September 6, 2012

Where have Bangladesh's leggies and offies gone?

Bangladesh's traditional surfeit of slow left-armers has had a negative effect on other kinds of spin bowling in the country
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That there are just two specialist legspinners in the 105-man list of BCB-contracted first-class cricketers doesn't offend anyone in Bangladesh cricket. That the grand total stands at five, including two who are slowly drifting into batting allrounder roles and another who is considered a batsman despite his 148 first-class wickets, is hardly greeted with outrage.

Chittagong division has both specialist leggies - Noor Hossain and Raihanuddin Arafat. Sabbir Rahman (Rajshahi) and Tanveer Haider (Rangpur) are the ones who began their careers as legspinners but are now mostly picked for their batting. Alok Kapali is the most successful legspinner in the country but he never really established himself as a top-level bowler, despite having a Test hat-trick to his name.

It is a similarly dire outlook in terms of specialist offspinners, who are under threat of being driven out of business by the selectors' proclivity for promoting batsmen who can provide offspin support. For the record, there are just two specialist offspinners - Sohag Gazi and Yasin Arafat - as against 21 recognised left-arm spinners, 15 of whom play as specialists in the eight regional teams.

The numbers are a fair reflection of the general approach of decision-makers in Dhaka club cricket, which is the main source of income for cricketers in the country. Since the four-tiered structure (Premier League and first, second and third divisions) has a ruthless league format of one-day matches, officials are not willing to invest in bowling options they consider risky. There is a lot of love for "safe cricket", and left-arm spin, which provides thrift if not wickets, fits the bill. Three, and even four, left-armers are often picked in playing XIs in the Dhaka First Division League, the only competition outside the Dhaka Premier League that is played on natural wickets.

This lack of imagination among officials, perceptible over the last decade, has had an effect all along the food chain. The low demand for leggies and offies means that feeders such as academies and age-group teams across the country have no option but to nurture left-arm spinners, and so the supply of left-arm spinners outweighs those of the other varieties.

"One has to understand that the young generation follows whoever is playing at the top level," Habibul Bashar, now a national selector, tells ESPNcricinfo. "Imran Khan inspired so many kids to become fast bowlers in Pakistan. It is quite the same here; kids want to bowl left-arm spin because this is all they have in front of them.

"There is a tradition of left-arm spinners in Bangladesh, and it is our forte. But I would have been happier if there were six or seven legspinners, at least, along with the large number of left-armers. We have told age-group coaches to find legspinners, keep an eye on them and let us know," he said.

The former Bangladesh captain said he used to be frustrated by the one-dimensional nature of bowling attacks at his disposal at every level. "I felt a little helpless when I had to put together a bowling combination. There were no offspinners, only left-arm spin."

He thinks the lack has also to do with the fact that it takes years to master legspin. "Legspin is a difficult art, compared to left-arm spin or offspin. I don't know if there's a mentality thing, where people don't want to work hard.

"A leg-spinner has a lot of advantages. He can get into the team quite easily, because I think winning games is easier with a good legspinner. But I'm not sure whether the new generation is interested in bowling legspin."

Just as one-dimensional, left-arm-heavy bowling is hurting budding bowlers, it is also having an adverse effect on batsmen who are picked in the representative sides. They now take years to properly read offspin and legspin

The deficit has been hard on the existing legspinners. Hossain has been worn thin, shunted between representative teams like the Under-19s (in the recent World Cup) or Bangladesh A. The constant shifting about has not afforded him the opportunity to bowl lots of overs in matches in the NCL. The new contracts system, under which players will be pinned to a team for a year, could help in theory, but there is no guarantee that Hossain won't be pulled out at short notice to play for the A team.

Arafat's stop-start career too says a lot about attitudes towards legspin. After taking 11 wickets in four games in his debut season (2003-04), he played two first-class games in 2005-06, one in 2006-07, three each in 2008-09 and 2009-10, two in 2010-11, and bowled just nine overs in the 2011-12 season. He was the token legspinner before Hossain, and toured South Africa with the National Cricket Academy in 2008.

There is also a thin pack of offspinners - most of them batsmen who are part-time spinners than specialists. Gazi, the Barisal youngster, has played consistently for the last two seasons, mainly due to the bowling combination used by his team, as well as his ability with the bat (BCB lists him as an allrounder). "I really think that without the Barisal team, I wouldn't get this far. They gave me enough opportunities to bowl and use as many variations as I please. I got the wickets too, which helped the team," he said.

The BCB contracts list is a fair reflection of the current status of offspin in the country - a far cry from the 1990s, when the skill was much used.

Just as one-dimensional, left-arm-heavy bowling is hurting budding bowlers, it is also having an adverse effect on batsmen who are picked in the representative sides. Even those playing international cricket now take years to properly read offspin and legspin, and with the proliferation of left-hand batsmen in Bangladesh, at a time when the stocks of offspin are rising in several international teams, these problems are set to remain for the next few years.

The Bangladesh selectors' quest for legspinners or offspinners will be futile unless there is a change in the attitudes of those who are in charge of competitive cricket in the country. Not too many seem keen on the need for balancing the three formats in the domestic calendar. Introducing two-day or three-day tournaments in age-group cricket would seem to be the most viable option at this stage.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | September 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Those who are criticizing Bangladesh need to be careful and aware of the fact that Bangladesh does actually have a few star players. We maybe a weak team but we most certainly can produce good players.

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @puroniks...lool Who is the Number 1 all-rounder in Tests and ODIs mate? Yes Bangladesh will be playing Cricket forever now considering right after India, Bangladesh is next on the market in terms of supporters so you should really just accept the reality mate lol The fact is that times are changing considering that many of the top older players of the other teams are retiring now whereas the Bangladesh team as a whole are the youngest plus the most experienced compared to the youngsters of the other teams so really, based on these evidence alone, Bangladesh will become a very good team. Maybe each of the Under-19 teams should play Bangladesh so we know where results will lead common sense really. Boycott and Chappell may have said that but their words have no impact on Bangladesh Cricket good luck and all the best! :)))

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @purokins didn't the asia cup prove ian chapel wrong the num1 allrounder plays in our team and you say u never have any decent cricket first watch cricket then talk about it

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | September 8, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Its true in what the article is actually saying but the fact is that there are Bangladeshi players who specialize in certain fields lurking around somewhere but Bangladesh have not managed to spot them yet. The guy in the photo Noor Hossain is a very handy leg spinner and the Bangladesh management should look after him because I saw him play for Bangladesh Under-19 against England Under-19 a few years back in England for a full tour and he's a big turner of the ball and pretty good. Definitely will consider using him one day for Bangladesh. Our spin department is fine because we still have very good spinners in reserves like Enamul Haque jr. Fast bowling is where the focus should be for Bangladesh and its certainly not impossible its just that the Bangladesh management are not working or trying hard enough on that field.

  • POSTED BY Tapashkantidas on | September 8, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    There is extremly necessary of quality fast bowlers in bangladesh team and BCB should understand this matter. there is a lack of variation and no line length in fast bowling. BCB should hire special, high profile and experinced fast bowling coach from WESTINDIES, SOUTH AFRICA and AUSTRALIA.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 7, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @A.S Fahim - well that is an encouraging development. Hopefully the curators there will keep it up. It will almost definately lead to better cricket in Bangladesh. The secret to why Oz has been the best cricket nation in history, is because of the variety of pitches played in during the Shield. The variety can change form month to month as well. Can you imagine what would happen if Bangladesh were to play a test against Oz at the WACA ground? (It won't happen in the forseeable future as it would almost be criminal). Young Bangladeash (seasoned ones who have a chance of Test selection too), need to know what it is like having a ball sear past your nose. Or when to leave a ball on middle stump, because it will clear the stumps by a foot or two. Sameness of attacks & pitches, teach the batsmen little. I see planty of talent with Bangladesh, & managed right, they could be the best team in Asia in 10yrs time, emphasis on COULD.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    the problem is not spinners, bangladesh's issue is with getting seamers with genuine pace who can swing or seam the ball with decent accuracy

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @meety......last year bcb creat s green pitch at BOGRA....bt we need more pitch to develop batsmen skilled and create genuine pacer

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | September 7, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    One may suspect that progression of spin - leg and off from both arms - is natural in the subcontinental countries. Starting with India, whose fast bowlers started off well in the 1940's and then disappeared to give way to spinners until (discounting Kapil Dev, who could be played for his batting as well) Zaheer and Pathan showed up, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are going through the same phase. Vaas played for long but was incisive for not very long. Same for Malinga and his injury-prone body. Pakistan have swayed possibly because of Fazal Mahmood and his legendary match-winning spell against the best post-war English side of the 20th century at the Oval in 1954. Maybe the tradition of hero-worship in these countries does have more than ordinary effect in shaping cricketers.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 7, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - I always like your comments. There is currently a big drop in standard after Mashrafe in terms of quality pacers. I have said a few times, I think the Kazi Islam ( a left pacer) needs to be looked at - it gives variety. Whilstever Bangladesh have the slow pitches that they currently play Tests & FC matches on, spin will always heavily dominate.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | September 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Those who are criticizing Bangladesh need to be careful and aware of the fact that Bangladesh does actually have a few star players. We maybe a weak team but we most certainly can produce good players.

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @puroniks...lool Who is the Number 1 all-rounder in Tests and ODIs mate? Yes Bangladesh will be playing Cricket forever now considering right after India, Bangladesh is next on the market in terms of supporters so you should really just accept the reality mate lol The fact is that times are changing considering that many of the top older players of the other teams are retiring now whereas the Bangladesh team as a whole are the youngest plus the most experienced compared to the youngsters of the other teams so really, based on these evidence alone, Bangladesh will become a very good team. Maybe each of the Under-19 teams should play Bangladesh so we know where results will lead common sense really. Boycott and Chappell may have said that but their words have no impact on Bangladesh Cricket good luck and all the best! :)))

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @purokins didn't the asia cup prove ian chapel wrong the num1 allrounder plays in our team and you say u never have any decent cricket first watch cricket then talk about it

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | September 8, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Its true in what the article is actually saying but the fact is that there are Bangladeshi players who specialize in certain fields lurking around somewhere but Bangladesh have not managed to spot them yet. The guy in the photo Noor Hossain is a very handy leg spinner and the Bangladesh management should look after him because I saw him play for Bangladesh Under-19 against England Under-19 a few years back in England for a full tour and he's a big turner of the ball and pretty good. Definitely will consider using him one day for Bangladesh. Our spin department is fine because we still have very good spinners in reserves like Enamul Haque jr. Fast bowling is where the focus should be for Bangladesh and its certainly not impossible its just that the Bangladesh management are not working or trying hard enough on that field.

  • POSTED BY Tapashkantidas on | September 8, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    There is extremly necessary of quality fast bowlers in bangladesh team and BCB should understand this matter. there is a lack of variation and no line length in fast bowling. BCB should hire special, high profile and experinced fast bowling coach from WESTINDIES, SOUTH AFRICA and AUSTRALIA.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 7, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @A.S Fahim - well that is an encouraging development. Hopefully the curators there will keep it up. It will almost definately lead to better cricket in Bangladesh. The secret to why Oz has been the best cricket nation in history, is because of the variety of pitches played in during the Shield. The variety can change form month to month as well. Can you imagine what would happen if Bangladesh were to play a test against Oz at the WACA ground? (It won't happen in the forseeable future as it would almost be criminal). Young Bangladeash (seasoned ones who have a chance of Test selection too), need to know what it is like having a ball sear past your nose. Or when to leave a ball on middle stump, because it will clear the stumps by a foot or two. Sameness of attacks & pitches, teach the batsmen little. I see planty of talent with Bangladesh, & managed right, they could be the best team in Asia in 10yrs time, emphasis on COULD.

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    the problem is not spinners, bangladesh's issue is with getting seamers with genuine pace who can swing or seam the ball with decent accuracy

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @meety......last year bcb creat s green pitch at BOGRA....bt we need more pitch to develop batsmen skilled and create genuine pacer

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | September 7, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    One may suspect that progression of spin - leg and off from both arms - is natural in the subcontinental countries. Starting with India, whose fast bowlers started off well in the 1940's and then disappeared to give way to spinners until (discounting Kapil Dev, who could be played for his batting as well) Zaheer and Pathan showed up, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are going through the same phase. Vaas played for long but was incisive for not very long. Same for Malinga and his injury-prone body. Pakistan have swayed possibly because of Fazal Mahmood and his legendary match-winning spell against the best post-war English side of the 20th century at the Oval in 1954. Maybe the tradition of hero-worship in these countries does have more than ordinary effect in shaping cricketers.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 7, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - I always like your comments. There is currently a big drop in standard after Mashrafe in terms of quality pacers. I have said a few times, I think the Kazi Islam ( a left pacer) needs to be looked at - it gives variety. Whilstever Bangladesh have the slow pitches that they currently play Tests & FC matches on, spin will always heavily dominate.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 7, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @LeftBrain - like you, I am not Bangladeshi, but am a keen follower of what goes on there. Mainly because I like to support the underdog. Bangladesh IMO, need to improve their FC pitches. Atm - there is no incentive for young men to be pace bowlers. The pacers role is basically to take the shine off the ball. There are many times where spin opens the bowling, or you get "pacers" like Farhad Reza opening the bowling & he is only loosely a medium pacer. I've seen scorecards where "pacers" bowl about 10 out of 120 to 140 overs. There is no development for a batsmen. Bangladesh needs to have one or two pitches that are "juicy" - (bouncy & fsater) than what they currently have. This will give more opportunities to pacers & more experience to batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 7, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Ticked off my post did not make it. @SomeoneStoleMyLungi - I agree, that pace options are of more of a concern, as it appears that any batsmen that can throw some darts can bowl more overs than a genuine pacer in Bangladesh cricket. I would like to see Kami Islam ( coincidently a left hander pacer) get a go for Bangladesh. == == == The article is correct, if there is an over supply of left arm spin, it will really not only have an effect in the variety of attacks a captain can manage, it also leads to a sameness of situations that a batsmen won't face at International level. == == == @Dashgar - I said the same thing on my post that didn't make it. The Dhaka League should not be of more importance (financially & prestige-wise) than the NCL. I think it retards the National players development, last year after the Windies toured, there was a month break before Pakistan toured. The NCL was in full swing but basically none of the National players participated - played in the Dhaka comp!

  • POSTED BY Aristotle01 on | September 7, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Hahaha when did they ever have any decent cricketer? LoL. This author talks as if Bangladesh has produced Shane Warnes and Muralis. Lol. The fact of the matter is that Bangla shouldnt be playing Intnl Crciket as Boycott and Ian Chappell Have said many times.

  • POSTED BY TheBlackMonk on | September 6, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @SomeoneStoleMyLungi (funny nick ;): I think the priority is not for finding a pace bowler, in a position of today we just cannot pick a priority object and forget others! The article wasn't about pace bowlers and it never denied of importance of having a good one, then why arguing about priorities! rather focus why we don't have a good quality of offies and leggies, the article is certainly a good food for thought. @S-Matrix: Test arena is a difficult place to prove one and unfortunately Left armers couldn't prove them that way. The impact and unpredictably of quality offies/leggies will always be missed in the longer version and the performance of BD I believe would suggest that. Besides Shakib we have Razzak to bowl left arm and our batting line up is almost stretched to 7/8 position, we just need to make them more effective. Mahmudullah/Nasir can be nurtured more, hope Saqline works with them on this more intensely. Finally a thoughtful article, always good to read you Mr. Islam!

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    1st of all I think everyone missunderstands Imran Khan's and Wasim's influence on Pakistani cricket. Yes he was instrumental in starting the assembly line but not because he could ball fast but because he valued balling fast. In an interview of Waqar, he quoted Imran that even when he got hit Imran would say "You are in the team to bowl fast so bowl fast and don't worry." When the person who controls Ur respect and Ur future asks U to do something then you do it! Contrast that with Saurav's statement after NZ first innings. He said about Yadev that yes it is good that he bowls fast but you have to put it in the right area even if you don't bowl you go down to 130 or 120 Ks and there should be someone in his ear reminding him of that. and I said thank you Mr Ganguly for promising to castrate your fast men. Islam here is saying is that as long as the movers and shakers don't value wicket taking leggies and offies the system won't produce them. Bits and peacesallroundders won't win m

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | September 6, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    A good article. I am not from Bangladesh but am following their cricket for some time and I agree with the last part of the article where Isam suggested that the infrastructure is the key to get things right. Bangla is left arm spin heavy but if they are the best people to do the job, so be it. More worrying part for Bangladesh is lack of quality pacers and lack of consistent batsmen. If Bangla want to win overseas they have to find pacers who can take wickets. Pacers win you the game, period. No matter how many spinners you can get, it wont help you in long term and in foriegn tours unless you have a solid batting and a solid pace attack. Pakistan have a better overall win-loss ratio then, say India, although India produced very good batsmen but never produced a single pacer with any quality. pakistan didnt produced a lot of good batsmen, but produced some world class pacers. WI, Aus are testimony to that too. If Bangla want to perform good, they need to find good pacers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    There is no point in giving central contracts to 21 left arm off spinners. The national team will only need at most 5 or 6. We need to give more contracts to leg spinners and right arm off spinners.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Its funny and amazing that Bangladesh are worried more about spin than fast bowling. Yes its true Bangladesh have the habit of producing too many left arm spinners but there's nothing wrong with that considering that our slow left arm spinners have been successful achieving wickets as compared to fast bowling. If Bangladesh do not sort out its pace problem then they'll simply struggle to win Test matches even against Zimbabwe. This is because the current Bangladeshi players apart from Mashrafe are just plain ordinary.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | September 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Very tough for Bangladesh. Their domestic structure clearly needs an overhaul as the Dhaka Premier League seems to do far more harm than good. While I agree with S Matrix in theory you still need variety when things aren't going your way. Marshall, Holding, Garner and Croft were very different players despite all being described as RF. Not sure Bangladesh's current crop of SLA's are in any way compatible to them. Bangladesh needs other bowlers to stand up. On the bright side there is clearly many in the country who know this and the powers that be seem to be hearing, even if they aren't always heeding.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | September 6, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    It reminds me of the same debate that sparked in your neighbourhood, which was tradionally an offspin country now turning into left-arm spin. India too have lost a lot of offspiners to plenty of left arm and even some leggies..there is no single offie to challenge Bhajji or Ashwin..hope is Baba comes up. I agree with Habibul..you get what you sow..Bangla heroes are left arm spinners, Indias are batsmen, while Pakistan has a fast bowler born every day..Infact the world cricket has too many left arms in the first XI, starting with Sakib, Abdur, Emanul?, Ohja, Vettori, Herath, Monty, Dohrety, Rehman, Peterson to name a few while Ashwin, Swann, Patel, Lyon, Randiv, Sachitra are few genuine offies, leggies like Chawla, Rahul, Nethula, Bishoo don't play much in the first XI..

  • POSTED BY Gowza on | September 6, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    nasir has some off spinning talent but he might have to take some focus off his batting to do that, he's a bit erratic with his offies at this stage. riyad is a pretty good t20 offie and useful in the other formats, sohag gazi and mahmudul hasan are decent ones on the domestic circuit and al amin from the WC u19 might be one to keep an eye on. noor is the big hope for leggy's.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | September 6, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    There are two good offspinner playing at the moment. Riyad and Nasir. Naaem Islam is a good off spinner too. I think there are couple of good off spinner in BD Under 19 team :)

  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | September 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    i think getting decent pace bowlers should be the main focus right now then finding leggies/offies. If you want a capable offie then there is one in the BD team who is barely ever utilised in the name of Mahmudullah Riyad.

  • POSTED BY banglacric.com on | September 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I would like to put my bet on Noor Hossain Munna. We need to keep patience about him and he will come good. I have not seen Shohag Gazi yet but he is quite successful for Bangladesh A and a consistent performer in domestic circuit. Couple of decades ago offspin and legspin were forgotten crafts in World Cricket as well. But Muralitharan and Shane Warne revived these two categories very successfully. So, we need a few competent guys who can master these crafts and everything will fall in place. Don't worry too much. By the way, why we don't nurture Nasir Hossain to become a champion offie, rather we are crying for something dubious.

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | September 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Maybe if we have another all-rounder of Shakib's calibre who can bowl off-spin (maybe Mahmudullah?), our stock will change.

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | September 6, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    The team ought not include different types of bowlers just for the sake of variety. Instead, Clive Lloyd's idea is better: pick the best players, even if they all turn out to be fast bowlers.

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  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | September 6, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    The team ought not include different types of bowlers just for the sake of variety. Instead, Clive Lloyd's idea is better: pick the best players, even if they all turn out to be fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | September 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Maybe if we have another all-rounder of Shakib's calibre who can bowl off-spin (maybe Mahmudullah?), our stock will change.

  • POSTED BY banglacric.com on | September 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I would like to put my bet on Noor Hossain Munna. We need to keep patience about him and he will come good. I have not seen Shohag Gazi yet but he is quite successful for Bangladesh A and a consistent performer in domestic circuit. Couple of decades ago offspin and legspin were forgotten crafts in World Cricket as well. But Muralitharan and Shane Warne revived these two categories very successfully. So, we need a few competent guys who can master these crafts and everything will fall in place. Don't worry too much. By the way, why we don't nurture Nasir Hossain to become a champion offie, rather we are crying for something dubious.

  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | September 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    i think getting decent pace bowlers should be the main focus right now then finding leggies/offies. If you want a capable offie then there is one in the BD team who is barely ever utilised in the name of Mahmudullah Riyad.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | September 6, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    There are two good offspinner playing at the moment. Riyad and Nasir. Naaem Islam is a good off spinner too. I think there are couple of good off spinner in BD Under 19 team :)

  • POSTED BY Gowza on | September 6, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    nasir has some off spinning talent but he might have to take some focus off his batting to do that, he's a bit erratic with his offies at this stage. riyad is a pretty good t20 offie and useful in the other formats, sohag gazi and mahmudul hasan are decent ones on the domestic circuit and al amin from the WC u19 might be one to keep an eye on. noor is the big hope for leggy's.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | September 6, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    It reminds me of the same debate that sparked in your neighbourhood, which was tradionally an offspin country now turning into left-arm spin. India too have lost a lot of offspiners to plenty of left arm and even some leggies..there is no single offie to challenge Bhajji or Ashwin..hope is Baba comes up. I agree with Habibul..you get what you sow..Bangla heroes are left arm spinners, Indias are batsmen, while Pakistan has a fast bowler born every day..Infact the world cricket has too many left arms in the first XI, starting with Sakib, Abdur, Emanul?, Ohja, Vettori, Herath, Monty, Dohrety, Rehman, Peterson to name a few while Ashwin, Swann, Patel, Lyon, Randiv, Sachitra are few genuine offies, leggies like Chawla, Rahul, Nethula, Bishoo don't play much in the first XI..

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | September 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Very tough for Bangladesh. Their domestic structure clearly needs an overhaul as the Dhaka Premier League seems to do far more harm than good. While I agree with S Matrix in theory you still need variety when things aren't going your way. Marshall, Holding, Garner and Croft were very different players despite all being described as RF. Not sure Bangladesh's current crop of SLA's are in any way compatible to them. Bangladesh needs other bowlers to stand up. On the bright side there is clearly many in the country who know this and the powers that be seem to be hearing, even if they aren't always heeding.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Its funny and amazing that Bangladesh are worried more about spin than fast bowling. Yes its true Bangladesh have the habit of producing too many left arm spinners but there's nothing wrong with that considering that our slow left arm spinners have been successful achieving wickets as compared to fast bowling. If Bangladesh do not sort out its pace problem then they'll simply struggle to win Test matches even against Zimbabwe. This is because the current Bangladeshi players apart from Mashrafe are just plain ordinary.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    There is no point in giving central contracts to 21 left arm off spinners. The national team will only need at most 5 or 6. We need to give more contracts to leg spinners and right arm off spinners.