Mashrafe’s recent status, posted on his facebook account, raised question about the selection process of foreign coaches and asked why local coaches are not being considered in these posts
Former captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza has raised question about the selection process of the foreign national team coaches for Bangladesh team and asked to rely on local coaches for the Tigers to produce long-term success.
Questions have raised over the treatment of senior players in recent times as few incidents like Mahmuduallah’s sudden retirement from Test Cricket, Tamim Iqbal’s pull out from World T20 or Mushfiqur Rahim’s decision of skipping wicket-keeping in T20I pointed finger to the coaching staffs of the national team.
Prior to the T20I series against New Zealand, Tigers head coach Russell Domingo informed to the media that Nurul Hasan Sohan will keep the wicket in the first two games and then Mushfiqur Rahim will take the wicket-keeping duties in the third and fourth game and before the fifth game, decision will be taken about who will be the glove-man for Tigers.
After that former captain Mashrafe had posted a status in his personal account stating as "Mushfiqur Rahim as a batsman, wicket-keeper and as a senior player should be treated with more respect after serving 15 years in the national team."
But Mashrafe’s recent status, posted on his facebook account yesterday, clearly raised question about the selection process of foreign coaches and asked why local coaches are not being considered in these posts.
Mashrafe's status on his facebook account says:
"When a coach is been recruited, by which process the selection has been made? It's my curiosity.
So far I have worked with 9/10 coaches and I have seen every coach started their work with their own way or method which is natural. But I have seen, every coach selects one or two players as their favorite and later captain, selectors argue with them about that issue and eventually the situation gets complicated. To prioritize those favorite player or players, a coach often starts to dislikes some other players. And at some stages some coaches even gave threat to resign due to these issues. I have heard these type of words openly few times.
My point is, a coach can prefer one or two players, that happens. I guess that’s natural and in every other country that happens as well. But I think these kind of things don’t happen openly in other countries. Because only three to four players don’t win you games. Even if that happens, you can not underestimate one player for the sake of another player.
Fans and journalists may say many things, that is normal. But a coach is often called as the father of the side. He will take care of every player. He can be tough and also use every player in required position for the sake of the team. A coach’s every step should be conducted in positive manner.
But in our country, discrimination like going tough on some player and going easy on some player happens. These kind of things dismantle a team from a good shape.
These coaches (foreign) will leave one day and go back to their country or in IPL or in any other team with better offer. Because within this period, they have made enough experiments with our team and made his profile richer and healthier. And also these coaches get high salary, 12-15 lakh BDT per month. On the other hand our local coaches suffer horribly.
Even local coaches had to face all the criticisms. Whenever these foreign coaches depart, we fall into trouble.
Again new foreign coach, new experiment, fulfillment of new demands…So foreign coaches come and then they go, and that’s the way it has been going over the years in Bangladesh cricket.
Now coming to the point, when a foreign coach has been selected, exactly which questions are asked to that candidate in the interview? Do we even question anything? Or we just want to know his desire or ambition?
I think we make mistakes in the very early stage of selection. Because we always search high profile coach which often brings less effects.
We need someone who follows our cricket, or a person who do study on our players before coming to interview. The most important thing is to understand our culture. Otherwise he will not understand how a Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiq or Riyad has been developed as a player in this country. Or What contribution these players have made for Bangladesh cricket. Or how a player like Mustafiz has emerged.
I am saying again, team always comes first. If a player is in bad form, then of course he can be dropped. But in our country, that player or players receive humiliation.
When a player doesn’t perform, you will drop him, that’s natural. But you should give mental support to that player and give facility to that player so that he can return to top level again. You can’t say to that player that you don’t want to see him anymore during your tenure.
The main reason behind this is, no foreign coach follows our cricket before taking the job. They just come for the job and after their job finishes, they leave.
So I believe we don’t need high profile coach, we need our own Bangladeshi coach.
That’s just my personal opinion and I am not saying to obey it."