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Bangladesh disappointed at Test ranking

Mohammad Isam

September 16, 2013

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Mushfiqur Rahim and Brendan Taylor share the trophy after the series ended 1-1, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Bulawayo, May 12, 2013
Mushfiqur Rahim on Zimbabwe ranking above Bangladesh in Tests: "For us, however, it is very disappointing that they came back two years ago and crossed us." © AFP
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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   on (September 21, 2013, 9:43 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, 11:48 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, 5:30 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, 5:29 GMT)

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

Posted by hystericalnaive on (September 20, 2013, 5:26 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, 5:22 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, 5:18 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, 23:47 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.

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