Australia v Bangladesh, U-19 World Cup quarter-final August 18, 2012

Bangladesh capable of beating any team - Anamul

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That Bangladesh have made it through to the quarterfinals of the Under-19 World Cup by finishing second in Group D may surprise most people, but it hasn't surprised them. They are a competitive team at this level and neither the captain Anamul Haque nor coach Sarwar Imran considered beating Sri Lanka to book their places in Townsville, where they will face Australia on Sunday, to be an upset.

"We are a capable Under-19 team," said Anamul after arriving in Townsville on Friday afternoon. "At Under-19 level, we aren't very different from other teams. We're equal. We beat Sri Lanka, it's not a big deal. We are capable of beating any other team."

Bangladesh were pooled in perhaps the toughest group of the tournament along with South Africa, Sri Lanka and Namibia. They played four warm-up matches in the lead-up to the group games and had positive results. Led by Anamul's century, Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in the first group match but lost comprehensively to South Africa. They then swept past Namibia to book their tickets out of Brisbane and relegated Sri Lanka to the Plate Championship.

They've got to Townsville by overcoming ongoing challenges both on and off the field. It hasn't been uncommon to see players carrying bags of groceries to their rooms during this tournament and that's largely due to the difficulty they've had in eating the unfamiliar breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast. For all but one - Noor Hossain - of the Bangladesh players, this is their first trip to Australia and they took a while to adjust to the cold weather in Brisbane, the food, having to cook meals and do their own laundry. These may sound like menial concerns but every bit of discomfort is accentuated when you're in the environment of a global tournament for the first time. Some of them still haven't adjusted entirely, said the coach Imran, but they're getting there.

The higher hurdle has been the cricket and to their credit the Bangladesh players haven't let their off-field issues affect their performances too much. They knew the conditions in Brisbane, a world away from those in Mirpur, Chittagong and Fatullah, would demand that they adapt techniques and approaches.

"I'm happy we've reached the quarterfinal. The wickets we've played on, it hasn't suited us," Imran said. "The bounce is more in Brisbane; we don't have the kind of pace bowlers [to exploit it]. We aren't as good as the others as a pace bowling team. Some of the pitches had no turn, it was easy to go on the back foot even to good length balls [against spinners]. Here [Townsville] it is hot, and that might help us."

The Bangladesh batsmen were instructed too, to temper the approach they use at home. "On a subcontinent wicket, we go for power play in the first 15 overs, but in this tournament I said you play 50 overs," Imran said. "We told them to leave the ball early, when it is swinging. You keep wickets in hand as much as possible and go for it in the last ten overs. They did that against Sri Lanka."

Apart from the game against South Africa, a couple of top-order batsmen have performed. Anamul made a hundred against Sri Lanka, while Asif Ahmed scored a half-century, and the opener Liton Das made 70 against Namibia. Imran said Anamul, Das and Soumya Sarkar, who made a double-century against Qatar in the Asia Cup, could play the short ball well. But Sarkar, in his opinion, has a penchant for playing one shot too many, and hasn't performed in the group stages.

Anamul holds his team to high standards. According to him, Bangladesh were better than they had been. "Not too happy with batting, two or three batsman are scoring, but not everyone," he said. "I'm not fully happy with spinners, they try hard but are not yet up to the mark. Everyone can improve."

Against Australia, however, the responsibility of steering Bangladesh to a competitive total, or controlling a chase, will rest largely on Anamul. He is their most experienced batsman, having been part of the senior team during the Asia Cup and the tour of Zimbabwe, although he did not play. He's also had the experience of playing international bowlers in the Bangladesh Premier League, where he plays for Dhaka Gladiators.

"I am very positive, I go for big runs, I like to play long innings," Anamul says when asked how he approaches his innings. "I'm very confident and have a strong mind."

Stuart Law, who coached Bangladesh before taking up his present role with Australia's Under-19 side, knows Anamul and said he'd been one of his favourite players. "He's wonderfully talented, he made a big impression during the Bangladesh Premier League last year," Law said. "He's one to watch. He got a hundred in the first game against Sri Lanka, so he's definitely a player of class."

That compliment, however, will mean Australia's bowlers - and there are four fast ones - will go hard at Anamul, looking to strike the body blow early in the contest. Bangladesh have had one day to come to terms with Townsville, while Australia played all their group matches here, as well as a quadrangular series in April. If Bangladesh should get past Australia, it will most certainly be an upset.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 21, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @ TO SOME INDIAN FANS ( NOT ALL) : Stop commenting foolishly. Just oil in your own machine. How u forget, u were all out against the non test playing country PNG, all out in only 167 against W indies, even u lost 9 wickets & very luckily got over Pakistan just to score only 135 runs. Whereas Bangladesh has to face the strong pace attacks in bouncy pitches against the top teams like South Africa, Australia, England, Sri Lanka and BD fought strongly against all these strong teams, except South Africa, moreover had beaten the strong Sri Lanka! And the batting performance of BD is better than all other South Asian teams, just check the scores. What else would u expect from BD being the bottom ranked team? Im happy that BD is maintaining the fighting even they are loosing and hope that they will develop 2/3 finishers in both batting & bowling, then they will be in the top very soon. So u the haters of BD cricket, try to come into the sporting spirit and its a game of cricket, guys!

  • Deadwood on August 21, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    I guess you need bought luck and the ability to win the world cup. Bought are important like South Africa they are one of the best teams of the world in my opinion the best in 2011, they had chance of winning in bought 2007 and 2011 but they failed to get to the finals, also in this u-19 world cup they had to face the best team of tournament in the semis so i think luck is important but you need the ability to. @dicky_boy, Bd is better than Kenya just because they went in the semi-finals in 2003 does not mean they are better than us they are not even full members of icc. And I don't get why you are after us, India is a far better team than we are and had a great chance of winning the wc in 2011. (I don't know how cricket was in 1983).

  • Empire-Of-Cricket on August 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    And one more point...its really waste that criticizing India's 1983 WC triumph...as it was dully made the change in cricket world as WI lost their prime honor as top cricket nation and OZ took the position until India wins WC again to stop the dominant's ship. Meanwhile there were lots up-&-down but still India have managed to shows their ability to keep the top spot.

  • Empire-Of-Cricket on August 21, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    India never hesitate to play against the associates. The reason is being World Champions, India always looking forward for some fights with the opponents like SA, OZ, SL, ENG and ever green PAK for win doesn't matter win or lose its all about the spirit of game...

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 21, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    @dicki_boy - I've read your views and its clear you're trying desperately hard to find a way to cover your loss against Bangladesh but just face it that India were over confident and took Bangladesh lightly. You're right Sachin who by the way is one of my favourite batsman strike rate was low but it wouldn't have made any difference because as soon as he got that 100 he then started going aggressively and because of that got out so India would've still struggled to gain those extra runs. Besides, when Kohli faced his first delivery in that match, it was plum LBW but because it wasn't given out, he made a 50 but you don't see us complaining about that so quit with this nonsense. Also use up the whole comment section instead of parts because it doesn't make you look good. The fact is India have been playing Cricket for almost a 100 years and still not a dominant side with all that resources and people :D

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 21, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Bangladesh have improved no doubt about that but still have a lot of work to do. The major problem with them is that they do not play enough games annually.

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @rocketman , luck is possible only to get to quarters and super six stage as you just need a win against a top nation, I guess like in 2007 wc both ireland and ban , but after that you have to beat 3 of the best teams in the world to win the wc in three high pressure elimination games., I guess you consider getting to the super six stage as a world cup win, well then I guess yeah a fluke is possible in a world cup :) Cric info please publish

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @rocketman , fluke is possible only to get to quarters and super six stage as you just need a win against a top nation, I guess like in 2007 wc both ireland and ban , but after that you have to beat 3 of the best teams in the world to win the wc in three elimination games ,, I guess you consider getting to the super six stage as a world cup win, well then I guess yeah a fluke is possible in a world cup :) Crib info please publish

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Well as far as 2011 wc goes,.We beat SA2-1,AUS 1-0, ENG5-0 and 5-1, NZ 5-0, srilanka 5-1, WI and also every other team in 3 years before the wc . Also we won CB series In Australia . Bangladesh is never considered for that last tourney I wonder why :), even more no Asian team plays a full series with Bangladesh , I wonder why :)

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Kenya I guess is a better team than bd, cause they at least made it to the semis, even though newzealand gave a bye , well as far as 2011 wc goes,.We beat SA2-1,AUS 1-0, ENG5-0 and 5-1, NZ 5-0, srilanka 5-1, WI and also every other team in 3 years before the wc . Also we won CB series In Australia . Bangladesh is never considered for that last tourney I wonder why

  • on August 21, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @ TO SOME INDIAN FANS ( NOT ALL) : Stop commenting foolishly. Just oil in your own machine. How u forget, u were all out against the non test playing country PNG, all out in only 167 against W indies, even u lost 9 wickets & very luckily got over Pakistan just to score only 135 runs. Whereas Bangladesh has to face the strong pace attacks in bouncy pitches against the top teams like South Africa, Australia, England, Sri Lanka and BD fought strongly against all these strong teams, except South Africa, moreover had beaten the strong Sri Lanka! And the batting performance of BD is better than all other South Asian teams, just check the scores. What else would u expect from BD being the bottom ranked team? Im happy that BD is maintaining the fighting even they are loosing and hope that they will develop 2/3 finishers in both batting & bowling, then they will be in the top very soon. So u the haters of BD cricket, try to come into the sporting spirit and its a game of cricket, guys!

  • Deadwood on August 21, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    I guess you need bought luck and the ability to win the world cup. Bought are important like South Africa they are one of the best teams of the world in my opinion the best in 2011, they had chance of winning in bought 2007 and 2011 but they failed to get to the finals, also in this u-19 world cup they had to face the best team of tournament in the semis so i think luck is important but you need the ability to. @dicky_boy, Bd is better than Kenya just because they went in the semi-finals in 2003 does not mean they are better than us they are not even full members of icc. And I don't get why you are after us, India is a far better team than we are and had a great chance of winning the wc in 2011. (I don't know how cricket was in 1983).

  • Empire-Of-Cricket on August 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    And one more point...its really waste that criticizing India's 1983 WC triumph...as it was dully made the change in cricket world as WI lost their prime honor as top cricket nation and OZ took the position until India wins WC again to stop the dominant's ship. Meanwhile there were lots up-&-down but still India have managed to shows their ability to keep the top spot.

  • Empire-Of-Cricket on August 21, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    India never hesitate to play against the associates. The reason is being World Champions, India always looking forward for some fights with the opponents like SA, OZ, SL, ENG and ever green PAK for win doesn't matter win or lose its all about the spirit of game...

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 21, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    @dicki_boy - I've read your views and its clear you're trying desperately hard to find a way to cover your loss against Bangladesh but just face it that India were over confident and took Bangladesh lightly. You're right Sachin who by the way is one of my favourite batsman strike rate was low but it wouldn't have made any difference because as soon as he got that 100 he then started going aggressively and because of that got out so India would've still struggled to gain those extra runs. Besides, when Kohli faced his first delivery in that match, it was plum LBW but because it wasn't given out, he made a 50 but you don't see us complaining about that so quit with this nonsense. Also use up the whole comment section instead of parts because it doesn't make you look good. The fact is India have been playing Cricket for almost a 100 years and still not a dominant side with all that resources and people :D

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 21, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Bangladesh have improved no doubt about that but still have a lot of work to do. The major problem with them is that they do not play enough games annually.

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @rocketman , luck is possible only to get to quarters and super six stage as you just need a win against a top nation, I guess like in 2007 wc both ireland and ban , but after that you have to beat 3 of the best teams in the world to win the wc in three high pressure elimination games., I guess you consider getting to the super six stage as a world cup win, well then I guess yeah a fluke is possible in a world cup :) Cric info please publish

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @rocketman , fluke is possible only to get to quarters and super six stage as you just need a win against a top nation, I guess like in 2007 wc both ireland and ban , but after that you have to beat 3 of the best teams in the world to win the wc in three elimination games ,, I guess you consider getting to the super six stage as a world cup win, well then I guess yeah a fluke is possible in a world cup :) Crib info please publish

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Well as far as 2011 wc goes,.We beat SA2-1,AUS 1-0, ENG5-0 and 5-1, NZ 5-0, srilanka 5-1, WI and also every other team in 3 years before the wc . Also we won CB series In Australia . Bangladesh is never considered for that last tourney I wonder why :), even more no Asian team plays a full series with Bangladesh , I wonder why :)

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Kenya I guess is a better team than bd, cause they at least made it to the semis, even though newzealand gave a bye , well as far as 2011 wc goes,.We beat SA2-1,AUS 1-0, ENG5-0 and 5-1, NZ 5-0, srilanka 5-1, WI and also every other team in 3 years before the wc . Also we won CB series In Australia . Bangladesh is never considered for that last tourney I wonder why

  • dicky_boy on August 21, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Rocketman in 1983 that's why we were great , we came back and showed everyone in 1983 , we beat eng, wi , so basically we showed the world that the jokes on them, Basically if Bangladesh won the world cup now then that would be the same feeling, but I guess u even agree thats next to impossible :) we won world series cricket in 1984 , please check that, my dad keeps telling me about that consistently . We rose and became a force to reckon with something which u hope you team will become lol :)

  • r0ketman on August 21, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    @dicky_boy: fluke is not possible in the WC? Hmm I wonder what you would call Kenya reaching the semis in 2003? So according to you Kenya is a better team than NZ, SA. WI? The fact is and will remain, fluke is very much possible in cricket WC, India is a prime example in 1983, and to some extent 1987, as well as Kenya in 2003. I would like to hear how you came to the conclusion that Fluke is not possible in Cricket WC!:-)

  • r0ketman on August 21, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @dicky_boy: I said India was the joke of the cricketing world at 1983 WC, please read the post carefully. Read every article you want to read in the world about the 1983 WC, India was not considered to have even an outside chance at winning the cup, the 66 to 1 odd is Proof of that. India lost all but one match in the WC prior to 1983, that win came against East Africa (Not South by the way, I hope you are paying attention). They lost to Sri Lanka in 1979, who was not a test playing nation, by the way weren't you laughing at BD for losing to minnows? Were you laughing at India back in 1979 when they lost to SL?:-) A team who lost 7 matches, and won 1 match (which should not be even counted as a win) before 1983, has a decent game against one of the best teams ever to play cricket (Clive Llods WI), and then by a fluke beats the same team again by defending a paltry 183 in the final. It was WI who collapsed in the final, not India won. This is a textbook definition of a fluke!

  • r0ketman on August 21, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    @dicky_boy: If that twisted logic buys you consolation, then be it, I can completely understand you are still sore, once in 2007 when India spent billions, only to come back home empty handed, and again in 2012!:-) What Proof? What obscure article you are referring to? Written by who? You want proof? Both GG and Kohli (who is in the form of his life) scored below their career strike rates against BD in that game - is this not proof that SRT did not score slowly, that is the BEST he could do? I want to see you counter this argument, not with some obscure article no one read! Speaking of articles, wasn't there an article on ESPN India after the world cup that there were widespread allegations of match fixing in the recent world cup? Specifically after the IND PAK game? I would not brag about being the current world champion too much if I was you. India runs the financial world in cricket, no one would have allowed their sponsors to lose billions, two World cups in a row!:-)

  • dicky_boy on August 20, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @rocketman I will try to convey to you what my colleague was saying , No team ever won the world cup at home except india ,I hope you understand that, it's crystal clear. And true , If u say 1983 world cup win a fluke, I can understand your team must never have won a world cup, so you don't know that a world cup win can't be a fluke, that's the whole concept, in 1987 wc we went to semis, I don't know in what imaginary universe that's a joke :) anyway I understand your anger , sorry but it's reality, we r world champs :)

  • dicky_boy on August 20, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @ rocketman what career strike rate are you talking about his run rate dipped completely and he was not even taking singles in 40 odd over till he got his hundred , just chck his innings and google the article on him , you will see for yourself, I a,m sure even you know what I am saying, don't be in denial :) , u won due to sachin , if you want more proof

  • r0ketman on August 20, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    @ dicky_boy: Your argument does not hold water. SRT scored at 78 strike rate in that match, his career ODI strike rate is 86. So he would have scored all of 9 more runs if he played his natural game according to you, BD won the match with 5 balls to spare, with mushfiq in the crease, who had a strike rate in 150+ in that game. BD would have still won the game. Heck, BD would have won even faster had the 3rd umpire not rule Shakib out to a stumping that did not exist!! The way Shakib was carting the Indian bowlers at will all over the stadium, the game would have ended 2 overs earlier. Hey if you can discuss what "could have happened" as if they were true, so can we!:-) face the reality, India lost to BD, fair and square, not by accident. This is pure sore lose mentality.

  • r0ketman on August 20, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    @tanstell87: Nice try with the statistics! What you fail to mention is more important than what you did mention! India won their first test match after 20 years of playing test cricket, and over 50 years of playing international FC matches! Their first win came against a 3rd string England team in 1952. India started playing ODi in 1974? So did all other test playing nations!! BD did not play an ODI till 1986! Playing only 32 ODI in 14 years before getting test status. India started playing T20 in 2006? So did everyone else, did T20i even exist before then? So what's the point here exactly? And about winning at home? What happened in 1987? Did India, the defendind champion, not play at home that year too? Did not even reach the final, goes to show what a big fluke 1983 WC win was. They were a joke in 1983, their odds of winning the cup: 66 to 1. They won one game in previous 2 world cups, against East Africa! What happened in 1997? Do you want to discuss that?

  • tanstell87 on August 20, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    India started playing test cricket in 1932 won first test in their 25th match....India started to play ODI cricket in 1974 won World Cup in 1983....India played their first T20I on 1st December 2006 won a World Cup in September 2007.....no team had ever won a World Cup on their home soil but India did.... Bangladesh couldn't even make quarters of last world cup after playing all matches at home...they cant win in tests...cant beat Scotland & Holland in T20s....& they are taking about Ireland defeating India...winning once against India after losing 35 matches is a big achievement for fans from Bangladesh...so enjoy guys enjoy your team winning against Associates !

  • on August 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @dicky_boy... Still more excuses haha...No Sri Lanka lost because they were playing bad from the moment the first game started otherwise what you're trying to state is pure controversy and conspiracy no evidence whatsoever. As for that India match, India and even the fans probably you as well underestimated Bangladesh not saying India played bad or anything they were okay but Bangladesh played better Cricket. It doesn't matter whatever margin you win by be 1 wicket or last ball a win is a win am I right? for example Pakistan won by 2 runs in the Asia Cup a very small margin as well so really you're not making much sense. The fact is unlike India, Bangladesh had guts to play Ireland which India will probably never will simply because of $ maybe India should arrange a full series against associates oh wait either because they don't want to lose against a weak team simply because of again $ and embarrassment :)

  • dicky_boy on August 19, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @ahmed hussain sorry my previous comment was not posted, there was an article on the match india vs bangladesh in asia cup, sachins run rate til the 35 over and from 35 to 50 over, we could have easily got 40 more runs, please check the stats, i hope i am making a good point for you :) we payed the price for his desire to get to that hundred

  • on August 19, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Well fought little Bengal Tigers! Except the middle order collapse in batting, Bangladesh was very much on the game till the end! It is very encouraging that the Bangladeshi youth fought hard against the reigning champion & mighty Aussies in their own bouncy soil till the end with a very small total to defend! Being the bottom ranked team, so far Bangladeshi Youth Tigers did well compare to the other mighty sub continental teams like Sri Lanka & India in the soil of Australia!

  • dicky_boy on August 19, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    also one more point , your team went to the final just because pakistan got a bonus point and if not for that all 3 teams had equal wins, we had better run rate too, we all know why srilanka lost, issue even was political. besides i guess even you know in your heart of hearts dude , i don't need to explain this, all i am saying is be real, first try to win comfortably over ireland first , i saw the scores come on everything so close, then think about other things like india, srilanka, pakistan :) hope this rant makes a point :)

  • on August 19, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Good effort Bangla boys! apart from the collapse, you guys made it tough for us Aussies I thought at one stage when we lost those quick wickets Australia would lose this but hanged on in the end. Best wishes for the 5th place match against England.

  • abs.liton on August 19, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @ Samith Rodrigo: As a Srilankan you should not talk like this. Before 1996 WC, Srilanka was minnows team. Now they are world class team. Bangladesh is progressing though the progress is not like Srilanka that u have before but I think Bangladesh will be top class team. Man, haven't u ever seen dream? Anybody can dream. Man, if any man has no any dream, any inspiration then he won't go so far. And plz try to speak politely. Don't insult and criticize any man or any country. I believe in this sub-continent, Srilanka is the most fair team and country whose behaviour attracts us. Be well.

  • on August 19, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @Dicky_boy..."I'll be happy if proven wrong? - okay you said in your earlier comments "losing to minnows like Ireland" and "beat Sri Lanka luckily"? These statements are illogical because it was recently Bangladesh who beat Ireland 3-0 so I don't understand how Bangladesh always lose against Ireland besides according to you guys Bangladesh are minnows themselves so what's the matter? and how was the win against Sri Lanka lucky? They played well why don't you watch the game again and the the game against India a game you clearly underestimated us looks like you were a bit desperate with those silly excuses. Please backup your statements with proof or use reasonable logic good luck bro instead of using useless phrases like 'lucky' or losing to 'minnows' when you guys already claim Bangladesh are minnows so a bit of a contradiction is used by you. If you don't like our Cricket then why you're here with your pointless rant? :)

  • on August 19, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @dicky_boy...I wasn't even talking about Test Cricket all I said was that if Indian fans like you bash our Cricket so harshly so you would expect us Bangladeshi's to retaliate what you think its okay for you guys to think its okay to criticise us so harshly and us to leave you guys alone? get real mate like I said fair is fair and yes you're right that there are many Bangladeshi fans who do the same to India even though what they say is true but you have to remember you guys first brought that on. To be honest, I don't really care about Indian Cricket and the only time I comment on Indian pages is to show praise to an Indian player on their performances nothing else but I don't understand why people like you bother wasting their time on Bangladesh's pages when it has nothing to do with India or worst anything better to say but trash.

  • zimmby on August 19, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    That was a lot of talk before a show. It would look much better when other people starts saying - "Bangladeshis are capable of defeating any team" rather than promoting yourself up.

  • dicky_boy on August 19, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain i agree i am really worried about our test team cause no one in our country wants to play test cricket anymore so yeah i guess we do need the luck but as far as one day team goes, only indians know this, the amount of talent we have in the ipl is really amazing, so for the formats which i love and which i think are really the ones important for the younger generation not old grandpas, i have no worries about my team, for test team lets hope for the best

  • on August 19, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @ dicky_boy...Double standards? Yes its true Bangladeshi fans including me harshly criticise the Indian teams but that's because of people like you so fair is fair and if my comments are pathetic than prove it because I only speak facts and until then like I said good luck dicky_boy :)

  • on August 19, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. Keep it up :)

  • dicky_boy on August 19, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    And Ahmed Hussain, I have read the while article and trust me I have been readiing your comment s, u have looked like a person who has zero knowledge of cricket hundreds of times, even now using language like that , u have shown your still a child who is throwing a tantrum , grow up dude , I just stated the reality, but I will be happy to be proven wrong :)

  • dicky_boy on August 19, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    @tahidul Islam Khan you seem like a measured fan , sorry if I hurt your country mens sentiment , Believe it or nor till two years back I actually used to support bd team , as I wanted all Asian teams to improve and subcontinent a nightmare for others, but lately BD fans have made it a habit to insult , downplay Indian team wherever possible and that Asia cup I have seen insults to the hilt, so I am just giving something back that's all.:)

  • on August 19, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @Dicky_boy, I know the reality that it is a very difficult game for Bangladesh, but I think you should learn how to respect other teams before coming to Cricinfo. I have full respect for Australia, England, South Africa and other nations. Bangladesh needs world class pitches in domestic cricket to do well in Australia, I admit it. Talking about transitional period, do you think Bangladesh's recent form suggests that they are in form? I remember an Indian said Ireland wud whitewash Bangladesh 3-0 in a T20 series, but later he had to eat his words. I am afraid you will have to do the same.

  • on August 19, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Only one thing i can say about Bangladesh "Empty vassel sounds well"Anamul Haque is the 2nd Ashraful.No doubt whats so ever in my mind.

  • Keithnkin on August 19, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Ditto to Robbie Davenport . Bangladeshi captains have a history of shooting themselves in the foot.

  • on August 19, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    haha... keep dreaming....minnows are minnows nothing more than that..

  • on August 19, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Indian fans are very jealous that a 4th power is coming on in Asian Cricket and their record of losses are to increase.When BD will qualify for the semis of the T20 C they will be saying its just a T20 game,proves nothing etc etc blah blah blah.These people eat their own words still don't show any shame.

  • on August 18, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    @dicky_boy..." i could not stop laughing for the past one hour after the headline? - Like I said instead of just reading the headline read the 'whole' article before you make a fool of yourself mate because Bangladesh does have the ability to beat any team considering they have already beaten every full member be senior or under-19 so really I think you should be laughing at yourself lol oh yeah nice excuses in fact even you just admitted every team has their 'transition' which is great to hear. I guess India Cricket aren't that special after all thanks a lot :)

  • on August 18, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    @dicky_boy...lool First of all read the article PROPERLY because what you are claiming is nonsense and is of ignorance. So what if Bangladesh are not as strong as India, Australia or whatever, everyone knows that and there's a reason why they're not strong as of yet but everyone knows the improvements have been made and will only get better but I think you're too blind or ignorant to see that haha...also tells me you don't know much about Cricket I mean are you even aware Bangladesh have one of the best Under-19 records? e.g. a 17-7 win ratio of England Under-19? Exactly! Your Indian players are stating to retire now and have to rely on useless sorry average players like Jadeja, Pathan, Yadav etc haha...whereas our players our of the youngest plus the most experienced of the youngsters so when these top older players finally all retire, realistically I can't see these teams with their young inexperienced players taking on our young experienced players common sense really good luck!

  • Baundele on August 18, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    My only worry is the Australian condition. On the sub-continent (spin-friendly pitches) Bangladesh would be the favorite winning this match. In pace-friendly condition Aus are favorite; but not by a big margin. It is any one's game.

  • masodur2000 on August 18, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Agree with Woodhaven24. How did India win against Papua New Guinea? I believe thrash is waiting for them.

  • woodhaven on August 18, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Indian fans always make neg comments abt bd team and later they swallow their word with great shame. Bd beat india 4 times, one time could be fluke but 4 times, its not fluke. Rememeber before asia cup indian tv says, shehwag will break tendulkars record and india will make 450 runs. We know the result.

  • Rezaul on August 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    If Bangladeshi spinners can get themselves in a rhythm, it will be a good test young aussies to press their authority in the game. Should be a good contest. Come on Tigers. Go go go ....

  • on August 18, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    For Bangladesh to win, Anamul has to score a century. If he plays like a Captain and scores a century, Australia are known to Capitulate under pressure.

  • on August 18, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Comments should not be just for comments sake! Few facts - There are millions of Indian Cricket supporters in Bangladesh who really adore Indian players. Indian Cricket is More than 50 years old. India is a HUGE country to choose players from... Indian Cricket is by far the most sponsored (commercial) team in the world.. etc etc. Indian supporter please be gentle to a growing confidence. Bangladeshi Cricket is rising, take it positively. Make constructive comments to encourage teams... If an underdog beats better teams then we call it a luck! Why Bangladesh should play to Ireland?... I would rather encourage Ireland to play against India so that they can learn basics. BD Team learned basics however needs consistency... Our U-19 is has got talents so encourage them. I remember Australians teams beating India so badly that they can ever forget that. Australian Cricket is organized we can expect good outcome, highly expected I would say, however we should encourage BD team do well too.

  • woodhaven on August 18, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    India almost lost to papua new guinea. I dont know why people rate india team highly. In the next match they will be kicked out from the tournament after losing to pakistan. Under 19 level, bd beats england and other top team constantly

  • gothetaniwha on August 18, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Hope he's pack his bags, booked out of his motel , and book his plane ride home ,he,s going to need it tomorrow ,

  • RK204 on August 18, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    best of luck..........................

  • on August 18, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Guys!!! Rome was not built in a day... similarly all the teams has passed tough time in past. Bangladesh Cricket is improving and during this time lot of negative comments will come. But Bangladesh Cricket has to prove themselves and by performing well they will make all the negatives to positives. Best of Luck!!! Young Tigers

  • on August 18, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    dicky_boy... LOL. I'm glad u checking out BD progress in a regular basis. You are a true BD fan with positive criticism. common BD, give your best shot, :)

    Keep up ur wood work (dicky_boy)... Go BD

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 18, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    I think the kid deserves a bravery award for his choice of words. After all the young blood in him is pumping to deliver for Bangladesh. I would be sad if his team ends up getting beaten and bruised by Australia. And then he will learn that speaking is different from going out there on the park and performing. So I will cut him some slack and wish him well. Bangladesh as a nation still don't win that much, so any victories they get, even U-19 ones would be most welcome by their supporters and also neutrals such as myself. After all, I am tired of the same teams winning as always.

  • dicky_boy on August 18, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    and all tiger supporters just to make a point don't point out 4-1 thrshing for srilanka, and the overseas test losses fro india etc, both teams are through transition and that happens, claim what your team has done and not what other teams did to srilanka and india, oh wait right your team did not do anything

  • nafee on August 18, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Seems like this Tiger cubs are roaring big time already.....:)

  • on August 18, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    yup, its nice to see lots of follower we already got to follow any news related with bangladesh cricket and its prove that our cricket has improved a lot that can push up the interest of any cricket lover, doesnt matter if their comments hurt the cricket lover of bangladesh but its matter they are following us. Go TIGER go...

  • dicky_boy on August 18, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    AND STOP comparing yourself to 2 time world champions INDIA and srilanka pakistan both of which have won the world cup once , india has won series in eng, drew in aus, eng. srilanka won a test in sa, these are teams way out of bangladesh range, even further than the wildest dream of the tiger supporters so chill and understand where your team is and do not get disappointed. keep playing with ireland and maybe you will improve

  • bharatputra83 on August 18, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Seems the Bangladeshi captain appreciates the value of some good humor right before facing overwhelming odds!

  • Muhtasim13 on August 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    If they are capable of beating any team then I think Anamul needs to explain why they lost to South Africa U19 by 133 runs. They should actually achieve something before doing the talking

  • Mad_for_Shakib on August 18, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    hope BD U19 will gift us a win for upcoming EID

  • FOTO on August 18, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    We should all be careful of Australia its there own pitch they know there roots and will have a decent batting line up all the way to their 7th wicket.

  • i_amVIVA on August 18, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    all the best to BD-U19. wor or lose, a good fight in a good game would definitely be a win for BD, where Aus is at home, stationed in the same venue, playing at it's best. go Baby Tigers...

  • Third_Gear on August 18, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Warm regard for Stuart Law from Bangladeshi fan,we liked him so much. He is a gentleman as well as a good coach.

  • Third_Gear on August 18, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    rk0007@ If your statement is correct than Eng,Aus,NZ,Srilanaka,WI all these are not international teams. Ha Ha Ha ........

  • on August 18, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Good luck buddy .for the respect of our country

  • dicky_boy on August 18, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    hahaha lol man this really cracked me up , i could not stop laughing for the past one hour after the headline, They beat srilanka luckily , asia cup one win over india due to sachin selfishness and sri lanka lost due to reasons known by everyone . i mean come on guys , understand where your team is , losing to minnows like ireland, don't overburden the players with expectations they cannot fulfill

  • tanstell87 on August 18, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    guess they have a chance with senior Aussie team languishing behind Bangladesh in T20 rankings...Bangla definitely has a chance !

  • kanwar11 on August 18, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    in your dreams BD, they always keep saying saying and saying. Please learn this lesson, saying doesn't win you matches.

  • TheBlackMonk on August 18, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    This BD U19 is a much better team than Eng & NZ U19 teams, even the record in U19 WC will suggest so! However, I would request not to get caught up with the hype and play confidently. Aus & SA are very much favorite this time and the conditions as said are not favorable for BD, so go low and win the match. Hope for the best and make our EID more joyful.

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 18, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @neothematrix : What's wrong with you mate? When people like Sehwag are boasting,those are OK for you.But why not now? What Bangladesh captain is saying is true.Of course they can beat any team .They beat my country(SL) recently,but I don't have any hatred towards them.Good luck Bangladesh!

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 18, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    All the very best Bangladesh! - From a Sri Lankan fan.

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Good luck for young tigers !!! Hope they will play good intelligent cricket and make us proud!

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    all the best young tigers!!!! don't worry about the result, just enjoy your natural game.

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    It's true. We can beat any team.

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Bangladesh is ahead of Australia this time.Bangladesh is always tough team in under-19 cricket.No surprise if they will beat Australia....

  • nazmulrana on August 18, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    sarkar at top is not up to the mark in WC. but he is also a class player . i hope he will get his form back and will make a good start for bangladesh.

  • Sadequl on August 18, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    WTG lil tigers. This must be a definite sign of improvement of a test nation in their group stage as well as the big boys also defeated the other big boys of SL & team India in the Asia cup too @ Mirpur few days back.

  • Philippe on August 18, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Bangladesh capable of beating any team but not International.. they keep on stating things rather than performing.. this team has a long road ahead..

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Easy easy easy!! We've already seen how your predecessors matched their words with actions so far. Win the trophy first and then do the talking.

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Like this type of confidence and its successful implementation. Waiting for another tiger's day at 19th aug.

  • mars33 on August 18, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Goodluck for Bangladesh team; we are waiting for positive results

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I wish them all the luck Bangladesh Team, please give us the biggest gift of a win agnts AUS tomorrow . Eid would be fantastic Inshallah.

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I dont think it will be an upset if Bangladesh beat Australia.. the last time they played each other, Bangladesh won. Also, Bangladesh tends to be strong at the U19 level beating most of the top teams more often ( 11 times out of 17, Pakistan 5 times out of 10 etc.). However, they are playing a home side and in Australia-very different pitch and climate. Lets hope for a good game and the best team win.. We will see some of these players in the next World Cup for sure..

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    best of luck bangladesh under 19 cricket team. go ahead . we are allways prating for you. allah bless of all.

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    on your day u can beat any team

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    inshallah we will beat australia.................

  • akalam1 on August 18, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Why would it be an upset if Bangladesh U19 beat the Australian U19 team? Do we still think that BD team isn't good enough to play the QF level? Every team is strong at this stage and Aussies are not invincible either. At the age group level, no game is that predictable at this phase.

  • on August 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Which TV channel will broadcast this match? I have heard Star Cricket would broadcast one of the Quarter finals tomorrow. But which match would they broadcast? Please let me know, if anybody know.

  • on August 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Interesting article! For those who are very knowledgeable on Cricket, its really no surprise like Anamul himself mentioned that Bangladesh have made it to the last 8 especially in conditions that is so different to where they originally play because Bangladesh in the 10 years or so of playing Under-19 Cricket is really very good infact, they have one of the best records along with Australia, India and Pakistan Under-19 teams. That's one of the major reasons why Bangladesh has a good future in Cricket and is a system where the likes of Shakib, Rahim and Nasir was produced so you can understand why Bangladesh Under-19 is pretty good. As for this last 8 clash against the Aussies, can't really see Bangladesh getting past them later considering they're at home and have a much better pace attack than the Bangladeshi's but the important thing was that Bangladesh guaranteed an 8th Position in this tournament because the losers of this quarter final will still play to gain a position.

  • on August 18, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Excellent attitude from BD. It is important for an individual to have positive attitude and self-belief. I wish the team all the best.

  • neothematrix on August 18, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    lol..............No wonder BD captain is roaring before QF, other captains are keeping quite as they know the reality.

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  • neothematrix on August 18, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    lol..............No wonder BD captain is roaring before QF, other captains are keeping quite as they know the reality.

  • on August 18, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Excellent attitude from BD. It is important for an individual to have positive attitude and self-belief. I wish the team all the best.

  • on August 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Interesting article! For those who are very knowledgeable on Cricket, its really no surprise like Anamul himself mentioned that Bangladesh have made it to the last 8 especially in conditions that is so different to where they originally play because Bangladesh in the 10 years or so of playing Under-19 Cricket is really very good infact, they have one of the best records along with Australia, India and Pakistan Under-19 teams. That's one of the major reasons why Bangladesh has a good future in Cricket and is a system where the likes of Shakib, Rahim and Nasir was produced so you can understand why Bangladesh Under-19 is pretty good. As for this last 8 clash against the Aussies, can't really see Bangladesh getting past them later considering they're at home and have a much better pace attack than the Bangladeshi's but the important thing was that Bangladesh guaranteed an 8th Position in this tournament because the losers of this quarter final will still play to gain a position.

  • on August 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Which TV channel will broadcast this match? I have heard Star Cricket would broadcast one of the Quarter finals tomorrow. But which match would they broadcast? Please let me know, if anybody know.

  • akalam1 on August 18, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Why would it be an upset if Bangladesh U19 beat the Australian U19 team? Do we still think that BD team isn't good enough to play the QF level? Every team is strong at this stage and Aussies are not invincible either. At the age group level, no game is that predictable at this phase.

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    inshallah we will beat australia.................

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    on your day u can beat any team

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    best of luck bangladesh under 19 cricket team. go ahead . we are allways prating for you. allah bless of all.

  • on August 18, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I dont think it will be an upset if Bangladesh beat Australia.. the last time they played each other, Bangladesh won. Also, Bangladesh tends to be strong at the U19 level beating most of the top teams more often ( 11 times out of 17, Pakistan 5 times out of 10 etc.). However, they are playing a home side and in Australia-very different pitch and climate. Lets hope for a good game and the best team win.. We will see some of these players in the next World Cup for sure..

  • on August 18, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I wish them all the luck Bangladesh Team, please give us the biggest gift of a win agnts AUS tomorrow . Eid would be fantastic Inshallah.