February 9, 2013, 01:50 PM
NTV news: BCB will advertise for the assistant coach's position even though they wanted someone from Bangladesh preferably either Bulbul or Shujan. But they want to make sure they apply for the position and whomever sends the best CV will get the job.

ReZ_1
February 9, 2013, 02:18 PM
Shujon chachu assistant koach hoile kemon hoy??? i can imagine se ak jhari mare jerguson k tool e bosay rakbe... :-p

Nadim
February 9, 2013, 02:22 PM
Yunus said they are also in talks with an Australian and an Englishman for the posts of batting coach and fielding coach respectively, though he refused to name them.
‘At the moment we are trying to confirm their appointment before the Sri Lanka tour. But for some reasons I cannot disclose their names,’ said Yunus.
The BCB official added that former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq may also return to the coaching staff provided he agrees to the schedule.
‘Saqlain told us he will be available for a maximum of 100 days in a year. We are now trying to sort out when we actually need his services. If everything goes according to plan, he can also join us,’ said Yunus.
http://newagebd.com/detail.php?date=2013-02-10&nid=39616#.URahDaW56Ag


Damn Saqlain. matro 100 days a yr? :(

Maysun
February 9, 2013, 06:16 PM
All the best, SJ!

And what is this? BCB not disclosing names?! :lol:

roman
February 9, 2013, 07:52 PM
And what is this? BCB not disclosing names?! :lol:

Finally learnt a lesson maybe..

All the best Shane. Hope BCB appoints Bulbul

Murad
February 9, 2013, 09:29 PM
“We have three applicants including Shane Jurgensen. After evaluating everything the cricket operations committee considered Jurgensen the best choice for the job and now his appointment is subject to approval of the board,” said BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus after the meeting.

“Stuart Karpinnen, our academy trainer, will be our trainer for the Sri Lanka tour and we have two candidates for two specialist positions -- a batting coach from England and a fielding coach from Australia. We will negotiate with them, and possibly try to bring them on board before the Sri Lanka series. If we don't get the specialist positions from our list, we will take local coaches to Sri Lanka. We wanted a local assistant coach, a position in which four former national players have shown interest. We will advertise for the position so that others can apply,” said Yunus, adding that former short-term spin-bowling coach Saqlain Mushtaq wants coach the Tigers for 100 days in a calendar year but they (the BCB) haven't decided how to allot those 100 days.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=268504

Ian Pont
February 9, 2013, 09:34 PM
I am pleased for SJ. He was thrown into the role with no time to input, so deserves a chance to at least have a go at it. As he knows the players, it was the most sensible and less disruptive decision since he is not a hard taskmaster and the players will like that.

I am also sure the BCB had little choice so it is a blessing he was willing to commit.

I wish him all the very best. The road ahead will be bumpy but he can at least get a temporary uplift from the BPL2, which will give the team the best chance it has ever had in getting some good results.

boka
February 10, 2013, 12:31 AM
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Tigers_eye
February 10, 2013, 02:34 AM
Congrats. But for one year? What is this ... a probation period?

firstlane
February 10, 2013, 04:27 AM
Congrats. But for one year? What is this ... a probation period?

I think the Zim tour is going to be the probation.

Isnaad
February 10, 2013, 06:20 AM
Very tactical move. This will save BCB a lot of money. Now, lets just hope he keeps his winning ways going in the upcoming series as well. Otherwise, the decision may backfire.

M.H.Rubel
February 10, 2013, 01:15 PM
Our pace bowling department is not in good shape under Shane. A person who can not shape his own department,how can control all the things?I am in fear about his future as head coach.

jeesh
February 10, 2013, 10:10 PM
Agree about not getting the best out of the bowlers Rubel, but he got the team to perform. A specialist batting coach, fielding coach will perhaps allow him to focus a lot more on the bowling aspect. Whether he can make a difference time will tell.

betaar
February 10, 2013, 10:40 PM
“We have three applicants including Shane Jurgensen. After evaluating everything the cricket operations committee considered Jurgensen the best choice for the job and now his appointment is subject to approval of the board,” said BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus after the meeting.

“Stuart Karpinnen, our academy trainer, will be our trainer for the Sri Lanka tour and we have two candidates for two specialist positions -- a batting coach from England and a fielding coach from Australia. We will negotiate with them, and possibly try to bring them on board before the Sri Lanka series. If we don't get the specialist positions from our list, we will take local coaches to Sri Lanka. We wanted a local assistant coach, a position in which four former national players have shown interest. We will advertise for the position so that others can apply,” said Yunus, adding that former short-term spin-bowling coach Saqlain Mushtaq wants coach the Tigers for 100 days in a calendar year but they (the BCB) haven't decided how to allot those 100 days.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=268504

Why aren't they hiring Siddons as the batting coach.....what will it take for BCB to hire folks, the likes of Siddons-Pont?

Is Saqlain asking for too much money that BCB can only afford to keep him for 100 days? It seems every coach that has been effective are not utilized properly or would not stay. Our cricket seems to be caught in this vicious web and suffering from any real improvement that can ne quantifiable. :facepalm:

Eshen
February 10, 2013, 10:50 PM
^With Saqi, the issue prolly not money, but that he does not want to spend more than 100 days away from his family. He prolly has consultancy jobs in UK too, for which he needs time (just my guess)

The issue with Siddons, some BCB official thinks, his presence will bring back the old divides among players (not my guess, what I read from Prothom Alo).

Murad
February 10, 2013, 10:53 PM
@Betaar bhai

Saqlain is not asking for too much money. He wants to work for 100 days only. Probably wants to give more time to his family. BCB ekhon bhabtese kibhabe oi 100 days kaje lagano jai. I think they should ask him to come 2 weeks before every tour. That's more than enough. We don't have that many tours anyway.

Siddons aage HC chilo ekhon batting coach. Onek genjam lege jabe. Ar tachara onek koste team ta united hoise. Siddons ashle hoito abar divided hoye jabe.

Eshen
February 10, 2013, 11:01 PM
My guess is that Saqi is very much involved with Tabligh Jamat, which also requires fair amount of time each year.

BrianLara7
February 10, 2013, 11:05 PM
We need to stop obsessing over big names like Pybass and actually find someone who is comitted to our cricket and won't run like a sissy at the first sign of trouble. SJ gets my vote

Murad
February 10, 2013, 11:25 PM
My guess is that Saqi is very much involved with Tabligh Jamat, which also requires fair amount of time each year.

Yeah eta o hote pare.

Jadukor
February 11, 2013, 12:06 AM
Smart move to secure SJ. We need stability more than anything else right now. We have to accept that big name coaches do not want to settle in BD for long term. I am more optimistic about getting skilled people for short term stints which might be a lot more attractive to people. Now that the basic coaching needs are covered by SJ, we can look for people we can bring in as bowling and batting consultants

Rifat
February 11, 2013, 12:16 AM
My guess is that Saqi is very much involved with Tabligh Jamat, which also requires fair amount of time each year.

It's not that big of a deal as we usually have at least 40 days cricketing gap between series + Training anyways...if he so chooses he can stay in Bangladesh and still fulfill all his obligations. We can afford to listen to all his demands as I personally would think losing him would be a big loss for our Cricket in the long run.

agree with Murad bhai's idea that Saqlain can basically take a hands off approach and come and do his work two/three weeks before each tour.

Eshen
February 11, 2013, 12:24 AM
It's not that big of a deal as we usually have at least 40 days cricketing gap between series + Training anyways...if he so chooses he can stay in Bangladesh and still fulfill all his obligations. A high profile sports personality like him should be a big tool in hands of Tabligh (if he is still involved). They prolly send him around the world through out the year.

betaar
February 11, 2013, 12:09 PM
@Betaar bhai

Saqlain is not asking for too much money. He wants to work for 100 days only. Probably wants to give more time to his family. BCB ekhon bhabtese kibhabe oi 100 days kaje lagano jai. I think they should ask him to come 2 weeks before every tour. That's more than enough. We don't have that many tours anyway.

Siddons aage HC chilo ekhon batting coach. Onek genjam lege jabe. Ar tachara onek koste team ta united hoise. Siddons ashle hoito abar divided hoye jabe.

Well I get that about Saqlain. But I think everyone has a price and if I know that someone can make positive strides for our cricket I would definitely offer him that price. It's a WIN-WIN situation unless Saqlain is dead against it.

And about Siddons; I don't think that he will divide the team or would be able to since he's not the head coach. As a consultant his focus would be to work with the folks that lack batting technique rather than selecting the team and become biased in the process as some of us claim he is.

Fazal
February 12, 2013, 09:32 PM
The best possible move based on current situation.

This will give Sj a fair amount to time to make a case, on the other hand new BCB Chairman will have more time to select the right coach instead of rushing and making another wrong move.

Fazal
March 10, 2013, 10:51 AM
Is it pure luck or is it JS has something to do with this team's recent positive performance.

Against WI in TEST , even we lost, I saw some positives considering there was large gap before we played those two TEST. Then we followed up with ODI series win, even when our best player was not there.

Now against SL, we don't have Sakib, SN, Naeem for the whole series, Tamim didn't played, but still so far a good test for us. It looks like we are playing like a team regardless who is playing and who is not.

I have a feeling JS has something do to with it.


I understand the FB is not what we expected, but that's due to injury of some key Fbs then anything else.

The only concern is the fielding. But that may be due to uncertainty and bringing in new fielding coach in the team with few new players in the team with not enough time to work with.

I am hoping that will be addressed with-in next few months. What we need is stability in the coaching stuff and let them work with the team for 6 months.

But I am kind of start liking JS as a head coach.

Tiger444
March 10, 2013, 12:49 PM
Some Credit has to be given to him. He's obviously doing something right for our boys to perform well on a consistent basis. Maybe the pace results have been disappointing but then again it's not all his fault. Can't really expect anyone to turn Shahadat around. Then Rubel and Shafiul came from big injuries so they're struggling for rhythm and then Abul is still very raw. To me, there's little he can do.

I'll blame this pace problem more with BCB. They stopped the pacer hunt program and to my knowledge they have no plans to build a pace academy. We can't expect SJ to miraculously turn these pacers around. There has to be sufficient support before the national team in order to have more quality and ready pacers. Look how much SL and Indian pacers are struggling despite them getting far more support than ours.

jeesh
March 10, 2013, 11:20 PM
Well whatever he is doing its working. The team seems to be in good spirits, very motivated, very confident. Bowling and fielding will need a lot of work, but with the bat huge improvement.

Blah
March 11, 2013, 04:06 AM
While I am sure Shane deserves some credit, I think its a combination of several things that helped with the current good form:

- The immediate two coaches before him had short stints, and according to news report had good effect on the players.

- The team is not just performing good recently. I think the team has been performing really good in patches for the last 2-3 years.

- The current generation of main players, though young, has been playing together for quite some time.

- They are playing a lot more games, esp in the domestic level.

- The current group of young players, have grown up seeing bangladesh as a test playing side and good performance (however patchy). The previous generation, was still coming in terms with playing against their icons and star players.

I think the combination of all these things helped a lot.

Ian Pont
March 11, 2013, 04:10 AM
The BPL uplift has a great effect, as with the Asia Cup last year.

Let's make the most of it!!

jeesh
March 11, 2013, 04:35 AM
BPL seems have given the players quite a boost confidence wise.

mr cricket
March 11, 2013, 04:43 AM
He's off to a great start.

Night_wolf
March 11, 2013, 04:56 AM
SJ has done wonders..its not the BPL effect, it was the BPL effect last time not this time. this year BPL effect is injuries

we played wee vs Windies before BPL..lets not take the credit away from SJ

BD_TigerZ
March 11, 2013, 07:18 AM
All the best, SJ!

And what is this? BCB not disclosing names?! :lol:

Bate me to it! :floor:

jeesh
March 11, 2013, 08:33 AM
This years BPL has more impact than previous years. Confidence of players have skyrocketed. But no not taking any credit away from SJ.

simon
March 11, 2013, 08:42 AM
well I don't see what SJ has to do with the way we are playing.
He is mainly a bowling cach & our bwling didn't improve at all.
We currently have a bunch of young players like Nasir,Bijoy,GAzi & Mominul who are providing great support to the team, Mushy & Ryad are now capable of applying themselves etc.
BPL1 & 2 has definitely played a big role.

AsifTheManRahman
March 11, 2013, 08:44 AM
I don't know if SJ has had any direct impact on team morale. His contributions aren't obvious to an outsider like myself. He certainly hasn't done anything to help our pacers.

ms01
March 11, 2013, 08:49 AM
I don't know if SJ has had any direct impact on team morale. His contributions aren't obvious to an outsider like myself. He certainly hasn't done anything to help our pacers.

TBH, when was the last time we played on a good bowling or sporting wicket? I think it hard to judge if SJ has done anything or not.. Inshallah lets hope SL prepares some good wickets for the upcoming match's and see how we do esp the pacers.

AsifTheManRahman
March 11, 2013, 08:50 AM
TBH, when was the last time we played on a good bowling or sporting wicket? I think it hard to judge if SJ has done anything or not.. Inshallah lets hope SL prepares some good wickets for the upcoming match's and see how we do esp the pacers.
True, but then I'd give him the benefit of doubt if our pacers were doing an average job on flat tracks. Right now they are just terrible.

Fazal
March 11, 2013, 09:09 AM
Some people raised some good points, I will touch few of them and put my spin on that:

1. BPL Effect: I also agree about the BPL effect. However I was worried about the negative BPL effects and they are: a) Injury; b) The challenege of our players switching from T20 format to TEST. Somehow we managed to tackle to manage both as a team. That's where I feel SJ may have a role (if any).

2. SJ not able to improve our FBs: Which I agree to a certain point. But are factors also.... we fail to identify new prospects i.e. no quality supply... we create FB unfirendly pitch. But the bottom line is, the role of a specialized coach and head coach is vastly different. SJ may not be a great FB coach, that doen't mean that he will not be a great head coach. I have a feeling he knows how to motivate players and help them work together as a team.... this is just my feeling not enought data to validate.

3. The current generation of main players has been playing together for quite some time: I kind of disagree. In WI we had Mominul, Abul, S Gazi, Anamul in the team for the 1st time with the main player Sakib not in the team. Then we had SN and Naeem as "in-and-out" in the team not knowing how long they will last this time. Then now against SL we don't have Sakib, Tamim (for 1st test), Naeem, Rubel, Shafiul, Mashrafee. But somehow even after reaaly bad 1st day in TEST1, some how we managed to fight back so far with Anamul (new), Jahirul (in-and out), Ashraful (most of the people gave up on him), Monimul (debut), Abul (every body hates him from get go), Sunny ( in-and out) and the rest of the team. Something is clicking evern when we have so many shuffle and new players in the team.

4. SJ has no impact in the result: If that is true, that means head coach ususally doesn't have any impact. Then why even bother to spend huge money in high profile head coach. lets go with SJ as head coach and spend money in the supporting cast i.e. in specialized coaches... that's where we should spend money so that players gets benefit out of it.

Eshen
March 16, 2013, 01:51 PM
First major blunder made by SJ - on a subcontinental pitch, he went with three medium pacers, well knowing quality they offer. I hope he learnt a lesson.

jeesh
March 16, 2013, 10:12 PM
Eshen i dont think the coach solely decides the team. Captain is involved so are the selectors. Habibul Bashar is there at the moment i believe. And these guys often tend to be a bit of pundits thinking green wicket so lets play three pacers. Look even if its Perth you must always stick to your strengths. I dont know why they just dont get it. Our pacers are ineffectual even in the most conducive environment. Spin is our strength and we should back it at all times. Hope we dont pay price for this very stupid mistake.

Ajfar
March 16, 2013, 10:21 PM
First major blunder made by SJ - on a subcontinental pitch, he went with three medium pacers, well knowing quality they offer. I hope he learnt a lesson.

Well considering the fact that the other option is to play Razzak, I would say we are not missing out on much. We have seen Razzak in test before, nothing has changed. He always racks up FC wickets in NCL. Averages 65 after 9 test, of those 6 of them was against - England, NZ and SA. The 3 teams that usually struggle against spin.

reyme
March 16, 2013, 11:54 PM
The coach and selectors must realize we have plenty of spinners and thats ourstrength.
I am sorry to say, our coach and selectors lacks the very basic: common sense

Fazal
March 17, 2013, 01:47 AM
First major blunder made by SJ - on a subcontinental pitch, he went with three medium pacers, well knowing quality they offer. I hope he learnt a lesson.

or may be we will learn our lesson questioning his selection... only time will tell. So far doesn't look like he is the one who made the mistake.

Zunaid
March 17, 2013, 02:21 AM
or may be we will learn our lesson questioning his selection... only time will tell. So far doesn't look like he is the one who made the mistake.

You may be right. Let us hope you continue to be right. :)

Murad
March 17, 2013, 11:08 AM
We really missed a 2nd spinner in this innings.

We took 3 pacer but hardly bowled 2 of them together. Gazi had to bowl 18 over spell. Poor gazi.

Jadukor
March 17, 2013, 11:59 AM
people have been pointing out Razzak's old form in tests as a reason to leave him out. Well we have said that about Ashraful too and he turned out to be quite different in the 1st test. Now we will never know how Razzak would have done.

Night_wolf
March 17, 2013, 12:40 PM
people have been pointing out Razzak's old form in tests as a reason to leave him out. Well we have said that about Ashraful too and he turned out to be quite different in the 1st test. Now we will never know how Razzak would have done.

well we would never know what aftab would have done, just saying..only god knows how anybody would have done..but Razzak is a proven failure in test cricket, u cant compare him with ash, Ash was never a proven failure..he was inconsistent..we all knew ash can play a 190 innings, we debate with ash because after one century ash scores another century light years later..but Razzak doesn't have the ability ash has..he has been tested in test cricket and he showed he cant give anything to test cricket

Only point i would agree about playing razzak that he wont leak run, he could hold one end and help gazi attack another. But if you are playing a specialist spinner i think you would want more then to just hold one end up

By the way after shakib, lalla is my most fev player in BD team

iDumb
March 17, 2013, 09:43 PM
You may be right. Let us hope you continue to be right. :)

That's a lot of false hope.

Jadukor
March 17, 2013, 10:23 PM
well we would never know what aftab would have done, just saying..only god knows how anybody would have done..but Razzak is a proven failure in test cricket, u cant compare him with ash, Ash was never a proven failure..he was inconsistent..we all knew ash can play a 190 innings, we debate with ash because after one century ash scores another century light years later..but Razzak doesn't have the ability ash has..he has been tested in test cricket and he showed he cant give anything to test cricket

Only point i would agree about playing razzak that he wont leak run, he could hold one end and help gazi attack another. But if you are playing a specialist spinner i think you would want more then to just hold one end up

By the way after shakib, lalla is my most fev player in BD team

I am not saying that Razzak would have succeeded. It still baffles me why Enamul was not flown in since he was fit already. But since we had Razzak, I would have still gone with him because left arm spin is our strength. Razzak didn't do well in the 9 tests he played and averages 65 per wicket. So even at his worst, he is better than our current pacers. I made the comparison with Ashraful because Ashraful was picked as an outsider based on his recent form... and Razzak's recent form is not bad and who knows he might have kept things tight and choked a few guys out with his arm-balls