Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza could not hold back his tears while speaking to the media on Sunday over the suspensions of bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny.The International Cricket Council (ICC) barred the two from bowling in international cricket on Saturday after finding their actions illegal following an assessment in Chennai during the ongoing World Twenty20. (World T20: ICC suspends Taskin, Sunny for illegal bowling actions) After the bowlers were reported for suspect action, the Bangladesh management and players were confident they would pass the ICC assessment. But the news of their suspension came as a huge blow to the team.Bangladesh are particularly bitter about Taskin’s suspension. On Saturday evening, the team held a four-hour meeting about what steps they could take against the verdict.But as per the team management’s suggestion, they decided to go along with the ICC process. The players now look to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to lodge a formal protest.”There is a process and we will follow that. Whatever we want to say, we will say it to the BCB. The board will decide what to do, and talk to the ICC or whoever (else),” Mashrafe said on Sunday.”But we still believe that Taskin – at least – is all right, and that Taskin can bowl. Now we will go through the processes and the systems that we have.”Mashrafe said none of Taskin’s deliveries had been proven illegal in the game against the Netherlands, where his action was questioned. Taskin did not bowl a single bouncer in that match.advertisementBut he was asked to bowl nine bouncers in three minutes in the test where three of his balls exceeded the 15-degree limit.Mashrafe, who is usually lively, made no attempt to hide his feelings. His voice trembled with almost every word that he spoke on Sunday.When Mashrafe was overlooked for the 2011 World Cup, he had broken down at the BCB Academy ground. It was the last time anyone would remember him crying.Although he did not shed tears during the conference, he started wiping his tears on his way out of the briefing room.Being the captain this time around, Mashrafe feels for the young talent that Taskin is.”I don’t think about my career. But what kind of captain would I be if I can’t stand beside the boy who will serve my country for the next 10-15 years. I can’t accept this injustice,” Mashrafe said.Bangladesh will take on Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday in their second Super 10 match.They did practice on Sunday but their preparations have been overshadowed by the ban.Taskin was reduced to tears once he heard the news of his suspension. Mashrafe tried to calm the 20-year old down but was lost for words. Sunny was in no better condition either.Mashrafe said the team was having a very tough time trying to keep the two boys calm.
Most afternoons in the Fall, I like to sit in my kitchen and look into my backyard. With mature trees and an abundance of hiding spaces, I am normally greeted by a series of friends: squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. At one point, my nephew tried to give each of them a name, but it was a futile effort and the innocent gesture became too tasking for him. So, we agreed to call them the backyard crew — it was an inclusive name that covered the cardinals, woodpecker, robins, and hummingbirds who often joined the ground crew.Come the Winter months, once all of the leaves had fallen, the grass stopped growing, and the deck was covered with several inches of snow, my backyard crew was nowhere to be found. Sure, we missed them, but, as I explained to my nephew, this is all a part of understanding the cycle of life.Like clockwork, this Spring, there are new editions to the crew — little babies running around, chasing behind momma (or it could be daddy). My nephew is quick to point out, “I don’t think that one was here before.” Helping to explain to him the changing seasons and how squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits hibernate gave me a better grasp on a pattern that I have observed for almost a decade now — animals aren’t the only ones who hibernate during the Winter months; sometimes our clients disappear on us too.Within some industries and fields, this can mean that a freelancer’s winter months are not as plentiful as others. Couple that with nicer weather and the ambiance of Spring, and some of us may feel tempted to say, “Yes, of course!” to every project that comes our way. However, you may want to take a long pause before you say ‘yes’ and here’s why.The Winter slowdownThe Winter months can be tough for freelancers for various reasons. SAD, seasonal affect disorder, is a condition that can affect anyone. The shorter days, darker days, colder nights and less natural sunlight in some parts of the country can alter one’s mood, sense of relevancy, creativity, motivation and overall emotional well-being. When you add the multiple holidays that occur between November and mid-March, some of us, and even our clients, may feel overwhelmed and/or depleted.Clients’ projects may get pushed back to a later season and warmer weather. On the surface, this is good news — your Spring calendar may fill up quickly. However, you want to make sure that your decision to take on a project is not determined exclusively by a depletion model.Before you say, “Yes, of course!” make sure that you really mean it. Otherwise, there is a strong possibility that you might take on a project that you would normally pass on.Finding balanceUncertainty and angst can be a double-edged sword for any freelancer. Yes, we need to generate income; yes, we want to remain viable and productive, and yes, we enjoy what we are doing and would prefer not to have unplanned breaks. All of these statements ring true. But, I can also tell you from firsthand experience that we often make mistakes when we are being too myopic.I can also tell you that a tough Winter will, eventually, end. We also know that at the end of Winter, evidence of new birth will appear. I am literally looking at small bulbs forming on the daffodils in my front yard. Much like the cycles and seasons that govern nature, be sure to come out of Winter with a renewed sense of purpose and passion. If a project isn’t going to be a good fit, don’t be afraid to say “no” or “tell me more…” Trust the process that has led to your success thus far and trust that something else will come along.In other words, the adage “something is better than nothing” should not apply if you are coming out of a tough season. Be mindful that your decision-making may be deeply vested in a desire to recoup the revenue that you didn’t make during the Winter months. My advice: Don’t focus on rebounding; instead, hone in on rebuilding and renewal — much like the backyard crew.