Bangladesh news June 11, 2012

BCB hopeful of maiden tour to India this year

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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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  • EnglishCricket on June 14, 2012, 23:31 GMT

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

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

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

  • EnglishCricket 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.

  • EnglishCricket on June 14, 2012, 18:43 GMT

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

  • r0ketman 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!:-)

  • r0ketman 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: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62663.html. 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!

  • 30-30-150 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.

  • 30-30-150 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.

  • Bruisers 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..

  • Bruisers 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.

  • EnglishCricket on June 14, 2012, 23:31 GMT

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

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

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

  • EnglishCricket 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.

  • EnglishCricket on June 14, 2012, 18:43 GMT

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

  • r0ketman 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!:-)

  • r0ketman 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: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62663.html. 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!

  • 30-30-150 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.

  • 30-30-150 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.

  • Bruisers 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..

  • Bruisers 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.

  • Bruisers on June 14, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @muatasim_bd - Thats what I'm trying to say. India played only 24 Tests in their first 20 years as an international team. Does that make them a regular team? I never compared India with Bangladesh but just trying to prove you the fact that India didn't play matches regularly when they started out. And also I never mentioned Sri Lanka's performances. All that I stated in my comments was regarding how well Bangladesh have played in TESTS. I never spoke about World Cups either.

  • r0ketman on June 14, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @bruisers: Jason Gilespie "proper no 11" Batsman? How many tests did he bat in no 11? Can you provide a list? 3 of some of Jason Gilespies other top scores with the bat came against India for your information. He averaged almost 20 with the bat against India in his career, does say a lot about Indian bowling does'nt it if the "proper no. 11" is averaging 20 against your bowlers? Why are you arguing with opinions? BD would have lost more test matches "if" the other teams declared earlier? How is that a factual statement? What is a factual statement is India during their early years did "actually" lose 3 day matches, and was able to draw a few 3 day matches due to rain!! If I dig deep enough, trust me I will find night watchmen putting on huge scores against India as well. These are pointless statistics!

  • muatasim_bd on June 14, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @Bruisers, to develop as an established team is not a cake walk and it requires a long term planning which teams like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka have been through. If you look at Sri Lanka they have been playing cricket for around 40 years now but do you know that it took them 20-25 years to establish themselves completely. Sri Lanka played in all the world cup tournaments just like India but look at their world cup record. They were knocked out in the first round in first 5 world cup tournaments and directly came and won the 6th world cup tournament in 1996. On the other hand, Bangladesh only played 4 world cups(1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) and they went to 2nd round in the 3rd world cup and nearly got into quarter finals in this world cup tournament despite having 6 points just like West Indies because they messed up with the run rate. Unlike India and Pakistan, Sri lanka encourages Bangladesh because they know what obstructions they had to overcome before being an established team.

  • r0ketman on June 14, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @Bruisers: "Test Cricket had never had 3 day matches"? Really? What is this then: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62605.html? or this series:http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/engine/series/60336.html? These were a 4 day matches with one day of rest, and if my math is correct 4 minus 1 is actually 3 days. The fact is India did not play real 5 day test matches till 1952. Many of the India's early draws were due to washout, on a 3 day match!!! India needed rain Gods to draw on 3 day matches. Please do some research before claiming test matches never had 3 day matches. India did not play 5 day matches till 1952, were they were lucky that England sent a third string test team, India still lost a match to England in that series. How bad was India? BD played ODIs since 1986, played only 37 ODIs between 1986 and 1999, around 2 ODIs per year. As far as ODIs go, BD has shown the world what they can do, let not go there! Specially if you are an Indian fan!:-)

  • muatasim_bd on June 14, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Bruisers, You cannot compare a team(India) that is playing cricket for 80 years and a team(Bangladesh) that is playing cricket for 12 years. Bangladesh may have debuted ODI in 1986 but from 1986-2000 they hardly played 15-20 ODI games only. You just tell me that which regular cricket team only plays 15-20 games in 10-15 years. Infact, they play 20-25 ODI matches per year on an average. Remember one thing India has a very long cricketing history and they have their eras. Bangladesh in that sense is a kid compared to India. India played all the world cup tournaments but Bangladesh played only 4 world cup tournaments since 1999. India did not become a strong team overnight and since they have been playing cricket for such a long time that is why they have come this far except for their bowling.

  • Bruisers on June 14, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @r0ketman - I didn't know that facilities means number of stadiums you have! Bangladesh have been playing ODI cricket since a long time and that is more than enough. There were no financial incentives during the 40s and 50s as India was struggling with its economy. Look at current BD players who get lucrative contracts. Cricket was never a career option those days, just a pastime game. But the cricketers who have represented BD so far are all professionals, in the sense cricket is a profession for them. And as said by someone before, Bangladesh WAS a part of British India until 1947 and a part of Pakistan until 1971. That should nearly do enough.

  • Bruisers on June 14, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @r0ketman - 3-day Test matches? Sorry but Test cricket never had 3-day matches. It did have timeless Tests though. Oh yeah Bangladesh has lost 19 Test matches within 3 days. Yeah yeah its the same team who were often easily bowled out twice on the same day. The same team who let a proper No.11 Jason Gillespie, coming in as a nightwatchman, score an unbeaten double-ton. How good a team it must be! Many more Tests could have ended within 3 days had the opposing teams declared much earlier instead of letting their batsmen play as long as they want and improve their averages. And also some matches went past the third day thanks to the RAIN gods. For example, this match should have ended in TWO DAYS, instead it went into the fifth day, courtesy rain god (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63967.html)

  • r0ketman on June 14, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @lord_Dravid: Winning in test cricket is directly related to playing first class cricket. Indian players has played first class cricket since 1877. Ranji Trophy started in 1936. India did not stop Ranji trophy during 1936 to 1946 period, so they had their practice during the years of no international cricket, you cant use that as an excuse. India had 57 Stadiums or grounds by 1952 that hosted First class matches! 57 grounds in 1952!!! BD has 3 in 2012 worthy of true first class cricket. What facilities are you talking about? 57 vs 3!. Who has had the facilities? BD's first class tournament is barely 10 years old. So when you say with all the facilities available now, what exactly do you mean? The fact is India had more stadiums, better first class structure and more money in 1952 than BD has now. India barely drew a series with 3rd string ENG team. And you are laughing at BD?

  • r0ketman on June 14, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @lord_dravid: Why do you keep insisting that the 1952 test team was a "STRONG" English side? Just read the scorecard from the first test between the teams: It lists DB Carr, ND Howard, D Kenyon, F Ridgway and RT Spooner (England) as debutant for England. Almost half the players in the English team NEVER played test matches before that series. Three of them never played for England after that series. Wisden Almanac correctly identified the team as "sub par". Legendary English Batsmen Len Hutton, Denis Compton did not play, to name a few. Actually this English team was entirely different from the one that played the series against SA in 1951, even though the players who played the SA series were still playing test cricket after the 1952 tour. This proves ENG sent the B team to India in 1952. So it was actually India who won against a club level team in 1952. Maybe we need to redefine "STRONG".

  • 30-30-150 on June 14, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I have to agree with Lord_Dravid's point of view about the contrast in facilities available then and now and also the fact that there was hardly any cricket due to the World War and other issues in the Commonwealth nations during the 30s and 40s. Bangladesh were lucky enough to play Zimbabwe in 2005 because that Zimbabwean team was hit by what Wikipedia calls it the "Zimbabwean cricket crisis" due to which all the major players (about 15-20 of them) retired due to various reasons and hence Bangladesh got to play a Zimbabwe C team. Same type of team was West Indies in 2009 where Bangla managed a couple of easy wins. As a perfect neutral, I have to admit that they haven't done anything so far to justify their Test status and have been the whipping boys of Test cricket. However I do appreciate the limited-overs team and the progress they have made over the years. I do see a bright future for Bangladesh in ODIs but can't see any improvement in the Test arena in the near future.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 13, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @r0ketman : india did not win its first test match in 20 years..there was no international cricket for them between 1936-1946..also back then only small number of middle class people and the rich princes played cricket under british rule..there was hardly any funding and good available facilities..so you have to appreciate that and india won its first test against a STRONG england side in 1952 check your facts..compare this to bangladesh in this era with all the resources they're a complete joke. They won against a very weak west indies side and are still celebrating today lol. Im being fair here i dont think bangladesh will win another test match unless its against zimbabwe who are equally as bad.

  • Bruisers on June 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @r0ketman - You should calculate it on the basis of number of games played before first win and not number of years since you are comparing teams of different centuries. Cricket wasn't played as frequently then as is it now. During the 30s and 40s cricket was hardly a profession with so much war going on all around the world. But in today's world, cricket is taken seriously....... India won its first game in their 25th Test, New Zealand did it in their 43rd Test. Bangladesh did it in their 35th Test. You should also look at the number of international matches played by them. The 1952 Ind v Eng game: England players average Test experience = 6, India = 9. Whereas 2005 Ban v Zim: Zimbabwe average experience = 4.4, Bangladesh = 16.3.... (Here average Test experience = Total number of Test matches played by all the 11 players divided by 11) If the 1952 England team was "subpar" then probably the Zimbabwean team of 2005 and the West Indies team of 2009 were as good as a local club team

  • r0ketman on June 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @lord_dravid: "can anyone justify bangladesh's 'test' status?" yes, I can. BD won it's first test match within 4 years and 2 months of getting test status, and won their first series sweep in 9 years. India took 20 years to win their first test match, more than 22 years to win their first series that came against newbies Pakistan and then NZ who were winless for 35 years when India won against them. Before you jump in and say BD's win came against subpar teams, let me remind you, the England team India beat in 1952 was subpar (according to Wisden Almanac), and Pakistan was playing in their first test series. PK beat IND on their own soil in that series, how bad must India have been! Before you claim "oh IND drew some matches with ENG & AUS in their first 20 years", let me tell you that majority of those matches were 3 day matches, and IND lost badly on 3 day Matches! How bad do you have to be to lose badly on 3 day matches! Why did'nt IND or NZ lose their test status?

  • on June 13, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    DADA should be the INDIAN coach.Because INDIA lost against AUSTRALIA and ENGLAND due to poor coaching.BCCI should take some measures to change the coach.If they don't change the coach they will not even win a single trophy and ICC T20 world cup and the future trophies.INDIAN team should have a INDIAN player as coach.

  • Bruisers on June 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - Man, after a long season of T20 cricket, it does take some time to get used to its contrary Test cricket and the conditions in West Indies. Anyways its really nice to know that even Bangladeshis follow India A cricket.

  • Bruisers on June 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - Since you are giving facts relating sports and population, let me give you a nice little fact too- "BANGLADESH IS THE MOST POPULOUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD NEVER TO HAVE WON AN OLYMPIC MEDAL" Forget about winning, no Bangladeshi has ever qualified for the Olympics. And the people who do represent the country at the Olympics are "wildcard entries". Check Wikipedia.

  • on June 13, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Hey indian fans! I myself love to watch Indian players bat...not bowl....whereas I like to watch pak bowl not bat....so I never get satisfied from either side; but regardless I like to watch cricket overall...so if you think BD will not bring the challange to india,you are wrong....who knows you indians may end up losing against us by taking it lightly..;)

  • on June 13, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid...lol You are aware that there are only 10 teams that play International Cricket at the highest level so really there's nothing impressive what India has achieved like the things you have mentioned. There are over 200 countries but small amount of teams play Cricket Internationally at the top level so India is nothing special. Remember 1.2 billion and really should be top but not lol don't forget Bangladesh maybe weaker than India in Cricket but that's because as you know India have been playing Cricket far longer compared to Bangladesh but in real sports such as Football, Bangladesh are better than India just check out the Fifa World Rankings -_-

  • Lord_Dravid on June 12, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    India has won the world cup in all three formats..a year ago were ranked no1 in test and ODI..just two bad series loses, particularly the england series with a spate of injuries and fatigue issues cant make india a bad team. Winning and losing is part of the game. India beat england in england 1-0 in tests in 2007 and beat australia 2-0 in india in 2008. Im just sitting here laughing at bangladesh fans comparing their team with india's when there's no match lol. 12 years and counting and with all the resources available to them in this modern era, can anyone justify bangladesh's 'test' status? And winning a game by fluke dosent mean they're improving, its a complete farce.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on June 12, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Lol When Ever India Loses to BD and Get Knocked out They starts yelling in comment section in cricinfo ...which is a BIG LOL.....this 3 match odi series in india will be a Gud Practice for Bangladesh b4 they play Srilanka at home early next Year :)

  • on June 12, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    i think bangladesh did learn fairly quickly as opposed to our neighboring countries. i think we've had a better learning curve than our contenders. of course by the time we become fully stable with our team, other countries will be in the same stage as we are now. so things will always be balanced. afghanistan is hitting the ground running, and so is ireland. canada and usa can slowly catch up.

  • on June 12, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    @Leagleeagle...lol First of all most of the World don't watch Cricket so I don't understand what point you're trying to make. Secondly, your Indian players failed to increase their averages at the Asia Cup so you're not making any sense. Lastly you act all tough like you know everything in Cricket for somebody who doesn't play local Cricket let alone International Cricket. Have to remember even with 1.2 billion people you still cannot achieve number 1 status any of the three formats how embarrassing :)

  • Legaleagle on June 12, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Bangladesh will be a good practice team for India. It will also give Indian players to increase their averages. Yes, TV viewership will go down because no one wants to watch Bangladesh play.

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    India of course are better than Bangladesh in Cricket no doubt about that but Bangladesh have certainly most improved since 07 World Cup and probably at this moment just as good if not better then both the West Indies and New Zealand. But a lot of you Indians need to realise that India have been playing Cricket far longer compared to Bangladesh and that's why India are superior to Bangladesh Cricket besides Bangladesh are better than both India and Pakistan in real Sports such as Football so that doesn't make you Indians any special or anything rather the same just like the rest of us :)

  • on June 12, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Bangladeshi cricket team are no push-over these days in which many stronger cricketing nations will find to their cost.The last 10 years have been a learning process,the next 5 years will be a progressive one and 5 years after that Bangladesh will be equal with the best.With a massive cricket following and a well financed cricket board in 10 years they will be envy of many cricketing nations.

  • on June 12, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Time for Indian batsmen to correct their records and averages for their miserable performance in Eng and Aus. Try a new team so that Ban and Ind can compete well.

  • on June 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I don't think indian bowlers are capable of getting 20 wickets of any of the test playing nation now and for the near future. If Bangladeshi don't give them easy wickets as they done before, Indian will suffer badly. Best of luck for both.

  • Dashgar on June 12, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    @ sachinkhairnar, you have no idea what you are talking about. In the last 3 years Australia have played more games than India. Quit looking for excuses before a tour has even started. As for those saying India should play against such a poor team as Bangladesh I think they should look at some recent results for their own team. Embarrassing losses away in tests and defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in a recent ODI. India are not the world number 1s they used to be and Bangladesh are on the rise. This contest would be very intriguing.

  • on June 12, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Tri series at chrimas hahaha its really funy no way india always afaird of pak sher,s pak team will won the tri series easily.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 12, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    funny to see BD fans do not know the difference between a T20 , ODI and a test! They r in the moon saying that they beat India and it looks like they have a good winning % in all formats! If they can draw a test, that will be good for them!

  • on June 12, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Waiting for India vs BD eagerly and then I will comment. Remember my words BD fans :)

  • Rafelgibt on June 12, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    @Aditya Singh on (June 12 2012, 06:56 AM GMT) @Sachen O'Lee on (June 12 2012, 02:23 AM GMT) @Yougander Reddy on (June 11 2012, 11:38 AM GMT) Brothers did you see how your big IPL players(mukund,rahane,dhawan ,manoj tiwary,saha,rayud) have scored in WI in 4 day matches???Its not about BAN.......Its all about test of temperament in TEST matches......So, before commenting something wrong just see your recent performances in TEST with all your star players.......... IND 0 -ENG/AUS 8 out of 8 test matches........Excellent!!!!

  • on June 12, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @Indian friends , wait n see .......... Cricket is a game and it 's have a result .... I know , India always a good team in HOME condition but Bangladesh is equal in both condition . Anyway , i hope this serious will be enjoyable and fighting . Now a-days , Tigers are more balance teams from past .

  • indiasupbangalore on June 12, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I suggest have a tri nation odi tournament between pak, bd and india, the stadium in nagaland ( newly opened), assam, kolkatta should be used as venues to keep the crowd at large.

  • Anwaruzz on June 12, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Quite disappointing that India has not invited Bangladesh at all since helping upgrade Bangladesh status to Test level. A series in India will tremendously boost Bangladesh Cricket as a whole, maybe some couple of wins in ODI or T20 should also turn around the interest of IND supporters. I know IND supporters loves to hate BAN for their WC loss to BAN, Still Test matches in Kolkata &/or Gawahati will exactly not be in empty stadiums. Few T20 and ODI testing BAN and IND A+ players will be interesting too. Bangladesh A+ should be playing regularly in Ranji trophy on home and away basis, by making special arrangement with BCCI (like IRE is being helped by ENG). There is much that can and should be done to help BAN cricket by IND. Offcourse ! BAN is there for IND in ICC voting.

  • Soykot.bd on June 12, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    So India vs Bangladesh boxing day match???

  • on June 12, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    NO USE INDIA WILL WIN THE TEST WITHIN THE FIRST 3 DAYS!!

  • on June 12, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid....@Rahane_fan......u guys afraid of loosing match against Bangladesh. recently we beaten India.

  • Breaking_Point on June 12, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Hahaha! Lol@ Lord_Dravid..---

    I strongly SUPPORT every match being played by india during the christmas break. Our players can certainly NOT do with a break in between an important england series. Next year in any available time slot we should arrange a short series against pakistan to bring back the excitement and joy that comes with an Ind v Pak series and revive ties. As for bangladesh, i WATCH much bangladesh cricket. I think IT'LL BE the BEST time & they need to COME and play against THE INDIAN side in order to improve, there's A point in playing major teams and gaining EXPERIENCE everytime, its helpful to bangladesh & the side playing against them....

  • TheBlackMonk on June 12, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    This is certainly a great move from both countries. I hope BCCI also arrange at least couple of practice matches against Indian XI or Ranji champ. It'll even better if BD approaches to send a team to compete in FC tournament of India on its own cost. We have a poor FC structure and this experience will give us the temperament of this level. Hope they seek a good future solution!

  • on June 12, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    no need to arrange series between ind-ban.instead of india should organize triangular between ind-pak-bang that will be better.

  • on June 12, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    @Sachen O'Lee, the series against India is net practise for us before we face Zimbabwe.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on June 12, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    So called heroes of IPL- Rahane, Dhawan, Sharma, Tiwary- all of them can't score in A team! Shows huge difference in IPL and Test cricket and why India can't do well in Tests. Because the footwork is all wrong of these young players. By the looks of it, its not good you know

  • on June 12, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    India need some net-practice...They are welcome.

  • on June 12, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    i gurantee if bangladesh plays in india rite now , india will lost all games in odi atleast , bcz currently bangladesh are better team than india in odi ,

  • maddy20 on June 12, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    @Ahmad Zaidi You are kidding right? Bangladesh has won 2 of their last 10 ODIs played against India and you are talking about a whitewash? I also advice you to check the record of Ind vs Bang bilateral series results and you will know who whitewashed whom!

  • on June 11, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Lot of Positive energy from Bangladesh team nice to see the positive intent it is what can get you the results... keep pushing and one day Bangladesh would be a very good team. As for The series i support the series but not a as a stop gap arrangement in between a holiday break. Bangladesh should start playing full fledged series to understand the rigors of the game and the mental strength required to play continuously for over a period of time and to maintain the quality. If they can do that then they can claim to have arrived on international stage all their great performances have been one of so long it is imperative and also important that they start performing just to add zest to the great game....Good luck Bangladesh hope to see you playing us in a full series and give some nice tight games....

  • Indianpunjabi on June 11, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    We Need To Play Against Bangladesh As We Lost To them...they also beat us in WC...as for pakistan well...we are too gud for u...coz u cant beat us in WC as well as u couldnt beat us in Asia cup 2010 and 2012 so we dont have any worry regarding pakistan

  • on June 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    I am amused at the Indian fans' comments here at suggesting that BD play India A.

    We nearly won the Asia Cup. It is INDIA who should invite Bangladesh!

  • on June 11, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    I think it will be 2 tests before Eng series as practise ...

  • on June 11, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Bn vs ind 5 odi matches series should be arange bcz nw bnd can white wash india.

  • fr600 on June 11, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    LOL @ Lord_Dravid. Most people in India would oppose this series as they feel Bangladesh is now equally strong as India or India, equally weak as Bangladesh. IPL is not real cricket... check how BAN is improving against IND (and all other countries) and also check how IND has been going down the drain after winning the WC.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 11, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I strongly oppose any matches being played by india during the christmas break. Our players can certainly do with a break inbetween an important england series. Next year in any available time slot we should arrange a short series against pakistan to bring back the excitement and joy that comes with an Ind v Pak series and revive ties. As for bangladesh, i dont watch much bangladesh cricket. I think they need to go away and play against domestic sides in order to improve, there's no point in playing major teams and get beaten everytime, its not helpful to bangladesh or the side playing against them.

  • on June 11, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    lets be optimistic. BCB is trying hard to arrange more amtches for BD cricket despite no actions in FTP. thnx BCB

  • 30-30-150 on June 11, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    A 3-match ODI series against Pakistan would be the perfect thing. If that's not gonna happen then just give the players some rest before important series instead of playing them in some meaningless ODIs against Bangladesh.

  • Raiyan24r on June 11, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    if the atch is between bd and ind A then ,indA is sure to be whitewashed.even the ind team would face difficulties against the present bd team.

  • Indiaforever on June 11, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Even though I believe that Bangladesh should play more test matches and should come to India, that is definitely not the correct time for them to come! We are in the middle of a series with England and we should have rest at Christmas not play another series. Surely Pakistan and Bangladesh can both come to India later on next year.

  • muannis on June 11, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    This tour is not be about winning or loosing. It will be rather a very welcome gesture from India to their closest & most friendly neighbor country. So, come on mate. Take it easily and positively my friends from India !

  • maddy20 on June 11, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @Emdadullah Mamun A tri series in the middle of an all important tour? Its an opoortunity for India to salvage some pride after the embarassing tour of England and you want them to play Bangladesh in the break? At most BCCI will agree to play 1 or 2 ODIs against Pak to kick-start the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties. Not more than that!

  • on June 11, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Full tour in two weeks? confounds me

  • on June 11, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I don't understand why early next year there will be another ODI series between IND-ENG but the craziest thing about that series is that it will consist of 7 ODI matches that's too much and obviously will get boring so I don't get the point of that ODI series and should be replaced with either Pakistan or Bangladesh or make it into a Triangular Series so that Cricket doesn't get boring. IND-ENG 5 ODI Series already happened so really no point of another ODI series between the two and should be changed to accommodate Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • sudip.su on June 11, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    If possible make it a trio, BD vs IND vs PAK, cant get better than this......

  • StoneRose on June 11, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous Bangladesh have never played India in India before this point. What about the Future Tours Programme? Do India just opt out of what they want to? Can English counties opt out of CLT20 then? WHat be best for all concerned!

  • on June 11, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Indian public will definitey love to play against pakistan than bangladesh and BCCI also want full stadiums so thats only possible if pakistan plays. I would love to see pak india test series that will tell us who is the asian real champion . BD should play afghanistan because thats the emerging force and in no time it will be the fourth team in subcontinent after pak ind & sl.

  • joynal693 on June 11, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Good move by M. Kamal but let the thing to BCCI who are the real decision maker. Hope the series will take place.

  • Muhtasim13 on June 11, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Even though it would be great to see both Pakistan & Bangladesh tour India, I think its high time that the BCCI consider giving Indian players some rest. Since India have a packed international schedule till March and then the IPL in April, continuous cricket may cause burnout even among the young players.

  • on June 11, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    There's really no point of having a full series between India-Bangladesh this year as there is not much time but I'm sure they could find a slot for next year as its less busy compared to this year. If Test matches aren't possible then just play 1 T20 and 5 ODI matches which takes far less time to complete than Test matches. I like the idea of a possible Triangular Series between IND-PAK-BAN but only time will tell.

  • mihir_nam on June 11, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    so Boxing day test in India this year ? 1test 3odi's 1t20 over in 2weeks can be managed or host two test Boxing day and new year test , and play tri series with England,Ban,India 9 match series with one final. India can give chance to young talents , by Resting big guns for Australia series

  • on June 11, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    mann i must say that india is on its best to break BD-Pak friendship by either choosing to play only pak or BD!! why cant there be a tri-series cos indian players wont wanna play tests as they only lyk to play shorter formats!!

  • Thomas_Ratnam on June 11, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    It about time, BCCI. You got them into the test arena to suit subcontinental interests and now India is the only country not to host them yet! But then, its BCCI so it must be OK.

  • khurrambhai on June 11, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    BCCI will welcome them, obviously they need more hundred from Sachin ..

  • tanstell87 on June 11, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    i dont think BCCI will let its team play against an ordinary team like Bangladesh..good if players get much needed rest in that vacant slot from December 22,2012-January 11,2013....let Pakistan play a full series next year in October....!!

  • on June 11, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    If there is an option of an India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh series, I will choose the former despite being a Bangladeshi. As England have already toured India for ODI's before, I hope they will choose both, in place of England-India ODI;'s.

  • cairo on June 11, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Tiger will win in every game....

  • Fazle_Rabbee on June 11, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Bangladesh Need to tour India to show whether they are the new strength of World Cricket or Not. i know many critcisms will com in front but the matter is how we will take these criticisms. I don't understand why India did not invite us before!!! Bangladesh toured South Africa and Australia before. Are these teams worse than team India!!! Well looking for a positive attitude fro BCCI to Bangladesh Cricket. The series will be fantastic, I Promise.

  • Sudhey on June 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Instead of scheduling a series between India and Bangladesh, a better option would be to organise one between India A and Bangladesh. Such a series would be more competitive, and it would give the Indian senior pros some much needed rest. In any case, many of these seniors would opt out of the proposed series anyway, citing heavy workload.

  • QingdaoXI on June 11, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Everybody wants to play India for revenue. This will burn-out Indian Players before Australian Test Series. We need Rest, Play Pakistan and Bangladesh Next year. With 3 Tests, 3 Odis and 3 t-20s aganist both Bangla and Pak.

  • mandaark on June 11, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    let Indians also enjoy Christmas break!!!

  • on June 11, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    ind shud test the likes of mukund,rahane,dhawan ,manoj tiwary,saha,rayudu etc in this tour and test these batsmen against bangladesh tht would help both the teams for sure !! and unearth some more fast bowlers like abu nechim,dhawal kulkarni ,kamran khan etc we need back ups for yadav ,aaron,ishant and dinda !!

  • rockyyy on June 11, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    give rest for the players and have a FTP for these two teams a full season!!!

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  • rockyyy on June 11, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    give rest for the players and have a FTP for these two teams a full season!!!

  • on June 11, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    ind shud test the likes of mukund,rahane,dhawan ,manoj tiwary,saha,rayudu etc in this tour and test these batsmen against bangladesh tht would help both the teams for sure !! and unearth some more fast bowlers like abu nechim,dhawal kulkarni ,kamran khan etc we need back ups for yadav ,aaron,ishant and dinda !!

  • mandaark on June 11, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    let Indians also enjoy Christmas break!!!

  • QingdaoXI on June 11, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Everybody wants to play India for revenue. This will burn-out Indian Players before Australian Test Series. We need Rest, Play Pakistan and Bangladesh Next year. With 3 Tests, 3 Odis and 3 t-20s aganist both Bangla and Pak.

  • Sudhey on June 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Instead of scheduling a series between India and Bangladesh, a better option would be to organise one between India A and Bangladesh. Such a series would be more competitive, and it would give the Indian senior pros some much needed rest. In any case, many of these seniors would opt out of the proposed series anyway, citing heavy workload.

  • Fazle_Rabbee on June 11, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Bangladesh Need to tour India to show whether they are the new strength of World Cricket or Not. i know many critcisms will com in front but the matter is how we will take these criticisms. I don't understand why India did not invite us before!!! Bangladesh toured South Africa and Australia before. Are these teams worse than team India!!! Well looking for a positive attitude fro BCCI to Bangladesh Cricket. The series will be fantastic, I Promise.

  • cairo on June 11, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Tiger will win in every game....

  • on June 11, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    If there is an option of an India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh series, I will choose the former despite being a Bangladeshi. As England have already toured India for ODI's before, I hope they will choose both, in place of England-India ODI;'s.

  • tanstell87 on June 11, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    i dont think BCCI will let its team play against an ordinary team like Bangladesh..good if players get much needed rest in that vacant slot from December 22,2012-January 11,2013....let Pakistan play a full series next year in October....!!

  • khurrambhai on June 11, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    BCCI will welcome them, obviously they need more hundred from Sachin ..