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Bangladesh need to play more Tests - Tamim

Siddhartha Talya

April 10, 2012

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Tamim Iqbal reminds everyone he has scored four half-centuries in a row, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur, March 22, 2012
More Tests, not less, is the solution to improving Bangladesh's fortunes as a Test-playing nation, says Tamim Iqbal © Associated Press

Tamim Iqbal has said Bangladesh's performance in the Asia Cup was a turning point in its cricket history but his team could only carry such form into the five-day format if it played Test matches on a more regular basis. According to the Future Tours Programme, Bangladesh only play 42 Test matches until the end of 2020, with no tours of India and England. Their next Test assignment is against Zimbabwe in August.

"That's the main problem for Bangladesh," Tamim, 23, told ESPNcricinfo. "The moment we start to do well in Test match cricket, we get a year's break or a 14-month break. If we want to really improve in Test match cricket, we need to play the format a lot more. You see us playing ODI cricket for quite some time and quite regularly, and the performance is changing. The world is seeing that Bangladesh is coming up. It's the same with Test cricket.

"We need to play a lot of Test matches to improve, to gain confidence, to learn how to deal with situations and play session by session."

Bangladesh have lost 63 of their 73 Tests, winning only three since their debut in 2000-01. They've had more success in ODIs and, most recently, almost won the Asia Cup, falling short by two runs in the final against Pakistan. They beat India and Sri Lanka en route to that final, and ran Pakistan close both times they played.

"We have been playing international cricket for quite some time now and we needed something like this," Tamim said. "Scoring hundreds is a habit. Winning matches is a habit. Against India, we chased down 290. Sometimes when the opposition teams batted first and got to around 300, if you are not habituated to chasing down those kind of runs you get confused. So, when you start doing it, you know what to do, how to go about it, make plans and how to bat.

"The more matches we'll start to win, the better we'll get. So, this was a great tournament for us because we chased in every single game and did very well. The boys will remember how we did it and take it forward."

The Asia Cup was preceded by the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Tamim missed much of that tournament due to injury, but said it had an impact on the national team's Asia Cup showing as the experience of playing with other international stars made its players more self-confident. "In Bangladesh domestic cricket, you're facing bowlers bowling at 125-130kmph, so sometimes it's hard to adjust when playing international cricket.

"But here you've seen Shakib [Al Hasan] playing some unbelievable shots, which was rare for him. Mushfiqur [Rahim] played an unbelievable innings against India, hitting sixes. So they're getting this kind of confidence from BPL."

The build-up to the Asia Cup was mired in controversy surrounding Tamim's exclusion from the squad, but he was eventually drafted in and went on to get four half-centuries in a row in the competition. Tamim admitted he'd been in poor form in the home series against Pakistan but said he'd been able to recover through practice and showing more determination at the crease.

"These things happened to me in the last series against Pakistan, and to be very honest I panicked," he said, about a series in which he had scores of 0,4 and 0 in the ODIs and averaged just 15 in the Tests. "I wasn't sure what to do, whether I should relax etc. I practiced really hard, did everything possible to score runs and I went there, took my time and eventually it happened."

Tamim, who is the third-highest run-getter for Bangladesh in Tests and ODIs currently, was grateful for the support of his team-mates during his exclusion and after his return to the Asia Cup squad. "Sometimes, when these kinds of things happen in different teams, they talk about it. They ask you, 'Why did this happen and why were you dropped?'. The best part of my team was they never talked about this, they always trusted my ability and knew what I'm capable of.

"If someone else goes through the same period, the boys should react the same way. It's not the first time a cricketer is facing this kind of thing. It'll happen again, it's a part of life you know."

Tamim had an excellent run in the Asia Cup but was disappointed not to have converted those fifties into bigger scores. "When you're going through a good patch, you should make it count as much as possible. Someone like Virat Kohli, he's doing tremendously well, scoring hundreds every second game. The way I got out in the final wasn't good, that is something to work on."

Tamim was signed up by Pune Warriors before the ongoing IPL season. "I'm lucky to be part of Pune Warriors because you've got Indian legends like Sourav Ganguly, someone like Michael Clarke is also a great player. I'm young and I have a lot to learn."

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Posted by Harry_Kool on (April 11, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Seems like most agree that BD needs to get their first class structure in order before seeking more test matches. 10 years after gaining test status, their ability to play first class or test structure is still very poor. They need to play a lot of matches aginst "A" teams. To be blunt, BD would struggle in most of the fc competitions around the globe. I am not questioning their ability as cricketers, just their experience in playing the extended version. Even David Warner had to play a number of games for NSW AFTER making his T20 debut and score runs in different circumstances to be able to achive test success. Sorry Tamim, if you think you are going to be competitive in tests, you're dreaming pal.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (April 11, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

I'm not a big fan of Test cricket. It is the 19th century's format of the game. In T20's time who cares about Test cricket? I think, it's time to get rid of Test cricket, it's nothing but waste of time. Better to play more ODI and T20.

Posted by fr600 on (April 11, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

No need to tour India, tour other countries that are still strong for you guys. You have to stop playing weak teams and go for the bigger ones.

Posted by Praxis on (April 11, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

1. BD won't get more matches without improving their statistics, 2. BD won't improve without more matches. 3. Winning couple of one-day games is never an indicator of improvement in test cricket. 4. BCB wil never give first class cricket the most importance. 5. Doesn't matter how much Bangla fans keep denying & give excuses, the fact is we still don't deserve to be a test playing nation.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (April 11, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

This will just boost cricketer statistics.Sri Lanka must be thrilled though!

Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

IDK what some people have against Bangladesh. You don't provide us adequate opportunities to improve by playing more Tests and then you indulge in questioning our Test status. Double standards much? I'd love to see what happens of other Test nations if they're compelled to play ludicrous number of Tests like Bangladesh.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (April 11, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

No disrespect to Bangladesh but can they tell us how many test they have drawn in last 12 years. May be none. BD defeated the exhausted teams of India and Srilanka who were back from grueling tour of australia. BD when played against Pakistan last time lost every match. Then they played against Australia lost all matches and count goes on. Every body knows that because of Sachin very slow 100th 100 BD won the match and were in the final. We are not fool, yes BD has improve but they got to win a series or even draw a series for once. What happens to Asia cup, BD lost it. Though they won millions of fans but in the end they lost the final. Win which matters. BD got to win to play test cricket against best nations. Got to improve more and more. Also BD was playing Asia cup at home, i can win asia cup at home too, it's away tours which you need to win and win real status.

Posted by dariuscorny on (April 11, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

@RandyOZ yes we will witness Auss level when they travel India.did u draw some level on basis of current Aus form,struggling to beat a struggling outfit going by ur analysis AUS,WI,BD are of same level as BD defeated WI comprehensively.

Posted by derpherp on (April 11, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

@Ashik Imran yeah, i don't think so, it is very rare that top test playing nations would lose to lower test teams even away from home, and Australia did defeat Bangladesh at Mirpur (in fact it was a 3-0 whitewash early last year in a one day international series). Bangladesh simply need to just play more cricket, win, lose or draw it doesn't matter, they will improve as long as they're out on the field.

Posted by Meety on (April 11, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

@yoogi - I don't mind that idea, although I think it should be a 3-tiered test structure. The top 4 or 5 in tier A (atm Eng, Saffas, India & Oz), the next 3 or 4 teams (SL, Pak, NZ & WI), then Tier C (Banga, Zim, Afghan & Ire). Tier A play 4 or 5 test series home & away against each other, then play 3 test series v Tier B. Tier B play 4 or 5 test series amongst each other & play 3 test series against Tier A, AND play 2-test series away v Tier C & one off test at home. In Tier C Zim & Bang play 3 test series against each other & play against the Tier B sides, they play one off tests at home v Ire & Afghan & 2 tests away. Rankings would play the major part in this structure, however, financial & marketability has to be included. Also there would be scope for say one off tests for Ireland v Oz & Eng (heritage ties), the same for Afghan v Pak. Progression between the tiers would take place over a 4yr period.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Watching Bangladesh play Test Cricket against the Aussies, Pak., Eng, SL and India is a NIGHTMARE......

Posted by ZsZs on (April 10, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

When was the last time Tamim played FC at home? He has played his last FC in Bangladesh in November 2007. Test Match is not for practice Tamim, the FC is. So, to keep your form play ome FC first instead of griping about what ICC can do, first do it for yourself.

Posted by tatactg on (April 10, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

@cricket2011, timtom , Cric_purist

Some refresher to clear your muddled heads:

1. Ireland vs Kenya IC cup match feb 2012 - Ireland 75 allout & 152 allout against 2 no name Kenyan SLA's(winning by huge 10 runs).yea against Kenya who don't seem to win against anyone.Then went onto lose the first ODI against Kenya.Very TESTworthy.

2.Afghanistan vs UAE IC cup match oct 2011 - after conceding 462 against mighty UAE and then losing first innings points needed 363 to win in 4th innings.Finally ended up 131/7 in 80 overs to dodge the bullet and somehow drew the 4 day match.Very TESTworthy also.

Posted by Sarfin on (April 10, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

Most of the super powers of Test cricket even failed to save three day Test matches when professionalism was not at the peak and rules (regarding time waste) were not that strict. Some fans of these teams think 12 years is more than enough to build a formidable side? Pathetic!!! I humbly remind them that after 100 years of playing Test cricket, most of the countries have failed to get success in foreign conditions. Still many of them boast of their home records. So, comparatively, their improvement rate is poorer than Bangladesh.

And about the silly comment regarding Ireland and Afghanistan, Bangladesh has outplayed them many years ago in associate nations' tournaments. Afghanistan couldn't defeat Bangladesh's B team in Asian games. Now judge your cricket sense

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

thnx @Cricinfo for this special interview With TAMIM bhai

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

BD should play more regularly with Zimbabwe they have been given test status prematurely, Thanks to Pakistan they play poorly against BD in 1999 WC that made the case strong for Test status, I think ICC should not allow BD to play more test untill they prove in domestic first class and playing against B grade team

Posted by K.A.K on (April 10, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Simply play more cricket, even if it requires to tour Pakistan. Bangladesh needs it.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

I am still not sure why so many people are against Bangladesh getting more Tests. I strongly believe more and more teams to be upgraded to Test status in order to promote the game of cricket. I think ICC is already working on division on Test playing nations and we'll soon see relegation and promotion between first and second division. Also, the majority of cricketing revenue goes to Test playing nations which also needs to be stopped.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Can Australia or England or even South Africa can beat Bangladesh in Chittagong or Mirpur ? If the ans is no,.. the every team's test status should come under scrutiny......... There should be a rule where every team get equal chances and there will always be chances for some team to go down and some new teams to come up.. every 3years........... No teams can be approved as a granted test team.... there should be equal law for everyone...... who knows, Afghanistan may beat Australia in Afghanistan............ and Australia or England should know that their team can also be relegated............. not only Bangladesh or Zimbabwe...

Posted by ZsZs on (April 10, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Hmmm... why should Bangladesh get more tests? To learn. The nation has not focussed on the National FC league. It was pre-empted by the 50 over Dhaka Premier League, which was preempted by the 20 over BPL, then DPL came back - a fiasco ensued and monsoon is here and no First Class NCL in sight. If the nation as a whole cannot foster the First Class Leaugue, and Bangladesh is a test playing nation (!). First start paying good attention to the FC league, and move away from this 50 over and 20 over love-affair. The Board's treatment of the FC league is a TRAVESTY! And when time comes to play tests - the players all say we need more FC matches - including all the commentators who are Bangladeshi and the visitors! That is a shame. So, NO ICC is fine - the ball is firmly in the Nation's court! Tamim - say the same to your own board if you can!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (April 10, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Well said Tamim! BD should more Tests. But their cricketers also should play more 1st Class matches. BCB is now busy with Dhaka League after the end of BPL. But they've no time to pay attention to BD's First Class tournament. Tamim could've mention it. BCB did never prioritize First Class tournament over Dhaka's Local Clubs. That's why BD's records in TEST is too poor. So along with more Test matches BCB should improve First Class Domestic Circuit. Otherwise more Test Matches will b of no use.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

BD should have got chance to play more cricket. We the blizzard supporters are the greatest ingredients of Cricket.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

I don't think BD should have test status. Much less play *more* tests.

Don't get me wrong, they have improved in ODIs. From being a team that every team could expect to beat 99% of the time, they are now a team that might actually win 10% of the time.

But this does not mean their test status is justified to being with. Their test record speaks for its self. On what basis can BD fans claim their team deserves to be a test nation?

They should be dropped from test status, and should instead be given a chance to play more first class (4 day) matches against test nations. So at least we won't be inflating test scores of other nations.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Totally agreed with RandyOz i think they should play a full tour of india later this year as that will be very exciting regarding recent form of two teams .They are almost equal .They did well to avoid series against Pakistan because they cant do well against good bowling nations .But in india on turners and flat tracks shakib and company will prevail .

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (April 10, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

That will result in Higher winning ratios and better averages for opposing teams.. On pure cricketing terms, Afghanistan and Ireland are way better teams than Bangladesh and they should be the ones given test status and play more test cricket ..

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

I am sorry but no... Bangladesh needs to be removed from the list of test playing nations. A one-off good performance cannot be considered a turning point. Let us also be aware of the fact this was in an Asian pitch - take them to Eng/Aus and they will be out of their league.

Cricket needs more countries - there are already so few. But having Bangladesh in it is diluting the standards. They are only good for having the opposing players increase their averages.

Give them Associate Status- once they start beating A-teams regularly then their Test status can be reconsidered.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (April 10, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

ODI form has no reflection on test cricket. Bangladesh and Zimbarbwe should play 3 or 4 series (2 tests@) per year with 11 ICup matches every two years (including semis & final). Current ICup should be expanded to include Bang & Zimb and two semis before the final. The winner of 2011-13 ICup should be given temp status for 2014-17, replacing Bang and winner of 14-15 ICup should replace Zimb as temp status for 2016-19. In the event that the 2011-13 winner is 2014-15 winner, then 14-15 winner gets temp status until 2019 and 14-15 runner up gets temp status for 16-17. In the event that at the end of a two years period a temp test team is in the top 8 then they get permanent test status and the fallen team is then part of ICup matches.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

tamim statment is fine...but BD baord and team should also ensure that they start crying in 3rd day of test ..... play big but do it with big hearts

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (April 10, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

@RandyOZ May be you can worry about your own Aus that looks no better than WI

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Considering the fact Bangladesh barely even play much International Cricket, Bangladesh should seriously consider to play a short series with the associate teams such as Ireland, Kenya, Scotland and even Afghanistan and invite them to their country so that not just Bangladesh are getting to play Cricket but the associates too are getting the experience necessary and can learn new things. I looked at the rankings especially the T20s and was shocked to see that Bangladesh are not even in the Top 16 but I wonder why? Because they don't play any T20s and the other formats as they should even Afghanistan are ranked higher then the West Indies in the T20 rankings so something is wrong with the way International matches are distributed. Anyway I'm not using that as a blatant excuse, if Bangladesh really want to excel then they must immediately set up a 1st class structure and produce fast wickets across their country and that way they'll be a force to be reckoned with.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (April 10, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Bangladesh would have challenged India if they played them straight after Australia.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Not just more Tests but more International Cricket across all Formats. Bangladesh hardly even play any T20s especially so far in 2012. We're into April and Bangladesh have only played 4 ODI matches but no Tests or T20 matches which is simply not on whereas the other Teams such as Australia and Sri Lanka have played over 15 ODI matches and already some T20 and Test matches and that tells the story. In fact in the T20 stage even teams such as Ireland, Kenya, Afghanistan, Netherlands etc have played already over 5 T20 games whereas Bangladesh haven't played one at all. England have so far played 5 Tests in 2012 and plus 3 T20s and 4 ODIs so far in 2012 but you already see the difference everyone? Bangladesh a country with some 160 Million people who are so passionate about Cricket are not being treated fairly and not enough exposure to International Cricket so something fast must be done otherwise Bangladesh just like Kenya will decline and can say goodbye to Cricket as a whole.

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 10, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

It will be an illusion if BD is going to claim Tests on the strength of some success in the Asian cup;Sri Lanka came there after over three months world tour with their focus on England Tests just a few days away from the Asia Cup to keep the commitment to ASU;I'm sure they should have been more releived to lose and go home early than staying in the tournament and the loss to BD also gave Lankans some tactical manipulation to knock out the Indians as the indians could have easily become the champions who had thrashed Pakistan earlier.So was the case of Indians who were on the road over three months.Poor effort by Tamim. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by suresh_gym on (April 10, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

For all b'desh supporters who criticized IPL, what they would say about BPL, which is now greeted by Tamim?

Posted by streetblader on (April 10, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

Yes Tamim Iqbal, how right you are!! You guys won all of the matches including the finals and completely dominated the tournament and now you are the asia cup champions. Turning Point indeed!!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (April 10, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

I agree with him, BD once used to be a team that had no quality player but now they are improving and I think ICC should give them more test to play at home so they can improve. It is important for the cricket world o have more team performing well. Giving them 4test a year will not help them to improve.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 10, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Bangladesh should play more games against India, they both seem to be at the same level.

Posted by Yevghenny on (April 10, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

I'd like to see some more Bangladeshi's in county cricket. I think this has helped the likes of Shakib and Tamim in their development as international players. Their detractors say Bangladesh are an embarrassment, but how on earth do you expect this game to survive if we are so elitist over who plays it. Test cricket magnifies short comings, so when you have a whole team of players not up to the same standards, it looks much worse than it probably is. The biggest key for Bangla and test cricket is finding 2 or 3 wicket taking bowlers

Posted by yoogi on (April 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

What I would suggest is something the quiet opposite. Lets expand the Test match status to 12 teams, including teams like Afghan and Ireland, who are consistently good at associate level. Then we will have a top-6 bottom 6 scenario and let more matches be played among the groups and few outside the group and change the groupings every two years.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (April 10, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

The fact remains Bangladesh is basically a very poor team. Doing well in an ODI tournament at home turf against teams which had other engagement priorities does not mean they will do well abroad, their recent upsurge is only a storm in the tea cup.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@Shamim_araf Oh is it? Even India/Pakistan have white washed England/Australia in the recent past.. When has Bangladesh done that?

@topic IMO Bangladesh should play at least 8-10 tests an year to improve their capability. Also a better first class structure would help. They look promising and have atleast 4-5 world class players in Shakib,Tamim,Nassir Hossain and Mortaza.

Posted by AlbertEinstein on (April 10, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

I agree bangladesh should play more tests.........International cricketers need higher averages

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh should play test match regular basis.

Posted by Jakir_Hossain on (April 10, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

100% agree with Tamim.He's absolutely right on the need for more tests, Bangladesh play a fraction of the number that some of the high profile nations play.

Posted by rohan024 on (April 10, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

@Shamim_araf - When India/Pakistan get whitewashed its an aberration, with bdesh its a norm..thats the can keep picking 1 or 2 instances and claim you stand equal with others but that means nothing..The fact that after playing cricket for 15 years, reaching finals of a four nation tournament makes you excited is a proof how abject failure you national team has been all these years..

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

They should play more One Day Matches, and If better teams are busy, they should play with teams like Afghanistan, Ireland etc to improve their cricket. Because, every time they shine in 1-2 matches, we feel like welcoming them for more matches, but than again a big boring slump. They don't need to play tests at all. First they need to play 50 over matches and build a better team and become better competitors.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

100% agree with Tamim. Bangladesh are a young side who are on the up. It's ridiculous how they only play 3 or 4 Test matches in a calendar year & I think they need to play 10 Test matches a year instead otherwise they aren't going to improve (In Test Cricket) & players talents will go to waste. And to those who say they don't win enough. That's because they don't play enough Test matches. Simple as that. Bangladesh have improved in ODI Cricket, they've beaten every Test nation at least ONCE in ODI's which goes to show that they CAN do it plus they knocked India & Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup which is a huge achievement to them. Shakib is a world class player, Tamim's talented, Nasir Hossain looks a good prospect, Abdur Razzak isn't too bad a spinner. Of course they need some good pace bowlers & a decent opener & middle order batsman but still, if the ICC give them a chance, they could well upset teams (But only in Bangladesh as they need good pace bowlers to compete away from home).

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Nicely written article. I don't think only test match can make Bangladesh stronger in longer version. They should also concentrate on national league. Playing first class cricket will build up concentration and ability to play longer innings. Then you can talk about playing more tests.

Posted by Haleos on (April 10, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Fact is Bangladesh are a hit and miss. We should not get too carried away by this success. Test cricket is not a 20/50 over game and Bangladesh don't have that patience in them to last 5 days.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

To the haters of BD team and to the lovers of BD team ; you guys at the opposite pole of the universe . For me , I want to see BD team play a competitive series against India . Its stupid to ask more than that .

Posted by Dashgar on (April 10, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Tamim is absolutely right. Bangladesh need more games to improve in tests. They are already becoming a force in ODIs having come close in the Asia cup and beating England in the World Cup but that is because they have played the most games in ODIs. People seem to forget that Bangladesh were robbed of a test win vs West Indies by rain and poor drainage last year. Also they rediculously didn't get to play a test against NZ when they dominated them before the World Cup. If Bangladesh continue to only play 2 or 3 tests a year they will not improve much and their lack of progress will be a self fulfilling prophecy. Let them play and let them prove themselves. And they must tour India soon.

Posted by redneck on (April 10, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

by all means bangledesh feel free to drop into the intercontinental cup. you get 10 first class matches there! zimbabwe came off a 5 year break and beat you, sri lanka took 15 years to get a full tour of england, bangledesh have already had 2 in their first decade. if bangledesh want more tests then they need to start winning the few they already get!!! as far as i see it bangledesh have cheapend the test cricket brand, for 10 years they achieved didly squat! they need to show they belong before they get more coming their way!!!

Posted by gibbons on (April 10, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

He's absolutely right on the need for more tests, Bangladesh play a fraction of the number that some of the high profile nations play. They need many more matches against teams at a similar standard, for example the lower ranked test nations, and maybe first class games with A sides and non-test nations. They need opportunity to play in longer matches at a high standard to gain that consistency and 'instinct' that Tamim is speaking about. Bangladesh is generating some very good individual players, it would be sad to see them go the way of Ashraful.

Posted by on (April 10, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Bangladesh most of the times plays only 3 or 4 tests per can a country improve in test cricket by doing so?? The last time they played a test was against Pakistan in december....and now they will again be playing in august....I think ICC should plan the FTP more that Bangladesh can get more matches each year.....A top side usually plays atleast 7-8 matches every year....So BD are only getting half the chance compared to other sides in world cricket....

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Consistency is the biggest surprise for Bangladesh in Asia Cup. "Consistency has never been our middle name" - well said by Harsha Bhogle... The only way we can achieve consistency is by playing more test. Because when you play test, you are bound to perform 5 days in a row...

And for people who think Tests are dying... Sorry guys. Some recent tests this year has prove you wrong. They were more nail biting than some of the T20s... That what it seems to me

Posted by LynadThike on (April 10, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Very good article, I think the key to these developing cricketing nations like Zim and Bang is the increases in A-team tours. These allow selectors to experiment a bit more and gives younger players an opportunity to play against stronger opposition without the pressures of a fully fledged test. I firmly believe that along with more tests the ICC should really look at these types of tours to help Zim and Bang.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

i support Tamim. yes we need more test matches to improve ourself. we improve ourself in ODI coz we played more ODI matches last three four years...

Posted by zzakir39 on (April 10, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

@cricket2011: FACT 1: Its true that Ireland did well in few matches against Bangladesh, but Bangladesh did better in more matches. Also, why you are considering T20 for test status (One day is even OK)? That is weird, isn't it? FACT 2: One series is not enough to judge two teams. If ICC were a stupid like few guyz thinking like that, they might took away the test status of India after India-Australia series (remember, I am commenting on one-series performance) FACT 3: If ICC gives some country test status, they should give them matches too. Would you like if Ireland gets test status but only 1 test match per year. Would they help anyways???? FACT4: You could ask test status for Ireland of course, I will also support you. But, in which context you could say against Bangladesh (for getting more test matches??!!)

Posted by Shamim_araf on (April 10, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

@cricket2011 As u said that Bangladesh have 2 call Ireland 4 testing what about Indian/Pak team when they whitewash against England/ i think they also call Ireland 4 testing them....

Posted by Meety on (April 10, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Being temporarily dropped from the Asia League squad was about the best thing to happen to Tamim. Hopefully he will draw a lot from this. As for the bit about not playing enough tests, he is right & wrong. Yes the Bangas need to play more Tests, but the biggest problem they have is the way they prepare. Between the WIndies & Pakistan home series (one month), from memory, only ONE player played domestic FC cricket - Nazimuddin, & he was about the only player that would of been happy with his performance in the first Test v Pakistan. The 2nd test, whilst beaten well, they played immensely better. IMO, if the Test squad had been playing FC cricket instead of the pro-club comp, they would of performed like they did in the 2nd test straight up. That being said IMO, Banga should play as many series as all the other nations EXCEPT not as many matches in the series. Banga should have more 3-test series at home, but unless v Zim, they should only play 2 tests series away from home.

Posted by timtom on (April 10, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

There again!!! First carry on these performances for another 10 series then ICC will automatically provide more test opportunities... Let bat do talking...Right now Ireland is better bet for a test series with Bangladesh...

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Pune should play Tamim in place of Ryder. Because, Tamim is more dangerous and consistent than Ryder in present time.

Posted by Rivka on (April 10, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

If Bangladesh get to play against India, and if India fields the kind of depleted bowling attack which it had against Bangladesh in the semi-final of the Asia cup, then Bangladesh will surely beat India several times over. After giving us "Dinda is India's best pace bowler right now", Ganguly hasn't offered us any comment. So if this is going to be the future of India's bowling, then India will have a hard time beating Bangladesh.

Posted by cricket2011 on (April 10, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Bangladesh have to call IRELAND to their home ground and play at least 5 ODI, 5 Twenty20 and 3 four days match (Since Ireland not a Test nation), and check who is better team, then ask Ireland should get Test Status or Bangladesh need more test matches.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

True, we could play first class matches with non test nations during this break, as there is so domestic season going on...we could do that or invite counties or australian states...any...

Posted by woodhaven on (April 10, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

tamim-a future legend on the way making. great player. love his style

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