July 24, 2009

Bangladesh cricket

Our time will come

Jamie Alter

Bangladesh's 2-0 series win over West Indies, their first overseas triumph, has been heralded by many, including the captain Shakib Al Hasan, as the team's biggest achievement in nine years. In the Dhaka-based Daily Star, Quazi Zulquarnain Islam says there is no hiding the fact that West Indies were a severely depleted side, but that the win was a stepping-stone towards Bangladesh's goal of competing regularly with top sides.

As any good lawyer will tell you: read the fine print. And the fine print is this that despite our wonderful victory, which we shall savour till time out of mind, it was achieved against a side missing all of its stars and most of its reserves. Stripped of jargon, this was a Test win against a rag-tag bunch of replacements full of washed-up pro's and rising upstarts. Not that it should take away anything from Shakib and Rokibul's wonderful rearguard, or from Tamim Iqbal's superb century in the first Test. In the end, the Tigers could only face what was put in front of them, right?

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