Bangladesh tour of England 2010 June 11, 2010

Need consistency in team selection - Shakib

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has called for consistency in team selection to bring stability to the side and allow the players to develop. He drew comparisons with Zimbabwe, who have stuck with the same group of players over the last few years and recently notched up wins over India and Sri Lanka in the ODI tri-series at home.

"We have been a young side for the last ten years," Shakib told reporters in Dhaka following his team's return from the tour of England. "The players have not been given a chance to settle down. You should take a look at Zimbabwe, how they are getting results having persisted with one set of players for the past 4-5 years."

Bangladesh were beaten 2-0 in the Test series against England, with the low point being the batting debacle in Manchester where they were bowled out in a single session to lose the second Test by an innings. While acknowledging the team's fragility in batting, Shakib referred to problems with the bowling as well.

"Everyone knows that we did well in the first Test but not the second game," he said. "Not just avoid the follow-on, we were in a position to score big in the first innings but we failed. The bowling wasn't too good in the series either," he said.

The team's lone success in the series was Tamim Iqbal, who scored two stunning centuries. He, too, was critical of the rest of the team's performance. "From my point of view it was a good series. Two centuries and a half-century in English conditions is not a simple task but as far as the team is concerned, it wasn't such a good series.

"It is quite sad that the middle and lower order didn't perform and this became our problem (in England), making our performance in the two Tests inconsistent."

As for his animated celebrations after scoring a century at Lord's, Tamim confirmed he was signalling Pete, the dressing-room attendant, to put his name up on the honour's board. "Ever since bhaiya (Nafees Iqbal) told me that there is an honour's board in Lord's where the centurion's name is etched forever, I wanted to score there."

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  • agam99 on June 17, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    I guess now people have got the difference between Gambhir and Iqbal..lolz

  • agam99 on June 16, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    @ Fazlu25.BD

    India fear of a team like Bangladesh..Dream on mate :P

  • plmx on June 15, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    @Atique Khan….Your comments on Ashraful is just plain wrong. Ashraful may have contributed to a couple of wins over the last ten years or so but he sure was responsible for dozens of humiliating losses that Bangladesh has suffered. He alone epitomises the most damning of criticisms directed at Bangladesh - that of lacking the temperament for achieving success! Ashraful, like many a failed street cricketer, has talent but lacks the intelligence and education to convert it into something useful. It is only in places like Bangladesh where nepotism and cronyism permeates everything that people like Ashraful continue to thrive!

  • Fazlu25.BD on June 15, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Since 2000 till now how many Test match Bangladesh played in Indian soil? Did they give chance to play? Why? They always think us as a competitor either is sports or regional matter. I think they fear us that's why they want to keep us under pressure. We don't care. We will go all the way. We will take place on the top like Shakib or Tamim or some other players. Nobody can stop us coz we are not arrogances or revengeful nation like Indians.

  • Fazlu25.BD on June 14, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    No-1. I don't understand why Indians are always behind Bangladesh? What Bangladesh does? Political, border, river, water or sports they want to suck us but why? What they want from us….our land? From 1971 they are trying to take us in their hand. Do they want to make us one of their state? Do they want ruling us? Since 2000 Bangladesh is playing Test cricket. How did Bangladesh get Test status? Of course by playing and showing their ability. Since that time till now ICC also not questioning how much the people of Indians are questioning about our Test status. Where they should help us to improve as an old Test nation but they are doing opposite.

  • BDtest on June 14, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    shakib had a good point in sticking with same players but his examples wasnt good because zimbabwe hasnt done that well with their player. I tamim is not as good is gambhir YET, but he has to be great as sewag and gambhir.

  • iasohel on June 13, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    tamim is not a gr8 player like gamvir. But he is like saeed anwar. People should not compare Tamim with Gamvir. He is a indian player. Money.....money...lol.

  • agam99 on June 13, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    @nahazzzz ...Ohhhkkk thats why ur world's greatest opener averages 23 in Australia , 18 in South Africa , 22 in Sri Lanka and 36 in NZ....whereas Gambhir , the flat track bully averages 50 in Australia , 38 in South Africa, 40 in Sri Lanka and 58 in NZ.....lolz...got it now....I m not intending to say anything bad about Tamin but comparing him with the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir is illogical...First ask ur team to be consistent and win at least 1 bilateral series against any top team...then do the comparison of players

  • gmaurup on June 13, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Bangladesh selectors are the most whimsical of all. They capped some 60 odd players in the last 10 years. They are carried away by recent performances and put young lads in the team, and throws them away just after a couple or more lackluster performances. They debuted a new quick bowler (robiul) at lords because he was performing good in side matches, not because the person on the spot (shafiul) bowled bad in the previous serieses. I wont be surprized if robiul do never get another test match in his life. I can remember at least 5 pacemen who are in early 20s and do not expect to get another call in life after performing bad in the only one or two matches they got. Players like MEK Hussey and Adam Gilchrist had to wait untill late twenties because the player in the team in their positions were doing good. If an opener/top order scores a lot of runs in domestic, and openning slot is not open for a change, selectors push him as number eight batsman and part time spinner (nayeem islam)!

  • on June 13, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    MIKE FROM NOAKHALI SAKIB IS RIGHT IN MANY WAYS REGULAR DEBUTANTS AND CHANGING WRONG POSITIONS LOWERED US A LOT EVEN MORE THAN ZIMBAWE ON TOP OF THAT THIS YEAR WE DID NOT PLAY NCL ONE DAY ON OTHER SIDE WE DON"T HAVE ANY QUALITY PACERS ONLY THING WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE THIS ORGANISE A THIRTY FIVE OVER GAME PER SIDE WILLBE CAPTAINED BY FAST BOWLERS OF OWN DISTRICT NO AUCTION SHOULD BE PUT ON BECAUSE THIS WILL BE A BIGG DISCORUAGEMENT WE WANT TO SEE PACERS WHO WILL REFLECT THEIR DISTRICT MY BAN XI LIST TAMIM IMRUL JUNAID ASHRAFUL MAHMUDUL NAEEM MUSHFIQ SAKIB MASHRAFEE RASEL RUBEL

  • agam99 on June 17, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    I guess now people have got the difference between Gambhir and Iqbal..lolz

  • agam99 on June 16, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    @ Fazlu25.BD

    India fear of a team like Bangladesh..Dream on mate :P

  • plmx on June 15, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    @Atique Khan….Your comments on Ashraful is just plain wrong. Ashraful may have contributed to a couple of wins over the last ten years or so but he sure was responsible for dozens of humiliating losses that Bangladesh has suffered. He alone epitomises the most damning of criticisms directed at Bangladesh - that of lacking the temperament for achieving success! Ashraful, like many a failed street cricketer, has talent but lacks the intelligence and education to convert it into something useful. It is only in places like Bangladesh where nepotism and cronyism permeates everything that people like Ashraful continue to thrive!

  • Fazlu25.BD on June 15, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Since 2000 till now how many Test match Bangladesh played in Indian soil? Did they give chance to play? Why? They always think us as a competitor either is sports or regional matter. I think they fear us that's why they want to keep us under pressure. We don't care. We will go all the way. We will take place on the top like Shakib or Tamim or some other players. Nobody can stop us coz we are not arrogances or revengeful nation like Indians.

  • Fazlu25.BD on June 14, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    No-1. I don't understand why Indians are always behind Bangladesh? What Bangladesh does? Political, border, river, water or sports they want to suck us but why? What they want from us….our land? From 1971 they are trying to take us in their hand. Do they want to make us one of their state? Do they want ruling us? Since 2000 Bangladesh is playing Test cricket. How did Bangladesh get Test status? Of course by playing and showing their ability. Since that time till now ICC also not questioning how much the people of Indians are questioning about our Test status. Where they should help us to improve as an old Test nation but they are doing opposite.

  • BDtest on June 14, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    shakib had a good point in sticking with same players but his examples wasnt good because zimbabwe hasnt done that well with their player. I tamim is not as good is gambhir YET, but he has to be great as sewag and gambhir.

  • iasohel on June 13, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    tamim is not a gr8 player like gamvir. But he is like saeed anwar. People should not compare Tamim with Gamvir. He is a indian player. Money.....money...lol.

  • agam99 on June 13, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    @nahazzzz ...Ohhhkkk thats why ur world's greatest opener averages 23 in Australia , 18 in South Africa , 22 in Sri Lanka and 36 in NZ....whereas Gambhir , the flat track bully averages 50 in Australia , 38 in South Africa, 40 in Sri Lanka and 58 in NZ.....lolz...got it now....I m not intending to say anything bad about Tamin but comparing him with the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir is illogical...First ask ur team to be consistent and win at least 1 bilateral series against any top team...then do the comparison of players

  • gmaurup on June 13, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Bangladesh selectors are the most whimsical of all. They capped some 60 odd players in the last 10 years. They are carried away by recent performances and put young lads in the team, and throws them away just after a couple or more lackluster performances. They debuted a new quick bowler (robiul) at lords because he was performing good in side matches, not because the person on the spot (shafiul) bowled bad in the previous serieses. I wont be surprized if robiul do never get another test match in his life. I can remember at least 5 pacemen who are in early 20s and do not expect to get another call in life after performing bad in the only one or two matches they got. Players like MEK Hussey and Adam Gilchrist had to wait untill late twenties because the player in the team in their positions were doing good. If an opener/top order scores a lot of runs in domestic, and openning slot is not open for a change, selectors push him as number eight batsman and part time spinner (nayeem islam)!

  • on June 13, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    MIKE FROM NOAKHALI SAKIB IS RIGHT IN MANY WAYS REGULAR DEBUTANTS AND CHANGING WRONG POSITIONS LOWERED US A LOT EVEN MORE THAN ZIMBAWE ON TOP OF THAT THIS YEAR WE DID NOT PLAY NCL ONE DAY ON OTHER SIDE WE DON"T HAVE ANY QUALITY PACERS ONLY THING WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE THIS ORGANISE A THIRTY FIVE OVER GAME PER SIDE WILLBE CAPTAINED BY FAST BOWLERS OF OWN DISTRICT NO AUCTION SHOULD BE PUT ON BECAUSE THIS WILL BE A BIGG DISCORUAGEMENT WE WANT TO SEE PACERS WHO WILL REFLECT THEIR DISTRICT MY BAN XI LIST TAMIM IMRUL JUNAID ASHRAFUL MAHMUDUL NAEEM MUSHFIQ SAKIB MASHRAFEE RASEL RUBEL

  • nataraajds on June 13, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    it's great to watch Tamim batting, we saw his quick fire hundred against india too. he seems to be coming good and consistant,, good luck , but don't compare him with Gamhir, he is a class player proved himself in all formats of the game till now

  • on June 13, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Most of the time we get frustrated to see how ash gets out. Whatever we say re ash but the truth is we need him to beat superpowers. He has the ability more than anybody in the present team. Let other win some big match & show. Only shakib won one against srilanka. Tamim performing well but let him win matches against big teams.Till that time we need ash & hope he plays well. Another truth about ash is when he plays well any strong bowling attack also looks ordinary. Keeping jahurul for tests should have kept aftab for some more matches, he is another talent we have.

  • nahazzzz on June 13, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    @agam99: u r right. Ridiculous! Tamim is way ahead of Gambhir when there's no flat tracks. Gambhir is a flat-track bully. Which is why he couldn't manage anything in the last T20 WC. Tamim knows how to play in all conditions. He only needs to show more patience in important match situations, but he can go near or past greats like Saeed Anwer. Tamim's technique is more classical than Sehwag but I still respect Sehwag more as a player for now......back to topic, and I hope we keep almost the same squad from now till the World Cup 2011. Chopping and changing doesn't work too well in cricket.

  • on June 12, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    there's nothing wrong with ash,let him stay and get experienced look at other tems they leave players for years to get confident,the whole team is a young team and ash is only 25,there's been too many experiment & changes all the time in the side.i think people should understand the defference between test and odi and shouldn't expect big shots and success overnight.bd played very well in the 1st test no doubt n in 2nd test until 1st inns 138.bd should think what they,ve gained is everything lost nothing.i watched the test in lords ,english people really enjoyed bd n they believe bd can be very good team.

  • on June 12, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    @agam99 Tamim is da world class player don't forget it

    @sakib al hasan ur ryt but we should see some chane in diff kind of game

    like test match our top order did well

    so we need to find some middel order

    in ODI n T20 we should have some big hitter

    LIKE ALOCK IN T20 N AFTAB IN T20+ODI n MR modon asraful should be rest 4m da team nxt few yrs

    if bord need to use more spinner in test natch they shoud take Enamul rather then razzak

    razzak only should take in ODI and T20 NOT IN TEST

  • on June 12, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Ash is the one reason at this time that the selectors have failed! Ash has had way too many chances to be considered on a starting 11 on this team. Where is Kapila, hang on to Jahurul Islam he will pay back divedends to the selection committee. Do the selectors ever read Cricinfo articles!!! I guess they dont own a labtop.

  • on June 12, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    @ agam99

    I rememba em Bangladesh supprtrs syn tht Tamim wud b d nxt playa 2 score an ODI 200 a day or 2 aftr Sachin dd t 4 lik d 1st time eva ... Hwzzat 4 comparison??? Tamim Iqbal and Sachin Tendulkar (((:

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on June 12, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Jahurul should wait for test selection, Faysal hossain's experience is valuable in test. We must stick with our player.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on June 12, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Yah.we need Alok Kapali now. He must be much more better than Stupid Ashraful.

  • on June 12, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    M. Shahjahan from Dhaka: I agreed with Sakil Al Hasan about consistancy of Bangladesh selectors and BCS because any new players need some times to setup concentration in int'l cricket. Last few years I seen if any players cannot perform one or more maches they are going to at dusbin, I think it have to need given some times to set and develop his skilled and speed for contribution of country.Also I think Bangladesh domestic cricket need more expand around in District and Upazila level not in Dhaka Based otherwise in future Bangladesh players could not come out of good players and it will be suffer our cricket board because we are playing in test crikcet.

  • on June 12, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    @ Shakib- al - Hasan : it is very easy to find other's fault............

    the main problem i see in the domestic structures , the problems are :

    1) in district level team selection is sometimes biased... i have seen good dedicated players not making the 1st eleven of remote teams, it is important bcoz making the 1st eleven in a remote district team is a must to come in the view.......

    2) in every test match that we play in our country , u , the players ask the pitch maker/ curator to make such a pitch where no bounce, no spin will be available and the ball will rise in average upto the knee level...........where the boring match can be extended upto 5 days and u can claim progress...

    3) Bangladesh team have not yet got master batsman till now.... we have found test centurions like habibul basar, tamim, and u ( shakib ) ...... but they have the similar quality .. they r hitters, good hitters....... if any day the bat hits the ball properly then on this very day we get close to that

  • agam99 on June 12, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Its hilarious when people here compare players like Tamim with like of Gambhir...U gotta be kidding me..How come Tamim is even close to Gambhir....the guy who has scored 150+ twice in ODI and who averages around 55 in Test...Ho come Tamim is even closer to him....Be it in quality of play and ability....compare Tamim with like of Salman Butt or any other

    As far as Sehwag goes , no opener can even be even close to what Sehwag has achieved and what he is capable of

  • Bang_La on June 12, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    I entirely agree with Wahid and S.N.Singh. The nucleus is in the form really and a middle order strengthening with Alok Kapali, Nafis Iqbal, Shareer Nafis they can stand up well. But Bangladesh have bigger problem in coaching. A coach doesnt play, right, but he uses his experience and COMMITMENT to remove weaknses from the players so they improve. In my opinion, Jamie Siddons lacks both. He talks as someone out from the team and clearly shows lack of commitment (eg; wishing to catch the next plane to go home when Bangladesh were struggling at Old Trafford). I personally have not seen any input from him that improved batsmen in applying themselves on the knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses. Alas, spoken-English-challenged and white fearing BCB can not tackle him.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on June 12, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Shakib's right, we should stick to our current team 11 for a long time and only then our team can be more experienced and do well. I just hope pathetic selections like Robiul never happens again.

  • on June 11, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    One of the many things I like about Sakib is his intention and ability to call a spade a spade.Another good observation on team selection. I sincerely believe Bangladesh have found the nucleus of the team for the next 5-6 years. Tamim, Junaid,Sakib,Mahmud,Mushfiq are automatic selections.Imrul and Shafiul should be around also.A fit again Masrafee is an automatic choice. 'blow hot blow cold' Shahadat deserve a little more faith of the selectors.That leaves BD with a spot in the middle order and another bowler's spot.Jahurul,Raquibul,Ashraful(!),Nafis and Kapali should vie for that one spot.After his exploits in WI Enamul should have been the choice if BD opt for 3 spinners.Razzak(a good ODI bowler) bowls too many bad balls to keep the pressure on the opposition.Rubel and Naeem deserve to be in the squad.Only consistent failure of one or more of these players should pave the way for new player's.With a consistent team selection policy BD can be a better team than many can anticipate.

  • sanin on June 11, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Ashraful buried his talent by changing his style of playing, he should have stopped himself from going for stupid shots all of a sudden rather than changing his style.

  • on June 11, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    this is just an excuse to bring politics in Bangladesh cricket team., I think shakib as a captain thinks more then himself then Bangladesh., I don't support him as a captain.

  • S.N.Singh on June 11, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    TAMIM HAS TO PLAY MORE AND TO BE AS CONSISTANT TO BE IN THE BIG NAME. HE IS DOING VERY WELL. HE LOOKS LIKE A LEFT HANDER ROHAN KANHAI. WITH BANGLADESH TEAM I AGREE THEY HAVE A YOUNG TEAM AND ARE DOING WELL. WHAT THE NEED IS GOOD MANAGEMENT, TO KEEP THEM FIT. THE ARE LEARNING AND WILL LEARN MORE AS THEY GO ALONG. I THINK THEY NEED GOOD COACHING OF THE FIELD AND NOT ON THE FIELD. FOR THE COACH TO DIRECT THE HOW TO BOWL AND BAT IN A FIVE DAY MATCH IS NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO. LET THE CAPTAIN DO THAT AS HE SEES IT FIT AND LET THE SELECTORS GIVE HIM THE RIGHT TEAM. I DO NOT THINK A COACH SHOULD BE IN THE SELECTION COMMMITTEE. HE WILL TRY TO SELECT WHOM HE WANT. S. N.SINGH USA

  • cricketcrazyyy on June 11, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I think Ashraful is a fool cricekter, who dont know how to apply himself in different conditions although he has played more than 50 tests and 100 ODI's. He has talent but he cant use it. He should be kept out of the team. Tamim Iqbal is probably the best talented young cricketer of world at this momoen.

  • asadkum on June 11, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.....

    Tamim is a good batsman.. good opener!!! No doubt about it .......... But we can not bring him in the level of Sehwag and Dilshan... Actually Tamim needs some more time.... to play long long innings.....like, to convert 100 to 150 and then 150 to 200 etc....A bit maturity.... We know he can make it ...Good Luck !!!!!! Yeah, I do agree with Sakib's comments........

  • on June 11, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Check who opened for Asia last T20 match

  • The_Observer on June 11, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    I don't think Shakib drew a right comparison here. Zimabwe still lost to Bangladesh 8-2 in their last 10 encounters with the same group of players over the last 12 months. Persisting with players like Ashraful who is failing to deliver consistently for the last 10 years is not the answer. Better players will eventually find their place in the national team like Tamim took the opening position of Javed Omar in 2007 world cup and delivered consistently since then. What BCB need is to overhaul domestic cricket and scout talenths from 150 million cricket mad population. They must establish the long chrished National Academy and run it properly to nurture those talents and make them ready for international cricket.

  • on June 11, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I agree with "ToMegaTherion1986"; the problem is the domestic structure. The pitches in BD are also of grave concerns, they are ALWAYS slow and low and catered to batsmen. Hard fast grassy pitch will not only get the batcmen used to good quality bowling but also give the bowlers a chance to develop their skills and gain self-belief. Sending some domestic teams to tour other countries, or inviting other doemstic teams to play in BD regularly would also give the upcoming players the exposure them so desperately need.

  • on June 11, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    I agree with GemsBond, its Absolutely Tamim and Sehwag for Asia. @Tharindu: ofcourse Dilshan will be in the Asia team but not as opener. moreover look up the stats dude, and then talk, Tamim did not do well in only 1 series or so, he's constanly doing well over 2-3 years now, and thats class. and obviously he's over Gambhir. Btw dude if u dnt remember too well it was Sehwag and Tamim who opened for Team Asia last time they played Africa, and will do so in the near future if a Asian team is made up again.

  • nmdasaya on June 11, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    i don't agree with talent factor . talent is not having full range of shots it is doing it consistently. there first class averages are very low.ballers strike rate are sky high. they have to improve a lot.so if they start now developing at ground level they will be good by 5-6 years!!

  • King-ofAll-Kings on June 11, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Tamim has averaged near 60 for about a year.

  • on June 11, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    @GemsBond - Sehwag and Tamim? You got to be kidding mate. Scoring heavily in one or two series doesnt mean that he's a maestro. Sehwag and Dilshan are the two best openers Asia have in Tests and ODI's. Tamim is even behind Gambir.

  • ToMegaTherion1986 on June 11, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Zimbabwe has had cricket established as one of their national sports for over 30 years, with well established infrastructure, and with the current overhauls make Zimbabwe domestically well structured to move forward. There is sufficient coaching and scouting in the country at domestic level with the new infrastructure to develop their players to a sufficient level before thrusting their youth into the national team. Bangladesh has a problem at domestic level more so than national level. Players with talent make the test team and take 10-20 test to come to terms with the quality of cricket. Ability is not the question, but commitment of the players, and a need to improve domestic cricket infrastructure. This is what Zimababwe has right at the moment as what is working so strongly for them. Bangladesh team consisting of Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mortaza, Rahim, Muhmadullah, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Is a solid team, but Ashraful and Aftab have show they do not have what it takes.

  • GemsBond on June 11, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Tamim deserve to be named in that honour board...well done lad. If i am asked to slect two openers for Asia they will be Tamim and Sehwag.

  • sanin on June 11, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Since the domestic structure of Bd cricket is impossible to improve over night, BCB can fix more number of 4day matches with England & Australia A teams. This will definitely improve BD teams performances. If they can beat England & Australia's A Teams then probably they will manage a draw against Top Test Nations.

  • MENDIS_Forever on June 11, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Bangladesh must believe in their talent first.Look at their team...It's full of talent.players like shakib ,tamim,rahim are very talented guys.Ashraful is an experienced batsman.But THEY DONT HAVE THE SELF BELIEF! You all must take SRILANKA for an example,and work together to achieve a common target.start your campaign in the ASIA CUP.wish u good luck!!! (MENDIS_FOREVER from Colombo-Srilanka)

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  • MENDIS_Forever on June 11, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Bangladesh must believe in their talent first.Look at their team...It's full of talent.players like shakib ,tamim,rahim are very talented guys.Ashraful is an experienced batsman.But THEY DONT HAVE THE SELF BELIEF! You all must take SRILANKA for an example,and work together to achieve a common target.start your campaign in the ASIA CUP.wish u good luck!!! (MENDIS_FOREVER from Colombo-Srilanka)

  • sanin on June 11, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Since the domestic structure of Bd cricket is impossible to improve over night, BCB can fix more number of 4day matches with England & Australia A teams. This will definitely improve BD teams performances. If they can beat England & Australia's A Teams then probably they will manage a draw against Top Test Nations.

  • GemsBond on June 11, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Tamim deserve to be named in that honour board...well done lad. If i am asked to slect two openers for Asia they will be Tamim and Sehwag.

  • ToMegaTherion1986 on June 11, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Zimbabwe has had cricket established as one of their national sports for over 30 years, with well established infrastructure, and with the current overhauls make Zimbabwe domestically well structured to move forward. There is sufficient coaching and scouting in the country at domestic level with the new infrastructure to develop their players to a sufficient level before thrusting their youth into the national team. Bangladesh has a problem at domestic level more so than national level. Players with talent make the test team and take 10-20 test to come to terms with the quality of cricket. Ability is not the question, but commitment of the players, and a need to improve domestic cricket infrastructure. This is what Zimababwe has right at the moment as what is working so strongly for them. Bangladesh team consisting of Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mortaza, Rahim, Muhmadullah, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Is a solid team, but Ashraful and Aftab have show they do not have what it takes.

  • on June 11, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    @GemsBond - Sehwag and Tamim? You got to be kidding mate. Scoring heavily in one or two series doesnt mean that he's a maestro. Sehwag and Dilshan are the two best openers Asia have in Tests and ODI's. Tamim is even behind Gambir.

  • King-ofAll-Kings on June 11, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Tamim has averaged near 60 for about a year.

  • nmdasaya on June 11, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    i don't agree with talent factor . talent is not having full range of shots it is doing it consistently. there first class averages are very low.ballers strike rate are sky high. they have to improve a lot.so if they start now developing at ground level they will be good by 5-6 years!!

  • on June 11, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    I agree with GemsBond, its Absolutely Tamim and Sehwag for Asia. @Tharindu: ofcourse Dilshan will be in the Asia team but not as opener. moreover look up the stats dude, and then talk, Tamim did not do well in only 1 series or so, he's constanly doing well over 2-3 years now, and thats class. and obviously he's over Gambhir. Btw dude if u dnt remember too well it was Sehwag and Tamim who opened for Team Asia last time they played Africa, and will do so in the near future if a Asian team is made up again.

  • on June 11, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I agree with "ToMegaTherion1986"; the problem is the domestic structure. The pitches in BD are also of grave concerns, they are ALWAYS slow and low and catered to batsmen. Hard fast grassy pitch will not only get the batcmen used to good quality bowling but also give the bowlers a chance to develop their skills and gain self-belief. Sending some domestic teams to tour other countries, or inviting other doemstic teams to play in BD regularly would also give the upcoming players the exposure them so desperately need.

  • The_Observer on June 11, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    I don't think Shakib drew a right comparison here. Zimabwe still lost to Bangladesh 8-2 in their last 10 encounters with the same group of players over the last 12 months. Persisting with players like Ashraful who is failing to deliver consistently for the last 10 years is not the answer. Better players will eventually find their place in the national team like Tamim took the opening position of Javed Omar in 2007 world cup and delivered consistently since then. What BCB need is to overhaul domestic cricket and scout talenths from 150 million cricket mad population. They must establish the long chrished National Academy and run it properly to nurture those talents and make them ready for international cricket.