Pakistan in Bangladesh 2011-12

Law wants more four-day games for Bangladesh

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December 15, 2011

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Mushfiqur Rahim and Stuart Law talk during training, Chittagong, December 5, 2011
Stuart Law: "If you play a lot of ODIs but not Test cricket, something's got to give" © AFP
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Bangladesh coach Stuart Law has said the team has to get the experience of playing more four-day games if their Test record has to improve. He suggested it would help to play such games against non-Test playing teams during the off season.

His views echo that of the captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who blamed the run of defeats on the lack of infrastructure in the country's first-class set-up. In the first Test against Pakistan at Chittagong, Bangladesh made 135 and 275 and went on to lose by an innings and 184 runs in less than four days.

"Four-day cricket is where you produce your Test players from. The more you play, the easier it gets," Law said. "Bangladesh haven't played a lot of Tests in the years they've been involved. Some players have been around for 5-6 years but haven't played a lot of Tests.

"If you play a lot of ODIs but not Test cricket, something's got to give. Hopefully the cricket board and players can come up with some program so that they can get enough four-dayers in before Test matches. The other option is to play longer forms of game against the associate nations, especially in the downtime when Bangladesh are not playing cricket."

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.

Law acknowledged that it would take a lot for his team to get over the loss ahead of the second Test in Mirpur starting on Saturday.

"It is a difficult thing to come out of. Having been a player in a similar situation where you don't know where your next run is coming from, it can engulf you," Law said. "The easiest thing to do is, as I've been telling the players, don't lose sight of what makes you successful. We have to be up there mentally when the game starts, to want to do the hard yards. It has been a sign for million years that the longer we bat, the more runs we score."

On the bowling front, Law said there was plenty to be learnt by observing Pakistan's varied attack.

"Although Pakistan are playing very good cricket, there's nothing in their bowling attack we should not want to face. They have always had class seamers who can swing the new ball and get the old ball reversing. Saeed Ajmal is one of the best to watch, has lots of tricks up his sleeve. He puts batsmen under pressure. He's more like (Muttiah) Muralitharan in the sense that he's more of a wrist spinner than an offspinner."

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Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (December 18, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

@Giovaughn Wilson, really good ideas. Much appreciated. But I shudder to think about the loud voices to sack Bangladesh's Test Status IF Bangladesh loses to those associate nations or A teams of strong test playing nations. Just think of that prospect! You can count on me as one of those loudest voices asking to sack Bangladesh's Test Status and give it to that associate nation. Nothing against Bangladesh or any nation wanting to have a test playing status but they should deserve it and have it in them. Otherwise it is an unnecessary stress for better teams to fill the obligation of playing against them once in a while as part of FTP. Oh yes, if India slips to that level, then their test status should be scrapped as well. No double standards here. Bangladesh don't deserve test status IMO.

Posted by Jahan.MS on (December 17, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

Hi Guys! thanks for your all posts. If you please recall India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan passes through the same taste of Test Cricket in their days as this BD Cricket is now performing, Now please keep little patience for Bangladesh Team as well. I think this team will coup up with the Test arena as they have the potential. They just need to fine tune their strings with their local longer version Cricket which is now a crying need at this stage. BCB consist of more than 25 directors should pull up their shocks to look in to the longer version of Cricket facility and playing at home and abroad. It will help them to make professional and competent cricketer. Hope it's just matter of time... to regroup them.....Guys Please make a wish for them...

Posted by jalalrahimi78 on (December 17, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

Bangladesh should be play associate member like Afghanistan to strong their test cricket

Posted by WICric101 on (December 16, 2011, 11:48 GMT)

I really dont think more first class matches against ass teams will help...they should play matches against strong test nations A team..WI should do the same as well as NZ all 3 teams have tremendos talent that needs to be nutured and harnessed...(ps... and not by 20/20 teams).

Posted by me54321 on (December 16, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

so they've explained why they're rubbish at test cricket. I wonder what explains their generally shoddy ODI performances.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 3:27 GMT)

Bangladesh are not in shape to play test cricket. Ireland & Netherlands ll play better cricket than BD. Teams who are playing against BD can easily improve their individual & team ranking. Its not fair. Get back their test status they need to prove lot more in ODIs.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

@ Smartasri Sworup Parida -- In the next 2-3 years by which Samaraweera , Jayawardene, Sangakarra , Dilshan Herath, Fernando, Laxman , Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag & Zaheer should have retired more than likely Sri Lanka & India team will not be much stronger if not weaker than West Indies & New Zealand are now! should ICC revoke their test status then? Everything is just a matter of time. India used to be everybody whipping boy when they started playing Test Cricket & now is 1 of the strongest teams . All that is needed is financial backing, managers with a vision & the implementation of a solid plan for the future. Bangladesh has a large population so more than likely the talent is there. Its just a matter of finding it & fine tuning it as time goes by. Playing more first class cricket would be a step in the right direction. Home & away 1st class matches to Ireland, Holland, Zimbabwe, Kenya even playing vs A teams of stronger nations will pay off in the long run.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 16, 2011, 0:19 GMT)

Exactly correct, Stuart. And until they commence some program with a decent first class set up, the Bangers will always struggle in tests. This should have been one of the criteria BEFORE they were allowed test status! To be blunt, Bangladesh's entry into test cricket has mainly contributed to average bloating of all batsmen and bowlers opposed to them. We could all have lived with this short term, but 10 years on, every nation is still feasting on what is being served up by the Bangers re: tests, with no improvement in sight.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 21:59 GMT)

Test Cricket should be preserved. Plz cancel the test status of bangla, west indies from ICC. They are just the burdens rather than cricketers. Let them do the politics and play the one dayers

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 21:20 GMT)

@eddsnake: Sometimes I wonder why people want to make declarations when they don't have full knowledge? Saeed Ajmal was under study by Western Australian University along with Botha at the SAME TIME. As a result Botha was told not to bowl doosra anymore due to illegal bent in the arm. However, Saeed Ajmal was cleared of any illegality in action in any of his varieties including doosra. So Ajmal is the only off-spinner currently playing who is delivering doosra with a legal action. How? Here comes the wrists power to deliver a leg break while the fingers are pretending an off-break!!!

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