It’s hard to give up the captaincy when Bangladesh are going through a rough patch, says Mushfiqur Rahim

"The challenge is to return to the good days, and I hope I can do that before leaving the position"

“The challenge is to return to the good days, and I hope I can do that before leaving the position”

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has announced that it is hard for him to give up leading the national team, especially since they are currently going through a very rough patch.

Rahim’s comments come after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan stated that “there is every possibility that in the future we will split the captaincy”.

Rahim’s bid to carry on captaining Bangladesh in all three formats was also not helped by the fact that the national team were humiliated during their recent tour of the West Indies, where they were whitewashed 3-0 in the ODI series and 2-0 in the Test series. The Twenty20 series ended as a 0-0 draw since the one-off match was abandoned due to heavy rain.

“It doesn’t depend on me, I have said it before,” Rahim said. “It is hard to leave [the captaincy] when the team is going through a bad patch. The challenge is to return to the good days, and I hope I can do that before leaving the position.

“It is not my decision, but it is for those who have appointed me [to decide]. Whatever is good for the team, I will agree to it. There is always pressure on a player, regardless of captaincy. It is the board’s decision. If they think it [changing the captain] is good, then definitely.”

If the captaincy were to be split, pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza is likely to be the frontrunner to lead Bangladesh in limited overs matches.

Meanwhile, Rahim also noted that he wants out-of-form players like Nasir Hossain and Shamsur Rahman to be given more time to regain their form since they can be major assets to the team.

This ideology worked for opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Mahmudullah.

“It would be unfair to a player if he is not given the minimum number of chances,” Rahim said. “We have to believe in him, which we are trying to do. Tamim had a lean period, so dropping a player isn’t always the best move. We are trying to back every player. Thankfully, Tamim has done well in this tour, so has [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai. I think we should back some of our important players. Nasir was a consistent performer even a year ago. He still is, just that he had a bad tour.

“We will take the field with a winning mentality against Zimbabwe. I don’t think there is anything bigger than backing a player. Dropping him isn’t the solution. The toughest thing would be to bring him back to form. We will do that hopefully.”

When asked what went wrong during Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies, Rahim said: “Teams don’t lose without a reason. I think we got out at crucial times. Bowlers failed to get us breakthroughs at important moments too. We couldn’t bowl well for long periods. Overall, I would say that we lacked in responsibility in both the Tests and ODIs, especially in our batting unit. We have to work more in this area.

“Everyone is accountable for a bad performance. It is not an issue with me. I have always maintained that when we do poorly, I should be held responsible. We didn’t get the results, but we will keep trying.”

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