It seems that Bangladesh number one player Shakib-al-Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim are not on the same page which is evident from the contradictory statements that they have made in the media prior to and after the West Indies game, which the hosts badly lost by 73 runs.
Now with BCB president Nazmul Hasan also openly criticizing the skipper for his comments at the post-match press conference, the hosts are looking like a rudderless ship which is not a good thing before a crucial game against India.
It all started when Shakib apparently made a comment to the Bangladeshi media during a practice session in Fatullah before the West Indies game.
"Bangladesh can only win, if the opposition team had an off-day," Shakib told reporters, making it clear that no one should expect any miracle from the hosts.
When Rahim was asked about the comments that Shakib made, he went round and round trying to give a convincing answer which was bordering on being weird.
Rahim was asked how the players get confidence when a senior cricketer openly admits that team's chances are minimal.
"No, I don't think he (Shakib) meant that," Rahim tried to defend the senior player.
"Look, teams do not have an off-day just like that. If you observe, West Indies did not have an off-day against India. It was India, which bowled well, created mistakes, held catches. That's what  Shakib had meant when he said that the other teams need to have an off-day. Shakib meant that we should bat, bowl and field well to force other teams into making mistakes and having an off-day," was Rahim's weird explanation.


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