the Centre’s apparent reluctance to let Sen continue in his post may be read as political rather than academic. tapping the academic resources of its member states and fitted with a governing board that has representatives from Singapore, For too long now, Lodha and A. when the Supreme Court upheld the High Court’s decision to award death to the convicts,Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: May 11 began comparing the three official volumes of Victoria’s letters to the more than 460 volumes of correspondence in the Royal Archives in the Windsor Tower, abandoning their young in nests while they flitter off to work.Does anybody really care about the Asia Cup? WellIndia caredand sent in their best available and fit players Pakistan were at their strongest Sri Lanka never grumbled despite spending months on the road and Bangladesh were pledge-bound to offer a contest And then the rest of the world started caring Sachin Tendulkars hundredth international 100 would have been impossible to miss from any corner of the globe Virat Kohlis 183 was cheered by fans and neutrals and to top it allBangladeshs sensational march to the final made a mockery of predictions It has been exhilarating cricket Do the best cricketing talents of Asiathe thousands lining up at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium gatesand the billions following itreally care what detractors think of the Asia Cup For the Asia Cup to really make its presence feltit needed a spark and some panache that was duly delivered by the host Those who have observed Bangladesh cricket over the years could spot the difference A Bangladesh team that would lose its way and surge towards defeat from seemingly comfortable positions was now chasing down challenging targets with precision and calm A side that would blow hot and cold within a night was displaying solid consistency To put it differentlythe team was playing like Shakib Al Hasan The emergence of Shakib has coincided with an interesting phase in Bangladesh From the first day he donned the Bangladesh coloursShakib has been an example of all things Bangladesh cricket had desired and dreamt of but never found Shakib scored runs when the chips were downhe took wickets when no one else could and he fielded with presence He was unflinching under pressure Next he started to break barriers The first Bangladeshi to become worlds number one in the ICC rankings and holding on to that position for monthsyearsthrough performance alone He cut it easily in the county circuit and the Indian Premier League (IPL) and allowed his peers to aspire big In his time he has tasted more Bangladesh wins than any of his countrymen Shakib represents the generation widely acclaimed as the best in countrys post Test-status era He is a product of the same development process that saw himTamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim get hardened by the youth toursthe high performance unit and A Team before being thrown into international cricket The Asia Cup continues to give credence to the fact that their belief and inner strength is playing a catalyst s role in the squad The return of Masrafe Bin Mortaza following his sixth knee surgery and his smooth transition into bowling form has a significance beyond the incisive spells with the new ball and the old He is a talismanic figure he has seen it alland is capable of singlehandedly lifting team spirit Abdur Razzak is doing his bitpinning batsmen down on batting-friendly wickets Then there is Nasir Hossainwho has blossomed in this buzzing team atmosphere He is doing the successful finishing touchessomething Bangladesh cricket desperately missed when Shakib used to hold the fort alone Throw in a dash of a newfound confidencecourtesy of the first edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)and you had the formula to reach for previously improbable targets Despite the final outcomeit is evident that post-Asia Cupsome things in Bangladesh cricket will never be the same again More matches will be fought with high intensitymore difficult situations will be challenged and conqueredand results will follow Some may still brand it Team Shakib Al Hasanbut each of its individuals can hold their own The writer is media manager of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and has been a cricket writer with The Daily Star,I came across a comment from Geoff Boycott where he questioned the substance of the event.
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For all the latest Entertainment News, he opens up on a range of issues.Excerpts: Your first season did not pan out the way you had expected It was disappointing to say the least I was appointed coach just 15 days before the season began It was funny because I had no clue about my core team — their strengths and weaknesses their temperament and who fits where It took me a couple of games to figure it out So in essence we began the last season on the backfoot Where did it go wrong Look at the Delhi team for the last four seasons It has had the same core group who have turned up match after match and their performances have hardly inspired confidence The need of the hour is to create bench strength We started off positively beating Assam and bagged seven points Things went downhill then as both our fast bowlers — Pradeep Sangwan and Navdeep Saini — got injured Suddenly I was scratching my head trying to figure out who would replace them I looked at the U-19 and U-23 guys and I could hardly find anyone to replace them It was a big blow for us at the start of the season In four-day games it’s the bowlers who will win you matches It’s the 20 wickets that your bowlers take that win you matches no matter how many world-class batsmen you have Even your batting has not clicked True even that was a major letdown That’s because batting was our strength and it’s true that both Shikhar (Dhawan) and Gautam (Gambhir) were away on international assignments and hence were not with us for a major part last season There were however some very talented ones — youngsters such as Unmukt Chand and Nitish Rana But surprisingly they did not click Barring a couple of fifties Unmukt barely got more than 400 runs for us while Rana’s form tapered off after his century in the opening game Barring Rishabh Pant who scored more than 900 runs nobody got going Even when Gambhir and Dhawan were playing we did not get a 100-run opening partnership What were the reasons for Chand and Rana getting the axe With time some people felt they had become indispensable and began to take their place for granted How many runs has Unmukt scored in the last four seasons Scoring two fifties from 16 innings is not something an opener should be proud of So the selectors and I decided to give him a break But some people took it wrongly The decision was not meant to end his career It was to give him a jolt So we dropped him and Unmukt returned for the T20s and scored two 50s Suddenly I was thinking where was this guy all along Like Unmukt I had high expectations from Nitish He barely scored a run after his century What was I supposed to do There are youngsters like Himmat Singh waiting on the bench… I need to try them out too Nitish was dropped and look how things turned around for him in this IPL People like Unmukt and Nitish must undertstand that they cannot take their place for granted just because they have the support of their captain or some senior player Did you demand anything specific When I took over the only thing that I asked for was a video analyst All major teams have it so I did not see any reason why they would not agree for one Instead they kept dilly-dallying However when the captain (Gambhir) requested for a masseur instead they went ahead and appointed one So the Delhi Ranji team has a masseur but not a video analyst What is the way forward It’s a shame that we don’t have an association-run academy in Delhi Over the years Delhi has constantly churned out some of the best batsmen — Sehwag Kohli and Dhawan to name a few These guys have made it to the Indian team not because Delhi has a good system in place It’s because of the club culture that’s prevalent here If Sonnet or a LB Shastri winds up tomorrow do you think you can produce another Virat Kohli The way forward is to have a state-run academy That’s how states like Karnataka and Punjab have thrived all these years For instance you select around 20 14-year-olds train them under an academy coach and support staff keep honing them as they progress to the U-16s U-19s and finally the U-23 levels In between you will have a couple of them dropping out but in 7-8 years you have already developed a pool of 15 talented players and your bench strength is created For this to happen you need to have a proper plan and the will You have crores put up in Kotla but nothing comes out of it Just go to Himachal… you will be stunned by the academy there If they can have that why can’t Delhi You cannot sit in DDCA and say we want another Kohli You need to have proper pre-season camps and must participate in tournaments like the Buchi Babu Trophy Look at what Mumbai did after they lost the Ranji quarter-finals two years ago I was told the entire fraternity was hauled up here we have not qualified for the knock-outs in ages and nobody cares about it I submitted a detailed report to Justice Sen at the end of the last season What about the Gambhir fiasco I have been asked to refrain from talking to the press on this issue All I can say is that it was disappointing such a thing should not have happened (Gambhir was handed a four-match ban for his confrontation with Bhaskar An enquiry committee found Gambhir guilty and termed his behaviour as “inappropriate”) He is around 20 years younger to me and I really wish him well We are obviously not in touch… the last time that I met him was during the hearing Will you remain coach next season My contract was only for a year if they don’t want me I will move elsewhere Last year when I was offered this role I took it up knowing fully well that 12 months will be too short a duration to fully understand this team and its potential The ideal scenario would be to be at the helm for at least 2 years but it’s fine The season is barely 3 months away and I still don’t have a confirmation from them Mere ko toh paisa bhi nahi mila I have no clue when I will get it It’s not that they will not give me but there is no proper pay package in place For all the 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