Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day October 25, 2013

Mushfiqur pleased with Test progress


Mushfiqur Rahim was relieved to see his team recover to a safe position in the second Test, which helped them draw the game and the series. Bangladesh's consistency in the second Test, after doing well in the first game of the two-match series, was also a source of respite as the side have been known to be complacent after a good game.

After drawing the Chittagong Test, the home side were in trouble in Mirpur when they were first bowled out for 282 and later conceded a 155-run deficit.

Mominul Haque's second century in successive Tests, and Tamim Iqbal's 70 in the second innings, ensured they went into the final day with a 114-run lead and seven wickets in hand. Rain washed away the fifth day, but the fourth-day comeback pleased Mushfiqur.

"After playing the first Test, often we could not take that into the second game," Mushfiqur said. "Though our batting didn't click in the first innings, we proved through the second innings that our team is maturing. The same player [Mominul Haque] proved how determined and responsible he can be and that is a very good sign. I had always said that there are lots of performers in our team so I hope they will perform in the same manner."

Mushfiqur pointed out how the team has again had to play a Test series after a gap of six months. They have gone through several such breaks over the last four years, and it has deeply affected the team. He has asked for more Tests, as he has done before, so the team can improve quicker.

"If you take the whole series into account, I think we wanted to play well in the beginning and play consistently well thereafter," Mushfiqur said. "It was not easy because we were playing Test cricket after five, six months and we could not avail the opportunity to play the longer version, so it was definitely a challenge. The way my players performed, and took up the opportunity to play under pressure, is a good sign.

"I ask whoever is in charge to give us the opportunity to play more Tests. Whether we fare good or bad is another question. If we cannot play Test cricket, how can a player like Mominul score a hundred or Gazi take six wickets? In the future, hopefully, we will play more Test matches so that we can show that Bangladesh is improving day by day."

Mushfiqur was disappointed at the way the batsmen gifted their wickets away in the first innings. "In every series all of the top six won't perform, "Mushfiqur said. "There are chances that everybody tries to take but for some it clicks and for others it doesn't. It was disappointing the way some of our batsmen went down and we need to improve on that."

He also thought Rubel Hossain was unlucky not to get wickets, while the spinners had a hard time bowling on the flat track in Chittagong, and gripping the ball on a wet Mirpur outfield. Anamul Haque's batting and the team's fielding too bothered him at times, but largely, he was happy that the team had done well and the players had also put their hands up and performed.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Great to see Bangladesh starting to become a competitive test side. Zimbabwe are also free for the next couple of months, the BCB should invite them over for a 3 test, 5 ODI and 3 t20 series.

  • Subterraneo on October 27, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    @CricketSkills : Australia played 4 Tests altogether against BD - 2 Tests in AUS in 2003 and 2 Tests in BD in 2006 (including the famous Fatullah Test). Tamim and Shakib debuted after the Tests. Rahim debuted in 2005, but was not a regular at the time of the Tests (Khaled Mashud was the regular keeper). So, it is not that shocking for them not to have played Australia yet. By contrast, Mashrafe and Ashraful have played all 4 Tests against Australia.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    icc should consider 10 to 12 tests matches for Bangladesh per year.

  • Chris on October 26, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Rahim is right. There are far too many long gaps between test series for Bangladesh. The shocking thing is that Rahim, Shakib and Tamim have played thus far 30, 32 and 36 test matches between them and yet not 1 of them includes a match against Australia. This proves something is wrong and I feel both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are there to just fill the ranks since 8 teams playing test Cricket look embarrassing and unpopular.

  • Subterraneo on October 26, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @Omar Nizam : Just to correct your calculation, Bangladesh is not playing 8 Tests a year. BD played: 2011: 5 Tests (1 ZIM, 2 WI, 2 PAK), 2012: 2 Tests (WI) and 2013: 6 Tests (2 SL, 2 ZIM, 2 NZ).

    By contrast: 2003: 9 Tests (2 SA, 2 AUS, 3 PAK, 2 ENG) 2004: 8 Tests (2 ZIM, 2 WI, 2 NZ, 2 IND) 2005: 6 Tests (2 ZIM, 2 ENG, 2 SL)

    NZ and SL have played fewer Tests than BD so far this year, but they have a scheduled series coming up. Could you calculate the average number of Tests played by some players from SL, NZ and WI in the last decade?

    Also, your reply to Sayem Ranak was hilarious.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @Sayem Ranak <<omar nizam, stay where u are. we don't want u to comment on bangladesh cricket. comment on your country's 47 all out or 99 all out. that will make more sense. bye >>

    Uhh....dude I'm from Chittagong.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    omar nizam, stay where u are. we don't want u to comment on bangladesh cricket. comment on your country's 47 all out or 99 all out. that will make more sense. bye

  • Syed on October 25, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Yes Mushi! As much as you guys want to play more tests... we want to see more tests and enjoy watching!

  • Jonny on October 25, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    I absolutely agree with Rahim. Look at the amount of interest Bangladesh had for this test match with crowd flocking in throughput the day. Other nations like New Zealand, West Indies etc even on holidays cannot attract any crowd yet they play 3 times as much Cricket compared to Bangladesh. The problem is 2 match series and had Bangladesh had played 3 then they would've played easily 9 tests this year. 2012 was shameful as Bangladesh for some sad reason played 2 and that was the later part of that year.

    Fact: Bangladesh haven't lost by an innings for the last 2 years. This year they played 6, won 1, drawn 3 and lost 2 none by an innings posting 3 500+ scores within a space of 12 months and all sorts of personal records i.e. first 200. Isn't that improvement for a team that has lost most of their tests by an innings in the past?

    Bangladesh needs more International Cricket against whoever. 2 test matches in 1 year and 9 ODIs is not helping.

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Mushfiqur: "I ask whoever is in charge to give us the opportunity to play more Tests."

    By my count, Bangladesh have already played 6 Test matches in the calendar year 2013, and 8 Test matches in the last 12 months.

    Just as an example, Adam Gilchrist played 96 consecutive Test matches between his debut in 1999 and his retirement in 2008. That's around 10.7 Tests per year.

    Andrew Strauss played exactly 100 Tests between 2004 and 2012. That's 12.5 Tests per year.

    Sachin Tendulkar will be finishing with 200 Tests in 24 years. And that's 8.3 Tests per year.

    Mark Waugh made his debut in 1991 (two year after Tendulkar), and and one stage in his career, he actually overtook Tendulkar by as many as 20 Tests. Mark Waugh finished an 11 year career with 128 Tests, which is 11.6 per year.

    His brother Steve played for 19 years and finished with 168 Tests (8.8 per year).

    I think 8 Tests a year is quite decent for Bangladesh.

    How many Tests a year does Mushfiqur want to play? :-)

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