Ashraful admits captaincy pressure after defeat against Australia

September 8th, 2008 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Sep 8 (IANS) After receiving a 3-0 drubbing from Australia in the one-day series, Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful admitted feeling the leadership pressure but is hopeful of turning his team into one of the world’s top five.Ashraful’s total of mere 11 runs from the three games has intensified the call for his sacking with coach Jamie Siddons stating the only reason he is still in the side is because he is captain.

“I am the biggest critic of my inconsistency, I know I have let many people down including myself for that,” Ashraful was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“The job of the Bangladesh captain is even more difficult because you are leading a side of talented youngsters who are still improving,” he said. “But I have always wanted to captain the side and I enjoy the package that comes with it.

Ashraful, 24, is adamant he is the right man to skipper the side, despite having made just four half-centuries in his last 50 one-dayers.

“It is a tough challenge, people expect a lot from you and they demand success. Public expectation from teams of the subcontinent is very different from elsewhere in the world and everyday you are under scrutiny from the media and the masses,” he said.

“Sometimes it threatens to go out of control but that’s where you have to stay even calmer. I want to win more matches for Bangladesh and hope to see the team ranked among the top five nations in world cricket.”

The Bangladesh skipper added that he is working on his batting and is hopeful of striking form soon.

“I am trying to play the way I could be more successful in the long run. I am working really hard on that with Siddons who I think is an excellent batting tactician. I believe the results will come soon,” he said.

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