The fact that Bangladesh cricket resigns itself to talking about individuals rather than building a team and ruling the ideas of its cricket is a testament to the larger culture now ubiquitous in the course of a decade or so, but is more prominent over the course of in recent years. A culture of cricket, a culture that develops a reflection on the cricket test in particular and an understanding of the game is a far cry from what is relevant in today’s climate. Ironically, the Tigers were at their peak when an individual brought them together to bring out a collective effect far more than the sum of the parts. This individual was Bangladesh’s most successful captain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
Even though Mashrafe did not hold the position of Test Captain, his ideas of T20Is and ODIs propagated a belief and ambition that resulted in a Home Test success against England and Australia and to outside in Sri Lanka between 2015 and 2017. However, looking at the current dress of Bangladesh through formats, it is evident that they lack this unique type of leadership provided by Mashrafe.
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A culture of cricket ensures that the perpetual process of team building does not end with one individual. The fact that there is a lack of process related to all aspects of the selection, from meritocracy to the national team pipeline, was evident before, as was the proof that there is no philosophy under -jacent to which Bangladesh cricket adheres. In the absence of Mashrafe, others must take up the torch.
Head coach Russell Domingo said after the Sri Lanka tour that he had made a breakthrough with the players, but whether that would be a harbinger of success or lead to a change in the coach’s hot seat remains to be seen. Another change of individual, this time in the role of coach will not correct the lack of leadership that has been highlighted in Sri Lanka, especially the declining body language with each loss. Even players with years of experience in international cricket need guidance that was not present.
“Usually in the locker room everyone together creates an environment that motivates and acts as a driving factor. As an individual and as a team there is a responsibility to meet this challenge, to get out of your zone. comfort and fight it. This kind of force stuff is built in-house and we miss it, “Nazmul Abedeen Fahim told The Daily Star, analyzing the recent round of tests against Sri Lanka.
“Motivation is not about giving speeches; the leader must show a clear path by which a goal can be achieved. The individual who can do this clearly sees the steps and sequences he needs to achieve the goals. it’s about knowing and how to show the clear path to the goals, ”said Fahim.
He recalled that while the discourse should not be around individuals, they should not be ignored in the context of the team. “Each player needs to be shown individually. I’m going to show Mushfiq, who has 15 years of international experience in one way and Shanto in another way. It’s about being an architect, using your resources. , and he who understands such things can do it. reunion and that reunion becomes strength, ”he said.
Where does team management come from?
“We didn’t have a particular culture with continuity in Bangladesh like you can see in Australia where you can’t change the culture of cricket. When an Australian coach comes here he will try to do things according to his culture. but I can’t do the same if I go to Australia. Not all that comes is good because our mental state, our cultural beliefs and our economic climate are different and it is important to understand what inspires our players. have to move forward with our culture but what we see is someone new comes in with a whole new set of values and starts over and a lot of adjustments are needed. We don’t have our own philosophy and that’s why we are entering a new philosophy every time with the change of personnel, ”said Fahim.
As the captain of Bangladesh, Mashrafe often had to do more off the pitch than perhaps other international captains, dealing not only with the players but with the forces that dictated the process. We see that teams like Pakistan behave when someone charismatic comes out to reinvigorate them but India, which was also in the same vein, knew how to put in place a process, a philosophy. That’s why they could recast Australia without Virat Kohli.
What Mashrafe was able to achieve was reach individuals with well-crafted messages.
With no basis for a clear philosophy or culture developing anytime soon, Bangladesh will have to rely on the three captains – Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque – to fill the big shoes left by Mashrafe and collectively, even if not is not individually, to bridge the gaps of a clear modus operandi.