Pakistan v Bangladesh, 5th ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla June 22, 2010

Three-and-a-half hours of torture

Bangladesh's decision not to go for the win against Pakistan exposed the biggest flaw in the one-day format and goes against the spirit of the competitive sport
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In affectionate remembrance of ODI cricket, which was killed by Bangladesh at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, 21st June, 2010. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances, RIP.

NB The body will be cremated and the Ashes brought back to Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium for another tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka, in August 2010.

Bangladesh not only made the longest day of the year feel excruciatingly longer than it was, they also exposed the biggest weakness of 50-over cricket vis-à-vis other formats. If a side refuses to go for a win in Tests, it is automatically fighting for a draw, and thus there is still a contest. If it doesn't want to win a Twenty20, the misery ends in 80 minutes.

Fifty-over cricket, though, has no defence against a side that throws away all shame and pride and doesn't even pretend to be trying to win. What we get then is three-and-a-half hours of meander, during which selfish batsmen bolster their averages. That's what Bangladesh did when chasing 386 against Pakistan, two and six days respectively after India and Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and Pakistan played beauties to suggest there was life in the old dog yet.

Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique, so impressive in being the only men to support Tamim Iqbal in England, were the villains on Monday. Kayes didn't open - nay didn't try to open - his account for 23 deliveries. That took care of Tamim, who seemed to rebel against the team plan for 27 deliveries. For the other 273 legal deliveries of the chase - Kayes and Siddique, playing just for themselves, faced 224 of those - Bangladesh sabotaged international cricket.

Between the 13th and 39th over of the innings, three boundaries were hit - two of them unintentional edges and one a consequence of a dropped catch. There was no attempt made either. It wasn't that a certain net run-rate would carry them into the next round. It wasn't as if they had lost five early wickets and the tail was batting. Pakistan actually missed out on a great photo opportunity. They could have put in nine slips and still nobody would have tried to hit.

Jamie Siddons, Bangladesh's coach, actually defended them. "I'm not going to let anyone criticise the team for our approach," he said. "If Tamim had made 150, we could have chased 350-380. That was our plan. He went out there to be aggressive, if he had his day, like [Shahid] Afridi, anything's possible, but Imrul and Junaid had no chance of making 385 off their bat. No chance."

Siddons omitted to talk about international sportsmen's basic obligation towards their own fans and the paying public - of trying for a contest. Thankfully nobody bothers about the Asia Cup, and there is World Cup football on TV.

The ICC, which did not make sure this tournament was played under proper floodlights, is very fond of fining players who bring the game into disrepute. Will it take any action against Bangladesh, who brought the game to more disrepute than a batsman does when he looks disbelieving upon being given out wrongly?

It wasn't just a one-off either: chasing 359 in their last ODI against South Africa, Bangladesh shut shop as soon as Tamim got out for a 22-ball 41 in the fifth over.

Roughly speaking, to fix a match is to deliberately underperform and lose for money. This wasn't much better. For three-and-a-half hours, one team deliberately didn't make an effort to win. Just that no extra money was made. But going by Siddons' remarks, there was no underperformance here. International cricket and Bangladesh fans deserve better.

"It is ridiculous to say, 'Why didn't you go out slogging?'" Siddons said. "We couldn't have done that without getting all out for another score of 140." Maybe they need a break from international cricket, if slogging is the only way they can go for a stiff target. At any rate, if they had got bowled out for 140, at least the fans would have known their team was trying to do something, and not just batting for their averages. And it is only childish to believe that the same approach will work when Bangladesh are chasing 246 next time. As if the bowling side will then bowl part-timers and not sweat over easy singles being taken.

The ICC, which did not make sure this tournament was played under proper floodlights, is very fond of fining players who bring the game into disrepute. Will it take any action against Bangladesh, who brought the game to more disrepute than a batsman does when he looks disbelieving upon being given out wrongly?

The ODI batting of the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Geoff Boycott will obviously be brought up here, but two wrongs don't make a right. This is the year 2010, and the game is fighting for its survival. However, the ICC continues to provide flat pitches and unappetising schedules, and teams continue to hate enterprising cricket. With West Indies doing somewhat the same in a Test being played on a St Kitts highway, it is a timely reminder for the ICC to set cricket right in its backyard before trying to sell it to the USA and China.

Monday night's events were like putting to sleep a pet that has long been suffering - ODI cricket being the poor mongrel that Bangladesh didn't think worth keeping alive. For their efforts, Kayes and Siddique were rewarded with bloated ODI averages and also cash awards called "Stylish Player of the Day" and "Jodi [partnership] of the Day".

The Bangladesh fans, though, were not happy, and made their displeasure known on internet forums, calling for better doctors, who will not keep putting down pets. The fans fear that this selfish attitude could kill not just ODIs but Bangladesh cricket too.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • CricEshwar on June 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Siddons should be sent home after planning the way he did and more ridiculously letting the plan out. This is an instance of where Tamim is India's Sachin of 90s, though India never admit for a fact. But making this decision without coming out to bat and executing as early as in the first 5 overs makes you feel cringe. I remember half the b'desh fans from the comments they passed during the course of the match. They seem like only they have the authority to criticize b'desh team and if anyone else does they start supporting it.

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Irish players are mentally stronger than than the Bangladeshis, because they do not have the pressure of fan's expectation and hostile media.

  • SABD on June 26, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Check out the gulf of differences that lie between Bangladesh and Ireland from the series statistics of Ireland's tour of Bangladesh, below:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/bdeshvireland/content/series/335630.html

    Kindly follow these stats too:

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=1;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_fifties_career.html?class=1;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=2;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?class=2;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/list_5wi.html?class=1;id=2010;type=year

    Bangladesh is not getting the results, but it seems they will start getting them pretty soon, and that on a consistent basis.

  • on June 25, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    The difference between the Irish and the Bangladeshis is the mentality that the Irish have. They have guts and strength and aren't ones to give up even in the face of inevitable defeat. Take this from a Pakistani who acknowledges the beating we got from them in 2007.

  • akhanni on June 25, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    so who said that Indian team has not been pathetic in their approach in the past. It not until Ganguly became indian captain that brough some aggression into Indian Team. But don't forget that since mates of Ganguly's era will be all be retiring in couple of years, you will see the inherent nature of lambs crop up again. You will the same defensive tactics employed by Indian team. Do not blame Bangladesh for not going for it as it is very obvious that they do not have the batting depth to do so. For Pakistan they will bat with aggression regardless of deep their batting is or not as this is just how they play which is why they are unpredictable when aggression works in their favour they win and when it does'nt they loose and offcourse their mental strength is very poor and they will almost wilt under pressure every single time. Peace Out!

  • Bang_La on June 24, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    @ZsZs, I remember appreciating your cool opinion before. I appreciate again. Its not England alone, but ICC itself is after money. Reason is clear, more money, fatter paychecques and more perks for the ICC executives. ICC poliy adopted during Dalmia era was to spread cricket globally. And nw see whats happening. Its collecting money from shit with teeth. So much safe is cricket in ICC hands!!

  • Bang_La on June 24, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    @Perfect.Stranger, thanks a lot for your research. The writer of the article is Indian and though he earns his bread by writing for an international cricket site but his mind is still Indian. Strictly speaking, India cricket surfaced only when Ganguly led the team, before that, oh don't tell me. I watched 2 matches where Indian slow batting even made ME angry though I support India against Pakistan. I don't want to put the reference from memory but am trying to find the facts and will put later.

  • gmaurup on June 24, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Mr. Monga, watching the final ? :) it is torturing your pathetically nurtured-against-bangladesh brain?

  • ZsZs on June 23, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    There are larger dynamics at work here. Bangladesh is just a pawn. England with its grand elitist mentality want two things, elitism and revenue. So test cricket in the hallowed halls, and sheer experimentation in the other (whatever) format. So, either play for the masses or just close up shop and play tests. Don't try to make everyone happy. Just go back to playing with a hand counted number of teams, and forget the almighty Dollar/Euro/Yuan whatever... take a stand. This is sheer dawdling.

  • ZsZs on June 23, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I think the community is worried about ODI cricket more than Bangladesh, and they are just making a scapegoat out of Bangladesh. It is amazing that after 100s of years cricket has not found a format that works. Keeping experimenting would only excite people for a little while (10s of years?) and the integrity of the game (batsmen and bowlers both important) will suffer. It is like pandering for money, and at the end no integrity. Might as well switch to soccer/football/futbol where there is consistency of format, and say goodbye to cricket with no consistency of format. At the end it seems like the players don't matter, it is the revenue generated.

  • CricEshwar on June 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Siddons should be sent home after planning the way he did and more ridiculously letting the plan out. This is an instance of where Tamim is India's Sachin of 90s, though India never admit for a fact. But making this decision without coming out to bat and executing as early as in the first 5 overs makes you feel cringe. I remember half the b'desh fans from the comments they passed during the course of the match. They seem like only they have the authority to criticize b'desh team and if anyone else does they start supporting it.

  • on June 26, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Irish players are mentally stronger than than the Bangladeshis, because they do not have the pressure of fan's expectation and hostile media.

  • SABD on June 26, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Check out the gulf of differences that lie between Bangladesh and Ireland from the series statistics of Ireland's tour of Bangladesh, below:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/bdeshvireland/content/series/335630.html

    Kindly follow these stats too:

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=1;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_fifties_career.html?class=1;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=2;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?class=2;id=2010;type=year

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/list_5wi.html?class=1;id=2010;type=year

    Bangladesh is not getting the results, but it seems they will start getting them pretty soon, and that on a consistent basis.

  • on June 25, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    The difference between the Irish and the Bangladeshis is the mentality that the Irish have. They have guts and strength and aren't ones to give up even in the face of inevitable defeat. Take this from a Pakistani who acknowledges the beating we got from them in 2007.

  • akhanni on June 25, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    so who said that Indian team has not been pathetic in their approach in the past. It not until Ganguly became indian captain that brough some aggression into Indian Team. But don't forget that since mates of Ganguly's era will be all be retiring in couple of years, you will see the inherent nature of lambs crop up again. You will the same defensive tactics employed by Indian team. Do not blame Bangladesh for not going for it as it is very obvious that they do not have the batting depth to do so. For Pakistan they will bat with aggression regardless of deep their batting is or not as this is just how they play which is why they are unpredictable when aggression works in their favour they win and when it does'nt they loose and offcourse their mental strength is very poor and they will almost wilt under pressure every single time. Peace Out!

  • Bang_La on June 24, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    @ZsZs, I remember appreciating your cool opinion before. I appreciate again. Its not England alone, but ICC itself is after money. Reason is clear, more money, fatter paychecques and more perks for the ICC executives. ICC poliy adopted during Dalmia era was to spread cricket globally. And nw see whats happening. Its collecting money from shit with teeth. So much safe is cricket in ICC hands!!

  • Bang_La on June 24, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    @Perfect.Stranger, thanks a lot for your research. The writer of the article is Indian and though he earns his bread by writing for an international cricket site but his mind is still Indian. Strictly speaking, India cricket surfaced only when Ganguly led the team, before that, oh don't tell me. I watched 2 matches where Indian slow batting even made ME angry though I support India against Pakistan. I don't want to put the reference from memory but am trying to find the facts and will put later.

  • gmaurup on June 24, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Mr. Monga, watching the final ? :) it is torturing your pathetically nurtured-against-bangladesh brain?

  • ZsZs on June 23, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    There are larger dynamics at work here. Bangladesh is just a pawn. England with its grand elitist mentality want two things, elitism and revenue. So test cricket in the hallowed halls, and sheer experimentation in the other (whatever) format. So, either play for the masses or just close up shop and play tests. Don't try to make everyone happy. Just go back to playing with a hand counted number of teams, and forget the almighty Dollar/Euro/Yuan whatever... take a stand. This is sheer dawdling.

  • ZsZs on June 23, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I think the community is worried about ODI cricket more than Bangladesh, and they are just making a scapegoat out of Bangladesh. It is amazing that after 100s of years cricket has not found a format that works. Keeping experimenting would only excite people for a little while (10s of years?) and the integrity of the game (batsmen and bowlers both important) will suffer. It is like pandering for money, and at the end no integrity. Might as well switch to soccer/football/futbol where there is consistency of format, and say goodbye to cricket with no consistency of format. At the end it seems like the players don't matter, it is the revenue generated.

  • SABD on June 23, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    (continued.....) Has Ireland or Kenya produced a single player nearing such calliber? How can BD be rated the same as these teams? BD's domestic structure is being revamped. Sporting wickets are being developed. If they can produce Tamim, Shakib, or Mortaza on flat tracks, more are to come from the grassy pitches. Bangladesh in their Eng series were 289/2 at a stage, and collapsed only after in overcast conditions when the ball started moving both in the air & off the pitch. Can India win/draw a test in such conditions without Dravid, Laxman, Sachin and Sehwag? So why expect so form young BD? Didn't the world see the calliber of India's 20 year olds in the T20 WC and the Zim Tri nation? Arguably Bangladesh is stronger than that Ind team that toured Zim, as the recent BD-Zim matches suggest. So should Ind be stripped off their test status as soon as those 4 pillars retire within a couple of years? Cricket is yet to be a global sport, and banning BD is not a solution to make it popular.

  • SABD on June 23, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    This is very funny...how can people come with suggestions like 'strip BD's test status', 'allow fewer ODIs against higher ranked sides',and so on? It is very unfortunate that many Indian cricket fans here can't control their emotions. Emotions do not score runs, take wickets, or win matches. How can such suggestions come up against a nation which has just started producing world-class cricketers? Tamim Iqbal(age: 21) ranks 17th in the test batting rankings just after Ponting and Dravid, and 17th as well in ODIs. Shakib(age 22) is the no. 1 ODI and no.3 test all rounder. He is also ranked 2nd and 12th in the ODI and test bowling rankings respectively. Mashrafe was ranked as 8th best ODI bowler before being injured. When a cricketer flourishes in the higher ranked sides, he does so under the guidance of experienced campaigners like Tenduikar, Ponting, Srauss or Kallis. These Bangladeshi boys are flourishing without any! The oldest man in the BD team is Razzak at 27! (to cont.)

  • sahir786 on June 23, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Look leaving aside what happened in past if i would have noticed that i would have said the same as i am commented on bangladesh. I am not saying bd need to be stripped from playing but that day they disgraced the game irrespective of whether some other team has done that in past. It is hard to digest that as per the people who plan bd cricket they are going to surrender many games as this in future. Problem is both performance on pitch & the plan in dressing room. They are planning to surrender various games in future like this if the follow the same strategy...........

  • Perfect.Stranger on June 23, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    For those of you, especially the writer of this article, please take a look at the first match of the first ever cricket world cup played between England and India. The stats from that match are: England 334/4 in 60 overs. India 132/3 in 60 overs. Sunil Gavaskar open the batting, stays at the crease through out the innings, faces 172 balls and scores 36 runs. If world cup didn't dies with that match, It wont die now. So chill. and the link to that match is http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65035.html

  • on June 23, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Kudos to ShababFAlam for making a very good argument.

  • on June 23, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    @sahir786 - You have failed to answer my question again. Was this the only time you saw a team surrender? Because I sure as hell seen this happen more than just this instance. You can read some of the stats posted here on the comments by some other members. Take for example, the stats ElectronSmoke posted up. So, if you didn't get my question that I posted the last 3 times, it is if there can be other instances where teams have surrendered, why use Bangladesh as the main culprit for the so called "killing" of the ODI's, just because they did not play aggressive like they usually do?

  • VipulPatki on June 23, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    I saw this match and was honestly perplexed about the attitude of Imrul. If not go for an all-out attack on Pakistan, he could have challenged himself to rotate strike more often. On some rare occasions when he did try to pick singles, ball went straight to the fielders - even when there were just two fielders inside the ring on either side of wicket. I wonder if Jammie Siddons noticed this much more worrying aspect of Kaye's batting!! Or, like the run-out, he wasn't watching the proceedings...

  • SABD on June 23, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    (cont. from prev. post)....action. Besides, u can't question their ODI status for a single innings . To chase 385 within 50 overs u need devastating batsmen like Dilshan, Gibbs, Tendulkar, Sehwag, or Afridi. Even the likes of Clark or Ponting can't serve that cause. How old are these batsmen? The kind of maturity they possess, do u expect the Bangladeshi batsmen to have the same in their early 20s? Tamim, being a 21 year old Asian batsman, has scored 50, 100, 100 in three consecutive innings in English conditions against the home team. How many Asian batsmen do u expect to do the same? Didn't u find the Indian batsmen spineless to short balls in Barbados? When bigger teams often give up hope chasing such a target, don't expect BD to do otherwise. Apologies for the marathon posts, but I had to prove a point.

  • SABD on June 23, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    My point of bringing in that SA match is that Bangladesh is not the only team who have played murderous effort. Yes, to a genuine cricket fan watching that particular Bangladesh innings was the hell of a torture. But if u see it from the Bangladeshi point of view, the scenario is quite different. After 12 months of much improved batting displays, the Bangladesh batting order has experienced horrendous collapses in the last few innings. The batsmen needed some sort of confidence to face England in a 3 match ODI series in much more trying conditions, which is more appealing than playing this match as they were already out of the tournament. I agree the margin of defeat was huge, but the Bangladeshi batsmen would find some relief seeing the score at 245/5, rather than 167 all out. Jamie Siddons was right in his own way; Tamim is the only BD batsman who can make a 90 ball 150. Kayes, Siddique can at best make run-a-ball. Moreover, it was the Pakistani bowling line up in (to cont.)...

  • SettingSun on June 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Jamie Siddons is an absolute disgrace for adopting this approach. Is he SERIOUSLY trying to tell us that is team batting out for the sake of their damn averages is better than trying to go for a win and at least trying? What an absolutely pathetic and defeatist attitude to have. Yes, they almost certainly would have lost but at least they would have tried. What happened in that match was anti-cricket and I think that he and the Bangladesh team should be punished for it to the tune of refunding every fan in that ground that paid money to watch a contest - not this joke of a match.

  • sahir786 on June 23, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Dear faisal i am not trying to argue with u on any point i am just being on side of the writer that he is correct in every sense of his article. When a team has an attack like bangladesh has they are bound to concede 300+ runs on flats tracks & if each time they chase this score only when tamim scores 150 than more often than not they will surrender the match in first 10 overs . It was pathetic seeing team giving up match in first 10 overs of a match,common even by doing this if they are not disgracing odis dont know what will.......

  • mrnevergiveup on June 23, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    I think that this match killed the ODI cricket is very wrong and demoralizing a team which has immense talent, but no plans to use it in near future. Yes BD's approach is worth criticizing because if the whole team depends on 1 man show that what are the other 10 men doing in their, they should be stripped off their positions. Jammie Siddons I think needs to be a little more positive about Cricket not Bangladesh. What they should have done and what would have been more interesting and a littl;e more worth than what they did that fater they preserved the wickets for few over they may have gone for the target not the averages. Jammie is someone who is worth punishment when he said we could not go all slogging, cricket is not about slogging. Did Pakistan slog??? or did SA slogg when they chased 434?? No they paced the innings thats what BD should at least have tried...

  • Shavi on June 23, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Bangladesh does need to be stripped of their test status. Ten years in the top form of the game have done nothing for their betterment and their presence has only served to devalue to game by creating farcial contests. They should also be barred from most ODI cricket for the same reason and would be better utilized playing with the associate nations whom they are similar to in skill level. Perhaps stripping BD of their Test status would also serve as a wake-up call for administrators in BD to improve the level of domestic cricket and focus on producing better talent.

  • unleashedtrojan1 on June 23, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Bangladesh, lets be honest is not very good. they need to be stripped of their test status as they are rubbish and should be on the same level as ireland(few matches here and there). Asia cup should only include the three main teams and if thats not possible than it shouldnt happen at all.

  • svats on June 23, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Faisal, My intent was not about the stat but about the attitude itself.My concern was not how much they got , but how they went about getting it.even the stat that ShababFAlam had mentioned wouldnt fit the bill.I personally feel a performance like this should be condemned and not defended.

  • Bang_La on June 23, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    @ShobhitMohan, don't talk big. As an Indian supporter I was embarassed so many times for their cowrdice and lack of challenging mind.

  • dulabari on June 22, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Let me make a point for Bangladesh. If BD was all out for 140, people would not interpret positively as " BD was all out for 140 because they were trying to win." Rather people would say that BD middle order is not capable of batting at this level. This is because BD middle order was collapsing since 2nd test against England. This match will probably give them some confidence that thay are capable of scoring 250+ against quality attack even after playing slow. So hopefully at the expence one match torture, we will have some more entertaining matches in the future

  • ElectronSmoke on June 22, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    As an Indian, but a fan of good genuine cricket at large - I'd say two things about this analysis: FIRST - This isn't the first ever case of a team sabotaging the cause of the game at large. I can remember Prabhakar/ Mongia doing it once, and the most famous - Gavaskar's WC'75 innings. Kallis has done it for SA, others have too. Lets not pick on Bangladesh alone. In any case, they're lynched for every collapse as well. SECOND - my previous point shouldn't ever be an excuse for bringing the game to disrepute like this. Mongia and Prabhakar were punished. Imrul and Junaid deserved it too. Its not so much strike rates and margins as it is the intention. For all the improvement Bangladesh have shown - in 10 years of international cricket with the big boys - their every win is still an "upset" - if they themselves don't expect it can you blame their fans and neutral observers for losing faith?

  • Omarrz on June 22, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    @ShababFAlam

    SA were the ones who chased 434 and then tried to chase down 387 in the WC against the same opponent.

  • on June 22, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    @svats - I may have not come up with the perfect stats that may defend argument - that we have not "killed" ODI cricket just because we have gone defensive and not o what we do almost every other time - go guns blazing right from the word go. However, if you want stats, ShababFAlam has posted a good example.

  • on June 22, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    @sahir - I'm not taking pride in the loss nor am I disagreeing that it was a pathetic performance by Bangladesh. But what I'm interested is in is what are your so called facts. What are you arguing against? Do you have a purpose to this argument or are you arguing for the sake of arguing? I have not attacked your cricketing knowledge, so I'd appreciate if you learn how to control emotions before telling others to do so. Secondly if you wanted to argue, please argue on the point I have made - the fact that just because Bangladesh have given up early in the match, it does not mean that we have killed ODI cricket. If there is any team in the world that go guns blazing time and time again,its us and 1 match performance is not enough to say we killed ODI. And because you are trying to find a way to argue with me, I'd appreciate if you do try to guess what I'm taking pride in or not, because the way I see it, you really do not know, with certainty, what I take pride in.

  • SABD on June 22, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Do people remember the India vs. SA match in Gwalior in which Sachin scored 200*? In reply to India's 401, SA scored just 248 with Boucher scoring 14 off 31 balls; a margin of 153 runs. Bangladesh's margin was 139 runs. So, it is SA which murdered ODI cricket. They should have been stripped off of their test and ODI status, weren't they?

  • bdcricfan21 on June 22, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    I'm from Bangladesh, and I must say this was one of the most disgraceful moments I've seen from the Bangladesh cricket team. This was perfect example of the defeatist mindset that BD cricketers have going into every match. Even when they have their opponents by the throat, they can never go for the kill. Can you imagine what a morale deflating mindset like this can do to a team? What a shame!!! After this match, even I wonder if BD deserve to be playing international cricket in any format.

  • on June 22, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    way to go Bangladesh...they have already taken the pride out of Test cricket with their spineless displays...why not ruin ODI cricket also while you're at it?

  • r1m2 on June 22, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I think what is ludicrous is trying to blame the fallacy of ODI cricket on Bangladesh. Is this the first such ODI we have witnessed? If this is the first such game Sidharth witnessed then he should not be writing for CricInfo. For me, as soon as one team scores 350+ and the second team either goes slow and keeps wicket, or goes fast and loses wickets, it's the same amount of torture. The result is a foregone conclusion but we still have to sit through it. Any game that allows itself to be continued, despite the ultimate result of win/loss been determined, is not a great game. World cup finals, Aus vs India, Aus vs Pakistan, Aus vs Sri Lanka, were just as much torture for me. There is no way to make it exciting except to divide ODI into two 25 overs innings. In a game like this one, either the game would've been over a good 2 hours early or, Bangladesh would've been forced to fight harder. The game has to give the team hope. Bangladesh had no hope, so they took the approach they did.

  • svats on June 22, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Faisal, Extremely amateur poor analogy, if you try to copmare a match where indians were comphrehensively beaten (they lost 4 wickets inside 13 overs) with this mstch.There has been tonnes of one sided matches in history, nobody is worried about those matches.But this one is a clear case of not wanting to step on the gas and not wanting to try.You can possibly draw a similar comparison in indian cricket, in 1994 where nayan mongia and manoj prabakar were promptly banned for couple of matches by BCCI for not trying to win.Hope BCB does something similar for the betterment of bangladesh's cricket.

  • SidLovesIndia on June 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    @ Faisal That ODI between Ind and Aus is not a fair comparison at all - the scoreline read 6-59 at a time, and obviously tailenders had no chance whatsoever. Additionally, India ended up all out for 150 in 33 overs - a far cry as compared to the pathetic Ban performance.

  • on June 22, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    As a BD supporter, I feel terribly deceived by our players and also approach of the officials. I cannot understand, is it really a game plan that only depends on a single player[tamim] to click? Then why other players are in the team as you already know they are not potent as match winner. Try to pick some players who can assure you that they can atleast go for to win the match. It was so negative and against the true spirit of the game. A mockery indeed. ICC should come up with some rules to terminate a match when one team agrees to accept defeat before the full course of the game. It seems that Cricket is dying soon. It's a game totally painful for even lazy bones.

  • nislam4 on June 22, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    A bit overdone. Just to remind readers. In the 1975 World Cup, against England's 334 in 60 overs, India scored 132 runs at a rate of just 2.20 runs per over with Sunil Gavasker scoring 26 not out off 174 balls. I guess when India does it, that's pragmatism. When BD does score at a healthy rate of 4.92 runs per over, it kills the game. What rubbish.

  • sahir786 on June 22, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    This is regard to Mr Faisal ally,keepin in view that u r a bangladesh supporter & there is no surprise that u know the game only as much as bangladesh team do.I appreciate the writer for putting the facts infront of every one. If one has to critisize bangladesh for loosin & that should haVE STARTED 5 years back bcoz they are winning nothing from start& irony is that they enjoy loosing as they have fans like Faisal those are used to loosing & taking pride in that.What can we expect of a team whose mentor says that their chase was dependent on one indididual who got out in 5th over & they didnt played for wiining then coomon 45 ovres were left what are the rest 10 players for....So control ur emotions & face the facts. Thanku

  • on June 22, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Dear Sidharth Monga, I agree with you on the fact that Bangladesh did not make the best decision when they chose not to go after the win. But before you make your so called witty judgments about how we killed ODI, you need to remember that this is not the first time a team has given up chasing. Take India's chase of 360 runs against Australia in Sydney, where India went on chasing the target at a run rate of 4.5 runs per over. Rahul Dravid scored a 11 ball duck. That clearly indicates that India have given up on the rest of the math and just tried to bat out as much as possible. http://www.cricinfo.com/australia/engine/match/65656.html If such results can exist, then please stop using such strong judgments against Bangladesh killing ODI cricket. I understand that you may want to show your cricket knowledge by having a strong opinion on cricinfo bur rather than writing a rubbish article, try to offer some value to this world, maybe even support teams going through hard times. Thank You.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on June 22, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    The way Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique batted its look like they just wanted to complete 50 overs. They not even try to Chase the target.But at the end,Surely they improved their averages.

  • on June 22, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    such 'saving grace' by teams does nothing but forces fans to either switcht the channel to a WImbledon 5 setter or a FIFA WC clash

  • sabee66 on June 22, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    come one guys, stop critisizing BD, they tried at least...lol but thats what they can present, their test and one day should be banned and they should play more agaisnt afghanistan they vote against Pakistan who got their test status and this was a pay back else it might be a differetn or close match at least but no mercy this time

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    i would prefer india sri lanka matches than constant SA WI matches. at least there is a contest. what is the point in SA, WI playing when it is quite clear only one team can win the game? yes, India could play other teams but best play teams of a similar standard.

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Agreed completely with Mayan. It's unfair to call one team's misery as flaw of the format. How many times have we not seen a side scoring 500+ in tests followed by another with that many and only a day remaining? Do you expect a result then? In that case, it will be 90 overs of torture. Do you call it a flaw of test cricket, even though it can be?

  • tigeroar on June 22, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Terrible pitches and bad lighting definately played their part in this match. I think there is a fair chance that if Bangladesh batted first Pakistan might not have been able to chase it down - the conditions were awful.

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Bangladesh plays for "honorable defeat" rather than "embarrassing defeat", but they always mange to achieve the latter. So after every match, coach and captain can sing the lyrics to "young, improving team with positives and potential" song yet again.

  • GreenTea on June 22, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    There is no denying the fact that Bangladesh cricket team lost the match very badly against Pakistan cricket team. But I am totally disagree with you on this point "In affectionate remembrance of ODI cricket, which was killed by Bangladesh at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium".

  • DaveS99 on June 22, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    How can Jamie Siddons make such a ludicrous comment? The team's plan (note the singular, not initial plan or first plan) was for Tamim to make 150. If the other batsmen aren't capable of at least trying to get the runs then pick different ones.

  • on June 22, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    ITs really appalling stuff from an international team.If they think they cant win then they dont deserve to be playing against international teams.

  • hollandindian on June 22, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    these India-sl matches are killing cricket. Why those people understand that. it is just to much of those matches!! also stop producing flat pitches!!

  • Mayan005 on June 22, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    how is that a defect of the 50 over game? what bangladesh did was nothing more than tanking which takes the fun out of any game..

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  • Mayan005 on June 22, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    how is that a defect of the 50 over game? what bangladesh did was nothing more than tanking which takes the fun out of any game..

  • hollandindian on June 22, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    these India-sl matches are killing cricket. Why those people understand that. it is just to much of those matches!! also stop producing flat pitches!!

  • on June 22, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    ITs really appalling stuff from an international team.If they think they cant win then they dont deserve to be playing against international teams.

  • DaveS99 on June 22, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    How can Jamie Siddons make such a ludicrous comment? The team's plan (note the singular, not initial plan or first plan) was for Tamim to make 150. If the other batsmen aren't capable of at least trying to get the runs then pick different ones.

  • GreenTea on June 22, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    There is no denying the fact that Bangladesh cricket team lost the match very badly against Pakistan cricket team. But I am totally disagree with you on this point "In affectionate remembrance of ODI cricket, which was killed by Bangladesh at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium".

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Bangladesh plays for "honorable defeat" rather than "embarrassing defeat", but they always mange to achieve the latter. So after every match, coach and captain can sing the lyrics to "young, improving team with positives and potential" song yet again.

  • tigeroar on June 22, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Terrible pitches and bad lighting definately played their part in this match. I think there is a fair chance that if Bangladesh batted first Pakistan might not have been able to chase it down - the conditions were awful.

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Agreed completely with Mayan. It's unfair to call one team's misery as flaw of the format. How many times have we not seen a side scoring 500+ in tests followed by another with that many and only a day remaining? Do you expect a result then? In that case, it will be 90 overs of torture. Do you call it a flaw of test cricket, even though it can be?

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    i would prefer india sri lanka matches than constant SA WI matches. at least there is a contest. what is the point in SA, WI playing when it is quite clear only one team can win the game? yes, India could play other teams but best play teams of a similar standard.

  • sabee66 on June 22, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    come one guys, stop critisizing BD, they tried at least...lol but thats what they can present, their test and one day should be banned and they should play more agaisnt afghanistan they vote against Pakistan who got their test status and this was a pay back else it might be a differetn or close match at least but no mercy this time