Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur

The same old story for Bangladesh

As long as Bangladesh lack belief in themselves and seem satisfied with limited success, fortunes are unlikely to change

Mohammad Isam

November 18, 2012

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Nasir Hossain was bowled for 21, Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 5th day, November 17, 2012
Bangladesh batted irresponsibly on the final day in Mirpur © Associated Press
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Bangladesh's stumble at the penultimate hurdle in Mirpur has brought into focus their mindset while on the verge of a major outcome. The defeat drew attention to a subconscious lack of belief in their own abilities and apparent satisfaction with limited goals after a period of positive cricket. This is more likely to test them in the last two sessions of a Test, but the team must realise quickly that taking the game into the fifth day alone does not constitute an achievement.

Bangladesh's approach was confusing from the outset in the chase. They were slow off the blocks and lost early wickets. They lost five wickets in the two hours after lunch, which left them having too much to do in the final session. They batted at a tepid pace, and seemed daunted by the prospect of surviving 70-odd overs or even winning a Test. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim said their plan was to keep six wickets in hand in the final session to win. At no stage during the innings, in which they lost wickets regularly, did the team think of playing for a draw.

Bangladesh bat deep and had as many as eight batsmen. They reached their highest Test score in the first innings, but should have been more useful in the second. They lacked imagination in the chase and the will to bat it out, with only Mahmudullah showing some determination in the last hour of the match.

Mushfiqur also pointed to the lack of experience in the fourth innings as one of the causes for the defeat. The last Bangladesh were set a target under 300, they beat a weakened West Indies in 2009. The quality of the bowling attack was better in Mirpur, but what matters is a winning approach and, in Tests, Bangladesh haven't developed one yet.

In the one-dayers, Bangladesh have chased quite well, but, again, there hasn't been consistency. They lost to Pakistan in the Asia Cup final, chasing a total lower than the one they overhauled against India, and with a less-demanding asking-rate than they faced against Sri Lanka. The occasion gets to them.

Five batsmen scored more than 50 in Bangladesh's first innings, but none went past 30 in the second. There's been a trend of Bangladesh batsmen not building on a positive start to the series, and that doesn't augur well for the next Test in Khulna. Only once has a Bangladesh batsman scored more than 300 runs in a series.

Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, the team's two best players, could be blamed for not contributing when it mattered. But what about the responsibility of others in the event the duo fails?

Once the game was over, Mushfiqur said the concern ahead of the Test was to last the five days. Taking the game into the final day seemed to be the key for a team playing it's first Test this year. The ICC president Alan Isaac cited the example of New Zealand, saying the team could play more Tests against the better-ranked teams if it performed more often against them. It seems a vicious cycle for Bangladesh, because they play so few Tests, and are unlikely to get more opportunities if they perform only every once in a while.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by The_Ashes on (November 21, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

@Meety:- Totally agree with you! I've seen your viewpoints all over Cricinfo proper Cricket fan you are but the key things is that weaker Cricket teams have the ability to climb up if they were given the same opportunities as to the higher ranked nations. If you take Bangladesh's example, they had full status in 2000 so its obvious why they're the underdogs in Test Cricket but we all know times are always changing. I agree Bangladesh should've progressed a lot more in Cricket but you know what off-field issues are like which drags unfortunately Bangladesh. If we can sort that out then Bangladesh will no doubt rise dramatically in Cricket but the important thing is that they are going upwards rather than downwards. The talent is there in Bangladesh their youth system and record is proof of that but its behind the scenes which lags us back but really hope this is sorted soon so we can see another serious Cricketing contender.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

@Lord_Legal - Bangladesh are here to stay mate even if they continue to lose many more matches but one thing we can agree on is that the future is hard to predict no doubt about that cheers :P

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 21, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid - I agree with you that even though many fans want lower ranked teams like Bangladesh to do well realistically they're a long way off from winning test matches but in limited overs they are fine now. But if you are talking about their today's performance, think you spoke way too soon :D

Posted by Meety on (November 21, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Bangladesh has had barely one generation of cricketers come thru their system & people want to bag them? That's pathetic. In half a generation, they have uncovered Shakib as a world class talent, & have good Test players in Rahim & Tamim. They have a bunch of other players who have the talent - but not yet the experience & conditioning to step to the next level. I believe that within 5 years, Bangladesh will be a difficult team to beat in Tests at home & they will knock off some big names in the future. Most of the players are under 26yrs old.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (November 21, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Yet again i hear bangladesh lose yet another match lol i've always said bangladesh maybe can only compete with the associates in 4 day matches.

Posted by Sadequl on (November 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Just a comparison why editor's comment is so perfect in here, "The same old story for Bangladesh". Debut test match for Bangladesh : 10,11,12,13 November 2000. Bangladesh 1st innings - 400 runs & all out. India 1st innings - 429 runs & all out. Bangladesh 2nd innings - 91 runs & all out. India 2nd innings - 64 runs with 1 wicket loss & India won by 9 wickets & after 12 years in test arena - 13,14,15,16,17 November 2012. West Indies 1st innings - 527 runs with 4 wickets & D. Bangladesh 1st innings - 556 runs & all out. West Indies 2nd innings - 273 runs & all out. Bangladesh 2nd innings - 167 runs & all out & West Indies won by 77 runs.

Posted by PPD123 on (November 19, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

Bangladesh's problems are manifold -1) Lack of a proper domestic structure- eg nothing to compare with other test plaing nations 2) mental conditioning of players eg - too fragile under pressure time and again 3) limited goals/aspirations - eg happy with 1st inngs score and taking the game to day 5 - bottomline u still lost 4) the normal bangladeshi supporter is very understanding and forgiving to poor performance eg - In Ind & Pak cricketers get a lot of flak for poor perf - both media and people 5) the core group of players are not consistent enough eg - Tamim & Mushfiqur 6) continuing to support sub obtimal talent -eg Shahadat Hossein bowl Avg is 50+ (if stare and grunt could take wkts then he would have taken 1000 wkts and already been a legend) and Mohd Ashraful batting avg is 20+ (lets not even get into the number of matches he has already played for BD). Finally Shakib is a real talent - only consistent player for BD. but you hardly win any games of cricket with one player...

Posted by FOTO on (November 19, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Replace Shariar with Anamul or Mominul.

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 19, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

I think that the BCB should work with BCCI in opening the gates for BD players into Indian domestic teams. Have them play in Ranji, Duleep trophies.

Posted by McGorium on (November 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

To add to my previous post, Ban should do what many experts have stated. 1) Play A sides or domestic cricket champs of test playing nations home and away to get confidence. Sure, this means you have to swallow your pride a bit, but it's worth it. 2) Acknowledge your weaknesses (goto point 1). 3) Fix the domestic structure to have competitive sides playing on competitive wickets. BD has a large market (unlike say Zim or NZ) that can be used to make BD cricket profitable, if only their team would perform. BD fans have to be convinced that their side has a 10% chance of winning, and an honest fan will acknowledge that the odds of BD winning a test against a full-strength test side (you know what happened in the last WI series) is infinitesimal. They may win individual sessions, but currently lack the ability to sustain pressure over 15 potential sessions.

Posted by McGorium on (November 19, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

@muzzawood: First off, Bangladesh is not a strong test side. Never was. They manage to surprise the big teams in ODI's or T20's where pitches are flatter, and risky stroke-making is preferred to solid defence. Consider the match that concluded just across the border. Has any Bangladeshi batted for as long as Cook or Pujara have? That's the sort of stuff that wins or even draws test matches, and the truth is that Bangladesh have lost most of their games, never mind drawing. At a similar stage (80-90 tests), SRL and Zim were much better placed, and had great promise (Zim's subsequent decline has more to do with politics). Now put yourself in the shoes of the ECB, CA, or BCCI. Organizing a game with Ban is sure to be a loss-making proposition given the one-sidedness of the game, and consequent lack of viewer interest. They have domestic sides that are better than Ban. Why would they want to lose money in something when their players can get better match practice playing domestic cricket?

Posted by PPL11 on (November 19, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Some of the comments here are pathetic saying ICC don't provide FTP for BD to play test cricket and thats the reason they are not improving... well i guess keep on complaining like this and you will never improve.. I guess BD board should establish proper system like 5 days test National trophy and that will give good exposure to their players....

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Despite being a Bangladeshi cricket fan, I have to admit - this test was the same old story for Bangladesh. How much experience this team needs? The second inning collapse was not due to lack of experience, it was about lack of common cricket sense and lack of batting techniques against good fast bowling.

Posted by Tokai69 on (November 19, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Very true ...... I am really hopeless about the future of Cricket in Bangladesh. If they remain as minnows next 3/4 years and believe they are learning cricket in their own pitch, professional cricket will extinct from Bangladesh for sure. ICC has to do nothing to take off the test status from BD for Afg or Ire !

Posted by Legaleagle on (November 19, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

This is such a lame excuse that Bangladesh doesn't play as much Test that's why this happened. If Bangladesh was worthy of playing against top tier teams then they WOULD be playing by now. Bangladesh should play lots of 4 day matches with associates and A teams of top tier countries; show their capabilities and then challenge the top teams. Currently, they have nothing to show that they deserve to play top tier teams.

74 Test, 64 Loss, 3 wins!!

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

BCB should come out with strong future plan for standard domestic cricket structure. That is the only way to give back answer of all the criticism. We BD fan only blame the coaches, players, selectors after loosing matches. Tell me how many times we performed consistently after changing so many top coaches, players, and selectors. I surprised while i heard that out top most players like Shakib and Tamim had played less than 5/6 first class matches in their entire carrier. Even last year first class competition was stopped in the middle for Dhaka Premier League. Successful decentralization cricket from Dhaka as well strong divisional structure can produce consistent and world class performers. Few foreign top players form Srilanka, Pakistan and India domestic circuit can make the tournament a competitive one like BPL. I urges BCB to organize the franchise based first class tournament a successful and competitive one.

Posted by Sadequl on (November 19, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Ty @ Ashok for your encouraging comments trying to judge things neutrally but how come one can say its a improvement if it happens in consistently ! We all know BD bowlers are way high with their spin ability but if batsmen are always unconscious such way how come we can say they are improving ! This test match is almost identical what BD boys played on their debut test match. Where they scored 400 odd runs against India & then collapsed in 2nd innings where as everyone thought match will be a draw & similarly here no one even thought they can even loose this match on end of 4th day & starting on 5th but hence they once again proved everyone wrong by loosing it. 245 runs in almost whole day to score was it too much to be asked by anymeans ! If so then where is the improvement sign for a team after passing decade in test match !

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

I don't agree with Mohammad Isam's comment" The same old story for Bangladesh". Bangladesh rather created a new story.Was it too bad? Not at all. I see a tremendous possibilities of playing a good cricket by Bangladesh.We should go for effective planning and play with confidence.We should always feel as winners to win the game.Of course there are scopes for improvement for any cricket team including Bangladesh.Even the best can be improved.I only hope Bangladesh players should perform with strong determination paying no heed to negative feelings.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

A little harsh on the Bangladesh team. When you weigh-up that both sides scored over 500 on a very batsmen-friendly pitch, to even put themselves in a position to win it in the second-innings, is a achievement in itself. So they faultered on a 5th day wkt through scoreboard-pressure, they're not the first to do so and won't be the last. The Banglas have alot of ability in their batting line-up, Tamim Iqbal is their x-factor. The problem is their attitude and temperament, by nature they like to go hard at the ball and sometimes that kind of over-comiitment will always get you in trouble if the timing isn't right or the line & length of the delivery is not there to attack. Some of them need to play each ball to it's merits and try and play to the situation, instead of resorting to trying to hit their way out of trouble. If they learn from their mistakes and keep fighting hard, their gradual improvement will continue. I believe that they have the ability, but lack the maturity.

Posted by Third_Gear on (November 19, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

First of all I must congratulate the TIGERS for their mind blowing performance in the last test match against WI ,which they have played after a long interval of 11 months. Secondly, My appeal to the selectors please get Ziaur Rahman,Anamul Huq,Mominul Huq IN and Shahdat,Zunaid,Shahriar OUT. This is high time to mix up some new talented players with experienced Shakib,Tamim,Mushfiq. I believe this will help us to win in the 2nd test.

Posted by muzzawood on (November 19, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

I think Bangladesh are a strong cricket team problem is they don't play enough test cricket to be competitive.For this this to team to be playing there first Test match for the year 2012,there is something wrong with the FTP.I think the relevant cricket boards and the ICC should scrap the idea with the countries like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh that 2 test matches constitutes a series while the other nations play more test cricket galore how can these countries be competitive if they hardly play this form of cricket at all.You can see Bangladesh first innings total of 500 plus that there competitive but seem to lose the momentum at the 4 and 4th day I know this has been mention before but the administrators keep ignoring these words and Bangaladesh keep losing the same way.Bangaladesh should be playing at least 10 test matches a the saying goes the more you play the better you will get.I hope someone is reading this out there and will make the change better for the game itself.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

I think a great deal of the criticism that's being heaped on the Bangladesh side is a tad unfair. Given that they were playing test cricket after more than a year, replying strongly to a mammoth opposition total and getting into a match winning position is itself a massive improvement over their past performances. Self-belief may come eventually, but Bangladesh have at least shown that they're no pushovers. Its just a matter of time before the improvements start translating into results.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

I am delighted to see that Bangladesh did not look as rusty as it is supposed to be after one year of test cricket. Winning a test does require some planning, and Bangladesh failed to plan (not planed to fail). For Mushfiq, the best bet is to look for half a dozen of draws before trying to win. The team need to be themselves on the final day but the players perhaps lost focus and thought winning was not impossible. It is a high risk bet, draw was achievable if the players simply reflected on their own performance in the first innings. Learning is incremental, not radical; it comes with maturation process. How can any nation avoid it? Can we? In my view, this Bangladesh team will be there when the average age of these players is 27 plus, and there are minimal shuffles in team selection. Coaching-training is a crucial factor in a success, the team needs a dedicated and sincere coach who will be available for at least two/three years. A team without a coach is like a kid without a father.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 19, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

What does teams like BD and WI need? First thing, they need to stop the sentance "Atleast we competed in this game". It is just like a batsman get settled. A batsman who had scored 40 runs and settled should go on and make it count. A 40 is as good as 10 if not continued and made a big score unless it is a very tough pitch. Likewise, a loss is a loss inspite of the margin. So never be satisfied with atleast we competed. Win is what you play for and it is what going to give the respect to you and your team. And the confidence too. Last match WAS BD's and just plain bad cricket made them lose it. Take it in the chin and comeback even harder next game. Don't be satisfied with "We competed".

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Can someone tell what is the logic behind playing with weak teams those who are not a test status teams. The level of performance will not improve that's way anymore. the best possible solution is strong first class structure, that can make BD team consistent in a few year time. If we can hire top coaches from Aus, SA then why not follow the First Class Structure of South Africa, Australia and India. Invite top nations A team , Development squad and arrange more longer version games with BD A team. BCB can arrange some longer version tournament while some domestic champion team of BD,India, Pakistan and Srilanka can play with each other.Like Bd top 4 divisional team as well couple of domestic champions from either Srilanka, Pakistan and India. There is no question about talent and ability just need the right direction.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

I totally agree with M_Rakibul_Islam.. you got the exact problem for lack of consistancy.......... the problem lies there and solution is there as well. No need to play many tests against top sides to improve. That's a lame excuse. No test playing nation got as much opportunities as BD have got in last decade. Actually BD need a well-structured FIRST CLASS competition rather than BPL or "Picnic FC Cricket''. India shined due to Ranji Trophy, Caribbeans shined for Regional 4-days, PK improved due to Qaedeazam trophy. As they had drawn a lot of tests against top teams due to their experience in domestic FC games, top side had become more eager to play vs those minnows in following decades. If BD can build a better First Class structure within few years, they'll b able to at least draw tests vs top teams as SL did in late 80s or Zim in late 90s.

Posted by mihir_nam on (November 19, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Bangladesh should support cause of Ireland to Test Cricket atleast they will be competitive opposition in test cricket for few years. Or atlease call Ireland/Aghanistan cricket teams for 4day matches at home before full member series. This will give them good practice against these nations.

Posted by rony1008 on (November 19, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

First test in 11 months and considering they are not used to play in the fifth day with a good chance to win, I thought Bangladesh did quite well. Instead of writing articles with same template, you should write why weaker teams like Bangladesh doesn't get to play more tests. Short-sighted nature of this so called experts and arrogant ex-cricketers need to realize Bangladesh is improving (beating NZ 4-0, almost winning Aisa cup is good signs). Bangladesh needs support and I'm afraid some people are just do the opposite.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

The problem is Bangladesh should stop to blame playing less test or any other cause.Their approach in 2nd test should be spend as many time in the pitch and at least think about draw first then win. While Bangladesh is loosing all the way (records say) then why other top teams will waste their valuable time. if BD is not playing enough international test then make a strong domestic first class structure with some experienced players from Srilanka, Pakistan and India to make the structure more competitive. blaming, learning curve is a waste of time. BD already played a lots of test matches 78 in a 12 years span. Now please focus on structure (the main issue).

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Mushfiqur should go lower down the order (after mahmadullah) as he is really good when it comes to chasing. In 1st innings he can adapt to situation, if team is on low total (do a chanderpaul/Naeem) and if they have a good amount of runs (350+) then do his normal thing.

The squad should stay the same except: Nafees, Shahadat, Junaeed out (rubel did enough to stay in) and Enamul Jr/Sunny , Anamul Haque, Nazmul.

Abul Hasan should debut vs Zimbabwe next year.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 18, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Bangladesh were in prime position to win the test heading into the chase; but the run rate was difficult and when things went wrong it became a tight chase. They went close, and any team could have lost in similar circumstances. But they have to win this kind of match eventually. At some point they have to stop the excuses and just win one.

Posted by FOTO on (November 18, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

When Shakib got out it was an unplayable delivery. Tamim couldn't help leaving anymore balls behind. Every time Tamim preforms the team preforms. In the Asia cup against Pakistan in the final was A SLOW PITCH. They should take out Junaid and Shariar who can not play and let the whole team down. They should ask for Anamul and Mominul next time. Take out Shahadat or Rubel and put in Abul Hasan. That should make it better.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Good effort overall from Bangladesh, they still need to find two decent quick or medium pace bowlers though. Rubel and Shahadat are not up up it, good to see that Mashrafe Mortaza is currently playing in a 4 day game, if they could get him to last 5 days and pair him with Nazmum Hossain or Shafiul Islam it would help a lot. Although most of the batsmen performed, picking 7 batsmen and 3 bowlers seemed like a very negative move. One of the batsmen should make way for Elias Sunny or Enamul Haque junior.

Posted by jb633 on (November 18, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Nicely written article and it raises interesting points. I confess to not knowing the most about BD cricket (England fan) but having watched a few of their games I always notice the same things. The biggest weakness is in their bowling and I think the fact that they rarely can bowl sides out always lumps huge pressure on the batsmen. There are some taented players in the batting line up but to me it seems they are incapable of consilidating when they have lost 2/3 quick wickets. When things are going well they look a million dollers ( Tamim, Shakib Mamhadullah) but it seems they do not have the mental reslience to battle and graft when the chips are down. If you look at the best palyers in the world Smith, Clarke, Cook, Amla they are so good because they will let the bowler win a half hour session so long as they stay in. The key is they know they can make hay once the eye is in and they don't need to play any rash shots juat because the bowler has bowled 2 maidens in a row for example

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (November 18, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

If Bangladesh can be consistent then it will be hard for teams to runaway from them. England for some reason are not planning to invite Bangladesh even though when they travelled in 2010 and lost, they performed much better than what India have when they toured there in 2011. India still hasn't invited Bangladesh for even a one-off test match and the last time Australia played Bangladesh in a test match was way back in 2006 simply not on otherwise there's no point in including Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to plays test just to fill the ranks.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 18, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

No need to play many tests against top sides to improve. That's a lame excuse. No test playing nation got as much opportunities as BD have got in last decade. Actually BD need a well-structured FIRST CLASS competition rather than BPL or "Picnic FC Cricket''. India shined due to Ranji Trophy, Caribbeans shined for Regional 4-days, PK improved due to Qaedeazam trophy. As they had drawn a lot of tests against top teams due to their experience in domestic FC games, top side had become more eager to play vs those minnows in following decades. If BD can build a better First Class structure within few years, they'll b able to at least draw tests vs top teams as SL did in late 80s or Zim in late 90s.

Posted by BARFI on (November 18, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

This is very sad that BD team does not set an achievable aim. 245 out of 70plus over is more than doable by any cricket team who knows how to play cricket. Ireland, Scotland or even Afghanistan could have accomplish it. If BD does not change its mindset and play carelessly then the outcome will be always like that. At one point we did not have class players but now we do. But if those class players perform like this!!! what a shame Shakib abd Tamim. If you guys are athlete in old Russia there would have been a consequence of playing tennis ball cricket on the day when you both could have performed well. Why Mushfiqur is still the Captain. He lacks command, doesn't talk, stay stupid thinks like we are happy of our peformances....come on that a performance Mushfiqur. His captaincy is no longer needed. Bangladesh should create 4-5 days test style league between four super divisions and assign a sport psychologist in their team. May Allah bless!!

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 18, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

I agree they shouldn't be satisfied with personal goals or limited I mean experience players like Tamim and Saqibul are satisfied in getting fifties rather then getting hundreds where it will easily be remembered. Both their conversions rate are poor and needs to be addressed otherwise they will continue to average where they are. Shakib doesn't look the Shakib we know and is out of form and if he truly wants to be a great all-rounder then he needs to achieve hundred scores. Tamim needs to start maturing now because he should realise that Bangladesh is a weaker team and needs to be responsible and set an example when he bats. Rahim needs to be more aware as he captains and score fifties regularly as a lower down order batsman. Also consider grooming in Anamul Haque instead of using past batsman who haven't succeeded.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 18, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Its true Bangladesh do not play nowhere enough Cricket but what you can do is to play is arrange plenty of games against the top associate teams home and/or away in limited overs games I mean why else do they have limited overs status? play them or domestic teams around the world in 3/4-day and A games and when you have series against a team of your same calibre like Zimbabwe, instead of playing 2 test matches, add another 1 so you are playing 3 against them because quite honestly, both need as much Cricket as possible, also do not play 3 ODI matches between eachother and play 5 instead. Also very advisable if many of the first team players go and travel abroad to play and experience in all sorts of conditions i.e. County Cricket and if you can do these things first then Bangladesh will do themselves a lot of favour for a start. But the key thing is to improve your domestic or first class structure and alter a lot of your Cricket grounds to make them bouncy and fast.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 18, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

I agree Bangladesh should've used their ODI experience and win that game but the fact remains they played their first test in almost a year so what's the point in taking tests seriously when they don't even play it? the test match wasn't one sided and we should be proud how Bangladesh gave the West Indies a fight not bad for a weak team that hasn't played for a year. If Bangladesh can do the same again and not lose by an innings then its quite obvious they have made the improvements and that's the way to go about it realistically for now.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

The selection is always wrong and they need to be strict on those positions and even if it means to drop its best players. Everyone knows West Indies are expected to win this 2-0 but so far it was a tough contest from both sides. The problem with Bangladesh in tests is that they just don't have the fast bowlers to take 20 mammoth wickets so they will of course lose more matches. Even Zimbabwe and New Zealand are badly struggling in Tests so lets be fair. For Test 2 this should be the line-up - Tamim, Shahriar, Anamul, Naeem, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Abul and Nazmul. Give Rubel a rest because he had a surgery and Abul a chance just to test so we can pick the perfect squad for the one-day series where we actually have a serious chance of winning compared to tests.

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