Bangladesh news November 10, 2012

Tamim rues long gap between Tests


Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh opener, has said the huge gap between the team's Test matches is hurting their chances in the format. When they host West Indies for two Tests starting next week, Bangladesh will play five-day cricket after a gap of 11 months.

"Our situation isn't good, we play Tests after long gaps," Tamim told ESPNcricinfo. "We should have this mentality of adapting ourselves from one format to the other. If we had played regular Test cricket, this question about adjusting wouldn't have come up."

Bangladesh played five Tests last year, drawing one and losing the other four, a marginal improvement from 2010, when they lost all seven Tests they played. However, Tamim had a stellar 2010, when he made three Test centuries, and a leaner 2011; when he struggled because of the team's 14-month break from Test cricket. Most Bangladesh players struggled to make that transition from limited-overs to Tests.

"Good form doesn't last for long, so one has to make the best of it. When I was doing really well in 2010, how many Tests did I end up playing? If someone else was in my place, he would have played more and made more runs."

Tamim said he planned to bring more discipline to his game this season in order to make up for the break, but added that it was the player's mentality that mattered.

"It depends on individuals. If one's thinking pattern goes like, 'I am playing a Test match after a year and a half', his performance will be what he makes of it. If you think differently and decide that I should be ready mentally, I think this gives a player more chances to perform.

"If you make a professional cricketer play a T20 after two years of Tests, he won't just start leaving balls outside off stump. He's not an idiot. He has the sense to hit out. The same thing happens when you bring him back to Tests from Twenty20s."

Bangladesh will mark 12 years in Test cricket with the second lowest number of Tests in a year - just the two against West Indies (the lowest being the single Test against India in 2000). They have a longer 2012-13 season, however, with Tests scheduled against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe early next year, but only positive results will give the country's cricket authorities a little more room to manoeuvre their cricket schedule and attract top countries to play against Bangladesh.

Tamim said the players had to look at their situation positively. "What opportunities we get, we should make full use of it. This will give us more chances to play."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Hi friends. Don't ignore anybody. Remember a little tiger will turn into a big tiger but that will need a reasonable time. Bangladesh are the most youngest nations among 9 other country. It proves that we everybody's expectation is much more higher that's why peoples are talking too much about BD. just wait and see day's are coming like ICC vice president and next president. c'mon guys it just only 12 yr's in test. While someone like Sachin, Ponting, Afridi played more than the total BD teams. Please stop criticizing and appreciate them to go ahead. Best of Luck Bangladesh.

  • Alex on November 12, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Bangladesh were given test status to soon, they had no FC competition at the time of receiving test status which is why they struggled so much initially, on top of that the FC competition they did implement isn't taken very seriously and hasn't been improved upon to help create test standard players. however slowly but surely players techniques and will to win and improve is increasing. the results may be similar but the standard of the Bangladesh team now to when they first started playing test matches is a vast difference, and with youngsters like gazi, anamul, mominul, s.sarker, shuvagata coming through the BD team looks like it will continue to improve and they will start to challenge the bigger teams a lot more often and will get some wins.

  • Jonny on November 11, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @maddy20:-Problem! Bangladesh don't even play enough ODIs only 4 this year so there's no chance of them ever breaking into the top 5.

  • V.L on November 11, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @Third_Gear Bangladesh should play tests with Zim and associate nations first and then push their case for a test series with a major test playing nations. If you do not have a single series win to show for in 12 years of playing it, then why would anyone want to play with Bangladesh, knowing it would be a snooze fest and a one-sided thrashing of Bangladesh? Another thing they should concentrate on is to create a strong domestic cricket structure instead of BPL, that PL and what-not-PL. The best cricket players make it to the international scene through FC cricket. If you really want to play test cricket, then you should show your intent first. You can start your premier leagues once you break into the top 5 in ICC rankings in atleast ODIs or even better, test cricket.

  • Enamul on November 11, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    ICC should concentrate in making window for growing nations in FTP not for IPL. If a team is to play test after 11 months it proves a great failure of ICC and we can easily understand they are busy with only many countries and their money invloved tournaments.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    all test nation country playing test match while bangladesh out of test match around 11 month . how bangladesh could be good in test if the dont play test . i think icc have to more realistic about globalization of cricket , theay need to give chance play all country to play test . it cant be like that some country are in elit and other who just come play cricket theay are not elit means theay need permision to play test cricket .

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Bangladesh and zimbabwe should be added to the intercontennal cup thats a way of getting regular 4 day cricket

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    It's quite patronizing to hear the same thing again and again...Bangladesh didn't get chance to play too many test matches, this and that. So, if I raise a question" Oh people, have we ever appeared a Math exam without practicing. The answer would contradict the statement in-case the Bangladeshi team responds it. In many test matches, I have noticed Attar Ali khan talking about the lack of net-practice all day long among the batsmen in our team. Therefore, if we can overcome the strain of enduring more load it's possible to expect centuries from openers like Tamim and Junaied. Moreover, the weather in Dhaka is a bit of cold due to the approaching winter-an advantage for our players to practice more in absence of the obnoxious heat. Lastly, I would like to conclude by saying" Bhaizanera" please don't play the test in a T-20 approach(especially to Tamim Bhai). Good luck!

  • Jay on November 10, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    I think the ICC have a LOT to ponder. Their attitude towards 'smaller' teams like BD is costing those teams big time. I know BD are not an attractive team but if they don't get to play test cricket against the big boys, then they are doomed. India too have to take a good look at themselves. What have they done to improve BD cricket ? Being an Indian fan, I am ashamed at the BCCI's attitude. Instead of playing a MEANINGLESS T20 and ODI series against Pakistan, why not schedule a 2 test series against BD. This is coming from a hater of test cricket BUT I too know the sense of playing test cricket with a nation that needs improvement. BD deserve to get proper practice against top teams. Right now, they are not being helped by anyone.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    When it comes to test cricket, Bangladesh is 100% guaranteed minnows.

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