Too many cooks spoil broth in BCB

Former chief selector Faruque slams national team selection process, urges present selectors to be patient

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 20,2019


(From L-R): Bangladesh cricketers Aminul Islam, Mohammad Naim and Afif Hossain pose for a photograph outside their team hotel in Chattogram on Thursday. — BCB photo  

Former chief selector Faruque Ahmed on Thursday took a swipe at the selection process of the national cricket team saying that the involvement of too many people in the job was hampering the prospect of the game.

‘It’s quite natural a team will have good or bad time, but we have to keep in mind if we are doing the other things in a right way,’ Faruque told reporters in Chattogram.

‘I think selector should be that person who can create accountability for himself. When a player gets dropped or gets call up often we don’t see an explanation why he has been dropped or called up.

‘The instability that we see after defeat it is not expected. Since we don’t do the selection in a good way, it creates the instability,’ he said.

Faruque said too much chopping and changing influence the team negatively, which can be damaging for the team in the long run.

Bangladesh changed the team three times in the one-going tri-nation series, picking up 18 players so far.

Faruque, who was in charge of the team selection for at least two World Cups, urged the present selectors to give a player enough opportunity before discarding him.

‘We have only four to five core players. Apart from that we cannot say who at number six or number seven,’ he said.

‘When a player goes to the national team from domestic cricket it’s a huge step forward. We have to show patience. Some players can adjust very quickly. Like Mustafiz reached in a certain position by performing.

‘But some other players needed to be given time.  If it is felt he is needed in certain position he has to be given five to seven matches to play in that position.

‘I think we have now many selectors. I don’t know who select the team... If there are two or three selectors they can pick a player with proper sense. Time will say if that young player will do well. But selectors will be there to back him.

‘Now we see some players are dropped after playing just one game. It damages the balance of the whole team. We are not yet suffering much due to the core players.  But if it continues like this, it will not bring any good for us. We have to come out of this,’ he said.

Faruque also insisted for identifying the right player for the right format and said this was one reason Afghanistan improved dramatically in recent years.

‘We cannot understand who we start with which format. Like Nazmul Hossain. He is a talented player. We don’t know by which format we should start him before taking him to another format.

‘He got chance in a very difficult situation and could not do well. That is in Test in New Zealand. Later he was also dropped from 50-over format. Now he is in Twenty20 side. This is too much of an expectation from a young player.

‘You see Shadman [Islam]. He is a longer version player and he is doing that.  But it’s not just for Shaman. It should be applicable for all.

‘If we see in the last one year, we cannot tell how many players played... You see Afghanistan. They improved incredibly in the last two to three years. They came with 13 T20 players. They have only three players – Rashid, Nabi and Asghar – common in Test and Twenty20 side. 

Faruque, who resigned as chief selector in 2016, said he is not willing to come back to work under the present system.

‘We have many selectors now - director selector, manager selector, operations selector, I think five to seven selectors. When I resigned I had only two selectors with me,’ he said.

‘This system will not work. When team will do well everybody will try to take credit, when team will do badly each will point finger at others,’ he said.

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