Bangladesh v Netherlands, Only ODI, Glasgow

Barresi carries Netherlands to major victory

Cricinfo staff

July 20, 2010

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Netherlands 200 for 4 (Szwarczynski 67, Barresi 65*) beat Bangladesh 199 for 7 (Kayes 53, Borren 3-29) by six wickets

Netherlands secured their first one-day international victory against a Full Member nation as Wesley Barresi hit a match-winning 65 off 43 balls against Bangladesh in Glasgow after the game was reduced to 30 overs per side. Barresi, playing just his seventh ODI, added 96 with Bas Zuiderent and the pair batted superbly to steady a run chase that had threatened to fall apart after Eric Szwarczynski's 67.

The victory also means Netherlands will join Ireland and Kenya on the main ICC rankings table having gained the required victory against a Full Member while holding an overall win ratio of 60%. It was a disappointing end to the tour for Bangladesh, who had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Ireland and had their match against Scotland washed out, having hoped to dominate their Associate opposition.

Szwarczynski batted confidently, with his runs coming from 54 deliveries, and he dominated an opening stand of 61 with Alex Kervezee but, when he was lbw to Shakib Al Hasan, Netherlands were 104 for 4 and still needed 96 from 15 overs. However, Barresi and Zuiderent paced the chase so impressively that there were seven balls to spare when Barresi guided the winning boundary to third man off Shafiul Islam.

Barresi stuck 11 boundaries while Zuiderent played the anchor role during the match-winning stand and his lone boundary was a six to open his account off Shakib. Bangladesh, though, didn't help their own cause with some poor fielding, including an horrendous drop by Mahmudullah to give Szwarczynski a life when he had 29.

Imrul Kayes had earlier top-scored for Bangladesh with a solid 53, but Peter Borren's three wickets proved crucial in keeping the Test nation to a chaseable total. They were also boosted by the early departure of Tamim Iqbal who was caught behind off Mudassar Bukhari for 2 in the second over.

However, Junaid Siddique managed a fair impression of his colleague as he raced to 31 off 19 balls to kick-start the innings before he, too, fell to Bukhari from a top-edged pull. But Siddique's rapid innings had given Bangladesh time to regroup as Kayes and Jahurul formed a solid partnership. Runs continued to come at a decent pace until Jahurul fell in the 18th over, lofting to long-on, to begin a mini-collapse as three wickets fell for seven, including Kayes for 53.

Shakib struggled to find any momentum as he took 20 balls over 15, but Mahmudullah and captain Mashrafe Mortaza ensured the innings didn't fade away. They added 33 in five overs for the seventh wicket. Once again, though, it was Bangladesh's bowling and fielding which cost them the match.

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Posted by   on (July 26, 2010, 20:25 GMT)

@ShababFAlam: Actually on August 1st, there will be a revaluation of rankings, performances dated August 1 2007 to August 1 2008 will no longer count. Last one year's performances will count 2/3rd and the previous year's 1/3rd. This is according to ranking rules. You can check official ICC site. So probably it will be 8.Ireland 9.Bangladesh 10.Zimbabwe 11.West Indies! I am not sure about Zim though.

Posted by SABD on (July 25, 2010, 4:24 GMT)

@Arun Lobo: I hv got the opposite thoughts! Check out the ICC ODI ratings. Bangladesh is getting quite close to W.Indies. If they can pull out two victories against NZ this October, they may become the no. 8 after the Zimbabwe series in December!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2010, 17:46 GMT)

Politiics has come to the BD cricket team....thats why they are not improving although they have a lot of talented's time to reconstruct the board and remove the politics from the game....

Posted by   on (July 23, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

My prediction goes like this................Bangladesh are going to be no 8 or 9 this August.........because the ICC rankings will get revalued then..........Ireland maybe new no 8!

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (July 23, 2010, 1:39 GMT)

Cont....... Because it has been almost 12 years since rubbing shoulders with the big boys in the big league, has BD really improved? Yes they have, but at a snail pace. More to the point I think BCB is responsible for that. The domestic structure is good enough with mature sponsors and some overseas quality already in town. But the pitches (wickets) in BD are even worse than India's and that alone describes the poor quality. A nation cannot improve if the quality of their wickets are the worst in the World. I am not surprised by the losses to Ire & Hol. At this rate even Brazil and Argentina will beat us in Cricket. Also note that our team has always been a young side full of players age averaging 20's and no seniors 30+. BCB never sticks to a solid selection and always fannys about with them. BCB has handicapped our teams, our country's progression. ICC please step in and Sack the whole BCB members and PLS PLS PLS replace them with educated smart ones. (Yeah, as if that will happen)!

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (July 23, 2010, 1:21 GMT)

Its nice to see some well mixed or should I say balanced thought comments here. I had been very busy congratulating Murali and Srilankan team on the other pages. I really don't get too much involved in BD's forums, coz I know we all will be wasting our time and our usefull laptop batteries in typing our comments. These forums neither the players or the ICC or those pathetic BCB's will even concider looking at. The main problem and I mean the one and ONLY PROBLEM with the team BD is that it is run by morans. Nearly all of BCB panel members including the selection committee (exc Ather ali Khan) are all Illiterates and yes they do not even have school grades let alone Degrees, Masters or PHD's. How can you select Moran players like Rasel, Nazmul for the 1st Odi agnst Irelnd? Most Irish players play in the English Counties and they are well use to batting against quality if not the best bowlers in the World. BD I think have enforced a review point and ICC should sack the whole BCB members!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2010, 21:34 GMT)

hey BCB can yu tell me why yu assign Mashrafee Murtaza as a captain... WHY>> WHY THIS kind of fun with Bangladesh cricket team. this is called inconsistency. Sakib is a best captain Bangladesh has ever produced. Why this change>? now humiliation...what is the future.. for god sake bring back nafees, kapali,nazimuddin and Convince Sakib to take captaincy. i think this way Bangladesh can not keep his position as a test playing nation. no improvement in 10 years. result is zero. ICC should also interfere inside cricket board like FIFA. no political interference inside cricket board. with the change of our govt BCB officials also changed.

Posted by anuj2609 on (July 22, 2010, 16:00 GMT)

take away 'TEST STATUS' from Bangladesh..they r a disgrace to other test playing matches..test matches have become poorer by their presence..give them some more time..let them play with the minnows..n re consider test ststus even India's women's cricket team can beat them convincingly...

Posted by anuj2609 on (July 22, 2010, 15:56 GMT)

please take away the 'TEST-STATUS' from Bangladesh..they r a disgrace to other test playing nations....give them some more time..let them play with other minnows....maybe later test-status can be re-considered..its an honest request and appeal to the authorities...

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 22, 2010, 13:48 GMT)

@ZsZs. I know u'r upset and that is understandable but some of u Bangladeshi fans need to refrain from comparing u'rself to current test nations in an attempt to justify u'r struggles. Relax, no-1 is going to revoke u'r status lol. Every1 realises that Bang WAS given status prematurely and they are not progressing fast enough, although they are progressing which is very important. ICC and many of us fans are willing to be patient with them for we want to see the game spread. So refrain from bringing up other teams short-comings for they are no-where as short or as frequent as Bangladesh. Aus were bowled out by a brilliant Pak bowling attack that would have laid complete waste of Bangladesh and other nations for 1 thing,they are far above Bang and 2ndly Aus have been winning frequently vs all teams in all formats, Bang were beaten for 200+ days vs other test in every format 20ovs-test and have now been beaten in 2/3 games vs Associates. It is therefore a bit rude to compare.

Posted by SABD on (July 22, 2010, 12:45 GMT)

The problem lies with the mental game that the BD team plays. They succumb to pressure at crucial stages of the game. I think they need to take part in some sort of mental orientation sessions under the supervision of a top psychiatrist to enhance their self-belief. Just look at their career stats. Batsmen averaging in the 30s, a few bowlers very economical. A very good bunch of cricketers hv been put together, but still they end up loosing matches simply cause they lose the mental game beforehand. I strongly believe that once they get confident enough they'll start beating the big teams regularly and stop loosing to weaker ones! I would request fans from other test playing nations to share their knowledge on how their players are motivated.

Posted by SABD on (July 22, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

@Rakesh Sharma: Dear Rakesh, there had been numerous occasions where I had engaged myself in long-lasting quarrels with some Indian fans here. But trust me, this time reading your post I agree with each and every word that you wrote. I agree that BD was prematurely elevated to test status and I would like to blame my countries legislators for that rather than Dalmiya. How can a country receive test status without having a well-functioning first class structure? But a long time has passed after that. Only this year BD has started showing some real test temperment which must be encouraged, so taking there status away now doesn't seem fair. Thank u. I hope this site gets filled with Indians like u who hv good judgement power.

Posted by Safran17 on (July 22, 2010, 11:02 GMT)

I dont find any reason why they(bangladesh)played like this against Ireland. Recently they achieved victory against England and now they lost the game against Ireland! I can't console my self because Bangladesh played hopelessly in the first match, as Bangladesh is a test playing cricket nation they should keep their performance consistance. The problem is that when they bat well they bowl very bad and vice versa. I would like to request them that please don't lose the passion just give your best for your country pleeeeeeaaaseeee!!! always remember it.

Posted by kdcricket on (July 22, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

Guys, I think such good performances by Ireland and Netherlands ought to be recognized. A two tier system can be created for test matches, the one having the eight of ten associate nations(excluding Zimbabwe n BD) and the other having Zim, BD, Netherlands, Ireland(as of now). To get tier 2 test teams to tier 1, they ought to play 5 years min in tier 2 and have a minimum win loss ratio. A test championship can also be conducted with 8 associates and top 2 of tier 2 nations. This would insure that such teams get good amount of cricket(keeping them financially well off...except BD which is already well off) and also a system should be in place to slowly induct other nations into tier 2....a clear development policy. Similar policy for ODIs can also be adopted and wud be much simpler than adopting this for test matches. This will also curtail poaching practices rampant now. I

Posted by Nahid_Hasan on (July 22, 2010, 0:20 GMT)

The equation is simple. Bring Ireland in to test cricket. Make a time frame and plan for Scotland, Holland, Kenya, Afghanistan, Nepal and UAE to test cricket. We need UAE Sheks (business man) to put more money in cricket like football. ICC should seriously compel BD to improve its local cricket leagues. And People here on on-line lets make a forum to pressurize BCB to adopt pace and bouncy wicket in the domestic league. Otherwise it would not require Irish or Dutch to beat BD it will be enough for Semi professional Bengali team like us to beat BD easily.

Posted by Nahid_Hasan on (July 22, 2010, 0:11 GMT)

I don't mind when people compare Scotland, Ireland, or Holland with BD but how do they include Afghanistan in the same belt?! They only playing cricket for a year and you want to give them test status. Do they have any infrastructure in their country and who will want to play against them in the Afghanistan??? Go Indians. Go. Afghanistan is calling u.

Posted by Nahid_Hasan on (July 22, 2010, 0:05 GMT)

Oh poor Indians! What happened to team India?!! Loosing a test in 2 days if not the rain was there!!! And u think u should be in the first tier!!! U cannot even win any test series outside India or at best sub continent!!! U talk about tier system. Disgrace that U r the only one who did not invited Bangladesh to play to yr country and U still fill the pain of loosing game against Bangladesh in 2007's world cup. That is why u talk us to feel ashamed!!!

Posted by Avradeep on (July 21, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

There u have it - thats what i meant when i wrote the comment below on the day when Bang beat england.

"Be cautious is the message to all those who are lauding the Bangladeshi team. Let them win at least 3 of the next 20 matches against other test playing nations - and then usher in all your praises. If there is something called "Law of averages" then this was bound to happen. One of the major problems of Bangladeshi cricket is that too much hype goes on for too little. I appreciate the win against England - but there has been a long and illustrious history of false promises in the form of some inspired performances once in every two years by the Bangladeshi cricket team. Let the people and media of Bangladesh make the national cricket team realize that this is too little and too far between - only then the appetite for success will grow. For once - indulge in constructive criticism even in happier times. Don't be satisfied with a penny - crib for a thousand dollars. "

Posted by ZsZs on (July 21, 2010, 17:49 GMT)

Australia is 88 all out. I know it is not over and there is admirable fight in them. However, never would I say take Australia's status. I have a great deal of respect for Australia, they are professional and clinical. They do magic. But I would never demean them. The same thing with Bangladesh, they are writing their own history. Let them. The team will outlive us all. So we are just flashes in the pan of time. Such arrogance from watching a slice of time.

Posted by Molu14 on (July 21, 2010, 16:49 GMT)

After a consistent bludgoning received against full-member nations, the Bangladeshis are getting it again from tiny associates!!! Looking at their recent failures in England and extremely poor Asia Cup outing, I say that Bangladesh' status must be revoked. The Ireland loss and this one are a perfect example; if they cannot even beat associates, how will they manage teams who are twenty steos ahead of them? In light of the dying ODI game, Bangaldesh MUST GO (half the Asia cup matches were duds and very painful to watch--ofcourse involving Bangla) I am not saying that the team isnt progressing but I think they will progress far more if they play teams their own level, thats all.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (July 21, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

Guys I want more competing teams in the game. Bangladesh is fine. They have huge population to com eup with good players although favouratism was shown to elevate them to test status by Dalmia. However provide full membership to IRELAND. This will add flavour to Cricket . Other wise Cricket is becoming too boring with Desi players even in other countries like USA,CANADA UAE, etc etc. Let Cricket have different coulture. And remember once European countries pick up cricket , it will flourish all around the globe , just as how everybody follows europeans( westerners) including English language used here. Bring IRELAND big time. We want Ireland , We want Ireland. Bangladesh, Zimbabwe please please improve to make cricket more competitive but all Bangladeshi people please support Ireland to get full status.That will make everything fair including your test status. Do you agree or not my Bangladeshi cricket lovers???I like all cricket fans all over the globe.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 16:16 GMT)

@tick: Pakistan have won only 1 of their last 18 test matches. I said the tiers should be based on CURRENT rankings, not what happened 30 years ago. The current Pakistan Test team is only slightly better if not as bad as the Bangladeshi team. And to respond to someone who said Bangladesh earned their Test status, well we did not. Just one controversial win against Pakistan in 1999 was all we could do. Kenya made it to the semi-finals in 2003 and Ireland made it to the 2nd round in 2007, they deserved Test status more than us.

Posted by SABD on (July 21, 2010, 15:59 GMT)

I suggest Ireland and Zimbabwe be given test status immediately. This will definitely help these two nations and Bangladesh develop as major cricket powers. A two tier system(for tests only) can be followed if necessary. Stripping Bangladesh off their test status can never be a solution!

Posted by SABD on (July 21, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

To all fellow BD fans: I would like to quote ZsZs's words, 'Show some restraint, and take the higher road......Sympathise with the defeats, cherish the wins'. PLEASE keep these words in mind. Otherwise there is no difference between us and the ULTRA-EMOTIONAL Indian and Pakistani cricket fans. C'mon, this was a 30 over game....a fluke from Netherlands in alien conditions!

I think Bangladesh should tour Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands regularly to get used to such conditions, keep up the winning habit and, of course, to help these teams develop!

To all the cricket fans here: Keep an eye on NZ's tour of BD this October. It seems to me that BD's may give them a very hard time....may even pull off a test victory, trust me! The last time NZ was here, they lost an ODI by 7 wickets, and then almost lost a test before securing a thrilling 3 wicket victory. The other test was a rain-affected draw.

Posted by Bang_La on (July 21, 2010, 15:25 GMT)

@Thomas Cherian, I entiirely agree with you. There should be two levels of cricket, a premier level with all white nations and the second tier should be consisting all others. Nevermind the Indian crybabies, they still should not play in premier league. After Howard episode, why we hide the fact that this is what is the best solutions. There would be no money? oh well, I can't help that if all money in cricket and the ICC bosses' paycheques come from the second level. But why worry? Having 7374 tickets sold in a match should give you enough money to go on. :) Good luck.

Posted by tick on (July 21, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

@rohan muhab..are you out of your mind...pak and westindies are test countries to win more than 100 test matches which your baby bangla can't imagine.....pak has won more tests against india,srilanka,newzeland and equal to westindies... on other hand westindies has only lost more matches to change the diaper of baby bangla and learn how to get 10 wkts in an innigs...

Posted by DeshiBhai on (July 21, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

By the moment I am putting this comment ,Aus is all out for 88 and India is following on. I am from Bangladesh,but I am not questioning about anything or anyone's playing ability! Because I love sports and I love Cricket! Then the question of all these so called patriitism or nationalism comes. We beat England this tour,and that means a lot to me. Losing to Holland pissed me off for sure,but I have to accept it. ICC is not that much stupid I guess,to take our Test status (We earned it!) and lose such a BIG cricket market. Guys,please look at the sports business today. Three Cheers to Sports Spirits ! Regards.

Posted by Bang_La on (July 21, 2010, 13:56 GMT)

@Inala Naveej, not to bring old records? Why? Do they bite back your swollen ego and swollen by the corporate world who invested billions on their models for marketing their products? As an Indian supporter, I was embarassed, almost humilated really, so many times by those so called indian criketers for their knee jerking cowardice and low standard of playing cricket. It was such enraging to watch a nation who was playing cricket for over 50 years could not produce more than two recognisable cricketers!! How pathetic that could be? Thank your star that Bangalee babu Ganguly stepped in to add some guts! Hapless you said? Hahahahaha look what Sri Lankans are doing to your sorry ass in Galle :) Buy a mirror, I know its too ugly to look at but still sometimes you are needed to be reminded.

Posted by shuvro_du on (July 21, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

Bangladeshi bowling is two much predictable. At this moment they have 3 right hand pacer and three left hand regular spinner in the team. If you can't mix it up, you can't create problems for the batsmen. Missing catches at crucial times and poor and sloppy fielding never helps their cause. Cricket is about Concentration, Commitment and Captaincy. I'm sorry, BD is far behind from the top standard.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 13:35 GMT)

There should be two levels in all forms of international cricket esp test and one dayers..this will make the competition interesting

Posted by maxad282004 on (July 21, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

ICC should take away Bangladesh's test status , n also let them play da qualifying round fr da world cup .,how many tym u guyz gonna dissapoint us .,zimbabwe kenya , ireland r better team than bangladesh .,if they could play as ,many matches bangladesh get to play they could have done much better .,i watch every bangladesh's series n hope they will atleast win 1 match .,i thought they improved after i da england series .they win 1 matche after 2-3 years( with big teams)., i am a bangladeshi .,n i say bangladesh iz da worst team in history .,

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 10:38 GMT)

i dont understand where BD cricket is going even this much of experience and facilities they r still where they r before 12 yrs. ago, i will put Zimbabwe before them even they had and have lots of problem in their country, feel very sorry for BD

Posted by roxap on (July 21, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

for me ireland is much better team as compared to bangladesh and now even netherland has defeated bangla. ireland deserve to have a test status, i dont understand why ICC awarded test status to bangla although ireland have better players and they are more considtent than this bangla team only problem is that they dont get enough chances to play against top teams, i am sure if ireland can get as many chances as bangladesh have they would have given tough time to top teams.

keep on loosing bangla you can not defeat any side

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 8:30 GMT)

As upsetting as this performance is against the Netherlands, let us remember that the shorter the match, the better the chances for a weaker team to cause an upset. This Bangladesh outfit has the potential to become a much stronger outfit within the next few years. While the team results have not gone well, the individuals who have stepped up their game in the past one year or so have been very heartening to see. The reason why the team is not doing well at the moment is because Shakib Al Hasan is not in form. His potency with both bat and ball has diminished. And the sooner he gets his potency back, the better. All the new young players who have come up to replace the 'seniors' have all shown great potential. I have faith in this team that they will do well, it's just around the corner. On the day that both the batting and the bowling click at the same time, this team will see better results. It's all a question of getting everyone's act together.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (July 21, 2010, 7:29 GMT)

Bang lossing is an indication that top Assoc's are ready for full membership, not that a full member is not.

When looking at test/ICup there are 4 obvious groups: (1) 1-5 (108-124): Ind, SA, Aust, Srl, Eng. (2) 6-8 (77-80): Pak, NZ, WI. (3) 9-14 (<10): Bang, Zimb, Irel, Afgan, Neth, Scot. (4) 15-20: Next Assoc countries.

ICC should start in July 2012 a multi-tier championship (similar to): (1) Test Cup: Teams 1-8 over 4 years (2-5 tests h&a) (2) Test Plate: Teams 7-14 over 4 years (2-5 tests h&a) (3) ICup: Teams 13-20 over 4 years (1-off first class) (4) IShield: Teams 21-100 regional over 3 years, final 10 4th year.

This would allow Test Cricket to have meaningful games with teams playing more tests against teams their ranking and some teams playing multiple competitions (7-8 & 13-14) to ensure no team drops off by playing teams too hard or too easy all of the time.

Countries should also play "friendly" tests against assoc in region instead of first class warm-ups against states.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (July 21, 2010, 6:40 GMT)

Guys enough of Bangladesh bashing. WEll, it is good to have Bangladesh as Test side. Only complain is why this power hungry Dalmia just supported Bangladesh when they could not even qualify for wc before 1999.Just with one WC they were fast tracked to Test status. Kenya is in WC since last 4 wc but no encouragement. If Bangladesh has been given Test Status Kenya and Ireland must be there as well. With regards to Zimbabwe, once they are back in Test fold they will easily defeat Bangladesh. Cricket structure is very strong there. Zimbabwe underperformed due to mass departure .Thats all. With Price, Merillier,Blignaught, Taibu, Taylor and and upcoming Fast bowlers , Zimbabwe team is 3 times stronger than B'desh. Zimbabwe was always very competitive not like Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 6:35 GMT)

Great win for the netherlands.Bangladesh needs to improve their bowling.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 5:59 GMT)

That is another good result for BD, another slap to the face of BCB....

Posted by Rajit on (July 21, 2010, 5:09 GMT)

Bangladesh has disappointed a lot not only in Test cricket but in the ODI and T20s as well... I think ICC should seriously think of having a two-tier system for Test Matches.Likes of Bangladesh,Zimbabwe (when inducted back to the fold),Newzealand,Ireland (when accorded test status) & Westindies should be a part of that structure.also for development of players in these countries,"A" teams from these nations should be sent to top ranked countries either on a full tour or to participate in one of the domestic events...Thats the only way forward to develop some of low ranked sides..ICC has to take the baton in its hands.But with "Position hungry joker " like Sharad Pawar I doubt these things will happen

Posted by bd_ov on (July 21, 2010, 5:06 GMT)

should remove test status of BD

Posted by bd_ov on (July 21, 2010, 5:03 GMT)

Though I am bangladeshi , i suggest ICC that it should <b>remove bangladesh test status</b> ... they have no confidence .... and suggest BCC to remove jemie sidons as a coach.

and try to gain confidence to play against any country. All player should play for country not for personal improvement or personal carrier.... always think yourself as a part of country. if country performance batter than you also shine.

Posted by Akhtar_Uttara9 on (July 21, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

I believe that people from all around the world should shut their mouth to talk about the test status of BD cricket. I would request everyone to look at the standard & competition level of other test matches happening in different parts of the world where BD is not playing. The test match which maximum nations are playing now are very boring, but BD team is different from them. BD team always give excitement to the game. Moreover cricket is not only British or Aussies or Indian property; its a global game. Before throwing comment against BD I would request those internationals to look their own face on mirror. But having said this, I am very frustrated by BD's performance last night. Becoz BD is far far better team than these Land's teams like Ire..Scot...Holland teams. We are really waiting for next year's world cup in dhaka. See you there...Be ready.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:30 GMT)

Also, as pointed out earlier, the main reason in giving Bangladesh Test status was to give another vote to the Asian block. Michael Holding suggested during our test matches against England that there should be two tiers. At that time I didn't agree but now I think it will benefit us more. The top tier should have Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, England and New Zealand. The bottom tier should have Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland and another associate team. All this based on rankings. It will encourage teams in the bottom tier to push for the top tier and the latter to avoid relegation to the bottom tier.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:25 GMT)

well!! well!! even though i am BD cricket fan , this result is very very disappointing, sometimes its hard to understand the fact is BD ever improving or never or will remain the same . We need to fix our team quickly before something happens, the test status should be at halt like Zimbabwe and we should play more first class cricket for more than 1-2 years with major first class teams at home and away then go back to test. Otherwise there is no point of playing , the players haven't learned anything . This Inconsistency should STOP NOW or else stop playing cricket .

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:23 GMT)

@ all who are attacking Bangladesh: hellow to everyone.I think it was just a bad day for Bangladesh. When you play a match of 20 or 30 overs then it becomes very uncertain,anybody can win it because of luck.That doesn't mean that BD don't deserve test status.We have shown our ability in the past.Last year 2009 we won 14 ODI matches out of 19 mats,there is nothing to tell about this ,just think.We have beaten all the test playing nations and that doesn't mean that Australia,India,England etc are bad team.Then will you tell them not to play test???When the little teams defeat the big teams then it's good for cricket,there will be more competitions in cricket,new nations will be keen to play cricket,cricket will spread out over the world.So please don't discourage any team.Thanks to all,i think now you can understand it.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:21 GMT)

@ashthebest: I don't care what happens to India or Pakistan. I don't follow their cricket team. But I think they are 100 years ahead of Bangladesh in terms of cricket. And I don't think many would disagree on that.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

@ Bang_La

Learn to admit that your team is pathetic! Your lucky you didn't have to see them losing to Scotland as well. Don't bring in the past records of India and other teams to make your hapless team look good! If you don't believe me go check the records of India's and Bangladesh's 1st 70 tests or 1st 100 ODI's or something and then compare their performance! A lot more cricket was played in Bangladesh's 1st decade (the 2000's) than in India's or NZ's 1st 30 years (1940s, 1950s & 1960s)! Thought you won the World Cup after beating England didn't you? Learn to admit that Bangladesh deserves its test status as much as Afghanistan does! Kenya (semi-finalists in the WC in its peak) and Ireland deserve it way more!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:14 GMT)

Rather than throwing Bangladesh out , ICC should bring Ireland in.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:13 GMT)

all the blame goes to administration. their strategy sucks! you play game with the spirit of winning not like the way they are hoping with individual performances. Not every players will perform well in every game. they need to play aggressively!!! come on people have some common sense!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:08 GMT)

all the blame goes to administration. their strategy sucks! you play game with the spirit of winning not like the way they are hoping with individual performances. Not every players will perform well in every game. they need to play aggressively!!! come on people have some common sense!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:03 GMT)

I just feel sorry for Scotland who missed out on securing an easy win against Bangladesh ...

Posted by Meety on (July 21, 2010, 2:53 GMT)

My "Test World" would be; Tier 1 - Australia, England, India, Sth Africa & Sri Lanka Tier 2 - Pakistan, West Indies, NZ, Bangers Tier 3 - Zimbabwe, Ireland, Afghan, Scotland & Kenya Promotion would be dependant on actual results. Tier 1 would not play against Tier 3. When Tier 1 plays Tier 2, if Tier 1 is the homeside they play over 2 Tests, away from home it would be 3 Tests. On another front I would abolish useless 50/50 over series like the one Australia just competed in against England. 50/50 is still the best format for deciding a world champion. In Tests I would keep the ranking system, but I would add a championship belt, that is up for grabs every test series that the title holder plays. If India had the belt, it would bepossible for Sri Lanka to take the belt this series & be crowned Test champions, (as opposed to number 1 ranked).

Posted by Meety on (July 21, 2010, 2:43 GMT)

Very dissappointing result from a Bangladesh perspective, (I am always hoping for improvement). I think the "Test Status" should be overhauled by the ICC. I think there is a need for the top sides to play each other more regularly, (say top 5), in 4 or 5 test series. The next level (say the next 5 teams), play each other in 4 to 5 test series but when playing the top ranked sides they play 2 test series. The ICC could then create a 3rd tier Test Status. This would be sides like Ireland, Afghan., Kenya & Netherlands who play each other in tests but play one off tests against thesecond tier abroad & over two tests at home. Bangladesh should not have been given test status when they did, Kenya was more deserving at the time. Can't change history - the ICC need to continue on with the Bangers but give Ireland, Scotland & Afghanistan some real hope. Ireland do have some Australian born members in their team, but they also have players like Eion Morgan playing for the Poms.

Posted by convertorboy on (July 21, 2010, 2:35 GMT)

Congrats to the Dutch. First England, now this, hope you keep advancing! More reason to give the associates more exposure to the Test nations, or at least their A teams.

Posted by qamar.uddin on (July 21, 2010, 2:16 GMT)

@Rakesh, considering india's two consecutive loose to zim, india should be playing test cricket anymore...c'mon this is a 30 overs game...anything can happen in shortened games

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 2:12 GMT)

I'd like to remind everyone who is suggesting that Bangladesh have their test status removed that EVERY country struggled at first in test cricket (except of course Australia and England who started the game). Zimbabwe are the only team in the history of the game not to lose their first two tests. Bangladesh have only played tests for ten years and are still adapting to the format. I do agree, however, that more teams need to be playing tests. Ireland and Zimbabwe should be next on the list. I would think this would help Bangladesh too- provide some competition at their level. Test cricket needs more teams, not less, to survive.

Posted by Rag-Aaron on (July 21, 2010, 2:01 GMT)

I'm so sick of hearing these "Bangladesh don't deserve test status" comments. You don't hear this kind of discussion in other sports. Why is cricket so afflicted by the desire to have some kind of class system? You guy should also look at it another way. Bangladesh has been showing improvement for a while now so perhaps this result means the associate teams are improving - which surely is good news - the more teams the better. And look at history - Australia refused to play New Zealand for years and years and it literally took decades for New Zealand to become competitive. Is that what you guys want?

Posted by piashy2k on (July 21, 2010, 2:00 GMT)

Again it proved tht ICC's decision of giving BD test status was not correct. It was biased by Indian Jagmohan dalmia.... shame on BD cricket team....last 10 year may be BD improved, but other non test playing countries improved 10 times better then them......after getting test status for more then 10 yrs and playing sooooo many matches, still if they loose with kenya, ireland, holland.... then really ICC should banned them frm test.....after every 50 matches, if they suddenly defeat big countries in 1 match, nt mean they played gud... it means that country played really very bad on tht day.....lik nigerian football team, BD gov should also banned BD cricketers frm all type of cricket as a punishment.... they wil giv shame to our nation during world cup too... I liv in australia and here maximum westerners knw abt bangladesh tht they hav a horrible cricket team.....

Posted by wasiullah on (July 21, 2010, 1:56 GMT)

Looks like people are over the moon when Bangladesh wins and bash them pretty hard when they loose. To be fair to bangladesh if you look at the past most of the umpiring decisions go against them more then 90% of the time. Countless 50:50 calls went against them in the past, very few are for them. Yes they are probably improving at a slower speed then expected but on the over all picture their test status is credible and good for the game. Population wise bangladesh is a big nation and it can only be good for cricket. Lets live in the present instead of bringing the past again and again when frustration creeps in. In cricket on your day you can beat anybody, good on Netherlands. Well done.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 0:56 GMT)

Rather than throwing Bangladesh out , ICC should bring Ireland in.

Posted by Nahid_Hasan on (July 20, 2010, 23:51 GMT)

Many people here saying Bangladesh does not deserve test cricket and blah blah. But did they consider the fact that, the game that Bangladesh lost today was not even a test cricket and was only an one day match? do they consider when they talk about BD that, BD has thousand of thousands cricket player here and there across the country compare to those 100-200 cricketers of Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Kenya, Afghanistan? The fact that, BD rarely plays in those Scottish condition? The fact that BD's U-19 can beat any side of the world? one of the important fact that the associate nations are improving so much that people from other countries underestimating their credit to beat Bangladesh? also denying them to give chance to play against other good teams? The most important fact that, People of BD support this game greatly in contrast to the people of Kenya, Ireland,Scotland,Holland,etc?

Posted by Bang_La on (July 20, 2010, 23:49 GMT)

@ DocBindra, just after being equal to Indian defeats and humiliation in world cricket from 1935 to 1971, Bangladesh will shine! History repeats itself, doesn't it? :)

Posted by ZsZs on (July 20, 2010, 23:41 GMT)

Just a reminder, here is a post I had made before. I am reposting it. To all my Bangladeshi Fans. Please do not respond to obvious contentious remarks. Show some restraint, and take the higher road. Trust me, my use of the 'higher road' will be mocked. Does not matter. Show some class. The Indian BCCI has grown too fast, and all fast rises, if not tempered with humility, leads to great falls. Let us not go down that road, let us take the higher path, be calm. Sympathise with the defeats, cherish the wins, and foremost show class in all your postings. Celebrate the sport. Thank you.

Posted by ZsZs on (July 20, 2010, 23:41 GMT)

Well done Netherlands. Poor poor showing by Bangladesh. They should be ashamed of themselves. I am a Bangladeshi. But all this talk of Test Status withdrawal is nonsense! Bangladesh is there and deserves to be there. Netherlands wanted to win more than Bangladesh. Simple as that. I would not take away anything from the Dutch. Everyone of the test nations have their unique past, this is Bangladesh's. Move on...

Posted by samsam14 on (July 20, 2010, 23:37 GMT)

okay, a lot of you guys need to CALM DOWN! every other test nation has a defeat like this in their books. for one, Bangladesh had to play a 30 ov. game, in Europe, uhmmm, home field advantage much to the Dutch, we had no support. and, after one game, the ICC is gonna strip BD of test status, what!!? NO! why would they, a loss to Ireland, big deal, we won, loss to the Dtuch, a little bad. Good Performance to the Dutch, they really deserved this one, for Bangladesh they will recover, every team goes through a phase like this, and now, its Bd's turn. But please people, do not give up hope on this team, our test and ODi cricket, will improve! dont give up on the Bangladeshi's, one game to me. dosent mean much.

Posted by noz3112 on (July 20, 2010, 23:34 GMT)

Oh dear, what more proof do we need?! If Bangladesh really were good enough 10-ish years ago to get test status, surely Ireland are now? Perhaps we should even arrange a 5 match series between Bangladesh & Netherlands to see who is the better team?!

If Ireland do not get test status in the next 5 years, barring any major catastrophe (or players being un-negotiably taken from them), then I'm sorry, but the inclusion of Bangladesh to such circles seems to stink of regional voting bias rather than any grounds based on ability....

Posted by alexbraae on (July 20, 2010, 23:32 GMT)

hang on, lets not revoke bangladesh's status as a test nation. Then who would us New Zealander's beat?

Posted by ashthebest on (July 20, 2010, 22:20 GMT)

@ROHAN MAHBUB if bd need to beat associates for test status i think it will be also nice if team knocked out from 1st round world cup need go through qualification llike FIFA do in football world cup.Guess which two so called big team need to qualified then INDIA AND PAK!

Posted by ashthebest on (July 20, 2010, 22:16 GMT)

why when bd loose all this indian and pak persons shout out loud?Every1 need to remember they playing in england not in bd and it is a lot different condition.I'm true fan of cricket and i almost read all comments in cricinfo.look at pak bowled out for 148 runs and they dont comments as bad as they do whenbd bowled out for around 150 with same opposition.Lets see as per i remember both India and Pak knocked out world cup in first round and India got beaten by bd.Please people dont take it easy as another world cup round the corner and another so called upset waiting!(i have the pic from that world cup match against india and i flick through them when bd losse and make all smily smilly again!).I support bd team doesnt matter they win or loose..cheers for bangladesh and good luck for world cup.HEADS UP!

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 20, 2010, 21:58 GMT)

Well played Netherlands. I think we should all show good sportsmanship and cont. to support Bangladesh BUT Ire must, must get a look in at test status. Due to their close association with Eng county, I have little doubt that they will progress faster than Bang. I also think it is wrong for them to have so many promising player get lured away to Eng. ICC need to accept IRE and spread test cricket. These results prove that they deserve a chance and Netherlands need more attention.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 21:41 GMT)

What a joke.

First Ireland and now Netherlands. If they had played Scotland, I bet Scotland would have won as well.

Our star batsman made 2 and our star bowler got 0 wickets against a team like Netherlands.

Very very shameful.

Posted by JS82 on (July 20, 2010, 21:33 GMT)

"Pathetic! - A disgruntled Bangladeshi."

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 21:14 GMT)

Is there any punishment for these players? They didn't take the game seriously. Mashrafe Mortaza should be off from captaincy as he failed to do his duty. Sakib should give captaincy again. Board should take steps in this situation.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 20, 2010, 21:05 GMT)

Bangladesh got Test status after one (dubious) win over Pakistan. Ireland and, before the, Kenya have had better results and not even been given the chance to step up, while Zimbabwe took years of hammering all comers at Associate level to be promoted. The reasons why Bangladesh got Test status so quickly are obvious, but the deed is done now and there is no going back on it because turkeys are not going to vote for Christmas. Efforts have to be made to help Bangladesh to reach a competitive standard rather than to take their status away. The tour of the British Isles and The Netherlands was a good idea because it has given them experience in alien conditions and the idea of adding some weaker opposition was not a bad one. Unfortunately, it was obvious that after beating England the team felt that the tour was over and that the reaming games didn't count. Kudos to the Dutch who have had some good results this season without being notiiced and to the Irish who will never get Test status

Posted by DocBindra on (July 20, 2010, 20:45 GMT)

Here we go again, kudos to Netherlands but please no more sugar coating Bangladesh and its "progress", they have no business being a test nation. I think they should be encouraged and helped just like Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Ireland, etc. Heaven knows, more new blood is needed to rejuvenate the game. Unfortunately, presently, Bangladesh is not deserving of a Test status.

Posted by gmaurup on (July 20, 2010, 20:20 GMT)

Congratulations to the Dutch. We are always telling that Bangladesh has had some progress to put a decent fight against big opponents regularly, but this series says the Associates are not lagging behind either. Ireland particularly are doing very good. They gave the Aussies a scare a month ago and fell short while chasing a modest Aussie total of 234. As it is getting tough to get tours for Bangladesh in the FTP (they wont play in England for the next 10 years), I would suggest BCB to hold series against top associate countries, this will help them learn how to play in different conditions around the world. As I know only Mushfiqur and Mashrafee (may be) played in such conditions before, such tours will help Bangladesh improve.

Posted by Asadpk on (July 20, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

Bangladesh have been steadily improving the past 3 years but it still is a shame that they cannot beat Associate teams regularly. They have had Test status for a decade now and should have improved a lot more considering how much cricket is being played these days. Just makes you ask the old question again, did they deserve their Test status?

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 19:31 GMT)

Ridiculous performance once again. BD shouldn't lose to the associate teams. They doesn't deserve a test status. Well played Netherlands.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 19:24 GMT)

complety seem a down team. Bd must out form whole cricket for some month.

Posted by Sameerkh007 on (July 20, 2010, 19:19 GMT)

After Ireland its now the turn of Netherlands to beat Bangladesh. I dont understand why the media in England was over hyping this team. And the way the reactions came after that single victory against England it was like they had won the world cup.

I think Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and even West Indies(if they dont improve) should be only allowed to play limited overs cricket rather than Test cricket. In fact looking at the the performance of Ireland and Netherlands, i think there should be more series of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands etc which will help them and test their mental skills in close matches between apart from keeping the spectator interest alive as matching teams will be playing and it would be anyones game.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (July 20, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

This victory by Netherland again proves that Bangladesh was favoured in an unjust way by Indian block to become full member just with one debatable victory against Pakistan in WC 1999. The fact of the matter is whatever improvement in standard of Bangladesh is totally due to exposure at highest level by playing other full members. I am not saying that Bangladesh should not have been supported but the fact that other even associate members in 1999 like Kenya and Ireland were not encouraged and supported. Kenya and Ireland must be given full membership. Kenya might have performed badly of late but they have a passion to excell with core population support for the game.Ireland must be encouraged as well. If Kenya and Ireland were given full membership along with Bangladesh ,with the same exposure like Bangladesh they would have been 3 times stronger than B'desh. Fact is more countries must be ecouraged to broaden Cricket. Netherland,Namibia be encouraged to spread ckt globally.

Posted by jashan83 on (July 20, 2010, 18:59 GMT)

Bangladesh has constantly proved that id it is a test nations then many countries like Ireland, Neth, Scot, Afghanistan and many more should also have the test status.

Mr DURRONTO MEGH I would love to hear your comments now still in favour of Bangladesh

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 18:48 GMT)

well played Bangladesh Cricket Team, hope u give us some more good results...good captaincy by Mashrafe...

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 18:47 GMT)

I don't think Bangladesh deserve their Test status. Yes they have improved over the years but it seems to me that associate countries like Ireland and Netherlands have improved at a much faster rate than Bangladesh. Proof: Bangladesh losing to both of them. Given that Bangladesh lose to these two nations in next year's World Cup, I think the ICC should seriously strip them off their Test status. And if their Test status isn't revoked, Ireland and Zimbabwe should at least be given Test status and Bangladesh should be made to play and beat these countries before getting to play the bigger teams. All this coming from a Bangladeshi.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 18:39 GMT)

Great show by the Dutch, hats off..............Fine knock by Szwarczynski and great temparment shown by Barresi and Zuiderent. Its good to see Netherlands get a major win at last. May they keep winning, all the best :)

And what of Bangladesh? What's next? A loss to Canada? The board needs to do something or else, their already fairly-big hate base shall grow even more!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 18:39 GMT)

Bangladesh not seeing off the opposition in a manner that most Test-playing nations usually hand out to them...

Need to work a proper league type structure into things rather than just having rankings. It'll make "meaningless ODIs" much more competitive and a 2 division structure would reduce the one day cricket a team would play.

There again the ICC aren't ones for doing the right thing so long as the sponsors keep lobbing the cash in!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

Absolutely disgusting performance from Bangladesh! Kudos to Holland!

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