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Bangladesh not repaying faith of adoring fans - Kumble

Mohammad Isam

March 25, 2014

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Bangladesh lost wickets at key intervals much to the disappointment of their fans, Bangladesh v Australia, 1st ODI, Mirpur, April 9, 2011
'The game is played at a reasonable level throughout the country but the national team is still to repay the faith of its adoring public' © Associated Press
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Former India captain Anil Kumble believes that Bangladesh have not done justice to the level of support they receive at home. The World Twenty20 hosts lost to two Associate nations this month, first to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup and then to Hong Kong in the first round of the World T20 last weekend. On Tuesday, they begin their Super 10s campaign with a game against defending champions West Indies.

"They've played at the highest level for a good number of years but the worrying thing for me is they have yet to arrive as a top-class international team," Kumble wrote in his Times of India column. "It is bewildering when you consider the immense passion for the game in the country. The game is played at a reasonable level throughout the country but the national team is still to repay the faith of its adoring public."

Having played nine international matches in Bangladesh between 1998 and 2007, Kumble has seen the home side's wide following first-hand. He believes that if Bangladesh were to beat West Indies, despite West Indies' own shaky form, it would be considered a shock result. "They are in their own backyard with the conditions more than suited to their players. Yet there is that unfortunate feeling one gets that should the Windies stumble, it would be seen more as an upset win for the hosts rather than a victory which shouldn't raise any eyebrows," he said.

Kumble compared the team to Sri Lanka in their early days, but said Bangladesh are still to arrive as a major force.

Recently, Bangladesh whitewashed New Zealand in a home ODI series for the second time in three years, while also beating West Indies in ODIs in 2012. They have defeated each Test-playing nation at least once in ODIs, though they haven't beaten Pakistan since 1999. In Test cricket, Bangladesh recently drew a series against New Zealand and a Test against Sri Lanka. But since that draw in Chittagong in early February, they lost two T20s and seven ODIs in a row, before beating Afghanistan and Nepal in the World T20's opening round. Then, they lost to Hong Kong.

"They [Bangladesh] have scored some good wins in the ODI version but not consistently enough to be taken seriously for a big team," Kumble said. "With a tournament of this stature having arrived at their doorstep, it's a fantastic opportunity for Bangladesh to make people look at them in a different light."

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Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

I know you won't get my comment but thank you Anil Kumble sir for pointing out that as Bangladeshi supporters were hoping to get good results but in vain. The whole team's mistakes just pop up and makes us think "why are they performing like this?"

Posted by Srabonkothaboli on (March 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Still I love Bd because last 2 years they loose only a series in home also runner up in Asia cup 2013 and white wash newzeland 2 times.BUT everyting was upset.?!!:-) & for those who thinks Bd should not play test cricket I think they should see the result of 2013 & 2014 year.I'm not saying BD is very gond side but not very bad .Tamim &nasir out of form captncy is n8 gd.

Posted by wapuser on (March 26, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

If Bangladesh can't handle t20wc event is to big for them it's shame ICRC should ban balladeshi from cricket

Posted by checkOnCricket on (March 26, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

@ Aravind_Verified : Well said bro. A Captain first should be able to command respect rather than demanding it. Rahim performed poorly with the Gloves.... In Batting just stayed at the crease but was not effective. Strategy was poor and not proper usage of their bowlers. Sakib can replace rahim as a captain.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

And please leave politics out of sports (re: the edict that no BD fan can visibly demonstrate support for another team).

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

We are all upset about the team spirit.........

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Kumble was absolutely spot on. Fantastic read this. I am a Bangladeshi and an ardent cricket fan at that, but I completely agree with this. The players do give a lot; but compared to what fans do for them (including going on par in argument with Indians and Pakistanis about their team being the best) it is, sadly, not that much. Fans also have to realize the level the team is in; it is not going to help if you think a number 9 team is going to win each and every match against top tier teams. They need to keep their feet grounded in terms of their expectations. That will prevent players from feeling too much pressure or bloating their egos, both of which can be detrimental for the team's long term prospects.

Posted by Charindra on (March 25, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Finally, someone has said it. Bravo Kumble! And if any Bangla fans are hating on Kumble for this, I feel sorry for you. Encourage or scare your team in to getting better. Otherwise they have no place in test cricket, irrespective of the passion for the game in Bangla.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

I can guarantee you that Ireland will do better than them in all forms of the game.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Whenever some non Bangladeshis comment on poor Bangladeshi performance then Bangladeshi apologists start attacking the nation of the commentor instead.

Confining us to just T20 cricket,India, Pakistan, England and West Indies have won this title already. Bangladeshi fans would say that these countries have been playing cricket for over 80 years. These countries may be playing cricket for long, but they have been playing T20 cricket for less than one decade and they have the same duration of experience in this format of cricket as Bangladesh

These countries may be playing cricket for decades, but not the current players of these countries. The players of these teams are in their twenties and thirtees, just like the players of Bangladesh. The fans, players and administrators of Bangladesh cricket need to introspect to assess what is lacking in their players, instead of living in perpetual denial and remaining convince that all is well with their cricket.

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