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Old October 13, 2011, 11:00 PM
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first of all it was not OUR STRATEGIC plan to not let IMRUL OPEN, or NAEEM was not preferred over IMRUL. as IMRUL was unable to open due to his absence in the field during fielding we needed a make shift OPENER.

now the question come WHY NAEEM ??? why not ASHRAFUL, SHAKIB, ALOK or MUSHFIQ ?????

this is what i understand. everybody was a bit feared of facing the WI quicks and two new balls from both ends.

Mushfiq realized he is needed in the middle order to guide the team in the latter stages like he have been doing recently. Also Shakib was protected to produce quick runs in the middle overs. ALOK is in as the Batting POWERPLAY man

now there are 2 names left ASH, NAEEM. well sending ASH and TAMIM together can be like suicide. it could be 100 in 10 overs or it could be 2 down for 5 runs.

SO IT WAS NAEEM who will open. now team management had to decide what will be naeem's role ??? pinch hitter o grafter ??? well with Tamim aleady there to play aggressive perhaps the team management asked naeem to play the sheet anchor role. see off the new ball, hold one end, accelerate later. BUT with 300 to chase we should have send somebody like ASH or ALOK to open with TAMIM. Naeem perjaps played the role he was assigned, but the problem was tamim was slow too. that made the partnership look too slow. if tamim had a quick fifty plus then perhaps naeem innings would have looked like a perfect foil to tamim's innings.

now if u are naeem, you would have been very happy to open. naeem would feel its better to play as opener rather than at 7/8. he could play himself and get a 50 or more. what he exactly did. anyway he was better than rockibul in one sense. Rockibul would have blocked a lot of balls that naeem missed, but naeem was actually tying to pay shots in those balls, but he was late to play those shots.

NOW my opinion is team management should investigate whether NAEEM played according to team plan or whether it was NAEEM's own plan ???? if it was according to team plan then let him keep his place. But if it was NAEEM' own plan, he should be immediately dropped.

there should be a clear message to all the players that as long there is a team plan to win the game, the players should play according to team plan to win the game. players who are playing for averages and stats not following the team plan should not be in the team.
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