Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim ashamed to lose to Afghanistan
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has labelled the 32-run defeat to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup as "shameful".
Last Updated: 02/03/14 4:01pm
Rahim's decision to bowl first after winning the toss backfired, as the Afghans posted a formidable total of 254 for six on the back of fine half-centuries from batsman Asghar Stanikzai and all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari.
Seamers Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan and spinner Mohammad Nabi, later, shared seven wickets to resign the hosts to an insufficient 222 all out in 47.5 overs.
"For a split second I thought we wouldn't lose this game, being honest with you. I thought that someone or the other would stand up and bail us out. But in the end we were not good enough," said Rahim.
"We have to replace those players who, after being motivated, do not understand. It is not my or someone else's team. It is a matter of the nation. I think it is time to replace those who cannot perform.
"If they don't feel bad after losing to Afghanistan or Sri Lanka, they should not play cricket. After seeing some of their cricket, I think some of us can't feel what is going on. The team management and selectors will probably think about changes."
Spinner Sohag Gazi has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to an injured finger. Former vice-captain Mohammad Mahmudullah has been called up as a replacement.
"The cut was caused by the seam and it had to be stitched up. Gazi will need seven to 10 days to recover," said team physiotherapist Vibhav Singh.
Bangladesh's next Asia Cup fixture will be hosted by the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Tuesday.