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Aminul blames haphazard planning for Tigers’ recent failures

He doesn’t like removal of Mushfiq from Test captaincy
Aminul blames haphazard planning for Tigers’ recent failures
A file photo of Aminul Islam

Bangladesh's first Test centurion Aminul Islam might be away in Australia working as the regional development manager at the ICC, but he has his eyes on the state of cricket in his home country. In an exclusive chat with Cricbuzz, the 50-year-old spoke on a host of aspects pertaining to Bangladesh cricket, expressed views on what ails them in their current slump, why removing Mushfiqur Rahim as Test captain was a wrong move, and more.

Currently he is working as the regional development manager of ICC. He is performing this duty for the last 15 months and his major job is to look after the 17 Asian countries and as per the ICC development strategy.

He said, “To be honest, yes. I was born in this country and it is my home. More than anything I feel that I am part of Bangladesh cricket due to my long association and more than anything I miss my old town and the stadium with never ending stories with the people around it. I miss my friends and all those relationships with various people.”

Actually he is trying to follow everything. That includes the way of first division team is running its cricketing activities and training programme. It is his desire of having a firm knowledge of development graph in Bangladesh.

Aminul looking back to his journey to Test cricket and looking even further back when he began playing cricket and how it ran during those times and how it is running at present, he can clearly see the difference. Earlier, he used to work with Asian Cricket Council and had the chance to work with different countries like China and Malaysia, and later after joining ICC, doors opened for him to work closely with teams like Afghanistan and Nepal. He said what Bangladesh really need to progress. Working at Cricket Australia's ICC office also helped him to improve his knowledge and after implementing ICC strategy to different countries, he can clearly see where Tigers are lacking and where they are doing well.

He went to add, “More than regret, I am disappointed that I could not contribute because we had literally sacrificed our youth for this game. I could have been a good footballer and there were possibilities of turning out to be a bright student or a successful businessman, but I chose to be cricketer. But it is regretful that I can't exchange my experience with next generation. I try to look at it in a professional way and all I can say is that I cannot change our political or educational system but I can contribute a bit for our cricket.”

“At the end Bangladesh are now at a very crucial stage. In cricket you need some sort of sustainability, and to achieve it, you need to have some sort of plan and vision that can be divided by long term, short-term and mid-term goal. I had closely watched that it is in place for Cricket Australia while teams like India and South Africa are also moving in the same direction. After they play really bad in one or two series, they return to normalcy. For us it is difficult because we don't have any back-up plan.”

“To be honest, to get some success you need some key players and we do have that at present. Unfortunately they are playing in all formats and we have invested around 400 Test matches and 900 ODIs on Mashrafe [Mortaza], Shakib [Al Hasan], Mushfiqur [Rahim], Tamim [Iqbal] and Mahmudullah. They are playing in the same league for around 10 years and so they are supposed to do well as they have gained huge amount of experience. But what about the others and why don't we have number of players whom we can consider to bolster the strength of the core group, and even more can you name the sixth cricketer whom we can consider right after the top five.

“Already we are going through some hard time after missing the service of Shakib. Instead of looking at immediate success we must make a development plan that will help us perform for the next five years and thereafter. You don't have to look far, but just see how Sri Lanka is struggling after the departure of their golden generation. We have to understand our golden generation won't be available after some point of time and need to emphasize on it, more than thinking how we can do well in the upcoming international assignments.”

He did not support the removal of Mushfiqur as Test skipper. “I don't think it is very tactical and strategic move. We were earning some success in Test and it implies Mushfiqur began to understand the players' psychology and started making his calls according to situation with his available resources. Coach Hathurusinghe understood who will be able to deliver for earning success in the longer format and both of them played their part to do well to win in Sri Lanka. When the coach left, it was not wise on cricketing terms to remove Mushfiqur because someone who had learnt how to deal with cricketers in longer formats was required.

While defending Mushfiq, Aminul said that he see all blame Mushfiqur to be defensive captain but at the same time they failed to remember that he defeated Australia inside three days and that is impossible to earn for a defensive captain. Apart from that, taking away his captaincy and keeping can have a negative impact on his batting and it can be really hard for us to bear. Mushfiq  should have dealt [with] it in such a way that his batting is not disturbed.

 

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