Originally Posted by BANFAN
Think of a situation while you are pursuing with the old team for 15 years and these newbies playing in the domestic circuits. While you find a consistent performer over a period of 3/4 years and matured skill wise, replace someone with him. In this way, we would have replaced all the oldies with better and consistent performers or may be we would have seen a few mega superstars emerging out of these old players. We would cap max about 50 players in the process or less. We have always brought in newbies seeing a glimpse of talent & not making sure that he's matured enough to come to the team
In my opinion Nafis Iqbal, Alok Kapali, Enamul Haque Junior, Shariar Nafees, Tapash Baisya, Mashrafe....these lot should've been the senior guys in our National XI at this stage and guys like Tamim Iqbal, Sakib, Mushy, Riyad, Nasir should've been the younger guys and Soumya, Sabbir, Litton, Mominul, Mustafiz should've been in the A-team gaining experience all around the world getting ready for being part of a brilliant quality cricket team. As the seniors retire, one by one they should've come to the scene (but not fresh, already battered and gained experience from A-team tours). What the results should've been then? Just think the potential talents of Soumya, Mustafiz, Littton, Sabbir, Mominul with added touring experience and maturity, they would've been with twice the skill-level than what they are now.
I count 3 generations of national team cricketers who were thrown away discarded long before their actual expiry; the Bulbul, Pilot, Belim generation, the Bashar, Opi, Rokon, Biddut generation and the N Iqbal, Alok, Rajin, S Nafees, Tapash, Mashrafe generation all thrown out the wrong way, only exception being may be Mohammed Rafique and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
After gaining test status I never saw a Bangladesh test team, not being the youngest-team by average age among all the test playing nations. Why is that? Because the selectors thought they would find the next Wasim, Inzi, Sachin, Lara, Walsh, Warne among the emerging young players for all these years. And as plentiful as they were emerging from a population of 150 millions, to make way for them in the national team generation after generation of veterans are thrown away, Discarded. They didn't even have the patience for the players to evolve and improve. The result, only Rafique from the older generation completed a full life-cycle of a cricketer and only Mashrafe from his generation still representing the XI. And all the rest are new emergence and later discards, again new emergence and again later-on discards. It's like an infinite loop, very few who accidentally broke away from the loop are the constant faces of the national team. We the cricket fans identified this dangerous loop for quite some time. But when will the selectors identify this themselves and be professional enough to break the loop and run the selection process the way it is supposed to run? Only time will tell.