Bangla cricket December 12, 2011

Bangladesh are going backwards

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From Daniel Stone, United Kingdom
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From Daniel Stone, United Kingdom

Bangladesh's Test match status has been debated ever since they were awarded full membership by the ICC a little over 11 years ago. Bangladesh played their first Test match in November 2000, and since then have won just three of 72 matches, with a staggering 62 losses. Even those three wins were not much to cheer about, as they came against Zimbabwe and a severely weakened West Indies team.

The team has shown some signs of improvement in ODI cricket over the last few years with a few surprise victories – the 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand at home last October, for example – but in 2011, it has been clear that they are actually taking backward steps.

Bangladesh are too reliant on their world-class allrounder, Shakib Al Hasan, and Tamim Iqbal, one of Wisden’s five cricketers of 2010. Talented youngsters like Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain have shown encouraging signs, but Bangladesh just don't have enough star players to compete with the more established teams.

Mohammad Ashraful's career sums up Bangladesh's performance over the last decade. He showed plenty of promise and was obviously very talented, but he couldn't kick on after a good start due to dodgy technique and temperament. Their 2011 World Cup campaign resulted in them being bowled out for under 100 twice, including an embarrassing 58 all out in Mirpur against an average West Indies attack.

If Bangladesh are severely struggling in their favoured format, then it doesn't bode well for their Test future. There are many areas of concern, but their main problem is the batting. Tamim, seemingly, has tried to emulate Virender Sehwag by scoring run-a-ball centuries and he has been reasonably successful in his short international career to date. Consistency is where he and his team-mates falter.

The batsmen might produce the odd wonder innings but more often than not they fall early in their innings. This is why most of their batting averages are down in the 20s. The batsmen fail to knuckle down and grind out an innings, and this lack of fight is very disappointing to cricket fans around the world. It's as if they don't want to be out there in the middle.

However, it isn't just the batting that is sub-standard. Their bowling also lacks the firepower that is needed for Test cricket. The seam attack is virtually non-existent and five-wicket hauls are as rare as wins. Shakib is a highly skilled spinner, but that he outshines his team-mates even in this aspect is not something to be celebrated.

These cricketers obviously have plenty of talent but during their international careers, they haven't converted that promise into match-winning performances, meaning Bangladesh remain at the bottom of the ladder. That Zimbabwe are showing signs of improvement on their return to Test cricket only heightens the challenge that Bangladesh face. While most countries around them are improving, they appear to be in steady decline.

It is a very sad situation that Bangladeshi cricket is in. Many cricket fans have been willing them to do well over the past decade, but many have now lost faith in the subcontinent outfit. It is likely that they are going nowhere.

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  • choudhury rashid on December 13, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    strong school cricket and first class cricket are the keys to improve.

  • Quazi on December 13, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    When incompetent administrators, specifically around lack of cricket playing experiences, are at the helm, this is a reality. On top of that the political influence over the BCCB, has been a huge factor behind the performance of the last decade. BCCB made a huge error when they let the last National Coach go. Now with the new Coach and the staff, we are in another set of experimentation.

    The team selection for the recent Test to include Ashraful is a slap to every single Bangladeshi cricketer. I admire Ashraful for his contribution to Bangladesh cricket during his first decade in international cricket. But in no shape or form he qualifies for the Test team. One could justify his candicacy for the ODI.

    Tamim has to be invested for the long run, he has to play his free form style.

    We have to bring righeous selection criteria, in the short term. For the long term, Bangladesh has to keep tilling for the future. To the Bangladeshi player, play united, play as one.

  • M.SAEED on December 13, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    BANGLADESH surly have TEL-LENT but need is to GIVE them another chance of growth. Favoritism in team selection may b one reason of failure.

  • mike on December 13, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    By all means keep them in the 50 and 20 over international programme but at test level they are an embarresment. The last test was a perfect example, getting bowled out for 135 on a featherbed. They need to spend the next 5 years just playing in the County circuit or the Pura cup, if they can start defeating counties/state sides on a regular basis then they can make tentative steps back into full test status. At the moment it is a waste of their time and everyone who plays them. They just aren't good enough.

  • Ben Jamis on December 13, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    I think Ash is the best for T20 cricket. thanks :)

  • Junaid (Bradford-UK) on December 13, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    A very well written article which sums all the difficulties Bangladesh Cricket are facing. I believe that Bangladesh will become a stronger side in the future, however at this present time they must only concentrate on Odi's and 20 20 cricket.Test matches unfortunately is something ICC must act now and remove their test status as its killing the interest of all the supporters of Cricket. This will be an inspiring move for Bangladesh cricket as they will come back strongly from the crisis they facing in test cricket.

  • Raj on December 13, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    There Test Status is disgrace to the game.At least uplift there test status for 5 year and force them to rebuild(or i say build) there domestic cricket structure.

  • Shahid on December 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    In personal opinion, ICC should seriously think about making test cricket more competitive and Bangalish's perfomance in test crickt would not help the cause. Bangladeh does not deserve to hold the test staus any more. Test Cricket is still the best format of cricket which is a realy test of skills, technique and temprament. If a team fails to show above par results which Bangladesh is doing from last more than a decade, to save the Test format, such teams do not deserve to be given the test staus.

  • Jashan on December 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    This is absolutely true. It is high time ICC goes for a 2 Tier Test System

    Tier 1:- Ind, Pak, SL, Aus, Eng, SA, NZ & WI Tier 2:- BD, Zim, Ire, Afg, Can, Neth, Ken & Scot

    At the end of 4 years the bottom 2 of Tier 1 play against the Top 2 of Tier 2. Out of the 4 nations the Top 2 in that tournament get Tier 1 for 4 years while bottom 2 get relegated to Tier 2.

    The Bottom 2 of Tier 2 also get relegated back into World Cricket League and replaced by top 2 nations of WCL. This way the nations will take cricket seriously. The funding should also be altered in the same way

  • Nooman Sheikh on December 13, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Domestic structure is the foundation of the cricket team's performance in the international level. If this foundation is lais strong the team would be more competitive. Bangladesh clearly lack fast bowlers in my opinion which makes the entire burden on their batting which is alone not satisfying enough. India's main strength is batting but you need fast bowlers to defend the score or to restrict the opposite side. Moreover good fast bowlers also give good practise to the batsmen. I think Bangladesh should appoint exclusive fast bowlers coaches on under 17 level, under 19 level & international level to enhance the game. Bangladesh is a cricket loving country & ICC members should step forward. Afterall it is the cricket we are talking about.

  • choudhury rashid on December 13, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    strong school cricket and first class cricket are the keys to improve.

  • Quazi on December 13, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    When incompetent administrators, specifically around lack of cricket playing experiences, are at the helm, this is a reality. On top of that the political influence over the BCCB, has been a huge factor behind the performance of the last decade. BCCB made a huge error when they let the last National Coach go. Now with the new Coach and the staff, we are in another set of experimentation.

    The team selection for the recent Test to include Ashraful is a slap to every single Bangladeshi cricketer. I admire Ashraful for his contribution to Bangladesh cricket during his first decade in international cricket. But in no shape or form he qualifies for the Test team. One could justify his candicacy for the ODI.

    Tamim has to be invested for the long run, he has to play his free form style.

    We have to bring righeous selection criteria, in the short term. For the long term, Bangladesh has to keep tilling for the future. To the Bangladeshi player, play united, play as one.

  • M.SAEED on December 13, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    BANGLADESH surly have TEL-LENT but need is to GIVE them another chance of growth. Favoritism in team selection may b one reason of failure.

  • mike on December 13, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    By all means keep them in the 50 and 20 over international programme but at test level they are an embarresment. The last test was a perfect example, getting bowled out for 135 on a featherbed. They need to spend the next 5 years just playing in the County circuit or the Pura cup, if they can start defeating counties/state sides on a regular basis then they can make tentative steps back into full test status. At the moment it is a waste of their time and everyone who plays them. They just aren't good enough.

  • Ben Jamis on December 13, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    I think Ash is the best for T20 cricket. thanks :)

  • Junaid (Bradford-UK) on December 13, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    A very well written article which sums all the difficulties Bangladesh Cricket are facing. I believe that Bangladesh will become a stronger side in the future, however at this present time they must only concentrate on Odi's and 20 20 cricket.Test matches unfortunately is something ICC must act now and remove their test status as its killing the interest of all the supporters of Cricket. This will be an inspiring move for Bangladesh cricket as they will come back strongly from the crisis they facing in test cricket.

  • Raj on December 13, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    There Test Status is disgrace to the game.At least uplift there test status for 5 year and force them to rebuild(or i say build) there domestic cricket structure.

  • Shahid on December 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    In personal opinion, ICC should seriously think about making test cricket more competitive and Bangalish's perfomance in test crickt would not help the cause. Bangladeh does not deserve to hold the test staus any more. Test Cricket is still the best format of cricket which is a realy test of skills, technique and temprament. If a team fails to show above par results which Bangladesh is doing from last more than a decade, to save the Test format, such teams do not deserve to be given the test staus.

  • Jashan on December 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    This is absolutely true. It is high time ICC goes for a 2 Tier Test System

    Tier 1:- Ind, Pak, SL, Aus, Eng, SA, NZ & WI Tier 2:- BD, Zim, Ire, Afg, Can, Neth, Ken & Scot

    At the end of 4 years the bottom 2 of Tier 1 play against the Top 2 of Tier 2. Out of the 4 nations the Top 2 in that tournament get Tier 1 for 4 years while bottom 2 get relegated to Tier 2.

    The Bottom 2 of Tier 2 also get relegated back into World Cricket League and replaced by top 2 nations of WCL. This way the nations will take cricket seriously. The funding should also be altered in the same way

  • Nooman Sheikh on December 13, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Domestic structure is the foundation of the cricket team's performance in the international level. If this foundation is lais strong the team would be more competitive. Bangladesh clearly lack fast bowlers in my opinion which makes the entire burden on their batting which is alone not satisfying enough. India's main strength is batting but you need fast bowlers to defend the score or to restrict the opposite side. Moreover good fast bowlers also give good practise to the batsmen. I think Bangladesh should appoint exclusive fast bowlers coaches on under 17 level, under 19 level & international level to enhance the game. Bangladesh is a cricket loving country & ICC members should step forward. Afterall it is the cricket we are talking about.

  • rohitkossery on December 13, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    I completely agree with you here. Bangladesh really failed to live up to their promise. When they beat Australia at Cardiff and India in World Cup 2007, I had anticipated the arrival of a new world class team to challenge the existing competitors. It has not been so. Despite some occasional success, Bangladesh just hasn't lived up to their potential. Watching the recent Bangladesh-Pakistan series, I was wondering if the Bangladeshi batsmen ever practised the art of taking singles. They seemed to just block, and then try rather unsuccessfully to slog the ball. They batted and bowled without a real plan, as if waiting to see where the match would end up. Pakistan didn't just beat them with the bat and the ball, but had clearly walloped them in the mind game as well. The series was lost even before it began.

    I think the Bangladesh should play more against other associates, refine their technique and improve their temperament more.

  • Aamir on December 13, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Bangladesh should be temporarily demoted to One Day status only. This will put pressure on them to improve their test cricket. Enough chances given but now its time for ICC to save test cricket from further humiliation.

  • Hassan Saeed on December 13, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    I cannot agree more and it is very sad. I feel sorry for Bangladeshi fans around the world, who follow each match with passion and hope but their team is letting them for a quit long time. IMHO, Bangladesh should follow the Zimbabwe and should take a break from test cricket and focus on building a strong first class structure. They should play more first class matches with A teams of test nations on variety of pitches.

  • Tanvir H Khan on December 13, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Bangladesh should play seperate team in ODIs and in Test format. Need to pick up some more jenuin batsman, there are too many allrounders in the team, its very dificult to ball for whole day and then come and play a big inings. Some new look should get their chance in the team like Nazimuddin.

  • Faizan Ul Haq on December 13, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    What i realize that, They should to hire a coache from asian country, like India, Srilanka or Pakistan. bcoz these countries can understand well the mentality. they just need to imporive their technics and confidence. It is also observd that there is little diffrence between some players and board. it is one of the biggest problem for any country or Team

  • Subterraneo on December 13, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    The decline in batting is recent, owing to slump in form of a number of players, instead of being a product of sustained slide. Remember that in 2010 they put up good challenges at home Tests, in England and in New Zealand, when Tamim and others were in healthy form. But yes, the bowling is probably in free-fall. Seam attack truly is nearly non-existent and does not show promise, as depicted by zero competition provided to Mashrafe in all these years. More thrashings are expected for a while, but hopefully by the time of the Pakistan series next year, batsmen will have regained form and will put up resistance on batting-friendly Pakistani shirtfronts. Until then, fans can revert to their states of mind a decade ago, when they stuck to the team no matter how much battering they received.

  • zaheer ul Haq on December 13, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Very good article and an eye opener . In my opinion the test status should be taken back otherwise it will be unjust for Afghanistan who is playing much better cricket than this tired play of Bangladesh.

  • A. Faruqi on December 13, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    11 Years in test cricket with 82% matches lost, simply put is not good enough. I believe ICC should introduce a division system like in soccer/football where teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and others can fight for a 1 season shot at the top division and if they manage to not be last at the end of the season they survive and the bottom team is relagated.

  • Shamim on December 13, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Its time Bangladesh join Zimbabwe and Ireland as One Day plus status. Bangadesh never deserved a Test status. Rather it was a gift from Pakistan and India. They wasted the gift.

  • mazhar ali mumtaz on December 13, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Yes I fully agree. Another aspect of their weak performance is that more than 50% of their defeats in test cricket are Inning defeats. This is really disappointing.

  • Omar on December 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    I think it's about time other nations are given an opportunity.Some sort of deadline or target should be put forward for the Bangladeshi team to achieve over the next few year/s & if they fail some other side should get the privilege of Test status.

  • Raqibul Hasan on December 13, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    You have to follow Bangladesh cricket to see the improvements. The bowling has actually improved a lot, and for the first time BD have fast bowlers. Not Medium pacers, but fast bowlers who can bowl at over 140kph regularly. Yes being fast isn't everything, but some of the seamers are very consistent and can bowl as well as any Indian seamer today. Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain are a couple examples. Shadat... not so much; he needs to be faster to be a threat at all.

    As far as the batting is concerned, Tamim, Mahmudullah, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Nafees, Nasir and now Nazim can be world class. The ONLY problem is: the mentality. Not technique or lack of it. Just pure temperament.

    I think Bangladesh was going in the right direction with Shakib as a captain. He is arrogant, aggressive, and has a winning mentality. Mushfiqur's a nice guy, but nice guys don't cut it. Look at what Ganguly did for India.

    Bangladesh can defeat any team in the world. Just find them a psychologist and a leader.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on December 13, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    A great read and spot on. I am a huge Bangladeshi supporter and have been with them thru thick and thin but they ust seem to be going nowhere. The top order is a dissapointment as the corecard always read something like 10/3 or 7/2.

    Bangladesh need to do wat Zimbabwe did and versue Australia A teams or England A teams to get there confidence bck or else they are going to be sstuck in a hole for a really long time.

  • Blackhand_tx on December 13, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    ICC should deactivate BD's all class of status (Test, One-day, T20). They should make a new law that any nation must win 40% matches in each category of cricket matches in one year separately. If any nation cannot achieve this, their status should be deactivate for next year. and the year after next year they'll be in probation.(i.e. if Bangladesh play 10 test matches in 2012, they have to win at least 4 matches or have to draw at least 6 matches. If they cannot achieve this goal, they will temporarily loose their Test-status for 2013. then in 2014 they will get back their status, but they will be in probation, means they have win at least 6 matches or draw 8 matches out of 10 matches which is around 60%. Right now BD players are thinking that they already get all status and whatever they play, nobody can't stop them to going backwards). If the ICC applies this rules for all nations, the cricket will get back its pride.

  • SWAZI on December 13, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Bangladesh is not the only country whose cricket is going backwards. It's nearly all of them. However, since 2008, because international cricket standards are being measured by which 'mediocre' team is the best, and Bangladesh is the worst amog them, it looks as if they are the only ones going bacwards - in fact, the game of cricket has been going bacwards since 2008.

  • Shawkat Hossain from Canada on December 13, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    1.Bangladesh needs to have a good batting coach like, Javed Miandad,VIVi Richard or Tendulkar to teach them how to bat & improve their batting technic/ performances. 2. They must hunt for young(16 to 18 years)6feet 2 inch & above tall boller & tranied they properly under a camp with better quality of food. 3. Stop politics in team slections. 4. Bangladesh team should play with Indian team like Ronjit/ Delip troph to learn how to play 4/5 days game. 5. They should have seperate team for test, ODI & T20 games.

  • Aftab Qureshi on December 13, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    The captain blames it on wrong shot selection one day, and poor first class domestic structure the other. What appears to be affecting their batting, foremost, is confidence. Bangladesh vitally need a batting coach who is as much an expert in psycotherapy as in teaching batting technique. Second, stripping them of the test status is not a solution. What they need is more games with higher ranked teams. Third, I would strongly encourage BCB to create more incentives and competition in the longer version of domestic games. May be a four-day version would would encurage batsment to play longer innings. Finally, it would help Bangladesh if domestic teams could be allowed to employ foreign test players, perhaps one batsman and one bowler each, who could inspire their local teammates. There is enough sponsorship money around to afford this.

  • Sreeji on December 13, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    Ireland is a far better team than Bangladesh .It will be interesting to see if they have a bilateral test series .

  • H Chaudhry on December 13, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Fair Analysis ! Well done Pakistan as well. Bdesh really needs to get their act together. Its been long 11 years and 62 losses out of 72 tests played is not only embarassing but unacceptable for a test playing nation.

  • Graeme Huntley-Warrington-Smythe on December 13, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Shakib al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Elias Sunny, Rubel Hossain.

    Thats about the strongest XI they could possibly field at present. Yet I'd back an England 3rd or 4th string to hammer them pretty comfortably in a 3 Test series home or away!

  • Anil on December 12, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    I do not quite agree that Bangladesh are going backwards, because, they never were any bit forward. They never moved. They are where they have been all along the history. Luck and politics of money (they are an unignorable market) made them a Test team, but luck could take them only that far. They are hugely talented--just like Ashraful, and I like the analogy--but have never cultivated any temperament. In fact, temperament--which is the single factor to succeed as a player, since "skill plus talent" minus pemperament equals zero--is inbuilt, and the BDs do not have it. Simple. Change the coach a thousand times, change the captain even more, and you still remain the same. NZ's case is just the same. Sporadic wins here and there, a surprise burst once a couple years, and that is life for NZ and BD. Do not read too much into BD's white-washing NZ last year, or NZ's trouncing AUS yesterday. Exceptions do not make rules.

  • ken on December 12, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    this is sad

  • Joules D on December 12, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Sincere analysis on the current state of affairs with the Bangladesh camp this. As a keen supporter of the Bangladesh cricket team, I wonder if increased participation of the local clubs against neighboring first class teams ( India , Pakistan and SriLanka with their cooperation of course - a grey area) would help raise the bar. On a national level, I firmly believe improvements ought to be made with regards to recruiting talented cricketers from all over the country (monetary restrictions of locals + a lack of adequate coaching facilities/ skilled coaches often curb ability and capacity. Individual brilliance's coming from the likes of Mushfiqur & Shakib need to be better man managed in my humble opinion Bangladesh perhaps lacks a cricket administrator who can - or an impartial and able cricket Board rather. Also, inabilities to communicate in English surely must hamper foreign coach - player interactions. What is being done about this at grassroot levels? - I remain optimistic!

  • Andrew on December 12, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    It must also be noted that the Zimbabwe team that Bangladesh beat in tests in around 2005 was little more than a schoolboy XI as most of the genuine players (as well as most of the second string players) had left in the player walkout. From what I have seen, Bangladesh have some talented players, but their temperament is lacking. I think Raheem and Hossein are much better test players than Tamim and Shakib simply because they can play proper test cricket. I also think the fans expect too much from their team. With a little patience, I think they will improve, but success is measured in baby steps.

  • ASIF on December 12, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    I strongly believes that the problem is not in the team, the problem is in the board. The board not doing, what needed to be done. In my opinion the system need to be install like the: A. Domeistic: From Dec. to March Domeistic cricket needed to play B. National Camp: April will be national camp month C. Internation: After Aprill till Dec. Bangladesh will play all international games. *Subject can be a subject of change.

  • ALI on December 12, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    I can't see any problem for Bangladesh cricket.They are doing very well at the moment. For example- they have won 4-0 against Newzeland. They did well last world cup by won against three countries. The last series they did allout Westwindes in 61. The present series Bangladesh palayed well. Pakistan were all out 177. So they are not doing well test.It's happened lack of experience. I agree with Yunus Khan Bangladesh need play more test cricket. Finally, I 'll say that please see your face first in mirror than say something for others.

  • zil bulba on December 12, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    i find it hard to disagree with the blog owner. Frankly I think not only Zimbabwe who are rapidly improving but Afghanistan and Ireland are better bets for test cricket than Bangladesh in the next couple of years.the amount of time and money invested in helping bangladesh has not yielded a test worthy team.

  • Shashidhar on December 12, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    As it is rightly summed up, Bangladesh has talent but need direction. It is taken too long for them to move in the right direction with Test Cricket. I think given their current Test form, they will struggle to match Indian Ranaji teams like Karnataka, Tamilnadu & Mumbai to name a few. Ashraful is in test circuit for very long time and hasn't learned technics of test matches over a period of time. I think Bangladesh need a good domestic circuit like Ranji Trophy in India and may be modify their domestic structure and allow few overseas players in each of their domestic tournaments to learn from them. May be they need a coach like Garry Kirsten OR Andy Flower OR some one like Rahul Dravid (you need to wait another couple of years to see him as coach given his current form)

  • asif on December 12, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi. In my opinion the real problem is in the board. They are doing what is really needed to be done. They are focusing in national based leagues. Just lets look last test with Pakistan. Bangladesh team is playing an international match, when domestic tournament in going on. Choose played by choice not by hard work. The system need to be like this for example: 1st domestic league, then national camp, and after that international tournament.

  • Zahid on December 12, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Totally agree :( ..I am hoping for something better

  • Shafiq O. on December 12, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket has been improving over last few years under Jamie Siddons, who was batting coach for the Aussie team earlier. They played well in England under tough condition last year & was praised. Played well in West Indian condition to beat them (even though that was against a weakened Indies team.) Beat a team like New Zealand 4-0 in the home condition last year. Those are all signs of improvement. Only in 2011, since the world cup BD had been failing miserably. One needs to look into this problem seriously. Why a team which had been improving over last few years all of a sudden starts going down. ICC should come forward to help BD management & the team to find problem & find ways to keep the progress going forward & not backward. BD players have natural talent but do not have any measurable role model to follow or get inspiration from. The players need fine tuning in their batting technique & mental approach to the game. ICC should arrange more tours for A team & academy.

  • banglacricklover on December 12, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Bangladesh as a country is taking a backward stride in terms of development and prosperity. So is the cricket team. Its no wonder. Something needs to be done to salvage the test status from the obvious disastrous consequence that looms around before it is too late! We need to act.

  • Tejas Patel on December 12, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I'm an Indian residing in the US but an avid cricket follower. I've followed BD all their life as well. Its sad that they cant turn up on the field. The reason I'm sad is because any person who if is bred/raised on a certain thing-in this case, cricket will probably 90% of the time excel. I'm talking about qualified international coaching, numerous chances (matches), exposure to international standards, salaries to just work on one thing while they are out there (playing cricket, i.e.). The repetitive nature of sport (hit nets-bat, bowl, field),I've no doubt makes you better with each passing day forgetting about varied factors when you tour overseas. If I'm cutting plywood to make finish carpentry, in 2 years time, I'll be a pro. Not these guys and I cant understand why. No swipe at BD but even in India or other countries where a young cricketer dedicates his life to this game, having so many facilities at your disposal, what else does one need?

  • Charindra on December 12, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    They should never have been given test status, after a rather dodgy victory against Pak in '99. They only got it because India wanted more votes at the ICC events. Another "service" rendered to cricket by the BCCI.

  • Mahmudul on December 12, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I am afraid as a bangladeshi I feel sad to say this but i think we definitely should be removed from test status membership. We are hurting the game more badly than anything. Over the years when I reflect back I realize how much time I have wasted watching their games, waiting for a wonderful ashraful knock but as always more often than not i was disappointed. if you look whats the main reason they have been progressing backwards its because of lack of fast bowlers bowling in the beginning of the innings. Since the loss of syed rasel we had bowlers like shafiul, rubel who I am afraid concedes too much of run for our mediocre batsmen to chase down (except Shakib) and vice versa. i also think Tamim is following the foot steps of Ashraful and it wont be too long we will realize that. I hope Shakib ponders his future and end his tenure with Bangladesh Cricket Board and decide on playing for county. No point a good player labelled as having lost so many games in his career.

  • Anudeep Bhandari on December 12, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Test status should be taken back from Bangladesh. I think they are taking the Test status for granted. They should get a break from Tests with top 8 countries for atleast 5 years. Their domestic teams should tie up with the domestic leagues (Ranjhi Trophy) of India/ Srilanka/ Pakistan if possible to play first class matches so that they their players can get exposure. I'm sure if bowlers like Ilias Sunny and others face Rahane, Rayudu, Pujara etc it will give them a lot of confidence.

  • Akash bhardwaj on December 12, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket team is improved day by day i hope they learn in this test match and better performance in 2nd test match good luck

  • ZMan on December 12, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Agree with the author. Bangaldesh would do good for themselves if they chose to get out of test cricket like Zimbabwe did, regroup, concentrate on improving performance and then reenter. Getting killed like it is now is only going to cause more damage to their confidence. Step back and start again when ready.

  • Syzer on December 12, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    I think that bangladesh should take a little break from test cricket and focus on ODI'S once they start doing well then should continue test cricket. They are very unpredictable and unfortunately they are most likely to be the losers most of the times. In ODI's they can produce some stunning results like the bowling west indies all out for 62 and the 0-4 whitewash of new zealand. They can do some stunning performances in ODI's but they never seem to do it in tests. I think the best option is for them to take a break then start again like zimbabwe did.

  • rana wajih on December 12, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    test status should be taken away from Bangladesh !!

  • Yousuf Rahman on December 12, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Bangladesh'e entry into the elite club of Test Cricket was a political accident. Everyone knows it but no one from the administration is willing to accept it. You cannot expect a schoolboy to suddenly excel in the University program. He is bound to stumble. What the Administrators have failed to recognize and accept is the fact that Bangladesh cricket is similar to a new born child and needs all the care and protection that it can get. Domestic cricket is an apology compared to all other Test playing nations. School cricket as well as the domestic leagues, barring a few, are subjected to the most horrendous of pitches and grounds. The players are made demi-gods for not performing by the media. The live in their own world of stardom, which is painfully limited to the confines of Bangladesh. The entire structure needs to change from the ground up. Perhaps, we should have the honesty to admit that we do not belong at this level and ask for a reprieve from Test Match cricket.

  • Mohammad Waseem Khan Tareen on December 12, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    very well written article. I totally agree with author's point of view. I want to add that bangladesh has taken some steps forward ever since they are given test status bu only 1 or 2 steps forwrd followed by 20-30 steps backward. They have to improve their domestic structure and has to provide youngsters at domestic level to groom them for bigger stages the competative environment. what the current bangladesh team lack is the temprament and technique. every batsmen seem to be in a hurry whether playing test or a oneday game.

  • Azim on December 12, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Dear Daniel Stone,It will not take so long that Bangladesh will come very strongly in every format of crecket,

  • Abdul Razzaq on December 12, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    May be it is the time to have a break from international cricket, like Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe did well on their return to Test cricket in all three matches: won against Bangladesh, nearly won against New Zealand and they gave a tough time to Pakistan. It is not all of a sudden. they worked really hard and deserve a place in Test Cricket. I wish Bangladesh best of luck

  • Mohammed Azim Uddin on December 12, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Now Bangladesh cricket is low Confidence only and i am sure they will come back very strongly from next test onword.....

    Soon Bangladesh cricket team will be counted in top eight....

  • Samir Riazzudin on December 12, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    I think the only reason we are still a test playing nation is because of the fan following for cricket here and the resulting money for the board and ICC. There are probably other countries that should be given a chance in place of Bangladesh!

  • Omer Tariq on December 12, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Bangladesh's performance is like a slow poisoned death to test cricket. The ICC should, for the sanctity of the game, realize the blunder it committed 11 years ago and reverse its decision.

    Bangladesh have proved time and again that they neither deserved test status nor they had the talent to sustain it. IT is a hard pill to swallow for the fans and one feels sorry for them, but for the greater good of world cricket and to save the fans more disappointment and humiliation, the ICC needs to let Bangladesh go and consider Ireland for the coveted place.

  • Danish Kazi on December 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    If Bangladesh is allowed to play Test cricket any more than other teams like Ireland should be also admitted. Bangladesh is there just politically but nothing else.

  • Ben Sadler on December 12, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    I am afraid that Bangladesh need to have Test status taken away from them, it seems like they just don't want it enough. You have to feel sorry for people like Shakib and up and coming players like Nazimuddin, because if they don't play a blinder, Bangladesh loses by an innings. Nearly half their matched have been innings losses, which is just unacceptable. Other test teams don't take them seriously, they don't send full teams and still win by an innings, and when Bangladesh leave the subcontinent, they lose by even more, because their seam attack is wayward, bowling at a gentle 75 mph most of the time, despite all of the effort they seem to put into their run up. A team like that does not deserve test status, they have been given a decade to improve, but have not used it at all; they are still in the same place they were in 2000.

  • HP on December 12, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    They were given test status too early based on a fluke victory. These tigers play more like kittens.

  • Nick on December 12, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    It's not long now when other countries are just going to refuse playing Bangladesh for a test series because facing fines from the ICC might be less of a loss than actually playing against Bangladesh.

    I think they should get out with some dignity and let their test status go.

  • Barshon on December 12, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    It`s a real shame for the Bangladeshi cricketers. even BCB has to take the blame as well. it seems to be 2011 is a black year for Bangladesh`s cricket. Cricketers repeatedly making the same mistakes. no one is learning. no one is caring for his own test wicket. may be test status means nothing for the cricketers. It`s December. 40 years back We got our independence. that emotion and spirit was absent from their part. if you can`t love your country then how can you feel proud being a member of Bangladesh Cricket Team? if they can`t put a show at Dhaka, it`ll be considered that it would be a nightmare series for the hosts.

  • Quazi Asif Newaz on December 12, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Drop the stars and give chance to young people like Nazimuddin and Nasir Hossain....Let the '''so called''''' big stars fight for their place....and if they are not up for that...who cares

    And to begin with find a captain who looks or at least behaves like one

  • Mukti Rana on December 12, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    We all understand that the batting is a "big worry" for Bangladesh. Nevertheless, you never mentioned that Bangladesh team also made West Iindies all out for 63 just a couple of months back. In the first test at Chittagong against the West Indies, Bangladesh's performance had been washed away by rain. You must remember that this Pakistani team did beat Srilanka quite easily before they face Bangladesh.

  • shahzad on December 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    I feel bad for BAN cricket as I would have loved to see them perform better being from PAK but at the same i think the cricket world has been extremely unfair with IRELAND as they have show more fight and potential than a lot of these teams yet dont even get a chance to play T20's n ODI's. Sorry to say but they would have def. done much better only if they had the backing from England and some other countries as BAN did from Pak,Ind,SRI.Hope to see Ireland in the game soon even if its only T20's. One innings from Kevin o brien or Morgan can win them a game in that format and that would only give them confidence and attract more youngsters to the game in their country. But dont expect anything good out of this dull ICC. People like Steve waugh, wasim akram, kapil dev should be sitting there than these who hardly know what cricket is

  • soha on December 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    ICC showed ridiculous attitude by giving teams test status because they won an odi in a world cup against a big team.Zimbabwe got test status because they beat Eng in 1992 wc, then bangladesh in 1999 wc..... just showing good performance in an odi once you can achieve test status... just nonsense.... strangely enough these teams won an odi not test match... if a team wants test status they should arrange tours to test playing nations and play first class matches against their a teams. if in a probation period of 3 years they win at least 40% matches then they could get test status.

  • Kamran on December 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Tamim in wisden cricketer of the year? Are they blind.He can't even make to any top team like Australia,India,Pakistan,south africa,England or even new zealand. Bangladesh Team should be banned for Test cricket for next ten year for making game uninterested.

  • doesitmatter on December 12, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Please demote them..Can't watch the opposition improving their average by playing BD..ICC please, please, please :)

  • Muhammad Ahsan Sami on December 12, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    I think the problem lies in their FC circuit. There hardly any batsmen in bangladeshi test ranks who have a decent first class batting average. Most cherished Nasir Hossain averages 32.6 in FC, with only 7 innings of 50 or more out of 45. Shakib al Hassan, who is undoubtedly the best in bangladeshi camp, has only 4 first class hundreds and averages just under 34. Mohammad Ashraful, the most experienced averages just a little over 28. Same is with their pace and most spin bowlers. Very Very few of them average under 30 in first class cricket, while most lying in the mid and higher 30's. These stats are simply not good enough for people playing test cricket for their country, so their slump is quite natural and meaningful.

  • Robin on December 12, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Board urgently need to appoint a psychologist to boost up mental strength of National players.

  • Bobby on December 12, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    I think ICC shouldn't allow Bangaldesh to play the test cricket for couple of years as they did to Zimbabwe so that they go back re-assess the situation and comeback bigger and stronger. We have seen this happening to lot of players and Zimbabwe in the recent past.. During these period,ICC should ask them to play againist A team of other major countries.

    I am highly disappointed with kind of chance they are wasting as we all want them to do well.Let's hope they come back in next test match againist Pak on a big way!!

  • Md Billal Hossain on December 12, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    I am really sad about their performance.

  • T N Yanthan on December 12, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    I totaly agree wit the author that Bangladesh r going backwards. In my opinion Bangladesh must re-appoint Shakib as their nationa leader. under him they were much better team than who they are now. The board should know that he is only 24 and have a long career ahead. They must use him n encourage more for better in Bangladesh Cricket. Moreover, in this present Bangladesh team i dont see any blower(s) who can take 20wickets in a match(test). Its preety sad to say that cause test matches can be won only when your blowers takes 20wikets in a match. I hav often seen Bangladesh batsmen getting start but getting out wit a 20odd runs. Most batsmen seems 2 be givin away their wickets wih poor selection of shots. They must learn 2built a Partnership especialy by the top order batsmen and pose a good healthy score.So that their bowler can atleast bowl with confident n les pressure on them. Hope these words of mine wil be taken as a compliment. wishin al the Best 2 the Bangladesh Criket(ers). ty

  • Sohaib Ahmed on December 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Its time for 2 divisions in cricket. Bangladesh can be competitive against the West Indies, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. Give 3 time Intercontinental Cup champions Ireland test status and put them in the 2nd division as well. A Promotion/relegation system would add a whole new dimension and incentives to test cricket.

  • i_amVIVA on December 12, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    You need to look at the Bang palying statistics, how much they are playing, how often they are playing, and with whom they are playing. You don't shine withouth proper grooming or handholding or so forth by fellow nations. Yes, they will go nowhere, if the big nation cricket committees confine themselves, especially their close neighbors, barring Bang average opportunity to improve their cricket in this nation of cricket passion.

  • William Paces on December 12, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    They should not be in the test cricket, in the first place.

  • Danish on December 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Very VERY true! I think their test status needs to be taken away from them

  • Terry Jones of Australia on December 12, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    The problem lies in the method of selecting whether a country should become a full member or not. Bangladesh in 1999 barely had any of the qualities of a side that deserved promotion. They beat one team in 1996 ODI WC that had serious team issues and barely won the ODI Associate Cup over the much more consistent Kenya side.

    Bangladesh should not have been given test status and should not have been allowed to continue as a test nation whilst many others are passed over.

    Ireland, Afganistan, Holland and others all deserve the right to battle in a four or five day match against Bangladesh to get a test status every two years.

    Zimbarbwe and Bangladesh should be included in the ICup along with 8 Associate countries. The winner of this two year comp, should be granted temp test status (instead of Zimb & Bang) for four years, meaning the two winners over a four year period is given test status for their respective four years.

    This way Bangladesh and Zimbarbwe would have to compete to stay

  • Imthiyaz on December 12, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Bangladesh got good bowling and fielding and average bating ... but missing is top order bating and mainely the TEam work.. they should get good batting coach and team work...

  • PakRules on December 12, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    bagladesh should be stripped off from their test status and they should only compete 1s they show enough signs of improvement , I should take necessary actions to preserve test cricket as these meaningless series like pakistan thrashing banglas should be avoided as it is waste of time and money ,yeah positive u can take out is just ur batting line can have some batting practice while playing these minnows.

  • rakin haque on December 12, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    hi

    one of the factors of bangladesh's failure to improve is their board, the board needs to think of expanding to other countries such as england where there are many talented bangladeshi cricketers who could be scouted. The coaches are good, it is not their fault, it is that fact the promising young players have not improved their game due to the lack of quality in bangladesh domestic cricket.

  • Danish on December 12, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Well....a very nice article....i think that Bangladesh should stop playing bilateral series.They have been outplayed so many times in these bilateral series....they can improve their cricket by playing domestic cricket in countries like Pakistan or India.

  • Khalil on December 12, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Exactly the above paragraph gives a clear view of what bangladesg cricket team is all today. The growth in the graph is declining and the maturity among the cricketers are fading. The real problem behind all this are the conversation of the players with the coach. Bangladesh should not be given foreign coaches because most of the players cannot intract with the coached freely and moreover the confidence fades as they start communicating with the coaches. High time BCB and the ICC to take a decision against this team. Its eithers they come up with a strong performance or they should either give up there status as a full member.

  • Zeeshan on December 12, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    i am a bangladeshi and ironically i agree with every thing you said

  • mahmmod on December 12, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    I am a PAK supporter but i have belief BD is going to improve over next couple of years because they have found some quailty cricketers like nasir hossain and, mamadullah, they need to be given time. theyve got shakib, tamim and mushfiqur rahim, they are all really good cricketers, just need couple of good innings and confidence. i believe they are better than Zimbabwe, they are just not having enough confidence to play their shots against bigger teams. good luck BD, hope u improve

  • salimuzzaman on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Bangladesh players should focus more on their first class cricket. most of them prefers not to play in that circuit once they gets a breakthrough in the national team. tamim sakib is not an exception.........

  • C. MAHENDRAN on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    WHY ICC NOT CANCELL FOR BANGLADESH TEST STATES . BORING CRICKET BY BANGLA... ICC MUST THING ABOUT THAT ONE.

  • Abdullah Saleh on December 12, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Sounds harsh, but this is reality.

  • Ahmed on December 12, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    They sgould be disqualified from test status at least for five years and should improve in the technical side of the game. simple talent is not enough it is art and skill of the game which matters.

  • mohammed(uk) on December 12, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Im sorry to say but bangladesh should be demoted from the elite tests. They should be playing teams like canada, usa and japan etc. They do have a couple of talented players but there domestic cricket is not upto scratch.

  • Khayrul Islam on December 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Excellent article. Yes a decade we hoped Bangladesh will improve, compete at the highest level and had faith despite heavy criticism from the beginning. At this moment of time after ten's of years of test cricket in our own backyard, when we see they are hammered down by an innings and 184 runs! it not only frustrate us but also destroys our dream of seeing a credible, competitive Bangladesh cricket team among the other top teams. It is heartbreaking but I must say, Bangladesh must withdraw themselves from test cricket immediately voluntarily (like Zimbabwe) until they think they have enough fire power to win matches. Otherwise ICC have to kick them out of Test Cricket soon no doubt.

  • reason11 on December 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    well written.

    What makes this further unfair and completely bewildering is the fact that there are many others who have shown much better promise and still haven't gotten a test status. Case in point- Ireland.

    I think ICC needs to move away from this "once a test status, always a test status policy". This spoils records and confuses rankings. There needs to be a world cup qualifying system spread over 4 years (both test and one day), and if you don't qualify for world cup twice you get relegated to associate status.

  • Armughan on December 12, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should be given more chances at the top level. As I think there should be atleast one team at the top level which can provide valuable match practice for the other top rank teams. But I hope that our Bangali Brothers to will become a potent force at the top level. I am from Lahore-Pakistan by the way.:)

  • Hamza on December 12, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Very true, i think the test status should be taken back from bangladesh and should be given to improving ireland.If not ireland than at least take it bak from bangladesh because there is no point of wasting times of greater teams as Pakistan

  • Frank Mopinion on December 12, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    This article is exactly how I feel. Bangladesh should be stripped of Test Status. Perhaps a rest of the world team is needed to help the development of Test Players and create a bit more comptetion than seeing the big 5 touring each other over and over again. Spice it up. Bangladesh and ultimately Pakistan, Zim, WI, NZ etc all have the same problem really. Players that can grind out an innings. They can hit a ball with a bat - yes... But they can't carve a ball into gaps consistently.

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  • Frank Mopinion on December 12, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    This article is exactly how I feel. Bangladesh should be stripped of Test Status. Perhaps a rest of the world team is needed to help the development of Test Players and create a bit more comptetion than seeing the big 5 touring each other over and over again. Spice it up. Bangladesh and ultimately Pakistan, Zim, WI, NZ etc all have the same problem really. Players that can grind out an innings. They can hit a ball with a bat - yes... But they can't carve a ball into gaps consistently.

  • Hamza on December 12, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Very true, i think the test status should be taken back from bangladesh and should be given to improving ireland.If not ireland than at least take it bak from bangladesh because there is no point of wasting times of greater teams as Pakistan

  • Armughan on December 12, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should be given more chances at the top level. As I think there should be atleast one team at the top level which can provide valuable match practice for the other top rank teams. But I hope that our Bangali Brothers to will become a potent force at the top level. I am from Lahore-Pakistan by the way.:)

  • reason11 on December 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    well written.

    What makes this further unfair and completely bewildering is the fact that there are many others who have shown much better promise and still haven't gotten a test status. Case in point- Ireland.

    I think ICC needs to move away from this "once a test status, always a test status policy". This spoils records and confuses rankings. There needs to be a world cup qualifying system spread over 4 years (both test and one day), and if you don't qualify for world cup twice you get relegated to associate status.

  • Khayrul Islam on December 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Excellent article. Yes a decade we hoped Bangladesh will improve, compete at the highest level and had faith despite heavy criticism from the beginning. At this moment of time after ten's of years of test cricket in our own backyard, when we see they are hammered down by an innings and 184 runs! it not only frustrate us but also destroys our dream of seeing a credible, competitive Bangladesh cricket team among the other top teams. It is heartbreaking but I must say, Bangladesh must withdraw themselves from test cricket immediately voluntarily (like Zimbabwe) until they think they have enough fire power to win matches. Otherwise ICC have to kick them out of Test Cricket soon no doubt.

  • mohammed(uk) on December 12, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Im sorry to say but bangladesh should be demoted from the elite tests. They should be playing teams like canada, usa and japan etc. They do have a couple of talented players but there domestic cricket is not upto scratch.

  • Ahmed on December 12, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    They sgould be disqualified from test status at least for five years and should improve in the technical side of the game. simple talent is not enough it is art and skill of the game which matters.

  • Abdullah Saleh on December 12, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Sounds harsh, but this is reality.

  • C. MAHENDRAN on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    WHY ICC NOT CANCELL FOR BANGLADESH TEST STATES . BORING CRICKET BY BANGLA... ICC MUST THING ABOUT THAT ONE.

  • salimuzzaman on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Bangladesh players should focus more on their first class cricket. most of them prefers not to play in that circuit once they gets a breakthrough in the national team. tamim sakib is not an exception.........