Fair call, Ashraful was a pretty dire captain and played like crap while he was too. Seems a while since a side has had their opening bowler lead the team. Thoughts?
Will probably make precisely no difference to anything.
Mashrafe deserves to start with a clean slate, but since Ashraful remained in the job so long with such obviously detrimental consequences, it strikes me that there were no viable alternatives anyway. If Mashrafe appeared better captaincy material, he would have been made captain ages ago.
The problem is that such a young side is carrying the hopes of a huge nation on their backs and it is too much to expect rapid improvement. I honestly think that any member of the current England lineup could captain the side in the short term (let's assume that Monty isn't playing...) and there would be no disastrous consequences, while there are plenty of players in the Bangladesh side who I wouldn't want captaining my school team. I think Shakib is seen to be the long-term hope, but he's still very young and inexperienced.
And if they started showing a bit more fight i might not find it so hard to get behind them as underdogs.
Mortaza will get a lot better team than ashraful with return of Shareer Nafees and Alok Kapali. A lineup of Tamim Iqbal, Shareer Nafees, Ashraful, Alok Kapali, Shakib Al Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiq ur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain looks promising. The batting prowess of Kapali and Hasan is very well known.
Member of the Sanga fan club. (Ugh! it took me so long to become a real fan of his)
I don't know really. Mortaza is more likely to lead by example than Ashraful I suppose. Although Mortaza is also rather crazy with a bat in his hand. ITSTL.
Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan are now the two greatest living Bangladeshians having jointly lead their country to a series win the West Indies.
Series whitewash, I'll have you know.
Against a team with the veteran Tino Best, mind.
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
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