Bangladesh cricketers blame the system for quitting

September 15th, 2008 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Sep 15 (IANS) Six Bangladesh cricketers, who announced premature retirement Sunday, had been quoted in the media as saying that they took the drastic step in view of the aberrant functioning of the national team management. The six players, some of whom have been linked with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), said they were thoroughly dissatisfied with the system.

Habibul Bashar, the former Bangladesh captain, said he felt let down by the team management, coach Jamie Siddons in particular.

“The situation was getting difficult for me,” Bashar, who was dropped from the side for the Asia Cup, told the Dhaka-based Daily Star.

“I was not receiving support from anyone. Even the coach’s attitude was discouraging and I was in the middle of a lot of uncertainty. I was out of cricket for seven months.”

Left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain, one of the six players linked with ICL, admitted he hadn’t been enjoying his time playing cricket.

“They don’t think of us, so why should we think of them,” he said.

Opener Shahriar Nafees echoed Mosharraf’s views, adding that there was a lot of anger and frustration behind his decision. “I made it to the national team after working for ten years, and I know there’s a lot of pride in playing for Bangladesh but, at this moment, I don’t feel good playing cricket.” Nafees said.

Nafees confirmed he had an offer from the ICL but is yet to decide.

Dhiman Ghosh wanted to know why he had been dropped from the side if he was the country’s No. 1 wicket-keeper. He also said there were a lot of players vying for his spot in the team.

Among the others reported to have received offers from the ICL are Alok Kapali, Nazimuddin, Tapash Baisya, Manjarul Islam, Mohammad Sharif, Golam Mabud and Mahbubul Karim.

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