Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13

Mushfiqur wants Bangladesh to play more Tests

Mohammad Isam

March 20, 2013

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Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates after scoring a double century, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, March 11, 2013
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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has made an appeal for more Tests for his side after they were much-improved competitors in the two-Test series in Sri Lanka. Bangladesh lost the series 0-1 but had positive results, forcing a draw in Galle, their first in this country.

The visitors lost the second Test in Colombo, but there were periods at the Premadasa when they were on par with Sri Lanka. The performance prompted Mushfiqur to ask for more chances to play Tests.

"It doesn't matter if we do well or not, we will have more opportunity if we get more Tests to play," Mushfiqur said. "Those who in authority, I would ask them to give us more Tests. We can show that we can play good, consistent Test cricket.

"It is up to the cricket board whether we play a three-Test series, but we must play eight to ten Tests in a year. You can play as many ODIs and T20s you want, but Test cricket is the ultimate. You have periods of long struggle in Test cricket, it builds character and confidence."

Bangladesh have only played two three-match series since gaining Test status in 2000, and the last one was nearly six years ago in Sri Lanka. Bangladesh played just two Tests in 2012, and are scheduled to play four more this year.

Questions remain, however, over the Bangladesh players' durability in Test cricket. They have shown, in these two matches in Sri Lanka, the ability to dominate a session, or even a day, but to string together consistently impressive performances over several days is still a challenge.

"We are working on this but we haven't reached a stage where we can play 10 days of consistent cricket out of 14-15 days," Mushfiqur said. "The focus that is required to face deliveries pitching on the same spot requires mental and technical skills.

"They bowl maidens, build the pressure on our batsmen. When they are batting, they are aware a bad ball is around the corner, so they wait and give enough respect to the good ball. But we have to play a lot more than just the two or four [Tests] per year."

Mushfiqur said the bowling attack needed to develop, but had to be given time. Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in the series, Sohag Gazi, has completed only four Test matches, and without Shakib Al Hasan the attack has only shown flashes of potential.

"We made only 240 [in Colombo] against a team like Sri Lanka, so that wasn't good enough. We don't have a bowling attack that can bowl them out for 200. [Kumar] Sangakkara and [Dinesh] Chandimal played really well, they didn't give us a chance," Mushfiqur said. "In the second innings, some of us were set but we got out. The spinners should have bowled better on this wicket, which Rangana Herath showed by bowling in one spot."

Bangladesh's next Tests are against Zimbabwe in April, but they have an ODI series and Twenty20 left to play against Sri Lanka over the next 11 days.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

To all; This is over. Lets move on to ODIs which starts tomorrow.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

@ abcdef_12345; Mate you have double standards. You say "In sports, old means experience when it is judged for performance, not age." Then Herath only played 47 but Ashraful 59. Then Herath is younger/less experienced than Ashraful according to you. :) Herath has played more First Class matches than Sangakkara. That's why we say he is experienced. Not just based on age or number of International games. No body talked about Samaraweera since he got retired before this series. Anyway he is old (36) and experienced (Tests 81 FC 256). If he played and scored we would have see the same comments on him. (Old, 35+, Flat Track player, Not a world class player, etc). You say Australia is Australia. That doesn't make any sense. Any team can have a best and not good teams. Current Australian team is no where near to the team you mentioned. Having Australia name might intimidate weak teams. But not all. You got the answer from "Htc-Android" about winning is SA.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 22, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

@abcdef_12345. We won a test match in SA during the last time we toured there.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (March 22, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: Yes the same Ranji Trophy where a player like Jadeja scores multiple triple 100s is all we need to here :)

Posted by British_North_America on (March 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Dhutugemunu Yes, I just wanted to tell the difference between Australia and Sri Lanka.No matter that Australia was indomitable or not, they were indeed Australia.Lets forget about Australia, Did SL even win in South Africa?And mate, then you say older guys, it means experience, not age in cricket.Cook has played more tests(89) than whole Bangladesh(76).In sports, old means experience when it is judged for performance, not age.What we meant is that SL has some experienced guys who back the whole team.If we meant age, why not talking about Samaraweera?

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Seems Mehdi Rahi is correct. "In preparation for becoming a Test playing country, Bangladesh established its own first-class competition in 1999-2000, although the matches were not given first-class status until the 2000-2001 season. The lack of an established first-class structure in the country until shortly before Bangladesh played its debut Test has been cited as one of the reasons the side struggled to adapt to the longer format of the game." - Wikipedia @ Mehdi Rahi ; Thanks mate for clarifying the real situation.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

@ abcdef_12345; Are you Kidding me? Australia's Best team (Ponting, Mcgrath, Warne, Martin, Waugh, Hayden) was like the golden era of Australian Cricket. That team was almost unbeatable. No team in modern Test era can be compared to that. Don't even try to compare that side to Sri Lanka's Best team (Atapattu, Jayasuriya, Murali, Vass). lol SL had a lot of success with them. But not world beaters at Test level.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 22, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Dhutugemunu You know what Australia's best team(Ponting,Mcgrath,Martn,Wagh,Hayden) could do in India and we saw what Sri Lanka's best team(Atapattu,Jayasuriya,Murali) did in India.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

@ abcdef_12345; No mate. There were a lot of comments saying that the Old 35+ SL players thrashed young BD team. Anyway in BD squad the oldest guy is Ashraful (28). Correct me if I'm wrong. So Shillingford is older than him. Playing less number of matches doesn't make himself a young guy. He has been playing cricket in the domestic circuit for a while. Mike Hussy debut at 30. Did they say he was a young guy back then? Ok. Forget about Samuels who is a part time bowler. Look at the situation. Again old guys in WI performed. Experience makes a player perfect. BD players should play for long. May be one day their will be legendary BD players. Complaining or worrying about other teams doesn't help BD Cricket it self.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Many fans from other countries many times are asking the same question about BD's Test Status. But neither knows that before 1997 cricket was not a popular sports in BD , even Football and Hockey was the main popular sports. There was a Dhaka based premier cricket league only and not a organized first class structures at all. So suddenly when everything happens so fast after 1999 world cup , so obviously it will take some time. others have to realize that. Truly cricket lovers from other countries surely agree that BD was a breath of relief towards cricket world, surely BD will be a major cricket power with in 15 years.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

@ All_The_Way; I'm not underestimating the Ranji Trophy in India. For my knowledge it's a highly competitive first class tournament in the world. (similarly IPL is highly competitive than other T20 league tournaments in the world.) Sending a BD team something like a development team to Ranji might help the BD players to be more competitive. Yes. You are true. SL has never won a Test in India. Even for an Exceptional Test team like Aus, SA or Eng it's very hard to win a match and a series in India, which is their fortress. India lost 0-4 in Australia, but now India looking at 4-0 win in India against same opponent.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 22, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Dhutugemunu We are not saying that we are thrashed by old SL players.We just say what SL team is without Herath and Sangakara.And no matter whether Chanderpaul or Gayle scores, Zim will still be thrashed by WI.It was proved from 1st test's result.And Shillingford is 30 years old does not mean he is old in international cricket.I think he did not play many test matches.Samules is not a bowler either.It is weak Zim batsmen who gave away wickets to him.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 22, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

@ Kh Shakir Bin Alam ; (1.) Check stats before you talk. SL took only 14 Tests for the first win (~3.5 years after gaining Test status). On Sep 11th 1985, SL won a test against Ind and ultimately winning that series. For BD first victory came against weakened Zim after playing 35 matches (including 31 losses) after 4+ years gaining Test status. (2.) This article is about Test matches not ODIs. Agree. BD had a better record last year in ODIs. All the 9 games played at "Home" 5 wins and 4 losses. 3 wins against WI, 1 Ind, 1 SL. Mate SL are the runners up of the all three recent World Cups. Ind are the World Champions. Beating those teams once in a while doesn't make BD superior. On the other hand SL played 33 games 14 wins 16 losses 1 Tied and 2 NR. 19 games were played outside home in Australia (Commonwealth Bank Series - Runners up), South Africa (2-3), and Bangladesh (Asia Cup 0-3). Only series SL didn't do well was Asia Cup. At home SL still holds a better record 7-5.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 22, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Mehdi Rahi I am not sure whether you are a representative of BD fans.Do you want to say all Indian,Pakistani and Sri Lankan fans are over 25 and not emotional? And this is the first time I learn that teenage means 18-25 years old.I knew it is 13-18.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 22, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

rakon_me Why talking so much? Ho can someone be sure that BD will loose the ODI series.BD is completely different team in ODI.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Hello Srilankan mature friends, you just have to remember that many of the cricinfo fans from BD are teenagers around 18 to 25. So their comment will be more emotional than tactical. It is normal. i also have noticed that most of the time they start arguing with either Indian, Pakistani and now Srilankan fans. Just leave it, but they all love cricket . Definitely Cricinfo loves them. I also wonder if someday we won the world cup then what will happen!!!

Posted by KFRITZ on (March 22, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

I wonder what excuse the fans will come up after BD loose the ODI series to SL..Its so funny that BD fans always get their prediction wrong about their own team. I would be surprised even if BD win one match in the series.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 21, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

@ BD fans; See 2nd Test Zim vs WI. Shillingford 5 wickets (Age 30). Samuels 3 wickets (Age 32). Gayle 101 (Age 33). Chandrapaul 108 (Age 38). They are Seniors/old players. Can you see any of the Zim fans crying that they were thrashed by Old WI players?

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 21, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu - For someone that can't still not win a test series in India but still have the guts to talk about Ranji Trophy. You're not a cricketer mate :)

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 21, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Test Cricket is unpopular anyway, hardly any countries play this amazing format :)

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (March 21, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Our cricket is on the move. Just wait and see. there are many sponsors coming forward to serve BD cricket.you can see this series has been sponsored by Dhaka Bank.now overseas series are also patronized by our local sponsors. sahara,the indian team sponsor,are now sponsoring National and Academic team. Moreover, we are the only country to host the best opening wc ceremony ever within 11 years after getting test status and we will arrange 2014 t20 wc. so, think thrice before making derogatory remark regarding BD.just wait and see

Posted by Chris_P on (March 21, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

Not more test matches, but more first class matches in their domestic tournament. This will allow them the necessary skills to have for tests, thereby giving a better account for themselves, thereby getting more tests. Their technique, patience & application are not up to standard for test match cricket. The issue must be addressed at first class cricket.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

lol......now these people are talking about BD's test status......can u answer how many matches Srilanka needed to win their 1st test?? at Dhutugemunu: where were you last year when your team manged to lose all the 3 games in Asia cup?? look at BD's recent performance in one day cricket, the last year statistics must be better than Srilanka i guess.........BD is already doing good in One day....they are the runner up of Asia cup...they beat WI in oneday series last year...n white washed Newzeland by 4-0 couple of years back....just wait few more years.....BD will b doing good in test aswell.....

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 21, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

If these players r called tiger then I think I have never seen tigers in my life

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 21, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

If other Top Test teams are not giving BD any matches, why don't you arrange matches to play regularly with A sides of Test teams or Send a Team to play in any of the first class tournaments in the subcontinent (eg:- Ranji Trophy - Ind). That will help BD to learn how to survive 4-5 days.

Posted by WTEH on (March 21, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

A team that consider a test draw as an important milestone should not be kept in test status. For 12 years of tests winning only 3 matches, and they ask for more tests?????? I'm not sure what ICC doing with BD. Their test status should be reevaluated.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 21, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@ TheRisingTeam; BD always had a young team. Tell me when is the last time BD had a player who's more than 30 years old? may be Mohammad Rafique who last played at age of 37 in 2008. Your squad consists of young players. Most old (mid and late 20s) and experienced (who played 10+) players get retired or replaced by teenage players. That's not other teams fault. Seems BD players have no enough stamina to play long. In each of the Top test teams Legendary players are in late 20s or early 30s. Sachin (Ind), Ponting (Aus), Dravid(Ind), Kallis (SA), Jayawardene (SL), Chandrapaul (WI), Sangakkara (SL), Murali (SL), Warne (Aus), Kumble (Ind) played/playing even at mid 35s. Every time you BD fans say we have a young team. We have a young team. So what? Moreover you guys say, we will win next time. There is a saying that the "Tomorrow never comes". Are your wins like that?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

After exactly 2 years all test playing nations will be terrified to face our TIGERS. All those who are criticizing our TIGERS can wright it down in your diary ;)

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 21, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@ TheRisingTeam. First u said u will be surpassing us from the test series and now u are saying u will surpass us from the ODI series. After that u will say u will be surpassing us from next years series...lol...Keep waiting for that moment. So what if our seniors won the match. Dint u notice chandimal, thirimanne scoring hundred? These youngsters will learn a lot from our seniors before they leave. So we will be fine here.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 21, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

28041991 You manage to give these countries test status.We are with you.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Bangladesh ODI Squad:

Tamim, anamul , Ashraful, Mominul, Nasir, Mushy, Mahmudullah, Shohag gazi, Razzak, Nazmul, Abul.

Very Strong Team :)

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

I fully agree with Captain Mushfiq. I am quite optimistic about it.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 21, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

I remember before this series Sri Lanka were bragging on how this series is all about their youngsters but it was their seniors that just about won them this test series not their youngsters. Man of Match - Herath and Man of Series - Sanga both senior players otherwise Sri Lanka would've lost to our youngsters. We didn't even have our key players like Shakib, Mashrafe, Enamul, Shahriar etc who are all in their 20s btw so the future is clear. Its only a matter of time Bangladesh surpasses Sri Lanka and according to schedule, Bangladesh will be playing Sri Lanka again next year this time in Bangladesh so when we have our full strength, we will be surpassing you. Besides, Bangladesh are going to win the ODI series starting on Saturday to give you a preview. I doubt Sri Lanka can even thrash the minnows (not for long) in that format at home.

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (March 21, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

The more you experience,the more experienced you become.it's needed not only in cricket but also in our practical life. Look,if you want consistency of your good performance,you have to keep playing consistently;don't you? Suppose, Today you have learned a lesson,now if you revise it six months later,Won't that lesson look new to you? just like that,Bangladesh has always been new to test cricket as they play maximum of 2-3 matches at interval of five months in a calendar year. How do you expect weak to become strong if you don't provide them with enough opportunities to become strong?

Posted by first_slip on (March 21, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

If they Pay Test match against Afghanistan i bet Bangladesh going to loose, Afganistan are more deserve to play test cricket than Bangladesh

Posted by realfan on (March 21, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

yeah they need more tests.... they have won 3 matches in a decade of test status, they defiantly need more test.....and against who????? ZIM, KENYA, IRELAND, USA, CANADA, PAKISTHAN,and may be NEPAL... just to improve their winning record or to keep their test status alive....

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

@abhay8157: Is test cricket is going through very bad patch? If Afghanistan deservs test cricket why we should snatch away it from BD? Does it mean "no more test palying nations" or the number of the test country should n't be more than 10? Well, minimize the number, it would be more interesting! Only two test playing country: 1. Your favourite team, 2. Your favourite opponets (Serbia or Montenigro)! However, ICC should nurture all weak test teams properly and should think about multiply the test playing nations to make cricket more popular world wide!

Posted by British_North_America on (March 21, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Great_Chucker BD did not loose the flat pitch in Galle.Did they?

Posted by Rafelgibt on (March 21, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

@BOND_OO7 on (March 20, 2013, 21:00 GMT) Many say, how did Sri Lanka manage to improve a lot at their early stage while BD couldn't? For those, In the past, cricket wasn't as much commercialized as it is today. I really like your comments.You just said what i wanted to say for a long.Really good one brother..

Posted by mrgupta on (March 21, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

@BOND_OO7: You are absolutely right. Sri-Lanka got to play so many test matches when they started and BD is not able to play any. By the time SL had completed 12 years in Test Cricket they had played, Hold your breadth.. 57 test matches!! That's Huge!. And they had Won only 4 out of those loosing 27. BD has played..... and Won/Lost how many in 12 years?

Posted by UAETigers on (March 21, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

In my opinion BD Team should play 4 day games with the A-Teams of other countries more often. This way tey can not only improve themselves but the pressure of media, crowd and poeple will not be their and it will make the life easy and will improve the confidence a lot!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 21, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

@ BOND_OO7; I don't think SL had more chances during their "minnow" stage. Until SL won the World cup on March 17th 1996, they have played only 66 Tests (Won 7 Lost 31 Draw 28 / 1982-1996). If you check stats Top test playing countries like England (First 3 match series in 2001), West Indies (in 2001), Australia (in 1992) have given 1 match series to SL at the beginning. After WC win SL has played 156 Tests (Won 59 Lost 49 Draw 48 / 1996-2013). Two factors to get more matches. 1. SL had a higher Win+Draw percentage 11+42 = 53%. 2. Winning the World Cup in 1996. After gaining Test status in 2000 BD played more Tests than SL played within first 14 years (77). But they have lost a lot (66, 86%). Won (3, 4%) + Draw (8, 10%). Most of these loses were by innings and within 3-4 days. Top countries not interested in playing Tests with a very weak opponent. Even Zimbabwe had a better record than BD.

Posted by Great_Chucker on (March 21, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

How many opportunities do BD need ..even when SL prepared flat tracks so that "their YOUNG team" would not lose,BD struggled ...BD has to learn to win against other minnows first,this was a golden opportunity & they missed the plot..

Posted by appkhi on (March 21, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Bangladesh is still new team but they way their fan behave like BD is very strong team. Why they always want to play with stronger team why not they play with Ireland, Canada, Kenya, Afghanistan and other new teams. This way not only they improve their own team but also give chance to other non-status team to become better but BD think they are strong team want to play with Inida, Australia, England etc. They got chance to play with Pakistan but they created the BIG issue by bringing politics in the game.

Posted by joseyesu on (March 21, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

Zim too need more test...

Posted by borhans on (March 21, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

ICC not helping cricket at all. Its more conservative approach to cricket has made it one of the sports which has lowest number of active playing nations .Why don't they think the reason behind its becoming boring is not for the sporty reason but for the few teams playing each other all year ..A team which has test status should have atleast 6-8 minimum test every year otherwise for 2 test a year there is no need for test status .Bangladesh white washed Nz in odi now everybody hoped that there would be a test series for better challenge but ICC goes with its own shedule where Nz have played test odi series all over the world but BD stuck behind .there should be two groups of test teams if necessary ..sheduling 8 teams otherwise is a real mess

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (March 21, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

I can't understand why many ones here are missing the vital point of Mushfiqur's Quotes, You can never be better test playing side unless you are allowed to play & understand test cricket sufficiently in different playing conditions or challenges. Many bodies often use to shout about Bangladesh's 75 played tests missing mentionable successes, but most of these tests Bangladesh played during their extremely premature stages of 1st 8 years where nobody can or should expect a magic margin. This is honestly admissible that no. of scheduled tests should have been limited wisely at that precocious era to comply Bangladesh an orderly time/chances to develop/flourish themselves in the arena of test cricket. But unnecessarily lots of tests had been scheduled for BD during that premature era where scheduled tests for BD have been limited unwisely at present while BD is showing some real and bright signs of maturities in the challenge of test match competition. This is truly unwise and unlawful.

Posted by abhay8157 on (March 20, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Galle was just a flash in the pan. Bangladesh dont deserve to play Tests. Let them play ODI and T20. Give their Test Status to Afghanistan ... they will probably do much better than Bangladeshis in 10 years.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 20, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Many say, how did Sri Lanka manage to improve a lot at their early stage while BD couldn't? For those, In the past, cricket wasn't as much commercialized as it is today. Sri Lanka,at their minnow stage, had the opportunity to play against all the teams quite often. But today, for BD ,when it comes to playing against BIG teams, financial benefits come first for the BIG ones. That's why board of respective countries retreat knowing there is nothing beneficial for them to gain playing with BD. it's all because of commercialization of modern cricket. Where there is cricket , there is commerce THE BOTTOM LINE ; weaker teams wont ever become strong unless commercialization is uprooted from cricket...

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 20, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Many say, how did Sri Lanka manage to improve a lot at their early stage while BD couldn't? For those, In the past, cricket wasn't as much commercialized as it is today. Sri Lanka,at their minnow stage, had the opportunity to play against all the teams quite often. But today, for BD ,when it comes to playing against BIG teams, financial benefits come first for the BIG ones. That's why board of respective countries retreat knowing there is nothing beneficial for them to gain playing with BD. it's all because of commercialization of modern cricket. Where there is cricket , there is commerce THE BOTTOM LINE ; weaker teams wont ever become strong unless

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 20, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Many say, how did Sri Lanka manage to improve a lot at their early stage while BD couldn't? For those, In the past, cricket wasn't as much commercialized as it is today. Sri Lanka,at their minnow stage, had the opportunity to play against all the teams quite often. But today, for BD ,when it comes to playing against BIG teams, financial benefits come first for the BIG ones. That's why board of respective countries retreat knowing there is nothing beneficial for them to gain playing with BD. it's all because of commercialization of modern cricket. Where there is cricket , there is commerce THE BOTTOM LINE ; weaker teams wont ever become strong unless commercialization and financial aspects from cricket are uprooted.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 20, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

The more you experience,the more experienced you become.it's needed not only in cricket but also in our practical life. Look,if you want consistency of your good performance,you have to keep playing consistently;don't you? Suppose, Today you have learned a lesson,now if you revise it six months later,Won't that lesson look new to you? just like that,Bangladesh has always been new to test cricket as they play maximum of 2-3 matches at interval of five months in a calendar year. How do you expect weak to become strong if you don't provide them with enough opportunities to become strong?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

How long Bangladeshis have been saying the same thing,they need to improve,international cricket does not have an obligation to babysit them.Sri Lankans improved on their own without asking for more tests or making excuses.Time for BD players to man up and stop making excuses.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 20, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

The more you experience,the more experienced you become.it's needed not only in cricket but also in our practical life. Look,if you want consistency of your good performance,you have to keep playing consistently;don't you? Suppose, Today you have learned a lesson,now if you revise it six months later,Won't that lesson look new to you? just like that,Bangladesh has always been new to test cricket as they play maximum of 2-3 matches at interval of five months in a calendar year. How do you expect weak to become strong if you don't provide them with enough opportunities to become strong?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

If two board take decision on how many matches they will play so why we need ICC for small country like Bangladesh? ICC must take some positive steps like set some guidelines that One country will play with every test nation minimum 1 time in every two years.(home and abroad basis). But ICC's step upsets us Bangladeshis.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 20, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

All_The_Way I think Bangladesh has more financial back in cricket than any other nations except India.England and Australia are rich countries but when it comes to cricket, I think Bangladesh can generate more money from its business sector.

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 20, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Sadly next year Bangladesh will only be playing 2 test series what a pity with this schedule. After India, Pakistan and England, Bangladesh has next set of biggest Cricket supporters.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 20, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

ExtremeSpeed You are right.Unfortunately, Cook has actually played more tests than Bangladesh.Bangladesh in total played 76 tests.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 20, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

rakon_me There had been improvements.Bangladesh was very close to win the first test against WI.What they lacked was planning.They were uncertain whether they should try to win or draw the test match.If they went for a draw, they could do it easily.But they tried to win and eventually lost in a deteriorating fifth day pitch.In this series, Mushfiq scored first double century for Bangladesh and Bangladesh drawn it.You got to give credit ti Mushfiq because at the same time Mahmudullah did not score many runs regardless of the pitch.In the second test, even in Sri Lankan soil against a full strength Sri Lankan bowling line up, they dominated almost two sessions before Jahurul's mistake slipped the match.The fact is in early days, they were given opportunities but they did not have the ideal players for test cricket.Now they have and they get less test matches than what those guys got.If you give them chance, they will improve series by series.Their ODI performance is a proof.

Posted by SarfBD on (March 20, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

@rakon_me, WI didn't win easily. In the first Test against WI, Bangladesh were favorite in the 5th day. But they couldn't deal with the pressure largely due to the lack of experience. Though the 2nd Test against SL ended in 4 days, it was not the picture you presented. It was a 50-50 match until the last hour of the 3rd day. But the good work was undone by some silly shots (may be again due to inexperience). Only more and more exposer in int'l cricket can solve this. But I agree with you on the financial demand of boards and sponsors

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 20, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Wish you all the very best Bangladesh. There is an improvement and good luck from a Sri Lankan.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Test Rankings are a bit of a joke anyway. Matches are unevenly distributed just look at it yourself.

Posted by Energetic. on (March 20, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Cannot believe Shakib who made debut in 06 has still yet to play a test match against Australia something is wrong.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Get in line Bangladesh. Sri Lanka has been saying this for years.

Posted by bayzid47 on (March 20, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Bangladesh needs more test match sothat they could improve...... Mushy is right, ICC should pay attention in this matter

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (March 20, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Take this example for Bangladesh lack of Test Cricket - Captain Rahim made his test debut in 2005 but he has only till now played 32 test matches whereas i.e. Captain Cook has made his debut in 2006 but has played a staggering 89 test matches despite playing one year later than Rahim. This is just an example and unless you don't know your maths, Rahim makes a valid point.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 20, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Also Bangladesh cannot win test matches with small number of matches they have annually. New Zealand yes they win some test matches here and there notable ones recently against Sri Lanka and Australia but that's because they play a lot of test matches. The only word class test teams right now are England and South Africa, the rest have weaknesses from all sorts of levels.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

AzAb12754@ I tend to agree with you. The ICC have rankings for ODI,TESTS and T20s. In that rankings the team at the top have plyed an amount of games and they have points on the other hand the team at the bottom haven't played many games in fact there is a fir amount of distance in there, my question is are these rankings are fair? or is the game of cricket is just made for the big countries that have been playing ages, new comers are just not welcomed!!

Posted by KFRITZ on (March 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

WI which is ranked 8th toured Bangladesh recently and won easily the test 2-0. Now they lost to SL within 4 days. Then how do you expect higher ranked teams to show any interest in playing against BD. I keep telling if Bd needs to be noticed , they need to win matches . Sadly that's not happening . Cricket tours are planned based on demand, for example Indian sponsors and public don't want to see India play Bd. they would prefer to see them play against Australia or Pakistan or south africa

Posted by maddy20 on (March 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

A very genuine request. I hope the other boards including our very own BCCI schedule more test matches with these guys. It also looks like Rahim is a very outspoken and far more competent leader compared to his predecessors and it can only mean a lot of good times ahead for Bangladesh. ICC should look into this matter right away!

Posted by cricanalyserbd on (March 20, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Bangladesh's test debut in 2000, played 73 matches. :) .. Graeme smith's test debut in 2002, played 110 matches. :( =D showing how much careless ICC are.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 20, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

I'm surprised why the Zimbabwe tour next month is only a 2 match test series.

Posted by smukhles on (March 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Everyone who understands cricket does understands that BD needs to play more test cricket and that is the solution except ICC and I guess people like DocBindra and this type of anti Bangladesh mentality has not been uncommon yet Bangladesh cricket on the right track.

Posted by cricanalyserbd on (March 20, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

I heard that Smith played 100 test matches.. if it's true, then my Question is how much test matches played whole BD team?

Posted by cricket_frenzy on (March 20, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

a ask which is more than genuine. The worse thing being Bangladesh never touring to india for playing test matches. Isn't it high time we didn't invite them for a test match, and it will be a great time to experiment inexperience players in the indian team

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 20, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

I don't understand why Bangladesh if we have no series than arrange some one day Cricket against teams like Afghanistan and Ireland so that these teams will get games to show out their skills and world tournaments will be bit more competitive instead of one sided when these teams go up against the likes of England etc

Its true Bangladesh still have a long way to go in tests but they haven't been losing by an innings as much compared to the first 6 years of their test status. In Test Cricket you need to have the momentum but the amount of tests they play and these very long gaps of course teams will struggle and will be disinterested.

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 20, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Cricket is an unpopular sport only played like a few countries and these weaker teams are there so there will be a world cup :D

Posted by Praxis on (March 20, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@2DocBindra, we'd love to see you reasoning for the claim that "...but Ireland and Kenya would be better competition". This kind of attitude isn't very helpful for a format which is dying a slow death. We can't afford to complain about mediocrity when only about a dozen nations play this game.

We all do realize, unless you are competitive enough there won't be enough test matches to play. Then again, only domestic competition won't build up the experience & some very necessary skills. Its up to the ICC how they'll manage that, giving enough exposure to these less competitive teams & yet keeping the public interest alive for this format. Things in BD cricket are changing now, better pay for 1st class cricketers, administrations willing to make positive changes... they are on the right path. The players want to do well in tests, fans are interested, they'll eventually get there.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

I absolutely agree with him. Bangladesh has been improving lots in all forms of cricket. But only 2/3 test matches cannot help much in improvement of test matches. They need greater opportunity and more test matches to continuing this improving journey.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Mushfiqur please tour Pakistan for three test series :)

Posted by AzAb12754 on (March 20, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Its true Bangladesh don't play as much Test Cricket anymore. In 2011 they only played 5 and last year 2012 only played 2 so in just 2 years, Bangladesh played 7 test matches in total which is ridiculous whereas the other countries have played more than 3 times that number in that period. Our players like Rahim, Tamim and Shakib who have played over 6 years now are still yet to play a test match against Australia for some reason so that shows something is wrong. Fine these countries are reluctant to invite Bangladesh but I see no reason why they cannot play a test series in Bangladesh. India still hasn't invited Bangladesh so what really is the ftp for? I thought all countries weak or strong should be playing home and away if not then the ranking table shows no purpose in tests.

Posted by jewel1000 on (March 20, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

If all do not want to invite Bangladesh then Bangladesh should invite them and make draw and win in Bangladesh so that they will invite later.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 20, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Wish you all the best, Mushfiqure. As a Sri Lankan, I feel really happy about what happened. I'm extremely happy that, you can show the talent you exhibited in our series to gain more matches, and build up to be a great team. And, you are absolutely correct. You need more test matches. And test matches are the ultimate! You're doing the right thing, and hope the people in charge will pay enough attention to your eager thoughts, and intelligent viewpoint. God bless you... Well done, and play well in future... Extremely happy...

Posted by Rezwan1492 on (March 20, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

I just want to make one point and that is none of the nations became a test master in a blink.. Some of you are saying Bangladesh are not competitive enough to play the bigger teams, well then give them chance to play with the bigger ones.. Only then they will get to come across how test is played.. How the big teams fight with time to stand there at the crease.. Bangladesh will definitely improve the more they get exposed to test cricket and from all the Bangladesh supporters it is an earnest request to the BCB that please whenever you plan a tour, put a 3 match test series in it, no matter who the opponent is.. Make our team work hard, both mentally and physically.. If there are 3-4 tours a year, easily we get 9-12 test a years, which should very good enough for the Bangladesh cricket team to improve as they will be mentally prepared that they have to work hard to stay at the crease and which will help them physically as well..

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

I hate how people here keep saying BD haven't improved, bd has been playing for 12 years, one performance shouldn't matter...blah blah...but let's face it, to improve, you need games. You can't sit in academy nets and practice and become a world-class team...you need experience...this bangladesh team has an average age of 22-23...most top teams have an average age of 27-30. they took ages to become who they are now, and that too with themselves as competition...bd has to face the top-level teams and highly experienced players...if bd want to improve, they NEED games. if they play 2 matches a year, i doubt that experience will ever come. bd have learnt to work reasonably well in the 1st innings. now they need to learn how to do so in the second innings.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@DocBindra, you are claiming Ireland is more fit for test cricket than Bangladesh? Are you serious? If it was Ireland playing a test series against Sri Lanka instead of Bangladesh, then Sri Lanka would crush them within 3 days. What makes you even think that Ireland is better than Bangladesh. Out of 7 ODI's between them, Bangladesh won 6 and Ireland won 1 only. Out of 4 T20' between them, Bangladesh won 3 and Ireland won 1 only. On the other hand, Bangladesh defeated New Zealand 4-0, reached Asia Cup final last year by beating India and Sri Lanka back to back and made Pakistan run on their money. Last year in December, Bangladesh defeated West Indies (T20 world champions) in an ODI series 3-2 where Bangladesh didn't have their best player Shakib al Hasan and West Indies had their full strength team (likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine etc.). Do you think the current Irish team can defeat New Zealand 4-0 or win odi series against West Indies?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Inclusion of 1st class tournament-BCL this year, had made the good impact in the recent test series against WI & SL for BD. BCB should continue this and arrange more longer version matches & tournaments (like Ronji, Dilip trophy in India) to be played home & away basis (not in just Dhaka or 1/2 venues) which was completely missing before, and as a result BD is taking longer time to make the strong foot steps in the Test arena. BCB should push & convince the ICC & the boards of SL, WI, ZIM, NZ to make them 3 match test series instead of two. Also BCB should try to convince other boards of strong teams like SA, ENG, IND to provide at least 1/2 tests in the near future. ICC should now look seriously to give more tests to BD if they want better & competitive results from them, only providing 2, 3, 4 tests in a year wouldn't support the cause to the BD team and to the greater interest of the game itself!

Posted by DocBindra on (March 20, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Why? more mediocrity on display? Would anyone in there right mind, want to pay money to watch them lose another test? I know I don't. Don't get me wrong, I wish Bangladesh would be an improved TEST team, but its not. Every time they show some improvement, they start going backwards AGAIN. Sorry, but Ireland and Kenya would be better competition. They need to play the B teams and get better period.

Posted by jewel1000 on (March 20, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Its all about Bangladesh Cricket Board, who can make agreement with another board to play more and more test. ICC already declared that FTP is nothing but its all about board agreement. So, BCB should seriously think about this issue. If Bangladesh play more test, hope they can improve a lot. Bangladesh have already shown their character in Sri Lanka. One advice for BCB, please make first pitch in Bangladesh so that 2/3 First bowlers will come and it brings balance in the team.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 20, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

@ Samboy, I'd love to see you prove any of that. "Even a year back", really? Bangladesh played 19 tests in last 5 seasons and only 2 of them were lost by inning. That's way better than 33 out of 55 from first 10 seasons. Don't start posting random things that pop into your mind.

And I really don't get why people keep bringing up "15 years, 15 years." These guys haven't been playing for 15 years. Except Ashraful, most of them have been playing for 4-5 years.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 20, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

There is no point in talking about what happened in past. Yes Bangladesh has been awful in test cricket for last 12 years and it has been a torture for a fan to watch them failing everytime however in Last test series against WI BD performed well and they were playing test after 11 months. In this SL tour they were impressive too which shows that if they keep playing test constantly they will improve but massive gaps between series not going to help team like Bangladesh. They should be allowed to play 6-8 test a year. Bangladesh is far behind than the top 8 teams and only way they can get themselves to that level by playing more.

Posted by creekeetman on (March 20, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

they only appeared to be an improved side because they played against a useless sl attack that only had one test class bowler. not only that, they played also on a worthless galle pitch. if they were to play more tests, it should be against teams like sl, zim, and wi... NOT against quality teams., at least not until they prove they are worthy opponents, which currently they are not... and dont appear to be for some time.

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 20, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Mushy is right. If BD get more test matches to play,soon they will become better than SL,NZ, and WI because the current BD team has more potential than them.

Posted by whybang on (March 20, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

NO they shouldn't! What have they done in the last couple of years? lost to scotland, holland, ireland in the last year! they should lose test matches and play a league with relegation promotion over a 2 year period! Zimbabwe are alse not good enough and should prove themselfs 1st!! they think they are to good for there own good.

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (March 20, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Yes, Bangladesh needs at least 6-8 test

Posted by SamRoy on (March 20, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Bangladesh used to be terrible at test cricket even a year back. Now they have shown some improvement. But 12 years of pathetic performances can't be forgotten with one performance. That's why it is difficult to convince the stronger test nations to play test series with Bangladesh frequently. Had Bangladesh been given test status in 2010 rather than 2000 (just because of Dalmiya) after building a stronger first class structure they would have performed better. They should have been given only permanent ODI status in 2000 and lots of 'A' tours to Bangladesh should have happened at first class level. Anyway bygones are bygones....

Posted by FazleAbed on (March 20, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

More tests surely improve the cricket of Bangladesh. If the security level of Pakistan were good they could have also played 2 more test this year. Also Playing against Srilanka, West Indies, New Zealand, Zimbabwe will also make Bangladesh a much more competitor side in test arena. ICC at least should give Bangladesh the opportunity to play more test in home condition with Big sides like Australia, India, South Africa and England. This team played good cricket in Srilanka and 1-2 bad session was the reason of losing against Srilanka. Bangladesh also should be happy that ICC was much carrying to them early in their test career. But they are now much mature and deserve at least three home series every year. Also their A/Development team should play against Afganistan, Ireland and Namibia.

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