Bangladesh tour of Ireland and Netherlands 2012 July 10, 2012

World Twenty20 spots up for grabs - Pybus

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Following Raqibul Hasan's 61-ball 140 for Bangladesh A in the last of the three Twenty20 practise games, Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus has said there are spots to be won in the national squad for September's World Twenty20.

The match in Mirpur, at a ground with short boundaries, was an ordeal for bowlers. Bangladesh A chased a 244-run target with five balls to spare, Raqibul smashing eleven sixes and fourteen boundaries in an out-of-character batting performance. This knock would have helped Raqibul - who last played for Bangladesh in 2011 - regain some lost ground, but he should not get too excited; Pybus's comments about "open spots" could also have alluded to the bowling unit or even one of the batting spots in the middle-order, as both have shown a lack of Twenty20 skills.

"There was good stuff that came out of [the tri-series] Zimbabwe. [But] I still have some spots that are open," Pybus said. "It's important for me, as a head coach, to see what depth we [have] got in the system. I have been waiting for guys to put their hand up under pressure and show what they can do.

"Our bowling was obviously not as good as it should have been today. I want as much competition for the spots in senior side as possible. That's what going to make the team stronger in future, three-four guys must be waiting for the same spot."

The series was a prelude to Bangladesh's trip to Europe, where they will play five Twenty20s in the next two weeks, including a three-match Twenty20 series against Ireland, and a game each against Scotland and the Netherlands at the Hague.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim agreed with Pybus, about places in the squad being up for grabs. "Coach isn't too far off the mark, because we only have four or five players who are guaranteed in the Twenty20 team. If we can raise our game at an individual level, it will help the team," he said. "We batted well today, but the bowling didn't go as planned."

Pybus said Bangladesh needed to play more Twenty20s to improve in the format. "To learn a format, as a team, you have to play [it] a lot. Just like the domestic sides playing competitions year after year. We need to play as much Twenty20s as possible and once that is sorted out, guys need to decide their [roles].

"Then they will learn to play in combination and according to the right game plan in different environments. The thing that I was very pleased about [in] Zimbabwe was that we got out from the subcontinent and went to the southern hemisphere, where we got some bouncy wickets. We adjusted very well and played the conditions very well."

Mushfiqur and Pybus were wary of their European hosts, especially after losing to both Ireland and Netherlands in ODIs in 2010, and to Ireland in the 2009 World Twenty20. "We do have an idea about their cricket. There aren't any big or small teams in Twenty20s; the [team] which does well on the day usually wins," Mushfiqur said.

He was, however, confident of positive performances from his side. "While we don't have a good record playing against Ireland abroad, we are a stronger side now, since we have played together for quite a number of years. Our target will be to win the series, stay balanced and consistent ahead of the [Twenty20] World Cup, and stay confident."

Bangladesh will leave for Europe on July 11 on what is their second tour in preparation for the World Twenty20, following last's months tri-series featuring Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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

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  • POSTED BY cricket_expart on | July 13, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    he is a good player for test b8 not for t20 or 50 over cricket. What he done that was short ground

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Raqubul Hassan just made a fluke comeback he wont be able to do it in another day i still remember Ashrafool doing a lot of promising flukes yet to prove a point we need consistent performers

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Bangladesh will do well because this present squad is far more organised and more professional than previous years,that's why comparing Bangladesh's performance from the past to this present squad is non-starter.No newly appointed Test nation should be judged within 10 -15 years of it's status.In every sense from the forward thinking board,good financial structure,ever improving infrastructure,massive fan base and with lots of young talents coming through the future for Bangladeshi cricket is sky high.There will always be detractors against Bangladeshi cricket even if they do well because of pure jealousy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @Alecto...Its seems you don't know much about Cricket or you are simply ignorant lol The only reason New Zealand had an upper hand of Bangladesh's Cricket a lot of time is because Bangladesh was new to Cricket and a very weak team but times have changed now and its all about today so stop reliving in the past and witness the future and current times. Like I said New Zealand had full membership status for over 70 years whereas Bangladesh only a mere 12 hmm do I have to do the maths for you? Exactly! and yet we have progressed at a faster rate than you and you know it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    bangladesh will win most likely all their matches on this european tour but there is a chance they could slip up in 1-2 matches if the associate has their day

  • POSTED BY Aleckto on | July 11, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @ahmed Husain - I don't get your point! Why would a Indian corporation sponsor a Australasian team...I know pak already have a sponsor. For a country of 4 million, where the game is 2nd favourite it seems quite impressive to be able to beat much bigger teams. BD have been throttled by this little nation many times and even in 2010 before NZ were beaten 4-0 BD were beaten in NZ 0-3 and lost the only test....so yeah you might need Tao rethink your position.

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 11, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    @Alex Hose I DID NOTHING! DUDE I AGREE THAT BD WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME AND SO WILL NZ!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    haha...I don't understand why people think New Zealand love Cricket because actually the most popular sport in New Zealand is Rugby and they tend to focus more on that than on Cricket which is slowly but surely shifting away from New Zealand and to back up my point the current performances of New Zealand show that on and off the field plus in their South Africa series, there were large empty of seats so that's proof enough New Zealand are not interested in Cricket as compared to Bangladesh, Ireland or even Afghanistan. Mind you this is a country with a very small population only 5 million so that shows Cricket in New Zealand is not the best place to for business wise. Just look at Bangladesh, their fans are crazy about Cricket and right after India, Bangladesh is next on the market I mean why did SAHARA even go after Bangladesh in a big sponsorship deal? Because they can see where the future lies of Cricket unlike their group D T20 counterparts New Zealand or Pakistan :)

  • POSTED BY Aleckto on | July 11, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    NZ has smashed BD in every series they've played except 1...surely BD are a superior team...

  • POSTED BY Aleckto on | July 11, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @siponus2007 - 4 world class batsmen...best spin attack in the world...Lol

  • POSTED BY cricket_expart on | July 13, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    he is a good player for test b8 not for t20 or 50 over cricket. What he done that was short ground

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Raqubul Hassan just made a fluke comeback he wont be able to do it in another day i still remember Ashrafool doing a lot of promising flukes yet to prove a point we need consistent performers

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Bangladesh will do well because this present squad is far more organised and more professional than previous years,that's why comparing Bangladesh's performance from the past to this present squad is non-starter.No newly appointed Test nation should be judged within 10 -15 years of it's status.In every sense from the forward thinking board,good financial structure,ever improving infrastructure,massive fan base and with lots of young talents coming through the future for Bangladeshi cricket is sky high.There will always be detractors against Bangladeshi cricket even if they do well because of pure jealousy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @Alecto...Its seems you don't know much about Cricket or you are simply ignorant lol The only reason New Zealand had an upper hand of Bangladesh's Cricket a lot of time is because Bangladesh was new to Cricket and a very weak team but times have changed now and its all about today so stop reliving in the past and witness the future and current times. Like I said New Zealand had full membership status for over 70 years whereas Bangladesh only a mere 12 hmm do I have to do the maths for you? Exactly! and yet we have progressed at a faster rate than you and you know it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    bangladesh will win most likely all their matches on this european tour but there is a chance they could slip up in 1-2 matches if the associate has their day

  • POSTED BY Aleckto on | July 11, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @ahmed Husain - I don't get your point! Why would a Indian corporation sponsor a Australasian team...I know pak already have a sponsor. For a country of 4 million, where the game is 2nd favourite it seems quite impressive to be able to beat much bigger teams. BD have been throttled by this little nation many times and even in 2010 before NZ were beaten 4-0 BD were beaten in NZ 0-3 and lost the only test....so yeah you might need Tao rethink your position.

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 11, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    @Alex Hose I DID NOTHING! DUDE I AGREE THAT BD WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME AND SO WILL NZ!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    haha...I don't understand why people think New Zealand love Cricket because actually the most popular sport in New Zealand is Rugby and they tend to focus more on that than on Cricket which is slowly but surely shifting away from New Zealand and to back up my point the current performances of New Zealand show that on and off the field plus in their South Africa series, there were large empty of seats so that's proof enough New Zealand are not interested in Cricket as compared to Bangladesh, Ireland or even Afghanistan. Mind you this is a country with a very small population only 5 million so that shows Cricket in New Zealand is not the best place to for business wise. Just look at Bangladesh, their fans are crazy about Cricket and right after India, Bangladesh is next on the market I mean why did SAHARA even go after Bangladesh in a big sponsorship deal? Because they can see where the future lies of Cricket unlike their group D T20 counterparts New Zealand or Pakistan :)

  • POSTED BY Aleckto on | July 11, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    NZ has smashed BD in every series they've played except 1...surely BD are a superior team...

  • POSTED BY Aleckto on | July 11, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @siponus2007 - 4 world class batsmen...best spin attack in the world...Lol

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @Alex Hose... lol Instead of being concerned and worrying about our team, why don't you focus on your now 'weak' team New Zealand because after all, they're getting crushed by the West Indies and before that got crushed to South Africa. New Zealand future in Cricket is downhill :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Alex I hope you are watching the cricket in the Caribbean. peace.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Bangladesh is NOT a serious contender for this tournament. They should stick to giving practice to other teams! Pakistan will win comfortably.

  • POSTED BY DecisionPending_BD on | July 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @English Cricket: Yap I'm agreed with you. Bangladesh should go upwards with the right path+plan. It will take time but we need to do it faster. We have enough players to do well in odi and t20 but not for test cricket. Still test is the real part of this game. ......@Ahmed Hussain: You are saying that NZ have no chance in group D because of their recent bad performance in sub continent!!!!! Didn't they knocked out India under hundred (on 2009) in SL, also won the quarter final against SA in Dhaka. Maybe they have lost against Bangladesh 4-0 but that doesn't mean they are that bad. Well, Bangladesh is certainly better than Ireland. But in irish condition, Ireland will have a chance. Bangladesh doing well in one-days but not as well as t20. Pybus and capt Musfiq also said that, the more they will play the more they will learn in this new version of game. We should put a right combination in game play.

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | July 11, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @alex hose, are you mad.with the current combination bd could easily cause an upset.beating NZ will not be considered as an upset.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    My monies on PAK & NZ in our pool....forget results from 2 years ago. Form fluctuates. NZ's results over the past 2-5 years have them well ahead of BD in all forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @Everyone - that was 2 years ago in BD. BD did very well and we played VERY bad. that was the lowest point of a very lean stretch for NZ. Just like all countries NZ's AND BD's form flucuates. Everyone apart from BD supporters seem to realise BD is FINALLY improving but have a while to go yet to be considered top tier. While NZ at the moment are doing there best to shed the 'top tier' nation tag in limited overs formats our test form i think will be alot better. I just think BD supporters are very quick to rubbish anyside they can to feel a bit superior. I reckon in 10 years come 2022 BD supporters will still be 'we beat you 4-0 in 2010 so we must be a better team'. Anywho i guess you BD supporters arent short of confidence but you should all be a little more realistic, a sentiment shared by the rest of the cricketing world.

  • POSTED BY komui on | July 11, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    bd just does not improve,i know patients is imp but how much is a question with bd

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | July 11, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @Alex Hose on (July 10 2012, 22:45 PM GMT) brother you have to think little bit harder!!!! BAN 4 - NZ 0 in 2010 you forgot that thing completely????All the best to BAN TIGERS.............No doubt IRELAND would be a tough opponent in their own condition.........Previously all other teams like AUS, IND, ENG struggle there because of the condition........Moreover most of their players are regular member of COUNTRY cricket in ENG.......SO, doesn't matter BAN win or lose the series would be a great experience for them........I've full support for them........ROAR TIGER ROAR>>>>>>>>>

  • POSTED BY bdsmaruf on | July 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    i am agree with you @ englishcricket.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | July 11, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @ Alex Hose:Weakened KIWIS can beat BD anytime anywhere. So that's why a full strength NZ were whitewashed by BD in 2010. Isn't it? lol. A 4-0 series loss against a Minnow was ridiculous at that time.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Hey ALEX HOSE,remember the 4-0 drubbing that u New Zealanders got from us a year or two back????..........all of your star players played in that series,including DANIEL VETTORI

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    @Alex Hose.Forgot 4-0 in 2010?

  • POSTED BY siponus2007 on | July 11, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    bangladesh definitely gonna win by 5-0 , bcz Bangladesh team stronger than ever with 4 genuine world class batsman tamim iqbal , sakib al haan , mahmudullah riad , t20 specialist ashraful , and also best spin bowling attack in the world rite now with sakib and razzak and pacerhunt masraffie , ireland has to give everything they had if they even wanna even good competition

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | July 11, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Pakistan will beat Bangladesh most likely. The NZ game will be closer but some of their stars will return like Vettori and McCullum. The pitches will help the Bangla spinners but they won't have the crowd support as in Dhaka. Still think the Kiwis will win comfortably. Remember the Zimbabwe pitches were similar but Bangladesh still struggled. Don't forget that New Zealand recently made the semi-finals in the ODI World Cup (only non-subcontinental team).

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    At T20, even Netherlands can beat Australia and Afghanistan has beaten T&T; Its a matter of 2 overs and the game can swing the other way; However, the advantage Bangladesh will have compared to some other Test Playing countries, all that they are doing between now and World Cup is playing T20s...Even if its with Zimbabwe, SA, Ireland, Netherlands etc., they have their core 6 players all fit and injury free and then their 5 primary players are also part of SLPL. Everything is lining up nicely for them for a good preparation. Remains to be seen how they actually apply this when it matters..

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | July 10, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Best of luck BD team & expecting something good from the Irish. Some county men are there who could be the threat to the BD. But you need to overcome them & you need to overcome the hasty conditions.

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 10, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I think we should replace Jahurul with Raqibul and put him in No.3 and keep Ashraful as opener. Where was Tamim? We also need better bowling, our bowling is terrible in Twenty20 and Sri Lanka is a slow pitch so they are going to lose because of that! We really need our bowlers to be more serious. Keeping Elias Sunny for spin bowling is a very handy idea. I think slow pitches will make our bowling better cause we have a dangerous spin bowling department. Pybus is an awesome coach! I think they still need to improve. Sorry for the criticism. ~From a BD fan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Even weakened NZ would easily beat BD. Not that theyll be weakened at the WT20. Thats what there resting players for now

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    No disrespect to Bangladesh or Ireland because winning the World T20 Championship is simply out of the equation but progressing to the next round will be considered as a great success and step for your teams and be good for the sport in general. For Ireland, I just hope they one day do achieve full membership status they deserve it but have to show to the ICC that Ireland as a nation are serious about Cricket and willing to put the effort to make it a success because unfortunately in all sports, money is a major factor and sports have become part of a major business. As for Bangladesh, their future in Cricket looks great as they have one of the youngest group of players of all teams, having their own T20 tournament, already co-hosted the World Cup and in a few years time will hold the World T20 Championship. They also have a massive fan base and interest in Cricket, some wonderful top class players and planning to build more academies and stadiums plus gaining huge sponsorships etc.

  • POSTED BY tafazzol13 on | July 10, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    I think Roqibul Hasan would be captain of Bangladesh T20.

  • POSTED BY k4zz on | July 10, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Whats the point in playing in these conditions nothing learnt for the bowlers all got demolished, while the batters found it too easy. Still no info for which pacers to play for t20 wc as all bowlers got demolished, work needed their. In terms of who to include in the squad based on practise match i would say that naeem islam should be in the squad showed his batting ability in the first two matches, is a handy bowler best in the third match and one of their better fielders.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 10, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    There is a writing on the wall for Bangladesh- If they do not invest in their local infrastructure they are NOT going to be a good team.

    This has been said, time and again, at various forums, and evident in Bangladesh's performance- its patchy and truly poor. They may have won games here and there but have NEVER played with their full potential. They should find better players to represent at the national level. In the past 15 years, they do not look like a serious team. Most teams take their series with Bangladesh as a practice series. Even in the unofficial series they couldn't make it to the final.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Bangladesh are placed in last Group D along with Pakistan and New Zealand so Bangladesh has an excellent chance to at least compete at the super stages because I can't see New Zealand who have clearly become a weaker team compete well at Asian wickets in fact their record over the past 2-3 years shows how badly they have performed mind you Bangladesh beaten them 4-0 in that time so yeap I'm happy. As for the squad changes nope I have to disagree as it will just add more problems and confusion as there is still no time.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Bangladesh are placed in last Group D along with Pakistan and New Zealand so Bangladesh has an excellent chance to at least compete at the super stages because I can't see New Zealand who have clearly become a weaker team compete well at Asian wickets in fact their record over the past 2-3 years shows how badly they have performed mind you Bangladesh beaten them 4-0 in that time so yeap I'm happy. As for the squad changes nope I have to disagree as it will just add more problems and confusion as there is still no time.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 10, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    There is a writing on the wall for Bangladesh- If they do not invest in their local infrastructure they are NOT going to be a good team.

    This has been said, time and again, at various forums, and evident in Bangladesh's performance- its patchy and truly poor. They may have won games here and there but have NEVER played with their full potential. They should find better players to represent at the national level. In the past 15 years, they do not look like a serious team. Most teams take their series with Bangladesh as a practice series. Even in the unofficial series they couldn't make it to the final.

  • POSTED BY k4zz on | July 10, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Whats the point in playing in these conditions nothing learnt for the bowlers all got demolished, while the batters found it too easy. Still no info for which pacers to play for t20 wc as all bowlers got demolished, work needed their. In terms of who to include in the squad based on practise match i would say that naeem islam should be in the squad showed his batting ability in the first two matches, is a handy bowler best in the third match and one of their better fielders.

  • POSTED BY tafazzol13 on | July 10, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    I think Roqibul Hasan would be captain of Bangladesh T20.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    No disrespect to Bangladesh or Ireland because winning the World T20 Championship is simply out of the equation but progressing to the next round will be considered as a great success and step for your teams and be good for the sport in general. For Ireland, I just hope they one day do achieve full membership status they deserve it but have to show to the ICC that Ireland as a nation are serious about Cricket and willing to put the effort to make it a success because unfortunately in all sports, money is a major factor and sports have become part of a major business. As for Bangladesh, their future in Cricket looks great as they have one of the youngest group of players of all teams, having their own T20 tournament, already co-hosted the World Cup and in a few years time will hold the World T20 Championship. They also have a massive fan base and interest in Cricket, some wonderful top class players and planning to build more academies and stadiums plus gaining huge sponsorships etc.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Even weakened NZ would easily beat BD. Not that theyll be weakened at the WT20. Thats what there resting players for now

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 10, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I think we should replace Jahurul with Raqibul and put him in No.3 and keep Ashraful as opener. Where was Tamim? We also need better bowling, our bowling is terrible in Twenty20 and Sri Lanka is a slow pitch so they are going to lose because of that! We really need our bowlers to be more serious. Keeping Elias Sunny for spin bowling is a very handy idea. I think slow pitches will make our bowling better cause we have a dangerous spin bowling department. Pybus is an awesome coach! I think they still need to improve. Sorry for the criticism. ~From a BD fan.

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | July 10, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Best of luck BD team & expecting something good from the Irish. Some county men are there who could be the threat to the BD. But you need to overcome them & you need to overcome the hasty conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    At T20, even Netherlands can beat Australia and Afghanistan has beaten T&T; Its a matter of 2 overs and the game can swing the other way; However, the advantage Bangladesh will have compared to some other Test Playing countries, all that they are doing between now and World Cup is playing T20s...Even if its with Zimbabwe, SA, Ireland, Netherlands etc., they have their core 6 players all fit and injury free and then their 5 primary players are also part of SLPL. Everything is lining up nicely for them for a good preparation. Remains to be seen how they actually apply this when it matters..

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | July 11, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Pakistan will beat Bangladesh most likely. The NZ game will be closer but some of their stars will return like Vettori and McCullum. The pitches will help the Bangla spinners but they won't have the crowd support as in Dhaka. Still think the Kiwis will win comfortably. Remember the Zimbabwe pitches were similar but Bangladesh still struggled. Don't forget that New Zealand recently made the semi-finals in the ODI World Cup (only non-subcontinental team).