Bashar disappointed by BCB~~s ~~illtreatment~~

Published: Sunday, June 10, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Deposed Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar says more than losing the job at the helm, it was the attitude of the Board officials which had hurt him the most.

He was disappointed that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) didn't think it necessary to inform him of the decision to remove him from captaincy.

''I expected a call from a board official about the decision. Do you think the expectation was too high for me?'' said a dejected Bashar who is also the most successful Bangladesh captain in the three years he led the Bangla Tigers.

The 34-year-old cricketer said he came to know of BCB's decision from a reporter over telephone while he was on a personal visit to India.

''No doubt it takes some time to get normal with the change in situation, especially when I had the expectation of continuing as the Test skipper, but what shocked me most was the way I was treated by the authorities,'' he was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.

Career in threat Adding to his agony, there was a whispering that the board wanted a one-day retirement announcement from him after the World Cup and his decision to just quit the one-day captaincy after the India series simply displeased most of the board members.

''I think it's not fair for anybody to force a player to take a decision about his career. It surprised me the way people talked against me during the World Cup. True, my performance was not good but as a team we ended on a high note. But everybody simply forgot that. Before the World Cup my performance was not bad. How can one write off a player just after one tournament,'' said Bashar.

''All those things put huge pressure on me and affected my performance in the last home series against India.''

Mirpur Test my biggest regret: He also admitted that he committed a ''mistake'' by inserting India after winning the toss in the Mirpur Test.

''I think the Mirpur Test is my biggest regret as a captain. I simply want to forget it though it is not too easy. It was a huge mistake to put the opponents in to bat first. No doubt I should be blamed for that but everybody should understand that our coach (Dav Whatmore) was also highly convinced,'' he said.

Looking at the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, Bashar said, ''My main objective is to concentrate on my batting which was a little bit hampered by the captaincy role. I have never been a good fielder but I have improved a lot recently. I know I have to fight with the young players to keep my place in the side that is why I have to contribute as much as I can as a batsman.'' Bashar was all praise for his new captain Mohammad Ashraful, saying, ''We played together for the last seven years. Ash (Ashraful) is a very good thinker.

He is not only a natural talent but also thinks about the game. He follows the game minutely, which is not so common in his generation.'' ''Definitely, I will give my best support to him but I hope everybody will have patience with him. He should be given enough time to establish himself as a skipper.''


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