The same script, the same fate and with every repetition, Bangladesh
falls further behind in international cricket. Once again we see the scene of a â€œbewilderedâ€
Mohammad Ashraful looking at his non-striking partner in disbelief and finally
trudging back to the pavilion cursing his fate for yet another idiotic
dismissal at a crucial moment. His cavalier attitude towards
cricket has been a detrimental influence on a youthful Bangladesh side that follow
more often than not their skipper in playing reckless cricket. This is how
Mohammad Ashraful is leading Bangladesh. And this is why a team with immense
potential is consistently failing to compete at the top level.
lack of insight and understanding of the state of the play is not only
affecting his own batting, but also the way Bangladesh approaches a game as a
batting unit. A player who has been playing international cricket for 8 years
should realize his problem. Yet, Ashraful shows no sign of learning. He simply
does not seem to know the art of building an innings. And taking responsibility
is not a virtue which is present in his book.
reliance on luck by playing risky shots in the air and not trying to minimize
the â€œluck factorâ€ is sending a wrong signal to his young teammates. Â Ashrafulâ€™s dicey approach has started to become
the trademark style of Bangladesh batsmen. They are not developing the
character and determination required to succeed in international cricket. It is
time to realize the simple fact that audacious stroke play, over-ambitious and
reckless cricket wonâ€™t take them anywhere in the near future other than bring
even more humiliations for them and their 150 million passionate cricket followers.
Reliance on â€œonce in a blue moonâ€ Ashraful is causing more harm than good to
the prospect of Bangladesh as a cricket team.
the departure of Habibul Bashar, Bangladesh awarded captaincy to the talented
Mohammad Ashraful in a bid to take Bangladesh cricket forward. It appears that
This recklessness must end Â© Cricinfo
the notion of honor and responsibility associated with the captaincy has not
changed Ashraful; perhaps only the fear for survival might effect a change. Let
him earn his place in the team and let him fight to retain it. This might bring
a welcome change and he might start performing. This will ultimately help
Bangladesh in its fight for survival in Test cricket and getting regular
success in other forms of cricket.
Jamie Siddons, Bangladesh has a coach who believes in long term Tigers uprising
at the expense of short term â€œflash in the panâ€ successes. In Champaka
Ramanayeke, they have a capable bowling coach who has effectively turned a
mediocre Bangladesh attack into a competitive one within a very short span of
time. However, the good works of the bowlers are getting consistently nullified
by incompetent â€œrecklessâ€ batting. Â What
is the weakest link in Bangladesh cricket that is holding the Tigers back in
International cricket? Â On-field
vision, the ability to motivate others, possessing self-knowledge and leading
from the front are the essential characteristics of any leader. Unfortunately
for Bangladesh, Mohammad Ashrafulâ€™s antics during the last 8 in international
cricket show that either he doesnâ€™t understand or is completely unaware about
the attributes of a captain. His recent dismissals against Sri Lanka in the
second Test and in the opening match of the tri-series against Zimbabwe should
be the final nail in his captaincy coffin. Bangladesh needs someone with a more
serene and assured approach to inspire a youthful side. It is time Bangladesh
cricket administrators understand this reality and take appropriate actions.
already has replacements who can step up to take the responsibility like they have
done at age group levels. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim are two such
names. Mashrafe Mortazaâ€™s susceptibility to injury virtually rules him out of
the running; otherwise he would have been a serious contender for the position.
Both Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim came through a proper cricket system
in which they represented age group, academy and A teams. Both of them have the
experience of captaincy at different levels and led their respective teams with
examples. They are young but have proven leadership qualities. Most importantly,
they have calm heads on their shoulder and rely more on substance than flashy
recent stance by the ECB to not invite Bangladesh after 2010 will definitely
influence the minds of other cricket administrators who might want to follow
the suit. Bangladesh has apparently failed to learn the basic tenets of Test
cricket even after 8 years of introduction to the top league and arenâ€™t
consistent enough even in ODI cricket. Bangladeshâ€™s recent form in international
cricket is very much alarming for the overall future of cricket in the country.
The current team management has failed to build on the achievements of the
previous team management in one day cricket. When every other team is making
strides we are walking backwards.Â And
the skipper is leading the retreat with his fanciful game plan.
not everything is lost. Bangladesh has showed some encouraging signs in recent
home Tests and fought neck and neck against South Africa and New Zealand. They
have managed to take the honors in a couple of sessions. Â But, there is a huge difference between
winning a couple of sessions of a Test match and winning the match itself. This
is where a true leader can make a difference. On every occasion where
Bangladesh had achieved winnable positions in Test cricket, they have been
denied by inspired leadership from the opposing captain. This happened in
Multan (Inzamam-Ul Haque), Fatullah (Ricky Ponting), Mirpur (Graeme Smith) and
Chittagong (Daniel Vettori). Bangladesh needs a leader with the same
combination of skill, vision and insight to lead them out of the current morass.
is not that Bangladesh arenâ€™t trying to improve their game. The question is
whether they are taking the right approach to be competitive at top level
cricket and whether the right leadership is in place to take a young team
forward! When a socially and economically ruined country like Zimbabwe, with
its dysfunctional cricket structure, Â starts
beating Bangladesh comfortably, then something is very wrong. Immediate action
is required before irreparable damage is done. It is always said that
Bangladesh must learn to play cricket within their limitations.Â To compete at the top, they must buckle down
and put a high price on their wickets. We have seen no concrete signs of this
happening in recent years. Only a true leader can make this happen. A change in
leadership has never been more required than now!