Bangladesh in England, 2010 June 7, 2010

Tamim goes global, the rest go missing

Bangladesh battled hard for long periods of their two-Test series against England, but were prone to dramatic collapses with both bat and ball. Cricinfo picks through the rubble to assess the 13 performers
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Tamim Iqbal - 9

Imperious, audacious and compelling viewing. Arguably not since Mohammad Azharuddin charmed Lord's in 1990 with an 87-ball hundred has a lost cause been pursued with such freedom, talent and enjoyment. He came into the series with a wrist injury that was expected to restrict his mobility, but nothing of the sort transpired as he walloped a 94-ball hundred at Lord's and a run-a-ball ton at Old Trafford, and the only time his aggression boiled over into recklessness came when he resorted to slogging in the nervous nineties. His talent was well known coming into this tour, but a global star has been born this month.

Imrul Kayes - 6

He came into the series with a top score of 33, and having been bounced out by Stuart Broad on a shirtfront in Chittagong, he arrived with a target on his forehead as well. But to his immense credit, Kayes fought against his frailties to improve on that career-best in three innings out of four. He did so, for the most part, by slipstreaming Tamim, but there was no shame in that approach, especially when you consider how often and easily the rest of the line-up crumbled. The most improved batsman on show, by a distance.

Junaid Siddique - 6

A tale of two Tests for Siddique, who looked a classy cricketer during his pair of half-centuries at Lord's - a first-innings 58, in which he knuckled down with rare determination to leave England sweating for breakthroughs at 172 for 2 at the close of the second day, and an excellently paced 74 to capitalise on Tamim's onslaught in the follow-on. But in keeping with his colleagues, he found the going much tougher when the conditions were in the bowlers' favour, and at Old Trafford, he was cannon fodder, snicking off to Swann and Anderson for a total of seven runs.

Jahurul Islam - 5

Another player who enhanced his credentials at Lord's before shrivelling dispiritingly in the Old Trafford debacle. Until he was suckered by the part-time seam of Jonathan Trott, Jahurul had helped carry Bangladesh to 289 for 2 in the follow-on, a position of untold riches that promised England a problematic fourth-innings run-chase. But that was the high-water mark of his tour. One match later, he was done by a Swann beauty in the first innings, before signing off with an awful dab to the keeper second-time around.

Mohammad Ashraful - 3

So much promise, so little reward. An unlucky lbw undermined him at Lord's, and Anderson later extracted him in a superb new-ball over, but a player of his class can't blame accidents for his shortcomings. At Old Trafford he had no such excuses, as he wafted a cut to point and lobbed an edge to slip, and ensured that his ever-shrinking career-average continues to plummet towards the teens.

Shakib Al Hasan - 5

Seven for his bowling, three for his batting, which was a greater disappointment even than Ashraful's, given how committed he had been in the return series back home. He made 52 runs in four innings - appropriate statistics for a captain whose team collapsed like a deck of cards - but provided one of the highlights of the series with his Warne-esque ripper to bowl Ian Bell at Old Trafford. His five-wicket haul was due reward for his perseverance, as his tally of 80 overs was 29 more than any of his colleagues managed - further evidence of the shortcomings of their attack.

Mushfiqur Rahim - 3

A genuine disappointment. The Mighty Atom's battling qualities were in scant evidence as he was washed away in a flood of collapses, one in each innings. Only at the very end did he revive his nuggetty tendencies, when he overcame a blow to the finger from Shahzad to survive for 42 balls and revive Bangladesh from 39 for 6. But then, in a sadly appropriate sign-off, he flicked a leg-stump half-volley to midwicket to complete a series tally of 40 runs @ 10.

Mahmudullah - 5

A puzzling performance from a man who seems to be selected entirely as a plan B. Shakib showed little interest in his more-than-effective offspin, limiting him to a partnership-breaking role, while his appearance at No. 8 in the order seems a waste of a player who scored a maiden Test hundred in New Zealand earlier this year. Showcased his abilities by thwacking 38 in a lost cause at Old Trafford, but it was little more than a walk-on role.

Shafiul Islam - 7

A real prospect. Missed out at Lord's but atoned in style at Old Trafford, swinging the ball with pace and aggression to claim two first-hour breakthroughs and explode the myth that Bangladesh cannot produce fast bowlers. His subsequent troubles with cramp undermined his efforts and left his team lacking a cutting edge just when they most needed to pile on the pressure, but at the age of 20, he's a talent worth investing in, and to judge by the manner in which he outwitted Jonathan Trott, he has a cricketing brain as well.

Shahadat Hossain - 6

The first Bangladeshi to write his name on the Lord's honours boards, and that is a moment he will treasure for the rest of his days. It has to be hoped that he doesn't milk the moment too much, however, because his follow-up effort at Old Trafford was pretty poor. Despite his energetic grunts, his pace rarely pushes 80mph, and so anything less than a perfect line and length - which was what earned him his Lord's rewards - will be punished. As indeed it was at Old Trafford.

Abdur Razzak - 5

His selection alone gave Bangladesh a massive lift in the early stages at Old Trafford, as it meant that they had returned to the spin-dominated line-up with which they have more familiarity, and hence confidence in the field. And when he bagged Alastair Cook with his first ball of the series, the decision suddenly looked like a masterstroke. Didn't quite maintain that level of effectiveness thereafter, although while he and Shakib were in tandem after tea on the first day, it was almost as if we were back in Mirpur.

Robiul Islam - 3

Picked to make his debut at the home of cricket, no less, but the occasion overawed him, despite Jamie Siddons' faith that he had a technique that would be ideally suited to English conditions. Discarded for now, but he's young enough to learn.

Rubel Hossain - 3

Bowled Bell through the gate with a beauty at Lord's, but that delivery was at odds with the rest of his performance, which is possibly why it took the batsman by such surprise.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • on June 9, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    7 for Shafiul for 2 wickets to show and 6 for Shahadat for Lord's honor board performance? Otherwise a pretty fair assessment. Nice to see Imrul coming out good.

    As for BD team selection,going with 8 batsman is one too many. This gives a false sense of security. Drop Ashraful, Bring Mahmudullah back to no.5.Strengthen the attack with 4 regular bowlers or 3 bowlers plus 1 bowling allrounder alongwith Sakib and Mahmudullah.That way 3 pacers can always be choosen which will give balance to the attack.

    Other than the abject failure of the middle order batting, Bangladesh played creditably.Keep it up, keep on improving. Best of luck for Asia cup.

  • abyrao on June 9, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    The planning of Siddons is silly. He is more of a commentator than a coach. Look at Mahmudullah who along side Tamim seems to be the best batsmen, but just to accomodate the worthless Ashraful, Mahmudullah is send at no 8!!!! Also i feel give Shariar nafees a fair try. So Tamim, Kayes, Nafees, Junaid, Mahmudullah, Shakib can form a decent top order.

  • aalhasankh on June 9, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    In addition to providing India with an automatic vote in the ICC,Bangladesh cricket also provides well paid jobs to a large number of officials,coaches,trainers,physios etc who live off the poor players who take all the blames and public's abuse.It is a good thing that when England next sees a Bangladeshi test cricket team, 10 years will have passed and the Bangladeshi boys might have grown up by then both as men and cricketers.

  • AamerZ on June 8, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Bangladesh have shown nothing in last10 years thatthey deserve to be a test playing nation. India needs a vote in ICC and thus carries Bangladesh while in the meantime Bangladesh make a mockery of test cricket. Some snse needs to prevail and downgrade Bangladesh till they show some promise.

  • Jasonharcourt on June 8, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Bangladesh are very much an improving side, and I disagree fully with those who feel they should be stripped of Test status. What I would say is that I don't think burdening the best player with the captaincy is a good idea, and also that they need to rethink how to use Mahmadullah, who is a fine batsman and bowler, but seems trusted to do neither. Incidentally, what has happened to Aftab Ahmed, who looked a good prospect but is nowhere to be seen at present?

  • blinkyisback on June 8, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Bangladesh are clearly developing a nucleus now that looks promising. It's nice to see the top three batsmen starting to gain a little consistency and in shakib, rahim and mahmudullah they have some depth to the line up. Spin bowling looks pretty solid and when Mashrafe comes back the seam attack will look a mile better. They remind me of the Sri Lankans back in the 80's. They had Arjuna and Aravinda but it wasn't until the likes of Gurusinha, Tillekeratne, Jayasuriya, Vaas and Murali came along that they looked threatening. In Tamim, Shakib, Mashrafe they have a start, Razzaq, Mahmudullah, Kayes, Rahim and co. must be the next wave... Only a matter of time.

  • Shaikhsaad on June 8, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    It is very wrong to say that BANGLADESH should not be allowed test status...they are an improving side...they are ought to learn from their mistakes...taking away test status would only cause them to sink more into the gutter...if it were possible, i believe all countries should have test status...cause the more they play...more they'll improve...compare football...where almost 199 countries are allowed international status...cricket has to expand for its benefit...and this is only possible through the provision of more cricketing nations all over the world..back to the match...they have failed to display the skills that they possess and is showing signs of overdependence...all should learn to contribute...

  • on June 8, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    England were lucky in the matches completed as they got the favorable conditions. It is interesting to see how they will perform under unfavorable conditions against even a minor opposition like Bangladesh.What would have happened if Bangladesh batted first in the second test..... lol

  • on June 8, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Well Bangladeshis have improved but i don't think so that they are good enough to beat Zimbabwe..its time for ICC to decide that either Bangladesh TEST status should be taken or they give Zimbabwe their test status

  • athletic on June 8, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    @lodger67 i think u failed2notice that Shakib WAS given 7 for his bowling and 3 for his batting.its obvious Andrew averaged out the score.moreover,Shakib is the captain and being classed as the top 5 all-rounders,he shudv played with more responsibility n integrity.I think Andrew rated them based on their capabilities too.while I think jahurul deservd the 5,Junaid n Kayes shudv been given 7.Still a fair comparison between the players.@Zahidsaltin yeah i agree sum of the english players were overrated,esp Cook but the thing is-Bangladesh ratings r by Andrew"Miller" n English ratings r by Andrew"McGlashan"

  • on June 9, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    7 for Shafiul for 2 wickets to show and 6 for Shahadat for Lord's honor board performance? Otherwise a pretty fair assessment. Nice to see Imrul coming out good.

    As for BD team selection,going with 8 batsman is one too many. This gives a false sense of security. Drop Ashraful, Bring Mahmudullah back to no.5.Strengthen the attack with 4 regular bowlers or 3 bowlers plus 1 bowling allrounder alongwith Sakib and Mahmudullah.That way 3 pacers can always be choosen which will give balance to the attack.

    Other than the abject failure of the middle order batting, Bangladesh played creditably.Keep it up, keep on improving. Best of luck for Asia cup.

  • abyrao on June 9, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    The planning of Siddons is silly. He is more of a commentator than a coach. Look at Mahmudullah who along side Tamim seems to be the best batsmen, but just to accomodate the worthless Ashraful, Mahmudullah is send at no 8!!!! Also i feel give Shariar nafees a fair try. So Tamim, Kayes, Nafees, Junaid, Mahmudullah, Shakib can form a decent top order.

  • aalhasankh on June 9, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    In addition to providing India with an automatic vote in the ICC,Bangladesh cricket also provides well paid jobs to a large number of officials,coaches,trainers,physios etc who live off the poor players who take all the blames and public's abuse.It is a good thing that when England next sees a Bangladeshi test cricket team, 10 years will have passed and the Bangladeshi boys might have grown up by then both as men and cricketers.

  • AamerZ on June 8, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Bangladesh have shown nothing in last10 years thatthey deserve to be a test playing nation. India needs a vote in ICC and thus carries Bangladesh while in the meantime Bangladesh make a mockery of test cricket. Some snse needs to prevail and downgrade Bangladesh till they show some promise.

  • Jasonharcourt on June 8, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Bangladesh are very much an improving side, and I disagree fully with those who feel they should be stripped of Test status. What I would say is that I don't think burdening the best player with the captaincy is a good idea, and also that they need to rethink how to use Mahmadullah, who is a fine batsman and bowler, but seems trusted to do neither. Incidentally, what has happened to Aftab Ahmed, who looked a good prospect but is nowhere to be seen at present?

  • blinkyisback on June 8, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Bangladesh are clearly developing a nucleus now that looks promising. It's nice to see the top three batsmen starting to gain a little consistency and in shakib, rahim and mahmudullah they have some depth to the line up. Spin bowling looks pretty solid and when Mashrafe comes back the seam attack will look a mile better. They remind me of the Sri Lankans back in the 80's. They had Arjuna and Aravinda but it wasn't until the likes of Gurusinha, Tillekeratne, Jayasuriya, Vaas and Murali came along that they looked threatening. In Tamim, Shakib, Mashrafe they have a start, Razzaq, Mahmudullah, Kayes, Rahim and co. must be the next wave... Only a matter of time.

  • Shaikhsaad on June 8, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    It is very wrong to say that BANGLADESH should not be allowed test status...they are an improving side...they are ought to learn from their mistakes...taking away test status would only cause them to sink more into the gutter...if it were possible, i believe all countries should have test status...cause the more they play...more they'll improve...compare football...where almost 199 countries are allowed international status...cricket has to expand for its benefit...and this is only possible through the provision of more cricketing nations all over the world..back to the match...they have failed to display the skills that they possess and is showing signs of overdependence...all should learn to contribute...

  • on June 8, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    England were lucky in the matches completed as they got the favorable conditions. It is interesting to see how they will perform under unfavorable conditions against even a minor opposition like Bangladesh.What would have happened if Bangladesh batted first in the second test..... lol

  • on June 8, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Well Bangladeshis have improved but i don't think so that they are good enough to beat Zimbabwe..its time for ICC to decide that either Bangladesh TEST status should be taken or they give Zimbabwe their test status

  • athletic on June 8, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    @lodger67 i think u failed2notice that Shakib WAS given 7 for his bowling and 3 for his batting.its obvious Andrew averaged out the score.moreover,Shakib is the captain and being classed as the top 5 all-rounders,he shudv played with more responsibility n integrity.I think Andrew rated them based on their capabilities too.while I think jahurul deservd the 5,Junaid n Kayes shudv been given 7.Still a fair comparison between the players.@Zahidsaltin yeah i agree sum of the english players were overrated,esp Cook but the thing is-Bangladesh ratings r by Andrew"Miller" n English ratings r by Andrew"McGlashan"

  • on June 8, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Shahjahan from Bangladesh: I think day by day Bangladesh team improving in test matches because last few serieses they are performing tremendous with batting and bowling especially in spin bowling, but need more improvement of pace bowling, i think some of our spin bowling are going to more better within coming 1 year. But it is for stop criticizing to bangladesh test status. In running series (England) I think Bangladesh payed well because B'desh team not havituate in England condition because B'desh team playing most of maches in slow peace in upomohadesh.

  • athletic on June 8, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    whoa whoa!! wat is up with all u guys?!! first of all give ashraful a break! if u luk closely at the tests,his dismissals werent 4 him 2 b blamed.unlucky 2 b given out lbw and a superb bouncer 4m anderson which i reckon wudv gotten most batsmen.yea true he needs a break,rather a long 1,4m test n ODI and alok kapali shud b luked upon,but he shud b kept for t20.and secondly,as bangladeshis i think we shud appreciate andrew miller as he is the one who brings,wat i shud say,a fraction of the cricketing spotlight on bangladesh.thanks andrew.so u better rate urself @Zahidsaltin b4 doing others

  • Oldmanmartin on June 8, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    It is India's fault, not Bangladesh's, that they are a Test country at all. What is really disappointing is that while they have had talented, promising young cricketers for 10 years nobody seems to 'push on' beyond the age of 25. Razzak (27) was the only over-25 in these Tests. They didn't run England close, all they did was have perhaps 3 decent sessions, two down to Tamim. Nobody below 3 in the order averaged over 20 or managed a half-century.

    Until their top cricketers are given the opportunity to play first-class cricket abroad they're never going to 'make it'. Three Test wins in ten years, one against Zimbabwe and the others against what was, in effect, a Windies B team, is simply not good enough. . Looking at the Future Tours program they're not even going to get the opportunity to play Test cricket abroad until at least the '20s.

  • on June 8, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    How bad do you need to play to get 0, Ashraful made little contribution and still managed a 3? I would rather give him 1, he averaged 12 runs in four innings. Time to give somebody else a chance.

  • pollok911 on June 8, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    If people cant see that BD has improved in the last 1 year then they are just blind. England is a good team & BD ran them close at home & dont forget all the Asian teams used to get white-washed in seaming conditions till the late 90's. There will always be distractors like Saim Jafri who has no clue about globalization of the game. All I can say is if BD keeps improving the way they have then in another 5 yrs we should start winning consistently at home. It will still take a lot of time to start winning away on seaming conditions. Pls remember BD has been playing for 10 yrs not 100 yrs like everyone else.

  • on June 8, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    It's time to go back to the drawing board. The local league, pitches, format and everything in between needs to be scrutinized. The school and college lebel games should be organized. Standards have to be raised. We need to find way to bread new players. Other than Tamim, no one in this team should think his place in the team is solid. They all acted like they are a waste. Let them be.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on June 8, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    BCB should thrown ashraFool out of team. Jahirul also should dropped. Riyad may bat in no 4. No 5 should be Faysal ahmed Dikenc, he deserve another chance. In ODI, Alok kapali should kick AshraFOOL out.

  • demon_bowler on June 8, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Both Mahmadullah and Rahim should bat higher.

  • on June 7, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    I disagree with the criticsm to Ash, i personally think he deserved a little more than 3. I was at the final day of the Lords test and in the field he was clearly the loudest and most encouraging of all the Bangladeshi players. Secondly I feel he was playing a very tentative game and putting a far higher price on his wicket, which reduced his scoring. Admitedly it is the start of a long process for him and I believe he has shown signs of improvement. He is an experienced player in the side and if he can continue his recent development he will be very key to the team for years to come. On a separate note Shakib's performances with the bat were shocking and his fields far too defensive. If Bangladesh were too get anything out of the test series they needed their captain to show more discipline with the bat.

  • lodger67 on June 7, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    At Shakush Kc, I wouldn't say bias so much as glaringly inconsistent. Shafiul gets 7 for taking two wickets, whereas Shakib's 8 wkts earn him a score of 5; and while Kayes and Siddique get only 6 for very solid series, Jahurul Islam rates only 1 pt less with a 5 for his series avge of 17.75. Come on Andrew, were you really giving this a lot of thought? In past series, if a player has not had much impact due tolack of opportunity, you never want to mark them above 5, usually only 4 or 3. Shafiul got two wickets and that is all. Lots of promise from a very small contribution does not make him the second best Bangladesh player in the series. Talk about his promise all you like, but be consistent in ranking his overall contribution on merit with the rest of the players who gutsed it out over the whole series.

  • bumsonseats on June 7, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    maybe the guy who gave the markings took note that to be out lbw as cook was at Lords the ball has to hit the stumps and not go over the top by 15 cm. u guys made more email space during the home series, about decicions than u have in this

  • Zahidsaltin on June 7, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Cook faces Bangladesh bowling and scores 59 in 3 innings averaging 19,66 and scores 6. hahahahahahaha. Andrew I mark you a 3 for your marking.

  • on June 7, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Enough, Enough, Enough. This sould be the end of Bangla Test cricked. They have brought disrepute to the game of Test Cricket and their misery should end as they should be thrown out of test cricket. For heavens sake how many more chances do they want. Do these cricketers have any conscience, they are being humiliated for such a long time that they should give up cricket once for all. ICC, I beg you to have mercy on them and give them a good rest from Test Cricket.

  • Bang_La on June 7, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Very nice writeup Ellis! And what can I say to Fanatic_cracko? We have heard lots of barking from guys (or whatever) like you. The ICC adopted a policy long time back while Dalmia was the President, to spread cricket globally. The money matters were not brought in until Morgan became the president. He felt inferior to Indian management in amassing huge money! So, he thew the ICC policies of global cricket and get into mud to make more money only because that way he could get fat paycheques for him and his accomplices. Today he has fun houses, instead of cricket, all around the globe. It was reported that his family members use those houses or mansions. Now, in the issue of making money, a section of people started bashing upcoming teams like Bangladesh. Cricket is the least considered issue for ICC!

  • asadkum on June 7, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA...........

    Ashraful should be given 0....

  • Ellis on June 7, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Given his enormous talent and importance to the team, Ashraful deserves a big zero for his performance, or lack of it. As Nasser Hussain said, he is always looking for the " shot of the day", rather than the " innings of the match". A long spell in the wilderness is the appropriate medicine for him. He neither reads the game well, nor plays for the team. Overall, the Bangladeshi batsmen showed promise. However, a little more fire in the belly and steel in the spine would have seen them draw the Lord's Test. Instead, they will have to stomach the groanings and "analysis" of the naysayers for a while more. The cricketers need to understand their importance to their countrymen and women, and, the broader image of Bangladesh. A lovely people need some respite from the hard hand that fate often deals them. The talent is there, it is the will and commitment that is missing.

  • on June 7, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    It's about time we stopped putting the words 'unfulfilled potential' and 'class' anywhere near Ashraful. Unfulfilled potential were players like Zaheer Abbas and Chris Cairns, who nevertheless had wonderful careers yet surely could and should've achieved so much more. Ahsraful apart from one great innings every four or five years does basically nothing. Is that a sign or potential/class or just plain dumb lightning striking every once in a while? I'm sorry, but I'm sure I'm not the only Bangladeshi cricket enthusiast who's inclined to pick the latter after years of pinning our hopes and then ultimately be disappointed by this flash in the pan miserable sorry excuse for an 'international' batsman. And keeping on about his class and potential I believe is an insult to Tameem...a player of genuine quality and quite frankly, our first TRUE batsman or world class.

  • Fanatic_cricko on June 7, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    The idiots should not be given any ranking at all.........those never learned where to play what (means to say, when they are in test cricket, they play like ODI and in ODI play like test cricket), should be discarded from now on, even Tamim. I am sure he is needed to be taught what is called test cricket........and how to play in test....forget about the rest!!

  • lugujaga on June 7, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    what happen to alok kapali ? bangladesh should bring him back in the side. mohamed ashraful should be dropped he got too mch chances already .they should not have weaken their batting side for the extra bowler,because england still make over 400 runs and bangladesh still got a 2 to 1 loss.

  • on June 7, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Agreed, except on the part of Ashraful. Ash should not be on this team as a opening 11. His batting speaks for it self, please look at his numbers. He should be given nothing higher than a 1 for being present. there are other batsmen in BGD who are capable of doing better. Ash is out of excuses and Mr. Miller should clarify the rating of 3 that was given to him. Ash is no longer considered up and coming and should be considered one of the back bones of BGD batting which he is not. ASH OUTTA HERE!!

  • on June 7, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    good article, but at the same time I feel you've been a bit harsh of Kayes & Siddique. Also a good thing but you mustn't forget that Bangladesh is developing side.

  • Tigg on June 7, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    I'm a little concerned with Shakibs captaincy. He's overly defensive at times and seems to drift into just bowling himself. He takes a lot of wickets because he bowls so many more overs.

    I think a good long county stint under a good aggressive captain will do him good but he needs to trust his other bowlers, particularly Mahmudullah.

  • _Rafi_ on June 7, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    I wish you examined my uni paper:-). You have overly marked out Ash,Mushfiq, Robiul. You should have given 0 to them.

  • on June 7, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    AN Cook (Eng) matches 2, innings3, runs 59, highest score 29, average 19.66 Imrul Kayes (Ban) matches 2, innings4, runs163, highest score 75, average 40.75 Junaid Siddique (Ban) matches 2, innings4, runs139, highest score 74, average34.75

    These all end up with 6!! im amazed what has cook done to get 6 or why havent kayes and siddique got 7 :S

    why are the ratings so biased!!

  • Abaa on June 7, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    THREE for Ashraful??? Doesn't the point system give allowances for a ZERO??? Or even a special consideration since he is a rare case a negative number???

  • on June 7, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Imrul Kayes - 6?? u must be kidding!! 7 atleast for the chap!!

  • sallu123 on June 7, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    nice article andrew but you should have given ashraful 0

  • Bang_La on June 7, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Thank you Surgeon Miller for the post-mortem report. I am sure everyone would read it with interest. As a professional you analysed every body-parts and determined their usefulness but I wonder if there could be a summary report on the whole body! Of course I do not possess any professional knowledge of the above job but still I may question the usefulness of the Appendix of the body, Mohammed Ashraful. I see you have put some scores on that part which is questionably dormant and only comes into notice when infected and causes sever pain for the whole body. Nevertheless, thank you again, sir.

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  • Bang_La on June 7, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Thank you Surgeon Miller for the post-mortem report. I am sure everyone would read it with interest. As a professional you analysed every body-parts and determined their usefulness but I wonder if there could be a summary report on the whole body! Of course I do not possess any professional knowledge of the above job but still I may question the usefulness of the Appendix of the body, Mohammed Ashraful. I see you have put some scores on that part which is questionably dormant and only comes into notice when infected and causes sever pain for the whole body. Nevertheless, thank you again, sir.

  • sallu123 on June 7, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    nice article andrew but you should have given ashraful 0

  • on June 7, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Imrul Kayes - 6?? u must be kidding!! 7 atleast for the chap!!

  • Abaa on June 7, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    THREE for Ashraful??? Doesn't the point system give allowances for a ZERO??? Or even a special consideration since he is a rare case a negative number???

  • on June 7, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    AN Cook (Eng) matches 2, innings3, runs 59, highest score 29, average 19.66 Imrul Kayes (Ban) matches 2, innings4, runs163, highest score 75, average 40.75 Junaid Siddique (Ban) matches 2, innings4, runs139, highest score 74, average34.75

    These all end up with 6!! im amazed what has cook done to get 6 or why havent kayes and siddique got 7 :S

    why are the ratings so biased!!

  • _Rafi_ on June 7, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    I wish you examined my uni paper:-). You have overly marked out Ash,Mushfiq, Robiul. You should have given 0 to them.

  • Tigg on June 7, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    I'm a little concerned with Shakibs captaincy. He's overly defensive at times and seems to drift into just bowling himself. He takes a lot of wickets because he bowls so many more overs.

    I think a good long county stint under a good aggressive captain will do him good but he needs to trust his other bowlers, particularly Mahmudullah.

  • on June 7, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    good article, but at the same time I feel you've been a bit harsh of Kayes & Siddique. Also a good thing but you mustn't forget that Bangladesh is developing side.

  • on June 7, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Agreed, except on the part of Ashraful. Ash should not be on this team as a opening 11. His batting speaks for it self, please look at his numbers. He should be given nothing higher than a 1 for being present. there are other batsmen in BGD who are capable of doing better. Ash is out of excuses and Mr. Miller should clarify the rating of 3 that was given to him. Ash is no longer considered up and coming and should be considered one of the back bones of BGD batting which he is not. ASH OUTTA HERE!!

  • lugujaga on June 7, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    what happen to alok kapali ? bangladesh should bring him back in the side. mohamed ashraful should be dropped he got too mch chances already .they should not have weaken their batting side for the extra bowler,because england still make over 400 runs and bangladesh still got a 2 to 1 loss.