KITPLY TRI SERIES PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL (BCB, SIDDONS, ASH & CO)
With the conclusion of the mini KITPLY tri series at Dhaka it may be worthwhile to see how much our BCB Selectors, Coach Siddons, Ash and Co has progressed .
I take this opportunity to make a humble appraisal of the aforementioned persons.
I apologize to the readers at the very outset that it is going to be a long post so may I request to bear with me .
My rationale for grading is based on :
A = excellent ( 80%–100%)
B = good (70%–79%)
C = average (60%–69%)
D = poor (50%–59%)
F = failing (remedial action necessary, 0%–49%)
BCB SELECTORS – TEAM SELECTION
Given the quality of players available barring a couple of players overall team selection was satisfactory .
With such a poor performance against Paklstan Shahriyar Nafis’s selection came as a surprise and results are there for everybody to see.
He got out to a careless shot in the first match. However he was out to a good ball in the second one.
It was a selection blunder that had huge impact on the team on different fronts.
By selecting him the selectors deprived another candidate who could have solved their misery of getting the right fit for the opener’s slot .
This performance will definitely dent the confidence of Shahriyar Nafis.
Because of his early exit in both the matches it put enormous pressure on Ash and the subsequent batsmen and which subsequently compelled Ash to play two strange innings. However given the circumstances one can’t blame Ash a lot as he had to hold on to the fort as wickets fell like nine pins. His effort saved the team from having to face the ignominy of being shot out without completing the full quota of 50 overs.
I thought that Javed Omar Belim would have been a much better option because of his ability to graft an innings and hold one end while Tamim accelerated the innings .
Biggest blunder – Omitting Rasel.
Rasel has been a proven performer in the world cup . More importantly he is economical and can make early strikes which he amply proved in the last World Cup.
He should have been given a chance.
On the positive side Credit must be given to BCB selectors for taking a bold step in providing Dollar Mahmud a debut opportunity and his inclusion seemed fully justified as results shows.
The Selectors also took a bold decision of including Alok in the playing eleven despite the fact he was laid off for a long time and one feared he may appear a bit rusty.
Alok a responded in style by taking 3 prized wickets for 49 runs.
Needs to a have a more ambitious goal.
His goal setting of 200 + score will not even work when playing against the likes of Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ireland.
These days with the IPL effect anything less than 275 cannot be safe.
Step by step improvement works for babes for like Kenya, Ireland. We are not in the baby stage. He must have a broader and challenging vision for us.
Needs to cut down on vacation and concentrate on more practice matches.
Needs to burn midnight oil to bring about drastic improvements on all departments : Batting, Bowling, Fielding .
Siddons Game Plan
The defeatist mentality still continues.
Ash mentioned in the first one dayer Match Presentation that we were 4O runs short in other words the match was beyond our reach and started the game with a negative mindset giving the impression that he has already thrown the towel.
To make matters worse Nafees and the middle order collapsed pathetically .
He is supposed to be specialist Batting Coach . Why is our batting repeatedly failing?
I don’t get it . What’s the catch ?
Overall Getting better though at a painfully slow pace. God only knows when the pace will reach optimum level that will bring us victory . One hopes that happens before his contract term expires.
It was impressive in the first match but had little impact in the second one dayer with main strike bowler going wicketless
Fielding : Very impressive in the First One dayer. Stopped and saved valuable runs, Great Catch by Rahim to dismiss Kamran Akmal and a good piece of run out to dismiss dangerman Younus Khan.
Great fightback by BD bowlers in the first One dayer to restrict Pakistan from an imposing position of 179 for 4 to 233 all out which means the BD bowlers took last 6 wickets at an expense of only 54 runs. An outstanding performance indeed!
In the first One dayer barring Ashraful only two others Tamim and Razzaq could make a score of 20 + which is a shocking and pathetic performance
Second match :
Much better performance based on Raqibul’s masterful 89 supported by Ash ‘s 36 and useful contribution from and Riyad (24) and Alok (20)
Overall : Grade:C
Ash handled the bowlers well in the first match as evident from the fact that bowlers were able to restrict Pakistan from a strong position of 75 for 1 to 233 the last 6 wicket fell for 54 runs. Fielding was good as evident form their body language in the first One dayer
Unlucky series . Just could not carry on with the good start in the first one dayer and unlucky to get out quickly in the second one dayer.
What can I say? Time for soul searching and fix problems either through Siddons or some other Coach. We all know he has huge talent .But if that talent cannot be put to use ,what good it is ?
Can’t blame much . One feels sorry for him to carry out Coaches ‘Bitter Pill to swallow’ instructions at personal skill’s expense. Also Nafees’s early exit in both the one dayers and some pathetic performance of the top and middle order put hIm under enormous pressure.
I am confident once the opening pair issue is solved he will play his natural game and build up good scores.
The Find of the Tri Series . Hs impressed all and sundry wit with compact defense and offence. Is definitely a star of the future.
What a comeback!. Proved there is no substitute to experience.
Great Performance with the ball in the First One dayer claiming 3 priceless wickets for 49.
Chipped in with 20 in the second one dayer when chips were down.
The Golden Boy looked confused . Disappointing show though took a marvellous catch to give Dollar Mahmud to enable him to earn his debut wicket. Scores of 15 and 6 at SR of
51.72 and 54.54 disappointed everyone. Let’s give him one more chance.
Who knows in the next phase he can become a Diamond Boy
as cricket is a game of great unpredictability.
Is a promising all rounder. Did well with the bat in the second one dayer.
Is a handy bowler. Though wicketless He was able to contain the batsman.
Unfortunate match for Shahadat.
Went wicketless for 46 runs in 6overs. Everyone felt the absence of Rasel.
Farhad Reza came in place of Shahadat in the second one dayer.
Failed to impress with the bat being run out for 5.
Bowlingwise was expensive though he managed to capture one wicket for 45 runs.
Nothing extraordinary . But had a great comeback spell in the first one dayer taking 2 for 36 both wickets coming in one over.
Could not do full justice with his reputation as a useful tailender batsman with scores of 0 and 13.
Disappointed to see him going wicketless in the second One Dayer.
Good debut . Nice to see him getting the first wicket albeit to a superb catch from Rahim. He is one of the few bowlers who got wickets in both the matches which is a good sign that he has wicket taking abilities and augurs well for the future.
He did went for runs in the second one dayer. But with experience he will come good.
Looks promising : BCB should stick with him.
Great comeback. After a frustrating time with his IPL team where he sat out in the bench for the better part he came back with a bang and a great bowling performance in the first one dayer where he took 3 wickets for 35 including 2 wickets in 2 balls .
He also batted well as he always does in both one dayers and remained unconquered with 26 and 8 respectively.
Razzaq is a much improved batsman and should be played higher up the order .
Areas of improvement.
Opening Spot : We are definitely in a crisis situation for one of the opening spots as Nafees looked out of sorts in both the One dayers. Though not selected Javed should be summoned for consideration in matches that is coming after the Asia cup .
For any side if the opening combination cannot put up a decent score of at least a 50 it puts a lot of pressure on the subsequent batsman.
Bowling wise BD sorely missed the services of Rasel who is a proven wicket taking and economical bowler. He needs an immediate callback to reinforce the bowling department.
Wicket keeper Batsman. Rahim was unable to deliver the goods that was expected of him in either of the One dayers . To be fair to him Let’s give him another chance in the Asia Cup. If that does not work we have to go back to Dhiman .
It is high time we have Bowling and Fielding Coaches.
We want proven performers capable of giving instant results in the mould of Dav Whatmore.
Let’s meanwhile wait and see if Siddons and Ashraful can better our performance.
All the Best to Siddons, Ash & Co for the Asia Cup