Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 21, 2013

BCB criticises team for Harare loss

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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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  • jackthelad on April 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I can see this is going to go down for all time as 'the match Taylor won all on his own'; now, while his two knocks were both top quality Test innings, there's a lot more to it than that. In general, the Zimbabwean bowling was tight, controlled and - as we saw - effective; Bangladesh contributed by getting themselves out when they looked to be getting set; and even if you take Taylor's runs completely out of account, Zim scored 343 runs to BD's 281. Take nothing away from the man, but this was a match of two teams - one playing Test cricket, the other not.

  • an_alcoholic on April 21, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    i still strongly believe that BD team is better than this result suggests...but they need to understand test cricket.....its not all about hit and go...you sometimes need only to engage the crease ...ball by ball session by session...this also create pressure on the opposition to score some quick runs for the result.....and this is the beauty of test cricket that i cant keep myself allof from following it despite those heavy dosage of IPL ANYWAYS BEST OF LUCK FOR THE NEXT GAME....hoping this time it will be a more interesing performances from both sides

  • Dhutugemunu on April 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • fr600 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.

  • Bowlersbackdrive 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.

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor 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..

  • 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_Ak 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 players...so we paid fo dis...

  • 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..

  • jackthelad on April 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I can see this is going to go down for all time as 'the match Taylor won all on his own'; now, while his two knocks were both top quality Test innings, there's a lot more to it than that. In general, the Zimbabwean bowling was tight, controlled and - as we saw - effective; Bangladesh contributed by getting themselves out when they looked to be getting set; and even if you take Taylor's runs completely out of account, Zim scored 343 runs to BD's 281. Take nothing away from the man, but this was a match of two teams - one playing Test cricket, the other not.

  • an_alcoholic on April 21, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    i still strongly believe that BD team is better than this result suggests...but they need to understand test cricket.....its not all about hit and go...you sometimes need only to engage the crease ...ball by ball session by session...this also create pressure on the opposition to score some quick runs for the result.....and this is the beauty of test cricket that i cant keep myself allof from following it despite those heavy dosage of IPL ANYWAYS BEST OF LUCK FOR THE NEXT GAME....hoping this time it will be a more interesing performances from both sides

  • Dhutugemunu on April 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • fr600 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.

  • Bowlersbackdrive 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.

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor 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..

  • 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_Ak 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 players...so we paid fo dis...

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meety on April 23, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    @SamRoy on (April 22, 2013, 11:38 GMT) - Rahim is a very good International keeper & he just hit a 200+ score against SL (Sachin hasn't done this), so I think he can get a tick for his batting too! Bangladesh's prime weakness is their lack of pace bowlers AND batsmen v pace. I can see them getting strong in Asia in a fairly short time, but their tour results will struggle until they get better domestic pitches for pace bowling.

  • cricfan66 on April 23, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    This was a very poor effort from Bangladesh. Just when we think they've got it they prove us wrong. Quite frustrating for us - the fans. Kudos to Brandon Taylor for his brilliant knocks. Bravo! He showed how one had to bat on this pitch. If BCB rewards players for good performance, it is about time they penalize them for consistent poor performances too. Hope they do a better job in the second test. Please make us proud. Good Luck Tigers.

  • CrICkeeet on April 22, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Stop blaming Umpires BCB.... why dont u use DRS!! Evn in d home series BCB doesnt use DRS. If d hotspot is expensive then use hawk eye only... (xample-last WI-ZIM series)

  • on April 22, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I can bet no matter what & how BD team can re-select their team 11 for the 2nd test, they will again loss the 2nd one too. Cause the reserve players doesnt have exceptional qualities among them, that they will be able to stand in the pitch to face Zim's pace attacks as well & the replacement bowlers of BD like Sajidul & Ziaur also doesnt have that much of strength to give feed back to Robiul either. So there is a most possible chance Zim will take the test series with 2-0 without a tough fight.

  • Legaleagle on April 22, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I really hope Bangladesh gets defeated comprehensively again inside 4 days in the next test match also. Inshallah Zimbabwe will win the series! Best wishes from Pakistan!!

  • t2_t24 on April 22, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    I dont know if they underestimated Zimbabwe, result is we all know. body language of shakib, nafees, mahmudullah was not as a team man..

  • BDcricketlover on April 22, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Not sure why some people in this board are blaming BCB for talking against umpiring. Because BD team played poorly which was the primary factor for the defeat, this shouldn't be the reason for not talking about the poor umpiring. If the BD management decides not to bring this matter up, such umpires will never take their job seriously and will keep making these type of horrible calls. Let the better team win only by their performance without the help of any other factors (although I believe ZIM still would have won without these bad umpire calls). Keep in mind, the issue of poor umpiring always comes up and this is the reason DRS system came into existence. It is quite normal that the victim talks about poor umpiring issue. Recently BD has been victim of a number of poor calls from umpires

  • on April 22, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    A seaming bouncing track was always going to be a bridge too far especially for an inexperienced sub-continent team. Perhaps the BCB should have realistic expectations.

  • on April 22, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Not amazed....well all know the level of Bangladesh cricket and inconsistency as well. You should not be playing day by day cricket that today is good now its bad day there got to be some consistency ......I am hopeful they will loose this series....

  • Sinhaya on April 22, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @mrgupta, Yes I fully know about India's lack of test cricket in the first 20 years. During the world war from 1939 to 1945 no cricket was played at all in the world. But of course Pakistan deserves credit for winning their 2nd ever test in history and that too by an innings. Zimbabwe would have been a far better side today if not for the internal problems in the country.

  • mrgupta on April 22, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    @Fan1969: Just for your information, India won their first test in 10 years and not 20 years. Before you jump with the gun India did not play a single test between 1936 and 1946, that's 10 years which includes a whole generation of players. After playing for 13 years India had a Win-Loss ratio of 0.23 with overall Batting average of about 28. Zimbabwe's Win-Loss ratio after 13 years was 0.16 with overall batting avg of 26. SA Won their first test after 17 years and in their 12th test. Just 12 tests to get their first Win and Won the 3 out of next 4 tests as well. BD in 13 years of tests has played highest number of test by any team in their first 13 years and has a Win-Loss ratio of 0.04 and an overall batting avg of about 22. Its not a criticism but a reality check. Before commenting on other teams check the actual facts.

  • ball.busters on April 22, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    bangladesh will come back strongly in the next match in sha Allah

  • Energetic. on April 22, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Recent pictures of some BD players shows their body language is dramatically down so I don't know how they will cope in the second test. Bangladesh cannot defend on these surfaces because they don't know how to. Might as well play it like an ODI and at least bowled out for 250 something rather than 130.

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    As a vice captain and a senior cricketer of the team Mahmudullah Riyad have lots of responsibility,but he is failing again and again...he is not confident about his batting and bowling so he needs to out of team...and must be attentive in practice...Mushfiq has also lots of responsibility but he is not at all a good captain..he is a very good batsman but not a captain.he has lack of experience to control the team.

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Yes! No doubt that Bangladesh is a strong team but it happens usually in cricket ! hope they will bring something different results against Zimbawe !

  • SamRoy on April 22, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Problem with Bangladesh are plenty in test cricket. Let's start. Rahim's wicketkeeping isn't upto international standard and neither is his batting and yet he is the captain of the team. Shakib, Tamim, Nasir are international quality cricketers but each of them lack patience. Mahmudullah has no footwork so can be a liability away from Asia. Sohag Gazi is their lead spinner (when Shakib is injured) who at best is a honest spin bowler, nothing more. Their pace bowling especially with Mashrafe past his prime is downright pathetic. Only silver linings are Jahurul and Mominul have shown decent technique and temperament and Ashraful is throwing way his wicket less than he used to.

  • ajithabey on April 22, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    The game of cricket is a great leveller.Bangladesh were sitting on their laurels after the Sri Lankan tour only to get mauled by Zimbabwe.Wake up guys and be consistent in your performances if you want to be a great cricketing nation.

  • Always_pakistan on April 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Well played zimbabwe and for bangladesh nothing to say.

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    BCB making excuses for the poor performance they were outplayed in all aspects. Plus the performance they put in in Sri Lanka ( Galle) was a passive wicket. They have quality test players BUT NOT CONSISTENT test players.

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    We should try to point out or concentrate only in this topic & I am pretty much sure most of us would agree with me in here, what BCB has done by criticizing the team openly hasn't properly justified at all. Because they [BCB] R the main guilt in here, who has not taken sufficient steps to keep our test praise upto the mark & they just want to hide their negligence by criticizing boys we should be aware of the fact too.

    If BCB is so concerned of our test standard then they should have taken it with more serious steps all these years! They are just moving around with the motion & making the team as ODI & T-20 specialist & that shows why our boys do try to play each of the test balls like T-20 players.

    BCB still have chances to rectify their fault before it gets out of our hand & then we would have nothing but to bash others only.

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Shame, no one ever wants to lose to Zimbabwe. Well played but that top order needs work.

  • keptalittlelow on April 22, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    As a Pakistan fan I feel very sorry to see the state of Bangladesh Cricket. Pakistan worked very hard to get Sri Lanka and Bangladesh achieve the Test status, while Sri lanka are one of the best test playing country now, Bangladesh have let everyone down, they have been playing Test Cricket for 13 years and yet there is a question mark on their eligibility as a test playing country.

  • PACERONE on April 22, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    It looks like Gordon Greenidge was Bangladesh has some good players but are not ready for test matches.That was said years ago and still stands now.They fired him for saying that.

  • on April 22, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    i hopefully BD will back next mach against ZIM . bangladesh has a lot of test player.

  • DD_f0rever on April 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Why are fans here complaining about Umpiring Decisions ? If you have trouble go for DRS.

    hot-spot is costly, so it can be avoided, but Hawk-eye could still be useful !

  • borhans on April 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Zimbabwe build an English type pitch & Bd can't play swing well ..but few of our player like sakib,tamim,mushfiq can but one of them is injured ,one just came back from injury & mushfiq is not firing ...Taylor single handedly take the match away from BD ....also half of BD wickets fall for playing T20 shorts in tests ....I think its better for BCB to prepare boys well to play swing bowling & teach them the difference in meaning about being top favorite vs being reckless ..Show respect to opponents cz you already lost a series against them

  • on April 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    BCB should arrange more longer version leagues in Domestic cricket to improve the situation. And also they should make atleast one bouncy pitch and hunt for new fast bowlers, who can atleast ball stick to stick with a good pace and bounce. BD batsmen need to improve batting against pace bowlers in bouncy pitch, which was the major issue in Harara, I think so. I also miss Mashrafee int his series specially for his experience. Anyway, better luck next time to level the series 1-1!

  • BOND_OO7 on April 22, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Now people against Bangladesh are crying here for stripping BD of test status.Not only for this defeat,these people have always been against BD since the day it gained test status. They always say ''bangladesh are playing test for 13 years ,still BD haven't improved enough''.For those i must say, i know how many years NZ,IND,SA took to see their first win in test and become competitive.But there wasn't people to criticize them.Because,Technology wasn't there through which people can criticize. After BD's test status,Technology improved a lot .Whenever Bangladesh Loses a match, haters swarm over Facebook,Twitter,Websites to insult and underestimate,shouting for stripping BD of test status as they have got easy to bash BD through internet. but listen, we dont care what you say. Haters gonna hate.

  • on April 22, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @Ramansilva, Do you see the test matches of BD? If yes, you must have to say umpiring against BD is always poor same as the player's performance. The no ball checking is fair though, and chigumbura was out after 4 overs of that incident.

    I agree the team still not good, but the poor umpiring also reflects the performance and result. In both innings there were genuine LBW s for Taylor which were not given, and only his batting made the differnce. On the other hand in Both innings Jahurul's out was wrong decision. These are just two example. I can point hundreds more examples for previous tests.

  • nzcricket174 on April 22, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Bangladesh are a group of mediocre players with one or two good ones who do something spectacular to save the team from complete embarrassment. When these players don't deliver, the team does awful.

  • uditarao on April 22, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Bangladesh never performed up to the mark in Test matches, still they are searching for the Win since year 2000, though they have some matches in the One Day internationals and T-20 Matches,. they are not up to the mark in Test matches. 12 years is too long a time in International Cricket to Perform as a team. The implementation of BPL has really put their foot back as much as possible. They wanted to become heroes overnight, and its a very bad opinion. The BCB is also playing a lot of politics, any way God save Bangladesh Cricket, hope one day it will live up to its potential.

  • Fan1969 on April 22, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Bangladesh players seem too emotional and lose important moments quickly. I think psychological training will help them. BPL would also help interact with quality international stars. But then please BPL must pay all players on time.

    The fact that in IPL even Shakib is not a first choice for KKR and most players invite no bids is a reflection of the poor standards and the lack of match winners. Why should Narine have more success than Shakib?

    Limited overs game can be won by a sparkling performance for a few overs and thus success by Bangladesh is occassionally seen.

    Test matches are more difficult and I would urge Bangladesh board and fans to be PATIENT. Play fewer tests.

    India won first home test after 20 years, NZ 24 years and SA 17 years. Away victories are even tougher. India won against WI, Eng in 1971 and Aus in 1978

    SL is yet to win an AWAY test in India and Aus and only in 2011 beat SA after 29 years of playing tests.

    Enjoy memories of WI win against a B team though!

  • Marktc on April 22, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Could this be another reason why the lower ranked teams should play more against the teams on the top? I have no doubt that both theses teams have talent, and have lots of room to learn. Playing more against the top teams, even if it means getting slaughtered ever now and then, will go a long way to teaching them the test requirements and allow them to take this back with them.

  • on April 22, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    BD will get back strongly and will slap on the faces of those who are anti-BD. Criticizing a team is one thing and always blaming and undermining is another thing. I can see some indians and pakistanis talking about BD but they don't see their teams' performances. both ind and pak have disgusting records in abroad whether its in SA or in Zim.

  • Ammo666 on April 22, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Hello Zimba fans & those who are against BD... don't keep jumping being so PROUD this much & comment this illogical way, every better teams than BD in the world struggled enough to come at this stage of cricket in test don't forget..& before winning this test series its too much because all of a sudden you might not have a ground to stand even after, will fall right underneath losing anytime... Zimba's played pretty well no one can deny but BD played even more worse to there test standard bec..& obviously the result could have been far different if Zimba's were in BD..but BD must play much more 4 to 5 days match in domestic & ofcourse in different pitch & conditions...every better test teams than BD are never that much comfortable playing away than home especially while playing test & so BD...& obviously fair umpiring helps in big times to any team..its not an excuse but its the fact ok! so ppl should admit this also then when decisions going there way being wrong in critical stage!!

  • Ramansilva on April 22, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    It is not good to blame umpires for the failures of players. BCB should have accepted the nominated umpires before the series in SL and ZIM. Is it wrong to check for no ball after the fall of wicket. Arm chair critiques and fans may make such absurd comments but how can BCB say "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,"

  • gobisar on April 22, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    There is no surprise that BD had a such huge defeat. Its their standard of playing test cricket. They can get some rare win over other international teams but they cannot do it consistently. Zimbabwe had done well in WI even though they lost the series but shown good fight against them.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 22, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Bangladesh is truly a mediocre side

  • shiro1019 on April 22, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    I am sick and tired of these Bangladeshis excuses of ground,whether,umpiring,pitch and timing of the tour etc. They never complain about poor form of their players and poor strategic thinking of their board. It shows how inept their decision makers to compare the batting similarities of two different pitches and two different countries. That shows how they focused and please blame your players and strategic decision makers on how to analyses the varying conditions in different pitches.Talking about umpiring..--- very funny .....because they have the worst ratio in umpiring decision. Pull- up your socks and try to rectify your mistakes and stop complaining.

  • towf on April 22, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    As ever the bigger authority blames those besides themselves. This is Bangladesh's third test series outside Bangladesh since June 2010, the second this year. There were opportunities since then but decided to enhance their reputation in the shorter format against smaller teams and now against one of those teams they played at their home they are embarrassed.

    Time to take domestic first class cricket seriously internationally. Or just forget about test cricket and eventually regular international cricket.

  • Albert_cambell on April 22, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    @ Safwat Zaman. Yes every team gets a bad test. But BD got 68 bad tests....lol. Also its not acceptable to lose by 335 runs against a side like Zim. Ireland would have played better than this.

  • on April 22, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    There is a huge difference between playing One day or T20 and Test Cricket. In Test Cricket, the building blocks are built using one brick at a time. The Bangladeshi Batsmen have the capability to score big runs but they do not have patience to stay and build their innings. Only Shakib has this temperament and Ashraful is learning this after seeing his last few innings. If all other batsmen learn this then they could fair better in Test cricket. Not all players can be Shewag or Hayden or Gilchrist, so they have to play the game to their own potential and build innings. The coach should push these players to play on the balls merit every time instead of just trying to hit a four or six every ball. I think the Bagladeshi batsmen will find their own mistakes and improve themselves in the future. Test status doesn't come easily and they should not lose it by playing badly. Let us hope for the best!!!

  • hystericalnaive on April 22, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    I love the way BCB team gives excuses . Pitch, Umpriring why they didnt call no ball whe Zim were bowling , Timing , practice etc etc. Anyway . For all Zim Cricket Association, pls work out a deal with Andy Flower (Currently coaching England) to come back and coach Zim. He will bring value and results to Zim Cicket. Dont delay.

  • Meety on April 22, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    @Chris_P on (April 21, 2013, 21:26 GMT) - tried to reply to you on a the Match Report, TWICE it din't go thru. Basically - you are right the BCB have no clue about how to get peak performance out of their players. The FC structure in Bangladesh is okay, they have some weaknesses, like pitches are as dead as they get, & too many FC teams - should be only 4 instead of 8. The problem is the ATTITUDE to their domestic FC comp. The "star" players hardly play in it & it is not because they are playing too much Internationals! It is often because they are playing in the Dhaka club cricket pro-comps. This is totally against the concept of Test cricket primacy. This season some of their stars did play in the FC comp & I feel it led to a decent home series v WI, & a pleasing tour of SL. No tour matches in Zim has IMO been the PRIME reason for this debacle, but with Bangladesh it has always been one step fwd, one step back!

  • on April 22, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    My suggestion is to give this opportunity to another country to become a test nation and stop BD playing anymore in tests. They have wasted many many years but not showing any bit of discipline and character in Tests.

    Consider how the Sri Lankans playing in the world class after a few years of winning the test-ship. They had a very good performers and leaders to transit the losing streak to winning within a short span of years after winning after becoming a test nation. It's a shame to hear everyday defeat of BD team as an Asian. Please give this opportunity to another country like even Latin American.....

  • on April 21, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    lol laughing at the people in here...specially who thinks our tigers played bad..well every team do get a bad test.btw lol people talking about taylor him doing good..lets see what he does for the 2nd test...and who wins it...``

  • on April 21, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Don't blame it on umpiring or commentary or conditions. Bangladesh lost to ZIMBABWE, by 400 runs. Zimbabwe, who just got their test status back recently. Face the facts, Bangladesh seeks comfort in the few victories they have had in the last couple of decades. They beat India in the Asia Cup 2011, they beat Australia a couple of years before that, they beat Pakistan in 1999. Big deal! You still have an atrocious record, your players have no heart, your board is messed up, and as fans, you are not willing to accept the reality of the situation. Given the status quo, I don't see your team ever excelling in the next 10 years either.

  • on April 21, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Finally, BD was shown where they really belong to. Draw in Srilanka brought joy tears on BD fans. That shows how low they are in their confidence level. Never come to India, your confidence will be completely sapped out. Same way, never tour England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & New Zealand. Oh! I missed Zimbabwe. Well! at least there they can play their with little confidence. Still 355 run defeat ratifies BD are miles to come before they claim that they are really qualified for test status.

  • sameen101 on April 21, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi and also being a huge cricket fan, Bangladesh should not play test cricket. Im saying this not based on last test match but the remaining 77 test matches(of which 3 wins only) we played over the span of 10-12 years. I love the Bangladeshi players, I watch every game, I had hopes too that we will improve.

    But look at the domestic cricket arrangements,there are no emphasis on four day matches. We,like Zimbabwe, should withdraw our test status ourselves with dignity at least for 5-6yrs and if there is improvement in the mean time, we can come back when we are ready. Honestly,no one wants to play test series against us. So we shouldnt even complain that we dont get the opportunity to play enough test cricket, WE ARE SUBSTANDARD

    With our current infrastructure and current set of attacking players we should focus on ODI's and T20I's only. I believe with enough attention, we have the potential to dominate world cricket in ODI's and we can win world cup like SriLanka 96!

  • aaamsaasza on April 21, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans are not getting it and I don't think they will ever get it. Quite a few of you (BD fans) saying that if Zimbabwe was in Bangladesh the result would have been different. In simple English Zimbabwe would have been on the loosing side?

    Before digesting this assumption I decided to check how strong a Bangladeshi Cricket team is in home conditions; According to status guru, Bangladesh won more test matches overseas then at home. Out of the 39 test matches they played at home since 2000 they won only one test match from 39 attempts. They lost 33 matches at home and managed to draw 5 matches.

    Unfortunately this solitary win cannot be included in the ratio. Because the only win must have fallen in one of the twelve years Bangladesh is playing test cricket. Minus this unique year in which BD won a test, the result is horrible. Bangladesh did not win any test for 11 years even at home.

    Sorry BD fans Zimbabwe would have been victorious even if they were in Bangladesh.

  • Chris_P on April 21, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    "The batting performance in Harare had no similarity with that in Sri Lanka," said Jalal Yunus, the BCB's media committee chairman.. Is he kidding? Perhaps the reason was totally different pitches may provide some answers. This is the reason why DB won't progress, when the players are stymied by a board lacking vision & obviously have no idea about cricket. Timing of the tour, umpires, etc etc etc. Wow, total & I mean total lack of cricket concept.

  • tapooori on April 21, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Dear Bangladesh fans, do not get dishearten with all the crap you read here. NO one is going to take away the test status from your country. Readers here offload their frustration (expecting Bangladesh to justify the status).

    Most of the comments on this site were because BD cricket team performing badly, for the past twelve years. These "so called" critics expected Bangla "Tigers" (this is how you refer your players) to put up a fight. But then, if they put up a fight, they wont be "Bangla Tigers".

    I think, at minimum you can force your Bengali Tigers and the keepers of these Tigers (BCB) not to come out with excuses and blames. For Bangladesh to become a competitive test team, we should anticipate 100+ years (after 90 other countries drafted into test cricket). I am sure our third or fourth generation will see Bangladesh improving in test arena (better ranking than Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Columbia, and other South American, African, and European countries). Keep it up :)

  • Warm_Coffee on April 21, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Bangladesh batted poorly no doubt about that but we don't have pitches like those in Zimbabwe or South Africa where its mostly slow and low. If Zimbabwe had toured Bangladesh for this test series then the opposite would've happened. Take the recent India-Australia test matches, when India toured 4-0 thrashed by the Australians on their bouncy tracks but when Australia toured India, the opposite has happened. That's the sad state of Test Cricket today, teams struggle when they tour away for Tests.

  • on April 21, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    dontlikecricket - you are right in identifying that Bangladesh's domestic 4 day cricket structure is not strong enough. Until just few years ago, it was almost non-existent. But the process has been started. Even though it's still not stable. BD cricket management is as impatient as the fans and they always look for short cut. That has been a problem. We always learn by falling on our face few times first, unlike others who would first do the homework. Whereas Zimbabwe took themselves out of test matches to prepare themselves, BD management fired the coach (Gordon Greenidge) for saying BD is not yet ready to play test and need to first learn to play for 4 days.

  • dontlikecricket on April 21, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Hum, its funny how BD supporters come with all the excuses. Apparently BD team is still learning!! The matter of fact is BD is the worst test playing nation and there has not been notable improvement. A team with around 70 test losses and very few draws and wins is not good enough. I suspect BD has a very weak 4 day domestic structure. The quality of players of other test playing teams even when they are not doing well are much better. BD is not producing enough quality players and I doubt it will change. Maybe it will be a good idea for BD players to play in other countries domestic first class teams in order to get necessary experience and discipline. But the problem is there are not many BD players who will even make into the first class structure of top test playing nations!! This just shows lack of decent players in BD.

  • BOND_OO7 on April 21, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    A commentator named jeremy fredricks described Jahurul islam's dismissal sort of like this" As the batsman looks back at the keeper,that means he might have edged the ball"!!!!!!! Lol, If Batsman's looking back at keeper means he edges the ball,then i must say RIP commentary

  • jackthelad on April 21, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    BanglaBandhu - that's exactly it, such big scorers in Galle, where it would have taken a major excavation contractor to dig any batsman out. In Harare, there was a little help for the bowlers if they plugged on, and - good gracious - the Bangladeshi centurions and double centurions got out to stupid schoolboy shots. Because that is the kind of batsmen they are - good for a quick thirty on their day, but no good for the longer haul or real cricket. Sorry, that's how it is.

  • on April 21, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    I am not trying to find excuse for bad performance. Zimbabwe is strong in home conditions. They also beat India and other countries in recent years on their home ground. My previous statement was on a more philosophical level on the merit on comparing BD cricket test status with Afghanistan, Ireland and other minnows. Economics certainly has effects on over all performance in sports. You can not use one match to see it. It's a long process. Zimbabwe has been going downhill and may have turned a corner with dollarization recently. But Bangladesh has been on the way up. So, our history should not be used to judge our future. BD cricket future is bright.

  • on April 21, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    @mahemaanga your correct lol, kkr are missing Shakib :P, I think he wants to play for kkr and not Bangladesh also pune could use a bit of Tamim Iqbal . But Taylor was the difference between the 2 sides but still you cant hide that we batted poorly. To be fair to Jarvis, Meth and S.Masakadza they arent no Steyn, Philander or Anderson and should be dealt with. For critics to stop questioning Bangladesh's test status, Bangladesh must win by an innings (no chance) and anything less than a win and questions will need to be answered.

  • BanglaBandhu on April 21, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Stop the bickering guys. Bangladesh lost and that's it. Before the Match nobody was using economy, the wicket or the BCB as an excuse. The majority of us expected a BD victory based on BDs performance over the last 18 months. We felt the our T20 Asia Cup runner up position, our SL tour performance, our domestic level BPL exposure were all factors in our chance to shine in Zimbabwe.

    Credit to Zimbabwe bowling which shattered our batting order. . Where was Mushi (our double centurion of Galle), Ashraful (190 in Galle), our come backing Shakib Al Hasan (World number 2 all rounder), Nasir Hossain ("Mr Consistent")?

    Despite all of the above, I'm really really annoyed with two ... poor officiating and poor TV commentary. Many decisions were given in favour of Zimbabwe and against Bangladesh, this can not be denied and could have made the result a lot closer BUT alas the same result.

    Special mention goes to Robiul Islam ... BD seam bowler destroys ZIM top order ... who knew??!

  • AMUZAMMIL on April 21, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    This is the actual fate of high flying Tigers, they are tigers on paper. In srilanka pitches were slow and suited to batting. Here, you can witness seem movement along with a bit bounce. People were expecting alot more from BD, however, it is beyond their reach to play 50 overs in a test innings. A lame excuse from BCB of umpiring and scheduling, reminding us of the self created issue in Asia cup couple of years ago. Senior players played huge politics while touring Pakistan, by compelling court order, always remember, if tigers play more with Pak, they will learn more and get respect, if not then results are in front of you. A couple of poor showings in test matches, then ICC should replace their test status with Afghanistan i reckon.

  • jackthelad on April 21, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Zeuskhan - perfectly correct, the Zimbabwean economy in the last decade or more has been one of the most feeble in the world, far worse than any point Bangladesh has descended to (there was, a few years ago, a sign in a South African toilet asking patrons not to flush 'cardboard, used diapers, Zimbabwe dollars or similar rubbish'). The astonishing thing is that they can fund a Test side at all, or host a tournament. Bangladesh's problems are cricket-related, not economic. and some of their 'fans' - who are as one-eyed as the worst Cyclops - are at least partly to blame.

  • Dhutugemunu on April 21, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    BD players are not fit. Most of the year they are in the hospital. They are not patient enough to play test cricket. Fans are not patient enough though. They ask for the heads of experienced players when BD loses big as usual. BCB also floods the team with young players. Then fans make excuses that we have a young team, we are missing long list of hospitalized players or out of form players. When they have nothing to say, they blame pitch, out field, umpiring decisions and criticize opposition players. - 13 years of BD Test Cricket -

  • truthfinder on April 21, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    BCB should not openly criticize the players, that'll shutter their self confidence. BCB should realize that Zimbabwe is historically much stronger cricke team than Bangladesh. In fact among the whites the standard of cricket nearly equivalent to South Africa. Before Mugabe's regime started, they (majorly participated by white players) own an away series against Pakistan, own test matches against India, West indies, Sri Lanka at home. They were moving fast becoming a very strong side especially at home.BCB should remember Harare used to be the den of Zimbabwe and as sub continental team are worthless in seaming condition this kind of result is quite expected. Even Pakistan, India lost there at the peak of their legends like Tendulkar, Akram, Waqr.

  • Sadequl on April 21, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Dear think tanks of BCB please stop the drama & stop criticizing the players only for such poor performance. This is the outcome which you have done all these years after getting the test status from ICC. Till now U did this quite frequently when boys failed to perform. U just blame them or others to get away from your responsibilities. Blaming others is easy but it's not any real solution at all.

    Just ask your selves what have U guys done for sustaining the test status for the nation? Being a test playing nation where is the pace academy, where is pace bowling or our batting coach, where is our bouncy pitches which every test playing nations R playing, what strategy U guys have taken yet to find out our future test players in the nations?

    So being a test playing nation please do act like a real test board before its get too late & ICC came in to the act with seriousness.

  • maheemanga on April 21, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Dear BCB, while other teams like SL & WI rescheduled their tour for IPL, BD is playing against Zim!!!...Cant this series been shifted to June-July?...Just see the score 134 & 147...Its a message to BCB that "We wanted to enjoy IPL"

  • Sadequl on April 21, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    If we would have not found few talented cricketers atm in our BD team then just think where our real standard would have been went though! So BCB's management should stop bashing the players only & to be frank if now BD plays test match with [with all due respect to other countries] Ire, Ned, Scot, Afg or other associated members there is a chance they might even loss with some of them as well. This is for sure not getting upwards of performance for a test playing nation by anymeans & if BCB thinks they can get away the way they R doing then perhaps they R wrong & don't think fans will ever forgive them for such injustice to put the whole nation into such humiliations repeatedly in the future.

  • zeuskhan on April 21, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    I dont think bringing economies into consideration for a bad performance in a cricket match is a good idea. If BD has been going through tough times as a nation and that is why their team has been performing poorly then what can we say about Zimbabwe. Is Zimbabwe's export also more than BD ? A poor performance is just a poor performance. No need to justify it. And a consistent poor performance surely raise questions over the capability of a team.

  • on April 21, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    It seems that every now and then when BD team has a bad loss, the non-BD cricket fans have a field day. BD is still learning to win in test and T20. But, comparing BD to Afghanistan and Ireland is an insult without merit. As if the top teams never have such days. In BD, there was hardly any competitive cricket before independence in 1971. In 70s BD just came out of a famine. The majority people had lower calorie intake and shorter lifespan. That explains the size and height of the players. In most countries success in sports comes after success in economics. It's only since 90s that BD started to have strong economic progress. Last year BD surpassed Pakistan in exports with smaller population. BD's prospect in cricket is stronger than Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland because of ample supply of players, a strong fan base and a growing economy. That's why BD got test status instead of Kenya. It's only matter of time.

  • optimist_2013 on April 21, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    just have a look,zim players were consistent after losing wickets early but they have the technique how to control damage even if such destruction had been faced.In contrast to BD players lost their consistency after observing such damage control in field.I think they lost the rhythm of playing session by session. Anyways,this is not only the fault of bd players but also of the selectors. BD team felt the necessity of a third simmer out and out.I hope BD will come back in a newer shape.inshallah

  • jackthelad on April 21, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    I don't believe there are any significant 'fitness issues', and Bangladesh batted exactly the same in Harare as in Sri Lanka, or anywhere else. The big difference is that there was something for the bowlers in Zimbabwe whereas Sri produced two of the most lifeless featherbed pitches stuffed with runs that any batsman could dream of (it took enormous effort for a batsman to get out on those Sri Lankan pitches). Typical moonshine from a Bangladeshi Board that doesn't know what it's doing.

  • tapooori on April 21, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Am I dreaming or reading it correctly, a statement from an official of BD board,

    "The team has been doing quite well before this Test match so it is hard to understand how they have suddenly played so poorly."

    When did BD perform well? If the first test against Sri lanaka is the turning point, since that test BD lost two matches very heavily and one of them against a # 10 team. BD team, board, selectors, and above all the fans do not understand that BD was never and will never be a test team (at least with this lot of hyper-excited players and board members). Bangladesh earned test status on the merit of one day games and therefore approaching test matches as one-day matches.

    In one area though they have progressed from 10th spot to 1st spot within couple of years and maintaining it since then. And the area is finding EXCUSES for anything and/or everything. Now they have even bettered this quality by converting excuses to BLAMES. Put blames on umpires, opponent, grounds.......

  • cric_info_man on April 21, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    This is the reality of BD cricket. shouting, bragging and fighting on all medias that they belong in the top tier while they are out classed by a much better side, BD is the worst test team which in all honesty still does not deserve to play the big boys, its a waste of time for the top test teams. In reality Zimbabwe is the team BD portrays to be, a much smaller franchise in terms of finances and resources but packing a mighty good punch and with a punchline that ZIM deserves more opportunity with the big boys to grow and not BD who have been in the same place forever. the punching bag for all including ZIM.

  • Crick_Expert on April 21, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    It TRUTH that BD team not having capability to play test cricket. We should thanks to Pakistan who gave us test status.

  • on April 21, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    @Rajiv007. Shakib is not a test batsman. He is one of the main elements of Bangladesh! He is the second best all-rounder in the world! Even if Shakib Al Hasan gone to IPL! He would not get chance! Rather sit in the bench! Not becuase of bad performance, he showed class in each innings. Every player have a bad time. But Shakib should regain his form and should score those big ones again

  • pull_shot on April 21, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    from seeing the results i am really interested to see srilanka vs zimbabwe with out classy sangakkara

  • on April 21, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I guess BCB has lost it's marbles!

    There is a distinct possibility that Bangla were outplayed by Zimbabwe. It's no fun to play in a team where players blame others for losses. It goes up 1 or 2 notches when management and board start criticizing players.

    If Sri Lanka didn't offer up a road for a pitch in Galle, Bangla would have lost the test series 2-0.

    It's time to stop the drama and become a better test team!

  • aewahid on April 21, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Even top teams criticize umpires, I'm glad the BCB finally got the stones to raise an issue of umpiring bias against Bangladesh. Facts are facts.

  • on April 21, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    BD is world no. 1 :P no doubt in that

  • jcdill on April 21, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Finally this so called BD team has proven to their fans who they really are. i can still remember how these bangladeshi fans boasted about their team's performance on their SL tour.they only clinched a one day match due to rain affected situation but they talked in a way they could have white washed SL team in all formats.we know BD is a good side,bt they lack consistency that much better teams got.so better to work on that and you fans better to keep eye on that.

  • Rajiv007 on April 21, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Shakib should come back..he is not a test player...should join KKR team... they needs him...

  • Stateside_Steve on April 21, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Talk about loosing sorely, this is very unbecoming of a office bearer to go after every one from umpires to the host board. Jalal Yunus should cal it as it is, Zimbabwe outplayed BD and was the better team. Work on things you can control and stop coming up with lame excuses.

  • on April 21, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Shame on BCB! You are continuously failing to manage fitness and injuries of the players which caused heavily in the SL and now in Zim tour, failed to give proper physio, trainer and fielding coach & supporting stuffs ! why do u criticize the players for the failure, rather u should only criticize yourselves for not taking the right strategy, planning, effort, activities to go for right direction of BD cricket! your all efforts are only directed to organize the picnic cricket like BPL! But u failed to build a single sporting/bouncy pitch so far, failed to organize adequate longer version and 1st class matches & tournaments and the complete absence of pacer hunt activities & training!

  • getsetgopk on April 21, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    What? Barely a few days ago they were announcing "BONUSES" for drawing test matches and now they are upset that they got a thrashing which they usually get more often than not. Cut down on the dramatics a bit here, BD is a minnow in the true sense and are where they should be. Zim on the other hand is a far better team than people like to give them credit for. They were ousted from the test system but they are back with a point to prove. BD's 13 years has borne no fruit yet and doesn't look like either. Afg and Ireland too will be far more resilient teams than these so called tigers if given a chance!

  • AHZ-Dubai on April 21, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    BD have never been a Test lass team and will never be. To put things in perspective, the current ZIM team is one of weakest side to represent any country in the history of Test cricket. This statement most astute cricket observers will agree with. Whether ZIM should play Test cricket is up for serious debate. In this scenario for BD to lose a match (mismatch!) by such a heavy margin asks for difficult decisions to be taken. Decisions that ICC has kept in abeyance for far too long. It's time for BD to lose Test status to make sure that Test status has to be earned an not just given on a platter.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 21, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    For the 2nd test, I think momenul huq , marshall ayoub and anamul should play in place of mahmudullah nafees and jahurul. Even Mosharraf hossain can be given chance.

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Mr Zalal, not criticize the players, rather criticize yourselves and your team management, becoz; 1) failing to pick the 3rd seamer in seaming condition, 2) after playing 1 day & t20 matches in low bouncy and flat pitches in SL, then directly sending into the longer version in opposite bouncy pitch without arranging any single practice match, 3) before coming in Zim, failing to arrange a single day practice (should arrange practice in bouncy & swinging pitch), 4) failing to make adequate gap between the SL & Zim trip as the whole team looked exhausted, 5) failed to pick fit players (Shakib,Nafees, Rubel looked unfit), 6) failed to pick inform players like mominul, marshal (wrongly picked mahmudullah), 7) failed to draw attention of ICC for the bias umpiring 8) failed to manage players fitness and injuries, 9) failed to give fielding coach & other supporting stuffs, and above of all failed to make sporting/bouncy pitch, adequate longer version matches, absence of pacer hunt in home...

  • BOND_OO7 on April 21, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    BCB,Strengthen First class infrastructure,Make pacy and bouncy wicket,Arrange a 5 day tournament that should last all year through,launch a batsman- pacer hunt campaign aiming to collect players aged 16-18 and bring them up under proper care and training.Players should not be allowed to play outside t20 domestic league like IPL,BBL,County. Everyday players should practicse for 6 hours. Code of conduct should be strictly followed by the players. players should not be allowed to act in advertisement. As a cricketer, their only job is play cricket ,nothing else

  • BOND_OO7 on April 21, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    BCB All you can do is criticizing team after a humiliating defeat.As the days pass,then you forget that humiliation.Now, haven't you seen enough in this tour? Putting blames on the players won't do any good.Enough is enough.please, Strengthen the First class infrastructure,make pacy and bouncy wicket.Players should practise 6 hours a day even when int. or domestic schedule is off. Players should be in practice 365 days.Please, BCB make a move now.

  • drnaveed on April 21, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    continued from my last comments ... other wise, BD will not win test matches , even after playing 1000 years of test cricket.look at performances of other teams immediately or even some time after entering test cricket arena. perhaps every other team , excluding just ZIM, were able to ,atleast give up some good performances against their rivals, like PAK,just won a test match in their first ever series , and also other teams were also able to defeat their oppositions in their early periods of entry into test match cricket, and they all continued to improve from then and there on, but perhaps , we could not say the same about the BD side. apart from occasional good individual performances , here and there ,their doesn't seems to be a team effort.their players, coaches , commentators and even the crowd gets excited, pretty soon,for eg. by bowling out their opposition for a total of about 250 or 300 runs ,in the 1st innings of a test match , they all start celebrating as if they had won.

  • Damian123 on April 21, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Let's face the truth. BD is not yet ready to play Test cricket & the way things are happening, they may not be ready for the next 25 years, irrespective of the passion of their fans!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 21, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    BCB criticized players for this massive defeat. But this per4mance is because of Board. They haven't managed to organize a good First Class tournament so far apart 4m picnic FC season. This woeful per4mance will continue indefinitely unless BCB produce a top class First Class competition.

  • Swopnosari_BD on April 21, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I think, it is best: 1. Jahurul 2. Ashraful 3. Sakib 4. Mushfiq 5. Mominul 6. Nasir 7. Gazi 8. Zia 9. Anamul jnr 10. Rabiul 11. Shafiul caz, tamim injury.

    Seamer: rabiul, shafiul, zia & nasir. Spinner: sakib, gazi, anamul.

  • drnaveed on April 21, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    well mr jalal yunus,lets suppose we agree that the umpire's decisions went against you in this test match and also against the series in SL,than what about the list of other loses your team suffered so far ,since your team's arrival in the test matches arena .were they all (loses)were because of the poor decisions also. no dear,look for the cause of so regular defeats ,some where else. your team still hasn't been able to come up with terms as far as test matches is concerned. BD batsmen plays test matches loke one days matches,no one wants to stay on the crease for a longer duration of time, thanks to the 20--20 format of the game,and why they should do , they are earning more in 4 to 5 hours , than playing for 30 hours ,for a test match.i am afraid ,BD team should focus on playing more test matches,and should have a separate team for test matches, comprising of players ,who seriously want to play test matches,and not those who want to play it as an adventure............

  • Rohit... on April 21, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Message from India: Don't worry... Sometimes Failures prove to be boon in the long term as players tend to watch their short-comings which they would generally overlooked had they won.... Getting disheartened will only see the downfall. So, Cheer up and look into the future.

  • AlpineWalker on April 21, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    I thought you were supposed to be criticised in private and praised in public. Whatever happened is not good, but the administrators are supposed to hold the criticism for a private meeting with the players. The morale would go further down of the players.

  • Baundele on April 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Bangladesh underestimated Zimbabwe. I think, after the good showing in Sri Lanka, they took it for granted to win against Zimbabwe. Unfit players like Shakib, Tamim, Shahadat should return home immediately. It is not a holiday tour.

  • on April 21, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    If we are talking about senior players not showing enough responsibilities, I will talk about Mahmudullah. I have no idea on what he was doing in the second innings provided he has been lacking form. Patience was required to ease the pressure as they were already a few wickets down. But he kept on hitting and being aggressive as if it was a T20 cricket. Such cricket is not expected from a vice captain. It's high time the players realise how to deal with different situations and condition, especially in test matches.

  • TopOrder_ on April 21, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Yunus said "The team has been doing quite well before this Test match"can u please explain how long before?...the answer is NEVER. This is usual BD team that we know. This is what it was, this is what it is and this is what it ever will be.....Go Tigers!!!LOL.

  • SettingSun on April 21, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Bangladesh were absolutely pathetic. Zimbabwe are a poor team and they completely outplayed them, besides the excellent efforts from Robiul Islam. Over 12 years Bangladesh have been a test team for and aside from the occasional good team innings, they show no sign of improvement. They are awful.

  • SettingSun on April 21, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Bangladesh were absolutely pathetic. Zimbabwe are a poor team and they completely outplayed them, besides the excellent efforts from Robiul Islam. Over 12 years Bangladesh have been a test team for and aside from the occasional good team innings, they show no sign of improvement. They are awful.

  • TopOrder_ on April 21, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Yunus said "The team has been doing quite well before this Test match"can u please explain how long before?...the answer is NEVER. This is usual BD team that we know. This is what it was, this is what it is and this is what it ever will be.....Go Tigers!!!LOL.

  • on April 21, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    If we are talking about senior players not showing enough responsibilities, I will talk about Mahmudullah. I have no idea on what he was doing in the second innings provided he has been lacking form. Patience was required to ease the pressure as they were already a few wickets down. But he kept on hitting and being aggressive as if it was a T20 cricket. Such cricket is not expected from a vice captain. It's high time the players realise how to deal with different situations and condition, especially in test matches.

  • Baundele on April 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Bangladesh underestimated Zimbabwe. I think, after the good showing in Sri Lanka, they took it for granted to win against Zimbabwe. Unfit players like Shakib, Tamim, Shahadat should return home immediately. It is not a holiday tour.

  • AlpineWalker on April 21, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    I thought you were supposed to be criticised in private and praised in public. Whatever happened is not good, but the administrators are supposed to hold the criticism for a private meeting with the players. The morale would go further down of the players.

  • Rohit... on April 21, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Message from India: Don't worry... Sometimes Failures prove to be boon in the long term as players tend to watch their short-comings which they would generally overlooked had they won.... Getting disheartened will only see the downfall. So, Cheer up and look into the future.

  • drnaveed on April 21, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    well mr jalal yunus,lets suppose we agree that the umpire's decisions went against you in this test match and also against the series in SL,than what about the list of other loses your team suffered so far ,since your team's arrival in the test matches arena .were they all (loses)were because of the poor decisions also. no dear,look for the cause of so regular defeats ,some where else. your team still hasn't been able to come up with terms as far as test matches is concerned. BD batsmen plays test matches loke one days matches,no one wants to stay on the crease for a longer duration of time, thanks to the 20--20 format of the game,and why they should do , they are earning more in 4 to 5 hours , than playing for 30 hours ,for a test match.i am afraid ,BD team should focus on playing more test matches,and should have a separate team for test matches, comprising of players ,who seriously want to play test matches,and not those who want to play it as an adventure............

  • Swopnosari_BD on April 21, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I think, it is best: 1. Jahurul 2. Ashraful 3. Sakib 4. Mushfiq 5. Mominul 6. Nasir 7. Gazi 8. Zia 9. Anamul jnr 10. Rabiul 11. Shafiul caz, tamim injury.

    Seamer: rabiul, shafiul, zia & nasir. Spinner: sakib, gazi, anamul.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 21, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    BCB criticized players for this massive defeat. But this per4mance is because of Board. They haven't managed to organize a good First Class tournament so far apart 4m picnic FC season. This woeful per4mance will continue indefinitely unless BCB produce a top class First Class competition.

  • Damian123 on April 21, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Let's face the truth. BD is not yet ready to play Test cricket & the way things are happening, they may not be ready for the next 25 years, irrespective of the passion of their fans!