Bangladesh in West Indies 2014 September 3, 2014

Bangladesh coach puts onus on batsmen

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Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has pinned hopes on the batsmen for the two-match Test series against West Indies as he considers their bowling stocks "limited". The first Test begins at Arnos Vale, Kingstown on Friday, where Hathurusingha expects Bangladesh to fight hard to enforce a draw.

In the last series between the two sides in West Indies, back in 2009, Bangladesh had comprehensively beaten a weakened home side who were suffering a players' strike. But the circumstances are quite different now. Bangladesh's overall form has forced Hathurusingha into admitting quite early his target for the Test series.

"Our realistic goal would be to draw the game," Hathurusingha told ESPNcricinfo. "If we play well, bat well, we will be in the game. Our bowling stock is limited. We must look to bat deep and bat long, score runs and be in the game."

In only his third month, Hathurusingha has so far seen five ODI defeats, the country's best cricketer being handed a 6-month ban and myriad other problems have come up on the field.

"We are working hard on the morale," he said. "It is not an aspect that can be changed overnight. It has to come from our action, not only from the coach and players but from everyone involved in cricket. We are working on that. I have seen them in only six ODIs so far. I have a bit of idea how we can go forward, what we need to do to improve in one-day cricket. But Test cricket is still ahead of us."

The focus was firmly on the batsmen, who have misfired throughout the year. Consistency has been missing, as was the case with Anamul Haque, considered one of the few in-form batsmen, who scored a hundred in the first ODI against West Indies but added 7 and 0 in the next two.

It is worse for Bangladesh's other leading batsmen too. Tamim Iqbal, Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah have not scored much, while Mominul Haque has suddenly found himself in a dip. Mushfiqur Rahim has contributed regularly but not from a winning position.

However, Hathurusingha had seen how the batsmen were able to put together a 350-plus score in the practice match against St Kitts & Nevis, and so he remains hopeful that they would put a substantial score together. Mushfiqur and Nasir scored centuries, and although there was once again a middle-order wobble, there were periods when the two centurions were in control.

"In the first game [in St George's], we batted well on that wicket," Hathurusingha said. "In the second game we didn't bat well. In the last game they really played well. The target was too daunting, in the middle we had a partnership although we had a big asking rate.

"I think we are getting there. We are trying hard to understand our roles and finding the right way to play those roles. It is still an early stage for me to understand their strengths and limitations. I am all open-minded but I can't get into too many details without knowing what they can do in the middle," he said.

What is worrying for Hathurusingha and the rest of the Bangladesh think-tank is a bowling attack without any experience of note. Robiul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam and Elias Sunny have a total of 21 Tests.

Since 12 of Mahmudullah's 31 Test wickets have come in the West Indies, he can be considered a bright spot but batting is his main job and he has not been doing well. Rubel Hossain's 19 Tests make him the most experienced, but his bowling average is the worst among bowlers who have bowled at least 3,000 deliveries. Hence, Hathurusingha has kept selection of the playing XI open.

"We haven't decided our final XI," he said. "There are places for grabs for players to put their hand up. Until we have seen the wicket we don't know what combination we will have. You know that we are handicapped, we have one spinner left. Our strength is spin so we are going into this game without that option. So it is a bit hard and we might have to discuss a different combination.

"Our bowling attack is going to be tested on these wickets. The spinner who is coming is quite inexperienced. It is going to be a challenge for our attack, beside considering the wicket," he said.

When asked what he wouldn't like to see from the batsmen in the Test series, Hathurusingha simply said, "I want them to see make a lot of runs."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • vkumar_086 on September 5, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    "Our realistic goal would be to draw the game"....then what is the use of playing cricket...every team plays to win matches, especially Australia and SA...if you cant try to win matches, then it should be better to withdraw from playing cricket...at least some other teams like Afghanistan, Netherlands, Ireland will get a chance to play cricket....Afghanistan did not fear to play when they were facing test playing nations like India, Pak, BD and won against BD in emphatic manner....Netherlands also did not fear when the target was beyond reach...chased huge total inside 15 overs in T20 WC....Ireland also did not fear when the target was huge and that too against a test playing nation in world cup 2011, won by chasing 320+ runs against England....this type of killing instinct Im not seeing in BD players, its better to take rest from competitive cricket at least for 2 years and give chance to other competitive teams

  • Hrolf on September 5, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    If Bangladesh doesn't think it can win a test match at home against the 8th ranked test country - why are they playing test cricket?

  • mrgupta on September 5, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @Fahim_Bd_1998: When you defeat a team only once (India) or twice (SL) in last 5 years then yes it's called a Fluke.

  • Fahim_Bd_1998 on September 5, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Prabhakar Muthukrishnan - Well , we'll try to play 5 day instead of finishing the game within 3 days. And rare is India's win at lords after a long time. It is humorous when you say BD players have lack of talent respect or others. Yeah they lack of skills. And beating India, Srilanka , Newzealand, Wi were fluke? I mean are they associate team? we beat them, according to you, we did beat associates :)

  • on September 5, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I don't think coach can do anything better than drawing with this mediocre set of players. It is good at-least they can go past the 3rd day. They lack the talent, skills, respect and commitment. Some players act as world beaters after rare victories they achieve ones in blue moons at home pitches against associate level teams.

  • Abaa on September 5, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Posted by on (September 4, 2014, 16:05 GMT) Bangladesh team is quite a good side. In the first game of the ODI series against WI they could have won the match, but sadly they gifted it away. After that loss made there moral down. They just have to put high price tags to there wickets..and if they do then automatically runs will flow from there willow..!!!!!

    Could have would have should have ... By your logic, England "could have" won four ODI World Cups to date having made it to the finals tons of times. But have they? No so there you go. Ifs and buts prove nothing it is only results that are important! Fact is Bangladesh has played tons of ODIs all year long and are yet to win even one

  • on September 4, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    Bangladesh should voluntarily withdraw itself as Test Playing Country. They are diminishing the Stature of this game and diminishing their own stature. They are not progressing as a Test Playing outfit, they are in fact regressing.

  • on September 4, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Bangladesh team is quite a good side. In the first game of the ODI series against WI they could have won the match, but sadly they gifted it away. After that loss made there moral down. They just have to put high price tags to there wickets..and if they do then automatically runs will flow from there willow..!!!!!

  • on September 4, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    well said......we have to improve each and every sides like bating, blowing and fielding.

  • TigerRoars on September 4, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    The team's batting has been misfiring and Mominul might not be in the playing XI. I normally favor playing in-form players, but almost no one is in form. Thus, Mominul should be an automatic choice. In fact, he should have been in the ODI XI.

    Why is Rubel Hossain considered? Bowling fast is not enough. Rubel has shown that time and again by getting thrashed.

  • vkumar_086 on September 5, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    "Our realistic goal would be to draw the game"....then what is the use of playing cricket...every team plays to win matches, especially Australia and SA...if you cant try to win matches, then it should be better to withdraw from playing cricket...at least some other teams like Afghanistan, Netherlands, Ireland will get a chance to play cricket....Afghanistan did not fear to play when they were facing test playing nations like India, Pak, BD and won against BD in emphatic manner....Netherlands also did not fear when the target was beyond reach...chased huge total inside 15 overs in T20 WC....Ireland also did not fear when the target was huge and that too against a test playing nation in world cup 2011, won by chasing 320+ runs against England....this type of killing instinct Im not seeing in BD players, its better to take rest from competitive cricket at least for 2 years and give chance to other competitive teams

  • Hrolf on September 5, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    If Bangladesh doesn't think it can win a test match at home against the 8th ranked test country - why are they playing test cricket?

  • mrgupta on September 5, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @Fahim_Bd_1998: When you defeat a team only once (India) or twice (SL) in last 5 years then yes it's called a Fluke.

  • Fahim_Bd_1998 on September 5, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Prabhakar Muthukrishnan - Well , we'll try to play 5 day instead of finishing the game within 3 days. And rare is India's win at lords after a long time. It is humorous when you say BD players have lack of talent respect or others. Yeah they lack of skills. And beating India, Srilanka , Newzealand, Wi were fluke? I mean are they associate team? we beat them, according to you, we did beat associates :)

  • on September 5, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I don't think coach can do anything better than drawing with this mediocre set of players. It is good at-least they can go past the 3rd day. They lack the talent, skills, respect and commitment. Some players act as world beaters after rare victories they achieve ones in blue moons at home pitches against associate level teams.

  • Abaa on September 5, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Posted by on (September 4, 2014, 16:05 GMT) Bangladesh team is quite a good side. In the first game of the ODI series against WI they could have won the match, but sadly they gifted it away. After that loss made there moral down. They just have to put high price tags to there wickets..and if they do then automatically runs will flow from there willow..!!!!!

    Could have would have should have ... By your logic, England "could have" won four ODI World Cups to date having made it to the finals tons of times. But have they? No so there you go. Ifs and buts prove nothing it is only results that are important! Fact is Bangladesh has played tons of ODIs all year long and are yet to win even one

  • on September 4, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    Bangladesh should voluntarily withdraw itself as Test Playing Country. They are diminishing the Stature of this game and diminishing their own stature. They are not progressing as a Test Playing outfit, they are in fact regressing.

  • on September 4, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Bangladesh team is quite a good side. In the first game of the ODI series against WI they could have won the match, but sadly they gifted it away. After that loss made there moral down. They just have to put high price tags to there wickets..and if they do then automatically runs will flow from there willow..!!!!!

  • on September 4, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    well said......we have to improve each and every sides like bating, blowing and fielding.

  • TigerRoars on September 4, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    The team's batting has been misfiring and Mominul might not be in the playing XI. I normally favor playing in-form players, but almost no one is in form. Thus, Mominul should be an automatic choice. In fact, he should have been in the ODI XI.

    Why is Rubel Hossain considered? Bowling fast is not enough. Rubel has shown that time and again by getting thrashed.

  • SL_Boy on September 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Bangladesh does not need to worry two much out of county/ sub Continental matches even SA team hard time playing in SL ... they cheated ... scrap the bowl to get revers swing, otherwise they strangle badly most of the time... SA was playing for a Draw for 4 day....

    even India does not have that many wins out side of Asia ...

    Good luck guys.

  • DarindaUK on September 4, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @vishwa 111_I'm not defending what you've stated, but there's a feeling we can't help that our Tigers have the ability, but just don't know how to execute it. We all live in hope, and have the belief that one day, B'DESH will be able to play competitive cricket.

  • vishwa1111 on September 4, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    bangladesh should come earth from sky,dreams they live...Shakib things he is the best in the world, rahim things he is the best captain in the world, but the lost to afgan.....their fan's think their team can beat any team and talk very high...athar ali khan thinks nassier hossain is the best cricketer in the world...finallly a sri lankan put them to earth...well done hathu...

  • DarindaUK on September 4, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    If B'Desh players actually read these comments, then please show some dignity for our motherland. Play your best, and don't throw your wickets away. You all have been demoralised by other nations as well as by your fans. So why not learn to play better and retain your wicket as long as you can. Play for our motherland and make us fans proud that we keep supporting you and follow you at all times.

  • rayinto on September 4, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Gibson should have had this same realistic target during his tenure - West Indies would have lost fewer games.

  • on September 4, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Record shows that Sakib is more briliant and sharply capable than Hathurasinghe in all material respect.

  • on September 4, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    BCB President still prevailing sanction to Sakib whimsically. It should be lift immediately for the greater benefit for our country.This is our great ignorance. If not lift sanction Bangladesh team shall continuously whitewash.

  • on September 4, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    waiting for long expected confirmed another white wash without Sakib for Bangladesh team.

  • on September 4, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    When draw is your goal, its a sign BAN are defensive and are more likely to lose

  • on September 4, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    The only way they will get a draw is if rains for two days. Bangladesh are a poor team in all formats and should be playing the likes of Ireland and the associate nations. Sorry the stats prove it!!!!!!

  • Sachit1979 on September 4, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Shakib's absence is hurting Bangladesh badly. I agree with Hathurasinghe's comments. that they lack penetration in their bowling. But Bangladesh's strength and Windies's weakness is still spin bowling so Bangla should really go with 3 spinners in young blood Taijul, Mahmudullah and Elias Sunny. Their fast bowlers could be Robiul and Al Amin. In batting order Mushfiqur, Tamim, Nasir, Mominul and Shuvagata are certainties and the other opener slot could go either to Anamul or Shamsur based on team's think tank's choice. I vote for Anamul as he already scored one century in ODI series.

  • on September 4, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    I rally around Team West Indies.Cricket can have surprises on a given Day any Team can win

  • Fahim_Bd_1998 on September 4, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    I don't think Bangladesh will draw any match, they're not worthy to draw judging their current form.

  • Abaa on September 4, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    West Indies fielding a C or D team a few years ago has resulted in Bangladesh's only wins against a top 8 team. How lucky were they to get that opportunity? And even those were not convincing wins! And since then we all know about how pathetic their performances have been. No wins against any team but Zimbabwe and even against them they have lost a couple of times over the past few years! How bad must a team perform before they are demoted to non test playing status? Zimbabwe performed well in the 90s and once they started disappointing in the 2000s, they stopped playing test cricket themselves as they knew they were not living up to their standards. Bangladesh obviously has no standards they just keep sinking to new lows every few series! If only Kenya post their 2003 semi final qualification had been encouraged as much, we would have had a much better test team in Bangladesh's place. All that their players and fans can do is only one thing. Talk. And talk real big

  • Dhutugemunu on September 4, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    After scoring 377/7 and scoring 2 tons against a small island team Saint Kitts and Nevis in a friendly match (players per side 11 out of 13), BD talks big. Not a surprise. It's good that BD coach is giving them a target. At least try to draw the match. Good one Haturusinghe.

  • mshyder on September 3, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Even the target of drawing the tests seems optimistic with this BD team. A realistic target would have been to avoid inning's defeats and make the tests last for 5 days. The problem is that although batting is the less weaker department however it is the batting which has let them down the most in recent times. No coach can go and play in the middle and BD batsmen just donot know to stay at the wicket.

  • on September 3, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Hi west indies and bangla fans..who are expected to do well from both sides?

  • Puffin on September 3, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    It's quite dispiriting to see a touring captain have so little faith in his players and such limited ambition. What is even sadder is that he is probably right. So often we see Bangladesh bat reasonably well in one innings, concede a first innings lead that is not necessarily massive, then fall in a heap 2nd innings, and that's about it. You wonder how long this can go on for: spectators could easily be excused for not wanting to pay to see that.

  • on September 3, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Let me tell you "selectors" and "coaches" something! We are a bright team with immense talent that is not being put into essential use by our lovely selection team. Let's start with "Naeem Islam" - Technically correct, efficient, good temperament and in fine touch.. Why is he not picked? "Marshall Ayub"- Technically fair, temperament.. Not picked.."Mominul Haque"- Best Test Batsman in the country currently.. Not making use of him by making him sit down and etc.As far as I remember he hasn't had that much dip on form that people are explaining..If Tamim can get 100 chances, so can he.. 75+ avg mind you..Now bowling..Shahadat, Nazmul - Best bowling talents in country, MISUSED! They are not playing..And the useless likes of Mr. Shafiul, Robiul and Rubel are.. Imagining a lineup with Rajib,Naz and Amin..Pretty sick tbh!

    Lineup Test 1 with the lineup we got: 1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3. Bijoy 4. Showrav 5. Mushy 6. Nasir 7. Hom 8. Riyad 9. Taijul 10. Al-Amin 11. Robiul

    Good enough to fight

  • on September 3, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    there is some rumours in bd press that mominul may not start in the test series. I personally feel this would be a great loss, injustice even. How can a batsmen who averages well above others in the team can be considered for the drop? There are concerns about his ability to play the short ball, his lack of recent form but unless his test average drops to the levels of others there can be no justification for dropping him from the side. Furthermore i believe he is one of few bd batsmen that have the attitude and mental strengths to learn from the mistake.

  • on September 3, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    from the Bangladeshi perspective, I am really not satisfied with the squad. I am wondering why Taskin Ahmed is back to Bangladesh. Fast bowling was never the strength of Bangladesh. However a bowler like Taskin could come handy in test with his raw pace (averaging more than 140 km/h). i am not satisfied with the batting order either. I wonder why solid batsman like Marshall Aiyub and Naim Islam were not picked!! at least they don't throw wickets.

  • on September 3, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    @asiacricket1234, don't be so negative. Apart from Shiv, Ramdin and DM Bravo, the rest of our batting is very uncertain and asks a lot of questions. What sort of Gayle will turn up? Who will open? Will Blackwood get another go at test cricket? Will DJ Bravo finally make it back into the test squad? The WI bowling, on the other hand, is a lot more exciting with Taylor, Roach and Holder. Friday can't get here fast enough!

  • Warm_Coffee on September 3, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Bangladesh don't really have any world class batsman so I'm not surprised why batting has been so inconsistent this year. Someone like Anamul has the massive potential to be world class but he struggles so early in the innings for some reason and needs to rectify that because he has already got 4 ducks to his name in his short ODI career and despite scoring 3 100s, his ODI average remains in the mid 30s. I will play him in tests since he's our future but will put him at 6/7 for now until he solves his weaknesses.

    Rahim needs to give up wicket-keeping for tests so he can solely focus on his batting and bat higher up. He has clearly improved a lot as a batsman and surpassed even Tamim in batting now and his technique is the best amongst the Bangladeshi batsman.

    I wouldn't have both Shamsur and Imrul in the team as neither of them has done well in ODIs so I only have 1 of them to partner Tamim for the safe side.

    My batting:- Tamim, Imrul, Hom, Mominul, Rahim, Anamul, Nasir, Riyad...

  • asiacricket1234 on September 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Nope it isn't. WI batsmen will score around 600 as Shiv, Bravo, ramdin will be scoring 100 as they always do against us and our batsmen will get out within 200 every innings. So what is realistic coach is Innings defeat in both test.

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  • asiacricket1234 on September 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Nope it isn't. WI batsmen will score around 600 as Shiv, Bravo, ramdin will be scoring 100 as they always do against us and our batsmen will get out within 200 every innings. So what is realistic coach is Innings defeat in both test.

  • Warm_Coffee on September 3, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Bangladesh don't really have any world class batsman so I'm not surprised why batting has been so inconsistent this year. Someone like Anamul has the massive potential to be world class but he struggles so early in the innings for some reason and needs to rectify that because he has already got 4 ducks to his name in his short ODI career and despite scoring 3 100s, his ODI average remains in the mid 30s. I will play him in tests since he's our future but will put him at 6/7 for now until he solves his weaknesses.

    Rahim needs to give up wicket-keeping for tests so he can solely focus on his batting and bat higher up. He has clearly improved a lot as a batsman and surpassed even Tamim in batting now and his technique is the best amongst the Bangladeshi batsman.

    I wouldn't have both Shamsur and Imrul in the team as neither of them has done well in ODIs so I only have 1 of them to partner Tamim for the safe side.

    My batting:- Tamim, Imrul, Hom, Mominul, Rahim, Anamul, Nasir, Riyad...

  • on September 3, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    @asiacricket1234, don't be so negative. Apart from Shiv, Ramdin and DM Bravo, the rest of our batting is very uncertain and asks a lot of questions. What sort of Gayle will turn up? Who will open? Will Blackwood get another go at test cricket? Will DJ Bravo finally make it back into the test squad? The WI bowling, on the other hand, is a lot more exciting with Taylor, Roach and Holder. Friday can't get here fast enough!

  • on September 3, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    from the Bangladeshi perspective, I am really not satisfied with the squad. I am wondering why Taskin Ahmed is back to Bangladesh. Fast bowling was never the strength of Bangladesh. However a bowler like Taskin could come handy in test with his raw pace (averaging more than 140 km/h). i am not satisfied with the batting order either. I wonder why solid batsman like Marshall Aiyub and Naim Islam were not picked!! at least they don't throw wickets.

  • on September 3, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    there is some rumours in bd press that mominul may not start in the test series. I personally feel this would be a great loss, injustice even. How can a batsmen who averages well above others in the team can be considered for the drop? There are concerns about his ability to play the short ball, his lack of recent form but unless his test average drops to the levels of others there can be no justification for dropping him from the side. Furthermore i believe he is one of few bd batsmen that have the attitude and mental strengths to learn from the mistake.

  • on September 3, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Let me tell you "selectors" and "coaches" something! We are a bright team with immense talent that is not being put into essential use by our lovely selection team. Let's start with "Naeem Islam" - Technically correct, efficient, good temperament and in fine touch.. Why is he not picked? "Marshall Ayub"- Technically fair, temperament.. Not picked.."Mominul Haque"- Best Test Batsman in the country currently.. Not making use of him by making him sit down and etc.As far as I remember he hasn't had that much dip on form that people are explaining..If Tamim can get 100 chances, so can he.. 75+ avg mind you..Now bowling..Shahadat, Nazmul - Best bowling talents in country, MISUSED! They are not playing..And the useless likes of Mr. Shafiul, Robiul and Rubel are.. Imagining a lineup with Rajib,Naz and Amin..Pretty sick tbh!

    Lineup Test 1 with the lineup we got: 1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3. Bijoy 4. Showrav 5. Mushy 6. Nasir 7. Hom 8. Riyad 9. Taijul 10. Al-Amin 11. Robiul

    Good enough to fight

  • Puffin on September 3, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    It's quite dispiriting to see a touring captain have so little faith in his players and such limited ambition. What is even sadder is that he is probably right. So often we see Bangladesh bat reasonably well in one innings, concede a first innings lead that is not necessarily massive, then fall in a heap 2nd innings, and that's about it. You wonder how long this can go on for: spectators could easily be excused for not wanting to pay to see that.

  • on September 3, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Hi west indies and bangla fans..who are expected to do well from both sides?

  • mshyder on September 3, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Even the target of drawing the tests seems optimistic with this BD team. A realistic target would have been to avoid inning's defeats and make the tests last for 5 days. The problem is that although batting is the less weaker department however it is the batting which has let them down the most in recent times. No coach can go and play in the middle and BD batsmen just donot know to stay at the wicket.

  • Dhutugemunu on September 4, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    After scoring 377/7 and scoring 2 tons against a small island team Saint Kitts and Nevis in a friendly match (players per side 11 out of 13), BD talks big. Not a surprise. It's good that BD coach is giving them a target. At least try to draw the match. Good one Haturusinghe.