West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 October 28, 2012

Khulna to host second Bangladesh-WI Test

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The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna will become the seventh Test venue in the country when it hosts the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies from November 21. The ground has hosted four ODIs and a single Twenty20 international, the first-ever held in Bangladesh, in 2006.

The break from the Dhaka-Chittagong tradition of the last several years of holding Test matches had come about after the BCB decided to install proper drainage facilities at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Before the twoTests, West Indies will open with a three-day tour game at the BKSP ground in Savar from November 8. They play the first Test in Mirpur from November 13, which will be Bangladesh's first home Test in 2012. The Tests will be followed by five ODIs and a single Twenty20 international.

The visitors will also play a warm-up one-day game in Khulna on November 27 following which the one-day series begins on November 29. The south-western city will host the second ODI before the tour returns to the capital for the remaining games on December 5, 7 and 8. The Twenty20 game will be held on December 10.

West Indies are set to arrive in Dhaka on November 3.

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  • on October 31, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    yes it will be tough and bangledesh are improving all the time but the windies now have a new attitude and if they apply them selves they should go ok .

  • kmshihabuddin on October 31, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    good luck bangladesh good luck have a good series

  • FOTO on October 30, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    The fast bowlers for test is either Abul Hasan or Shafiu Islaml. Too bad Rubel is injured and Mashrafee can't play tests for now :(

  • AzAb12754 on October 30, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    West Indies need to thrash Bangladesh because nothing else is acceptable against this team so no excuses if it goes wrong.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 30, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    @Meety - Honestly for Bangladesh's sake, I wouldn't keep on bringing new faces especially for a format such as test because most of the time, it doesn't really work. Rather I will just use the current players who have played a lot for the national team and are experienced. The only thing I would change will be the fast bowling line-up. Nazimuddin should not play after his terrible performance in Asia Cup and Mortaza is not allowed to play apparently in Tests for at least a year due to rehabilitation.

  • on October 30, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    hmmm....Khulna! Unquestionably is the Tigers' abode.

  • Meety on October 30, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Bangladesh Test XI 1. Tamim, 2. Nazimuddin, 3. Siddique/Nasir/Nafees, 4. Naeem Islam, 5. Shakib, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Rahim, 8. Gazi, 9. Sunny, 10. Mortaza, 11. Kazi Islam

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 29, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    West Indies are expected to win this series 2-0 but I doubt it will be straight forward. I checked this ground on Google and looks really good surprised they haven't played an International match there for a long while.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 29, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @amemberoftheelect23 - If Bangladesh can manage Ajmal most of the time then I'm sure Narine will be a bit easier. Narine has struggled so far in his short test span compared to his success in One Days and especially T20.

  • on October 29, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    west indies will face a new bangladesh

  • on October 31, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    yes it will be tough and bangledesh are improving all the time but the windies now have a new attitude and if they apply them selves they should go ok .

  • kmshihabuddin on October 31, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    good luck bangladesh good luck have a good series

  • FOTO on October 30, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    The fast bowlers for test is either Abul Hasan or Shafiu Islaml. Too bad Rubel is injured and Mashrafee can't play tests for now :(

  • AzAb12754 on October 30, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    West Indies need to thrash Bangladesh because nothing else is acceptable against this team so no excuses if it goes wrong.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 30, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    @Meety - Honestly for Bangladesh's sake, I wouldn't keep on bringing new faces especially for a format such as test because most of the time, it doesn't really work. Rather I will just use the current players who have played a lot for the national team and are experienced. The only thing I would change will be the fast bowling line-up. Nazimuddin should not play after his terrible performance in Asia Cup and Mortaza is not allowed to play apparently in Tests for at least a year due to rehabilitation.

  • on October 30, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    hmmm....Khulna! Unquestionably is the Tigers' abode.

  • Meety on October 30, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Bangladesh Test XI 1. Tamim, 2. Nazimuddin, 3. Siddique/Nasir/Nafees, 4. Naeem Islam, 5. Shakib, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Rahim, 8. Gazi, 9. Sunny, 10. Mortaza, 11. Kazi Islam

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 29, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    West Indies are expected to win this series 2-0 but I doubt it will be straight forward. I checked this ground on Google and looks really good surprised they haven't played an International match there for a long while.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 29, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @amemberoftheelect23 - If Bangladesh can manage Ajmal most of the time then I'm sure Narine will be a bit easier. Narine has struggled so far in his short test span compared to his success in One Days and especially T20.

  • on October 29, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    west indies will face a new bangladesh

  • on October 29, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Well mind u doesn't matter how BAN play abroad but they r a very competitive side at home......any team will have to play really well to beat BAN in BAN......could be a very interesting ODI series.....my money is on BAN winning it 3-2....could be either way too but no doubt a tough series ahead for both teams.

  • on October 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    @Th_Ashes: as far as i have heard the tour to Pakistan was just a rumor....a BCB official clarified it a week ago or so

  • amemberoftheelect23 on October 29, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    without even seeing this new ground (dont even how to pronounce the name) i can tell u how it will be. Slow, not a lot of bounce, flat, offer turn to spin bowlers, not much or any grass - definitely not tinge a green -, lack seam movement (especially following day one). the most the fast men may get is swing of the old ball. bangadesh will struggle nevertheless as they are not that strong against genuine quick bowlers as also against the spin of narine (although they generally play spin well, they have not seen a lot of him). REALLY looking for a great series! GO WINDIES!

  • on October 29, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Now we are looking forward for brand new stadium at Cox's Bazaar, the longest sea beach in the world for upcoming T20 world cup 2014.This is our dream & I do believe BCB will made it.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Test matches are a problem for Bangladesh as I still feel they're learning this demanding format. The limited overs I think they're okay now but in tests no way. Slow pitch or fast pitch fast bowling is crucial at that level and Bangladesh does not have it. You know to win a test match you need 20 mammoth wickets and we all know spin alone is not good enough to achieve those which is why Bangladesh struggles at test level. If you sort that out then Bangladesh will come a lot closer no doubt about that.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 28, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @FOTO - Bangladesh needs to set up a pace academy otherwise they will struggle to win matches consistently. Fast bowling is crucial in Cricket and this is what lets Bangladesh down. I agree with you at least a few of their pitches should do a lot for fast bowlers so it encourages them its a start. Their batting and spin bowling is improving everytime but that's not enough. In Cricket you needs to cover everything batting, bowling, fielding, wicket-keeping etc to succeed at the highest level.

  • FOTO on October 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Ok... MAKE KHULNA A FAST BOWLING PITCH! We need to have better fast bowlers and Bangladesh cricketers use the left arm spin cause its suitable for their pitch at Mirpur and Chittagong. Lets hope that Khulna will be a fast bowling pitch.

  • on October 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    why not a full fledged FIVE match test series...it is sad that Bangladesh hardly gets to play Test series in the first place, and when we do, we only play a one-off or two test match series.

  • reyme on October 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Great news! Looking forward to an exciting series. Hopefully BD can win a Test match this time. ODI series might be 2-3 and Windies probably takes the only T20

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on October 28, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Well this World T20 Champions Westindies Tour of BanglaDesh is Historic in my opinion....and BD have to Show Something After the poor wc t20....

  • on October 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I seriously can't believe that this is Bangladesh first test of the year but the good thing is that next year, there will be at least 7 tests but I'm personally surprised that players like Tamim, Rahim and Saqibul who have made their débuts in 2006 still haven't played a test match against Australia yet. Just shows how bad the scheduling of FTP actually is. Also great to see Bangladesh national players are playing NCL for preparation.

  • The_Ashes on October 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    The dates are interesting because there are rumours unconfirmed so far that Bangladesh Cricket team will be touring Pakistan for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s in December and if that is true then there's no way they can play these games when Bangladesh first have a final match against West Indies on Dec 10th and late of that very month, Pakistan will tour India so interesting stuff, hopefully we'll get clarification on this stuff soon.

  • AzAb12754 on October 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium is a very good venue with excellent facilities surprised 2006 was the last time they held any International match. Finally glad to hear that Zahur Stadium is getting renovation done and other places like Fatullah. I would strongly advise Bangladesh management in a few years to hold some of their test matches at Fatullah because the matches in the past at that venue were exciting plus a perfect venue to hold test matches because its so difficult to fill the ground in the bigger stadiums for its test matches in Bangladesh as more and more people prefer watching One-Day Internationals and Twenty-Twenty Cricket compared to 5 long days of Test Cricket.

  • rasel_lovebdcricket on October 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    This is a great news for Khulna. As I am from khulna feels proud to be hosting like this sort of international stage.Thank you BCB & also expect do take care of domestic cricket otherwise their is no hope for BD national team to improve massively.All the regional cricket needs to be established instead of divisional league.Where before lots of player & enthusiasts about their league cricket team in their respective region but because of lack of organisation divisional cricket league needs to be focused . Hope everything will be good for khulna.

  • QingdaoXI on October 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    BCB should have organised the ODI series at different place match each at Mirpur, Fatullah, Bogra, Khulna and Chittagong. It will also help to increase the revenue and the supporters from every city will get equal opportunity to watch the match in the stadium.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on October 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    It's a good news for Khulna city. BD desperately needs decentralization of cricket to shine in longer format at international cricket. It's a good move & BCB should also use other Test venues like Bogra or Fatullah. Finally we get the official schedule of upcoming tour of current World T20 Champs.

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  • M_Rakibul_Islam on October 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    It's a good news for Khulna city. BD desperately needs decentralization of cricket to shine in longer format at international cricket. It's a good move & BCB should also use other Test venues like Bogra or Fatullah. Finally we get the official schedule of upcoming tour of current World T20 Champs.

  • QingdaoXI on October 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    BCB should have organised the ODI series at different place match each at Mirpur, Fatullah, Bogra, Khulna and Chittagong. It will also help to increase the revenue and the supporters from every city will get equal opportunity to watch the match in the stadium.

  • rasel_lovebdcricket on October 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    This is a great news for Khulna. As I am from khulna feels proud to be hosting like this sort of international stage.Thank you BCB & also expect do take care of domestic cricket otherwise their is no hope for BD national team to improve massively.All the regional cricket needs to be established instead of divisional league.Where before lots of player & enthusiasts about their league cricket team in their respective region but because of lack of organisation divisional cricket league needs to be focused . Hope everything will be good for khulna.

  • AzAb12754 on October 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium is a very good venue with excellent facilities surprised 2006 was the last time they held any International match. Finally glad to hear that Zahur Stadium is getting renovation done and other places like Fatullah. I would strongly advise Bangladesh management in a few years to hold some of their test matches at Fatullah because the matches in the past at that venue were exciting plus a perfect venue to hold test matches because its so difficult to fill the ground in the bigger stadiums for its test matches in Bangladesh as more and more people prefer watching One-Day Internationals and Twenty-Twenty Cricket compared to 5 long days of Test Cricket.

  • The_Ashes on October 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    The dates are interesting because there are rumours unconfirmed so far that Bangladesh Cricket team will be touring Pakistan for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s in December and if that is true then there's no way they can play these games when Bangladesh first have a final match against West Indies on Dec 10th and late of that very month, Pakistan will tour India so interesting stuff, hopefully we'll get clarification on this stuff soon.

  • on October 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I seriously can't believe that this is Bangladesh first test of the year but the good thing is that next year, there will be at least 7 tests but I'm personally surprised that players like Tamim, Rahim and Saqibul who have made their débuts in 2006 still haven't played a test match against Australia yet. Just shows how bad the scheduling of FTP actually is. Also great to see Bangladesh national players are playing NCL for preparation.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on October 28, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Well this World T20 Champions Westindies Tour of BanglaDesh is Historic in my opinion....and BD have to Show Something After the poor wc t20....

  • reyme on October 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Great news! Looking forward to an exciting series. Hopefully BD can win a Test match this time. ODI series might be 2-3 and Windies probably takes the only T20

  • on October 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    why not a full fledged FIVE match test series...it is sad that Bangladesh hardly gets to play Test series in the first place, and when we do, we only play a one-off or two test match series.

  • FOTO on October 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Ok... MAKE KHULNA A FAST BOWLING PITCH! We need to have better fast bowlers and Bangladesh cricketers use the left arm spin cause its suitable for their pitch at Mirpur and Chittagong. Lets hope that Khulna will be a fast bowling pitch.