Friday, September 30, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 31, 2003
|Let?s think before using the ?D? word !|
G. M. Bashar
|Another batting collapse and another round of introspection beckons. For Bangladesh it is familiar territory with memories of past shakedowns. The
much-touted 25 test defeats in a row are an ever-present ?Sword of Damocles? hanging over every discussion about our team. Disturbingly, we might be
fast approaching another unpleasant record - the habit of dropping players and an unacceptable turnover rate.
The Bangladesh eleven is in serious danger of being ?the temporary 11?. With every defeat the cries of ousting players at any sign of mistake, perceived weakness or plain boredom gets increasingly loud. This phenomenon has taken root in our anxiety to find the miracle bullet that will deliver a first test victory. Increasingly, common sense is becoming a victim of this rage. In combination and in tandem with the ?D? for Drop the player phenomenon is the ?S? for STAR of the day phenomenon. We could be entering uncharted waters.
Annoyingly, questions remain unanswered. Can we set up reasonable criteria to judge players and assist our coach to make a rational decision? We are talking about sensitive issues here. Young cricketeers with vitality and a future test career on the verge of blooming or self-destruction. They can be gently nurtured or dispatched to oblivion. These boys are not robots in a production line waiting to receive the days order. Truly, a lifetime of dedication could be nipped in the bud.
So what are the reasons touted to drop players?
The D list criteria:
Wasted talent or a waste of time having them in the first place? Players who have been stars such as Ash and Masri were quickly inducted into the national team. Some of these players stuck within the team for a considerable amount of time and with exposure began to show true weaknesses and underperformance.
Then the, ?S? list criteria:
Also to ponder is what guarantees do we have that these newfound stars do not follow in the footstep of their brothers in temporary misfortune. We have Nafis, Aftab and Enamul who are filling shoes left by Ash, Sanwar and Manjurul. How radically different are they in technique and temperament? After all these players are coming out of the same talent pool and culture. As a result of such shifts overnight change in Bangladesh performance is asking too much.
The sobering truth is that the transformation of Bangladesh to a competitive team is in the middle of an unfinished process. The effort to impart technique to the lower order and the transformation of mental attitude is ongoing. Lastly, it is the mental attitude that will take time. In fact we probably will not be able to pinpoint when exactly this transformation has been completed. And it is in this context we can extract some meaning in Dave?s latest quote: ? I don?t care about winning?.
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