Bangladesh news June 11, 2012

BCB hopeful of maiden tour to India this year


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is hopeful of their team visiting India for a maiden full-fledged tour this year, according to board president Mustafa Kamal. Following discussions with the BCCI on the sidelines of recent ICC meetings, Kamal said BCCI president N Srinivasan "has assured me that a tour could be possible by the end of the year".

Kamal was in India to attend a function of the BCB's new sponsors, Sahara, in Lucknow. "We know nothing is on the FTP and Bangladesh have never been on a full tour of India so we are working to have this event materialise," he told ESPNcricinfo. "We'll have to leave it to the Indian side, we can't pressurise them."

India have a busy home season between September 2012 and March 2013, with New Zealand, England and Australia visiting. The only vacant spot on the calendar is a fortnight-long Christmas break, between the England Twenty20s and one-dayers. England will travel home after the Mumbai Twenty20 international on December 22 and return in time for the first ODI in Rajkot on January 11.

However, Pakistan, too, are hoping to fill this gap in the calendar. PCB president Zaka Ashraf had also met with Srinivasan in May, and said that a decision on the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral ties would most likely be made during the ICC's annual conference in Kuala Lumpur in June. It is around the same time that Kamal is hopeful of getting a final word on Bangladesh's proposed tour.

When asked whether this single opening in India's 2012-13 calendar could prompt a short tri-series, Kamal said Srinivasan had told him "leave it to me, it will be a complete tour".

Rivalry over a tour to India could become another point of friction between Bangladesh and Pakistan following the April pull-out by Bangladesh of what was to be first international tour to Pakistan following the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. The tour was postponed when a Dhaka High Court order set a three week embargo on the national team's plan.

Kamal, however, said this was not the case. "We have to have a good relationship with Pakistan. Yes, the PCB president was a little upset but I tried to make the tour happen, in all sincerity. Not just as BCB president but as president of the Asian Cricket Council. It was to be a short goodwill visit. We need Pakistan in a big way; for Bangladesh, playing against teams like India and Pakistan will be an opportunity for us to move forward."

He also said that he had sought the approval of other member boards before chalking out plans for the Pakistan tour. "I put the issue of that tour on the agenda of the ICC's executive board meeting. I had talked to each and every board about the tour - I had spoken with the ECB and the BCCI also - and everyone appreciated my move."

Since 1990, Bangladesh have played nine matches in India, all ODIs in multi-lateral series, the last being the Champions Trophy in 2006. India have played 22 matches in Bangladesh against the home team, including seven Tests and 15 ODIs.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Joe on June 14, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @r0cketman... That's what I meant that other guy misquoted you ;)

  • Deccan on June 14, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @EnglishCricket: No mate. I said 20 and 20 is not equal to 17 right? :D

  • Joe on June 14, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Though I'm an English supporter I love it when I see more teams competing at the International level and love to see teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh etc getting the support required to advance and develop. To be honest some of the Bangladeshi's on this page are getting a bit carried away and need to give it some more time before we can truly assess how far Bangladesh have progressed and whether we can label them as minnows. The recent Asia Cup is a start but if Bangladesh can compete well in the coming Tri-Series and advanced to the final and also progress past the group stages at least in the World T20 Championships then we can safely say Bangladesh have progressed greatly but until then only time will tell so we'll see. As for this potential series between Ind-Ban, I think India have no choice but to arrange this series with Bangladesh because they're not getting any better since that World Cup win.

  • Joe on June 14, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @Bruisers...Correction lol that guy said 'almost' averages 20 need to read properly.

  • roket on June 14, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    @rahane_fan and Bruiser: Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on Test Matches: "In the early days of the game, Test matches were played over three or four days. Up until the 1980s, it was usual to include a 'rest day', often on the Sunday. There have also been 'Timeless Tests', which did not end after a predetermined maximum time." Please do not claim there were no three day matches. Most of the matches India played prior to 1952 were spanned over 4 days, however only 3 days of play was possible as the 4 days span included Sunday, which was a "rest day". Look through the series between 1932 and before 1952 and show me where the "real" 4 day matches were? Those were all 3 day matches. Case Closed!:-)

  • roket on June 14, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @Rahane_fan & Bruiser: Ok please check the scorecards for the matches you are talking about. A "Rest Day" means, no play, so if a four day match has a rest day, that means only 3 days of play took place, period. Here is an example of a DRAWN 3 day match you ar asking for: Played from July 20 to 23 (4 calendar days) Look at the top of the scorecard, play was on July 20, 22 & 23. July 21 was a "rest Day", it is listed as a 3 day match, and it was "drawn". All the matches in that series are 4 day matches, with a rest day included, so they are "3 day matches". India's first test match you mentioned in 1932 is the same way, there was "no play" on "rest day" on Sunday, June 26th. Please check the bottom of the score cards carefully. It is not a match ending within 3 days, it is a "3 day match". Check your facts guys!

  • Deepak on June 14, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    @muatasim_bd - Why the comparison for World Cups? India started playing ODIs in 1974 and won their first World Cup in 1983 (in their 9th year).. How long have BD been playing ODIs and whats their achievement in World cups?? India too played only around 35 ODIs before winning the 1983 WC.

  • Deepak on June 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    @r0ketman - A debate on Jason Gillespie's batting too? He batted at 10 almost his entire career which doesn't make him a great deal better than a No. 11.. As a matter of fact only South Africa and England have bowled better than India to him if you go by the averages. So why are you talking about India's bowling? What is this 3-day Test? Can you give me an example of a "DRAWN" 3-day Test match to prove that 3-day Tests were even played?? I think you are miscalculating 4 day match as 3 day matches.. India's first Test- played between 25 and 28 June 1932. It is a four day match if my maths is good enough. Its not the 28 minus 25 equals 3 case here since you have to consider all the playing days.. And the link you have given is a four-day match that was played out within 3 days.. Get the facts right mate.

  • Deepak on June 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    @r0ketman - And regarding Jason Gillespie, yeah he batted at No.10 for most of his career but what difference does it make? No.10 & No.11? And you said he has an average of 20 against India. Its 17 actually. India have done better than Pakistan, New Zealand and of course Bangladesh bowling to Gillespie and have done as good as West Indies. So no point bashing India in particular. I don't understand the rest of your second comment though..

  • Deepak on June 14, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @r0ketman - The match which you have mentioned, its called "a Test match ending within 3 days". It should be quite a familiar thing for Bangladesh team who have lost 19 Tests within 3 days. I repeat again there never were 3-day Tests, there were 4-day Tests though. A 3-day Test match is different from a Test match ending within 3 days. If a match is played from 20 to 23 of January, its a 4-day match not a three day match. Simple maths.

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