Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 1st day December 9, 2011

We give up our wickets easily - Law

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Law, the Bangladesh coach, has said it was disappointing that his batsmen were getting themselves out, instead of making Pakistan toil for wickets, and that it was a frequently recurring problem. Bangladesh were dismissed for 135 on the first day of the Chittagong Test because several of their batsmen played rash shots.

"We are not making Pakistan get us out, we are just giving up our wickets easily. It's happening over and over again, that is disappointing for anybody," Law said. "It's not through lack of talk, not through lack of practice. I can't really explain it."

Bangladesh had good batting conditions as well, after Misbah-ul-Haq made the surprising decision to bowl after winning the toss. They were all out inside two sessions, though. Of the top six batsmen only the debutant opener, Nazimuddin, went past 10. He was involved in the highest partnership of the innings - 24 for the seventh wicket with Mahmudullah. Bangladesh got past 100 only because of Nasir Hossain's 41 at No. 8.

"The conditions were ideal for batting. The wicket may have been a little slow, but if you prepare for bat a long time, you got it easy and easier," Law said. "It looks like a pretty good batting wicket as well. It was probably a little bit of a gamble by Misbah, very well calculated and credit to Pakistan, they picked up the wickets they needed at a regular intervals.

"Two bright points, Nazimuddin, on debut, I think he looked very good. He looked very comfortable. And once again Nasir Hossain continued to score runs. He has put his hand up to probably go up the order at some stage."

Law said the key was to bat carefully at the start because the pitch eased out after the tea break. The Pakistan openers virtually wiped out Bangladesh's total during their partnership. Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar added 132.

"We have very talented cricketers, we just have got a mental block somewhere," Law said. "We tried to talk about the longer we bat, the easier it gets. After tea today it was one of the nicest batting wickets."

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  • Srinivas on December 10, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play test matches. Remember what Sehwag said - Bangladesh is an ordinary team in test matches. I think Sehwag was being too generous when he said Bangladesh is an ordinary team. Dear Bangla fans, look at your hopeless sitting ducks at home before you come onto India's matches to take visceral pleasures by taking pot shots at our big boys.

  • AMDEssa on December 10, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Khiladisher does have a point - apart from Sri Lanka and one ODI each against India and South Africa, Pakistan has only played against the lower ranked teams like West Indies, NZL, Zimbabwe, Ireland etc this calendar year They need to play against higher ranked team to prove what they are worth and improve their ratings. Not sure how the ranking system works but and it might give you relatively more points if you beat a lower ranked team by a huge margin but this alone will not help. Onus is on PCB to come up with better balanced schedule.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    @Khiladisher.. You are a clear loser. For your information WC 2011 final was played between SL & IND. So did you mean India won by beating very week team. Get a life dude.

  • Mudassar on December 10, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Bangladesh needs experienced south Asian coach, motivated & attacking captain and confident team.

  • Mahabub on December 10, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Bangladesh Coache's remark about players mental block is possibly true. What I noticed they lack self -confidence in batting. Their batting always let them down. I believe team will be benefited from a specialized batting coach to enhance their batting techniques and skills.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    I can clearly see there is rift in bangladest team, they are not playing to their full potential, they are much better team then what the results are , you need to sit down and plan who should be the captain of the team give due respect to the senior the team will do much better, this is only my openion the team is not playing as one unit. i love bangladest, i grew up in Dhaka.

  • mohammad on December 10, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Two things needed for Bangladesh to improve. a. Temporary suspension of test status,say for 3-5 years until they beat a better side in test cricket. b. change of diet, eat less rice and more wheat/bread. Rice makes you sleepy. I am a Bangladeshi.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Lets face it Bangldesh are pathetic. Everytime they play they pretty much lose. These days sides treat matches against Bangledesh as tour matches so they can prepare for when they play sides who actually competitive. So Bangeldesh should never leave international cricket becuase other teams can use matches against Bangeldesh as practice.

  • Murad on December 10, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Bangladesh need a South Asian coach (Indian, Pakistan, SL or a Bangladeshi). Western coaches- as good as they may be cannot understand the psyche of the BD players. Someone like Rashd Latif from Pakistan would be ideal for them

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Any Ranji team is capable of beating bangladesh in any form of the game. i feel for the fans over there they are very passionate about cricket.Each time bangladesh step on to the field they disappoint their fans to a larger extent. Sorry to say but i dont feel bangladesh would emerge as a better team.They are trying it since their inception in to world cricket and the process will go on forever without any positive outcome.If sehwag plays for them which wont happen they would win more matches due to his capabilities single-handedly.They need a player like him in their lineup.Having said that they have 2 or 3 world class players in Tamim Iqbal and shakib al hassan but they aren't playing to their full potential as yet .Team work is lacking miserably in Bangladesh Cricket. They have to re-address there first-class cricket to improve a bit.

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