Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 4th day December 20, 2011

No excuse for Bangladesh's fielding - Law

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Law, Bangladesh's coach, has demanded higher standards from his fielders after a series of dropped catches left the team struggling to save the second Test against Pakistan in Mirpur.

"We are under pressure from Pakistan's performance; when you're dropping good players, you're giving them two chances at bat," he said. "There's no excuse, there are no 38-year-olds [in the Bangladesh team] running out there. They are all in their mid-twenties. Young men should be fighting fit for four to five days.

"That is an area of concern for us. I think our bowlers did well and created enough opportunities. It's not a practice thing. We practice till hands are sore."

On the fourth day, Bangladesh put down three catches - Robiul Islam shelled a simple chance at mid-on, Mahmudullah dropped another at slip and Sunny one at midwicket - as Pakistan went on to take a lead of 132 and then knock over five Bangladesh wickets with the hosts still in the deficit.

However, Law has confidence that Bangladesh can still draw the game. "If the two at the crease [Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain] can bat, we can [secure a draw]. If we can bat 2-2.5 sessions, I believe we can."

Bangladesh had lost wickets in a hurry, after making up a commendable 338 in the first innings, with some of their batsmen - Mahmudullah in particular - playing questionable strokes. That shot, Law said, stemmed from the fact that Bangladesh play more one-day cricket.

"I've spoken to him [Mahmudullah] about that. It comes from being a one-day cricketer. We don't play a lot of Tests. It's okay if you play that shot when you chase eight or nine an over but in a Test match, when you're looking to save the Test, it's not the right option. We need to play more of long format of the game, as a team."

Bangladesh were set back by a double-strike from Umar Gul that accounted for Tamim Iqbal and Shahriar Nafees on the stroke of tea. Both batsmen, though, received rough umpiring decisions in a series where the DRS isn't available.

"They [the umpires] have the most difficult out there," Law said. "It's not the decisions, but the timings of them. Just before tea to lose two wickets in two balls to decisions that we felt were quite questionable. It's a massive kick in the guts.

"It's just a great reminder to everybody that this DRS is something that as a team [we could use]. A lot of talk about us fighting for survival in the international scene. If decisions don't go our way, and there seem to be quite a few, it makes our job that much more difficult."

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez said his bowlers had put the team in a fine position. "Our bowlers have worked very hard and have taken five wickets today. The new ball was doing a bit. We are in a position where we can put pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen and we are very much on track [to win the Test]."

Hafeez also appreciated Shakib Al Hasan's effort - the allrounder followed up his century with six-wicket haul. "Shakib's performance was great. I think he was under some pressure for not scoring in the ODIs. He came out with a strategy and executed it well.

"He bowled really well after scoring the hundred, which is something special. He is doing a wonderful job for Bangladesh."

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  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    In Tennis, they have something similar like the DSR system which is now being used on a regular basis and it is pretty evident that bad calls are pretty much becoming "a thing of the past" and the game has become lot more enjoyable to watch. Technology is available now and it is here to stay and it should definitely be used. Nothing should get in the way against proper accuracy of judgement. Bad calls are simply bad and it should not have any influence on the outcome of the game. Way too many bad calls in this game; UNACCEPTABLE.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    did Pakistan not drop a single catch in this series???

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    DRS DRS DRS DRS DRS DRS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Should be used in every Test Match without a doubt.

  • Owais on December 21, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @WICric101. Agreed, same observation. Umpires always favor the stronger team. I dont know why all matches dont have DRS ?

  • ABDUL ALEEM on December 21, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Stuart Law meant some other word when he said "Just before tea to lose two wickets in two balls to decisions that we felt were quite questionable. It's a massive kick in the guts. " it is certainly not "guts" it is something , well perhaps not suitable is kick in butt..

  • D on December 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Well love the fact Bangladesh is fighting in the 2nd innings (at least while batting) although Law is right about the fielding. They have to work on that and use SA or NZ as a model for improvement. Keep up the good work Bangladesh and of course, great seeing the new talent from Pakistan also emerging. Cheers from a Canadian & Indian fan.

  • Manesh on December 21, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    It is again proved that Shakib is the only world class player in BD team, rest of them can play good cricket only if it is their day(once in a year).

  • JIGNESH on December 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    ICC should remove the test status from Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been playing test cricket for more than 10 years already, but they hardly draw the match. Every series they are losing without any doubt and sometimes every match of the series. Whoever plays against them, gets very easy ranking and points, struggling batsmen and bowlers get their form back after playing against Bangladesh. Test cricket in Bangladesh is died, but let me clear-test cricket in bangladesh never had a life. I am not talking about ODIs here, I know in ODIs, they are sometimes competitive. I am talking about test cricket here. Once Tamim Iqbal beacame Bangladeshi Sehwag and blasted some innings, and now he barely cross 15 runs mark. M. Ashraful is the most struggling cricketer of the world, but every series he gets his chance like Harbhajan used to get in India. There are many all-rounders in Bangladesh but never get a chance, and these strugglers having chances no matter they perform well or not..

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Whatever happened is really bad for Tamim... Nothing to say...

  • Earl on December 21, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Players have got to play the game with sportsmanship in mind.They are pretty close to cheating sometimes.Don't tell me that no Pakistani player did not know that Tamin did not play that ball.There was one sound and they could see it hit his helmet.What are they appealing for.ICC should start fining teams that appeal when at least one person on the team is aware that the person is out.The reverse should go for batsmen who know that they are clearly out and wait for the umpire decision.This idea that it will all even out is bunk.

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