The tourists, who lost by 333 runs in the first Test in
Potchefstroom, were bowled out for just 172 in their follow-on innings
as the Proteas crushed their opponents by an innings and 254 runs inside
Mushfiqur's captaincy has been questioned by many with the Tigers
skipper opting to bowl first in both Tests to the astonishment of
commentators and former players.
The 30-year-old Mushfiqur's leadership style has reportedly been
questioned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for a while and the
results in South Africa might just be the final nail in his coffin as
"The blame is coming at me, because I decided to field first in both Tests," Mushfiqur told reporters after the game on Sunday.
"Maybe I haven't been leading properly and that's why the team isn't
doing well. This is why I am saying that I should be given opportunity
to correct my mistakes.
"I haven't heard anything from them (BCB). I don't want to be the
reason for the team's bad result. I always tried to inspire the team,
and lead from the front. I am also a human being, and I am bound to make
Mushfiqur, who has been the Tigers' Test skipper since September
2011, is however adamant that the board must decide if they want him to
remain as captain.
He went onto say that it will always be difficult to lead an outfit
like the Tigers, who are always at the bottom of the world rankings and
do not play enough games.
"When the team does really well, all the credit
goes to the management and when we are not doing really well, all the
blame comes to the captain. I can take it," said Mushfiqur.
"Obviously all the blame comes to me being the captain. The board
will decide about me, since there's a lot of time before the next Test
"It is not about what I want. I can't decide to stay as captain,
neither can I leave it. The board has to take the decision and I am sure
they will take a good one for the team. Country comes first, not the
"Captaincy is always challenging, more so in a team like ours. We are
ranked No. 9 or 10 always, so there's a lot of pressure playing against
top sides. The last two Tests didn't go as the last couple of years
Mashrafe Mortaza is Bangladesh's captain in ODI cricket and will lead
the Tigers in the upcoming three-match series against the Proteas,
starting in Kimberley on Sunday.