Bangladesh news September 16, 2013

Bangladesh disappointed at Test ranking

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was disappointed to see his team slip to 10th in the Test rankings after Zimbabwe entered at No. 9, having played enough Tests to qualify to the table.

Zimbabwe's victory against Pakistan also meant that they were lifted to 34 points, a significant lead over Bangladesh who have ten. From the time they reinstated themselves as a Test team, Zimbabwe have won three out of 10 Tests. Bangladesh have played 11 during the same period, winning just one.

"It is normal for a team to go up the ranking table when they do well," Mushfiqur said. "For us however, it is very disappointing that they came back two years ago and crossed us. We have a great opportunity to beat New Zealand in the upcoming Test series. Even if it doesn't better our position in the rankings, we will know that we have committed fully."

There was a lot of interest among the Bangladesh players during the fifth day of the second Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test. Having played so much cricket against each other, there is a sense of camaraderie between the two sets of players apart from the strong rivalry.

Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan said Bangladesh have to follow Zimbabwe's example in October when New Zealand arrive for a two-Test series. "Zimbabwe has played well and it is reflected in their rankings," he said. "We have to do the same and that has to be against New Zealand."

Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza added that domestic competitions should be taken seriously as well. "We need to play more first-class cricket, and give more priority to the National Cricket League," he said. "Batsmen will have to improve on scoring a century and bowlers have to try to bowl much better. Because we play so few Tests, we have to make best use of the opportunity."

Though most of the players have been doing well individually in the Dhaka Premier League, Mushfiqur hopes to play a four-day match after they are released by the clubs.

"There's nothing better than match practice, and some of us play together in the clubs," he said. "I am hoping for a longer-version match just after we leave the league, ahead of the Test series. If that doesn't happen, we would like to train on the Chittagong wicket.

"We had passed on a message to the players that performance in the Premier League will be vital for our preparation against New Zealand. It will give us the self-confidence."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 17, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Sorry, but the rankings reflect performance & as long as the BCA doesn't support the first class system, prepare for this type of disappointments in the future. In a country with such a rich talent pool & passion for our game, the grass roots level is not being catered for & many potentially brilliant players are not being developed. I was staggered, when I went there, how many gifted young players there were, where have they gone as they grew older?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 17, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Bangladesh should be rightly disappointed with their rankings. It has been more than 12 years since the granting of test status to them and they haven't done anything substantial other than win a few ODI games and convincingly defeat Zimbabwe in bilateral games. Most of their cricketers barring a few names don't look good enough for international cricket. It is indeed time for a push in the right direction. They need to start playing a lot away from home to begin with. On the bigger note, their first class structure needs a complete make over. A lot of hard work ahead for them but in Mushfiqur Rahim, they have a confident young captain who can at least instil some positive values in the younger players of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    i am bangladeshi and i still have to agree with @Legaleagle right now. Bangladesh only got the test status because of politics. Everyone knows until 2003 Kenya were the better team and more deserving of such a status. Kenyan cricket has fallen but that too is cause of politics. Look at the number of opportunities they got after defeating the likes of WI in 96, Ind in 97 and SL and Zim in 2003 as well as making semi finals of the world cup and how many opportunities Bd got after not even wining a single match at the tourney. This is ICC at its best. i hope kenya rise agin and beats BD at the 2015 CWC if they are in da same grp

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | September 20, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @ BD Fans- I find it fascinating that you start bashing India in your comments every time there is a criticism. I am a Pakistani and I know for a fact that BD has nothing in them to come close to challenge Pakistan. We have lost to Zimbabwe but even they are miles ahead of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed : I find your comment the only one which talks about BD and what would be better of BD. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    @Asiacricket1234 : Was it right to bring BCCI here when discussion was with BD?

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @Legaleagle , I am an Indian team fan. but won't comment on like that personally. They are not pathetic nor overconfidence. They are pretty good side, but my challenge is with people who bash Indian Team, and in the same manner people like you who bash BD team personally. Instead of this, why cant people just talk about their team in their forum and not mock other teams.

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @The Ashes,No so long ago heard that BD was bashed badly by Windies. Zim defeated BD by over 300 runs :). and Now NZL is coming. I hope they can draw one test match against them :). Let alone winning. I will be keenly watching..

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    @The Ashes: Not that I have to say anything new about you all, but there have been numerous occasions so don't panic if i again come and give you guys my garb treatment if I see you guys comment on Indian Cricket team. Now you commented on an individual, what a shame that none of your cricketer are even close to his record. Anyway, If you are hinting on his retirement and smiling, dont worry, he has not been playing ODI for almost 30 matches (Without him we won Champions trophy), I believe BD team didn't even qualify :)) as its for top 8 world teams. Regarding test matches, he is not been playing test matches too for quite some time and we won quite a few matches without him. But as i said again Indian team competition is not minnows but teams above us. Regarding A team loosing to Windies A, don't worry we have two sets of A team and we love to prepare our third and fourth string of players as well even if it means we loose games.

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | September 19, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    @The Ashes: India (or any other team) reserves the right to invite a team or not. Inviting BD for a series has no value to India--may it be in terms of competition, money, public interest or whatever. BCB, however, is free to request BCCI (and as I said before, it should) to host the BD national team in Indian domestic competition, like Ranji.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 17, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Sorry, but the rankings reflect performance & as long as the BCA doesn't support the first class system, prepare for this type of disappointments in the future. In a country with such a rich talent pool & passion for our game, the grass roots level is not being catered for & many potentially brilliant players are not being developed. I was staggered, when I went there, how many gifted young players there were, where have they gone as they grew older?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 17, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Bangladesh should be rightly disappointed with their rankings. It has been more than 12 years since the granting of test status to them and they haven't done anything substantial other than win a few ODI games and convincingly defeat Zimbabwe in bilateral games. Most of their cricketers barring a few names don't look good enough for international cricket. It is indeed time for a push in the right direction. They need to start playing a lot away from home to begin with. On the bigger note, their first class structure needs a complete make over. A lot of hard work ahead for them but in Mushfiqur Rahim, they have a confident young captain who can at least instil some positive values in the younger players of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    i am bangladeshi and i still have to agree with @Legaleagle right now. Bangladesh only got the test status because of politics. Everyone knows until 2003 Kenya were the better team and more deserving of such a status. Kenyan cricket has fallen but that too is cause of politics. Look at the number of opportunities they got after defeating the likes of WI in 96, Ind in 97 and SL and Zim in 2003 as well as making semi finals of the world cup and how many opportunities Bd got after not even wining a single match at the tourney. This is ICC at its best. i hope kenya rise agin and beats BD at the 2015 CWC if they are in da same grp

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | September 20, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @ BD Fans- I find it fascinating that you start bashing India in your comments every time there is a criticism. I am a Pakistani and I know for a fact that BD has nothing in them to come close to challenge Pakistan. We have lost to Zimbabwe but even they are miles ahead of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed : I find your comment the only one which talks about BD and what would be better of BD. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    @Asiacricket1234 : Was it right to bring BCCI here when discussion was with BD?

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @Legaleagle , I am an Indian team fan. but won't comment on like that personally. They are not pathetic nor overconfidence. They are pretty good side, but my challenge is with people who bash Indian Team, and in the same manner people like you who bash BD team personally. Instead of this, why cant people just talk about their team in their forum and not mock other teams.

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @The Ashes,No so long ago heard that BD was bashed badly by Windies. Zim defeated BD by over 300 runs :). and Now NZL is coming. I hope they can draw one test match against them :). Let alone winning. I will be keenly watching..

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 20, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    @The Ashes: Not that I have to say anything new about you all, but there have been numerous occasions so don't panic if i again come and give you guys my garb treatment if I see you guys comment on Indian Cricket team. Now you commented on an individual, what a shame that none of your cricketer are even close to his record. Anyway, If you are hinting on his retirement and smiling, dont worry, he has not been playing ODI for almost 30 matches (Without him we won Champions trophy), I believe BD team didn't even qualify :)) as its for top 8 world teams. Regarding test matches, he is not been playing test matches too for quite some time and we won quite a few matches without him. But as i said again Indian team competition is not minnows but teams above us. Regarding A team loosing to Windies A, don't worry we have two sets of A team and we love to prepare our third and fourth string of players as well even if it means we loose games.

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | September 19, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    @The Ashes: India (or any other team) reserves the right to invite a team or not. Inviting BD for a series has no value to India--may it be in terms of competition, money, public interest or whatever. BCB, however, is free to request BCCI (and as I said before, it should) to host the BD national team in Indian domestic competition, like Ranji.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | September 19, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Given Bangladesh's mindset- pathetic, untalented players, over-confidence, I don't see them improving for next 25 years.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | September 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @hysterical - "I have in recent times seen people like you bash Indian team for no reason on these forums"??? - I don't comment on Indian Cricket because like I said I'm not interested in your Cricket. Any proof I did that? :) actually Bangladesh under-19 record is pretty good itself i.e. 17-8 lead over England but we're not worried about A team (India just lost to West Indies A :) and under-19 team since we are now finally building a competitive main team which is also the youngest as well. Actually Bangladesh have now started to be competitive since 2012 beating your team India, Sri Lanka and West Indies 7 times. Haven't lost by an innings in tests since and drew against Sri Lanka and beat Zimbabwe. But you will see yourself when Bangladesh beats New Zealand. Its 2013 not 2003 :)) I can see another Indian player of yours retiring soon :)

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 19, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    @The ashes, To be frank, I never was and would interested on minnows more so when we are the world champs. As I said India's competition is team above them. But to answer your question, I have in recent times seen people like you bash Indian team for no reason on these forums, therefore I made it a point to come here and return you guys the favor. Ofcourse, Winning Under 19 and India A etc doesnt matter as per you. I am not a cricket expert , neither I would comment on such ridiculous statements but I understand only one thing, in any game, proper coaching is necessary at the grass root level with young players so that they can flourish better. I think this is the reason why even after so many years of Cricket BD team is way behind because of people who think winning at the Under 19 level is of no use.. Pity :) But then as i said dont care. Just here to return you the favor 'cos I cant stand being told anything about Indian Cricket. Its only because you guys say all these. :) :)

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | September 18, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to play at least 8 test matches a year. Team hasn't really played much in the last few years with only 5 tests in 2011, 2 tests in 2012 and after this New Zealand series 6 tests for 2013. Good thing is that next 2 years looks much more promising with 7 tests in 2014 and 8 tests in 2015. Whenever Bangladesh plays Zimbabwe, test series should be 4 matches. But this coming test series with New Zealand is important and at least draw both the matches.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | September 18, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    @hystericalnaive:- I wasn't talking about India Cricke and quite frankly I don't care. I was just reminding a fellow Indian what happened the last time the teams met not talking as we've won the world cup or something so please don't try to twist my words :) A team, under-19 etc don't really mean anything. They are just games to gain experience and prepare for the national team. Don't forget India had full status in 1926 and a rich history in Cricket but history will always remain history and can't change the past. We're all about the present and future. Glad BD Cricket interests and worries you :)

  • POSTED BY hystericalnaive on | September 18, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @The_Ashes Dont think BD ever has beaten India in Tests. Please get your facts right.. WRT ODI , India is World Champion, and also winning recently the champions trophy, so loosing one match along the way, you think one should really stress upon it so much. Its quite funny people like you bring about that one victory as if like you guys have won the World Cup or Champions Trophy :) :) .. Instead Please do not undermine the Indian team. Also to add India are Under 19 world champions and recently India A won continental cup. Ofcourse that is not enough, neither I am here to boost any thing. But hopefully, it should rest your resentment of undermining India. If not then let me know, I can give you some more facts. SA ENG are good sides in test so India hv lot to improve but our competition is not BD but teams above us :) .

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | September 18, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I think people should know that It was BCCI who helped us to get our test status not anyone else. Many Bangladeshi cant stand BCCI because they never asked us to tour them but we should be realistic here. Our performance has not been that great and playing in India was not gonna help us in any way. What BCB should concentrate on is play more test at home. Teams like Zimbabwe, NZ, WI have free space in FTP why dont we play against them at home. Once the team start performing consistently we can think about playing the big teams. If we hadn't lose against Zimbabwe we wont gone to 10. Hope our players learn from their mistake and ensure that that doesnt happen again

  • POSTED BY an_alcoholic on | September 18, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @ theashes spot on mate....BD surely going to win wc15 ...young BD is better than India Pakistan and even Sri lanka....aftr retiring of some senior players rest subcontinent teams are doing nothing to groom young blood...only bcb can see the future and able to act accordingly.... isnt it ????

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | September 18, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @Rahul Patel:- Extraordinary team last time beat your overrated Indian team :)

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | September 18, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Its great to see the critics still worried about the threat Bangladesh Cricket poses to the major teams because they can see the rise of this team since 2012 where they have been competitive in all forms at least and critics try desperately to downgraded it despite the fact it won't make a difference to Bangladesh Cricket as a whole. With all the top legends recently or are going to be retiring from the other teams like Ponting, Dravid, Sachin etc and the likes of Sehweg, Pieterson, Dilshan, Misbah etc aren't getting any younger, the teams have to fill in inexperience youth and will eventually go up against out experienced talented youth and will struggle to thrash the minnows. Its common sense and they know it but the fortunate thing is they do not run the game :) hopefully the New Zealand series will once and for all for confirm what we have been saying all along.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | September 18, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @TigerRoars BCCI did support BD in pushing its Test status and also if i am not wrong they sent the team first to play in BD. Inviting them to India is not financially viable for them.

    The way i see it is with the invention of BPL and other T20 leagues Test cricket wont prosper in BD and slowly die in Sub continent. SL already cancelled tests against SA at home. Pak players don't seem to be interested in longer formats. India might follow the same path if not sooner later.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 18, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    why not give Ireland test status and then Bangladesh can plaY more tests in European conditions. They would be competitive game's for sure !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Bangladesh is on the improve finally, I reckon. They have some more good players in Nasir and Robiul coming through to support Tamim, Shakib and Mushfiqur. If they can find another good seam/swing bowler to support Robiul then they will have all bases covered. Lets not forget that Bangladesh came into the top flight far too early. We should also remember that it took at least a decade for any other nation to make a meaningful impact as well.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | September 18, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    As Zim have shown performing in the middle is more important than maintaining a ranking that is already dubious and it creates bad politics. Bangladesh should concentrate on performing. Players like Shakib al hassan area treat to watch whatever be the BD ranking. BD should come out to win against whatever sides they play and people will love as they don't get into the tricky stats. Cricket is the game of managing pressure and for the teams who are rising the unnecessary pressure of ranking is little bit too much and will impact their concentration during the matches which will make more unhappy fans.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Bd is clearly ordinary team as told by someone long back

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    @Legaleague, I admit Bangladesh might not have played well in Tests over the past 12 years, but the statistics do no reflect everything. We lost many test matches from winning positions because we had not played enough competitive cricket and as a result did not have the experience of overcoming pressure situations. And at least we did pretty well in ODI's for the last couple of years, but still we played only 9 ODi's in 2012 and six ODI's this year. While Zimbabwe played more than twice the number of ODI's this year, and though they got hammered by WI and India, they reaped rewards of being within the game by doing well against Pak. In fact I would attribute much of their test success to the fact that they played lots of ODI's though the formats are different.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Now its the time when they should play with all countries. Zim won against pakistan,,, they gave tuff times in ODIs also,,,

    BCB should send their A team to different nations to play,,,,,

  • POSTED BY TigerRoars on | September 18, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    It is disappointing to see BD drop to #10. But,please explain how BCCI has given special support to BD cricket. They are yet to invite BD for a tour. That's support?

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | September 18, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    We played four test this year and we won 1 and drew one against a far better side (SL) so whoever calling us pathetic is pathetic himself. There is no point crying about what happened in past 10 years is not going to show whats going to happen in present time. If that was so than Pakistan would not have lost against Zim. The only thing that bothered me about Bangladesh that we lost against Zimbabwe in first test. That shouldn't have happen other then that we've done alright this year. In fact Legaleagle my team have done better than yours in 2013.

  • POSTED BY tushar35 on | September 17, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    We know that BD don't get much opportunity to play test matches? Question to BCB; what were your efforts to increase test matches for last 13 years? How many pitches you have made for the pacers as well for the batsmen to face real fast bowling. When you are going start excluding worthless players like Shahadat and Ashraful? After Ashraful's punishment is over, would you bring him back?. When will you become politicians free? When will only the cricketers will run you BCB? When will you start thinking straight? I know, I'm never gonna find out those answers.

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | September 17, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Disappointed with their ranking? Where do they expect the ICC to put them, then? At the top? How many Tests have they won so far? Friends, do not put the arguement that they are not doing well because they are not getting chances to play more Tests. Why should a top-order team play Bangladesh in a Test? Think from the top-team's pespective. No fighter wants to fight without a challenge--either of might or reward. Instead of blaming the top teams for not giving them adequate Test chances, BCB should approach BCCI, CSA, ECB and CA to host four of its top-level domestic teams (containing all national-team players equally split) and to accomodate in their domestic competitions. That way, at least 60 Bangladesh players (15 in each team) will get top-class exposures to foreign conditions and qualities. Imagine what a difference that will make. Cannot BCB think of this simple path? Whining is easy; do something for yourself first.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | September 17, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Bangladesh need more Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | September 17, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Bangladesh are an improving team. They have done reasonably well in past few years especially in the limited overs. The problem with them is the long form and do not have the bowlers to take 20 regular test wickets. Batting lacks temperament and shot selection is pretty poor. I blame your administration for not caring more about the long game. These BPL, DPL clearly is more important to them than first class Cricket. Lets see if they can do it against New Zealand otherwise it will be a long step back.

  • POSTED BY LahorePak on | September 17, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Honestly, with all the objection to touring Pak. BD. should convince them 2 play 2 odi's in Lahore, and 3 in Sharjah with 3 test matches.And I strongly beleive BD team is much better than Pak.good luck

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | September 17, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Bangladesh disappointed at an obvious fact? Now that's funny! The writing is clear on the wall- Bangladesh is a pathetic team! They have been given opportunity after opportunity and they have failed miserably. BCCI and PCB have supported them through out but they fail to show any improvement.

    Now they feel disappointed because Zimbabwe team with all their problems, financial and political, is ahead of them. BD's problem is attributed to three reasons: 1) Lack of first class system and grooming. 2) Lack of talent in the current team. 3) Over confidence and attitude problem of untalented players.

    BD should be given forced retirement for 2 years so that they can regroup.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Bangladesh should play ten test matches per year. BCB should arrange more first class matches with Australia, west indies, newzeland, England & south Africa to their ground.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | September 17, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Who cares about test rankings? its a joke compared to other sports. If you look at the test rankings, look at the left side and the amount of matches each team plays and there's no way Bangladesh can climb even 1 position with that amount of games. Rahim shouldn't be worried about rankings and instead just perform and get the draws/wins at least at home. Cricket is an unpopular sport only played by a few countries check the ranking tables and see how many teams there are lol

  • POSTED BY Aprul on | September 17, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Tiger needs to play more test cricket to improve their ranking. 2nd thing they have to improve domestic cricket level so that young talent may learn more & more.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | September 17, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Learn to win test matches first, then be disappointed with the ranking.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | September 17, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    first condition: bd need to play more matches with quality opposition, period. win will come eventually

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Test ranking is totally disappointing for Bangladesh, i cannot agree this system. tigers did get more chance, but they have more talented cricketers such as shakib, musfique, nasir are to able plying any any teams. Bangladesh is powerful one team, it's possible plying more match. but they are getting few opportunity in test... but why?

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | September 17, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @kaiser matin-- to play better cricket--they need to have match first. its been more than 6 month-BD dont have any match. stupid ICC ruining BD team

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    BD needs to talk less and play better cricket...

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | September 17, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Its silly to still brag on about Bangladesh's first 6 years in Test Cricket when none of the current squad have even played back then. Since that BPL in 2012 we have seen a change of attitude from a lot of these Bangladesh players from negative to positive and that has brought in great competition to oppositions and wins over India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies 6 times in the small amount of ODI games they have played since 2012. Almost and should've beaten Pakistan in those 2 matches in Asia Cup. Though test matches will be a long rocky road in the the 6 test matches Bangladesh have played since 2012, they have not lost either of them by an innings, won 1 and drawn 1 away with 2 record high scores being broken and made player reaching its first double centurion. This New Zealand series coming will once and for tell us whether Bangladesh's success in the last few years is all a big fluke or they have finally come out of that minnow tag. This is the youngest team of all teams btw.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | September 17, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    bangladesh need to play more matches, thats the only way u can win and make more future star. tamim, shakib, nasir mushfiq can fit in any team but their bad luck they dont get enough opportunity

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | September 17, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    bangladesh will be slipped to 11th when Ireland starts playing test

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | September 17, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    You can't improve your test ranking if you play 2 test matches a year and mainly against fellow lower ranked teams. When was the last time i.e. Australia played Bangladesh in a short test series? 06 which is more than 6 years ago. I blame BCB since they cancelled test series against Australia in 11, New Zealand in 2010 and Pakistan in 2012 so that's 6 test matches wasted in the last 3 years.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Bangladesh should play 6 to 8 test in a year to improve.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | September 17, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    I think Zim is much improved & a better out fit than Ban in Tests... BD is OK in overs format & can upset at any given day, but i wonder they're still long way behind at test level... any way good luck to Rahim & co for future tests !!!!

  • POSTED BY m.moyaz on | September 17, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Moyaz canada:I don't knw what Bd mgmt doin, they need to have more tests. Najmul h. Promised b4 hr became president he will have India play with Bd but we don't see that

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | September 17, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Bangladesh won't improve in tests in near future. Their domestic FC tournament has the lowest quality among test playing nations. BCB is always emphasizing on DPL, BPL which r making money for them. But they need to improve FC structures to win tests. Otherwise they'll remain below Zim in ICC ranking.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | September 17, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Well, bangladesh may be able to challenge NZ in odis but they can forget about the tests. Bangladesh will be of no competition against a side that almost defeated england. They will be thrashed in tests.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | September 17, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Don't worry guys.It happens.'Bulls eye' the NZ series and try your best.BCB kindly make a spin friendly pitch so that we can tear a part NZ team as our spinners are the main factor to WIN a TEST match.Roar TIGERs Roar>>>>>

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    when was the last time we saw Bangladesh team playing test cricket?.... in fact.. when was the last time we saw them playing any level of international cricket??.. none-sense... why wouldnt ZIM. cross them... respect to ZIMBABWE cricket team and officials....

  • POSTED BY an_alcoholic on | September 17, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    totally agree with mushi....ZIM needed only 2 years to surpass BD in ranking...a big reason to worry for BD team and selectors.... they always seem to boost the reason their LATE ENTRY in competitive test cricket for their 'terrefic' performance.... despite the all indifferemce of board with players....ZIM are back in the business...what more time do BD need to match upwith the other nations.. cheers....

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | September 17, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Bangladesh deserve this. zim showed b8r test attitude than ban....

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | September 16, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    After 13 years of getting test status i think Bangladesh is now moving in the right direction and they have to beat new zealand in at least 1 test

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | September 16, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Bangladesh hardly plays test Cricket though. Last year 2012 only 2 test matches and so far this year only 4. Cricket is only played mainly by 8 teams and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are just there to fill the ranks. 10 teams in ranking table looks nice and neat compared to 8 where non-cricket fans will find it amusing.

  • POSTED BY stephendaniell on | September 16, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    I am a passionate New Zealand cricket supporter and am looking forward to this series so much, I love test cricket. Both New Zealand and Bangladesh do not get to play much test cricket and both are crying out for more test cricket. So can anyone explain to me why only a two test series has been scheduled? I can understand the likes of India, Australia and England only scheduling short series against us because they don't see much money in it. But we are always upset when they don't give us longer series. When we are playing a team that wants more test cricket why don't we schedule a longer test series??????

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | September 16, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Bangladesh should strike as soon as possible to organise some tests with Pakistan , beat them 3-0 and your ranking will soon be above Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | September 16, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Bangladesh players should be ashamed of themselves. Had a great chance to win a series in Zimbabwe instead of that they got hammered in first test. They also let go the first test against WI too. I am not sure if they gonna do any good against NZ because there'll be a lot of pressure and these players always fail when they are under pressure, As a Bangladesh its becoming embarrassing for us. We pay them well, provide them better support than many other cricket board and even after all these they fail I think they should stop playing test. In fact if they dont win test against NZ BCB should take a two year time off like Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | September 16, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Forget the rankings. Bangladesh don't even play enough Cricket anyway. Instead what our team should be focusing on is to beat New Zealand. Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in a test match because they play to their strengths. And that's what Bangladesh needs to do and that is to prepare a spinning pitch for test series against New Zealand to give the team the best possible chance of winning. Last year against the West Indies, the pitches were dead flat and Bangladesh struggled to take 10 wickets against the West Indies let alone 20 because the bowling attack is not good enough on flat wickets. Also it caused a serious injury to Bangladesh's best player Sakib. We call ourselves the Tigers but really we're not because our board and/or management seem to be afraid of the opposition bowling attack in tests. Our spin attack is very strong and New Zealand are poor players of spin so common sense should prevail this time around otherwise New Zealand will crush Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | September 16, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    To be fair, Zimbabwe deserve to be ranked above us in test because they are much better than us in that form according to stats anyway. What Rahim should be disappointed about is the lack of Cricket our team has played not just this year but even last year and there is no chance of Bangladesh even climbing up 1 position if Bangladesh do not play enough International Cricket. Bangladesh so far in 2013 have played only a ridiculous 6 ODIs and last year only 9 ODIs and 2 test matches. I do not understand what BCB are doing and a lot of us Bangladesh fans (millions) are clearly frustrated with this because we can't see our boys in action and starting to lose interest. Cricket is all we have to watch in Bangladesh but sadly there's hardly no Cricket. Even teams like New Zealand, Zimbabwe have played more than twice the amount of Cricket than us this year despite the fact they don't have anywhere near the fan base we have. Hopefully Bangladesh can do what Zimbabwe have done and win a test.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Glad Bangladesh now has some extra motivation to succeed

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Never worry... Pakistan is soon bound to come at No.10 so u might get 9th place. Bangladesh is playing better cricket then Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Never worry... Pakistan is soon bound to come at No.10 so u might get 9th place. Bangladesh is playing better cricket then Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Glad Bangladesh now has some extra motivation to succeed

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | September 16, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    To be fair, Zimbabwe deserve to be ranked above us in test because they are much better than us in that form according to stats anyway. What Rahim should be disappointed about is the lack of Cricket our team has played not just this year but even last year and there is no chance of Bangladesh even climbing up 1 position if Bangladesh do not play enough International Cricket. Bangladesh so far in 2013 have played only a ridiculous 6 ODIs and last year only 9 ODIs and 2 test matches. I do not understand what BCB are doing and a lot of us Bangladesh fans (millions) are clearly frustrated with this because we can't see our boys in action and starting to lose interest. Cricket is all we have to watch in Bangladesh but sadly there's hardly no Cricket. Even teams like New Zealand, Zimbabwe have played more than twice the amount of Cricket than us this year despite the fact they don't have anywhere near the fan base we have. Hopefully Bangladesh can do what Zimbabwe have done and win a test.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | September 16, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Forget the rankings. Bangladesh don't even play enough Cricket anyway. Instead what our team should be focusing on is to beat New Zealand. Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in a test match because they play to their strengths. And that's what Bangladesh needs to do and that is to prepare a spinning pitch for test series against New Zealand to give the team the best possible chance of winning. Last year against the West Indies, the pitches were dead flat and Bangladesh struggled to take 10 wickets against the West Indies let alone 20 because the bowling attack is not good enough on flat wickets. Also it caused a serious injury to Bangladesh's best player Sakib. We call ourselves the Tigers but really we're not because our board and/or management seem to be afraid of the opposition bowling attack in tests. Our spin attack is very strong and New Zealand are poor players of spin so common sense should prevail this time around otherwise New Zealand will crush Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | September 16, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Bangladesh players should be ashamed of themselves. Had a great chance to win a series in Zimbabwe instead of that they got hammered in first test. They also let go the first test against WI too. I am not sure if they gonna do any good against NZ because there'll be a lot of pressure and these players always fail when they are under pressure, As a Bangladesh its becoming embarrassing for us. We pay them well, provide them better support than many other cricket board and even after all these they fail I think they should stop playing test. In fact if they dont win test against NZ BCB should take a two year time off like Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | September 16, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Bangladesh should strike as soon as possible to organise some tests with Pakistan , beat them 3-0 and your ranking will soon be above Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY stephendaniell on | September 16, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    I am a passionate New Zealand cricket supporter and am looking forward to this series so much, I love test cricket. Both New Zealand and Bangladesh do not get to play much test cricket and both are crying out for more test cricket. So can anyone explain to me why only a two test series has been scheduled? I can understand the likes of India, Australia and England only scheduling short series against us because they don't see much money in it. But we are always upset when they don't give us longer series. When we are playing a team that wants more test cricket why don't we schedule a longer test series??????

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | September 16, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Bangladesh hardly plays test Cricket though. Last year 2012 only 2 test matches and so far this year only 4. Cricket is only played mainly by 8 teams and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are just there to fill the ranks. 10 teams in ranking table looks nice and neat compared to 8 where non-cricket fans will find it amusing.

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | September 16, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    After 13 years of getting test status i think Bangladesh is now moving in the right direction and they have to beat new zealand in at least 1 test

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | September 17, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Bangladesh deserve this. zim showed b8r test attitude than ban....