Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 April 1, 2013

A timely boost for Bangladesh

The performance in Sri Lanka is a significant stepping stone for Bangladesh and its impact should be felt in the near future
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In a few years from now, Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka in 2013 may be forgotten as one comprising just another routine set of games. It had a 1-0 win in the Test series for the much-stronger hosts, a rain-affected 1-1 ODI series result, and a solitary Twenty20 fixture before the IPL. However, for the Bangladesh team, this tour has been a major shot in the arm, and its impact will be felt in a few years' time.

The drawn Test in Galle and the come-from-behind ODI win in Pallekele stick out, as do captain Mushfiqur Rahim's double-century, Mohammad Ashraful's long-awaited return to runs, Nasir Hossain's growing confidence, and the lacklustre pace bowling. The team's performance and the development of individual players have been the primary concerns of Bangladesh cricket; in that regard, this is an unprecedented accomplishment as it all came together in the backyard of a superior opponent.

Apart from the results, it has been remarkable how certain areas that went unnoticed even during successes at home have surfaced here and become contributing factors to the team's impressive performance. The first among them has been how the leadership injected belief into a team that was without its best all-round cricketer for the entire tour, and partly without its best batsman and senior-most bowler. Imagine Sri Lanka without Kumar Sangakkara for the whole series, and Rangana Herath for parts of it, and it will give you a fair idea of the personnel missing for the Bangladesh side.

Mushfiqur's management skills and personality were both put to the test over the 32 days in Sri Lanka. He has dispelled notions of any fragility and has show that even without scoring runs he can be the driving force in the team. It represents a big change from what Mushfiqur was perceived as when he took over as captain. His deputy Mahmudullah and head coach Shane Jurgensen, too, helped him

Mahmudullah didn't have a great series, personally, but he has had an influence over how the team has fared. The lack of runs didn't force him into a shell, as his bowling has shown. He has been the quietest player in the team so far as media interactions go, but, in Galle and Colombo, one could hear him shout the loudest from the dressing room balcony whenever a bit of cheering was required. Jurgensen has worked quietly behind the scenes, leading the support staff and keeping the younger players honest to the cause. He has been hands-on, and has given the players enough space to think for themselves.

Ashraful reshaped his batting on his own, as much as Nasir has grown more confident each time he steps out to bat. Two batsmen born in different decades have taken key positions in the line-up and provided a glimpse of what the future holds, and what processes to avoid. Ashraful should have adopted a tighter approach years back. Nasir, on the other hand, has done himself no harm by not complicating matters. His pre-batting routines, attitude towards certain situations in long and short-form cricket, should be lapped up by younger players.

Among those who stick by Nasir often is Mominul Haque, a junior to Nasir from their Bangladesh Institute of Sports days. Mominul is a presence that a shot-happy batting line-up needs to find balance. His ability to rotate strike from early stages in his innings has won him a place in the senior side, and it is good news for the team that he has been able to repeat that in Tests.

Anamul Haque's tour has been a contrast to Mominul's. Anamul decided to play Test cricket in the traditional fashion, only to have a poor game in Galle . It was his first real slide in the last 12 months, during which he has scored centuries at every level including ODIs. He has to quickly realise that playing his natural game, while being more alert, is a better approach.

Jahurul Islam, too, had to do well in this series and there were moments when he looked comfortable with Test cricket. But, often, he gave it away after making a start, which should sting him and motivate him to do better next time.

Sohag Gazi, too, had a relatively quiet, given the pressure on his shoulders ahead of the tour. He showed patches of brilliance, but there was too much asked of him in only his second international series, and his first tour with the senior side. He has a lot of bowling to do; letting him blend in slowly would be the best way forward.

Robiul Islam and Abul Hasan have emerged as two out of four pace bowlers who could somewhat hold their heads high. Both showed hunger despite their limitations in skill. Robiul, a domestic-circuit stalwart by Bangladesh standards, has several technical areas to work on but he is one who has to be given a longer run. So should Abul, who can bowl quick but often fades away after one good spell.

Apart from Sohag, none of the bowlers appeared to be up to Test standards. Shahadat Hossain's fitness is a major concern while Rubel Hossain looks like a bowler who has to be left to his own devices from time to time, to generate more self-belief.

This tour has given Bangladesh plenty to cheer, and must be remembered for being one where they remained competitors through its entire duration. But it shouldn't be a lasting memory necessarily; it was, after all, only a stepping stone for what, Bangladesh must hope, will be more memorable success in the future. As an indication of how well Bangladesh can perform when on tour against a better team, these 32 days have served a strong example.

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

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  • stormy16 on April 3, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    This should be a happy series for BD and they scalled previously unscalled heights if merely being comeptitive was one of them. I think the two big hundreds in Galle could be a turning point for BD cricket as this was a major hole in the armoury - the ability to make huge hundreds and its finally arrived. The youngsters in the batting order are also something to get excited about and of course the so called seniors are all below 30 and this unit in my opinion has the opportunity to take BD to the next level. The bowling will always be a problem but BD have what it takes to compete with the lower half of the test table I reckon. They still have work to do given the recent showing against the WI at home but if I was in the BD corner I would be waiting patiently for this group of players to prosper in the next few years. I think the next BD V SL tour when SL are bound to be without their 35+ stars and BD with all their current team will be a different story.

  • Fogu on April 1, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    BD fans are passionate and at times we go over the board. When we win, we say we are the best and when we lose, we want to fire everyone. Not all but some. BD needs to focus on Test and ODI. Batting is definitely better and we do not crumble at the sight of big targets like we used to. Still need better temperament for Tests. Fast bowling is our downfall. We have to have a better plan to generate better fast bowlers with good control. Our best Test team IMO is: Tamim, Jahurul, Ashraful, Mushfique, Shakib, Nasir, Mominul, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Abul Hasan & Mashrafe. Reserves: Anamul, Robiul, Rubel, Zia, Shamsur, Marshall, Enamul, Mosharraf, Razzak, Shafiul and Taskin. Abul is young and needs mentoring from Mashrafe. This line up gives us best Fast bowling, Spin and long batting option.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    great article!!!!!!!!! This tour has given Bangladesh plenty to cheer, and must be remembered for being one where they remained competitors through its entire duration. But it shouldn't be a lasting memory necessarily; it was, after all, only a stepping stone for what, Bangladesh must hope, will be more memorable success in the future. As an indication of how well Bangladesh can perform when on tour against a better team, these 32 days have served a strong example.

  • sfarazi on April 1, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    There are more positives than negatives coming out of this tour of SL and it's a credit to our boys for holding themselves together knowing that their main man Shakib is not playing. I think it will give Shakib some peace of mind knowing that he won't have to carry the team on his shoulders. I personally feel calling Mushfiq a textbook captain is rather harsh considering it's still early days for him and he's definitely intelligent enough to become a diligent captain. In saying that, Bangladesh really need to focus on building a strong pace attack by developing the young pacers who played in this tour and maybe even Taskin. They need to make sure that Mashrafee stay fit for long periods of time because he is the senior fast bowler and needs to lead the attack. Anyways, good work boys! Hope to see you perform well in Zim :)

  • britishcricketfan on April 4, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    i really hope nasir has the opportunity to play county cricket cos he's good enough. ive seen too many average overseas players from australia play in england for too long now (e.g khawaja and AUS a player playing for leicestershire). time for english fans to see real talent like nasir on the county cricket circuit!!!

  • Meety on April 4, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Managed right, there is a good chance that Bangladesh can be the best team in Asia in the next 5 years. They have depth in batting resources, they have plenty of allrounders & they have plenty of spin bowling options too. Pace bowling (bowling & facing), is the biggest problem they have. It won't be terminal in Asia, but they will struggle immensely on bouncier decks. How Bangladesh face up to the pressure of playing a Test series where they are the Favourites to win will be interesting - it is a different type of pressure that they cannot be use to. == == == I really rate Rahim, & I wish him the best with the captaincy. Hopefully Shakib will play?

  • on April 3, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Can I just take a moment to mention Abdur Razzak, one of the humblest but most talented members of the squad...it seems like he is forgotten and overshadowed in every match...don't forget, the 10 overs he can bowl in the ODIs are about as close a BD captain can have to flawless 10 overs (currently, sans Shakib). He is calm, easygoing, never gives too many runs and picks lots of wickets by creating pressure with his tight bowling...like his brilliant 5-for to reach 200, where he almost got a hat-trick as well...Hope to see more of him in the limited overs games...

  • on April 2, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    well palyed Bd , I am with the result but don't want to see Shahadat any more for BD , Ziaur rahman would be my ultimate choice against shahadat because he is an allrounder , Shahadat just good for nothing, he is responsible for many matches that BD lost. please Akram khan give some else opportunity to play for BD rather this experience brainless shadat .

  • Captainman on April 2, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Obviously BPL has done something to our players especially mentally that just because they are Pakistani, English or whatever doesn't mean you cannot do it. Talent was never a question in Bangladesh it was their negativity but that's now disposed in the bin and instead of have positivity. We have exciting young prospects like Mominul, Anamul, Gazi, Nasir etc but also we have our experience players Shakib, Tamim, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mortaza, Razzak etc to ease the pressure on our new youngster and so all of them can perform to their best. Bangladesh Cricket have great things to come yet.

  • The_Ashes on April 2, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    All in all it was a good series for Bangladesh team. Now we have Zimbabwe which btw won't be easy especially what happened the last time we toured there and need to rectify that in a few weeks but have to win both the main series. After that Bangladesh won't be participating in the ICC Trophy but if we can arrange an ODI series with the top associate nation Ireland that would be great for the team and will finally shut the critics which team of the 2 is better.

  • stormy16 on April 3, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    This should be a happy series for BD and they scalled previously unscalled heights if merely being comeptitive was one of them. I think the two big hundreds in Galle could be a turning point for BD cricket as this was a major hole in the armoury - the ability to make huge hundreds and its finally arrived. The youngsters in the batting order are also something to get excited about and of course the so called seniors are all below 30 and this unit in my opinion has the opportunity to take BD to the next level. The bowling will always be a problem but BD have what it takes to compete with the lower half of the test table I reckon. They still have work to do given the recent showing against the WI at home but if I was in the BD corner I would be waiting patiently for this group of players to prosper in the next few years. I think the next BD V SL tour when SL are bound to be without their 35+ stars and BD with all their current team will be a different story.

  • Fogu on April 1, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    BD fans are passionate and at times we go over the board. When we win, we say we are the best and when we lose, we want to fire everyone. Not all but some. BD needs to focus on Test and ODI. Batting is definitely better and we do not crumble at the sight of big targets like we used to. Still need better temperament for Tests. Fast bowling is our downfall. We have to have a better plan to generate better fast bowlers with good control. Our best Test team IMO is: Tamim, Jahurul, Ashraful, Mushfique, Shakib, Nasir, Mominul, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Abul Hasan & Mashrafe. Reserves: Anamul, Robiul, Rubel, Zia, Shamsur, Marshall, Enamul, Mosharraf, Razzak, Shafiul and Taskin. Abul is young and needs mentoring from Mashrafe. This line up gives us best Fast bowling, Spin and long batting option.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    great article!!!!!!!!! This tour has given Bangladesh plenty to cheer, and must be remembered for being one where they remained competitors through its entire duration. But it shouldn't be a lasting memory necessarily; it was, after all, only a stepping stone for what, Bangladesh must hope, will be more memorable success in the future. As an indication of how well Bangladesh can perform when on tour against a better team, these 32 days have served a strong example.

  • sfarazi on April 1, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    There are more positives than negatives coming out of this tour of SL and it's a credit to our boys for holding themselves together knowing that their main man Shakib is not playing. I think it will give Shakib some peace of mind knowing that he won't have to carry the team on his shoulders. I personally feel calling Mushfiq a textbook captain is rather harsh considering it's still early days for him and he's definitely intelligent enough to become a diligent captain. In saying that, Bangladesh really need to focus on building a strong pace attack by developing the young pacers who played in this tour and maybe even Taskin. They need to make sure that Mashrafee stay fit for long periods of time because he is the senior fast bowler and needs to lead the attack. Anyways, good work boys! Hope to see you perform well in Zim :)

  • britishcricketfan on April 4, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    i really hope nasir has the opportunity to play county cricket cos he's good enough. ive seen too many average overseas players from australia play in england for too long now (e.g khawaja and AUS a player playing for leicestershire). time for english fans to see real talent like nasir on the county cricket circuit!!!

  • Meety on April 4, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Managed right, there is a good chance that Bangladesh can be the best team in Asia in the next 5 years. They have depth in batting resources, they have plenty of allrounders & they have plenty of spin bowling options too. Pace bowling (bowling & facing), is the biggest problem they have. It won't be terminal in Asia, but they will struggle immensely on bouncier decks. How Bangladesh face up to the pressure of playing a Test series where they are the Favourites to win will be interesting - it is a different type of pressure that they cannot be use to. == == == I really rate Rahim, & I wish him the best with the captaincy. Hopefully Shakib will play?

  • on April 3, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Can I just take a moment to mention Abdur Razzak, one of the humblest but most talented members of the squad...it seems like he is forgotten and overshadowed in every match...don't forget, the 10 overs he can bowl in the ODIs are about as close a BD captain can have to flawless 10 overs (currently, sans Shakib). He is calm, easygoing, never gives too many runs and picks lots of wickets by creating pressure with his tight bowling...like his brilliant 5-for to reach 200, where he almost got a hat-trick as well...Hope to see more of him in the limited overs games...

  • on April 2, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    well palyed Bd , I am with the result but don't want to see Shahadat any more for BD , Ziaur rahman would be my ultimate choice against shahadat because he is an allrounder , Shahadat just good for nothing, he is responsible for many matches that BD lost. please Akram khan give some else opportunity to play for BD rather this experience brainless shadat .

  • Captainman on April 2, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Obviously BPL has done something to our players especially mentally that just because they are Pakistani, English or whatever doesn't mean you cannot do it. Talent was never a question in Bangladesh it was their negativity but that's now disposed in the bin and instead of have positivity. We have exciting young prospects like Mominul, Anamul, Gazi, Nasir etc but also we have our experience players Shakib, Tamim, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mortaza, Razzak etc to ease the pressure on our new youngster and so all of them can perform to their best. Bangladesh Cricket have great things to come yet.

  • The_Ashes on April 2, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    All in all it was a good series for Bangladesh team. Now we have Zimbabwe which btw won't be easy especially what happened the last time we toured there and need to rectify that in a few weeks but have to win both the main series. After that Bangladesh won't be participating in the ICC Trophy but if we can arrange an ODI series with the top associate nation Ireland that would be great for the team and will finally shut the critics which team of the 2 is better.

  • on April 2, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Imagine Sri Lanka without Kumar Sangakkara and Dilshan for the whole series, and Rangana Herath for parts of it, and it will give you a fair idea of the personnel missing for the Bangladesh side. And everybody should concern about it! If Shakib and Mash would there then the story might be different.

  • AzAb12754 on April 2, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    No doubt Bangladesh are an improving team not a top team but an improving one and a lot of these other fans are having a hard time to swallow the truth which is good to see but they are just fans nothing more doesn't affect our Cricket in anyway. But what I want to see from Bangladesh is keep this consistency up and show that fighting spirit. Fast bowling is a major concern and this is something which can ruin the hardwork our batsman and spinners do on the field.

  • siponus2007 on April 2, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    i want to see more series in this year against england , australia or south africa

  • BBrianBlair on April 2, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    @Albert_cambell

    The current BD team is indeed not as good as the Zimbabwe Team of 90s but we do know for a fact that the current Bd cricketers are all ''made in Bangladesh.'' Zimbabwe's main reason for downfall in recent years is that the cricketers who depend solely on local resources are not of competitive level. Zimbabwe in 90s was mainly a team that relied on ''imported players'' but BD relies on hard working local youths who are determined to succeed at top level and the resources available for them are also improving, something that we can't say about Zimbabwe.

  • British_North_America on April 2, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Albert_cambell Before talking so much on BD, win a knock out match in the world cup.Whole Cricket world call SA a choker.They even loosed to New Zealand in the last world cup while BD beat New Zealand 4-0 in a home series before that.

  • Rafelgibt on April 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    @Albert_cambell on (April 2, 2013, 2:32 GMT) You remind me of West Indies team.Once they were the world beaters and still they think they are.Such a unrealistic thoughts!!!We are talking about the present and upcoming future.Not the past what were we.Unfortunately you are bound to that PAST time period.Wake up buddy.Think about the present and take the initiatives to make the future better.Unnecessary talking of PAST will complicate your PRESENT which are showing in current ZIM situations.All the best.....

  • Albert_cambell on April 2, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Dream on Bangladeshi fans. minnows are always minnows. This BD team is not even closer to the class of Our neighbours(Zimbabwe) in the late 90s. They have won a test series in PAK in JUST 7 years. What has BD even done in test cricket in the past 13 years? Its funny their fans talk about shakib being the NO.1 allrounder. But they never realise andy flower remained as No1 test batsman for several years(Dont forget he was competing with lara, sachin, Waugh, ponting,Hayden.etc and also he faced legendary bowlers in his time). In 6 years they produced a batsman like him. My question to BD fans, do they even have a batsman like flower. I would say this One Andy Flower is more than for this entire BD team.

  • on April 2, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    BCB Chief Selector Akram khan, attention please, Taskin should be taken instead of Shahadat. Shuvo and Tamim can open. To promote our pace attack introduce seam wicket than spin. Otherwise problem you all have to carry more. Abul, Rubel is not fit to play international level cricket. Shahadat should be take in under 17 cricket. But since he is aged than 15. So he should take retire for give the nation shame of (4-0-54-0). Shahadat YOU SHOULD HAVE SHAME. ICC should train Sri Lankakan Umpires. Their role model Asoka De Silva's followers are umpiring biasedly, shame for Sri Lanka.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    The best pacer BD has now is the unfortunate Nazmul Hossen.

  • Sadequl on April 1, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Dear BCB & selection management if you can hear, please for God's sake "STOP" using "Shahadat Hossain" as a pace bowler in limited over's cricket & if you really want to try try something different & try to think out of the same old box before more disaster happens.

  • TigerRoars on April 1, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    There is a lot of positives. Among the biggest is that the team is not happy to lose in an "honorable" fashion. Mushfiqur has grown a lot, especially in handling the media, and using the media to complain about officiating, etc. However, one area where he can improve significantly is how he uses his bowlers. Yesterday's match was lost because of the poor line (19 wides!). However, the other reason was using Shahadat at death; the 19th over yielded 24 runs! Anyone remember Shahadat losing the match for Bangladesh in the Asia Cup? After the pacers were blasted in the opening overs, Mushfiqur could have used Nasir and Mominul to bowl during the middle overs. Then he could have used his best bowlers at death. He is young and hopefully, will learn from his mistakes.

  • on April 1, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    My Test Team for Zimbabwae Tour: Shahriar Nafees, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Marshall Ayub,Nasir Hossain, Enamul Haque jnr, Sohag Gaz, Abul Hasan, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mosarrof rubel, Sakib Al Hasan.

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Right now BD has only 3 quality bowlers-Shakib,razzak and mashrafee. I think its too early to tag gazi as reliable.but he seems quite well for subcontinental pitches.

  • cricfan66 on April 1, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Well written article. This series gives us a lot of positives. The team can hold their heads up high and we the fans have quite a bit to cheers about for a change. For once we seem to have a team that gives us hope of better days to come. If we have full strength team with Tamim, Shakib, and Mashrafee we should be a team that is competitive against any other test playing teams. Just hope they keep improving and we get consistent performances from all. Also hope we find a couple of pace bowlers soon.

  • on April 1, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    @ The Ashes, Full 5 on 5 bro for the team. Hopefully we will have that team in the coming tour. Its time to give some payback to Zimbabwe!

  • on April 1, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    And let's not forget the poor umpiring or biased umpiring favouring Sri Lankan cricketers that made this series a less fruitful one for the Bengals.When International Cricket allows for politics to control the integrity of umpiring decisions ,nothing will ever change ,and Cricket like Rugby et al ,wil always remain in the shadow of International Soccer.Imagine T -20 cricket is more coveted that 5 day cricket ........

  • on April 1, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    good luck and make good correction for the next ZIM tour .

  • ThyrSaadam on April 1, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    I think the biggest challenge for BD cricket is keep the improvements in perspective. The next WC will be in Aus/NZ, and of all the subcontinent teams only Pak have a good chance as they will come up with a bowling attack that can take the wickets, now nobody knows if their batting will be an able ally. But that being said, BD seems to have identified a core group of players, and now is the time to start atleast pushing for wins / draws against teams ranked higher than them in the subcontinet while looking for improving their performances while outside the subcontinent.

  • likeintcricket on April 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    One thing which is in Bangladesh favor is their average age. If this age is true than they will develop into a better team in the future. But being a neutral I find many thing missing in Bangladesh specially in the bowling field. The batsman might perform on flat tracks but on helpful tracks most of them are ordinary. They need some good bowlers in their ranks to give a fight to better sides. Pakistan, for example has a very ordinary batting lineup just like Bangladesh but they put up a fight because of their bowling strength. Indians have better batsman than all South Asaians but still they got thrashed in the away series. Rightnow BD are certainly better than Zimbabwae but not among top 8. Zimbabwae actually produced some of my favorite players like Flowers, Streak and Strang but they are curently down because of the political situation. Once they improved their situation they will be tough to beat for BD.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 1, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @TheAshes:- Agree with you man, that ODI 11 of looks really strong. 3 main spinners Shakib, Gazi and Razzak 1 right arm off spinner and 2 sla bowlers then just in case the wicket is very effective for spinners we have others like Mahmudullah, Ashraful even Nasir can bowl off spin. On the other hand when its good for fast bowlers you could use Nasir for a bit of seam but all in all that batting line-up you suggested looks really strong and attacking but we need to keep our players free from injury. I agree also that this line-up is good enough to beat anyone now especially if its in subcontinent.

  • asiacricket1234 on April 1, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    BD's fast bowling is not as bad as it seemed in this tour tbh. Think about it if Mashrafee, Shafiul, Nazmul was not injured Shahadat, Abul would not even got a match. Yes we should have done better as a bowling unit and once these players get back from injury we'll have a decent bowling line up. What BCB needs to concentrate on is how to keep players from injury. Mash is injured all the time, Shafiul has been injured for months. BCB really need to ensure that the players are fit for international matches. If Shakib, Mash skipped BPL we would have had them for SL tour, I am not saying we would have won the series if we had them but our performance would have been better :/

  • Fogu on April 1, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Good Article. As always on point. BD needs to focus on fast bowling and fielding. We need to identify the best 15 fast bowlers in the country and have special camps to help improve their ball control. Most often we give up runs with faulty line and length. Philander is not the fastest bowler but he is devastating because of his ability to control the ball. Playing more games will help too. we should be playing at least 8-10 tests a year along with 13-16 ODIs.

  • truthfinder on April 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    This happens when ICC despite lot of criticism, persisted with a country's test status. Even though Bangladesh's performances were dismal for a decade, they gradually progressed and become a decent force. Had they not been given test status or stripped off after 10 years the enthusiasm and talent pool around cricket would have died. By persisting with their test status ICC provided them continuous opportunities to improve themselves by playing against top ranked teams -- however less be the number. Now they have attained a standard, should play a lot against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, on the other hand ICC must immediately give test playing status to the team like Kenya, Ireland. Unless new nations join the elite group cricket cannot be sustained.

  • kewlcumber on April 1, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    @sachintaa Everyone here is optimistic regarding the team's performance and results. You are incorrect in stating we have more complaints than positives. We do not, the entire point of the article is that positives outweigh the negatives. Before you prove yourself to be an untouchable lacking higher brain functions by making moronic comments, I urge you to read the article and the comments posted. Additionally, BD is already a competitive team, so you are also incorrect in that regard. BD has beaten India multiple times, so you can take your condescending face and shove it down your miniscule family heirloom in an act of unrivaled self-love, as you are surely a narcissistic, ignorant piece of garbage. Additionally, bad umpiring is not an uncontrollable fact. It is an aspect of the game that is always addressed by any teams at the receiving end of it, which is most often the smaller teams, it's a statistical fact. Being minnows does not mean BD should take it with legs spread wide.

  • The_Ashes on April 1, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    I think this is Bangladesh best full strength ODI 11 and give probably most teams a run for their money in that format now - 01.Tamim, 02.Ashraful, 03.Anamul, 04.Shakib, 05.Nasir, 06.Rahim, 07.Mahmudullah, 08.Gazi, 09.Mashrafe, 10.Razzak and 11.Nazmul.

    Reserves - Shahriar, Mominul, Shamsur, Shafiul, Taskin, Rubel, Mosharaff and Zia.

  • on April 1, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    team bangladesh they did good job in this tours. we hope so, they will continue this performance and day by day improving also. BCB they have to focus , to make some pace blower..

  • on April 1, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    BD have improved a lot but they are also lack of knowledge about playing in one days. they have improved there test cricket now they should work same on one days. 20, 20 is just entertaining format u cant predict any team in this format. BD is also one of good teams of T20.

  • on April 1, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Team Bangladesh has been forming through a sprited teamwork. Consistency in good performance is the milestone, that the team has achived. The team is not now a one man show. There are now number of match winners and the players are mentally tough to face any situation. Who ever is now included in the team, he is performing. That is creating a situation of competetion among the members and no one in the team feels ever secured. We have now a batting line up having depth like that of any best team of the world. We are getting better option for the opening position. Along with tested Tamim, we have options of Jahurul and Anamul. Jahurul is exhibiting his his maturity and Anamul is performing his borne greatness. I notice in him, the image of a daring dwshing batsman. What else, you can say about the talents of veteran Ashraful. He has been reestablishing his genuine talents. His recent performance is bringing the long needed breeze . We have now the player, Nasir, the finisher. Go ahead.

  • din7 on April 1, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Well played bangladesh! This is what world cricket wants..a greater consistency from minnows...if u look at current situations barring SA and to some extent ENG....other test teams ind, aus, sri, nz are weaker nowadays..they dont have the class they once had ....and will never have one....except pak...tough to say their test team is goin up or down considerin they havent played at home from last many years..so exclude pak...this provides a good chance for bang to raise their test game and give this sides a run for their money...talkin abt ODIs, t20s bangladesh cant be ignored now..we can except them to win matches now on consistent basis....and with shakib, naseer, mahmadullahin their middle order...tamim, anamul in thir top...beware of bangladesh....yes their pace bowlin needs lot of work...i gues they ahld appoint a top bowlin coach like mcdermott, donald or like..they will certainly improve their bowlin to some extent....abul, rubel are talented....they need some good coaching!

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 1, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    It will be even a bigger boost if Bangladesh don't pick up ordinary players like Jahurul, Shahadat, Nazmiddun, Junaid, Raqibul, Abul, Rubel etc we have much much better players even in reserves like Mominul, Anamul, Enamul, Marshall, Mosharaff etc etc

  • Bang_La on April 1, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Excellent piece of article. Thank you, Isam. While I agree to your analysis and suggestions for betterment, they will better themselves in no time, I would point that Shane Jurgensen, the coach now Bangladesh have is the quietest compared to other big-name babblers as coaches. Its him, who inflicted the belief into the players that Bangladesh can win! Bangladesh can compete! Mushfique did not make it hidden that ICC should stop treating Bangladesh in unfair way. Today's Bangladesh remind me of Sri Lanka in Making. Other thing that I have noticed, the leadership of Bangladesh cricket management has been gradually falling on the experienced and pragmatic ex-cricketers and those who were posted as political posting thus misdirecting the team earlier are almost obscured. Thank you again, Isam.

  • Sadequl on April 1, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Thanks @ Isam for such a nice presentation of BD's SL tour & what ever you mentioned is obviously hard rocking truth for the team. If we compare BD's previous international tours with this SL one then without any doubt we can put this one in top list for sure. What ever boys did never shown any sign, that they are not capable enough to fight till end, like a true tiger's attitude. Yes there were some laps in team's performance specially in pace attack through out the whole series & also some silly fielding negligence in the last T-20 match where guys need to work more hard if they want to grow more like a real tiger to play against more superior opponents in future. Its hard to understand why BCB hasn't take any serious steps to find out a substitute of only real pace blower like Mashrafee team has! Never the less this tour has come out with blessings in disguise without the major players they did well enough to take positive things out of this tour as a boost for their future games.

  • The_Ashes on April 1, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Yes Bangladesh have still been putting in consistent performances from the moment the Asia Cup started losing it by only 2 runs beating India and Sri Lanka on the way. Then played the first test series against West Indies in almost a year and didn't lose neither of them by an innings and posting up highest test score. After that won the ODI series without Shakib. Then toured Sri Lanka with so many injuries and yet again didn't lose a test series to Sri Lanka away by an innings drawing one of them and for the second time, Bangladesh breaking its highest test score. ODI series resulting in a draw so of course of positives which is a good sign but should not stop here and trend has to continue. Hopefully Bangladesh will get more matches against whoever so they don't lose the momentum.

  • Sadequl on April 1, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Thanks @ Isam for such a nice presentation of BD's SL tour & what ever you mentioned is obviously hard rocking truth for the team. If we compare BD's previous international tours with this SL one then without any doubt we can put this one in top list for sure. What ever boys did never shown any sign, that they are not capable enough to fight till end, like a true tiger's attitude. Yes there were some laps in team's performance specially in pace attack through out the whole series & also some silly fielding negligence in the last T-20 match where guys need to work more hard if they want to grow more like a real tiger to play against more superior opponents in future. Its hard to understand why BCB hasn't take any serious steps to find out a substitute of only real pace blower like Mashrafee team has! Never the less this tour has come out with blessings in disguise without the major players they did well enough to take positive things out of this tour as a boost for their future games.

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 1, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @All my fellow BD fans: we have to move on. We have to streghthen our domestic cricket giving priority to pacy and bouncy wicket. Moreover, BCB should launch a campaign aiming to collect seamers aged 15- 18 from very root level and bring them up under proper care and facilities. Please let us be united and tell this to BCB . Its high time to do this. Right now.

  • jewel1000 on April 1, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Bangladesh is going to be one of the best team where they can win regular and for that ranking will rise obviously

  • TheRisingTeam on April 1, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Obviously Bangladesh batting and spin bowling has become much much better but fast bowling is a major concern in Bangladesh and sloppy fielding at times which ruins the hardwork our batters and spinners do. You want fast bowlers that have control and accuracy first not those who seem to have pace shows their lack of knowledge in the game. The last time we toured Sri Lanka it always resulted in huge thrashings and terrible performances by Bangladesh but that didn't happen and instead we saw consistency.

    So many things have been achieved and records have been created and broken such as Bangladesh highest test score, first double century, Ashraful's comeback, Tamim's first 100 in over 2 years, Nasir's brilliance, First Bangladesh bowler to take 200 ODI wickets, first win in Sri Lanka etc etc this short list says all you the things you need to hear all without some of our major key players like Shakib and Mashrafe.

    Good luck for the Zimbabwe tour and pick the right squad this time.

  • sohan_faisal on April 1, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    There are ppl who try to find flaws in everything. and you are one of them. We are winning man winning on regular basis. The fact is BD has become a strong team and they are even performing without their best player Shakib. Even the absence of Mashrafi and Tamim is not hindering their way to perform. I can understand that there are cynical ppl in this world like you and you will never find positives in BD. NO worries. We know what we are doing.

  • on April 1, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Bangladesh team has played superb last couple of years. now the team eligible to win every games against any team. if selection committee will more careful to make the final squad then it will be more concerned for opponents.

  • fr600 on April 1, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Could agree more with Isam. BD needs fast bowlers, good ones. That's the only thing lacking at this time which is hampering BDs emergence as a competitive nation especially in test cricket.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    The thing i couldn't stand win the BD fans throughout the series, was the constant mentioning of the injured players. Sakib is a good player but if you lot are going to cry out his absence as reasons, its only going to demerit your side. So basically it's like you are depending on just one player. If Sl don't have Jaya, they bring in Thirimanne, if no Sanga then there's Chandimal, we don't give that as excues, no top side would. Shows the level of BD.

  • PollAddi on April 1, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    A very well written piece by Mohammad Islam. One must remember that SL are going through a transition period and they haven't found the right balance as yet. They still need to find replacements for Sanga and Mahela in the batting department and a couple of good spinners to replace Herath and Murali.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Sri Lankans had a similar tour to Australia where Murali was no-balled and then SL came back with vengance to defeat Aussies in 1996 WC final.. Hope BAN can do something of that nature if this tour means such a lot to them....

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I am very disappointed to watch the T-20 cricket match BD vs SL. First things not good umpiring. 2nd thing is poor selection of BD team that's the reason we defeat yesterday. Shahadat & Rubel. what kind of quality bowlers, i does not know. shahandat BPL also did not get chances to play match but how he joined national sides. everyone very surprise once seen him xi yesterday.I am wonder BD selector & coach their poor selection. they never learn from continusly mistake. And grantee you BD supporters, your chief selector again select these two guys upcoming Zim tour Becaz they love crickter no love country. That's the real reason to BD some times moving to backward.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    yes but i think they will perform well in ODI, But the real test is test cricket, still need improvment, coz they didnt won a single test till now.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @Nipun> whats ur age? i think its 15-16.coz u r talking like that. I bet u are gonna get all kind of positive answers from the Lankan team if u ask them about Bangladesh team. dont talk with a short sample size. u dont know about Bangladesh domestic cricket and their performance. get habituated to appreciate positive things. Bangladesh is doing well and insaallah they will show it in the nxt world cup.

  • nzcricket174 on April 1, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Bangladesh will continue to hover between mediocre to pathetic until the day they find an inspirational captain, in the Ranatunga mold.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    With all due respect , BD did perform very well in patches , but you have to be consistence ,just to comment about about 'third gear' , my friend, flash in the pan does not make a world beater , long long way to go , few players did stand up and made the world take note of , but, work on the negatives - like the pace bowling,That Shadart - good for nothing / Abul hassan- century on debut is fine , but he is there to bowl and take wickets & runs from him is a bonus .Razak - rate him 50/50 , but cannot count on him , BD captain , hats off ,did lead the from the front. which is a very positive sigh for the future of BD cricket.

  • ClownBOY on April 1, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    BD FANS...if you are really a world class team you have to be a trademark in international level...you can't depend on few players...if you are world class cricketing country you should have atleast 20-25 cricketers who can participate in a international match.....don't make exuces to make yourselves happy..instead understand what went wrong by your team and correct them.....nazir and mominul are good prospects..protect them....don't give up on your fast bowling..outside asia spinners are no use...bring good pacers who can play in 2015 world cup in oz....keep that attitude of loving your team and cricket loose the attitude of making exuces...CHEERS

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I always want weaker teams to improve and perform well and raise to the ranks. But, it is too premature to give any judgement in the case of Bangladesh team in light of the performance in the just concluded SL tour. Main reason: the Bangladesh team some how lacks the much needed professional approach when it is needed in a cricket match!

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan and I can't wait to see Bangladesh take the cricketing world by storm. I haven't seen players play with such ruthless abandon before.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    The people who feeling inferior to BD's current form, are shouting against them. But dudes, u can not stop us.

  • Third_Gear on April 1, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    The current BD team has better future than SL,IND,PK,WI and NZ. Good time is awaiting for them. Tamim,Shakib,Anamul,Mushy,Mominul,Gazi,Nasir,Razzaq,Mashrafi TEAM gonna lead the world cricket soon.

  • Masking_Tape on April 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Bangladesh still lacks a courageous, risk-taking captain. Current captain Musfiqur Rahim is text-book captain. Waiting for the day when Bangladesh's Imran Dev Ranatunga walks out with the coin.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @nipun its so hilarious..good write up man

  • CricketFan365 on April 1, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    A timely boost, yes. But, they can lose everything in the next Zim tour. BD will go there as a favorite and that's extra pressure on them. BD won't mind losing against top teams, but they can afford to lose against Zim. Bangladesh need to prove that they have gone beyond Zim's reach, but it won't be easy. Zimbabweans are much more disciplined side than Bangladesh are. The good news for BD is Zim are weak in spin as evident from the recent series against WI and BD have plenty of quality spinners. If Bangladesh play disciplined cricket, they should win quite easily. But if they fail to do so, BD have everything to lose.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    A very encouraging article for the bangladesh team and its fan. The major concern for the team right now is the bowling attack. Never have I seen such poor bowling performance by the bangladeshi bowlers ever. And BCB seriously should consider coming out of Shahadat fantasy! This guy is nothing but a joke. What really pisses me off is his, reaction to the batsman and to his own fielders after getting hit for a boundary or a six. The sort of looks this guy gives out to the bowler as if he is Andre Nel. God knows how many matches BD has lost just because of his death overs. The most recent one is the last t20 and the most annoying was the Asia Cup, where the result could have been so much different. And I pray to God that Mashrafee comes out of his injury and remain fit for a long time. I am sick to the death with Shahadat.

  • BOND_OO7 on April 1, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Keep going Bangladedesh ! We are no longer minnow ! Watch out for tigers

  • satishchandar on April 1, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @Nipun : I think you came up with a great counter article to write opposite to everything that Isam had written.. I think of you two, you are the one who is wrong..

    The biggest plus for Bangladesh is, these days, we are able to see 2-3 big performances in one single game which leads to victory.. Even earlier one BD batsmen had capabilities to score 70 in a game but will be backed by all below 30 except him in the scorecard.. It hardly takes the score to 180-220 range which is undefendable for their attack.. But these days, one 70+ is followed by atleast two 40+ scores with collective strike rate being around 100 making around 170 in 30 overs. With slow scorers and sloggers scoring at 5 in the remaining overs takes it to 270 which is atleast 50 runs more than what they used to score before.. 50 runs gives their bowlers some extra runs to bowl at.. They are far improved while chasing.. These days, i won't rule out BD to chase something around 260-300 runs..

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    I don't see a reason why we can't break free of the 2 pacer model in ODIs when we have so many equal if not better spinners. It's high time we started a pacer hunt and not one which solely focuses on pace, but rather your sense of cricket as well. It's very unfortunate to see your spearhead bowling only two types of deliveries; short ball and full toss (if not wide) and that too in the death overs. I also believe Abdur Razzaq should not be labelled as an ODI bowler only, at least he can be tried in the Zimbabwe tests. As far the batting is concerned, I will be tension-free for quite a while hopefully. This batting lineup can challenge any bowling attack on any given day provided they play to their potential. Ashraful, the first megastar of Bangladesh Cricket remains an enigma though. His bad innings remind us what we are missing out and his good innings reminds us of what we missed over the years. But yeah, Ashraful will be Ashraful; our first cricketing hero

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Bangladesh Team effort make me happy. Good to see the performance of Ashraful who get back himself, captaincy of Mushfiqur, young Nasir, Mominul do well & Gazi, Razzak done extremely well. But i have some objection about poor Umpiring..... Dilshan, Sanga & Herath gave lot entertainment, thanks to them. It was a memorable great tour. Good luck Bangladesh for Zimbabwe.

  • Nipun on April 1, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    You are kidding me, right Isam ? Abul Hasan ? This kid doesn't even average a wicket a game in the shambolic 1st class cricket in Bangladesh. His ODI & T20I economies are over 7, & he holds promise? He can't field as well (although none of these Bangladeshi boys can; Nasir is energetic but makes too many fumbles to be considered a good fielder, he resembles Dinesh Karthik of India). Even after their so called winning habit they tried their best to lose the rain affected 3rd ODI with all sorts of under-7 shot making. Sohag Gazi doesn't flight the ball & give it any chance to spin; he just pushes it in flat. From what I have seen of Zia, he has only one shot: closing his eyes, praying & then clearing his left log & mowing to leg hoping that he makes connection. I bet with a friend that if Mahmudullah stops a ball cleanly then I'll treat him with a chocolate fudge cake & it turned out to be a safe bet. Razzak is too underperforming against good teams; 1 5 wicket haul doesn't change facts.

  • Nipun on April 1, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    You are kidding me, right Isam ? Abul Hasan ? This kid doesn't even average a wicket a game in the shambolic 1st class cricket in Bangladesh. His ODI & T20I economies are over 7, & he holds promise? He can't field as well (although none of these Bangladeshi boys can; Nasir is energetic but makes too many fumbles to be considered a good fielder, he resembles Dinesh Karthik of India). Even after their so called winning habit they tried their best to lose the rain affected 3rd ODI with all sorts of under-7 shot making. Sohag Gazi doesn't flight the ball & give it any chance to spin; he just pushes it in flat. From what I have seen of Zia, he has only one shot: closing his eyes, praying & then clearing his left log & mowing to leg hoping that he makes connection. I bet with a friend that if Mahmudullah stops a ball cleanly then I'll treat him with a chocolate fudge cake & it turned out to be a safe bet. Razzak is too underperforming against good teams; 1 5 wicket haul doesn't change facts.

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Bangladesh Team effort make me happy. Good to see the performance of Ashraful who get back himself, captaincy of Mushfiqur, young Nasir, Mominul do well & Gazi, Razzak done extremely well. But i have some objection about poor Umpiring..... Dilshan, Sanga & Herath gave lot entertainment, thanks to them. It was a memorable great tour. Good luck Bangladesh for Zimbabwe.

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    I don't see a reason why we can't break free of the 2 pacer model in ODIs when we have so many equal if not better spinners. It's high time we started a pacer hunt and not one which solely focuses on pace, but rather your sense of cricket as well. It's very unfortunate to see your spearhead bowling only two types of deliveries; short ball and full toss (if not wide) and that too in the death overs. I also believe Abdur Razzaq should not be labelled as an ODI bowler only, at least he can be tried in the Zimbabwe tests. As far the batting is concerned, I will be tension-free for quite a while hopefully. This batting lineup can challenge any bowling attack on any given day provided they play to their potential. Ashraful, the first megastar of Bangladesh Cricket remains an enigma though. His bad innings remind us what we are missing out and his good innings reminds us of what we missed over the years. But yeah, Ashraful will be Ashraful; our first cricketing hero

  • satishchandar on April 1, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @Nipun : I think you came up with a great counter article to write opposite to everything that Isam had written.. I think of you two, you are the one who is wrong..

    The biggest plus for Bangladesh is, these days, we are able to see 2-3 big performances in one single game which leads to victory.. Even earlier one BD batsmen had capabilities to score 70 in a game but will be backed by all below 30 except him in the scorecard.. It hardly takes the score to 180-220 range which is undefendable for their attack.. But these days, one 70+ is followed by atleast two 40+ scores with collective strike rate being around 100 making around 170 in 30 overs. With slow scorers and sloggers scoring at 5 in the remaining overs takes it to 270 which is atleast 50 runs more than what they used to score before.. 50 runs gives their bowlers some extra runs to bowl at.. They are far improved while chasing.. These days, i won't rule out BD to chase something around 260-300 runs..

  • BOND_OO7 on April 1, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Keep going Bangladedesh ! We are no longer minnow ! Watch out for tigers

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    A very encouraging article for the bangladesh team and its fan. The major concern for the team right now is the bowling attack. Never have I seen such poor bowling performance by the bangladeshi bowlers ever. And BCB seriously should consider coming out of Shahadat fantasy! This guy is nothing but a joke. What really pisses me off is his, reaction to the batsman and to his own fielders after getting hit for a boundary or a six. The sort of looks this guy gives out to the bowler as if he is Andre Nel. God knows how many matches BD has lost just because of his death overs. The most recent one is the last t20 and the most annoying was the Asia Cup, where the result could have been so much different. And I pray to God that Mashrafee comes out of his injury and remain fit for a long time. I am sick to the death with Shahadat.

  • CricketFan365 on April 1, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    A timely boost, yes. But, they can lose everything in the next Zim tour. BD will go there as a favorite and that's extra pressure on them. BD won't mind losing against top teams, but they can afford to lose against Zim. Bangladesh need to prove that they have gone beyond Zim's reach, but it won't be easy. Zimbabweans are much more disciplined side than Bangladesh are. The good news for BD is Zim are weak in spin as evident from the recent series against WI and BD have plenty of quality spinners. If Bangladesh play disciplined cricket, they should win quite easily. But if they fail to do so, BD have everything to lose.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @nipun its so hilarious..good write up man

  • Masking_Tape on April 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Bangladesh still lacks a courageous, risk-taking captain. Current captain Musfiqur Rahim is text-book captain. Waiting for the day when Bangladesh's Imran Dev Ranatunga walks out with the coin.

  • Third_Gear on April 1, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    The current BD team has better future than SL,IND,PK,WI and NZ. Good time is awaiting for them. Tamim,Shakib,Anamul,Mushy,Mominul,Gazi,Nasir,Razzaq,Mashrafi TEAM gonna lead the world cricket soon.