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

Pakistan make reckless Bangladesh pay

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Pakistan 132 for 0 (Hafeez 74*, Taufeeq 53*) trail Bangladesh 135 (Nasir 41, Nazimuddin 31, Rehman 3-9, Ajmal 3-40) by three runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Bangladesh top order graced the first day of the Chittagong Test with a display of carelessness, to make a masterstroke of Misbah-ul-Haq's strange decision to bowl on a flat pitch. The senior batsmen - Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan - led the way, succumbing to three of the more atrocious shots of the morning, and the lower order followed suit in the afternoon. Bangladesh were eventually dismissed for 135 in less than two sessions, proving additional strength to the growing criticism of their Test status.

The situation would have been worse had Nazimuddin not batted with more grit on debut than some of his colleagues have shown in the entire year. His 31 and Nasir Hossain's free-spirited 41 contributed more than half the total. The Pakistan openers - Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar - put Bangladesh's performance and the pitch in perspective with an unbeaten 132-run stand.

Obduracy is not beyond Bangladesh - they routinely give up stiff ODI chases and bat out time, as they did in the second ODI - but they refuse to show that characteristic in the format where it is a pre-requisite. Bangladesh underlined why they hadn't managed even a draw against a full-strength top-flight side in over 10 years, without assistance from the weather.

Misbah undermined his decision to bowl by handing the new ball to Mohammad Hafeez - the first time a Pakistan spinner was bowling the first over of a Test. The experiment was quickly shelved after Hafeez's bunny, Tamim, survived his first three overs. Aizaz Cheema replaced Hafeez, and angled his fourth ball across Tamim, who responded with a loose drive away from his body and edged behind. In Cheema's next over, Shahriar Nafees fell for a duck while defending in front of his body without decisive footwork.

While Cheema specialised in big inswingers bowled from wide of the crease, Umar Gul settled into his usual mix of legcutters, indippers, and tempting half-volleys. Mohammad Ashraful's comeback lasted 11 balls, before he produced a mirror-image of Tamim's dismissal. The away-going delivery was not quite there for the drive, but he threw his hands at it and nicked behind.

Mushfiqur Rahim started with a promising off-drive for four, but Saeed Ajmal trapped him in his first over with a sharp offbreak. Shakib produced the illusion of stability by hanging around for eight overs, before the rash-stroke epidemic got to him. With ten minutes to go for lunch, and men around the bat, he swept Abdur Rehman straight to square leg.

Nazimuddin battled through it all, showing exemplary judgement against short balls and swing. He repeatedly dropped his wrists and swayed out of line when tested by bounce, and covered the line of length deliveries. A series of rasping drives showed that he belonged, before he betrayed his inexperience with two needless flirts outside the off stump. The first edge landed short of the slips, but the second carried to Hafeez.

By now Ajmal had settled into his nagging lines from round the wicket, tossing up doosras, sliders and offbreaks from similar trajectories. Mahmudullah was lbw playing back to a slider, while Elias Sunny nicked another to slip. Nasir did the right thing in the circumstances, chancing his arm while he still had partners. The best of his shots came against Cheema, whom he pulled, glanced, hooked and drove for boundaries. He also heaved Ajmal for a six down the ground, and eased him through the covers for four as Bangladesh nursed hopes of getting to 150. They were denied by another hare-brained shot, when Nasir paddled Rehman onto his jaw en route to silly point.

After tea, Hafeez began an afternoon of accumulation by flicking his first ball for three. As always Hafeez's driving was top-class, but Bangladesh's indiscipline also allowed him to cut and glance for early boundaries. Shahadat Hossain and Rubel Hossain bowled six listless overs that yielded 33 runs before Mushfiqur brought on his crew of spinners.

Whenever the spinners over-pitched, Taufeeq was completely at ease, driving and flicking with a strong bottom hand. That prompted a change in approach from Bangladesh's spinners - the one department in which they can claim to be world class. They shortened the length, and Taufeeq repeatedly pushed in hope with an opened face as the ball spun away. The edge inevitably followed, but Mushfiqur could not hold on. Mahmudullah got Taufeeq edging three more times - on either side of Nafees at slip, and once on the bounce.

Hafeez had no such worries, though, and strolled past fifty with a cover-driven four. Shahadat then dropped Taufeeq in the final over, denying Bangladesh the sliver they could have taken out of the day.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 10, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    AUSTRALIA scored 136 all out in their first innings against New Zealand in 51 overs and New Zealand in their turn scored 150 in 1 ball less 46 overs. Will any one comment about this performance the same way did Cricinfo reporter or jubilant Pakistan supporters. I wish not. They will continue to play Test Cricket.

  • sarmin80 on December 10, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I THINK SOME PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND CRICKET. THEY SHOULD KEEP EYES ON NEWZELAND AND AUSTRALIA PRESENT TEST. THEN, THEY CAN SAY SOMETHING ABOUT BANGLADESH AND PAKISTAN TEST.

  • on December 10, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Seems like a contest between amateurs and professionals :-). To think that Pak isnt the best team in the world and emerging from its own shadows, just shows how badly BAN are playing at this point. ICC must review its test status every few years to keep level of cricket and interest at highest level of the game intact.

  • Abu.Ashhad on December 10, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Well its not BNGl fault at all. I think ICC and BNGL Board must take measures to improve BNGL domestic circuit and they should have giving more 4-5 days format to local players so they can improve for sure. I am not sure for BNGl but as a Pakistani, I know we are playing cricket from very first day of our childhood and the Game itself bounded in our nature and it may the reason of getting natural players like Afridi and etc.

  • arpzzz on December 10, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    @Mahmood Hassan, Yesterday NZ were at 150 all out, Today they restrict AUS to 136 all out. Did Bangladesh show any fighting spirit like NZ. 2nd NZ playing away from home, Story always remains the same for Bangladesh, Bangla 150 all out and Opposition 650/5 Declared.

  • banglafan on December 10, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    I hope Stuart Law is reading this : Considering the continuous failure of the top order, we need to make the top order the new bottom order ! Also, guys in form can face the new ball. So, 1. NAZIMUDDIN 2. NASIR 3. MAHMUDULLAH 4. SHAKIB 5. Mushfiqur Rahim 6.Tamim 7. Shahriar Nafees 8. Ashraful and then the bowlers. AND FROM THE NEXT TEST, JUST DROP NUMBERS 6,7 AND 8 ! THEY HAVE REACHED THEIR LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE. AND LOOK HARD FOR A NEW NUMBER 5. Lots of new talent waiting in the wings.

  • Rooboy on December 10, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Do not belong in international cricket. Get them out of here

  • camouflage on December 9, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    @TeamSelector I think it's pretty evident why Misbah decided to bowl first. His plan was to wrap Bangladesh's innings for 135 and end the day with their own unbeaten partnership of 132. Don't you see?

  • on December 9, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    ummm. Can't defend Bengledesh. They consistently bat badly. People can forgive the odd or even occasional bad performance, but every time you bat? Sorry no. Not good enough. Personally i feel Test should be played in two leagues. Eng, Aus, SA, India, Sri and PAk in Div one and then WI, Bang, Ire, Neth, Kenya, Afgan and a few other is div two. Every two years the top and bottom swap over. This hopefully would allow the worst (formwise) team to go down and the better div two team to up. The side that goes up gets extra money to improve infrastucture thus helping developemnt. Most importantly Bang would be playing similar ability teams and Ire (for example) get their shot at the dogs. At present This is embarrassing and can't be helping Bang development?

  • on December 9, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    hafeez u best man!!!!

  • on December 10, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    AUSTRALIA scored 136 all out in their first innings against New Zealand in 51 overs and New Zealand in their turn scored 150 in 1 ball less 46 overs. Will any one comment about this performance the same way did Cricinfo reporter or jubilant Pakistan supporters. I wish not. They will continue to play Test Cricket.

  • sarmin80 on December 10, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I THINK SOME PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND CRICKET. THEY SHOULD KEEP EYES ON NEWZELAND AND AUSTRALIA PRESENT TEST. THEN, THEY CAN SAY SOMETHING ABOUT BANGLADESH AND PAKISTAN TEST.

  • on December 10, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Seems like a contest between amateurs and professionals :-). To think that Pak isnt the best team in the world and emerging from its own shadows, just shows how badly BAN are playing at this point. ICC must review its test status every few years to keep level of cricket and interest at highest level of the game intact.

  • Abu.Ashhad on December 10, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Well its not BNGl fault at all. I think ICC and BNGL Board must take measures to improve BNGL domestic circuit and they should have giving more 4-5 days format to local players so they can improve for sure. I am not sure for BNGl but as a Pakistani, I know we are playing cricket from very first day of our childhood and the Game itself bounded in our nature and it may the reason of getting natural players like Afridi and etc.

  • arpzzz on December 10, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    @Mahmood Hassan, Yesterday NZ were at 150 all out, Today they restrict AUS to 136 all out. Did Bangladesh show any fighting spirit like NZ. 2nd NZ playing away from home, Story always remains the same for Bangladesh, Bangla 150 all out and Opposition 650/5 Declared.

  • banglafan on December 10, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    I hope Stuart Law is reading this : Considering the continuous failure of the top order, we need to make the top order the new bottom order ! Also, guys in form can face the new ball. So, 1. NAZIMUDDIN 2. NASIR 3. MAHMUDULLAH 4. SHAKIB 5. Mushfiqur Rahim 6.Tamim 7. Shahriar Nafees 8. Ashraful and then the bowlers. AND FROM THE NEXT TEST, JUST DROP NUMBERS 6,7 AND 8 ! THEY HAVE REACHED THEIR LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE. AND LOOK HARD FOR A NEW NUMBER 5. Lots of new talent waiting in the wings.

  • Rooboy on December 10, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Do not belong in international cricket. Get them out of here

  • camouflage on December 9, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    @TeamSelector I think it's pretty evident why Misbah decided to bowl first. His plan was to wrap Bangladesh's innings for 135 and end the day with their own unbeaten partnership of 132. Don't you see?

  • on December 9, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    ummm. Can't defend Bengledesh. They consistently bat badly. People can forgive the odd or even occasional bad performance, but every time you bat? Sorry no. Not good enough. Personally i feel Test should be played in two leagues. Eng, Aus, SA, India, Sri and PAk in Div one and then WI, Bang, Ire, Neth, Kenya, Afgan and a few other is div two. Every two years the top and bottom swap over. This hopefully would allow the worst (formwise) team to go down and the better div two team to up. The side that goes up gets extra money to improve infrastucture thus helping developemnt. Most importantly Bang would be playing similar ability teams and Ire (for example) get their shot at the dogs. At present This is embarrassing and can't be helping Bang development?

  • on December 9, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    hafeez u best man!!!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    poor cricket from BD. aaaa pakistan playing good, but if you think this is bad for Pakistan, because in England series England will hit them hard and Pakistan will be in trouble. ICC should not allow BD and Zimb to play test cricket. I do not care how huge the BD fan base is, if you are not worth it then you aint. You gotta earn the status. And all BD fans who will reply to me saying that Pakistan and other teams get bowled out for low totals too, i have to say ya that is true but they win too, when was the last time BD won a test match against good team or even came close to win? I dont like thrashing any team i respect all the teams. But Bangladesh is just not delivering and its been really long its been decade which is a lot. Bangaldesh should learn something from Srilanka.

  • bulldawgs on December 9, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Dear Team Selector, if you follow Pak team in past, they do better batting last. If they bat first, even if they make good score, they are in a lot of pressure and fold frequently in their 2nd innings ie the Test Matches 3rd innings. I love Misbah's acumen and his approach is excellent. This way, Pak has less chance of losing and more chance of winning or atleast drawing.

  • Islandvirg on December 9, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Bangladesh have failed to justify their test status. The lack of cricket knowledge shown by Tamim and Ashraful to name them first shows that they have learnt nothing in international competition. I agree that Bangladesh must spend seasons not only in UK county champs but in SA and Oz too. There they will learn or stop playing cricket. I try to support Bangladesh cricket but they have let my support down. Give Dhiman Ghosh , A Babu and Soumya Sarkar a chance as they cannot do worse than these guys.

  • on December 9, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Very well said@arif Musabbir...i also agree ..it hurts me a lot being bangladeshi and when i see this teal playing this type of poor cricket day in day out over and over and still getting away thx to ICC and BCCI ...I know Its a Cricket crazy country but we need to face the reality..TEST cricket is not for BD now..BD shud take 2/3 years break and concentrate more on domestic structure and playing A teams and associates...Batting problem wont change soon..Some people comparing Austrlia's 47 or even NZ's 150 with BD's 135 today lol..teams like Australia and NZ do it once in a while but BD doing it again and again and with no improvement and i m sorry to say tht we r even lucky to score 100 today...Dnt go by emotion be practical..TEST cricket shud maintain its quality and Standards...Thx

  • on December 9, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    If BD was that bad then how did they manage to get a clean sweep against New Zealand (without Tamim, Mashrafi and Ashraful) and no one is talking about NZ. Was that just a fluke. Where is this double standard coming from. I even remember a quote from Vettori after the series saying, "Bangladesh has taught us how to play". So, what's this talk about taking away test status I read here. If we were that good back then, so what's taking place right now? Or, is it, just a case that some of you might be a little afraid of an upset. LET'S START GIVING A LITTLE CREDIT TO THE BOWLERS, for a change, where the credit is really DUE. I don't hear much accolades for them. Let's face it, they're in top form now. Let's not lose our focus here. Look at what they've done to the Sri Lankan team. They're at a loss and team's moral is SHAKEN. I can only imagine what'll happen in the upcoming UK series. I do, totally sympathize with the frustration and competitive appetite that everyone is craving for.

  • on December 9, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    @TeamSelector: Maybe the root-of-all-problems Misbah KNEW the bangladeshis would do precisely what they did? I admit I myself was sure he would choose batting if he won the toss. But then I'm no professional. Maybe, heaven forbid, this was a sign of the attacking mindset many think he entirely lacks. After all, win the toss and bat first is the conventional way in the subcontinent. Maybe he thought he can wrap the game quicker this way. I often wonder if the man does indeed possess more brains than the majority credits him with. If he does, well done to him for the good work so far, and may Allah help him keep it up!

  • theswami on December 9, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Hafeez is the next Aamir Sohail for Pak., only that he's a more regular bowler & a better one .....

  • spiritwithin on December 9, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    @Mahmood Hassan,though Aus were 47 all out,SA were 97 all out,NZ yesterday made 150 but the facts remains that BD is consistently getting all out for low scores over and over again unlike any other top8 test nation thats the reason y everybody r up in arms against BD's test status,BD already lost 61 out of 71 matches,won 4 against a depleted WI team and one against Zim,showed fight in one tests against aus and pak and showed no fight,that leaves 65 out of 71 tests in which they were thrashed in an utterly one sided match with no sign of improvement,dont u think teams like ireland r treated unfairly...

  • AMUSMANI on December 9, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    another miserable performance by bangladesh. It seems pakistani team is playing with a 2nd class club team. i expect some fight from bangladesh but they even fail to bat 2 complete session

  • on December 9, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    I have to agree with what Geoff Boycott says repeatedly (listen to the latest bowl at boycs). Bangladesh needs to be sripped of their test status or at least the ICC must come up with a plan with the Bangla Board with strict stipulations to uplift the game. I feel soory for them but their game is below par. They have excellent talent in the form of Shakib, Ashraful, Elias etc but do not click as a team with consistent performance. Need to do what Aussies did with their recent slump (Argus report).

  • AcrossTheSeam01 on December 9, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    @TeamSelector: because the bowling attack is by far good enough and also, it must have settled the banglas to think that it was a bad desicion and they could go easy: but the result, as you saw was as great for pakistan as they could get on the most turning bowling pitch ever

  • FrenchCricketFan on December 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    waiting for the england-pakestan series, good luck to pakistan and england. That would be some interesting battle to watch. ban now looks like what zimbabwe was a while ago. But zim made a sudden improvement simply by introducing 3 or 4 new players in the squad . Thats what ban desperately need to do now. You cant still hope for the same set of players (tamim, ashraful etc) to improve , no they wont improve they reached their limit. Nasir was a good find, nazimuddin looks promising. you need to follow the srilankan model, build your pipeline and come up with new players with potential soon.

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Feel Really sorry For bangla fans , a pathetic performance from the team but i still hope dont lose trust on your team ,they have the potential but lack confidence and self belief and the fact that pakistan r getting better day by day under Misbah also adds to bangla,s bad performance...

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    @ Mahmood Hassan Now don't compare Bang performance to that of Aus.You know what happened after the test,They won the next test and also the first test against Newzeland. Apart from Bangladesh no other team is loosing every match they play by huge margins.

  • AsadCricFan on December 9, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    @Teamselector, It is a bit odd but every time he makes a decision which seems to be unpopular to many, including myself, it turns out to be an absolute success. I think the thinking was: " Late day 1 and Day 2 will be the best for batting, therefore, if we dismantle Bangladesh's line-up today we can post a massive score on days 2-3 and go out to bowl on days 4-5 which will be an absolute nightmare to bat on and obviously the plan will be to only bat once." All seems to be going as planned.

  • khuram13 on December 9, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Just one thing to share that ICC should consider about the status of test for Bangladesh team. I dont think so that Bangladesh is performing well in the test arena so ICC should withdraw the test status of Bangladesh team

  • Trapper439 on December 9, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Like NP_NY said, I do feel sorry for the Bangladeshi fans. But this team has absolutely no business playing Test Cricket. If anything they're an even worse team than they were five years ago.

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    i think that misbah should not declare after getting a lead of 300 odd and should bat not only 2nd day but at least 75 overs of the 3rd day as well.with this run rate our score should be around 700.why?because our next series is against no1 england and it always help if you have runs under your belt.

  • LoveTheGame on December 9, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Most of the critics are being unfair to both Pakistan and B Desh. they are nt praisinf pak's excellent performance and they are demanding stopping B Desh for international cricket completely forgetting that B Desh has recently beaten West Indies and Zimbabwe and is cosistently beating all associate teams. They may not be very good but they are certainly better than associates and at par with W Indies and Zim.

  • Chris_P on December 9, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    All this does is confirm the Bangers unsuitablity to test cricket.There is not enough infrastructure to sustain a quality first class outfit and 10 years after their premature test debut, I am afaraid they have not progressed. They wll always be competitive in one dayers, even T20's. but first class cricket is as far away as ever and games like this do nothing to improve the overall standard.

  • WeeBee on December 9, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Interesting! Why Misbah decided to bowl first! No one asked Clarke about it, why they have also chosen to field and that is a rare case after winning toss. The reasons why Misbah did not want to bat ... Cause He wants to be attacking , Attack with full team's major strength i.e. Bowling, The second reason was that in the morning there was a little moisture in the wicket which only he could observe. But decision went in his way, Bangladeshi Batsman were not even reading any bowler at all. Although Bangali Batsman face thousands of spin deliveries from their endless talent of spin balling squad. About Pakistan Bowling , Ajmal is a gift to Pakistan. He really makes difference. He has got the highest wickets in the test, ranked no.1 bowler in ODI, what a . After that I am a big fan of Professor Muhammad Hafeez. He is a complete all all allrounder. I want him to make double century in this inning.

    I think Pakistan will win with an inning.

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    to be honest BD team is not capable of playing test..i dont know why are they not improving,is it just because of lack of talent or poor domestic structure but they should look at it...they realy need to produce some match winning players......bt i dont think they'll b able to do tht....anyway good professional display by pak team...they are coming out to be the most dangerous side in the world,bt pak need to improve their batting if they wanna come out to b the no 1 side in the world and pak is capable of doing it,they has talent,

  • likeintcricket on December 9, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I wish India and Pakistan play a series at this time as they both are in good form and match each other in talent. Playing against weaker opposition can only produce records after records and nothing much. We might see more batting records in this test match if Pakistan won't ease up.

  • tick on December 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    good stuff by pakistan but extremely poor stuff from bangladesh..pakistan should bat as long as possible to give there every batsman a chance in middle to prepare for england series...and i think taufeeq technique against off spin is not good..he has to sort this out before facing swann..

  • Firebird914 on December 9, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I know Pakistan are playing Bangladesh so its expected they will win. But as an Indian, I m admiring Misbah a lot. Hes taken this team from its lowest point to winning again. He reminds me of Captain Cool (MSD), he has changed the fortunes of this team this year, yes they have played the bottom half of the table in cricket but they still have done very well. Ajmal has become very very good, cant wait to see the England series, ENGLAND in SUBCONTINENT again!! Hope the UAE pitch has turn!

  • TeamSelector on December 9, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I know Pakistan happen to be on top in this match, but can someone please enlighten me as to why Misbah-ul-Strange decided to bowl first on this 'road' ???

  • Dannymania on December 9, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    This was a good display by Pakistan but again,its bangladesh we're all talking about.A team that doesn't even deserve to play international cricket regularly.Anyway,i say pakistan played well because of their good run rate.Slow run rate has been a problem for them for a year now,and it shows when the match goes into the fourth and fifth days.I hope Azhar Ali doesn't play too slow tomorrow when he goes out for batting.Azhar Ali should take this opportunity to make another test hundred here,he is a good enough player but has to work on his technique.I'm quite sure that if Younis and Misbah come out to bat,they'll make their hundreds.I want 900 runs here Pakistan!!!PS: LOVE CRICINFO

  • Arsalan_RC on December 9, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    What a Player Hafeez is turning out to be, Pure Gold, Sublime innings today again! Total control! Taufeeq was edgy and if it wasn't for some poor Bangladesh fielding, he would have been back in the hut! Got at least 2 lifelines due to dropped catches!

    And, on a serious note, only Nasir Hosien derserves to play Test cricket from Bangladesh! Rest of the team is a Disgrace!

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    There is nothing to praise Bangladesh for their recent drought in scoring. However we all know 135 is not the lowest test score and we alsol know New Zealand scored 150 in subsequent test innings against Australia in recent days. Australia was 47 all out against South Africa on Nov 09 this 2011. Reporter was found very aggressive and intolerant to point to Bangladesh bringing the question of its test status. We expect respectful criticism by Cricinfo reporters.

  • Daniel_Smith on December 9, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    This is the sort of performance that does Bangladesh no favours at all. It is rather unfair on the top six Associates that they are denied the opportunity to play Test cricket when Bangladesh can go out and make a mockery of their Test status. One of the most frustrating things for a Bangladesh fan must be there is no doubt that Bangladesh have the talent, but they don't seem to have the patience or application.

    I've said it before but one of the best things for Bangladesh would be to play a season of County Cricket in the UK.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Bangladesh was awarded test status after controversial loss of One Day by the then favourite Pakistan. This is now loud and clear that after a decade of miserable performances, Bangladesh failed to justify their test status and recently their one days performance was way below par. Like Zimbabwe Bangladesh should be kept aside from Tests for at least 2 years where strict monitoring and training is needed to make them really eligible for test status. Just because of commercial value you cannot allow Bangladesh to destroy standard of Test Cricket. ICC should wake up and take immediate action during this series. Only Pakistan can save their Test status if they lose test for them again.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Him Position Of BanGladesh Luks pretty bad..!! WeLL i like Nasir hossain!! he iz gud prospect 4 Bangladesh! if bangladesh gets 2 or 3 more playerz like him in their side they can be very gud team! But they have to bring their Fighting spirit into the Game! PLZ BANGLADESH lift ur game! Im Pakistani bt i support both teams to play competitive cricket!! Peace out

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Nice spin bowling by Pakistan and batting by openners. Even though there was many chances given to Umer but good batting by Hafiz. Real cricket of Pakistan will be examined during the Pak-Eng Series.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    This is going to be a real bad rehearsal for Pakistan team just ahead of the all important series against England. Unexpected injuries and lack of any serious competetion in the ongoing series will unnecessarily tire Pakistan team and may soften them, which will be a bad news for Misbah & co!!

  • RakeshDash on December 9, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Must be the problem with the wind today...it blew little speedier than BD Tiger's liking and the sightscreen was bigger than expected...so BD tiger got mauled over.

  • liaqathussain on December 9, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    bangladesh need to be dropped from test cricket,, simple as that

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I think ICC should seriously consider whether Bangladesh should have Test Status or not. I am not saying because I am just angry. I seriously believe playing at that level is hurting Bangladesh cricket. It is like Class 3 student appearing in SSC. This is not the way to improve our standard. By conceding humiliating defeat years after yeas will have a detrimental lasting impact on our cricket psyche. Sometimes you have to swallow your pride, admit your weakness and start it again. If ICC is reluctant to withdraw Test Status, BCB should consider temporarily stop BD team to play test cricket. BD team should consider playing regular 4 days first class match against all the test nations A teams and emerging nations like Ireland, Netherland, Kenya, and Afghanistan etc. They should continue to play T20 and ODI against all the Test Nations. But until they stated performing well and consistently in those 4 days First Class matches they should not play any test match.

  • sanjay37b on December 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    IT'S HIGH TIME, BANGLADESH STOPS PLAYING INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.PRESENT TEAM IS BELOW PAR INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.THEY ARE WASTING TIME AND MONEY.ICC SHOULD MAKE SOME DECISIONS TO CURB COUNTRIES LIKE BANGLADESH PLAYING CRICKET FOR NEXT 5 YEARS AND ENTER ONLY AFTER PERFORMING WELL IN UNOFFICIAL TESTS AND ONE DAYERS.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Sorry tale for BD Nasir hossain made century in ODI and thy sent him at number 7 or 8.... truely madness what were captain and coach thinking batsman who is inform sending so much down the order Great 1st day by Pak keep it on guys and we want an innings win here. I dun knw y ICC not looking BD cricket the million dollar question is r they seriously deserve test status??????

  • AP_88 on December 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I hate to say it but Bangladesh's batting is not up to Test standard - barring Nazimuddin and N. Hossain, not a single player was willing to grind it out and stay on the wicket. On the other hand, impressed by the discipline and quality of the Pakistani bowlers who backed up the decision of their captain admirably. Also there was an improvement in their slip catching which showed that they are working on their development areas post the SL series. On the whole a very satisfying day for a strong Pakistani unit albeit against opponents who seem out of their depth at this level.

  • on December 9, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    My sincere request to the ICC is stop Bangladesh from playing test cricket for the next 3 years .They are embarrassing themselves ,their country and their fans. They simply refuse to improve after so many years and are still there where they started.Let them take a leaf out of Zimbabwe.

  • chaksiipm on December 9, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    bangladesh should be banned of playing test cricket......... enough is enough

  • on December 9, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    as i said bangladesh has no potential to bat on a whole day.. they are about to give the match result in only three days

  • on December 9, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Wooow....Hafeez played well...its great chance for him to score his 1st double hundred...Gudluck Hafeez n Team Pakistan :)

  • wnwn on December 9, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    When i first saw the Bangladesh score this morning i thought it said 131/0 but then i looked a little closer and it said 131/9. Some things never change.

  • NP_NY on December 9, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    This tournament is getting ridiculous. It's like a fight between a snake and a dead rat. If BD plays like this in BD, I can't imagine how they'll play in foreigh pitches. I feel sorry for the fans.

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  • NP_NY on December 9, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    This tournament is getting ridiculous. It's like a fight between a snake and a dead rat. If BD plays like this in BD, I can't imagine how they'll play in foreigh pitches. I feel sorry for the fans.

  • wnwn on December 9, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    When i first saw the Bangladesh score this morning i thought it said 131/0 but then i looked a little closer and it said 131/9. Some things never change.

  • on December 9, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Wooow....Hafeez played well...its great chance for him to score his 1st double hundred...Gudluck Hafeez n Team Pakistan :)

  • on December 9, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    as i said bangladesh has no potential to bat on a whole day.. they are about to give the match result in only three days

  • chaksiipm on December 9, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    bangladesh should be banned of playing test cricket......... enough is enough

  • on December 9, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    My sincere request to the ICC is stop Bangladesh from playing test cricket for the next 3 years .They are embarrassing themselves ,their country and their fans. They simply refuse to improve after so many years and are still there where they started.Let them take a leaf out of Zimbabwe.

  • AP_88 on December 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I hate to say it but Bangladesh's batting is not up to Test standard - barring Nazimuddin and N. Hossain, not a single player was willing to grind it out and stay on the wicket. On the other hand, impressed by the discipline and quality of the Pakistani bowlers who backed up the decision of their captain admirably. Also there was an improvement in their slip catching which showed that they are working on their development areas post the SL series. On the whole a very satisfying day for a strong Pakistani unit albeit against opponents who seem out of their depth at this level.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Sorry tale for BD Nasir hossain made century in ODI and thy sent him at number 7 or 8.... truely madness what were captain and coach thinking batsman who is inform sending so much down the order Great 1st day by Pak keep it on guys and we want an innings win here. I dun knw y ICC not looking BD cricket the million dollar question is r they seriously deserve test status??????

  • sanjay37b on December 9, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    IT'S HIGH TIME, BANGLADESH STOPS PLAYING INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.PRESENT TEAM IS BELOW PAR INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.THEY ARE WASTING TIME AND MONEY.ICC SHOULD MAKE SOME DECISIONS TO CURB COUNTRIES LIKE BANGLADESH PLAYING CRICKET FOR NEXT 5 YEARS AND ENTER ONLY AFTER PERFORMING WELL IN UNOFFICIAL TESTS AND ONE DAYERS.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I think ICC should seriously consider whether Bangladesh should have Test Status or not. I am not saying because I am just angry. I seriously believe playing at that level is hurting Bangladesh cricket. It is like Class 3 student appearing in SSC. This is not the way to improve our standard. By conceding humiliating defeat years after yeas will have a detrimental lasting impact on our cricket psyche. Sometimes you have to swallow your pride, admit your weakness and start it again. If ICC is reluctant to withdraw Test Status, BCB should consider temporarily stop BD team to play test cricket. BD team should consider playing regular 4 days first class match against all the test nations A teams and emerging nations like Ireland, Netherland, Kenya, and Afghanistan etc. They should continue to play T20 and ODI against all the Test Nations. But until they stated performing well and consistently in those 4 days First Class matches they should not play any test match.