Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 February 25, 2013

'Our best chance in Sri Lanka' - Mushfiqur

  shares 137

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said he wants to correct Bangladesh's woefully poor record in Sri Lanka. They have lost all eight Tests played there since 2001, but he believes the current team is capable of making a difference this time.

"The tour is a big opportunity if we can play to our potential," Mushfiqur said. "We don't have a good record in Sri Lanka. So to do well we have to continue playing the way we have in the last 12 months."

Mushfiqur hoped to use the momentum from Bangladesh's last international series, where they pushed West Indies in the Tests and beat them in the ODIs. He was also encouraged by the dearth of experienced bowlers in Sri Lanka and the major injury concerns for the home side, although Bangladesh are also without their most effective player, allrounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of the Test series after dislocating the middle finger on his left hand, while Sangakkara has only just begun batting in the nets after sustaining a fracture on his left index finger during Sri Lanka's Australia tour. Jayawardene has been replaced by Thilan Samaraweera, who himself has twisted his knee and is an injury concern, but Sangakkara is likely to be named in the 15-man Test squad in a few days.

"There are sporting wickets in Sri Lanka hence we have to apply ourselves," Mushfiqur said. "They are going to miss [Mahela] Jayawardene which will be a big loss for them. Kumar Sangakkara's participation is also uncertain, so they will be weaker without two of their best batsmen. Their bowling attack is not extraordinary. They haven't won many Tests after [Muttiah] Muralitharan and [Chaminda] Vaas retired. So this is our best chance to do well in Sri Lanka."

Mushfiqur would also like to improve Bangladesh's away record as a whole. "There haven't been [many] instances of [us] doing well abroad. We haven't played consistently and there usually have been lots of changes in the squad. There are some new faces this time too, but this is a very promising side.

"We did well in our last series against West Indies. I don't think anyone gave us a chance, but we were consistent and ended up winning the ODI series."

Bangladesh are also travelling with several players on their first Test tour, especially the young batsmen Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque who impressed during the ODI series against West Indies. Mushfiqur has asked the younger players to view this tour as a start, and not just a reward for their performances so far.

"They deserve a place in the Test squad. They have done well for the A team, and also during the BPL. Some of them have made good ODI debuts, so I hope they bring [a similar] performance to the Test side. For those who have been recalled, it is reward for their performance over the last year and a half. But they shouldn't think this is the end, this is just the beginning."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 28, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    ....Bangladesh actually yes are producing better talents than not only your declining team Sri Lanka but also most other teams for example Anamul Haque who last year by a distance was the top run scorer at the under-19 world cup and made his debut against the West Indies last year and in just his second match, scored a 120 check it out on Youtube :P and we have other young talents like Sohag Gazi the next Saqlain Mushtaq, Taskin Ahmed the 17 year old emerging fast bowler of Bangladesh who recently bowled out your Dilshan for a Golden Duck :) in BPL 2 check it out so yeah, GOOD LUCK!!! feel bad for the future of Sri Lanka Cricket sorry Mark but best of luck !!! :D :P

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 28, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @Mark: Sanga is not getting any younger so he won't be there for much long :P No team stays the same as years goes by and its a real shame Sri Lanka will be going down first Vass then Murali and one day Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga even Herath all GONE :) :P Your under-19 team who will one day replace those quality players are just not good enough which is why they came in 9th place at the under-19 World Cup last year :) Bangladesh leads you the future of Cricket 14-8 and just imagine when they go up against 'experience' still young players like Shakib, Tamim etc :P Bangladesh had full status in 00 not 96 :P but times are changing now it will be our turn to dominate teams like Sri Lanka :P But its funny you deliberately skipped 07 where Bangladesh did make it to super 6/8 for both World Cup and World T20 beating India, South Africa and the West Indies so ha!....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    The tigers have set the sail for the Isle of Lanka with a quest they primordially fostered. They'll never disgruntle whom they represent; they'll hold the aces high; they'll never countermand and they'll never cringe. A gory Armageddon for the right to retrieve the grail of supremacy awaits. The Lions would protect the grail and their lair that incarcerates it by any means necessary and the tigers would contrive to lead the incursion. We'll get to savor the bellicosity between the predators; the aestheticism they'll emanate.When the tigers used to be cubs, they were squelched by the pageantry of titans more impregnable. But now, they've metamorphosed into alpha males! I believe the tigers, the Guardians of the Sunderbans will carouse with the grail with their paws on top of the food chain. It's just my pride and certainly the pride of 160 million Bangladeshis that invigorate us.....

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | February 28, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @AzAb12754 Ah yes mate sanga is in Sri lanka or bangladesh team :P In front of every SL victory With or without being man of the match he will be a big reason.Same goes with dilshan mahela herath and every member with our team...Oh when Romesh kaluwitharana retires from cricket same comment was made by these type of funny people..They told sanga at that time who is he??? Is he a batsmen.What is his talent.But we as srilanka and he himself answers that comment after 13 years of cricket and becoming 6 th best ever test player .And now when they get older same comments again made..:P Hey i dont wanna say anything just watch out how SL cricket grows.ok.We know our ways of producing talents and we proved world by becoming WC in 1996 and Runners up in 2007 and 2011 that we produce talent..3 cricketing generations played these separate WC's mate.We succed every time producing new talents.Hey look at you? How terrible You are !!In 96 and 2011 Witout no diference u strugle 2 make super six even

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 28, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    The good thing about this series is that Bangladesh will be playing away so if they did win any series, we won't be hearing 'desperate' excuses from other fans that they won because they were at home or something or another excuse our key players were missing. BD key players are missing too so we got that covered incase you use that :P

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | February 28, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Now my fellow Sri Lankans, do not involve any arguments with these Bangladesh fans, we don't need to, it's not good for us to involve in arguments regarding minnows like BD. don't comment anymore Lankans. BD first thank SL for giving you a tourament to play with 2 Tests, 3 ODI's and 1 t20, though it's not a full series. hope you guys perform well, cause we don't wanna see boring matches

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    DINESHCC@ Yah.. we have seen this type of match to take place during SL tour in AUS. WOW what a performance by AUS to sink SL in deep shame. No sooner the upcoming series strats with BD all SL people who are making weired comments here will get silent JUST wait and see.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | February 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    @All_The_Way. If that the case then how did BD got higher ratings than nz in ODIs. Obviously you have to win/draw matches against top teams to earn points. you guys played more test matches than SL/Zim played in their 1st 12 years.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 27, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    @soumyas - But to back up my point even further about the ranking system in Cricket, let for the sake of argument BD win those 2 test matches, according to ICC website, they will only get 15 test rating points but I've just realised that even if they win all the small amount of test matches they have according to FTP, still nowhere near good enough to achieve 4th position let alone 3,2 or especially 1. Fact is top teams England, Australia, South Africa maybe India will remain top and bottom teams will remain bottom rankings in Cricket have no purpose based on these logical evidences. If you want to look at real rankings look in proper sports like Football, Tennis or Rugby which have a proper system :P

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 27, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @soumyas - Thanks for proving my point about the ranking bit :)

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 28, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    ....Bangladesh actually yes are producing better talents than not only your declining team Sri Lanka but also most other teams for example Anamul Haque who last year by a distance was the top run scorer at the under-19 world cup and made his debut against the West Indies last year and in just his second match, scored a 120 check it out on Youtube :P and we have other young talents like Sohag Gazi the next Saqlain Mushtaq, Taskin Ahmed the 17 year old emerging fast bowler of Bangladesh who recently bowled out your Dilshan for a Golden Duck :) in BPL 2 check it out so yeah, GOOD LUCK!!! feel bad for the future of Sri Lanka Cricket sorry Mark but best of luck !!! :D :P

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 28, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @Mark: Sanga is not getting any younger so he won't be there for much long :P No team stays the same as years goes by and its a real shame Sri Lanka will be going down first Vass then Murali and one day Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga even Herath all GONE :) :P Your under-19 team who will one day replace those quality players are just not good enough which is why they came in 9th place at the under-19 World Cup last year :) Bangladesh leads you the future of Cricket 14-8 and just imagine when they go up against 'experience' still young players like Shakib, Tamim etc :P Bangladesh had full status in 00 not 96 :P but times are changing now it will be our turn to dominate teams like Sri Lanka :P But its funny you deliberately skipped 07 where Bangladesh did make it to super 6/8 for both World Cup and World T20 beating India, South Africa and the West Indies so ha!....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    The tigers have set the sail for the Isle of Lanka with a quest they primordially fostered. They'll never disgruntle whom they represent; they'll hold the aces high; they'll never countermand and they'll never cringe. A gory Armageddon for the right to retrieve the grail of supremacy awaits. The Lions would protect the grail and their lair that incarcerates it by any means necessary and the tigers would contrive to lead the incursion. We'll get to savor the bellicosity between the predators; the aestheticism they'll emanate.When the tigers used to be cubs, they were squelched by the pageantry of titans more impregnable. But now, they've metamorphosed into alpha males! I believe the tigers, the Guardians of the Sunderbans will carouse with the grail with their paws on top of the food chain. It's just my pride and certainly the pride of 160 million Bangladeshis that invigorate us.....

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | February 28, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @AzAb12754 Ah yes mate sanga is in Sri lanka or bangladesh team :P In front of every SL victory With or without being man of the match he will be a big reason.Same goes with dilshan mahela herath and every member with our team...Oh when Romesh kaluwitharana retires from cricket same comment was made by these type of funny people..They told sanga at that time who is he??? Is he a batsmen.What is his talent.But we as srilanka and he himself answers that comment after 13 years of cricket and becoming 6 th best ever test player .And now when they get older same comments again made..:P Hey i dont wanna say anything just watch out how SL cricket grows.ok.We know our ways of producing talents and we proved world by becoming WC in 1996 and Runners up in 2007 and 2011 that we produce talent..3 cricketing generations played these separate WC's mate.We succed every time producing new talents.Hey look at you? How terrible You are !!In 96 and 2011 Witout no diference u strugle 2 make super six even

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 28, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    The good thing about this series is that Bangladesh will be playing away so if they did win any series, we won't be hearing 'desperate' excuses from other fans that they won because they were at home or something or another excuse our key players were missing. BD key players are missing too so we got that covered incase you use that :P

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | February 28, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Now my fellow Sri Lankans, do not involve any arguments with these Bangladesh fans, we don't need to, it's not good for us to involve in arguments regarding minnows like BD. don't comment anymore Lankans. BD first thank SL for giving you a tourament to play with 2 Tests, 3 ODI's and 1 t20, though it's not a full series. hope you guys perform well, cause we don't wanna see boring matches

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    DINESHCC@ Yah.. we have seen this type of match to take place during SL tour in AUS. WOW what a performance by AUS to sink SL in deep shame. No sooner the upcoming series strats with BD all SL people who are making weired comments here will get silent JUST wait and see.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | February 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    @All_The_Way. If that the case then how did BD got higher ratings than nz in ODIs. Obviously you have to win/draw matches against top teams to earn points. you guys played more test matches than SL/Zim played in their 1st 12 years.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 27, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    @soumyas - But to back up my point even further about the ranking system in Cricket, let for the sake of argument BD win those 2 test matches, according to ICC website, they will only get 15 test rating points but I've just realised that even if they win all the small amount of test matches they have according to FTP, still nowhere near good enough to achieve 4th position let alone 3,2 or especially 1. Fact is top teams England, Australia, South Africa maybe India will remain top and bottom teams will remain bottom rankings in Cricket have no purpose based on these logical evidences. If you want to look at real rankings look in proper sports like Football, Tennis or Rugby which have a proper system :P

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 27, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @soumyas - Thanks for proving my point about the ranking bit :)

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @soumyas: Soon Bangladesh will break into those "Top 8" teams.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | February 27, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I heard Sanga will be playing even after breaking a hand. Just shows Sri Lanka cannot win without them :)

  • POSTED BY Independencechoice1 on | February 27, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    OK Mushfiqur and team BD welcome to Sri Lanka.Your possitive attitude is ok.Bring on what's on your cards.We are ready!!!!!.Best of wishes both teams.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 27, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Can't wait when we thrash these Lankans, teach them a lesson on who is the new cricketing force coming up. Their youth teams the future of Cricket is one of the most pathetic. If they do win then it will be their oldies Sanga, Dilshan, Herath etc which will save them but take their stats out then you will see what this 'new' Sri Lanka really is becoming. Cubs are almost turning into Tigers.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | February 27, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Hopefully Bangladesh will teach Sri Lanka and the cricketing world a lot of lessons on how everything is changing. Can Sri Lanka win 2-0, 3-0 and 1-0 in this series? I doubt it but they have to as they are playing one of the minnows (not for long).

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | February 27, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    These other fans are so desperate, more than 95% of our current squad haven't even played test matches between the years 00-06 so these stats are useless when Bangladesh were new and had no cricketing system in place. When our best players Tamim, Shakib and that made their debuts, they were teenagers inexperience so really now is the time to really judge Bangladesh as they are finally forming a proper team. But what I like about this series is that both teams are using a good set of youngsters so it will give us a clearer idea which youngsters are the most talented and where they are heading.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | February 27, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    @All_The_Way, In 90's. Zimbabwe used to tour india and many countries, they played enough matches and played competitively. they produced some gr8 cricketers like Andy,Grant flower, heath streak. i still remember that INDIA vs ZIM match in which Douglas marilier won it for ZIM from the jaws of defeat playing most of the shots over the head of keeper. they played interesting and competitive cricket during that time.So many other boards were interested in touring or inviting them on tour..Now very few countries tour ZIMBAWE and also they don't tour many..Main reason is they don't play the quality cricket they used to. So top 8 cricket nations aren't interested much in playing with them. so they don't play more games, hence less points and rated at the bottom.. Had they beaten westindies 3-0 in current series..all eyes wud have been on them and many boards and ICC wud be keen on having matches...So not just playing matches will help but playing better quality and winning is required.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 27, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @soumyas - ha! you still don't get it, Cricket rankings don't tell the whole story for example how many ODIs has Zimbabwe played in 2012 and Sri Lanka in 2012? so you can see how injustice the rankings are think properly mate :P

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | February 27, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @BHARATLIFE.Here,some of your stats are wrong mate.SA have won a 3 match series as 1-0 in 1993 in SL and they have drawn in 2000 as 1-1.Their last 2 series have lost in SL but it was a very different team to the current team. And also ENG have won both last 2 ashes.All tems you mentioned have archived something both in home and away.But BAN still hasn't showed a significant improvement along their 12 year test history only have managed 3 victories in 75 matches .That also against Zim and domestic level WI side.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | February 27, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    1ST TEST SCORECARD: SL 1st Innings - 953/2 declare in 44.4 overs. A.Mendis 283 n.o., R.Herath 250 n.o., TM Dilshan 220, Thirimane 199 Abdul Hassan 1/403, E.Sunny 1/490. Bangladesh 1st Innings 23 all out in 181 overs Abdul Hassan 19 n.o. R.Herath 7/15, Eranga 3/6 IInd Innings 32 All out in 221 overs- Abdul Hassan 29 n.o. T.M.Dilshan 9/10, Thirimane 1/20. Result SL won by an Innings and 898 runs

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | February 27, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @All_The_Way..... U don't agree ranking becuze bangla is at 9 ? Also u don't agree ranking doesn't bring Netherland and Kenya to the TOP who are currently at the bottom... Fact is, ICC rating is the only thing which is very close to the reality of how quality cricket is played, accordingly SA are playing the best quality cricket now... u need a big heart to accept the truth...and now Bangla with rating 162 are no way near to SL who have 333 rating points....

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | February 27, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully@ Last month BD won ODI series against WI,they also had a very competitive Test series and a Nail biting,close,tight, exciting T20 mtach with WI where BD youngstars performance was eye catching but players like chris Gayle ,Kieron Pollard were super flop against BD great bowling.

  • POSTED BY BHARATLIFE on | February 27, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, Agreed. It took India 20 years to win her first test. And then SA have not won a series in India for ages, and they like i qoute Sangakara,"... have not come close to winning a test in Srilanka..." England did not win an Ashes for 20 years, they were a pubb. ,Australia did not win a test in India for almost 10 years now ( 8 games ). WI did not win " a game " in Australia for 12 years before that T20. NZ, what have they done barring their home record.they drew some test , but did not win many in the Subcontinent over the past 13 or 14 years.PK/SL, have been flat track bullies for god know how many years, both these team have excellent record in Aus/Eng/SA.!!!!! BD , agreed they can look ugly, but they are a work in progress.IRE, might look more attractive, but thanks to the confusing borderless, UK, their players get more exposure to County Cricket. BD, need opportunities, It may have been a depleted WI side but managed to beat them in the Carrabien.Just a tought!

  • POSTED BY PrasadGunawardane on | February 27, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I have been seeing some comments here with lack of mindfulness about the game of Cricket and players perspective. BTW this is going to be an interesting series where seemingly Sri Lankan A team players will be given a very good exposure of playing with a TEST team, even though Bangladesh are yet to mark a value in TEST level away from home. Other than, Dilshan and Herath, its going to be a true young team for Sri Lanka. Even Sri Lanka's captain and vice captain for this series are just below 25 years in age. The most interesting thing is, the warm up match in Matara where many emerging players of SL are due to play; since all of them could not make to 15 men TEST squad. This type of a series which SLC were looking at to expose some young talents to the arena. Up coming series of West Indies after the Bangladesh series will really help these guys to put a show; considering the fact that both West Indies and Bangladesh are struggling to find innovative bowlers!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 27, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    When did BD fans celebrated a win (not a series win, but a win) over a good test playing nation like SA, Eng,India, Aus, Pak or SL? I cannot remember such an incident! Still the fans talk BIG!

  • POSTED BY RK204 on | February 27, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @sl fans...109 comments+more 2 come!!!! yeah....i must have to say SL is in trouble not BD.. we all know BD will lose these series but all the SL fans are making us believe that we might win some matches or even some series by posting these much of comments... So we aren't saying anything u guys are making us thinking like this way.... If it was a KENYA vs SL series than there mustn't be these much of comments... isn't it @ sl fans...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 27, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I just how can a team like BD can say like this!. There wasn't any credible performances from BD at home either! then how come they can at lest draw it?

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | February 27, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    @priceless1. First of all think about drawing a test match before thinking about winning the series. Your spinners are not in the caliber of swan, Ajmal, Herath to trouble our batsman.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 26, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    It will be quite a contest between both the teams but what i will be looking for is how Bangladesh handle their test match cricket even though SL are the favourites in that format.ODI's will be quite a challenge which might also go in favour of Sri Lanka.But the most interesting wil be the only T20 that will be much more crucial to Sri Lanka because in case if they lose that and West Indies win their 2 T20 against Zimbawwe(which they mostly will).I guess will crown a new #1 team in T20 format.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | February 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka fans are just upset especially what Mushfiqur Rahim said and he's right I honestly must say. No doubt Sri Lanka are the favourites for this series but Bangladesh playing Sri Lanka will be a bit easier than the West Indies. I don't think Bangladesh will win the test series but a draw is a possibility providing they play really well.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | February 26, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Again to all SL Fans: Not a single BD fan is saying that BD will thrash SL just like that, all we are saying is BD will put a good show against Lions, insahAllah. SL still may win but it will not be a easy ride!. SL fans, there is nothing to be offended. It is just a game, and let it be played in the ground, not in cyber space.

  • POSTED BY saifur.raffael on | February 26, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Well lankan brothers, I won't go in any debate. Just sayin that let the test series start, we will see you then. We might go down 2-0 or 1-0. But just want to tell you guys don't give the excuse of sanga,mahela missing if something happens unexpected. @ Baseball-sucks

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 26, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    @Baseball (Janith) lol lets just wait till the series start but yes its true Sri Lanka are expected to win but its how you win against this minnow team ;) :)

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | February 26, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @Posted by Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara ; Totally agree with you bro. But the thing is that they are not only just wishing their team to win here, but also trying to play us down. What kinda argument is that, when they say if Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan won't play, they can win. Its like we tell Saffers that if Steyn, Philander,Smith, AB won't play, we can win whitewash 'em (not to mention that we won 1 test in Durban last year against full strength Saffers ). These kinda ridiculous augments make us get going. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Well as I'm going through few of my BD fans here, i really see how childish arguments they are putting (passionate fans etc..)

    BD fans have full right to think that their team can win., so no need to getting in to arguments my SLns, let them do so. we know who we are, and whole world knows. let us not go in to useless arguments, everything will be soon visible to blinded people (declining SL etc..) just keep in patience. we newer did big talks like Indians, we always show it though actions. so just be patience. after all it's just a game

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    I also have to say Bangladeshs pace attack is very weak if we take rubel he will take some key wickets but remember once he starts to get hit he gets hit for many too many runs our main pace attack is mashrafe but i guess he wont be in the tests that is a very big concern about the team and shahadat he is the same as rubel same result

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Well, I think Bangladesh should not underestimate Sri lanka at all. Our pace attack is horrible, and even our spin is not that strong. We don't have Shakib and Enamul, and Sunny is not consistent enough. So our team is not full strength in terms of bowling. Bangladesh's batting looks good enough to pose a challenge, but mind you bowlers win tests. I hope Bangladesh remains competitive enough to draw both tests.

  • POSTED BY mano.mcse on | February 26, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Come on Bangladesh come on

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 26, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @soumyas - Your point? Cricket having rankings in the first place is a joke considering the amount of teams that even play Cricket lol but the amount of matches top teams play compared to bottom teams, Cricket rankings don't tell the whole story. For example, even if a team like New Zealand win all their ftp matches still not good enough to be ranked number 1. Most fans like me are not stupid :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    bangladesh should prove that they belong to test cricket

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    it will be like early 90s srilanka vs 2013 srilanka!

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | February 26, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    This Bangladesh side cannot match SL at all.Even without Mahela,Sanga or Thilan SL can still can win this series very easily.This is a very good chance for SL uprising players likes of Lahiru,Dimuth,chandimal and kaushal.Galle test won't last more than 3 days,but in RPS BAN can put some fight with the bat.BAN bowling attack nowhere near the test standard and batsmen lack the temperament too.Shakib is by far the best batsman and bowler in the country and they will more struggle without him.Still you have to learn a lot from top teams.So there is no point of talking about beating SL in SL in a test.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | February 26, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Combining all 3 formats(Test,ODI,T20) of rating this is how countries ranked in cricket... 1) SA 357, 2) End 353, 3) Ind 343, 4) Aus 336, 5) SL 333, 6) Pak 327, 7) WI 300, 8) NZ 258, 9) Ban 162, 10) Ire 117, 11) Zim 92, 12) Ned 16, 13) Ken 11,

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | February 26, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I too agree that BD have a good chance of wining the Test series here because no one in this SL side can play the spin ...

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 26, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Plus why some people took offence to what Rahim said? he was being positive you guys can never be of his calibre so keep the tone down a bit :)

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 26, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Even if Sri Lanka win probably likely there's no excuse for them to not beat BD by an innings otherwise this just shows either Sri Lanka have gotten weak or BD have improved. I hope Sri fans haven't forgotten how our players dominated your players in SLPL moments after arriving whereas vice versa Sri Lanka players i.e. Dilshan struggled in BPL :)

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | February 26, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam Every team goes through a period of consolidation. You can't have Muralis, Vaases forever. There are enough players in SL to take the game forward, some of them are even talented than Mahela, Dilshan, etc... You just wait and see. On the other hand Bangladesh haven't proven anything yet.They have only beaten NZ, WI at home in series. And few other teams on random basis. Try beating teams away from home (no harm even if you loose the series), then you can start talking. So don't count the chicks before the eggs hatch. And BTW having passionate supporters doesn't mean you can beat teams cricket, if that is the case India should be absolutely Invincible, because they have the world's 2nd largest population and their passion is 2nd to none.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | February 26, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Indian fan here. When SL play Pakistan I support SL and when SL play BAN I support BAN. When PAK play BAN I still support BAN. LOL. It's normal due to the fierce IND-PAK rivalry. Any cricket between our countries is good for cricket in the region regardless of nationalities. The current BAN team looks good. Mind you they are no different from BAN teams of the past. The difference will be in temperament and in the MIND. I saw bits of the BPL and think it's the best thing to happen to BAN cricket. Exposure to top players from other countries has instilled belief in your players. Go Bangladesh and seize your moment, for far too long you've been the bridesmaid and never the bride!

  • POSTED BY TDIL on | February 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    this tour is also a chance for the developing Sri lankan side as well..!

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | February 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Also Herath but this series has a lot of youngsters from both sides with Bangladesh yes still by far the youngest so it will give us a sneak preview where the 2 teams are heading future wise :P

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | February 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka are still likely to win this and a loss will be a big LOL to them. Sri Lanka Cricket is declining that's a fact clearly not the team they once was during the De Silva days while Bangladesh whether you like it or not is going in the right direction, lots of passionate fans etc. Vass gone, then Murali and one day Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan what a pity :)

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | February 26, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Legaleagle@ I feel sorry when PAKISTAN get all out for 49 in a test innings,I feel shy when a test Match gets over in 3 days. Ohh what a shameful day for test cricket they have gifted.

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | February 26, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Good luck to both teams.Looking forward for a competitive series.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | February 26, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @udendra. I doubt even anybody other than BD SL will watch this Series between minnows. Your statement reminds me of few other fans who used to say SLPL and BPL will be more intereting and successful than IPL. It's a series between two teams Wich r ranked at The bottom of table compare to both India and AuS

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | February 26, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @Posted by PkZindabaad ; Really...Really dude ? You claim SL is a mediocre team. So what does that make your Pakistan Team? I don't know what to call 'em. During the AUS-SL tour you said SL should look at how PAK play in SA and learn how to play Test Cricket. Yeah..I remember your exact words. LOL. we all saw what happened. LOL. Last year when SL toured SA, we atleast won one test in Durban. We didn't fail so miserably as you did. And PAK lost both ODI n TEST series to SL last year. So which team is mediocre now ? Pls don't embarrass yourself.

  • POSTED BY Ventana on | February 26, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Test record of Bangladesh is not satisfactory. But the team has changed and perfrmed well in last 12 months or so. I'm hoping to see a good contest!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    It is frustrating to see players play month long BPL tournament (no complain) but unfit for only one test in Sri-Lanka.

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | February 26, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    They have lost all eight Tests played there since 2001, lol they have lost all test anywhere else also !

  • POSTED BY The.Real.Deal on | February 26, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Chill my BD people and SL fellows! This is going to be an interesting series. SL is a respectable side in any situation. BD is rapidly improving. Wouldn't you enjoy a tooth-n-nail fighting series? BTW, millions of BD people support SL after BD, me being one :)

  • POSTED BY emranbmb on | February 26, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    this time sri lanka has no chance......waiting to see another victory of Bangaldesh!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | February 26, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    SL can defeat Bangla 2 times in five days...

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | February 26, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    this series will be more entertaining than the current IND vs AUS series.

  • POSTED BY MainCulprit on | February 26, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    C'mon guyz... whats this silly talk... Before a series... all teams aim to be positive and win. When SL goes to SA or AUS, its still the same... It ain't Rocket science. Why all the Drama... Too good countries playing CRICKET... Lets support and Enjoy... A Lot of you gotta grow up and come out of your shells... I expect a bit more grown up comments from my SL fans... Thank you!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 26, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    So it's gonna be the battle of lions vs tigers. Since I support the World Wildlife Fund, I would like to see both survive this series hehehe, just kidding. Anyway, it's going to be fascinating. SL are like a new look team nowadays and BD would be playing in conditions very similar to back home. A tasty series for neutrals like me. *grabs popcorn*

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | February 26, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @Htc-Android: So, you guys already forgot that Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in last Asian games? And it was an ODI match. That was the most recent match between two teams. I still think Sri Lank is a better side in Test. But when it comes to ODI,match you never know. West Indies team didn't know either.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Bangladesh can win a test match against SriLanka in this situation, but any team to win a test match must dominate opponents in atleast 3 sessions continously. For bangladesh they must dominate atleast 4 or 5 sessions since Srilanka has ability to pull back the game from small teams. No offence to bangladesh fans for calling BD small team in test. bangladesh must show their venom or atleast pretend to be venomous because SL though they surrender meekly to big teams like australia they are still good at beating at small teams.

  • POSTED BY PkZindabaad on | February 26, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    It would be a really interesting game. both are very mediocre sides who rely heavily on some individuals. Especially BD lost shakib and SRI lost jAYA. Sometimes BD can even surprise Srilankans, as much like the fans who are commenting here like this would be a piece of cake for them the players also would be off guard. Furthermore, after the retirement of murali, srilanka didn't win much games, shows that they are vulnerable for even minnor teams.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | February 26, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Its ridiculous to see some BD fans trying to portray the current SL in the same level as BD. The only time i might see BD beating us is the one off t20. mainly its bcoz every team is competitive in this format and we have an inexperienced captain like chandimal. So might make mistakes on the field during crunch situations. Other than that we will win both ODI and test series comfortably. I hardly see BD beatin us in test and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    BD spinners will cope with SL batsman, so will SL spinners. I think KEY is fast bowlers. So, BD batsman should have to know how to play their simmers.

    Best of luck, my Tigers. :)

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | February 25, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    To all SriLankan fans, just like WorldWideCricket commented here, srilanka is the most supported team in BD (after BD ofcourse). Long time ago I remember I was 11 years old and there was a ODI tournament in BD among sl , pak, india. SL was new then and wasnt as good as india or pak team. I went to see the games in stadium with my father and it was interesting to find that most BD people were supporting sl. So whats the big deal here with some of you sl fans that mushfiq believes bd has the best chance now to do well in sl ? This doesnt mean he is saying bd will just go there and win it , he means bd has the potential to put up a good show against sl unlike before. To me it makes sense atleast for the short format, test match I dont think so. Anyway, I believe among the 4 south-asian nations sl has done the best in cricket despite only recent time sl is not at their best but I am sure sl will rise up to their true potential soon, until then bd can just hope to do well against them.

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | February 25, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    I'm tired of seeing same players over and over in every series. Why Shahadat, Robiul and Jahurul again? These 3 selector's keeping same team for a long time strategy will not work all the time. Taskin Ahmed, Mosharaf Hossin Rubel and Sanjamul Islam should be picked for the test squad. We need some fresh blood in the squad.

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | February 25, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Yes, SL havent good fast bowlers, but you cant say BD are good players of the spin. Dont forget how they strugle against Murali

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 25, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    I donno why some people got offended because of Rahim's comment. As a captain he should target for a better performance & that's what he said. He pointed out some of the advantages they have. No 1 said BD is better than SL but that doesnt mean they cant hope to win

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | February 25, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    It's a contest between ordinary teams

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | February 25, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Please ,i request you all to be tolerant of other. No need to argue with one another.we all are just fans .just keep supporting your own team.

  • POSTED BY martinharrison on | February 25, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    We defeated Srilanka in Asia cup not long ago. Bangladesh defeated West indies in ODI without sakib few months ago. Hope we can do well against Srilanka too. Bangladesh can loss but Srilanka cant deafeat BD easily or without fight.Who is going to win Tiger or lion? See the matches.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | February 25, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @Sanga2014: No one is comparing SL with WI. Both are two different good teams. Both teams have strong and weak sides. We BD are taking inspiration from WI series and there is no sin or crime to do that. You SL are lucky to have a destructive and dangerous bowler Lasith Malinga. He is a gem. I personally admire SL cricket who have produced some good names cricketers, and still they have been doing so. All the best SL-- Love from a Bangladeshi

  • POSTED BY cric_gates on | February 25, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    @cricketanand12.....Actually..i dont see any reason why bangladeshis cant win..they have a ideal squad..decent batsman,excellent spinners,quality allrounder and the biggest things ..all of them are fighters.....wah wah.....biggest joke of the era....if BD possess all those attributes in the team...then this BD is definitely much much better than S Africa or England or India or Australia or pak.Is not a T 20 or one day. Its a test match n d whole world knows what kind of team is BD in test.And mind it you are playing against kenya or zimbabwe...its a Sri lanka who still a very good team after d retirement of vaas and murli. BD target should be avoiding big inning defeats.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | February 25, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    @pradeep_dealwis: Thank you brother, wonderful comments. We should all (BD and SL fans) to respect each other. Since my childhood I been a SL fan (when BD was not playing cricket) and still I am (not when against BD). I personally always wanted if BD could become a cricket nation like SL. and I still do and so do most of BD fans. SL is the one of most supported team in BD if SL fans dont know that. So just show respect each other, enjoy the game, and move on for next....All the best to both teams, hope better team wins.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | February 25, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    To All SL Cricket Fans: What is the point of calling each other with bad names? Why are we fighting here? Let the 2 teams fight in the field. It is just a game, and so far I know Bangladesh did not do any harm to Sri Lanka. Bangladesh is going to play in Sri Lanka, and as a team Bangladesh have the right to wish for win against a good team like Sri Lanka.. Is it a crime or sin? Hating each other will not do any good for anyone. As an adult we all should understand that-- A true (Bangladeshi) Cricket Fan!

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | February 25, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    If the ball is swinging a great deal no doubt Bangladesh batsman will struggle especially someone like Nuwan with his inswinger if not, then its the spin which will separate the 2 sides and some people are talking about Mendis and if he's chosen then it will be a great challenge to sustain him.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | February 25, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @Posted by Sanga2014 ; Yeah, exactly. Nobody is talking about Mendis. But Its good coz BD are only concerning about Herath and Its gonna be a treat to watch when Mendis runs thru BD batting order. :))) And Yep, specially in Galle. :)))) These BD player wouldn't know what hit 'em :))) Ah..man.. I'm dying to see this series.

  • POSTED BY martinharrison on | February 25, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh. Hope you will play well in Srilanka. Show the world that Bangladesh is rising day by day. We are ready to fight in field.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | February 25, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Oh my god... I just can't believe that Mushfiqur Rahim said those things. "This is the best chance to do well there coz Mahela n Sanga are injured" huh huh haaa... Is that how you wanna present your country to the world ? Thats pretty lame. I tell ya that. Well, I'm glad now said it coz now I will be able to do grand scale bashing after this BD skipper n his team got trashed in SL. :))) Mr. Mushfiqur Rahim , Be careful what you wish for.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | February 25, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Champu: There are no flat tracks in SL. If BD goes to SL hoping for flat tracks, they will get a rude surprise. True, SL's bowling attack is not great by any means. But don't forget how the Aussies were bowled out for 70+ runs in Australia by Kulasekara. He will get help from the seaming wickets that are now common in SL and he will be a handful when the ball seams, have no doubt. Even the best teams in world cricket will struggle against Kulasekara on seaming tracks.

  • POSTED BY Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on | February 25, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Look! there's no point of leaving nasty comments for team like Bangladesh! in my book they have done nobody any harm and i believe that they are now the underdogs of all major cricket teams. i remember no too long ago how we "the lions" use to be the underdog! and people use to underestimate us but we proved them wrong time and time again. and in a sense we still are the underdogs when i comes to the Big teams! its been an absolute pleasure to see young teams like Bangladesh stand ground with courage against the big teams! and i hope they continue to do so! & I hope u guys do well in Sri Lanka, and we are happy to have you here! I just want to wish the Bangladesh cricket teem best of luck cos they will need it in the lions den. on a side note i hope that we can put in a young team together for this series so they can get some time in the middle to get more experience. dilshan, mahela, and sanga need to sit this one out and let the young boys prove their Steele. Go Sri Lanka! Go Lions!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    I beleive in this captain. all the best BD team..

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | February 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Ideally I would like to see Mahela, Shakib, Kumar play in these matches because whatever happens, we will see a ton of excuse saying that player didn't play so that's why we lost or something. Like someone said, Sri Lanka have everything to lose.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I don't understand why some of the SL fans are underestimating BD team so much. I'm a Neutral fan and I'm sure it won't be easy for SL to beat BD. Right now SL have no Fast Bowler. Kula is good but he has no pace. On flat tracks of SL, medium pacers won't be a threat. And BD batsmen play spin well.

    Hoping for a tight contest.

    And it indeed is a Big BLOW for BD (and good news for SL too) that Shakib is injured. He is a Game Changer both with bat and the ball.

  • POSTED BY cricketanand12 on | February 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Actually..i dont see any reason why bangladeshis cant win..they have a ideal squad..decent batsman,excellent spinners,quality allrounder and the biggest things ..all of them are fighters....i see no any bowler who can create problems for them except herath......herath usually takes wickets of the teas outside of sub-continent....however.they surely will miss shakib..there best...but yet they have a good squad..tamim iqbal,nafees,mahmudullah,anamul haque,mushfiqur rahim,marshal ayub,nasir hossain,elias sunny,sohag gazi,shahadat hossain,robiul islam is a little less than a world class squad because instead of talent and enthusiasm..they needs nurturing and world class cloach....mathews,herath,mendis,samarweera,sangakkara are veteran but rest is a new squad..im sure they will not allow to win them

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | February 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    It will be sooo funny to watch how Bangaladesh batsman play against Ajantha Mendis in Galle

  • POSTED BY deww on | February 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    "They deserve a place in the Test squad. They have done well for the A team, and also during the BPL"... oh well now you select test players on the performance of BPL which is T20 :S

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    The best chance the Tigers have got got some young boys with no fear factor in them. I think they will do well.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Sorry Mushfiqar. We love Bangla cricket. But its not going to happen at the Lions den. Its going to be another defeat in the land of lions.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Mr. Third Gear, looks like you've stuck in 1st gear mate... for your information...,

    SriLanka Gained Test Status in 1981 and first played a Test Match in 1982 vs England and recorded the first test win and series victory against India in 1985, that is just 3 years after a gaining test status. and within 14 years after gaining test status, they have won the 1996 WC. and became the world champions.

    SL after 14 years World Champions, and Bangladesh after 13 years??????

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | February 25, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    As usual, the Bangladesh captain and the fans are 'dreaming'. Series after series Bangladesh lose miserably (except a few) and say they are learning from their mistakes, and the story continues.

    I really hope to see come contest in Sri Lanika. SL is exceptional in their own backyard; lets hope that Bangladesh don't get completely steamrolled by them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Bengal tigers Vs. SL lions..Tiger wins in the nature all the time though, But at the cricket field lions always roar.. lol!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    its a best chance for bangladesh to win in SL .without mahela and sanga they are nothing.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | February 25, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    sl-bangla is contest between equal sides after how we saw bangla got whitewashed by wi in homegrounds and sl got whitewashed in australia , both teams need to forget past and make fresh start . i will hope bangla win first series in sl, hope shakib play a winning series.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 25, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    I also agree with someone, if Tamim is not performing in that series then drop him, we don't need selfish players who have no interest whether they perform for the country or not. Cricket is a gentleman's game where we need real mature players.

  • POSTED BY pradeep_dealwis on | February 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    First of all, my fellow Sri Lankans: stop being peurille and making this stupid comments. Respect the visitors and give them a warm welcome, and enjoy their brand of cricket. Secondly, while i still think we will win both tests, neither will be easy wins. BD are a fast improving side, and we have the weakest and least experienced test bowling attack we've probably ever had! ODIs are less of a concern, BD are better at it than Tests, but so are we. the likes of Perera, Kule and Mattews, while not Test Quality, are more than a handful in ODIs. And add to that Malinga! that being said, looking forward to the young guns performing!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    if u wont to be top in the ranking then u should forecast about test matches .because test matches is impotent more then t20 but Bangladesh they always forecast about t20 and odi personally i like to see Bangladesh in top 5 in test ranking but if not going to happen for nother10yers because they never think about test .look shakib ul hasan he played bpl now he is having a big injury and he is out of sl tour .see Aussies they didn't used there top players for big bash all players play test match and Watson didn't play odi andt20 because they think test is important more then odi and t20 ,

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | February 25, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    I'm a Bangla and England fan and sorry, Sri Lanka are just too strong at home and Bangladesh have a slim chance especially with the squad they have picked. It will be a major shock if Bangladesh won or even draw a test match. We cry for Test Cricket and when we get them, a lot of players are complaining of injuries, I question Bangladesh's attitude of Test Cricket and whether they are making a mockery of it.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | February 25, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Both teams have weak bowling attacks even combined still not good enough to take 20 'regular' wickets if I honestly must say.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | February 25, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    beating SL in SL is even difficult for top test teams. but bangla fans are hoping for win...what can i say? if bangla can take the test match to 4th day it wud be an achievement .

  • POSTED BY SarfBD on | February 25, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Well, I am not thinking about the whole series. Our target should be winning at least one ODI, fight in Tests (one draw will be excellent) and have a shot at the only T20I. And then hope for the best. Recent New Zealand Test victory over SL shows that a good result is very much possible if our boys can apply themselves. Sri Lanka are always good at home. But condition is not going to be a big factor as both teams' strength are the spin department.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | February 25, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Bangladesh XI - Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Nasir, Rahim, Riyad, Abul, Gazi, Sunny and Rubel. Tamim should play how he wants to even if he attacks straight from the start, defending just doesn't work for him.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | February 25, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    mahela,sanga,dilshan are waiting to score triple centuries...their batting avg. will increase by 10 at the end of series.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | February 25, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    We dont care what people say. We believe in our heroes. We should and will win. Good luck tigers

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    No need for SL fans to get so nasty. We will fight as hard as we can.Only wish, Sakib was there. At the end of it all, its just a game where players play to entertain the fans. lets enjoy some hard fought games without badmouthing the other team. We know SL is hard to beat on their own turf. But its also a team in the making and that should present an opportunity for the Tigers. Let the Lion roar and the Tiger growl. Hope its very entertaining cricket in the end.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Will be a very tough tour for Bangladesh. Real test of skills.

  • POSTED BY Rolling_in_The_Deep on | February 25, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Go SL Go... best of luck SL..

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | February 25, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara@ My Friend I believe the current BD team is stronger than SL which we have never seen before. Can you please list the first 12 years record of Srilanka as so that we can compare both the teams at their first stage of test arena?

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | February 25, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    No disrespect 2 MUSHFIQ, bt xcually i think it'll b too much if dey think they can won d TEST against SL R8 now.......... But if dey r improving lyk dis then mayb after 3-4 years dey can compete in TEST arena.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Sometimes dreams will take a lot of time and hardwork to come true. Wouldn't want to disappoint a few very enthusiastic Bangladesh fans here, but this ain't a cakewalk. It might be a very young Sri Lankan team, but they've got enough experience to handle Bangladesh.

    @matchfixerpkn: You comparing BD team to India and NZ itself is the definition of the word "Overrated". Goodluck, cheers!

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 25, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @Janith: The article already mentions it also if you've even bothered to check both these teams back then, they have drastically changed different eras comes and goes :P

  • POSTED BY shadi11234 on | February 25, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    current SL balling lineup more than enough for BD

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    For the People who talked about Test win against Sri Lanka.., tell me, does BD have any world class bowler to restrict Sri Lanka???? Does BD even have World Class test Batsman to play 5 day game.???? what are the things BD achieved so far in TEST format???

    BD bowlers will hammered every corner of the park. and still forget about Rangana Herath which will be too much for bangali boys. SLC is seeking for future potentials they treating this as a practice session for SL young lads. no disrespect BD.

    BD will have my full respect if they even able to draw a single test.

    as usual few Indians are crying like always,

  • POSTED BY Fuad_bs on | February 25, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    I keep my finger crossed for test series but I think BD can win ODI series against SL. BD players just have finished BPL, so they will be prone to hit as much as they can in test cricket too which can turn out to be a very big problem but in ODI, Bangladesh is the best!!

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | February 25, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I am not worried about Tigers the ODI and T20 AT ALL. The only place Ban has to show their improvement is Test. Middle order has to take responsibility. I am disappointed to see Nayeem in that position. Hope he will change his wired attitude and focus on game. It's not definitely how long you can stay in the pitch, it's how are you judging each ball and play accordingly.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Wait till the end of the series bangla buddies..... Sri lanka Cricket is in a new road.Watch out for performances from people whom you have never heard of. Hope you are not defeated with innings defeats.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 25, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    If Tamim doesn't perform then he should be dropped to teach him a lesson that he's not guaranteed a place whatever happens. A lot of our current players take their places for granted and now there are for once competition for places, should spur them on.

    Tamim, Shahriar, Anamul, Naeem, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Abul, Gazi, Rubel and Enamul jr. But even with this best possible line-up still not good enough.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 25, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka have everything to lose considering they are playing minnows. Bangladesh have a lot to prove now but our teams have lost key players (selfish) should spur our team even more especially the new young guys. I'd be seriously disappointed if Mominul is selected over Anamul.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Bangladesh lost inns & 137 runs lost 1st v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 6 Sep 2001 investigate this query Bangladesh lost inns & 196 runs lost 1st v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS) 21 Jul 2002 investigate this query Bangladesh lost 288 runs won 2nd v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 28 Jul 2002 investigate this query Bangladesh lost inns & 96 runs lost 1st v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 12 Sep 2005 investigate this query Bangladesh lost inns & 69 runs lost 2nd v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS) 20 Sep 2005 investigate this query Bangladesh lost inns & 234 runs lost 1st v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 25 Jun 2007 investigate this query Bangladesh lost inns & 90 runs lost 1st v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS) 3 Jul 2007 investigate this query Bangladesh lost inns & 193 runs lost 1st v Sri Lanka Kandy 11 Jul 2007

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 25, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    best of bangladhes..you cna defeat this over hyped srilankna home bullies..remember.even at home their humiliated by indian recently also by newzealand in test.. so al the best ..defeat this over rated team and give them appropriate name >minnow..and come back as genuie test team..

  • POSTED BY WPDDESILVA on | February 25, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    I have feeling Bang might beat SL in Test. Not sure about the ODI but certainly they'll compete well in Tests. The current bowling attack in SL could be the worst we've ever had. How can Suranga Lakmal even be considered, Apprently he is too thin he get's fever after playing 5 day Cricket. I don't see no future for the current bowling attack!

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | February 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    May be SL test fast bowlers are not strong enogh. But dont compare poor west indies fast bowlers with Lasith Malinga

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | February 25, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    @gsingh7, cant stop laughing man, how you (Bangladesh) win a test in India without playing a test in india, they are affraid of BD, that's a fact,

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    i got a feeling we (SL) would loose a test against BD, or will come close to loosing.. gut feeling though. Because SL is gonna have lot inexperienced players and BD seniors are going to have a field day..

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | February 25, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka are still strong favourites to win this but I just like to say to Sri Lanka fans that your fast bowling is nowhere near West Indies so unless its swinging, the fast bowlers of Sri Lanka won't be a problem for Bangladesh but it depends how the pitch is like.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | February 25, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    with shahadat, robiul and abul--three worst pacer in BD, u cant win, u will be whitewashed

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | February 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    sl is weak without sanga and mahela , i expect tied series or bangla to edge it. both teams have decent record at home but neither cud win any test in india, this shows these teams need to improve in tests or they will forever be getting tag of being minnows , good luck bangladesh , win series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Best of Luck Tigers!! Hope you guys would draw a test and win the ODI series. I am little too ambitious ??? This is my prediction ............

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Nd whr else in the world they have good record? Im lost lol

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | February 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    "play to our potential", that's what every team say before go to play against better team than them, to be honest Bangladesh have no chance against sri lanka, i dont see single match winner in BD team, and Bangladesh have not done anything o justify their test status till now, SL why bother useless series against BD? i rather give players a ret before champions thropy.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | February 25, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Its a tough ask to compete with Sri Lanka especially away now but I'd be very surprised if Bangladesh with this squad gives Sri Lanka a game. I'm just a little concerned how our boys will turn from T20 mode to Test mode that quickly even the BCL final didn't reach 5 days.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | February 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    SL bowling may not be the strongest yet, but neither is Bangladesh's they don't have bowlers who can take 20 wickets to win a test. And in the recent home series, SL have adapted a policy of preparing wickets that assists fast bowlers (Eg: Pakistan and NZ tours) And bowling with fast bowlers and playing in conditions that suits fast bowling is not Bangladesh's strength. They may be a treat in the ODI series but I don't think they will be much of a treat in the tests. they beat WI in ODIs, the side they lost in the tests.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | February 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    SL bowling may not be the strongest yet, but neither is Bangladesh's they don't have bowlers who can take 20 wickets to win a test. And in the recent home series, SL have adapted a policy of preparing wickets that assists fast bowlers (Eg: Pakistan and NZ tours) And bowling with fast bowlers and playing in conditions that suits fast bowling is not Bangladesh's strength. They may be a treat in the ODI series but I don't think they will be much of a treat in the tests. they beat WI in ODIs, the side they lost in the tests.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | February 25, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Its a tough ask to compete with Sri Lanka especially away now but I'd be very surprised if Bangladesh with this squad gives Sri Lanka a game. I'm just a little concerned how our boys will turn from T20 mode to Test mode that quickly even the BCL final didn't reach 5 days.

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | February 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    "play to our potential", that's what every team say before go to play against better team than them, to be honest Bangladesh have no chance against sri lanka, i dont see single match winner in BD team, and Bangladesh have not done anything o justify their test status till now, SL why bother useless series against BD? i rather give players a ret before champions thropy.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Nd whr else in the world they have good record? Im lost lol

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Best of Luck Tigers!! Hope you guys would draw a test and win the ODI series. I am little too ambitious ??? This is my prediction ............

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | February 25, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    sl is weak without sanga and mahela , i expect tied series or bangla to edge it. both teams have decent record at home but neither cud win any test in india, this shows these teams need to improve in tests or they will forever be getting tag of being minnows , good luck bangladesh , win series.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | February 25, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    with shahadat, robiul and abul--three worst pacer in BD, u cant win, u will be whitewashed

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | February 25, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka are still strong favourites to win this but I just like to say to Sri Lanka fans that your fast bowling is nowhere near West Indies so unless its swinging, the fast bowlers of Sri Lanka won't be a problem for Bangladesh but it depends how the pitch is like.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    i got a feeling we (SL) would loose a test against BD, or will come close to loosing.. gut feeling though. Because SL is gonna have lot inexperienced players and BD seniors are going to have a field day..

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | February 25, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    @gsingh7, cant stop laughing man, how you (Bangladesh) win a test in India without playing a test in india, they are affraid of BD, that's a fact,