New Zealand in Bangladesh 2010 October 18, 2010

Bangladesh reap rewards of hard work

Mohammad Isam
Bangladesh's success against New Zealand was a result of an intensive training camp, an improved support structure, and the resolve of coach Jamie Siddons and Shakib Al Hasan
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Daniel Vettori wanted to win the last game of the series to salvage pride. After New Zealand failed and lost 4-0, the talk in Mirpur was that he shed a few tears and later called it the worst tour of his career, asking his team to learn from the opposition and not embarrass him in India. Throughout the last decade, those actions were a Bangladesh captain's prerogative but the last fortnight, and perhaps the last two months, have been refreshingly different for him.

Previously, special moments in Bangladesh cricket were made memorable mostly by the celebrations that followed. The wins themselves never grew into something bigger, except for bigger defeats. Consistency always played only a cameo.

After the disastrous defeat to Netherlands in July, even their inner circle started cold-shouldering the players. Bangladesh's coach Jamie Siddons then decided that the summer's frustration could only be blown off through plain old hard work, in the form of a camp that spanned a month and a half.

Bangladesh's players had never spent so much time training, according to the experienced Shahriar Nafees and few regular journalists. All of a sudden, they had net and fielding sessions from 8am to 4pm, a drastic change from Bangladesh's training method over the years.

Mahmudullah, an allrounder, said the practice had a substantial impact on his batting, particularly on his role in the slog overs and the batting Powerplay. "I spent a lot of time practicing the lofted shots," he said. "I'm usually around when the batting Powerplay is on, so it's important that I can clear the in-field. This camp was so long that I could work on all aspects of my batting."

Riyad wasn't successful during this series but he believes his goal of playing the World Cup will become closer if he can spend enough time preparing.

Tamim Iqbal was so pleased to be allowed to bat for more than four hours, he decided to do so with an injured wrist (it doesn't seem like a great idea now). With Shakib Al Hasan also busy taking wickets for Worcestershire, no one was idle. During this time in previous years, Bangladesh either sat at home in the rain or got mauled in Sri Lanka.

Like Tamim or Mahmudullah, nobody complained about the gruelling schedule. The players realised the extended time in the nets, in front of the bowling machine or at the centre wicket, was perfect preparation. Why nobody thought of this before is baffling, and though it was implemented late, the results were evident in early October.

During the training camp, Bangladesh hired a new fielding coach, Julian Fountain, and a psychologist. A couple of weeks before New Zealand landed, they were given a bowling coach in Ian Pont.

Fountain's effect on the team is visible in the increased frequency of a Nafees dive, or the way Naeem Islam's throw hit the stumps with ferocity in the dying moments of the fourth game against New Zealand. Shafiul Islam and Abdur Razzak also took catches that Mirpur will not easily forget.

Former captain Khaled Mahmud believes Fountain has done a lot to improve the fielding, a discipline Bangladesh has been poor at. "Julian obviously has made a difference, though it can be too early to say," Mahmud, who was Bangladesh's assistant coach until before the series, said. "He has taught some innovative techniques which has improved the boys' fielding."

Pont, too, has made an instant impact with the fast bowlers: Shafiul and Rubel Hossain bowling accurate yorkers and learning slower deliveries in only two weeks. Bangladesh won three of the four games in the last over because those well-directed deliveries had the New Zealand batsmen swishing at air.

It is the two constants in the team, though, Siddons and Shakib, that provided the steely determination and calming influence which had eluded Bangladesh's psyche. Shakib has stood out for those so used to watching the mental fragility of someone like Mohammad Ashraful. It has also been easier for Shakib to lead by example because he is Bangladesh's only regular performer. His contributions are indicative of the tremendous hunger he has developed in the last two years. The boys listen to Shakib as much as they listen to Siddons.

Siddons' three-year long influence on the batsmen has caught everyone's eye. "There is no secret to my coaching," he said. "We worked on skills that we never even tried this time and the players' development has come in three years. It takes time but we are almost there now."

Tamim's development from a shot-a-minute opener to the team's best batsman has been attributed to Siddons. Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have grown from domestic to genuine international players under him.

The 4-0 scoreline against New Zealand could act as a trampoline for some players, especially Nafees, Suhrawadi Shuvo and Nazmul Hossain, who are a step away from playing the World Cup. It won't be a straightforward re-entry for Ashraful, or even Mashrafe Mortaza, given his litany of injuries.

Trouble for Bangladesh in the future could come in the form of shirking responsibilities, which was one of their failures after the wins in the Caribbean in 2009. It would be an easy option for these boys, as well as the cricket board, which has made the mistake of contracting Fountain and Pont only until the World Cup. This series, however, is evidence of two things: that hard work pays off, and Bangladesh too can win from tight situations.

After every victory, Bangladesh sing Amra Korbo Joy, a Bangla version of 'We shall overcome', with more energy because they now believe a win is not merely a one-off. They believe success in ODIs is very much a reality, especially when the bigger battles of preparing mind and body have already been won.

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  • Quddus-Mamu on October 23, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Bangladesh did really good in NZ series. Now they should prepare themselves for the world cup. BD need to play with at least 3 pacer. Raqibul and Junaid didn't good at all. If they can't improve in next series against Zimbabwe, they should not be in the world cup squad. 3 spinners are good enough (Razzak, Shakib and Mahmudullah). We don't need Shuvo or Naeem coz none them can bat well.Need another bating all rounder.Shakib should be there as a captain since Mortaza is the most unpredictable player in BD cricket history. My favorite choice for world cup is: 1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Nafis, 4. Jahirul Islam, 5.Shakib 6.Mushfiq (wk), 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Razzak, 9.Shafiul, 10. Rubel, 11. Mortaza,/ a new all rounder 12. Naeem (12th man, as a fielder). Good luck.

  • on October 22, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Bangladesh are five times the team they were when Siddons took over only a few years ago. I remember watch back then and thinking they can't drop Ashraful even if he is out of form, because there was no-one capable of replacing him, even when he was out of form. But thinks to a lot of hard work by the players and coaches, Bangladesh are not only no long the push overs they were 3 years ago, but they are a genuine threat too any test team. They still have a long way to go, but i see no reason why they can't get there over the next 3-5 years and be a team that is right on par with Sri Lanka, India, Australia, England and South Africa. Shakib has been such an outstanding influence and is someone they can build around with a strong foundation.

  • ranaazad on October 22, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Bangladesh is the strongest team now! keep going tigers! nobody can beat you, not even the ranked one team!!

  • yarhossain on October 22, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    good job yarhossai here from brahmanbaria ramrail i love bangladesh cricket kept on like this

  • BangladeshWarriors on October 21, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Bangladesh need some good pacer

  • ashekahmed on October 21, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    congratulations to bangladesh cricket team.but i wanna see the output of this series in the upcoming world cup.yet many places to improve for the success in the world cup.our batting is still not up to the mark yet.i think alok kapali can be replaced on rakibul and shahriar nafees to be replaced as no.3 position instead of junaed.tamim and imrul to be the opening combination.in the bowling part,3 left handed spinners were good for this series,but wont be better for the upcoming world cup.i think shuvo can be replaced by mashrafee and bcb should be looking for a off break spin allrounder(but not naeem).this combination would be really effective.long live bd cricket team.

  • gmaurup on October 20, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Long way to go. We still need other batsmen to play fearless cricket like Tamim and Shakib. If the batting order can ensure they will give 250 on board regularly, we have the bowling to make sure there will be tremendous fight no matter whoever is playing against.

  • on October 20, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    nothing is changed man . same old team with average players. only sakib. this boy is truly amazing. god bless him as a player.my salam to you. you are true patriot

  • on October 20, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    this only happens for Sakib outstanding performance by ball and bat. he is truly a genius.best find for our country.other player should help sakib more to win test matches. we need another two three consistent performer like Sakib and Tamim

  • on October 20, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    yes in fact we r confident of playing wid da foreign teams in our country but our main opponent wd be da teams 4 subcontinent....the main strenght of bd team is the spin but none can deny dat our fast bowlers also bowled well even in this flat pitch of mirpur....so why not AUS,WI or NZ in their battle field

  • Quddus-Mamu on October 23, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Bangladesh did really good in NZ series. Now they should prepare themselves for the world cup. BD need to play with at least 3 pacer. Raqibul and Junaid didn't good at all. If they can't improve in next series against Zimbabwe, they should not be in the world cup squad. 3 spinners are good enough (Razzak, Shakib and Mahmudullah). We don't need Shuvo or Naeem coz none them can bat well.Need another bating all rounder.Shakib should be there as a captain since Mortaza is the most unpredictable player in BD cricket history. My favorite choice for world cup is: 1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Nafis, 4. Jahirul Islam, 5.Shakib 6.Mushfiq (wk), 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Razzak, 9.Shafiul, 10. Rubel, 11. Mortaza,/ a new all rounder 12. Naeem (12th man, as a fielder). Good luck.

  • on October 22, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Bangladesh are five times the team they were when Siddons took over only a few years ago. I remember watch back then and thinking they can't drop Ashraful even if he is out of form, because there was no-one capable of replacing him, even when he was out of form. But thinks to a lot of hard work by the players and coaches, Bangladesh are not only no long the push overs they were 3 years ago, but they are a genuine threat too any test team. They still have a long way to go, but i see no reason why they can't get there over the next 3-5 years and be a team that is right on par with Sri Lanka, India, Australia, England and South Africa. Shakib has been such an outstanding influence and is someone they can build around with a strong foundation.

  • ranaazad on October 22, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Bangladesh is the strongest team now! keep going tigers! nobody can beat you, not even the ranked one team!!

  • yarhossain on October 22, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    good job yarhossai here from brahmanbaria ramrail i love bangladesh cricket kept on like this

  • BangladeshWarriors on October 21, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Bangladesh need some good pacer

  • ashekahmed on October 21, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    congratulations to bangladesh cricket team.but i wanna see the output of this series in the upcoming world cup.yet many places to improve for the success in the world cup.our batting is still not up to the mark yet.i think alok kapali can be replaced on rakibul and shahriar nafees to be replaced as no.3 position instead of junaed.tamim and imrul to be the opening combination.in the bowling part,3 left handed spinners were good for this series,but wont be better for the upcoming world cup.i think shuvo can be replaced by mashrafee and bcb should be looking for a off break spin allrounder(but not naeem).this combination would be really effective.long live bd cricket team.

  • gmaurup on October 20, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Long way to go. We still need other batsmen to play fearless cricket like Tamim and Shakib. If the batting order can ensure they will give 250 on board regularly, we have the bowling to make sure there will be tremendous fight no matter whoever is playing against.

  • on October 20, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    nothing is changed man . same old team with average players. only sakib. this boy is truly amazing. god bless him as a player.my salam to you. you are true patriot

  • on October 20, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    this only happens for Sakib outstanding performance by ball and bat. he is truly a genius.best find for our country.other player should help sakib more to win test matches. we need another two three consistent performer like Sakib and Tamim

  • on October 20, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    yes in fact we r confident of playing wid da foreign teams in our country but our main opponent wd be da teams 4 subcontinent....the main strenght of bd team is the spin but none can deny dat our fast bowlers also bowled well even in this flat pitch of mirpur....so why not AUS,WI or NZ in their battle field

  • on October 19, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Great job Tigers. But again, there's no room for complacency. We do not want to see the ever so familiar pattern of very high followed by very low. Rokibul/Junaed's form is a worry, we've screwed up the final batting power play every time, dropped 3 loppa catches in the vital stage during the last game - this list could go on. We have to remember - whenever we did bad, NZ did worse; so that didn't hurt us. That's not gonna happen always. Anyways, Kudos to the Tigers again.

  • s.d.khan on October 19, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    informative article. my question is how come this is the first time the team have worked this way. As professional cricketers shouldn't they be practicing this way all the time? we need someone to help the spinners too.

  • on October 19, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    hmmm...not trying to take anything away from bangladesh, but a thought provoking question arises, "is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?" Food for thought, in case we have to swallow what we just vomited, in the future.

  • on October 19, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    hello of viewers really bangladeshis player well played

  • asadkum on October 19, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA................................................................. Congratulation for series win and also everyone involved with BD team !!!!!!!!! It's really good to see the team spirit and the good performance in every department... It's also nice to see the CONFIDENCE to win !!!!! That's what we need !!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK for WC !!!!! You guys are capable ....................................... Keep it up >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • on October 19, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    The article is a very picture of the prospect of the team. Hats off to them on their well deserved triumph. Definitely, the fielding and bowling as it seems, quite well ahead of those of India & Pakistan since India or Pakistan would not even dare to defend the 174 or even 230 on the scoreboard. Will look forward & see if they make things perfect with the bat too. Best of luck Tigers, the young bloods.

  • Apache_Indian on October 19, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Impressive, Very impressive. Congrats Bangladeshis. Enjoy !

  • Dewan_Jaglul on October 19, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Bangladesh may sovor this win, but must realize that they cannot continue riding on oppoments failure. This same teams may not have the same results had it been played in New Zealand conditions. The hard work mentioned in the article does not reflect in top ordr batting. Shakeeb cannot rescue the team in every match. An opener should carry on upto 40th over, having several partnership so that the powerplay can be utilized. I recommend Shakeeb's statement where he sees the areas that need plenty of improvement. Or else, the hardwork will not worth much all that much all the time.

  • on October 18, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    congrats boyz!!! hope you will show some good performance against other top flight teams.

  • khalidSami on October 18, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    A great 4-0 win for BD team, Congratulations to all involved with the BD team. I think their fielding and catching has improved a lot. Shakib is a top class all rounder in the game. However, I will caution BD not to take too much out of this victory. They still need to work hard for WC because the same NZ side may be much different then. NZ is a great team, unfortunately they were not at their best because of the heat and humidity they had to bear at Dhaka in Oct. Their fast bowlers were bowling at their sub par speed and their batsmen concentration was effected by the heat. The black uniform did not help under the sun. NZ should think of another Color uniform for WC. It may be different in Feb 2011.

  • Dhanno on October 18, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    So a foreign coach and support staff does work, it helps players, playing technique, athleticism, discipline, camaraderie among team, (no one can argue with fact that Bangladesh has gotten better over last 5 years, and if they could have had chance to visit all test playing nations, the improvement would have been 3-fold of what we seeing now). But we have one nation right to the other side, who would refuse to have foreign coaches, since foreigners don't know the "culture", they cant understand how to work with "natural" talent, their "methods" are completely wrong, the "former" players make the best coaches and so on and so forth. There are lessons to be learnt from Bangladesh's success, I just hope in 5 years they don't go same way as that other nation and start blaming Siddons from all the problems and make Ashraful the coach!!

  • georgehegarty on October 18, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    The New Zealanders were gutless and the top order is a joke, still the Bangladesh video umpire made two blatantly wrong decisions in the first and last ODIs with a missed stumping and a run out, along the duckworth-lewis calculation in the first game were all made in Bangladesh's favour. NZ cricket is a joke at the moment but Bangladesh will be back to their old tricks in their next series.

  • riankhan on October 18, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Good read. It will be awesome if you (Author) can write another one on upcoming players.

  • on October 18, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    No comment...... This is time to Enjoy...... JOY!:::: joY!::::: joy!@!

  • on October 18, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    i am agree with cricfan2007.bangladesh cricket team dosnt need a name now..bd need performer.go head.and best of luck

  • on October 18, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Hard work Paid off If they be successful at the world cup

  • on October 18, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Well written article on a upcomming team.With such preparation we can expect a quarter final position in this World Cup . I have seen this time not the overconfidant Shakiq al hasan but a determined batsman and bowler with humble mannerism.

  • on October 18, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Thanks for a well written article. Ok, what do you think of this:

    Talent + Application + Mature Leadership + Smart Management = Win Consistency

    Bangladesh should search for a genuine fast bowler, replace/reorganize slow-starting batters like Rakibul and Siddique; and get sloggers at the back. Famous players with less stability and maturity (like Ashraful etc.) should not be included into a 16 men squad. Physical fitness is key and so is mental acumen. I think Shakib is a great captain and performer. Please provide this team with more support and guidance through him. Good Luck Men in Green!

  • on October 18, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Well Done, Tigers!!! Keep it up. But the real target must of course be to get a semi-final spot in the coming world cup.

  • Mullick on October 18, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Congratulations boys. Not once, not twice, consecutively 4 times the tigers showed they can do what they want to do. Proud of Shakib, Shuvo and all others. Great work and keep it up.

  • crabman144 on October 18, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh on a very hard earned BANGLA-WASH!!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I'm glad they got a psychologist for the team. They needed to have some shifts in their attitude and while practicing at the net helps, a help from a professional psychologist helps sink it in.

  • cricfan2007 on October 18, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Bangladesh is a developing third world country and driven heavily by emotion. One can be a king/queen or a trash in the same day. So, what is important is that only performance be the metric of selection and nothing else. The word "talent" is meaningless for success of a rising team and it simply can not afford a so called "talented" player to fail 20 games in a row. Lets be realistic on this. I know many will argue about Ashraful, but I think he should not be in the first playing eleven unless he performs heavily and shows maturity in mental game. Even if picked for 16 member BD world cup team, he should not be given the impression that the team needs him. He should be told that the team needs his performance not his mere presence.

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Its soo good to see Bangladesh winning

  • JS82 on October 18, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Excellent article. Keep practicing hard, don't take things for granted just because we won this series.

  • QingdaoXI on October 18, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    great time for bangladesh, well they are doing well so Nz were not able to fight with them, hope in world cup they surpise many more teams in the same fashion.

  • on October 18, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket board is always good in selecting coaches..The have selected Eddie Barlow,Gordon Greenidge,Dave Whatmore..And now Jamie Siddons unlikely India(not recent coach) & Pakistan(continuing).BCB has selected Ian Pont as bowling coach & soon you all will see sudden improvement in test cricket...

  • surajitkumar013 on October 18, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Is this the begining of a new era ?

  • on October 18, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Many thanks to Athar Ali Khan for making of an appropriate synonym of White-wash i.e. BANGLA-WASH!!! I think this word will remain as our proud word from this victory onwards... Bravo Team Bangladesh!!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    this article shows us how they prepared themselves to become a good team.. keep it up boys .. hope they will do more better in the WC'11 .. i want them to go at least in QF stage ..

  • tauhid_aks on October 18, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I am seriously impressed with the Tigers' body language in the field. They are able to defend any total in subcontinent conditions. But I think Riyad shud be sacked. His bowling is so-so, but batting is a concern. Sum1 lyk Kapali shud be back.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    ...pretty thoughtful article, i guess.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    wonderful cricket by the tigers..thank u for making all the bangladeshi ppl proud!

  • Joji_ on October 18, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    I appreciate the article as well as the enthusiastic bangladeshi fans as well. But saying that Bangladesh is gunning for the world cup, or other team need to look out for bangladesh made my day. Lolz.. so much so for the patiriotic bias.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Truly the tigers deserves a big Congratulation... & also this is a fabulous article drawing the true pictures of what we are watching and what we are not. Bangladesh has primarily achieved the gift of their hard work of about quite a few months and still lots are waiting to come.I wish they will continue their hard work focusing for a even bigger achievement in the WorldCup and so on. I know it will be a tough competition in the world cups playing against the best of the bests and strong determination from now is what they need. Specially to say continuing what Shakib said, they really needs more improvements for being more consistant in batting. This series was not much different than the previous ones where Bangladesh lost a bunch of wickets right after a settled batsman got out. Moreover, in cases, the scoring rate by some players like Raqibul or Junayed Siddique leaves the team in tough positions.Lastly, wish all the best & .... specially to Shakib..carry it on,Bangladesh needs you

  • sudhirg2007 on October 18, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Kudos to Bangladesh team for performing so well.....and at least this time it is not a one off solitary win but a complete white wash of a regular test playing nation.......Surely this team is going to give serious trouble to lots of teams in the coming World Cup...

  • mohammedc on October 18, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Thanks, Isam for a lovely article. Hope Bangladesh have training camps like the last one before every series/tournament.

  • on October 18, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    well done bd players. go ahead and show the world that u r maturing. few years back i commented on these players low age and with in coming days they will prove to be the best. By the way if the management take the right step as they r doing now BD team will be one of the bests in world cricket.

  • khaled1964 on October 18, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Many times we have seen Bangladesh is whitewashed by other test playing countries. Its a new experience to see a test playing nation, New Zealand beeing whitewashed by the tigers. No team is safe from the tigers.

  • on October 18, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Good to see Bangladesh's promising players finally put some consistent performances together. If only Mashrafe wasn't so injury plagued they might start to be a dangerous test side too. Definitely worth a bet to make the WC 1/4 finals at least, probably at the expense of the West Indies.

  • prikand on October 18, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Well done BD.Much waited outcome and they did it in style.It is not an easy task to clean sweap a team like NZ.Full credit should be given to them.Keep it up BD.Nothing to replace hardwork.Best wishes from SL.

  • on October 18, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Joy Bangla!!!!! Thumbs UP to all Bangla Boyz!!!!

  • Roni on October 18, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Brilliant article - thanks! Love Bangladesh! Love Bangladeshi Cricket!

  • farabi459 on October 18, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    For proper balance in the team now they need some genuine fast bowlers, which potential Shafiul or Rubel has (long way to go though)... and for consistency in performance the batsmen need to work harder. Shakib rightly said: "Though we are winning, still there are lots of room to improve, considering even this particular series"... But anyway, the graph is towards upward direction, and we hope it will continue.

  • on October 18, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    <3 banglA Ftw, Come on Its time to win the world Cup!

  • bluebillion on October 18, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Well deserved win for Bangladesh. Well done! Hope they can replicate the success in tests as well. They havent become world beaters yet but its a huge step forward in the right direction. And the Kiwis have taken a huge step towards the condition the West Indies are currently in. Hope Bdesh dont spring any surprises on India on Feb 19 2011!!!

  • khalith on October 18, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    dis s a gr8 achievement 4m B'desh team they've proved that they r minnows for more i think Shakib is better than Mortaza (captain) coz mortaza is noy fit n he s going out by bowling only 1 or 2 overs so his confidence is also very low n shakib is blazing player luk @ B'desh record their major victories are come under shakib's captaincy only so B'desh board should have look @ dis issue congrats boys go a head all d best for d world cup

  • abyrao on October 18, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Good work Bangladesh. Hard work always pays off. With talented players like Shakib, Mahmudullah, Shariar Nafees and the injured Tamim, the team really looks to be a force for the world cup. The only issue is that Masrafe should not captain the side let Shakib continue and Ashraful should not even figure in even 1500 probables for Bangladesh. Else all this hardwork will be down the drain.

  • aadh_king on October 18, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Watch out for bangladesh this world cup guyz!

  • on October 18, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Hard labour with intellect can develop any individual or a team immensely. Bangladesh has proved it once again. As we do not have enough extra ordinarily talented players, our strategy should be hard labour with intellect. Thanks

  • smalishah84 on October 18, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Wow man. Wonderfully well written article.

    "The wins themselves never grew into something bigger, except for bigger defeats."...LOL....too good.

    "The players realised the extended time in the nets, in front of the bowling machine or at the centre wicket, was perfect preparation. Why nobody thought of this before is baffling, and though it was implemented late, the results were evident in early October."....well written :)

  • on October 18, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    very good performance from the bangladesh team.i am happy for them.i wish they would retain this form to the future series against zimbabwae and also the world cup.good luck tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Good work Bangladesh. You have made your nation proud of you.

  • Something_Witty on October 18, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Bangladesh are well on their way to becoming a potent force in world cricket. They have been the punching bags of all teams for a long time now, but they're starting to learn some winning habits. Their batting is still fragile, but is definitely improving, they just need to work on getting some genuine fast bowlers into their ranks.

  • anonymousfan on October 18, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Very well done. Congrats and carry on the good work. I'm an Indian but love to see people overcoming all odds through sheer hard work and determination. Hope to see India and Bangladesh play a thriller in the world cup.

  • on October 18, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    its loking good to see the fielding style of bd

  • on October 18, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    So true......I completely agree :).....Its because of this dedication and hardwork that we have been there on the top.

  • on October 18, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    About a year ago, i have sent an email to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) about sacking Sri Lankan bowling coach and get a new bowling coach. Also i have recommended to get a psychologist. Seems like they have listened.

  • on October 18, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    good work this shows hard work pays one day.well done bangladesh

  • on October 18, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    what? I'm surprised they havn't been doing this for ages >.< However can't complain.... tiem for us to be proud that everything is coming together for us now now :)

  • SUBHAN_LION on October 18, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Well this is a good series win and they showed lot of character in this series. But I think they won the series in Bangladesh and stats shows that many big teams have previously struggled on Bangladesh pitches and specially New Zealand's record in not good in sub continent. Bangladesh have to show same character in New Zealand, Australia or South Africa so that they can prove themselves as an improve team. Wel any howl many congrates for them.

  • shaantanu on October 18, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    well done B'desh.keep up the good work.congrats to b'desh team and its supporters

  • on October 18, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    hahahahaha, this is high time Daniel Vettori should be asked WHAT WENT WRONG... just the way he is known for not being a good sportsman DESPITE being a brilliant player and leader..... the way he tried to take the runner back from Imran Nazir after agreeing to it initially just when the later started to smack them around to every corner in semi final of T20 world cup... in addition when he questioned umer Gul s ability to reverse swing the ball.... that how come no one else can do it so brilliantly ... n that i can only wonder why.....they rightly say PRIDE HATH A FALL..... cry on Mr. VETTORI

  • gzawilliam on October 18, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Picking Ian Pont as a bowling coach is a real coup. I read his book The Fast Bowler's Bible a few years back and learnt more about fast bowling than the rest of the years i have been playing. Anyone wanting to be a successful fast bowler should read this book.. He is a real plus to Bangladesh. I predict more and more wins in the future with such changes to their setup.

    And glad to see nafees back. He was badly missed.

  • amit1807kuwait on October 18, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Biggest win for the Tigers in their history. A side which has McCullum, Vettori, Ryder and Taylor is a side with quality. So a 4-0 scoreline in favour of the Tigers is a very big achievement indeed. Here's a sincere hope that this is not a flash in the pan. With Pakistan's cricket in shambles because of poor administration, it would be great for world cricket if Bangladesh steps up and starts to become a force to reckon with.

  • tvradke on October 18, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Congratulations to the Bangladesh team. This unit is now maturing into a potentially deadly outfit and absolutely any team that underestimates them will stare at a reversal. They remind me of Sri Lanka in the mid 1980's who were generally expected to lose but could beat even the mighty West Indies on the odd day. By early 90s, they had grown into a formidable unit and were no longer second best to anyone. I see Bangladesh headed the same way. Shakib Al Hasan is a genuine superstar and the world would be fawning all over him if he played for a different country.

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    weeeeeeeeee Love it our Bangladesh is won 4-0

  • howizzat on October 18, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Credit should go to Siddons for bringing the best out of the worthy players like Shakeeb, Muhammadullah, Kayes, Junaid and Rubel etc. Tests may far away for them, but they are developing as a very competitive ODI outfit that can surprise a many in forth-coming World Cup.

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Bangladesh have improved a lot and still need to improve batting side www.krdigitalconcept.com

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    After New Zealand failed and lost 4-0, the talk in Mirpur was that he shed a few tears and later called it the worst tour of his career, asking his team to learn from the opposition and not embarrass him in India.

  • RyanSmith on October 18, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Way to go team Bangladesh! It is great for International cricket to see these guys start to perform. Hopefully winning a series becomes a regular thing for them. As for NZ, hopefully they can get a few wins against India! You want Bangladesh's success to be due to an increase in the standard of their cricket not due to a decrease in New Zealand's.

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    U dnt get these articles about Bangladesh cricket everyday and it feels so good to read it chiefly bcuz Bangladesh thoroughly deserved it! Hats off to bdesh cricket team - they have been the better team, no doubts! BUT, how good are they actually? A 4-0 against NZ says that THEY ARE GOOD, but are they good enough to carry this for to the WC? was is Bangladesh performing excessively well or NewZealand going down the hills significantly? We can't get carried away with a 4-0 even though it is a huge achievement! We need to be in the semis in this WC! Now THAT wud be a great achievement! Good luck bdesh, keep up the good work. make us all proud!

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    The tigers are overcoming!!!

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  • on October 18, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    The tigers are overcoming!!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    U dnt get these articles about Bangladesh cricket everyday and it feels so good to read it chiefly bcuz Bangladesh thoroughly deserved it! Hats off to bdesh cricket team - they have been the better team, no doubts! BUT, how good are they actually? A 4-0 against NZ says that THEY ARE GOOD, but are they good enough to carry this for to the WC? was is Bangladesh performing excessively well or NewZealand going down the hills significantly? We can't get carried away with a 4-0 even though it is a huge achievement! We need to be in the semis in this WC! Now THAT wud be a great achievement! Good luck bdesh, keep up the good work. make us all proud!

  • RyanSmith on October 18, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Way to go team Bangladesh! It is great for International cricket to see these guys start to perform. Hopefully winning a series becomes a regular thing for them. As for NZ, hopefully they can get a few wins against India! You want Bangladesh's success to be due to an increase in the standard of their cricket not due to a decrease in New Zealand's.

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    After New Zealand failed and lost 4-0, the talk in Mirpur was that he shed a few tears and later called it the worst tour of his career, asking his team to learn from the opposition and not embarrass him in India.

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Bangladesh have improved a lot and still need to improve batting side www.krdigitalconcept.com

  • howizzat on October 18, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Credit should go to Siddons for bringing the best out of the worthy players like Shakeeb, Muhammadullah, Kayes, Junaid and Rubel etc. Tests may far away for them, but they are developing as a very competitive ODI outfit that can surprise a many in forth-coming World Cup.

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    weeeeeeeeee Love it our Bangladesh is won 4-0

  • tvradke on October 18, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Congratulations to the Bangladesh team. This unit is now maturing into a potentially deadly outfit and absolutely any team that underestimates them will stare at a reversal. They remind me of Sri Lanka in the mid 1980's who were generally expected to lose but could beat even the mighty West Indies on the odd day. By early 90s, they had grown into a formidable unit and were no longer second best to anyone. I see Bangladesh headed the same way. Shakib Al Hasan is a genuine superstar and the world would be fawning all over him if he played for a different country.

  • amit1807kuwait on October 18, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Biggest win for the Tigers in their history. A side which has McCullum, Vettori, Ryder and Taylor is a side with quality. So a 4-0 scoreline in favour of the Tigers is a very big achievement indeed. Here's a sincere hope that this is not a flash in the pan. With Pakistan's cricket in shambles because of poor administration, it would be great for world cricket if Bangladesh steps up and starts to become a force to reckon with.

  • gzawilliam on October 18, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Picking Ian Pont as a bowling coach is a real coup. I read his book The Fast Bowler's Bible a few years back and learnt more about fast bowling than the rest of the years i have been playing. Anyone wanting to be a successful fast bowler should read this book.. He is a real plus to Bangladesh. I predict more and more wins in the future with such changes to their setup.

    And glad to see nafees back. He was badly missed.