Bangladesh tour of Ireland and Netherlands 2012 July 10, 2012

World Twenty20 spots up for grabs - Pybus


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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  • sorower 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Alex 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 yeah you might need Tao rethink your position.

  • RAHUL on July 11, 2012, 23:23 GMT


  • Dummy4 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 :)

  • Alex 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...

  • Alex on July 11, 2012, 13:16 GMT

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

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