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Mushfiqur blasts proposed two-tier Test system

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has opened up about his and the team's disappointment at the proposed two-tier system in Test cricket. He has become the first international cricketer to voice his opinion about the 'position paper' which is put forward by a working group of the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee of the ICC.

Bangladesh's main concern is their future in Test cricket. One of the proposals is to make the teams ranked Nos. 9 and 10 play in the Intercontinental Cup (the ICC's first-class tournament for non-Test nations) from 2015. That will leave very little room for Bangladesh to play any more Test matches against the top eight countries, particularly if the FTP is done away with and series are decided on a bilateral basis. Currently Bangladesh are No. 10 in the ICC Test rankings.

Mushfiqur was left frustrated by yet another off-field issue bothering the Bangladesh cricket team. The build-up to the Test series against Sri Lanka, starting in less than two days, has already become something of a sideshow with so much talk about the draft proposals. He thinks that players must have a say in such big decisions, mainly because it is they who do the job out in the middle.

"If the two-tier system does happen, then what is the use of all this?" Mushfiqur said. "We work very hard to play cricket, so it will be very disappointing if it does indeed happen. This is a big issue, so it is quite obvious that I will feel bad. It is not in our hands. In the last two or three series, we are facing one problem after another."

"Whatever decision is taken, we have to play in the field. We have to face the consequences of every decision."

Mushfiqur said the Bangladesh players have been talking about the planned new system, which has the potential to put their cricket careers in doubt. But he doesn't believe his side has anything else to prove. He also doesn't think the cloud over their Test future is working as an extra motivation at this stage.

"We have been discussing the matter, and everyone has a similar sentiment. What if this is what happens in the end? But I don't think it is working as a motivation. It is not in our hands, so there is not much to be motivated about from this. We have played some consistent cricket in the last two years. We just have to continue on that.

"We have nothing to show to anyone. I think we can fight them with the team we have and the consistency we have shown. I hope everything gets better, and I hope such a thing doesn't happen and we get to play."

He feels the time has come for him to talk to players from other countries, to probably find a solution to the dilemma, while at the same time maintain communication with BCB officials so that the right decision is taken.

"We haven't talked to players from any other country. But maybe we have to do so quite soon. We haven't had the chance to speak to them [officials] too. We have spoken informally but nothing official as of now. I hope whoever is in charge of this decision, do so in the best interest of the country."

Meanwhile, the BCB has said it will oppose the two-tier system, and that the decision was taken unanimously by the directors.

"The draft proposal had a lot of components, one of which was Bangladesh not playing Test cricket from 2015," BCB's spokesperson Jalal Yunus said. "All 23 were opposed to going down to the second tier. The BCB are against Bangladesh playing in the second tier."

The statement on Saturday came after growing criticism at home, led by former BCB president Saber Chowdhury who wrote an open letter to the incumbent chief, blasting him and the board directors for aligning with the draft proposal.

"The voting was not on the resolution of the board. It was on a strategic issue, on which we sought opinions of all the directors," Jalal said. "In terms of the financial issues, we want to discuss with other member countries, after which we will take a decision."

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

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  • captainpermod on January 28, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    BD team as well as the whole nation has passion for CRICKET that is comparable to any other cricket loving nation.

    Yes, their team is weaker than other test palying nations. In the current lot of BD players, they are passionate and have the will to improve and with the addition of 2-3 good palyers this BD team will be among the world best. Sri Lanka has gone through the same situation. You are right Mushfiq!!!!!!

  • pak_ki_phu on January 27, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    first bangladesh playes need to stop the T20 league and play the test match within the country and get better. once they stop the freefall of wickets on the field and learn to make 400+ every innings they will need to start playing the #6,7 and 8 and do the same. once this is accomplished they can demand more cricket from the higher ranked teams. look what srilanka did the other night. we have seen this too many times before.

  • saanb on January 27, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Bangladesh has been given enough chances to play good cricket. They never did. Everytime there is a series with them we know what the outcome of the series will be. So he has no point in mourning about it. He says players should have a say in these decisions as they are the once who play "hard" cricket on the field. The decision to bring in the two tier system is because some teams are not playing "hard" enough and those series involving these teams are rather boring to watch in a spectator point of view... May be he and his team should start playing "good" cricket and earn the spot to play within the elite teams...I support two tier system as it also gives chance to other nations who actually play good cricket and deserve a spot at test level.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 27, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    The cricket I watched in my childhood was never a trade. It became an industry just at the start of these premier leagues. Our heroes by then, played because they had a passion about it. Some used to work part time, some used to work full time, and played in the evenings. I don't think professionals gave anything special than those heroes. In Sri Lanka, cricket became popular before the world cup was won, and it was not because of money. Still we had so many legendary batsmen like Aravinda, Sanath. Please save cricket! Show that you care for it ICC.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Wow! Mushfiqur is the man! Proud of you! It's surprising that why people shut their mouths! Whatever the internal politics, however the chair's position in the biggest cricket playing nation in all sorts of trouble, and how hard they try to gain internal votes, why on earth international people keep their mouth shut? Hope this is just the beginning. I'm disappointed the way our boards behave!

  • Khaum09 on January 27, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    i m amazed & u can say happy to see that how emotional BD fans are about their cricket. But I just fail to understand why they blame everything on India & starting abusing Pakistan for no apparent reason.

    BDishi team is improving which is heartening to see but why BD Fans have to make certain irrelevant assumptions that they belong to top flight cricket ? e.g.

    BD beat NZ , NZ beat India , hence proven BD is better than India.

    this sounds weird..

    BD is certainly improving in ODI and they should be in it forever and given even more opportunities. And ODI will bring more money to BD. But Test is another animal all together. It should be kept among top 8 with more focus. Also add context to every single test. Test championship was great idea and should be kept alive

  • Udendra on January 27, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Kudos to Mushfiqur! This little fellow had the guts to say so, where many top profile players have kept mum.

  • Pioneer on January 27, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    i think BCB should not pick & drop from the propsal, just accept or reject the big three proposal, which i think not good for cricket.

  • dual.citizen on January 27, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    The only good thing in future proposals seems to be the "two-tier" system. It will provide level playing field and more even competition around besides giving chance for elevation to upper division on performance. It will also make Test world cup possible. How it can hurt cricket in general? beats me.

  • CricTimer on January 27, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    QUESTIONs must need to arise. Did Bangladesh have fair chances to play enough test crickets since they got test status (Especially against so called big teams)? Does Bangladesh have enough money to play test cricket? Does Bangladesh bring financial profit to related cricketing bureau? Will cricket be any better for Bangladesh in near future if they do not get chance to play test matches against big teams? Is not a double standard for ICC by keeping test cricket within so called big teams and providing a huge financial support to Indian cricket (Also see article on Mani's protest)????...

  • captainpermod on January 28, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    BD team as well as the whole nation has passion for CRICKET that is comparable to any other cricket loving nation.

    Yes, their team is weaker than other test palying nations. In the current lot of BD players, they are passionate and have the will to improve and with the addition of 2-3 good palyers this BD team will be among the world best. Sri Lanka has gone through the same situation. You are right Mushfiq!!!!!!

  • pak_ki_phu on January 27, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    first bangladesh playes need to stop the T20 league and play the test match within the country and get better. once they stop the freefall of wickets on the field and learn to make 400+ every innings they will need to start playing the #6,7 and 8 and do the same. once this is accomplished they can demand more cricket from the higher ranked teams. look what srilanka did the other night. we have seen this too many times before.

  • saanb on January 27, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Bangladesh has been given enough chances to play good cricket. They never did. Everytime there is a series with them we know what the outcome of the series will be. So he has no point in mourning about it. He says players should have a say in these decisions as they are the once who play "hard" cricket on the field. The decision to bring in the two tier system is because some teams are not playing "hard" enough and those series involving these teams are rather boring to watch in a spectator point of view... May be he and his team should start playing "good" cricket and earn the spot to play within the elite teams...I support two tier system as it also gives chance to other nations who actually play good cricket and deserve a spot at test level.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 27, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    The cricket I watched in my childhood was never a trade. It became an industry just at the start of these premier leagues. Our heroes by then, played because they had a passion about it. Some used to work part time, some used to work full time, and played in the evenings. I don't think professionals gave anything special than those heroes. In Sri Lanka, cricket became popular before the world cup was won, and it was not because of money. Still we had so many legendary batsmen like Aravinda, Sanath. Please save cricket! Show that you care for it ICC.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Wow! Mushfiqur is the man! Proud of you! It's surprising that why people shut their mouths! Whatever the internal politics, however the chair's position in the biggest cricket playing nation in all sorts of trouble, and how hard they try to gain internal votes, why on earth international people keep their mouth shut? Hope this is just the beginning. I'm disappointed the way our boards behave!

  • Khaum09 on January 27, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    i m amazed & u can say happy to see that how emotional BD fans are about their cricket. But I just fail to understand why they blame everything on India & starting abusing Pakistan for no apparent reason.

    BDishi team is improving which is heartening to see but why BD Fans have to make certain irrelevant assumptions that they belong to top flight cricket ? e.g.

    BD beat NZ , NZ beat India , hence proven BD is better than India.

    this sounds weird..

    BD is certainly improving in ODI and they should be in it forever and given even more opportunities. And ODI will bring more money to BD. But Test is another animal all together. It should be kept among top 8 with more focus. Also add context to every single test. Test championship was great idea and should be kept alive

  • Udendra on January 27, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Kudos to Mushfiqur! This little fellow had the guts to say so, where many top profile players have kept mum.

  • Pioneer on January 27, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    i think BCB should not pick & drop from the propsal, just accept or reject the big three proposal, which i think not good for cricket.

  • dual.citizen on January 27, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    The only good thing in future proposals seems to be the "two-tier" system. It will provide level playing field and more even competition around besides giving chance for elevation to upper division on performance. It will also make Test world cup possible. How it can hurt cricket in general? beats me.

  • CricTimer on January 27, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    QUESTIONs must need to arise. Did Bangladesh have fair chances to play enough test crickets since they got test status (Especially against so called big teams)? Does Bangladesh have enough money to play test cricket? Does Bangladesh bring financial profit to related cricketing bureau? Will cricket be any better for Bangladesh in near future if they do not get chance to play test matches against big teams? Is not a double standard for ICC by keeping test cricket within so called big teams and providing a huge financial support to Indian cricket (Also see article on Mani's protest)????...

  • Philly.rocks on January 27, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    @Legaleagle, Bangladesh has the second largest fans base just after India. You will see empty stands for Test matches in Aus, Eng, Ind and SA, SL. But in Bangladesh stadiums are always full, no matter its a Test match, T20 or ODI. This is a crazy cricket nation. So, it will be unfortunate to withdraw Test cricket from this cricket mania nation while they built all the setup, infrastructure in last 10 years. And TV rights? Ask, Sahara, Nimbus how much they are bidding for next cycle which is under way?

  • starsgap1986 on January 26, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Forget about how good or bad Bangladesh team is. All I admire and care about is the passion of this country's people. Cricket is more popular here than England or Ireland. So we should at least let them hang around with the big boys and give them two test series here and there to satisfy their hunger.

  • reyme on January 26, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Sure, lets introduce 2 tier or TEST. Lets reset all the Test Ratings and Ranking right away and start from zero. Start a brand new Test Championship. Keep in mind the rule needs to be fair and square and same for all. Lets have a 12 team championship including IRE and AFG, which will run for 4 years. By then each and every Team will be played against each other twice home and twice away. Based on the win, draw and loss, teams will earn rating points. After the championship we will all find out which teams really belongs to TIER 2! Remember if somehow any one of the BIG 3 end up below 8, that team must enter TIER 2. Seems fair to me.

  • asiacricket1234 on January 26, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @dual.citizen: The current ranking system doesn't represent the true quality of teams. Zimbabwe just got back to cricket and beat Pakistan but with the new system they wont be able to play test how is that fair, Bangladesh drew a test series with NZ. They fought hard and was the better team in that series but with the new system they wont be playing test because they havent done well before but NZ will although by present quality there is not a big difference. After all the hard work, producing a proper infrastructure they are gonna stop BD playing test cricket. How is that fair? If BCCI, ECB, CA wants more money thats fine but they should not be taking away others status. Also they said they will never go down to second tire no matter how bad they perform just because they are profitable how is that fair?

  • Rezaul on January 26, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    I think Bangladesh has second most fan based, so they are not worried that much of financial distribution what other countries are. They built 10/12 international stadiums, cricket facilities, aged groups, strong domestic cricket tournaments all by themselves with same support as other teams. They improved quite a lot and it will be injustice to judge them from the performances of 2001/2002. I would say ICC should rather give IRE Test status within next couple of years and start 10 years project on globalizing cricket in China and USA. If India, Eng and Aus want to leave ICC then let them go and create alternate ICC. One thing is for sure cricket market will remain similar without hampering that much without India as they claim. Still broadcasters will jump in from India to market ICC events thats for sure. Example: Sahara left India sponsor and now sponsoring Bangladesh.

  • dual.citizen on January 26, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    The only good thing in future proposals seems to be the "two-tier" system. It will provide level playing field and more even competition around besides giving chance for elevation to upper division on performance. It will also make Test world cup possible. How it can hurt cricket in general? beats me.

  • jimmyvida on January 26, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Played cricket under a 4 division system. Wanted to go from 4 to 3, them win the fourth division. Get the point. Can't see how this is going to hurt? If some countries feel they should be in tier #1, then what if China says it deserves to be in tier 1. How can PCB be in tier 1 and not a great country like Canada? The arguments can go on forever. Lets see what the position paper says. The good stuff will be in the details.

  • tazim on January 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    The problem is the rule is not same for all teams. The so called big 3 who have learned the art of getting whitewashed abroad are within exceptions. If money is bigger than sport why not make china and India FIFA world cup contenders. by default

  • asiacricket1234 on January 26, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Legaleagle Bangladesh neither a poor country or a team. In fact BCB's revenue is way more than PCB's & if this draft get passes we may lose test but our earning will go up. According to your media it is PCB who is on the verge of bankruptcy and you guys don't even have cricket at home. Once this draft get pass there wont be any FTP so top team wont have to play with your mediocre team that barely bring any profit. How are you going to survive? You don't even afford to hold a proper series against top team nowadays e.g. reducing test from next Aus series. We never have that trouble and we wont have trouble arranging series either so rather than trying to bully us think about your overhyped team's bleak future once this draft gets passed

  • Legaleagle on January 26, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    This is a good system because Bangladesh is a poor country and team. They should start in second or third tier if possible. They are a reason for loss of revenue in test and one day cricket. Stadium giers don't pull in the money, its the TV rights that sell.

  • VisBal on January 26, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    SkyClean, cricket is a sport. The only criterion for choosing whether someone is in the top tier or second tier should be wins and losses. Nothing else matters.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on January 26, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    To add to my previous data, our personal bowling averages in 2013 were also respectable for the main bowlers

    Robiul: 22.05 (8 Inns), Shakib: 33.18 (8 Inns), Gazi: 36.68 (12 Inns)

    Rubel failed as usual & his place is in threat in the team.

    It proves that, if BD is given level playing field with significant matches, in no-time they will be on mid ranges of ranking table...

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on January 26, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Dear BD haters, please lets have a look at some personal batting Averages of BD batsmen in 2013,

    Tamim = 42.00 (8 Inns), Mominul = 83.43 (9 Inns), Mushfiq = 54.56 (9 Inns) Shakib = 45.00 (8 Inns), Nasir = 48.38 (9 Inns)

    Only Anamul Failed with the Bat in 2013 & he is dropped already.

    Those figures in one particular year is not only excellent records but also a dream for many cricket-powerhouses. This also a proof of our increased temperament in TEST cricket. Please learn to appreciate...

  • on January 26, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Dear IND-ENG&CA - Cricket is Business to you but ‪#‎Oxygen‬ for us in Bangladesh. Don't take our #‎Oxygen‬ for your Business....

  • Monjur_Elahi on January 26, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    at Mohammad Arslan, well said mate! May I humbly request why you even think Ireland would be eager to have a test status? They can not even keep hold of their better players who they produce time to time. Rankin, Morgan, you name them. I have seen them stunning a few countries like Pakistan, England, etc in T20 and curtailed one dayers, there must be some good reason why you think they will shine in Test cricket. Also I believe derogatory and underestimating speeches are not gentlemenship.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 26, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @ Mohammad Arsalan I think Bangladesh playing much better cricket then your country at list Bangladesh did not bundled up below 100 few times last year ? How many test did your country play last few years ? if you compare your country ratio against Bangladesh, Bangla played much better test cricket then your country lately.The way ur beloved country playing test cricket at the moment its not to farto play 4 days test against( with total respect ) UAE, NEPAL, HONG KONG or PNG to qualify for tier 2

  • Ziad.DU.Banking on January 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Cricket itself needs Bangladesh to play test cricket. Why? Because...just put your eye on the tv screen tomorrow. You will see jampacked stadium even in a test match! This is very normal here in Bangladesh!

  • Ziad.DU.Banking on January 26, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Bangladesh is truly an ambassador of this game of Cricket. In Bangladesh you can see the whole stadium full of expectators even in a test match. In Bangladesh you can see the true passion and love for cricket. Shakib Al Hasan remained at the top of the 'best all rounder list' for a long time. Let Bangladesh play regularly, I am sure within few years, ICC WILL EARN THE MOST REVENUES FROM BANGLADESH AFTER INDIA and players like Tamim, Nasir, Mushfiqur, Mominul, Shakib, Gazi will be the biggest stars like Dhoni, Kohli, Clarke. @CRICKETWORLD.. Just keep your eye on the ASIA CUP AND WORLDT20 both of which will be hosted by Bangladesh. I am damn sure, YOU WILL REALIZE HOW CRICKET BEAUTIFIES HERE IN BANGLADESH.

  • on January 26, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    i think two tier system is perfect for BD and world cricket.BD is not improving at all in tests(some might claim they draw tests against 3rd ranked teams),And it will be fantastic for ireland who truely deserves test status.hope to see two tier system...ireland thrashing so called tigers

  • Himmel on January 26, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    The so called big 3 don't want cricket to spread. Its still very hard for India to win test matches abroad. They can't win in Australia, England, South Africa, and even in Newzeland sometimes. They are tiger in their own territory. What happen to team like BD play intercontinental. Then they are going backward. They have improved as a team. Now its not easy to beat them in their home conditions. what we have seen in last two years.

  • kzaman on January 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Those who are blaming that Bangladesh isn't improving, they are either following Bangladesh cricket or providing misleading information. Bangladesh is improving a lot and for ODI they are very formidable opponent. The recent result like whitewashing Newzealand in ODI back to back, becoming runner-up in Aisa Cup beating Srilanka and India, winning ODI series against West Indies, drawing ODI series against Srilanka in Srilanka etc. are the proof of their improvements. In test cricket also they are improving rapidly. Though they haven't won any test in recent times except one against Zim in Zim, but if you look into the results of recent series, you will find them they made some hard fought draws in some matches and loosing narrowly despite competing the first innings. I can cite some recent results like drawing both the tests against Newzealand recently playing dominantly, drawing a test with Srilanka in Srilanka despite with first inning lead etc.

  • reyme on January 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Take a look at the West Indies Test Team that was whitewashed by BD in WI 0-2.

    Dale Richards, Omar Phillips, Travis Dowlin, Floyd Reifer, David Bernard, C Walton, Darren Sammy, Nikita Miller, Ryan Austin, Kemar Roach, Tino Best.

    This by no means is a 3rd/4th grade team. One of them is current WI captain, telling this as third grade team is humiliating WI, not BD. Try beat the same team worse yet whitewash them in WI first.

  • Masking_Tape on January 26, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    This article is not about Bangladesh's infrastructure or their domestic situation. This has nothing to do with those whatsoever. If you're nagging on and on about how they haven't improved those to argue your point, then you are lost. Go some place else to argue those.

  • reyme on January 26, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Here we go again. IRE/AFG deserve to play TEST but BD dont! Some fans are so lazy that they have no clue what is really going on on field. meMemnon already provided BD stats here which are far superior than several Top 8 teams. Dear friends, IRE has lost every single series played against BD. BD just whitewashed IRE in IRE in T20 and beat them in World Cup. Last time BD played AFG in Asian Olympics BD beat them too. Show me one series where AFG/IRE beat BD. So before you write down some stupid remarks and make yourself look stupid in front of everyone here, do yourself a favor and don't be a laughingstock. BD drew last Test with Srilanka in SL scoring 600+ runs & I dont see how IRE/AFG can match that. I am not against IRE/AFG. In fact I feel they should get their Test status but it does not mean BD should lose their Test status. Based on performance BD is well ahead of these 2 and in a few years BD will go further ahead. TEST Ranking/Rating points are too old already & needs a reset.

  • on January 26, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    I was always a great fan of cricket. If the super powers of cricket bullys the other cricketing nations then I will definitely stop watching or following cricket permanently. It has become a power and money game with an approach of anarchism. Not only me, I guess most of the cricket loving fans will have a great disappointment with the aristocratic decisions. This way, one day, cricket will be played only in 3 or 4 countries with no room for other nations to rise. money and power mongers show their colors. congrats.

  • ygkd on January 26, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Mushfiqur never plays Tests in Australia. As an Australian, I don't think much of that. Time was when Cairns and Darwin were introduced as venues for such clashes. That's gone by the boards - in this case CA - as an unprofitable exercise. However, in business, and cricket is a big business now, not all ventures are immediately profitable. If that was a prerequisite, no new mine or factory or shopping chain would ever come into being anywhere. Some things just take time. Sure Bangladesh cricket is taking rather longer than one would like but it shouldn't be given up upon.

  • Rafelgibt on January 26, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I simply dont care what BCCI wants to do with the money???I care about Bangladesh and I want my country represents in all format of the game (As they DESERVE), specially in TESTs...Just to play TESTs if our earnings get into half of our current earnings then still its OK for us...But just to earn more money for BCCI, we simply cant throw away our TESTs playing desire...BCCI are you listening???You better be...

  • Mushtanda on January 26, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Bangladesh has been playing test cricket for almost a decade and a half now. The current lot has been playing it for over 7 years. BD captain and fans, please cite a few of your major accomplishments, like beating a top tier team in a Test series (no, not the victory against a third-grade WI team), and then try to justify your inclusion into the top tier of test playing nations.

  • Arshad_786 on January 26, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim thank you for stating what you think of this absurd and greed blinded idea from India. Please talk to other players, especially from Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan. We need 4 countries to oppose this nonsense and put the greedy India/Australia/England back in their place. If India does not want to stay in ICC, let them have their IPL. Ban International players from playing there.

  • Rosstaylorfan on January 26, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    I hope the draft will not get approved.I want to see more team playing test cricket in future.It would be quite boring to watching three team playing each other. Though i am agree that amount distribution should be fair to big three as well.

  • vkumar_086. on January 26, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Simple solution is to expel India from the ICC and all problems will be solved. Cricket can easily survive without India. Look at rugby union where it is well surviving with just 10 to 15 countries which are less populated. World of cricket without India will be in the BEST INTEREST OF CRICKET AT ALL TIMES AND ALWAYS!

  • Zaheerahmed on January 26, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Knowing how BCCI works Mushfiqur and other players who are opposed to this new proposal give up any hope of playing for IPL. Soon we will see some big names propagating BCCI agenda after getting hefty amount under the table (no accusation - its all have been described in details by Lalit Modi).

  • alesana85 on January 26, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Totally in agreement with the Bangladeshi captain. How come the big 3 are immune to promotion relegation? I think it is time for all members of the ICC outside the big 3 to breakaway and form a new world cricketing body, time for a revolution in cricket.

  • getsetgopk on January 26, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Right from the start of BPL I was on the opinion that this BPL is way before its time. BD needed to focus on their cricketing infrastructure, the first class cricket and needed to develope. They had a good 13 years to do so since 2000. Have a large enough pool of talented players that could compete in tests or atleast ODI's consistently, not a one match wonder over a period of 3 years. And now the time has ran out. They needed to establish cricketing ties with other boards MAINLY with Pak since Ind is never going to lend a helping hand. Blindly following Ind has brought them here, at the bottom of rankings, after 13 years. If Afghan players can train in NCA in Lahore, why cant BD? The wealth of cricketing knowledge on offer in Pak is UNMATCHED as far sub continent is concerened. Afghans have it at their disposal and look at where they are at the moment. To improve, the least you can do is ask for it, so no sympathies for BD, better get rid of them.

  • on January 26, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    those who think is bangladesh are not able to play test cricket. i want to tell them. u just look ur won team. all the test playing country are playing the test match more then 80 years and bangladesh are playing the test cricket is only 14 years. some of the Indian cricket fan said that BD are playing test cricket in long time also they are not improving. i want to say u, how long time time later u have won ur first test match? may be u are forget ur won history bt i can remember. now u see the last two years performance of BD team then u can get ur ans. and one more thing's we are the last asia cup runner up may be next asia cup champion.

  • heathrf1974 on January 26, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Where are all the other players. The Australian media has not even mentioned this which is a disgrace.

  • Tamimfan on January 26, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    bangladesh have won 4 tests out of 81 matches they have played so far. compare it with other teams. aus won their 5th test in their 9th match, eng won their 5th test in their 15th match, s.africa won their 5th test in their 20th match, w.indies won their 5th test in their 25th match, india won their 5th test in their 52nd match, nz won their 5th test in their 85th match, pak won their 5th test in their 18th match, s.lanka won their 5th match in their 59th match, zim won their 5th match in their 50th match.

    so bangladesh hasnt done so badly after all. bangladesh record (81 match) is still better than new zealand (85 match).

  • Energetic. on January 26, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    What's wrong about this tier system is that 3 of them cannot even be relegated no matter how bad they are. That's just messed up. Also funding for tier 2 teams is remotely peanuts and will never be able to compete with tier 1 teams. Cricket really needs major sorting off the field otherwise the sport will dearly suffer.

  • SirajumMunir on January 25, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Plz don't destroy BD cricket..Do you think that playing Intercontinental cup in every four years,and then winning it,and then beat the number 8 test team is easy when u r not playing test with strong teams for four years and number 8 team is playing consistently with them?? this is a death hole for Bangladesh..we r improving a lot.we showed the world in last 2 years that we have the youngsters who can compete in the highest level.we almost won the asia cup,won series against WI,whitewashed NZ,Draw the series against SL in SL.Done a fair job in tests also..We dominated in both tests vs NZ which was resulted draw..we just need a little more time.Don't throw us from the ladder when we are so close to the end.plz BCCI and ICC.I think Bangladesh is the second biggest country in terms of fans.so,plz think about those million hearts..plz..plz help is..

  • Puffin on January 25, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    The worst thing is the free pass for certain countries no matter how bad their cricket. That's never going to make sense. Whereas other countries will do their best and be hampered by this new system from getting anywhere or proving they can do it, thus it's a recipe for stagnation and keeping things as they are.

  • on January 25, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    As an Indian cricket fan, I am really surprised and disappointed with this decision. Bangladesh have made huge strides of improvement in cricket in the past few years. Plus they are the 3rd largest country in which cricket is the most populous sport next to India and Pakistan (they are definitely on par with Sri Lanka in that regard). Even in business perspective it does not make any sense. Honestly if there is a team that needs to be relegated, it should be the WI. In all honesty, improvement wise they have done NOTHING in Test cricket in the last 10 years. I honestly doubt if they will even care if they are relegated. This is really unfair to the Bangladeshis.

  • pvwadekar on January 25, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    Two tier system will see the top team compete with the other top teams and quality of cricket will improve. Who wants to see BD Vs SA/Aus/Eng/WI/NZ/SRI/PAK play away from home, and loose. So if tomorrow if any of the other teams goes to 9 or 10 and BD, ZIM come to top 1,2 then so be it. it means that these two are the top teams and will play the rest 6. BD can always have bilateral series with who ever wants to play with them eg PAK,IRE,ZIM,NZ,AF. What is unfair is the money grabbing by ECB/BCCI/CA that needs to be stopped.

  • snbirdi on January 25, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Sorry Mushfiqur, I can no longer take you or your opinions about cricket in general seriously. When your team needed a stable leader to grow, the first thing you did was as soon as you lost a series, you announced that you were stepping down as captain like some sort of a child crying after losing a toy.

    Bangladesh need maturity and responsibility that you simply can not provide my friend, so I find it hard to believe you know what's best for Bangla cricket

  • huffpost on January 25, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Normally players should let their actions on the field do the talking...Since Mushfiq has nothing to show for their on field acheivements, he is talking about off field things...this was the same person who reacted by resigning after losing to zimbabwe ...

  • on January 25, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Yes if a 2-tier system is in place, then Bangladesh cricket will go downhill and that is not what we want. You have to remember that some of these players rely on cricket for their livelihoods and not only will this impact their their lives it will prevent them from enhancing their reputations and players like shakib, tamim, nasir etc will be gone into the wilderness. A 2-tier system would be fine if the other assosciates get full member status!

  • Warm_Coffee on January 25, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    Even with this tier 2, why doesn't it carry test status but only first class? they are countries for goodness sake. Can't believe our boys cricketing careers are being played around with. I never believed in this so called 'top 8' because had teams from Bangladesh and below gotten the funding and support than many teams would've easily broken that club for example Kenya who use to be pretty good.

  • declan44 on January 25, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    These proposals seem so unfair and undemocratic they amaze me. Cricket seems to be following football and many sports and becoming enslaved to financial considerations. I am appalled by this

  • on January 25, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    India should take a rest from cricket arena for couple of years actually they played a lot of cricket in recent time therefore they are tired a bit . Specially lost the ODI and Test series against SA they really got down haaaa so what they are really doing now is just sign of a frank

  • TheRisingTeam on January 25, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Excellent to see the Bangladesh captain's stance on this. How bizarre would this be if this crazy proposal goes ahead and basically ending the careers of Rahim, Tamim, Shakib, Nasir and Mominul? all whom are below 26 years of age. Why would our youngsters especially the experience ones struggle against the youngsters like Root, Anderson, Faulkner, Stokes etc? all who are far behind our young players in terms of experience. Also thanks to large number of people in Bangladesh who came out in numbers protesting. Now we need them to come in numbers during test series against Sri Lanka and show the world where we stand with our Cricket!!

  • on January 25, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    I have no problem with the BCCI taking the bulk of the world cricketing revenue. It is their dictating the upcoming cricket tours, not allowing India to be relegated to the 'second tier' if they don't perform,opposing DRS and deciding the fate of world cricket that's disturbing.

  • Shariful-Islam on January 25, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    @cric_roch: Please read comment first; then try to understand the comment properly. I never say what you mean. I have said to erwin16 that BD improve lots these days according his comment.

    Please read my previous comment again. There are far difference bettwen my previous comment and your comment.

    Don't forget BD won ODI against Pak,Aus & Eng in Eng; WI,Ind & SA in WI; SL in SL.

  • kalpurush on January 25, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    @ Chris_P

    Nicely said. All Bangladesh needs is to revamp their cricket infrastructures, making sporting wickets more (BCB has build one in Sylhet lately), continue longer version cricket in a consistent basis and arrange frequent foreign tours that players can have bouncy wicket experience and so on.

    Bangladesh is playing cricket much better than before in the last two years. What they need now is ICC's support to continue the progress they have started and keep performing in a consistent basis. With BCCI's help, I Bangladesh can do very well - all they need is support from BCCI and ICC.

  • burnt_cow on January 25, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    England should start nurturing their own players. KP, Prior, Stokes, Trott, Balance, Morgan, Rankin all are non-English player. It seems like Eng , Hong Kong and UAE are thinking about their future in a same way. What's the value of having a strong 1st class cricket if your young generation can't find a way to national team and you need to bring overseas player to play at international cricket. People may argue that the players choose to give up their nationality and decided to play for England . But just think Messi is playing for Spain instead of Argentina

  • SkyClean on January 25, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Kicking away the ladder. A selfish attempt of few greedy to establish their monopoly further.

    It is already a shame that only 10 countries play test cricket. This is for the selfishness and monopoly of the so called big and strong. During the last decade some positive moves got BD on board, several other countries were hoping too. Loosing or winning games/rankings must NOT be the sole criteria. Instead cricketing infrastructure, size of audience and capacity of growing revenue must be considered. And BD is a stronger candidate in these 3 aspects than NZ, England, WI and Zimbabwe. Regardless, all efforts should be taken to globalize cricket and not to make it a tool for few rich to be richer. This will destroy cricket not just BD.

  • kalpurush on January 25, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    @ ProdigyA

    Of course BCCI has all the rights to look after themselves and can have a big portion of the ICC money being the top money maker amongst the cricketing nations - no problem with that.

    But, when you take away your neighbor's right to play Test cricket that's immoral and unjust. Bangladesh has only cricket to be proud of and you can NOT take away that pride. Please let spirit of the cricket win over power and money.

  • asiacricket1234 on January 25, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    @cric_roch : If wining at home means nothing than most of the team not doing anything meaningful at the moment

  • asiacricket1234 on January 25, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    @Sajid: Bangladesh never side lined anyone. Afghanistan was choose by the vote of all 4of us so now what you gonna say? Who PCB aligned with to sideline themselves? It was PCB that did not want to play in Bangladesh and when they could not get any support from any other they just shut up. It was not us who tried to get rid of them

  • SkyClean on January 25, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    This is called - kicking away the ladder, a colonial mentality now subscribed by India. Shame on them. Here are the years of test experiences: England - 137 years, Australia - 137 years, India - 82 years, SA - 125 years, WE - 86 years, NZ - 84 years. So it is completely unfair to compare BD with 14 years of experience. WE and NZ with nearly 7 times the experience still fail to perform competently. Loosing is a part of any sports and must not be the sole criteria to judge. BD cannot also be compared with Ireland, UAE, Kenya, Afghanistan or Canada as they are no match with BD as regards to cricketing infrastructure, audience and ability to grow revenue.

  • pietime on January 25, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    So much negative comment all of the time on here. You people make me laugh. I guess you all can have your say. Anyway I really like this Bangladesh team. Their still new to cricket and despite the lack of tests odi's they still manage to compete and even win. I'm kiwi and watched a lot of that recent Bang/NZ tests and odis. They were as good or better. Ok NZ are not the best team but you still gotta win them. Some expect the results to happen straight away. Potentialy Bang could be as strong as Sri Lanka, Pak even India in 10-20years. They have to play more and keep getting exposed to quality opposition. Question, how does Bangladesh country's cricket develop. Answer, the future is the next generation and the generation after that. And exposure to quality opposition players and young cricketers to develop. I'm talking age grade cricket from 6-10years old. Good on you Mushifiqur and keep fighting.

  • fmufti on January 25, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    I totally disagree with Chris_P. Sri Lanka would never have made to Test Cricket had they not played the full members at the time.

  • cric_roch on January 25, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    @Shariful-Islam BD has defeated no 1 and no 2 teams in BD last year.... So BD are going to win the next world cups. Winning in home conditions means nothing these days

  • AH_USA on January 25, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @Jimmyvida: Your "pins" analogy will only work if A, B and C are consistently producing quality pins. If A starts to produce sub-quality pins while B and C are producing high quality pins then the price of pins produced by A should not be the same as those of B and C. Why should IND, ENG and AUS not be relegated if they do not perform while others should be?

  • Chris_P on January 25, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    As talented as many of the BD players are, the harsh reality is that they cannot compete against the top countries consistently at test level due enitlrely to the poor infrastructure the current set-up is. Their system needs to be totally reviewed to allow them to prepare players to engage in 5 day first class matches, & until that is done, BD will continue to provide other teams chances to improve their batting & bowling stats. While focus (& funding) is geared towards T20, little is being done to encourage grass roots cricket. Ireland is in a far better position to kick on in tests given the ECB focus in helping their internal structure & engaging in their FC competition, something the BCCI will need to consider to allow BD develop.

  • ProdigyA on January 25, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Every player and official have been selfish in talking about what is in the best interest for their country and don't care about cricket and how it effects other teams. They only care abot their country, their board, their team, which is fine. The only problem is BCCI, if they do anything that is good for their cricket, that is a crime. Right? What hypocrisy is this?

  • asiacricket1234 on January 25, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    @Wapsur: How is it silly and how are we stopping Ireland from playing cricket? With this new rule those associates will never get test status and you are saying its gonna be beneficial for them? Bangladesh last year test performance was better than some of the top 8 teams so taking the status away when they are playing well doesn't make any sense

  • Baundele on January 25, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    People who are saying that Bangladesh is not good at tests in overseas have no idea how many matches Bangladesh play. We have played only 2 test in 3 long years overseas (Sri Lanka), and only 6 more tests at home. We have drawn a test in Sri Lanka against them. We have whitewashed NZ in ODI, and drew the series in test. And that NZ is whitewashing India. If you guys really care about world cricket, ask ICC to alet Bangladesh play enough test matches. Then you will see many of the big boys need extra protection like this proposal.

  • a133936 on January 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    I am glad first cricketer spoke but one of the thing I am hugely surprised about is that all the ex-cricketers and commentators and their dead silence. All those flag bearers of the just causes, where are they now? Where is Ian Chappells, Nasir Hussains, Ian Bothams, Harsha Bhogles, Mike Holdings and many more who have been very vocal about every issue in the past? The NEED to talk!!! If they don't talk now...there might never be another chance for most afterwards!

  • on January 25, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    This is so silly! The Irish players work hard too. The players from Afghanistan are also putting in effort in the middle. Today, they can't have a chance at the test level because of Bangladesh and how they have squandered every opportunity given to them. Two tier system might not be good for Bangladesh, but it's good for cricket. And a cricketer, no matter from which country, should respect that.

  • starlover on January 25, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Talk of a two-tier system for Test cricket is shallow. To confine West Indies and New Zealand to the outhouse is disrespectful and ignores the great history that has built up over a century or more. Did we hear of a two-tier system when Australia were drowning in the mid-1980s? Or when England were being smashed by West Indies in Test after Test, series after series? Or when India weren't even in the top four during the same decade?

  • Tamim420 on January 25, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Salute CAPTAIN the real TIGER (Musfiqur Rahim)

  • dulabari on January 25, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    arif165 ".......... I think you should remember that New Zealand took 13 years to win their first test......."

    Actually it should be 26 years. NZ also have the record of 29 all out and India 42 all out.

  • jimmyvida on January 25, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    A makes 100 pins a day; B makes 20 pins a day, and C makes 5 pins a day. $375 is collected for 125 pins. The person who administers the 'pinmaking' gives all three persons $125 each. A believes he is being cheated. C says what a great system. You get the idea. You can fool around with the numbers and payment options. But, I guess this is the problem in a nutshell. What do you do to satisfy everybody. The rule is: YOU CANNOT SATISFY ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME.

  • RuhulChowdhury on January 25, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    As an avid cricket fan and a Bangladeshi, I sincerely hope that 2-tier system doesnt get approved and emerging nations like Ireland and Afghanistan get to play more cricket with test-playing countries. We Bangladeshi's are passionate about cricket. Cricket is not only a sport to us- it is like a part of our lives. Yes, we dont have a Kohli or Cook to break all the batting records- but at least we have a Tamim Iqbal and we get proud every time he scores one of his flashy 50's. We may not have lethal fast bowlers like Dale Steyn or Mitchell Johnson but we have Mashrafee Mortaza and Robiul Islam. We know they cant bowl at 150 kph or take 5-for in every other innings but we are proud of their effort despite the limitations. We have outrageously talented Nasir and our very own little master Mominul. And we also have a Shakib Al Hasan and there is really no need to say how good a cricketer he is. These are our greatest achievements from playing 13 years test cricket and we are proud of it.

  • on January 25, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    I think none will disagree with muspiqur specially who r real cricket loveres...in 2014 we will see that..might is right system...what a shame.!!!!!

  • the_predator on January 25, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    BD FANs, i Know it will be disastrous/unfair to you people if this sytem gets implemented. You are improving a lot as well. I am personally totally against this priposal (remember I am an INDIAN).But..... stop giving example of what happened in BD-NZ series. You know what ,same NZ won a serioes agains SA in SA and ENG. what you want to mean BD is better than SA? Its not mathematics that if A>B and B>C then it has to be A>C. A team/player is good or bad depends on where they are playing and against whom. With due credit to BD, we all know how good players KIWIS are of SPIN bowling. RICKY ponting struggled against HABHAJAN a lot in INDIA. does it mean he is BAD? no, right? Shane warne was reduced to a level of a ordinary bowler (on spinning tracs!!!) by INIDAN batsman. does it mean shane warne is bad? Those losses does not make NZ a inferior team or your team a champion. Stop Blaming INDIA. It should not take a Einstin Like IQ to understand that people in INDIA even does not like it

  • on January 25, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Pretty ironic that few weeks back Bangladesh was trying to sideline Pakistan from Asia cup by putting 5th country i.e Afghanistan in the competition with help of their master and now same master is kicking them out of test cricket altogether.

  • burnt_cow on January 25, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Those who are talking about the ability of BD, just look at your own team. All of the teams are now home track bully. The 'Rich 3' (I don't think the deserve the term 'Big 3') failed to win a single away test over the last year. From 1968-2014 India won only 37 away tests. Let Bangladesh play for 48 years, it will be at least 2 times of 37. Cricket was a game of gentlemen before India started to rule over ICC. Now it has a become game of money.

  • promy_cric on January 25, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    I am feel so bad to read some of the statements which refers that Bangladesh is not a good for test for any longer. I think they should have to understand the importance of sports that big three like to use generating money rather than step up to take some initiatives to spread this game. My suggestion is that bringing Afganistan and Ireland into the test arena. If India can lose 8 straight tesst from Aus and Eng, England lose 5 tests in a row, then what will be the problem if they lose. Ultimately is is better for cricket, may be we will not get result now but decision will carry importance in a long run. Just think how long took india to get their ultimate result in international cricket? Think about this game rather than thinking only about generating money.

  • RuhulChowdhury on January 25, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I am really confused and surprised to read some of the comments made here regarding Bangladesh not being a good test team yet and we dont deserve test status etc but people, do you really want to see test cricket being played by same old 7 or 8 countries? Do you not want to see new talents from other upcoming countries? Do you really not see the craze for cricket in Bangladeshi fans? Yes its blatantly obvious that India is the chief bread earner for ICC but cricket is not even a tiny bit less popular in Bangladesh than in India.With all due respect to those people who are leaving negative comments about Bangladesh cricket, we may not be good enough to beat top teams in test matches quite yet but give us the opportunity to show our full potential. If the nation who invented the game get beaten by an average Australian team by 5-0 margin, do you really expect us to play test cricket away and win regularly just after 13 years?

  • WILDCAT14 on January 25, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Dear #BCCI #ECB #CA Officials, Keep all the money you need. Just leave #Test Cricket alone. May be Cricket is a Business to you, but to people like us cricket is like Oxygen.

  • meMemnon on January 25, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Some people are eager to see Ireland and Afghan in Test cricket instead of Bangladesh. I have no problem with Ireland or Afghans playing Test, but why those commenters want to exclude Bangladesh?

    Just some stats here -

    BD has drawn 3 out of last 6 tests they played, won 1 and lost 2. All the matches against teams higher in the rank obviously.

    BD has won 10 out of its last 17 ODIs, lost 6 and 1 was abandoned. 14 of those games were against higher ranked teams and BD won 9 of them, lost only 4. They won 2 of their last 4 ODI series, drawn 1 and lost 1.

    Now, how should they prove they are good, by altering their stats of 8-10 years back? Oh come on guys! don't speak shits about teams that you don't follow and know a little.

  • yohandf on January 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Well done Mushi . you are small in stature but huge in bravery . you r the first individual to open up on this against the proposal of so called big 3 . you r spot on as bangladesh is working hard to improve and results are visible . even not ICC and other administrators should try to help all 10 teams to maintain test standerd and add countries like ireland , Afghanstan etc to it . that is the way forward to make cricket a global sport . isolating bangladesh , zimbabwe and putting them in intercontinental cup is a demoralise for all associate countries . we ll never see any new test country .

  • Stark62 on January 25, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    What a brave and courageous captain!!

    Bang have made huge strides in developing their cricket over the years and all of that, will go down the drain because of greed and to obtain power, so they can dictate their rules and regulations upon the others.

    Bang have beaten the likes of Windies and NZ at home comfortably and in the near future, I foresee them beating the likes of Eng and Aus at home too.

  • Shariful-Islam on January 25, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    @erwin16: Banglaldesh is one of two team who won a test match in abroad last year. Do you know the last ODI result of current World cup Champion and Runner up team against BD? Both matches won by Bangladesh. Current No. 1 ODI team lost two matches and tie one match against New Zealand. Do you know the result of last 7 ODI matches BD V NZ? All 7 matches won by Bangladesh.

  • on January 25, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    well done BCB and mushfiqur for standing up to the so called big three bullies all the other boards should stick together and find courge to speak up against this two tier system so once again well done mushfiqur

  • on January 25, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    to all the bangladesh cricket team haters, what else do you expect from us after playing test cricket for only 13 years, yet not regularly...we toured australia 8 years ago, south africa 5 years ago, india never invites us..still, without the help of the top countries, we are performing showing consistency over the past few years...we draw with srilanka at their ground, we draw the test serious against NZ, we whitewashed NZ twice in ODIs...still, we are not getting enough matches to play...we don't expect anything more than this young and inexperienced cricket team...we are very happy and proud of BD cricket team

  • asiacricket1234 on January 25, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    It is funny how some people are saying that we are a bad cricket team and should not be playing test although last year our performance probably was better than some of the top 8 team. You can't judge what we can do now by looking at what we have done years before. In recent time Bangladesh have done well in test and we even draw a test against top team like SL. Most of the so call top team can't even draw test out of their home. If the top 3 don't wanna play with us thats fine we will play with others. Why are they trying to take away our status? As for people who are asking us to improve more how are we gonna show the improvement if we are not even playing test cricket? People need to understand that sports meant to bring people together. It is not there to be used as a money making object

  • IamSherlocked on January 25, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    People who are commenting against Bangladesh cricket team, look back to the first 13 years of your countries cricket history (Except England and Australia, the time and the way they used to play cricket during 19th century, with all due respect, we played that level of cricket in our high school). Bangladesh is way ahead of you guys according to the statistics. So please stop commenting like nonsense people.

    Moreover, this whole stupid idea is only for earning money for the BCCI. I am sorry to say ECB or CA would not be benefited a bit from this. Nobody (including who are commenting for this stupid idea) except BCCI will not be benefited from this. Period.

  • iftekharmukul on January 25, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    It's a huge shame for rest of the cricket world except England, India & Australia.they don't protest strongly & still not realise the long tern damage for cricket. We don't blame these three big shots in cricket world. Specially India, whose are always think cricket as high profitable business product as they have largest market. They all should bear in mind that end of the day cricket is just gentlemen game with genuine sporting manners, no matter is it make profit or loss as business. If so, china will be the next booming country in cricket world, coz their business intelligence is pretty much more ahead of India or England in business arena. Mind it guys, these three cricket boards trying to do cricket monopoly. Which will be Frankenstein for themselves.

  • arif165 on January 25, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Some of the people think that Bangladesh don't deserve test cricket!!! Then I want to mention England, they lost with Australia by 5-0. Most of them are by innings. So what should I say, England don't deserve test cricket. I think you should remember that New Zealand took 13 years to win their first test. So stop your stupid comments. I think Bangladeshis are playing very well last couple of years. They kick india and Srilanka from last Asia Cup, and white wash West indies and New Zealand. So what should I say? india, England and Australia are afraid to play with Bangladesh. Yes, I think that's the only reason they are creating the two tier system! At last, I want to say india lost their last two matches and draw one with the New Zealand team which was washed be Bangladesh.

    Joy Bangla

  • Mehedirezamilton on January 25, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Noticed some cricket fans are disappointed with BD's performance. But I'd like to add here, look India's performance in Overseas. It also disappoint me since they want to be the big boss. They only perfomr at home condition which has been proven by BD team as well in last 2 years. It not all about money, but about good game where all the teams have equal chances. If you don't give enough opportunity to play enough game how come we expect good performance. So please don't talk ridiculous.

  • stormy16 on January 25, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    I know everyone sits aroudn focusing on how bad Bangladesh have been but I think we need to check how long other nations like Ind and NZ took to be competitive and win their first test. The other issue is Bangladesh are not getting a fair go to improve. Have then played a full series in India yet? Dont think they have played much in Aus or Eng either so how are they expected to improve and compete. SL struggled in the begining but they were ranked as high as #2 wthin about 20 years of attaining test status and have been a competitive one day side for a long time due to the exposure they got but Bangladesh doesnt get this. A two tier system will send them even further back! Sakib is one of the best alrounders in the world but doesnt get the opportunity to play enought cricket. Get the cricket right and have a fair comptetion before changing a system.

  • SnowSnake on January 25, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    To me two-tier system makes perfect sense. Those who bring in money need motivation to grow business so they should be allowed to keep more of their money. Those who don't bring in money also need to motivation to bring more money by keeping less money due to bringing in less business. Two-tier system makes cricket competitive. Of course, those who do not bring in money at all should not be playing cricket at international level because by drawing from common pool of money they make big-3 poor and hurt growth of cricket in Big-3 countries. If you do something that you don't get paid for then it is hardly a profession, it is a hobby.

  • BeautifulGame on January 25, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    If Bangladesh fans really care about their test status then the best way to show by packing the stadium for the stadium for next 2 tests.That will sent a powerful message to other boards wanting to relegate Bangladesh .That might make other boards to realize the potential Bangladesh cricket has.

    But if they continue to have empty stands for the Srilanka tests as has been the case for last 10 years then it will be seen as if even Bangladesh fans has given their silent nods to these proposals

  • Shuvo847847 on January 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I fell sorry for Bangladesh but they have done nothing in test.they are a good side in odi but they cant beat any team in test(barring Zimbabye).Even they will lose to Ireland and Afganistan in test outside sub-continent.

  • cric_click on January 25, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    One bad decision will change the world cricket in a bad way, hinder the progress of cricket and eventually destroy the future of this game. This is one of the most selfish proposal ever has been made. Not only players like Mushfiq but also people like us who loves cricket should strongly stand against this insane proposal.

  • Kazi_Rajib on January 25, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Kudos!! Very brave statement made by Mushi! We the Bangladeshi, 160 million peoples are with you. Just concentrate about Sri Lanka series as we need a good result from the series. As a Bangladeshi spectator, we can prove that we are very decent about cricket.

  • sevugapandian on January 25, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Please try to play some good cricket and change your position from No.10 spot to No.1 spot, all the problem will be solved. Good thinking from Mushfir.

  • aeroboy.ae on January 25, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    i think its time to protest by the players. they are playing and officials are grabbing money... what the hell in this earth !! thank you Mushfik for your bold speech.

  • nibir78 on January 25, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Hats off, The Voice of our Captain is the voice of our nation. And also voice of 90% players & cricket lovers.

  • erwin16 on January 25, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    BD don't deserve to be playing test cricket.They are a mediocre mediocre team with no menace,no quality.But I do feel sorry for the BD cricket fans as BD is a cricket mad country.BD players should have taken seriously their fans expectations till now,which they hadn't.So its quite right to discard them from 1st level test arena and give a try to some other teams like Ireland or Afghanistan.Afghanistan had done many yardsticks to get a call for that,as had Ireland.But no way BD should be allowed to continue their ever so slow progress.They should rejuvenate by playing extraordinary cricket with other countries and performing consistently,only then should be allowed to re-enter the big arena.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 25, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    clearly bangladesh doesnot emerge into a proper test nation after these long year. So bangladesh should develop their skills before wanting to play against big nation. Two tier is best for bang.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on January 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Yeah right and as though if this were not to happen you would start winning test or ODI's overseas. Be practical Musfifiqur, back your words with actions. You have been given too many opportunities and you could never prove a point, what makes us believe that you could prove ow?

  • on January 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    If all the opposing countries unite, then these bullies can't do anything. They are thinking of buying the other boards on board with them by giving them short term benefits and long term miseries to serve up their pockets. Embarrassing for cricket lovers, and true ambassadors of cricket. SHAME BCCI, ECB, and ACB.

  • Baundele on January 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    I expect at least the ex players like Tendulkar, Dravid and Kumble speak up against it.

  • Third_Gear on January 25, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim an Ideal captaion and Senseible player. Hats off to you. The big three is doing nothing but planning to destroy cricket for money they should know sporting is about fan,support and entertainment without boundary and greediness its not for money making industry. I hope other test captains come forward and speak with guts like mushfiq to save the future of Cricket.

  • Shah71 on January 25, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I am also agree with my captain . It's not a fair proposal at all . It will be the lose of Cricket . We the Bangladeshi supporters believe that Cricket is a ply of glory & obviously it's not for sale. This is Cricket not business .

  • Keithnkin on January 25, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Not expecting anything from the BIG THREE captains. Ironic that very few of us noticed its the players who are going to be affected in a big way .

  • mzm149 on January 25, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Oops! I wrote Shakib in my previous comment. Correction is required. Way to go Mushfiqur Rahim.

  • mzm149 on January 25, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Way to go Shakib. I hope players from other nations will follow suit.

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  • mzm149 on January 25, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Way to go Shakib. I hope players from other nations will follow suit.

  • mzm149 on January 25, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Oops! I wrote Shakib in my previous comment. Correction is required. Way to go Mushfiqur Rahim.

  • Keithnkin on January 25, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Not expecting anything from the BIG THREE captains. Ironic that very few of us noticed its the players who are going to be affected in a big way .

  • Shah71 on January 25, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I am also agree with my captain . It's not a fair proposal at all . It will be the lose of Cricket . We the Bangladeshi supporters believe that Cricket is a ply of glory & obviously it's not for sale. This is Cricket not business .

  • Third_Gear on January 25, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim an Ideal captaion and Senseible player. Hats off to you. The big three is doing nothing but planning to destroy cricket for money they should know sporting is about fan,support and entertainment without boundary and greediness its not for money making industry. I hope other test captains come forward and speak with guts like mushfiq to save the future of Cricket.

  • Baundele on January 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    I expect at least the ex players like Tendulkar, Dravid and Kumble speak up against it.

  • on January 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    If all the opposing countries unite, then these bullies can't do anything. They are thinking of buying the other boards on board with them by giving them short term benefits and long term miseries to serve up their pockets. Embarrassing for cricket lovers, and true ambassadors of cricket. SHAME BCCI, ECB, and ACB.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on January 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Yeah right and as though if this were not to happen you would start winning test or ODI's overseas. Be practical Musfifiqur, back your words with actions. You have been given too many opportunities and you could never prove a point, what makes us believe that you could prove ow?

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 25, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    clearly bangladesh doesnot emerge into a proper test nation after these long year. So bangladesh should develop their skills before wanting to play against big nation. Two tier is best for bang.

  • erwin16 on January 25, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    BD don't deserve to be playing test cricket.They are a mediocre mediocre team with no menace,no quality.But I do feel sorry for the BD cricket fans as BD is a cricket mad country.BD players should have taken seriously their fans expectations till now,which they hadn't.So its quite right to discard them from 1st level test arena and give a try to some other teams like Ireland or Afghanistan.Afghanistan had done many yardsticks to get a call for that,as had Ireland.But no way BD should be allowed to continue their ever so slow progress.They should rejuvenate by playing extraordinary cricket with other countries and performing consistently,only then should be allowed to re-enter the big arena.