Bangladesh news August 30, 2011

Bangladesh board to evaluate loss in Zimbabwe

ESPNcricinfo staff

Manzur Ahmed, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive, has said the board will evaluate the team's poor performance in Zimbabwe, where they lost a one-off Test and the ODI series 3-2.

"I would like to see it in management terms and in this case it will be called an evaluation," Manzur told the Daily Star. "We'll look into the reports from the various individuals and then do a complete evaluation of the team, both on and off the field."

Bangladesh had not played a Test in over a year before the tour and they suffered a 130-run defeat against Zimbabwe, who were returning to Test cricket after an absence of six years.

They also conceded a 0-3 lead in the ODIs before winning the last two dead-rubbers. The series was Stuart Law's first assignment as national coach after succeeding Jamie Siddons.

Manzur said the BCB was receiving reports from various individuals in the touring party. "We are holding discussions and we will receive reports. We know there's merit to an inquiry committee but it is not decided yet," Manzur said. "It will definitely be an honest appraisal and we'll look at all areas within the national team as well.

"Actually, we are looking at three areas to better our cricket. First it is the wickets, then the High Performance unit, and lastly the first-class cricket structure. These are all in place but there is always room for improvement."

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  • Masnoon on September 2, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    An effective domestic domestic structure is a must!! plus, i think the board needs to make the players more responsible!!

  • Rizwan on September 1, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    [contd]...So, long task awaits BCB in future. As the associates & Zimbabwe are catching up so fast, more questions are going to be raised; Bangladesh cricket still fails to prove that they are worthy of playing in whites.

  • Rizwan on September 1, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Whatever you want to do, do it fast. My guess, its too late by now. Zimbabwe seems to have caught up already. They have limited resources compared to Bangladesh but got good former players who are highly motivated to improve their whole cricket structure. Ireland also trying to launch a proper first-class structure now, if they get proper funding from ICC. So, 10 years after that promotion to test cricket & BD is still nowhere; maybe the players are little more professionals now(thanks to Siddons partly). They've already got their core of players in Shakib, Tamim. Now to wait for a decent pace attack. Shafiul gets late swing & some movement of the seam but he ain't consistent enough, Rubel is quite handy with his revrese-swing in limited over matches but not good enough for Tests, Shahadat can offer some bounce with his height, Mashrafee is still the best but losing pace & almost always unfit. [contd.]

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    @Muhammad Najeeb: Rubel has been just unlucky for not getting the limelight. he has been putting in all the hard work for the last 2 years, and he should be in the squad. Bangladesh was unlucky not to have Shahadat in the squad. but Zimbabwe were just superb.

    as for Khaled Mahmud, he had a terrible average, and Bangladesh cricket does not need to look backwards, only forward.

    we do need major overhaul of the first class structure. we should invest in the new breed like Nasir and Hom. the selection has been bizarre at times. they played the unstable Nafees in the Tests, while Junaid, one of the better performers in tests for BD was picked for ODIs. this bizarre selection has to change. as for Ashraful, he will be picked for all the series from now on, as his fan/former captains are the selectors. if Ashraful keeps getting picked for his once a year innings, Bangladesh Cricket will go nowhere..

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    1. Ashraful is incapable of playing under pressure. Keep him in Tests. 2. Find a couple of fast bowlers who can take some wickets, obviously Shafiul and Rubel is not doing it for Bangladesh. We have the WORST pace attack in the top 10.

    If you can't THEN find two all rounders who can bowl economically and bat as well. One good example was Khaled Mahmud, and later the spinners can continue to turn the cork and take wickets. Rest assured the two all rounders can contribute to our batting order that has a ritual habit of collapsing by default.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    It's the cricketing infrastructure in BD does not get a major overhauling, this will happen time and again. Think about the domestic first class competition. It's a joke. Only one competition each year and that's it! You can't expect players to improve their performances if they are not allowed to apply themselves often in longer version. I can still remember when we were kids, we had 3 leagues in Sylhet - Pioneer, 2nd Division, 1st Division. Besides that, there were school cricket, college cricket (Siraj Smriti), inter university championship. Don't know if they are still being held. Why don't we get one longer version tournament in all the districts, at least the major ones? Seeing one or two players in the list of elite internationals does not mean we are improving. We had Jahangir Shah Badshah in the Asian XI even when we were playing MCC XI as international teams!

  • Sachit on August 30, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    I contradict with StraightHit. He may be right about Ashraful but not about Mahmudullah, Nafees and Tamim. Mahmudullah and Tamim have proven their skills numerous times against great sides and Nafees is someone who showing improvement in terms of consistency. One of the major problems I see with BD is in their leadership. I believe Shakib is over reliant on himself than his comrades. He needs to show more faith on batting and bowling of Mahmudullah and other all rounders of the team. Other major problem BD has is its fast bowling attack. Rubel, Shafiul are good but not as consistent as expected for the highest level. Mashrafe showed great promise in his beginning but his fitness and attitute did not allow him to stay with that promise. But still I have lot of faith in this side. They are evolving and definitely come better with coming days.

  • Steve on August 30, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    The first class standards must be very poor in BD. Otherwise, I can't comprehend how players who have failed repeatedly are selected time and again despite being given numerous chances (Ashraful, Mahmudullah, Nafees and even Tamim) under different coaches. Time to shore 1st class structure. Increase financial incentives so foreign players can participate and impart skill and knowledge to local players.

  • Ahsan on August 30, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Keep your players grounded!!!! As simple as that

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    They need to blood some new players into the test time, IE Shuvagoto Hom, Nasir Hossain, bring back Raqibal Hasan. They can get rid of Kayes, ashraful and siddique, only keep Kayes for one dayers.

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