Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 21, 2013

BCB criticises team for Harare loss


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has strongly criticised the Bangladesh team for the 355-run loss to Zimbabwe in the first Test in Harare. The board also asked injured players to return home, the first public airing of frustration regarding fitness issues that have dogged the players since this season's Bangladesh Premier League.

"The batting performance in Harare had no similarity with that in Sri Lanka," said Jalal Yunus, the BCB's media committee chairman. "We are disappointed with this poor showing by the batsmen. The senior players haven't showed enough responsibility."

"I would urge the players who are not fully fit to return to Dhaka and get themselves into 100% fitness."

Bangladesh were bowled out for less than 150 in both innings, and while some viewed the first innings as a one-off, their second-innings score of 147 confirmed their struggle against the Zimbabwe seamers. "It takes time for performance to come down to such levels," Yunus said. "They had a bad start, which can happen sometimes but there is no excuse to how they have batted in the second innings."

The BCB was also "concerned" about the umpiring during the first Test, but said it couldn't bring back the concept of universal DRS on its own. "We were alarmed by a few decisions in this Test match, and we have been concerned by the umpiring since the tour of Sri Lanka," Yunus said. "It has happened a few times that whenever our bowlers have taken a wicket, the umpire has checked for a no-ball. But it didn't happen when our batsmen got out."

He also said the timing of the Zimbabwe tour, the venue for the Tests, as well as the make-up of the tour could have been modified, but the decisions ultimately lay with the home board.

Zimbabwe were supposed to host Bangladesh last year but had postponed the tour until April this year due to ground maintenance issues in Bulawayo. They also announced the Test series would be held after the limited-overs matches, but later changed the schedule.

"We have tried to negotiate with them but ultimately the home board decides these facilities," Yunus said. "But these cannot be excuses. The team has been doing quite well before this Test match so it is hard to understand how they have suddenly played so poorly."

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

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  • Amila on April 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @ Anwar Chowdhury; So funny. Who cares about U-19 games. Anyway now it's 2-2.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    The Tigers are roaring everywhere in BD, in Zim! The senior team took the control in the 2nd test against Zim so far and the young Royal Bengal Tigers beat SL youth in the 3rd ODI and is leading the series by 2-1! Now see, the haters of BD cricket went in hiding again in the caves whereas they came out in large numbers when BD lost the 1st test in Zim!

  • Fahad on April 24, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Zimbabwe played in a controlled defensive manner while Bangladesh played in uncontrolled aggressive manner. While aggressiveness is definitely a necessity, having control is more important.

  • ashrafur on April 23, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    There is too many discussion on the way BD should bat in the first test against Zim, change of batting order, inclusion of pacer or all rounder, so and so forth. I strongly believe, it was fatigue that made them suffered. No ones body language was suggesting that they are in the game. Back to back test series within very short period of time caused the damage. BD team are not yet professional enough to develop themselves as consistent performer. They have no or very few records of doing good in successive series even if it is ODI. They don't usually perform unless any point to proof. I also think they will level the series. Easily. Hard working for last couple of months, will not go to waste, hopefully.

  • Abdus on April 23, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    I think BcB failed on the first place because they couldn't arrange a practice match if our players played a practice match i think result wouldn't been that worse..

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @ Victor Argho Bose no need to point out only Nafis cause none of the batsmen played like they were playing a test match at all. Just see how silly Mahmudullah got out after hitting couple of fours or see how Ash got out or the captain himself played a false stroke to be out like such a poor way!!

    Actually these boys plays so much of ODI or T-20 that they seems can not stop themselves to play like it in the test match too & they often forget which is a 5 long days match when they stand there.

    Its not only us now but also others like Andy flower & rest of the world also knows this solid truth, that BD boys love to play stroking shots & thus they will not patient enough to stay on the pitch for a 5 days game.

  • Nadim on April 23, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    d result is not in favour of us bcos d bd playrs undrstimatd zimbabwe...we clearly saw it in d body language ov some bd experiencd we paid fo dis...

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    tring tring tring.... reality check BD players, you cannot sit on the laurels of the past... In SL you played out of your skin and every one appreciated for your efforts. You need to do the same in Zimbabwe too. If you are thinking Zim gonna gift you the match for coming to Zim, then you are totally wrong. They gonna gift you with lot of short pitch deliveries and frustration. If you wanna take it then you gonna loose badly. As an Indian fan, I know you have that capabilities to do well. Apply yourself as you did in SL. Best of Luck, just apply the basics of test cricket.. you will get desire result..

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    why injured player include in the team? Make space for the younger player. Now Bangladesh have many talented player, and they can play better than some old national player. Why not selection committee think about them.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Our BD batsman shows us poor batting, i give u a example... 2nd innings Shariar Nafis was the batsman, and he played a drive shot, on a full pitch ball, and he became out. even i don't understand what is the urgency of that shot? He played like a t20 match, but he batted when, there is no chance to win for BD. I hope BCB will fine them at least, for their irresponsible batting.