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Bangladesh's future is bright - Law

Mohammad Isam

May 4, 2012

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Nasir Hossain jumps in celebration of Bangladesh's win, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 20, 2012
Stuart Law on Nasir Hossain: "He's basically up there with Shakib and Tamim." © AFP

Stuart Law, the outgoing Bangladesh coach, has said the future of Bangladesh cricket is bright with young players such as Nasir Hossain in the national team and exciting talent waiting in the wings. However, he pointed out that the youngsters would need to be handled properly.

Law, who resigned recently after being in-charge of the Bangladesh team for nine months, was particularly pleased with Anamul Haque, the top-order batsman who was part of the Asia Cup squad but didn't make his international debut. "Young [Anamul Haque] Bijoy is a quality player," he said, "Especially during the BPL, he looked like he was born to perform."

The 19-year-old Khulna batsman has scored heavily in domestic cricket this season, topping the first-class batting charts with 816 runs, apart from five centuries in all formats. Anamul's form won him a place in the Asia Cup squad in March but he couldn't find a place in the eleven. During one of those days, something that Anamul said stuck with Law.

"The one thing he said to me which I will never forget. We were sitting in the dugout during one of the Asia Cup matches and I asked him, 'Where would you like to bat?' He said, 'I want to be No. 3, I want to be the best player in the world.' And I said, if that comes across, good on you."

Law also praised two other youngsters. "I have been trying to see Mominul Haque get into the team. He's scored runs in the A team tours. We've been discussing him at lengths in selection meetings. He looked like a quality young player. [Abul Hasan] Raju, I love him. Bowls quick, 140-plus, has the slower ball and will get better as he plays more."

The growth of the youngsters was the underlying theme of Law's reign as the head coach as he wanted a few more performers within the team apart from Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Nasir made his international debut against Zimbabwe in August in Law's first series in charge and since then he has scored a Test fifty, made an ODI hundred and seen Bangladesh through to a win against Sri Lanka.

"You look for the standout players and those two [Shakib and Tamim] have been carrying Bangladesh for a while. I told the rest of the team that it is not about two players. It's about other people sticking their hand up and doing well. Guys like Nasir [have] come through, he's basically up there with Shakib and Tamim."

But Law made it clear that he wasn't looking to alienate the big performers who had to do well day in day out. He especially had gracious words for the world's No. 1 allrounder though he reminded Shakib to take care of his fitness.

"He's professional on the field but off the field he's different. I don't mean this in a bad way, but he could be fitter. He's admitted that he can work a bit harder on those aspects.

"But when he gets out on the cricket field, he creates something out of nothing. He's a beautiful player to watch when he's going great with the bat. I was probably in that boat as well, so I can understand. I didn't like training, I liked playing."

The reason for Law leaving in May rather than the end of June was Bangladesh's lack of international cricket. In fact, Bangladesh won't be seeing Test match action till November, which will be eleven months since their last Test in December 2011.

Law believes this would hurt the team and requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board to plan well ahead of time. "What they need to do is to play more. Let's target West Indies, New Zealand and teams like Ireland and Scotland. Let's oblige to the Associate countries and play four-dayers with them, whenever we get time between international commitments."

Law, who leaves the country on Sunday, said that for providing ample opportunities to cricketers, Bangladesh's domestic cricket needs restructuring.

"The domestic cricket here is a structure of which there's no blueprint anywhere else in the world. It stops, it starts. It would be nice to see these games taking place in these days, rather than two teams have a fall-out and the whole tournament is suspended. That's not good for cricket in this country.

"I know it's a different culture but as an outsider looking in, it can't be good for cricket. We are all trying to say that domestic cricket is where we want our cricketers to learn, they're learning by sitting back. That's not helping them at all."

Edited by Devashish Fuloria

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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Posted by Meety on (May 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@ Dashgar - IMO Ireland are better prepared now comapred to Bangladesh in 1999 or even 2001/2002. Over time Ireland v Bangladesh, the Banga boys should win 2/3rds of the matches, that being said Ireland is a lot better than you have shown. Ireland very rarely capitulates like bangladesh does remember the Banga score cards in the W/Cup against the WIndies & I think NZ. Anyways - I am a fan of Banga cricket @Praxis - yes, under the assumption that Bangladesh's economy can grow like (or similar to) the way India's economy has grown, Bangladesh's population will eventually provide a decent economy to grow the game. I just wish people didn't have to bag Banga to support Ireland or Afghan, can't people wish them ALLthe best? @Ahmed Hossain - I don't think you need to bag Ireland & Afghan to support Banga. Afghan has done amazingly well from not even playing cricket at all 10yrs ago to where they are today. They have done well with a lot less matches than Bangladesh!

Posted by Praxis on (May 7, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

So people here who are disagreeing with what Law has said, I would like to ask them something. What is the solution then, strip BD of their test status? They hardly play any test recently! There is a reason ICC gives more importance to BD cricket than Ireland or Afghanistan, BD has a population of almost 180 million people who are passionate about this sport. If you people haven't noticed cricket isn't much popular as a game around the world, & in most of the playing nations this popularity is declining.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (May 7, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

@Rahane-fan: how many times was India beaten by Ireland? I don't have that statistics coz I don't follow Ireland Vs India match. May be you have that information.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

@iNsiDers....Ireland and Afghanistan talented sides than Bangladesh? haha...Well actually no because both Ireland and Afghanistan have not achieved what Bangladesh have achieved so far I mean have both Ireland and Afghanistan beaten 'every' other top full member in Cricket? Nope I don't think so haha...but Bangladesh have beaten top teams 'many' times plus 'popular' players like Tamim, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mortaza are far more talented than any player of Ireland or Afghanistan in fact I don't see them above out top Bangladeshi players in the ICC Rankings enough said end of story :))))))"

Posted by iNsiDers on (May 6, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Bright future? Oh yes, they never had their own future... they were always supported by other nations. Pakistan helped them giving test status. Ireland and Afghanistan are at their own and much much talented sides than Bangladesh.

Posted by Dashgar on (May 6, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Ireland are more deserving? Why? Cos they beat England in the world cup just like Bangladesh did, and then lost to Bangladesh? Or because they came 4th in the Intercontinental cup behind Afghanistan, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI. I'm sick of hearing how great Ireland is, they haven't done anything to suggest they are better than Bangladesh in any way. That said I would still consider them and Afghanistan for Test status in the near future, but not at the expense of anyone.

Posted by Sarfin on (May 6, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Let the haters hate us. That matters nothing. And thanks to well wishers. Surely we'll be an exciting side within two years. BCB should make the FC tournament more competitive and should arrange more international tours. Six moths gap between ODI series or one year gap between Tests is not helping us. If you can't convince India, SA, England, Australia then concentrate on NZ, WI, ZIM. Arrange tri nation series with associates and low ranked teams. Keep the national team playing

Posted by Meety on (May 6, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain - Bangladesh's biggest problem is their preparation, they have the talent, unfortunately their players choose the Dhaka League over the Domestic FC comp. That needs to change straight away.

Posted by British_North_America on (May 6, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

@lankan_meoww.You buy Mobile phone with money.But can you make another Sanath Jayasuriya or Chamnda Vaas with 50-60 US dollar? If you can , then do it and become world champion after a century..............

Posted by British_North_America on (May 6, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover.Who are you to suggest us give up test status?More deserving Ireland???????????????What has Ireland done so far??????????????????????????/Do ICC need to cancel BD's test status to give Ireland test status???????You are just jealous.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (May 6, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Anamul haque would also be like extremly over.ratd Ashraful,sory to say it seems that bd team lacks inborn,genioune crickting talent back home.WE, D OTHR asian teams, can help bd by offring services of certain playrs like sme gd indian batsmen(only succesful on flat tracks though)some gd bowlrs 4rm pak(highly comptitive anywhere) some gd fieldrs 4rm sl(vry profesnl fieldng outfit),bcoz only in dis way bd can improve othrwise same old story with bd,i.e 2 wins in 3 years lolz

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (May 6, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

@lankan_meoww,spot on,agreed!bd team as wel as fans r needed to be realistic now rather than"BUILDING CASTLES IN THE AIR".THE prblem with bd team z that they have jst one shakib(a reasonble batsman pls average bowlr) n 4 him they keep commentng blindlesly,pointlesly 24/7

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (May 6, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid,agreed to ur point though i dn't agree usualy, to 90%indian fans,i request bd team to volantarily give up their test status to more deservng ireland.plz dn't cmpare early 60's to modren era where there z lot more exposure,money 4 bd team,n U have nothng bt jst one highly over.ratd shakib(i dn't agre with icc rankings).ROY WICKY 4RM Pak.

Posted by Rezaul on (May 6, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid, Did you forget Dravid's Jaw broken in Dhaka Test by a medium pacer? Is he still drinking soup only? I think India should abandon playing Tests in abroad and make ICC to arrange all their matches at home only just to avoid embarrassing Tests those finishes in 3 days.

Posted by meastrostroke on (May 6, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

@Arkka . My father had his mobile phone at the age of 40. So that doesnt mean I shud have my mobile phone at the age of 40. the thing is bangladesh is below average with the performance right now and their improving rate is much lower than other minnows

Posted by   on (May 6, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

bangaldesh will definitely have a good future....and the future is here, its time to Perform

Posted by jhumon_sydney on (May 6, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

I watched this super talented boy Anamul Haque Bijoy 3 years ago in uder 19 Bangladesh team in England tour.He got few unbelievable shots and stroke.Then he became one of my favourite batsmen.I was waiting for him to play for national team.Law's eyes did not escape from Bijoy's talent.Now I will wait for this talent to be one of the best batsmen in the world as he said.To all BD fan, watch this talent in youtube.Best of luck for Bijoy.

Posted by jhumon_sydney on (May 6, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

@rahane_fan. That miraculous stat came from the all format cricket in overseas(Australia,England ,West Indies tour ).

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (May 5, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

funny how in every forum india has to be the centre of attention haha.anyway my one cordial request to bangladesh adminstrators and its fans is that please give up your test status to ireland and then come back to the international scene once you are capable of beating foreign domestic teams, its the only way you'll improve. Otherwise you'll continue to bore spectators and teams will continue not to play you, particularly in tests and BD cricket will go nowhere as ever.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (May 5, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

@Bilal Khan: I agree with u 100%. We being the power house (not team strength or record wise) shd encourage teams on the rise.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

@ to all the bangladeshi fans, there r millions of indian cricket fans out there. many o them have healthy respect to ur nation and ur cricket. u need not blame all the india and indians just becoz some guy criticized u. peace

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 5, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

@jhumon_sydney, the reason Bangladesh previous coaches like Siddons & Stuart Law said that BD could beat the big teams was ONLY to encourage the team. I doubt that they actually meant it.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (May 5, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Posted by BravoBravo on (May 05 2012, 01:24 AM GMT): If any team needs to be kicked out of test status, based on their pathetic performance for the longest time in history of cricket, it must be IND. Partially agree with that, but we also know that, India is very good at their home condition. So, that may help to keep their Test status for ever.

Posted by BravoBravo on (May 5, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

BD is a very promising team, they deserve their test status much more than IND and NZ. One of the two teams, preferably IND should be stripped of test status, and test status be awarded to Ireland.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

I really like this article in fact one of the best articles I have read so far on Bangladesh because it highlighted all of the points surrounding Bangladesh today. Bangladesh have almost everything now but the problem is the lack of matches and if they don't do anything about this soon then all of their effort in preparing the team would go to waste and Bangladesh will just end up like Kenya and we all know what happened to Kenya since their incredible World Cup back in 2003. I mean Bangladesh only have 2 Tests in 2012? Are you kidding me ICC? Absolutely not on, just look at England in 2012 who in total would have played 16 Tests come the end of this year absolutely ridiculous that's why other team sports such as Football and Rugby are jumping ahead of Cricket because they're spreading the game and helping the lower ranked nations. I also want to see Bangladesh have many more Domestic Tournaments so their players can get a lot of games under their belt and don't fall behind.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

I think Indians should support BD. They can turn out to be a good team.Big teams should encourage rising team. Btw Hasina loves India, Awami League pays respect to indians as their father.

Posted by Arkka on (May 5, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

@Rahane-fan, you should know your country (India) stats better than Bangladesh fans. Here is a little trivia solve for you. Ques: When did India get test status? Ans: 1932 Ques: When did India win their first test match (not series)? Ans: 1951-52 (after 20 years!) Now how many test matches India played on those 20 years?? Now You check your stat my friend.

Posted by dulabari on (May 5, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Narendra Gogna ".... paying money into Bangladesh it seems to be a complete waste and could be been better spent elsewhere.........." Let us understand this a little bit more. For example as full members BD and NZ gets the same amount from ICC. ICC pays them from the revenue they earn. ICC's earnings are mainly from TV rights, sponsorship, selling tickets in ICC events (like WC). Now between BD and NZ, who contributes more in ICC's earnings. BD has a much larger fan base than NZ. The TV rating of a NZ-BD match will be much higher than a NZ-WI match. There are 160 million Bangladesh fan and about 10 million of them live outside BD. Cricket website will will get more hits for BD matches than NZ. Lot of BD fans live in cricket playing countries like England, Australia, Dubai, so the stadiums will fill out easily. With improving BD sides these will only increase. So from business point of view, ICC gains more by having access to a market of 160 million BD fans.

Posted by Imtiaj-89 on (May 5, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

good luk bd & law.we will show wht we r made of within 2-4,keep patience all indians!!!you will see wt tiger r capable of.just let them grow & oil ur own machine!!!!just dont get frustrated about your team....we r pleased about our perfrmnce...much more to come...wait and see....tnks for ur love!!!!!!!

Posted by TopOrder_ on (May 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

some advise to BD fans and players. Confidence is good, but over confidence will kill your will to improve. BD is playing better then before ( lets put feet on the ground), they need to continue on the right path with a right mindset and success will follow. WHY on earth u expect help from india either by playing in IPL OR approval for series by BCCI, if you will depend on other you will always be dependent on other.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (May 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@jhumon_sydney - "india lost consecutive 17 matches"...... When? Where? Enlighten me with these miraculous piece of stat.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (May 5, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

To be perfectly honest, as of today Ireland deserves the Test status more than Bangladesh. Atleast they can be far more competitive.

Posted by Dashgar on (May 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Those saying Bangladesh only play well at home that isn't true. They would play well everywhere in the subcontinent. No subcontinent team goes that well outside the subcontinent. In the last 3 years Bangladesh have played 3 games outside Bangladesh but inside the subcontinent, all ODIs. It isn't just India. Sri Lanka and Pakistan aren't hosting Bangladesh either. All the problems with Bangladesh in tests come from not playing enough games. Why should they focus on test skills when they never get the chance to use them. Finally as for BPL being the focus of their domestic season, how is that different to India and Australia?

Posted by Love_cricket123 on (May 5, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi and I dont mind if anyone hates BD cricket team. I just wonder if they think they are the world champion then why are they so busy criticizing about BD team. they were suppose to support us as we are neighbors and we are improving.Come on guys ! there are millions Indian cricket fan in BD. don make them feel bad by using bad words against BD team. To all Bangladeshi please stop begging! no one will die if Tamim n Shakib dont play in IPL. WE LOVE THEM THATS IT :) doesnt matter if they play in IPL or not :) Cheers! Love to all the Indians who hates Bangladesh :)) peace

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Best of luck Bangladesh. A series will be held in India very soon(If BCCI accepts). Then it will be a great chance for BD team to prove them. I hope they will prove them as a great team.

Posted by suresh_gym on (May 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@jhumon_sydney, if you look at the cricket history, you can easily say every world cup champion had a slump in terms of performance after winning the cup. I still feel India's ODI performance is good(If you consider net run rate in Asia cup, we should have been qualified to the final). Only issue with the Test performance, as we're still trying to find out the replacements for the formidable middle order, which we had for last decade. Every team had this issue, we're sure we can make it sure(Consider BD without Hasan)

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

@Sinhaya & Naffes...thanx bro to appreciate us...i am the big fan of Mohela...he is a real star in cricket and pure hearted human...i think Bangladesh can follow the Srilankans that they can realize how to improve themselves....but i cant understand why some Indian friends are very impatient to see what will happen in the near future with Bangladesh team..give BD team more time..

Posted by KmcTarek on (May 5, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

We miss u law. Joy Bangla Joy Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

they win one match in one!!

Posted by Love_cricket123 on (May 5, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

@nafees : Bro you gave me another reason to love Srilankans ! My respect to all Srilankas :) they are the most decent nation in our sub continent :)

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (May 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

None of the subcontinent teams have ever performed greatly outside . and u expect BD to perform in such a short span of time LOL . But one thing is for sure i expect BD to the Best sub-continent team outside the subcontinent.Atleast they didnt lose with an innings to spare even on tough conditions and always post atleast 300 on board while other teams cant. I hope u understood that i m an INDIAN and comparing IND with BD :LOL:

Posted by viksri on (May 5, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

@suresh_gym Although BravoBravo is not completely right but still only 3 teams have worse W/L ratio than india. No points for guessing which three teams.

Posted by jhumon_sydney on (May 5, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

@suresh_gym..yes inida is world champion thats to be proud but India is not playing like World Champion!!!When other countries were world champion they were almost unbeatable.but india lost consecutive 17 matches.How come you say that is champion!!!that is only pride to say world champion.PLAY LIKE CHAMPION.THAT IS REAL CHAMPION!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

Thank you Stuart Law. Thanks for your support and hard work. We will miss you.

Posted by suresh_gym on (May 5, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

@BravoBravo, Just give us some stats about the performances of (AUS, ENG, WI, PAK, SA, and NZ) and India team in Tests to justify your statement. Please do some homework before telling anything...

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Only if they play in Bangaladesh

Posted by jhumon_sydney on (May 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Few guys are very negative about bangladesh cricket.They are saying every bangladesh win is a fluke!blah.blah.blah.Did you guys work with Bangladesh cricket team? Are you guys better than Stuart Law or Siddons?These two great worked with Bangladesh cricket team.They knew that what bangladesh team is capable to win against the Big teams.But they have lack of confidence what exactly Law was trying to brush up.Thats why he said BANGLADESH FUTURE IS BRIGHT.

Posted by suresh_gym on (May 5, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

For all India Haters, I bet, if any teams plays volume of cricket like the current Indian team, their performance would be far worst than Indian team. We're proud of ICC World Champions in ODI's!!!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

all the best to bangdesh from a sri lankan fan...... we achived test status in 1982 and became world champs in 1996... rest is history. bd achived test status in 2000 and almost won the asia cup in 2012 so i se bd as a success. about test cricket yes the got a long way to go but surely will improve

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

I feel they are not improving more as a test squad.. they are concentrating more n more on ODIs & 20-20 formats.. Still they can't play for 5 days in a test match against India, Pak or Sri Lanka.. forget about how they would play in countries like england, australia, NZ or South africa.. therez long time wen they start playing good test cricket & that too out of sub continent.. everyone is bullies of their pitches.. no doubt in that.. If sub continent players play very well in here & find it difficult to perform outside subcontinent same is the case with teams like england, aussies, NZ or S.Africans wen they come to subcontinent..

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 5, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

To all the people who think Bangladesh should have a Test Status, I have a question - is Bangladesh even interested in Tests? If I am not mistaken, then at the beginning of this year, Bangladesh's first-class league was postponed so that the BPL could be organized. This itself shows that Bangladesh is giving higher priority to T20 than to Test cricket. A team with such mentality can never achieve Test success.

Posted by wiseshah on (May 5, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

why people are so jealous about bangladesh's success? may be its because its such a young team and having too much success in a short period of time plus some top of the world player in the team. may be some so called major team are scared to face them now

Posted by BravoBravo on (May 5, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

@AQ75_57: Very well said mate, and I agree. BD is a fine team and comparable to NZ and IND ,if not better than them. Look at NZ and IND where they are now after playing for more than 60 years. On top of that IND has worst WIN to LOSS ratio when compared to top 6 teams (AUS, ENG, WI, PAK, SA, and NZ) and I am pretty sure that they will be maintaining it for another 60 years. Two recent consecutive washes are proof of that. If any team needs to be kicked out of test status, based on their pathetic performance for the longest time in history of cricket, it must be IND.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (May 5, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

@asiacricket1234- Lets see how well your team plays once it steps out of the sub-continent.. :D :D

Posted by Dashgar on (May 5, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

All those saying one win against India means nothing are right. Can't wait to see the 3 tests 5 Odis and 3 t20s for Bangladeshes tour of India in the upcoming future tours. Oh wait, it's not happening. I guess we'll just have to assume the team who won their last encounter would win all the games then. India say its about money that they don't play Bangladesh. At least part of it is they're scared of being humiliated. Shakib and the boys would adore Indian pitches.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (May 5, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

anything regarding bangladesh im not interested simply because they've hardly improved in 12 years since given test status despite soo much soo much ICC money and resources available to them..i think major teams wouldnt like to waste their time playing them and instead they could very much do with the rest. the only way for bangladesh to improve is for them to play foreign domestic teams reguarly because right now i dont think they are even on the same level as some of the county teams in england, south africa etc.

Posted by Dashgar on (May 4, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

Why would you take away Bangladeshes Test status? They barely have test status as it is! They're currently on an 11 month hiatus cos the rest of the cricket world refuses to play against them. Rain and Fidel Edwards saved West indies against them recently, and then the series was suddenly over. They would have thrashed new Zealand a couple of years ago but ridiculously no tests were scheduled. If Bangladesh start playing 10 tests per year and consistently lose 10-0 then they can be criticized. Right now they need to relearn the format every time they take to the field. Of course they're going to struggle. But at least in ODI they're competing with everyone and are no longer whipping boys.

Posted by Swampy5 on (May 4, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

@Narendra Gogna - if that's the case, then it should be noted that recently a team went to England and Australia and played some of the most abysmal and spineless cricket possible, losing 4-0 to each team. The fielding and fitness standards of that team was laughable and they would have struggled to beat an Australian state side. So by your reasoning, they should be kicked out of cricket as well until they can prove they are back to 'international standards'.

Posted by Bruisers on (May 4, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

@Abdullah Hossain Mamur - Your comment makes no sense.. India started playing Tests in 1932. Won its first Test against a STRONG England in 1952 (and that too by an innings and 8 runs). India played 24 matches before their first win (losing 12, drawing 12).. You have to remember that there was no international cricket from '36 to '46. So its 9 years before first win not 20. And what have Bangladesh managed to beat so far? 2 teams that were ravaged by disputes.. First Zimbabwe, in 2005, which was weakened due to retirement of almost all major players. Second against a fourth string WI team, in 2009 (which had 7-8 debutants)..

Posted by Bruisers on (May 4, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

@Salman Khan - One win against India doesn't make Bangla a better team... Its just a fluke. India and SL were drained with excessive and congested season of cricket and that's probably why they couldn't perform their best in Asia Cup against BD. So Bangla fans need to move on from the Asia Cup.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (May 4, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

Bangladesh just need to get some SA players to play for them, after all it works for other minnows like NZ and England.

Posted by Chunati on (May 4, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

@NarendarGogna: Was the win against India in the Asia Cup also a fluke against a weak team?

Posted by Midonoff on (May 4, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Don't see the reason why Law talking about BCB should be targeting the likes of west indies, to do what? West indies are targeting likes of england etc. Bangladesh should be targeting teams way up above them in the ranking. In addition, from the time India were to play Bangladesh in the asia cup everyone knew Tendulka would be getting his 100 of 100's in international cricket. Bangladesh has been hanging on to the cellar position since they enter the test scene.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 4, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Agreed, the domestic cricket has to be improved. the BPL might generate revenue but it won't create new talents, but a better first-class structure would bring in better players in future. And since Bangladesh don't have the opportunity to play too many test matches (as the FTP has already been finalized till 2020), it might be a good idea to play greater number of domestic first class games from next season. And regardless of what happens in T20 or 50 over games, Bangladesh has to improve in Tests to prove their worth

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 4, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Oh another thing Gogna U said the weak Pakistani team :O. Dude India winning against Pak was a fluke. If u play a full series against Pak in a neutral venue u'll have more 4-0 ;). Well if u play in India u may manage to win couple of ODI :P

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 4, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

Narendra i was wondering how does it feel to see ur team getting kicked out from the WC & Asia cup by a far from improving team ;)

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

I really like this article in fact one of the best articles I have read so far on Bangladesh because it highlighted all of the points surrounding Bangladesh today. Bangladesh have almost everything now but the problem is the lack of matches and if they don't do anything about this soon then all of their effort in preparing the team would go to waste and Bangladesh will just end up like Kenya and we all know what happened to Kenya since their incredible World Cup back in 2003. I mean Bangladesh only have 2 Tests in 2012? Are you kidding me ICC? Absolutely not on, just look at England in 2012 who in total would have played 15 Tests come the end of this year absolutely ridiculous that's why other team sports such as Football and Rugby are jumping ahead of Cricket because they're spreading the game and helping the lower ranked nations. I also want to see Bangladesh have many more Domestic Tournaments so their players can get a lot of games under their belt and don't fall behind.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

i think bangladesh should choose a coach who can improve bd cricket like law siddonce.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

BD will do well if and only If domestic structure gets strong and Players need to play longer version cricket more rather than 20-20 if BD wants to survive in TEST cricket..BD shud prove tht Asia Cup success is not a fluke and for tht they need good domestic cricket..wats happening in this year's domestic is not wanted..Thr's no Play and league cricket is suspended due to bad politics..shame...this will only hurt players and BD cricket..lets not run for Money(BPL) , run for success in the long run..good things pointed out by S.Law..thanks

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Bring back Jamie Siddons or get stephen fleeming as head coach

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

thank you LAW we love u..

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

@ Norendra Gonga...Dear, why are you thinking like this? Please remember the time when India would start their international cricket. They took a long time to reach at a international standard (can i say 26 years!!). If ICC banded India at that time from international cricket, can India reach today's position?..Please remember time is not always remain bad for one. Just wait for a future Bangladesh team.....

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

@Narendra Gogna who lost against Bangaldesh in asia cup??;)

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

@narendra u definitely belongs to india,BD recently defeated srilanka and india while beaten by team pakistan twice and u r saying that pakistan is weak team,oh man plz think what u r going to write as it matters. BD team hasnt improved to meet international standards,winning two games at home doesnt means that u r the world champions. Anyways BD still have potential to be a competitive side,,,,they have talent it's all about utilizing it in proper way.

Posted by creekeetman on (May 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

i have been hearing the same thing about b'desh's future being bright since they started playing international cricket... well it is'nt, does'nt make a difference if they play 50 overs or 20/20, but please take away their test status until they can beat the big boys.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

I have said this over and over again. Bangladesh does play brilliant cricket after the team chemistry is established between the coach and the players. Bangladesh performed excellent with Gordon greenich, Dave watmore, jimmy sidon now stuestart Law. My question is everrtime, when good things start to happen, why the same sabotage..........let the coachs stay for Banglesh`s sake.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

domestic cricket in BGD, what a painful topic! someone from outside of the country should take that responsibility of laying the foundation for that with full authority and no interference from BGD cricket board over a 3 year period. Wishful thinking maybe, but thats the way its got be done.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (May 4, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque are really good batsman. Bangladesh selectors should consider these two young guys. BD selectors trying to keep the same team for a longer period of time, that strategy may not work all the time. They should give chance to some new players as well. Specially when BD team really needs some good top order batsman. Anamul Haque is a very dependable batsman and on the other hand Mominul Haque is an attacking batsman like Tamim. They both should be in the squad immediately.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

1 year contracts for coaches is sad on BGD cricket. Law barely got to know his players in the 9 months he was here. The coach has to grow with a young team, in future 2 years with an option year should be a minimum for coaches signed in BGD. As for Stuart Laws comments on Anamul are very true(politics-bgd style), he is a class batsmen in the past year or more, any other country would have had a player like Anamul playing on their national side. As for Sakib he must remember to be fully fit, there is a few extra pounds on him, because of his young age he has been okay but age will start to catch him. As for a replacement for Law, only choice Jaime Siddons-he can start right away and wont need time to adjust and let him finish the job he started.

Posted by Saif_I_Khan on (May 4, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Thanks and good bye for now, Law. Your assessment of BD cricket is very encouraging. Hope you will keep a soft corner for Bangladeshi cricket when you are away. You can assist by persuing to arrange some tours by Bangladeshi youngsters to play in Australian condition - like Under 19 or A team. They will learn without losing face in international media with such tours and grow as an admirable team outside sub-continent as well.

Posted by Cric_fan921 on (May 4, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Good to see some positive comments from Law! Anamul has been scoring runs at U-19 & A-team level for a long time now, the public only noticed him at the BPL..these new players should be allowed to develop slowly, not thrown in and expected to perform day in day out..the following players should be in the squad: Tamim, Imrul Kayes, Jahurul, Mahmudullah, Nasir, Shakib, Mushfiq, Anamul, Junaed Siddique, etc..Mominul too I guess..bowlers: Rubel & Shafiul for tests..Mashrafee a must for T-20 & one-dayes..Ashraful should only be in T-20..

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Right words......................

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Its great to hear something positive from our outgoing coach. We gonna show in t20 world cup that what we can do!!

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Unfortunately Bangladesh are far from improving - apart of couple of flukes and competing against a weak Pakistani team there is nothing much to show. Players need to working really hard on their fitness. There are some decent players but far from being international standards unfortunately. If ICC have been paying money into Bangladesh it seems to be a complete waste and could be been better spent elsewhere - perhaps in improving DRS system.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 4, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Good luck Bangladesh from a Sri Lankan fan! As per the FTP, you all are suppose to come here early next year and looking forward to a good series.

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