Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day

Test form can only improve with first-class cricket - Mushfiqur

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 12, 2011

Comments: 19 | Text size: A | A


Nazimuddin goes over the top, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day, December 12, 2011
Bangladesh can take inspiration from Test debutant Nazimuddin, says Mushfiqur Rahim © AFP
Enlarge

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said the national team's Test performances will not improve unless first-class cricket in the country progresses. Bangladesh's loss to Pakistan in Chittagong was their 10th in 11 Tests since the start of 2010, and Mushfiqur, who is three Tests into his tenure as captain, said the trend would not be reversed until players started to do better in domestic cricket.

"We must improve our first-class infrastructure; without that we will continue with this sort of performance in Test cricket," Mushfiqur said. "We may have impressive performances in one or two matches but overall the situation will be the same as it is today."

Bangladesh's batting has let them down this year. In eight Test innings they have gone past 300 just once and none of their batsmen have managed a century. Mushfiqur said this stemmed from the inability of batsmen to get big scores in first-class cricket. No player has scored more than two centuries in this year's National Cricket League, which is currently in its second phase.

"We must make a habit of scoring hundreds or double-hundreds by playing in the first-class competition," Mushfiqur said. "Another thing we need to do is make sure all the national players are available to play in the first-class competition to ensure a high level of competitiveness. We can improve our skills only by playing in the first-class competition."

One of the criticisms of Bangladesh's batsmen has been that they are being too aggressive, and after their collapse for 135 on the first day in Chittagong, coach Stuart Law had said they had "given up their wickets easily." Mushfiqur, though, said he did not have a problem with batsmen playing aggressively, though they needed to apply themselves more.

"I think our batsmen tried to play their natural game and there was nothing wrong with that. Actually we have to show more patience, determination and the right application to prolong the innings."

Debutant Nazimuddin was Bangladesh's best batsman in Chittagong, scoring 31 and 78 in each innings. His performance and the persistence of the bowlers, who were hampered by poor fielding while conceding 594, were the positives Mushfiqur said Bangladesh could take from the game.

"Nazimuddin played well in the match. We had expectations of him and he fulfilled them. We can take inspiration from him. Our bowling was also not bad, though we dropped some catches, which helped some Pakistan batsmen to play big innings.

"We were actually out of the match when we lost five wickets in the first session of the first day. But still Nasir [Hossain] batted well in the first innings while Nazimuddin and Shakib [Al Hasan] played good knocks in the second innings." .

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

few things need to sort out then it will be okay for BD.before Pak series bangladesh team wasnt paying that bad.before that they scored 9 hundrad in their last 11 tests.we have to remember this side is pretty young one.they are developing.need more tests with small team like zim,wi,nz etc.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (December 13, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

Bangladesh needs to play at the Associate level too while also playing test matches. The top Associate teams like Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya and Afghanistan should get a chance to play the lowest ranked test teams from time to time. It will be good for them and also good for the lower ranked test teams too. Because then they will win a few games and that will be good for their confidence, otherwise this constant losing will develop into a bad habit and players will not do their best to win. For Bangladesh particularly, it will give them a chance to go back to their good old days when they used to regularly thrash other leading Associate teams like Kenya, Ireland and Netherlands.

Posted by mihir_nam on (December 13, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Bangladesh Performance affects other deserving associates from Becoming Test Nation.. Teams like Ireland ,Afghanistan are performing teams . Ireland are good at longer format and are ready to play test. But they don't want to rush any team as they did for Bangladesh. But they still want to keep their mistake intact rather than suspending their status for few years and let them prove by beating few top associates convincingly in longer format.. Even Zimbabwe played intercontinental cup as Zimbabwe XI . Bangladesh got more support than any other team to improve even India invited them to play in Duleep Trophy in 05 in 4day tournament . Ireland,Scotland,Netherlands plays in ODI cricket in England not in Longer format...still Ireland is formidable side..They have players playing in county but even their board is doing enough work to get fresh talent out of youngsters None of Bangla players will be taken in any full member side like Eion Morgan or Dirk Nannes. Even Sakib .

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

BD Need to play domestic competitions in Australia like (PURA CUP, BIG Bash & more similar competition). ICC need to step in and allow Bangladesh player to participate in these big competition. This way Bangladesh's player not only enhance their playing skill but also mentally strong as well. So in order to save cricket in Bangladesh their cricket board also took similar step, like invite overseas players to participate in their domestic structures.

Posted by sayedhasan on (December 13, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

What first-class cricket? Other south asian countries too have a pretty shambolic first-class cricket setup including India and Pak. Its just that there's enough pool of talent there that once rises up can adjust to the international cricket and which BD seems to lack. Agree with the consensus here, no test status for BD!

Posted by mihir_nam on (December 13, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Bangladesh please send your Team to Intercontinental Cup to Test your real skills rather than getting thrashed by every other team.

Posted by Praxis on (December 13, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

There are lots of things to be done, but first the test status needs to be revoked, at least for 5 years. These humiliating defeats may not concern BD cricket board or the players much, but we fans feel otherwise.

Posted by reyme on (December 13, 2011, 1:05 GMT)

Hopefully BD will have a seperate Test Team with Separate specialist coaching staff. As this team plays FC matches throught the year, and trains under tremendous discipline under the right management, BD will improve significantly. They have the talent, there is passion for cricket and there is the infrastucture in place, it just need to be enhanced with proper guidance. BD will do just fine, give them a little time guys. Just beacuse it is taking alittle time, does not mean it wont work.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 12, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

Improve first class structure? There is basically none! This is what should have been addressed BEFORE allowing them Test Status. To be blunt, as far as first class matches are concerned, most, if not all the Bangers "test players" would be flat out making any first class team in any of the major test countries. This is not meant to be cruel, just stating facts. They NEED exposure to a structured first class competition. They have the talent, but their technique, application, patience is woeful and well short of test standards. Even when Zimbabwe were allowed back, they immediately hosted a SA * Aust A tour and played first class games against them in preparation against their series with Bangladesh And it showed when they beat them easily and subsequently competed against NZ. What was Bangladesh;s preparations? ODI & T20 fixtures? And they wonder why they don't last out a days play in tests? It isn't rocket science fellas, the solution is there, just isn't being followed.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Revoke Bangladesh Test cricket status......please do it and save cricket.......let them play with West Indies,Zimbabwe,Afghanistan,Ireland,Canada and Kenya.........and we will have tight finishing games........

Posted by dhakacsc on (December 12, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

Just check the scores in domestic cricket. they are pathetic. Rahim is correct. The team also needs some one to strengthen their mental conditioning. The last few matches in Pakistan saw the tigers turn into cubs in that they showed no fighting spirit.They went into their backfoot as if retreating all the time. Only Nazimudding had the gumption to try going forward. All the LBW were on the backfoot.

Posted by dulabhai on (December 12, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

Nothing is going to work until political figures are removed from the top management of BCB. It's sad but true that BD is going downhill and it will keep going downhill. Run BCB by someone who knows cricket. Bring someone from overseas if it's needed. Run it like a company not a political party.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

Bangladesh must play Ireland in two three test (non-official) series home and away to prove they deserve to play test cricket. Losing every match they play, BD has brought a bad name to test cricket by only serving one sided whoppings. There is a good chance that both Bangladesh and zimbabwe can lose to Ireland

Posted by Tigg on (December 12, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

"I think our batsmen tried to play their natural game and there was nothing wrong with that. Actually we have to show more patience, determination and the right application to prolong the innings."

Surely their natural game is the problem. The Bangladeshi natural game is highly felxible (as in it has no backbone). It all comes down to how much stomach the team has for a scrap. Look at Zimbabwe, hardly the most talented side in world cricket but they fight as hard as they can.

Let ireland play test cricket, they can't do any worse.

Posted by AnotherCricketer on (December 12, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

I think the author gets the credit for highlighting the point. We should applaud the captain when he does say the right things. To play well, you have to stay at it for a long while. More domestic and int'l first class cricket participation will undoubtedly bring the best out of the Bangladeshi players. Talent is a process. If Bangla put their minds together, there is no reason why they cannot guarantee a better future.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 15:29 GMT)

Excuses, excises, excuses. Nothing will improve until and unless you improve yourself. Lose the colors of your ego, accept your pathetic performance and work harder. That's the only thing that might "improve" your test form. And if it is beyond you, just leave.

Posted by josh2david on (December 12, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

Sadly Ban is not good enough for the test cricket, most tof the players have been around for long time but no one seems to be taking any responsiblities whatsoever, what happened to sakib and tamim. Ashraful need to dropped

Posted by anki10688 on (December 12, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

Mushfiqur ur still a kid u need to improve ur batting and leadership qualities u must be a role model for other players nor askin shakib or nazimuddin to be the inspration for the team. and one more word throw out ashraful from ur team he his fit for nothing.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

You can never win matches with individual performances, you need to play as a unit if you want to win. Though Bangladesh team has some very solid players but they never performs together. In one match nasir hussain plays good and in another Shakib plays good. Thats not the way how you win matches.

Comments have now been closed for this article

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
Tour Results
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Dec 17-21, 2011
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Chittagong - Dec 9-12, 2011
Pakistan won by an innings and 184 runs
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Chittagong - Dec 6, 2011
Pakistan won by 58 runs
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Dec 3, 2011
Pakistan won by 76 runs
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Dec 1, 2011
Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 146 balls remaining)
More results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days
Sponsored Links

Why not you? Read and learn how!