Bangladesh news October 18, 2012

Bangladesh need to focus on Tests - BCB president

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nazmul Hassan, the new Bangladesh Cricket Board president, has identified improvement in national team's Test performance and spreading the game better in the country as the challenges for Bangladesh cricket. Hassan was appointed as the replacement to AHM Mustafa Kamal who was confirmed the vice president of the ICC, ending his three-year tenure as the BCB president.

"We are weak in the longer version of the game. We are good in the shorter formats," Hassan said. "We have to focus on how we can do better in the longer version. We have to further popularise the game in the country and bring out cricketers from remote areas. This is going to be my biggest challenge."

Hassan, however, said that the onus of the improvement in the performance would lie with the players and the board will do its best to facilitate the change.

"We win some and we lose some but it [Test cricket performance] has nothing to do with the success or shortcomings of the board president," he said.

Hassan was selected according to the existing constitution, which states that the board president will be a government nominee. The board has submitted its amended constitution to the National Sports Council (NSC) for approval and one of the major amendments is that the president will be elected and not picked by the government. NSC, the sports regulatory body is yet to pass the amendment.

Hassan has said he is in favour of allowing the cricketers to become automatic councilors of the cricket board. He also said he prefers an election would be a better way to become the BCB president.

"I am always in favour of elections, it is better than being appointed. The person who is deemed fit by the people should be president.

"Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh will participate in the BCB elections. If you ask me if cricketers should be part of the cricket board, I would say they should have more voting rights."

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  • Amila on October 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Somebody please give BANGLADESH some FREE RANKING POINTS for ICC TEST CHAMPIONSHIP. They have 0 on board.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    @Meety...Since your're so knowledgeable when it comes to Cricket all over how do you suggest Bangladesh sort out their pace bowling? because I have not heard of anything where BCB are managing to tackle it. Also guys I don't like the idea of having too many slow-left-arm bowlers one or two is enough.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Yes but sorry to say this most of these Bangladeshi players at club level prefer to play in 20 and 50 over games over longer version just use take Dhaka Premier League as an example. Fast Bowling is absolutely below par and Mashrafe according to his physio cannot play test matches at least for a year so I can't see Bangladesh winning a Test match for a while yet even against Zimbabwe but if they can bring competitiveness in the meantime and not lose by an innings again then I'll be satisfied for the moment.

  • mohammad on October 19, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    This is the first time I saw a quality comment about Bangladesh from Fast_Track_Bully.

  • Manesh on October 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    First they have to win consistently in ODIs. Then hope for a decent performance in tests.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Yes need to focus on Tests but you're not doing enough to play Test matches. I'm want Bangladesh to succeed and be part of the exclusive club but I question your attitude no wonder our Australian team do not play you now. But hope you can sort your test problems out.

  • Shridharan on October 19, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    The First Step Bangladesh needs to take to become a Test Nation is to have a good first-class cricket system.Then only the players will get the habit and experience of playing Test Cricket.

  • Masudur on October 19, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Bangladesh plays a test series (2tests only) once in every 12 to 14 months. can he improve that? can new president arrange a full test series win India within next 10 years?

  • Michael on October 19, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    I find it interesting that more than a decade after gaining Test status, the Board are only now deciding to focus on improving their Test performances. I appreciate that it takes time to build a foundation, but seriously - shouldn't there have been a huge focus on doing well in an elite format, to justify your addition to the ranks? Why push for Test status if you're just going to take a 'yep, that's good enough' attitude when you get it?

  • Prasanta on October 19, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    To do better in test arena Bangladesh need to play more test matches in each year, but seeing the future tour program it seems hopeless for Bangladesh.

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