The BCB president wants senior players to be candid with the board.

Nazmul Hassan wants players such as Tamim, Rahim, Shakib, and Mahmudullah to make their own judgments regarding their futures rather than forcing the team’s management to make decisions for them. courtesy of Getty Images

Nazmul Hasan, the head of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, has admitted that the players are unable to excel in Test cricket because they haven’t adopted the proper mentality. Bangladesh has had success in the past in challenging Pakistan, New Zealand, and South Africa in the first Test, but has fallen short as the series progressed.

Hassan, along with other board members, met with the team’s management in advance of the upcoming home Test series against the Sri Lanka. The purpose of our inquiry was to learn how they felt about the South Africa tour. Mominul was in attendance because he is scheduled to depart for Chattogram later that evening. He (Mominul) and other members of the coaching staff were among those with whom I spoke. The only thing I had was a general notion of their approach and plan,” Hassan explained.

“I was curious as to why we were performing so poorly in the Tests.” Several instances of four to five Tests were given to me by the coaching team, and they believe that we can contend in the first Test but that we will crumble in the second Test. It happened against Pakistan at home, and it happened against New Zealand and South Africa as well as against the rest of the world.

It is still unclear why this is happening, but the coaching staff believes that a large number of our players do not have the mental fortitude to play 10 days of cricket in a row, and that this is something that needs to be addressed.

Because people who participate in Test cricket do not also participate in domestic longer-version cricket, they do not develop the habit of playing for an extended period of time,” says the author. Now that we have a full international calendar, there is scarcely any time for them to play in domestic cricket. As a result, even if we wanted to, we couldn’t force them to participate in domestic cricket because else we’d have to halt domestic cricket.”

The president of the BCB also highlighted that the older players must make a decision about their careers and communicate with the board of directors about their options.

Tamim Iqbal, Shakib al Hasan, Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur Rahim are all members of the Bangladesh national team, but with time running out on their careers, they are seeking for ways to extend their time on the field. Mahmudullah has already determined that he will not participate in Twenty20 cricket for the next six months. Despite the fact that those six months came to a close in April, he has made no official pronouncements about his future plans. He also made the decision to retire from Test cricket in order to focus on extending his limited-overs career.

“As far as seniors are concerned, if you go around the world, you will notice that a lot has changed since the introduction of Twenty20 cricket,” Hasan added. “If you devote all of your attention to Twenty20 cricket, given that you can play for an extended period of time due to the short duration of the game, it will undoubtedly have a negative impact on other formats, which is why many players are abandoning Test cricket to concentrate on Twenty20s.

“Our difficulty is that we don’t want anyone to feel horrible about themselves, and we want them to leave with a smile on their face.” They should be able to make their own decisions, and the sooner they do so, the better off they will be. However, if they are unable to make a decision, a moment will come when we will be forced to make a decision.

“Mahmudullah has already retired from Test cricket, while Tamim is no longer involved in Twenty20 cricket. Then there’s Mushfiqur, who is now engaged in international cricket and whose future plans will be revealed soon.” It is preferable to sit with the board rather than with the media since we will have more time to prepare substitutes if we do so. In other nations, this is how things work, but in our country, this is not the case, and we hope that will change in the future.

It’s difficult to talk about Shakib because his situation is distinct from that of the other seniors. Everyone wants him in every format, yet obtaining him is a challenging task in and of itself. Actually, we’re not sure what he’ll play and what he won’t because, based on my conversations with him, it appears that he wants to play in each format, but when a game is in progress, he starts having problems, and those are serious problems, so you can’t dismiss them. Because of this, it is difficult to say anything about him.