Bangladesh news December 2, 2013

Akram Khan wants more matches for Bangladesh

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Akram Khan, the former Bangladesh captain, has kicked off his role as BCB's new cricket operations committee chairman by seeking to bring more solidarity with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was given the most influential cricketing position in BCB after he was elected as director unopposed last month.

The cricket operations committee is in overall charge of the Bangladesh team as well as the Bangladesh A side, and Akram believes there ought to be more tours to the neighbouring countries. The senior side has never toured India, while their visits to Sri Lanka have substantially reduced over the last five years. The BCB's relationship with the PCB is at rock bottom after they failed to send over a side to Pakistan twice last year.

"I want to build more understanding with the neighbouring countries before we go to Australia and New Zealand," Akram told the Bangla daily Prothom Alo. "If we can arrange more A team, Academy and Under-19 matches with them regularly, we can hold more international matches in that way. They cooperated with us before we became a Test nation. So why not now? I will try hard to develop relations with them. We have to play regularly with them, and at the same time, reduce our differences."

Akram however said that he would have to arrange for more matches outside the new Future Tours Programme which isn't favourable to Bangladesh, and added that the previous board's bargaining capabilities left a lot to be desired.

"ICC sends a primary list to all countries before the FTP is formed. I know for a fact that New Zealand were initially given 60-odd Tests but they raised it to 85. But I was surprised to see that we didn't make the effort [to increase the number of Tests]," he said.

Akram, who had been a chief selector for two years and a selector for four years before that, has been credited for bringing much needed stability to the side, as he hasn't forced many changes.

"I will try to give the Bangladesh team the best possible situation to play in. I want the players to be comfortable. At most times we only look at the playing side, but I want to make sure of the events before and after the cricket."

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

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  • on December 8, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    We want to see more ex cricketer in the development of BD cricket. Akram khan is one of the few guys who can lead the management of BD cricket in future.

  • afghan_cric_lover on December 4, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    well why bangladesh doent want to play with afghanistan if bangladesh really want to play cricket they should play with afg or irleand so those teams will also get more experience nd it will be good encounter that will help cricket in afg nd i want a tri nation series between Bangladesh , afghanistan , and ireland or zembabwe ,,

  • sramesh_74 on December 4, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    The gap between Bangladesh and sides like SA, Eng and Ind is quite evident. They should probably have their A sides play the domestic sides of these countries. Would be good learning.

  • on December 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Thanks to Mr.Akram Khan,I hope he gets support from everybody linked with cricket inside the BCB and outside.Our coach can also help us to organize some A tours in South Africa as he was a successful coach there for many years.He knows SA domestic cricket,so our A team can play with SA domestic clubs which will help us to gain experience in pace conditions as we remember what happened against zim recently.So please say your opinions if u think that is realistic(I am telling it to the viewers).

  • on December 4, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Its really a great initiative but ICC should also give more concentration to arrange some series Against BD team like SA, AUS, SA, ENG, IND. Last couple of years BD team performance proves they are one of the top unpredictable team.

  • chechong0114 on December 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Great initiative by this man to try and strenghten ties with his neighbouring countries especially considering the fact that Bangladesh does need more exposure and experience playing stronger teams. I cant believe that Bangladesh senior team has not played a full series in Indian especially considering the fact that the nation merely is in India weird! I wish him best of luck in his endeavours. And hope that Bangladesh cricket continues to improve on all levels.

  • pull_shot on December 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Why don't BD played Ashes kind series with SL?

  • siddhartha87 on December 3, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    i think iCC should increase the bilateral ties between Bangladesh-ZImbabwe-Ireland.They lost talented Kenya due to their ignorance

  • crick_sucks on December 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Pakistan should help their "biraadar mulk" by playing in BD. SL too can play some tests with BD and improve their test cricket.

  • on December 3, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    We have seen how the Bangladesh Cricket Team has improved after BPL-1 took place. It's safe to say the whole world witnessed it, praise us, and have called us "the emerging stars". I'd say that the only barrier that is stopping us from reaching our goal is the less number of matches we play. With the young talents like Mominul Haque, Sohag Gazi and class acts like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, we do have a long way to go. Nasir Hossain has also been in top with a super healthy average. We dearly hope that ICC should take it into consideration and gift us with more matches. More exposure to world cricket will only make us better!

  • on December 8, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    We want to see more ex cricketer in the development of BD cricket. Akram khan is one of the few guys who can lead the management of BD cricket in future.

  • afghan_cric_lover on December 4, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    well why bangladesh doent want to play with afghanistan if bangladesh really want to play cricket they should play with afg or irleand so those teams will also get more experience nd it will be good encounter that will help cricket in afg nd i want a tri nation series between Bangladesh , afghanistan , and ireland or zembabwe ,,

  • sramesh_74 on December 4, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    The gap between Bangladesh and sides like SA, Eng and Ind is quite evident. They should probably have their A sides play the domestic sides of these countries. Would be good learning.

  • on December 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Thanks to Mr.Akram Khan,I hope he gets support from everybody linked with cricket inside the BCB and outside.Our coach can also help us to organize some A tours in South Africa as he was a successful coach there for many years.He knows SA domestic cricket,so our A team can play with SA domestic clubs which will help us to gain experience in pace conditions as we remember what happened against zim recently.So please say your opinions if u think that is realistic(I am telling it to the viewers).

  • on December 4, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Its really a great initiative but ICC should also give more concentration to arrange some series Against BD team like SA, AUS, SA, ENG, IND. Last couple of years BD team performance proves they are one of the top unpredictable team.

  • chechong0114 on December 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Great initiative by this man to try and strenghten ties with his neighbouring countries especially considering the fact that Bangladesh does need more exposure and experience playing stronger teams. I cant believe that Bangladesh senior team has not played a full series in Indian especially considering the fact that the nation merely is in India weird! I wish him best of luck in his endeavours. And hope that Bangladesh cricket continues to improve on all levels.

  • pull_shot on December 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Why don't BD played Ashes kind series with SL?

  • siddhartha87 on December 3, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    i think iCC should increase the bilateral ties between Bangladesh-ZImbabwe-Ireland.They lost talented Kenya due to their ignorance

  • crick_sucks on December 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Pakistan should help their "biraadar mulk" by playing in BD. SL too can play some tests with BD and improve their test cricket.

  • on December 3, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    We have seen how the Bangladesh Cricket Team has improved after BPL-1 took place. It's safe to say the whole world witnessed it, praise us, and have called us "the emerging stars". I'd say that the only barrier that is stopping us from reaching our goal is the less number of matches we play. With the young talents like Mominul Haque, Sohag Gazi and class acts like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, we do have a long way to go. Nasir Hossain has also been in top with a super healthy average. We dearly hope that ICC should take it into consideration and gift us with more matches. More exposure to world cricket will only make us better!

  • on December 2, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    BD should try to go to pakistan and play 3-5 t20s so that they can prepare themselves for the world cup first round. if they can beat Pak in 2 of those matches they can go up the ranking. Also, there is no way BD fan can accept BD losing in the first round b/c if they lose one match that may be the end of it.

  • on December 2, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    BD can surprise the cricket world if they produce a heavy duty spin pitch and invite Australia to play against them. Australia is very much weak in spin, especially off spin vs BD, who comfortable with spin. BD also have few spin alrounders like Shakib Al hasan, Shohag gazi, Alok kapali. they can also use Anamul haque junior and for the pace attach they can have Ziaur, Forhad reza, and robiul. BD team vs australia in BD with a spin pitch should be: 1.Tamim, 2.Zohurul, 3. Shakib (SB), 4. Mominul(SB), 5. Nayeem (SB), 6. Rahim, 7. Nasir (SB), 8. Kapali (SB), 9. Ziaur (MP), 10 Gazi (SB), 11.Forfad reza (MP). MP= Medium pace, SB= Spin Bowler. BD can crush Aus like this with 3 regular spin bowlers, 3 part time spin bowlers, and 2 pacers. let the BD hit the cricket world like this.......

  • fr600 on December 2, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    BD have improved, no doubt. But I feel like further significant improvements can only come from playing against countries like AUS, ENG, and SA... not IND, NZ, PAK, SL, WI, and ZIM. ALso, I'd love to see BD play more away matches not just in NZ, WI, and ZIM but all over the world.

  • on December 2, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    hi bcb authority arrange a try series between Ban Afg & Ire in december.it will be t20 series with 6 match. what u arrange in previous days with Ban Zim & SA.it will help us in the upcoming Wt20.Be think is not a bad proposal

  • Captainman on December 2, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    This is what Bangladesh played in 2012 - 9 one day game and 2 test matches and 2013 again 9 one day games and 6 test matches.

    No wonder we cannot climb up the rankings.

  • RK204 on December 2, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    LOOK this is the habit of us.. We used to get excited very quickly.. Like all of us i am also eagerly waiting to see BD playing...But Hey!! with whom ?!? Is any of them are free .. NO right? and why they gonna play with us(test matches).. We are still long way behind to actually compete in test matches..Whatever My POINT is that stop these nonsense and try to improve ur domestic structure..Give them Sporting pitches to play..Improve internally then automatically top teams will beg us to play with us..Then u gonna choose whom u gonna play and whom to ignore..

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @Edd Oliver: Ire and afgan have no 'test status'. it was a press conference where there were many newspapers and TVs not only Prothom Alo newspaper.

  • asiacricket1234 on December 2, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    It will be hard to get series against the top teams as their schedule is already full. However, we can arrange more series against teams like SL, Pak, WI, NZ as they have some gaps in their FTP. Zim doesnt get many series either so we can have a test series every year. If ICC isnt giving us enough series we'e to get it ourselves. Even ICC allows cricket board to arrange series so why are we not doing it? Hope Akram Khan will taking necessary steps. Hes a good man and have done lot for our cricket. God Bless him

  • on December 2, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Bangladesh should play a rivalry kind-of series (like Ashes, IND-PAK) against ZIM, NZ, WI or IRE. They should play a full series of maybe 3-4 Tests, 5 ODIs, 2 T20I vs them both home and away. BAN can improve only if they play. Along with hosting teams like IND, ENG, PAK, SL they should also 1st tour WI, NZ and beat them to show other teams that they don't desire to tour top teams but they deserve to.

    Even if top teams are busy,. that doesn't mean u can waste crucial time of both team & players by not playing. 2 Full series vs WI, NZ, ZIM & even SL & PAK both home & away can get 20 months of cricket + hosting IND, SA, ENG, AUS even if for ODIs(twice) will add 4 months. This means 24 months of Cricket out of 48 in 4 years. Add to that, 3 months of IPL, BPL every year. So, total 36 months in 48 years I.e. 9 mnths of Cricket every year. Much more than what they play today plus without many series vs ZIM. Even if they play ZIM 2 each @ home & away then also they will improve,just play 1st

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on December 2, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Rightman in right position , I completely agree with my fellow cricket follower barring one point . they calling for home series against top associates but i think a `A`team tour to the top associate countries would rather help bangladesh . most important thing is that BD has not started Domestic tournament yet , where most of the country almost finished it . NCL 4day n Oneday should start simultaneously as soon as possible .

  • bdsmaruf on December 2, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    its a very good decision to maintain relationship with other boards.

  • on December 2, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    BCB is going in right track now. As it is the first step of ladder this is why we r seeing lot of problems. But now what is going to happen we will consume or perceive it after 3 years of implementation. I know Mr. Akram Khan is very smart, he had faced which needs to be improved, he knows what need to be done? His implying over National A team & under 19 and this is just eureka.

    May Allah helps Bangladesh.

  • rajpan on December 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Bangladesh should seriously think of sending their team to India as BD"A" team, comprising of 5-6 younger players of the National team and other budding youngsters if they are unable to get a chance to play at the regular national level. Also, India would do well to not ignore BD and send "A" teams regularly. Otherwise, a repeat of disasterous 2007 WC is likely to happen again.

  • RK204 on December 2, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    LOOK this is the habit of us.. We used to get excited very quickly.. Like all of us i am also eagerly waiting to see BD playing...But Hey!! with whom ?!? Is any of them are free .. NO right? and why they gonna play with us(test matches).. We are still long way behind to actually compete in test matches..Whatever My POINT is that stop these nonsense and try to improve ur domestic structure..Give them Sporting pitches to play..Improve internally then automatically top teams will beg us to play with us..Then u gonna choose whom u gonna play and whom to ignore..

  • on December 2, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Bangladesh should host Zimbabwe for a 3 test, 5 ODI and 2 T20I series, or Ireland or Afghanistan for one 'Test', 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is:

  • Warm_Coffee on December 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Bangladesh ftp is very bad. Before 2012 they use to play some 20 ODIs a year but since then only 9 ODIs despite winning most of them against higher opposition. I'm tired of these long gaps. Did you know that since that 2012 Asia Cup which seems a very long time ago now Shakib has only played 3 ODIs till now??? There isn't even 1 tour to either India or England for next 10 years so something is clearly wrong. Look at the young players Bangladesh are producing now with the likes of Nasir, Mominul and Gazi and they hardly get or will get the opportunity to face the likes of Australia or South Africa. Bangladesh will not progress much if they don't get to play much Cricket.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on December 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Bangladesh will b gonna play several home & away series against SL, WI, NZ, Zim. Unlike other top teams their schedule isn't too much busy before or after the bilateral series vs BD. So, BCB can request them to play a 3 match test series along with a 5 match ODI series instead of 3. Meanwhile they can host tri-nation ODI cups featuring 2 other top teams (e.g Ind-Pk, Aus-SA etc) in convenient windows in current FTP. They should also host some 3 match ODI series with Associates (e.g Ire, Afg, Ned etc) like they did in 2006 & 2008. It's all about proper initiatives by BCB to b taken at right time.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on December 2, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I need to add one thing with Akram Khan; Few days ago Shakib said that they need to improve their performances in Away Conditions. But I think Shakib had no idea about their FTP. From 2014 to 2016, Bangladesh has only one away series planned in FTP (West Indies) apart from World Cup. How BD will improve in away conditions then?

  • Cyril_Knight on December 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Should be looking to play more Tests against Pakistan. As Pak can't play at home, perhaps they could arrange a short series in England (rather than UAE), the matches would be well attended and the different conditions give both sides, particularly Bangladesh, vital experience on familiar pitches.

    Reyadh's idea about India would serve the board financially. It would help with sponsorship, through the large TV audiences and perhaps help players obtain more valuable endorsements. The benefit for the cricketers on the field is less apparent.

  • TheRisingTeam on December 2, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I don't understand what's the fuss of not touring India. We should be focusing playing with other countries instead and improve our Cricket in different conditions. Besides India are the only team that tours Bangladesh more than any other and will be coming in 2014 and 2015 to Bangladesh and should leave it at that for now.

    What I want to see is more limited overs matches for Bangladesh as we have played a ridiculous 9 ODIs each in years 12 and 13. No wonder we cannot climb up the rankings. A tour to Ireland will be great before the world cup as the conditions are pretty similar and will give our players the experience required to play under such places. Test series between Zimbabwe should be raised to 3 preferably 4 and arrange short limited overs series if possible with the likes of Australia, New Zealand, England that is not part of ftp.

    I like how Akram Khan is also more focused on the A and Under-19 teams and should definitely bode well for Bangladesh Cricket.

  • on December 2, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Bangladesh should play in India. Its a failure of BCB that they are unable to arrange any tour in India. More matches with India will boost team spirit and make our team stronger. I'm quite sure all the fans of Bangladesh Cricket team want from our tigers to roar in India. Waiting to see some positive results from Akram Vai...

  • BMDeep on December 2, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    I have very good regard for him as a good leader. His contributions to Bdesh during early 2000's was unmatching and undebatable. Though many might disagree the recent developments they r showing in the shorter formats, d fact that the way other teams look at Bdesh atleast in shorter format was changed is unquestionable. They might not b brutal or devastating but they r tending to b competetive. By wat was given in the article, he can be given some credit for that as he served as a selector. So, his promotion to a key role is very welcoming from a outsider point of view. I would be much more happier if he concentrates more on the FC structure of Bdesh cricket to make them even better. They should play lot of FC cricket to gain some confidence at highest level in the longest format which was clearly a concern. Lastly, All d best for him

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  • BMDeep on December 2, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    I have very good regard for him as a good leader. His contributions to Bdesh during early 2000's was unmatching and undebatable. Though many might disagree the recent developments they r showing in the shorter formats, d fact that the way other teams look at Bdesh atleast in shorter format was changed is unquestionable. They might not b brutal or devastating but they r tending to b competetive. By wat was given in the article, he can be given some credit for that as he served as a selector. So, his promotion to a key role is very welcoming from a outsider point of view. I would be much more happier if he concentrates more on the FC structure of Bdesh cricket to make them even better. They should play lot of FC cricket to gain some confidence at highest level in the longest format which was clearly a concern. Lastly, All d best for him

  • on December 2, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Bangladesh should play in India. Its a failure of BCB that they are unable to arrange any tour in India. More matches with India will boost team spirit and make our team stronger. I'm quite sure all the fans of Bangladesh Cricket team want from our tigers to roar in India. Waiting to see some positive results from Akram Vai...

  • TheRisingTeam on December 2, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I don't understand what's the fuss of not touring India. We should be focusing playing with other countries instead and improve our Cricket in different conditions. Besides India are the only team that tours Bangladesh more than any other and will be coming in 2014 and 2015 to Bangladesh and should leave it at that for now.

    What I want to see is more limited overs matches for Bangladesh as we have played a ridiculous 9 ODIs each in years 12 and 13. No wonder we cannot climb up the rankings. A tour to Ireland will be great before the world cup as the conditions are pretty similar and will give our players the experience required to play under such places. Test series between Zimbabwe should be raised to 3 preferably 4 and arrange short limited overs series if possible with the likes of Australia, New Zealand, England that is not part of ftp.

    I like how Akram Khan is also more focused on the A and Under-19 teams and should definitely bode well for Bangladesh Cricket.

  • Cyril_Knight on December 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Should be looking to play more Tests against Pakistan. As Pak can't play at home, perhaps they could arrange a short series in England (rather than UAE), the matches would be well attended and the different conditions give both sides, particularly Bangladesh, vital experience on familiar pitches.

    Reyadh's idea about India would serve the board financially. It would help with sponsorship, through the large TV audiences and perhaps help players obtain more valuable endorsements. The benefit for the cricketers on the field is less apparent.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on December 2, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I need to add one thing with Akram Khan; Few days ago Shakib said that they need to improve their performances in Away Conditions. But I think Shakib had no idea about their FTP. From 2014 to 2016, Bangladesh has only one away series planned in FTP (West Indies) apart from World Cup. How BD will improve in away conditions then?

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on December 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Bangladesh will b gonna play several home & away series against SL, WI, NZ, Zim. Unlike other top teams their schedule isn't too much busy before or after the bilateral series vs BD. So, BCB can request them to play a 3 match test series along with a 5 match ODI series instead of 3. Meanwhile they can host tri-nation ODI cups featuring 2 other top teams (e.g Ind-Pk, Aus-SA etc) in convenient windows in current FTP. They should also host some 3 match ODI series with Associates (e.g Ire, Afg, Ned etc) like they did in 2006 & 2008. It's all about proper initiatives by BCB to b taken at right time.

  • Warm_Coffee on December 2, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Bangladesh ftp is very bad. Before 2012 they use to play some 20 ODIs a year but since then only 9 ODIs despite winning most of them against higher opposition. I'm tired of these long gaps. Did you know that since that 2012 Asia Cup which seems a very long time ago now Shakib has only played 3 ODIs till now??? There isn't even 1 tour to either India or England for next 10 years so something is clearly wrong. Look at the young players Bangladesh are producing now with the likes of Nasir, Mominul and Gazi and they hardly get or will get the opportunity to face the likes of Australia or South Africa. Bangladesh will not progress much if they don't get to play much Cricket.

  • on December 2, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Bangladesh should host Zimbabwe for a 3 test, 5 ODI and 2 T20I series, or Ireland or Afghanistan for one 'Test', 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is:

  • RK204 on December 2, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    LOOK this is the habit of us.. We used to get excited very quickly.. Like all of us i am also eagerly waiting to see BD playing...But Hey!! with whom ?!? Is any of them are free .. NO right? and why they gonna play with us(test matches).. We are still long way behind to actually compete in test matches..Whatever My POINT is that stop these nonsense and try to improve ur domestic structure..Give them Sporting pitches to play..Improve internally then automatically top teams will beg us to play with us..Then u gonna choose whom u gonna play and whom to ignore..

  • rajpan on December 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Bangladesh should seriously think of sending their team to India as BD"A" team, comprising of 5-6 younger players of the National team and other budding youngsters if they are unable to get a chance to play at the regular national level. Also, India would do well to not ignore BD and send "A" teams regularly. Otherwise, a repeat of disasterous 2007 WC is likely to happen again.