Zimbabwe Twenty20 triangular series 2012 June 16, 2012

Bangladesh must show they've learnt how to win

The tri-nation Twenty20 series in Zimbabwe has little context, but for Bangladesh it holds much significance
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The tri-nation Twenty20 series involving South Africa, Bangladesh and hosts Zimbabwe is unglamorous, unofficial and a speck in an overcrowded international calendar. It doesn't add to international cricket's overall context in any way. However, for Bangladesh, it holds significance; Mushfiqur Rahim will undoubtedly be hoping to pass one of his tougher tests since taking over the Bangladesh captaincy in September last year.

In his nine months in charge, Mushfiqur has seen more defeats than victories, but the wins he has been a part of in this period of have been dramatic. He won his first game in charge, literally: with four required to win off the last two balls, Mushfiqur lashed West Indies' Ravi Rampaul for a six in front of a packed home crowd. He also engineered Bangladesh's celebrated win against India in the Asia Cup, before seeing his deputy, Mahmudullah, steer the team into the tournament's final in a tense chase against Sri Lanka.

But these victories came out of nowhere, when the form-book listed the opposition as favourites and Bangladesh as the clear underdogs. As we all know, underdogs like being underdogs. They enjoy the spotlight better when it happens to fall on them all of a sudden.

Mushfiqur's first task on this Zimbabwe tour would be to convince his men that they can continue to build on the Asia Cup success. Defeating Zimbabwe and South Africa shouldn't be an alien experience to the same cricketers who were so impressive in their previous international tournament, but this is what has happened in the past. While on television commentary during Bangladesh games, Harsha Bhogle has often raised the question of smaller nations not knowing how to close out contests; essentially they have little knowledge of how to win a game when they are at the doorstep. It is a similar dilemma facing Bangladesh; their ability to sustain their new-found success on the field will be in sharp focus. The expectation would be for the players to think like winners.

The other test for the squad would be to find match-winners from among themselves in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib, Bangladesh's main man, is not in the picture for the first time since his international debut six years ago. Mushfiqur has already hinted at picking an extra bowler or batsman (instead of another allrounder) to try to fill the void.

There is also the need for Bangladesh to grasp the intricacies of Twenty20 cricket, both mentality and physicality. The format has evolved rapidly elsewhere, but it has only just caught on commercially in Bangladesh. The inaugural Bangladesh Premier League offered most of this squad ample Twenty20 playing time, helping them gain experience in a format of cricket they have often looked under-prepared for.

Besides, it's the chance for several fringe players to impress. For someone like allrounder Ziaur Rahman, this tournament could do wonders for a fledging career. Having evolved into a batting allrounder after injuring his knee, the little-known 25-year-old has long been earmarked as a Twenty20 specialist in a country where such cricketers are rarely available. Mushfiqur has suggested that he will get games and possibly move around in the batting order.

Fast bowler Abul Hasan too could stake a claim, with Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam out with injuries. The young Anamul Haque, who was the leading run-scorer in this season's domestic first-class competition, is also in the squad. He would have to make do with limited opportunities, but his confident, bright demeanour could come in handy.

Richard Pybus, Bangladesh's new coach, is also on his first assignment with the team and has said that he is pleased to get the chance to assess the team away from their comfort zone. This tour could give him a window into what can be expected over the next two years. As the two practice Twenty20s, which Bangladesh lost to a Zimbabwe XI, have demonstrated, Pybus has a challenge of his own in acquainting the players with the foreign conditions.

The Harare Sports Club seems like the perfect setting for Mushfiqur to earn his next badge of honour as captain. This is where he first found out how good he could be as an international batsman, only to fall short at the very last hurdle; he has since learnt how to close out games. This time, it would be his team-mates who have to show that that Asia Cup showing was a turning point, when they learnt how to win and how put that knowledge to good use, even in what is just an unofficial Twenty20 series.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • on June 18, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Hello Everyone....I m frm Bangladesh....I love cricket and I love my country and also my BD cricket team......Bt it is really true that BD did not learn frm their mistakes and they will never learn....BD has only 2 or 3 very good players like Shakib,Tamim or Razzak bt otherwise they have no world class player....I m sry to say bt that is the ultimate truth.....Plz BD guyz dont get me wrong ...I love my country Bt I think it is HIGH time BD needs to develop...I think they need the right mentality and technique....A world class player can't have a batting average like 25 or 26 only !! :( :( ....I m very disappointed by BD performance :( :(

  • on June 18, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    rk007 so do u mean... tht bd team.. is gonna improve overnight in year 2020...??? well they will reach in a very sound and stable position by then i m sure... and i agree only shakib is a consistent performer of... bd team. and abt this series, if u clearly notice, it not only shakib that we are missing from the games, this t20 team does not include shakib, rubel, shafiul and few more. zia ur rahman, anamul hauqe, ellias sunny, abul hasan and jahurul islam are the new addition and are not part of the team when bd learnt to start winning big matches. they are all fresh blood. so i wouldnt expect bangladesh to win the series with 5 new players in squad. but if they do win, it shows bangladesh's young gun potential.

  • on June 18, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @Abaa- My dear chap the recent series against England and Australia the Indians were thrashed,out-played,out-thought,out-classed and humiliated to the core.Even Bangladesh in their 10 years of Test status never suffered such humiliation.

  • Philippe on June 18, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Shakib is not a player of that kind of reputation to provide rest in such matches.. although at the same time they would have lost these matches even if he would have played.. long road ahead bangladesh.. If you are following example of sri lankan team then you must have world class players like arvinda de silva, jayasurya, ranatunga in the team.. In my view i dont think currently any player including shakib is matching any of those players.. proabably after 2020 we may see a good BD team.. before that i dont see any chance for them to improve..

  • DocBindra on June 18, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    ...right...let the justification begin...excuses...I know, Bangladesh is force to be reckoned with...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 18, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    poor BD. Once again proved that there is only one world class player in that team. sorry BD fans

  • bhaloniaz on June 18, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Only few Bangladeshi batsmen have average more than 30. Sammy, Broad, Irfan Pathan etc can walk in the Bangladesh team as a batsman. Many states or provinces have much better batting than Bangladesh. Zim and Bangladesh have similar strengths. Bangladesh have a better future because of the growing middle class population and a greater fan base. On the brighter side Sakib and Tamim are finding good players in Nasir and Musfique. I would not be surprised if Bangladesh gets overpowered by Zim and then beats India or some other test nations in a ODI or T20. WI seems to be in the bottom of the test nations. they have enough talent to win T20 worldcup. Whether they can do it, its a different story.

  • Abaa on June 18, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @ Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - They never thrashed India and SL! Thrashing is what Bangladesh gets from every country 9 out of 10 games. Even Zimbabwe did it to the T20 games both practice and official to Bangladesh :-P

  • Philippe on June 18, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    I dont think BD has improved enough in past few years that they win against teams like these.. Few wins over test playing nations like India are always over hyped by cricketing world.. though they have beaten India in asia cup but i dont think this team is improving much.. they are just failing miserably in every department of the game.. even shakib's presence wonk earn them this win.. they have to improve a lot in coming years.. they usually win 1 match in 3-4 years against test playing nations & then keep celebrating that for years.. apart from bangladesh they have to learn the tactics of playing outside too.. even its my personal opinion that they havan't played well enough in Bangladesh too.. 20-20 matches or ODIs is not the solution to grown in world cricket..

  • on June 17, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    every 5 years a comatose bangladesh will show a little life and will then slip into their characteristic insignificance in the world of cricket. the BD fans will bash India as it gives them consolation in the face of pathetic performances. yes they will have a 1 in the TEST RANKING BUT IT WILL HAVE A 0 after the 1.

  • on June 18, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Hello Everyone....I m frm Bangladesh....I love cricket and I love my country and also my BD cricket team......Bt it is really true that BD did not learn frm their mistakes and they will never learn....BD has only 2 or 3 very good players like Shakib,Tamim or Razzak bt otherwise they have no world class player....I m sry to say bt that is the ultimate truth.....Plz BD guyz dont get me wrong ...I love my country Bt I think it is HIGH time BD needs to develop...I think they need the right mentality and technique....A world class player can't have a batting average like 25 or 26 only !! :( :( ....I m very disappointed by BD performance :( :(

  • on June 18, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    rk007 so do u mean... tht bd team.. is gonna improve overnight in year 2020...??? well they will reach in a very sound and stable position by then i m sure... and i agree only shakib is a consistent performer of... bd team. and abt this series, if u clearly notice, it not only shakib that we are missing from the games, this t20 team does not include shakib, rubel, shafiul and few more. zia ur rahman, anamul hauqe, ellias sunny, abul hasan and jahurul islam are the new addition and are not part of the team when bd learnt to start winning big matches. they are all fresh blood. so i wouldnt expect bangladesh to win the series with 5 new players in squad. but if they do win, it shows bangladesh's young gun potential.

  • on June 18, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @Abaa- My dear chap the recent series against England and Australia the Indians were thrashed,out-played,out-thought,out-classed and humiliated to the core.Even Bangladesh in their 10 years of Test status never suffered such humiliation.

  • Philippe on June 18, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Shakib is not a player of that kind of reputation to provide rest in such matches.. although at the same time they would have lost these matches even if he would have played.. long road ahead bangladesh.. If you are following example of sri lankan team then you must have world class players like arvinda de silva, jayasurya, ranatunga in the team.. In my view i dont think currently any player including shakib is matching any of those players.. proabably after 2020 we may see a good BD team.. before that i dont see any chance for them to improve..

  • DocBindra on June 18, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    ...right...let the justification begin...excuses...I know, Bangladesh is force to be reckoned with...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 18, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    poor BD. Once again proved that there is only one world class player in that team. sorry BD fans

  • bhaloniaz on June 18, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Only few Bangladeshi batsmen have average more than 30. Sammy, Broad, Irfan Pathan etc can walk in the Bangladesh team as a batsman. Many states or provinces have much better batting than Bangladesh. Zim and Bangladesh have similar strengths. Bangladesh have a better future because of the growing middle class population and a greater fan base. On the brighter side Sakib and Tamim are finding good players in Nasir and Musfique. I would not be surprised if Bangladesh gets overpowered by Zim and then beats India or some other test nations in a ODI or T20. WI seems to be in the bottom of the test nations. they have enough talent to win T20 worldcup. Whether they can do it, its a different story.

  • Abaa on June 18, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @ Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - They never thrashed India and SL! Thrashing is what Bangladesh gets from every country 9 out of 10 games. Even Zimbabwe did it to the T20 games both practice and official to Bangladesh :-P

  • Philippe on June 18, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    I dont think BD has improved enough in past few years that they win against teams like these.. Few wins over test playing nations like India are always over hyped by cricketing world.. though they have beaten India in asia cup but i dont think this team is improving much.. they are just failing miserably in every department of the game.. even shakib's presence wonk earn them this win.. they have to improve a lot in coming years.. they usually win 1 match in 3-4 years against test playing nations & then keep celebrating that for years.. apart from bangladesh they have to learn the tactics of playing outside too.. even its my personal opinion that they havan't played well enough in Bangladesh too.. 20-20 matches or ODIs is not the solution to grown in world cricket..

  • on June 17, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    every 5 years a comatose bangladesh will show a little life and will then slip into their characteristic insignificance in the world of cricket. the BD fans will bash India as it gives them consolation in the face of pathetic performances. yes they will have a 1 in the TEST RANKING BUT IT WILL HAVE A 0 after the 1.

  • gmoturu on June 17, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    like i said they won't perform any better overseas. they are only good @ home which i must say is a progress. all big teams started getting better at home and then overseas.

  • JustIPL on June 17, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    It is really hard to believe that a team who stunned world champion, asian champion and world cup runner ups and ruined 10DK's 100th 100 a short while back a have no clue against the rampaging zimbabwe. BD have been tough to the asian teams only and need to muster self confidence to win against other teams.

  • on June 17, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    no they havent .Forget the final first defeat zimbawve

  • Bangla.tiger on June 17, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    No hope for bd. But its real

  • Rafelgibt on June 17, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @Muhtasim13 on (June 16 2012, 18:05 PM GMT) brother you forgot to mention that BAN won 4-0 against NZ in ODI in BAN, Lost to Eng by 2-1 in ODI in Eng,Won 3 matches out of 6 in WC 2011, Runner up in ASIA Cup 2012 and BAN is the only team that troubled ENG in 2 test series in UK at Winter time(Though they lost to 2-0, where IND lost by 4-0) and lastly to mention Sher-E-Bangla, Mirpur,Dhaka,Bangladesh stadium got the best stadium award from ICC technical committee for the WC 2011.........Still you missing the point???What can i say if you still doubt about we, BAN are emerging as a cricketing force then i've nothing to add..........

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I am Lankan who is fond of Bangladesh. I think Bangladesh has got what it takes to win ODIs and T20s at home but I doubt if they can win away. I know Bangladesh beat England in ODIs for the first time against in England in Bristol in 2010 but they must do a lot more to convince the world on what they can do away.

  • Torag_Khan on June 17, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    May b bangladesh made a offense by beating India in 2007 wc and last time in Asia cup as well. Yes India beat bangladesh many times but the time when bangladesh beat India, the cant lose the match only but the become out of the tournament even. Anyway i will not not comment about the match facts coz i m waiting 4 after the match

  • on June 17, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @Muhtasim13 Yes and you forgot to mention that India lost their away match against BD too in the Asia cup.

  • on June 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Best of luck Tigers.. I hope new players will prove them to win the match..

  • on June 17, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    bangladesh will win... we r proud of our tigers... let's see what they can do...

  • Lakpj on June 17, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary are u joking? do u seriously expect this BD team to beat the SA team during this tournament? yes they are without AB, Steyn, Morne, etc.. but this SA team is stronger than a combined Zim and BD team. just wait and see.

  • joynal693 on June 17, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Lets see what happens? Wish a good competition and a bit edge towards BD.

  • on June 17, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    tigers will play in final and will be champion trust me

  • Natesan333 on June 17, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Shakib may be an average cricketer, but he is a pretty smart guy. He knew Ban is no match for Zim, so instead being embaressed out there, he took some "time off". Good move kid.

  • rony1008 on June 16, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Seeing all these comments on how Bangladesh cricket is based on two warm up matches makes me wonder who these "great cricket minds" are. I'm not saying Bangladesh will beat Zimbabwe. Just asking to do your Bangladesh bashing if Bangladesh team looses to Zim in the tournament. There is a reason warm-up matches are called "Warm-up".

  • gmoturu on June 16, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    i don't think they will perform better. they are very good at home and very poor overseas.

  • Muhtasim13 on June 16, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    @ Abid Rahman Shuv, so just because India lost their away games, does that mean its ok for Bangladesh to lose their away matches as well. And I think i'll have to point out to you that India lost their matches against England & Australia, not Zimbabwe.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on June 16, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Zimbabwe is walk in the park really. Bangladesh will comfortably play in the final and might win as well. Guys who are criticizing based on two warm up games where we didn't even play our best side at any of the two games, can't see what's the hype so much for losing two warm up games where different combinations were tested. Really people need to be more rational while commenting about BD who just thrashed India and Sri Lanka int their last games.

  • EnglishCricket on June 16, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    hmm...Interesting comments on this page but the interesting ones of them all are the 'domestic structures' which needs improvement which is of course right. Bangladesh definitely need to improve on this if they are to succeed at all levels otherwise there will be very little progression. Tournaments such as BPL is a start but not near enough and my advise will be for some of the Bangladeshi players to go and play abroad especially at youth level so that can learn, develop new skills and gain experience same with all national teams. In T20s and ODIs, Bangladesh can at least compete with the top teams but I'm still unsure about Test Cricket because its extremely difficult taking 20 wickets even if it is in spinning conditions, you still need extreme pacey fast bowlers something Bangladesh doesn't have and should be their first priority.

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    It is going to be very difficult for Bangladesh to win in the absence of Shakib. He has been playing a key role in the Bangladesh Team and he took a lot of wickets in the Asia Cup, not to mention he made some good runs. I really want Bangladesh to come forward and get a good position in Cricket because they are a talented lot, especially Shakib. Looking forward to the team's performance in the tri-series.

  • parvez231 on June 16, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    In this series they will show they've learnt how to win.

  • Muhtasim13 on June 16, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @Rafelgibt, do you really think that Bangladesh is a cricketing force? As far as I can remember, before the Asia cup bangladesh lost both Test and ODI series against Zimbabwe, then West Indies and then Pakistan. Before that they had a horrible World Cup campaign with 2 memorable scores of 58 and 78. Would you call those good performances? If you look back at the last 10 years, there have been only a few instances when Bangladesh have actually performed well. So, I really can't understand how can consider Bangladesh to be a cricketing force

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @muhtasim... Y dont u compare INDIA's record in HOME & AWAY .... so then, if u say "If Bangladesh keeps on performing like this in this T20 series then I would have to concede that the Asia Cup performance was a complete fluke." then i will have to say that INDIA WINNING THE WORLD CUP IN THEIR HOME SOIL was a FLUKE too !!!!

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on June 16, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    It Is High Time the Seniors and the Expirienced Players to Step up and Bring the Victory for BD....Players Like Tamim,Mushfiqur,Mahmudullah,Mashrafe and Nasir Hossain Must perform Well

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    only two matches have been played so far and a lot to come ... don't predict so early !!

  • on June 16, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Ban can't win without the full Asia cup lineup in exact order or they will get screwed up badly!!!!!!

  • bagh_mama on June 16, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @Muhtasim13: It could also mean, it is hard to perform well in new condition right away. Just saying.

  • FARUQUE8810 on June 16, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Bangladesh is bad at twenty 20. I hope they play better.

  • yoongguns on June 16, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    It seems like SAF all the way...may be Zim can do fight but for BAB it is not possible to even fight without Shakib...

  • on June 16, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    final between SAF and ZIM for sure......

  • Muhtasim13 on June 16, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    the 2 consecutive T20 losses simply demonstrates that BD team is still not competitive enough away from home. If Bangladesh keeps on performing like this in this T20 series then I would have to concede that the Asia Cup performance was a complete fluke.

  • Rafelgibt on June 16, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @getsetgopk on (June 16 2012, 09:10 AM GMT) according to you BAN cricket is no where.......Can you kindly explain what does that suppose to mean???Just within 10 years of getting full membership of ICC BAN has emerged as a cricketing force and still you don't see any ray????Its true that BAN has failed to prove themselves in T20s but they have played very few in last 4 years..........I think you must worry about PAK rather than BAN........Dont you see you guys are struggling in SL.......Just sake of criticizing dont criticize us..........If you really have any thing constructive to say then dont hesitate to speak up...........

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 16, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @ getsetgopk: Absolutely spot on. BD's domestic structure is vulnerable. Even BCB president Mr. Kamal mentioned their First Class tournament as a Picnic cricket. That mention shows the status of BD domestic structure. BPL is no more helpful for BD in the long run. It won't help them to shine as a Test side.

  • on June 16, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    The batting of BD is bigest concern, hope they will do well

  • Legaleagle on June 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Bangladesh needs a lot of work before they can really start winning. They have not troubled a single team in the past 15 years except one or two matches here and there.

    I agree with some of the commentators that Bangladesh needs an improvement in their domestic structure. Now that Indian companies are investing in their cricket team ; hopefully, they can divert some of the funds for the development.

  • tushmath on June 16, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    it has been painfully boring to watch them play cricket over the last 15 years so now that they have finally started winning a few ODIs my answer would be "ITS ABOUT TIME TOO.."

    and there is no way i see them winning a test unless its a rank turner in their backyard

  • k4zz on June 16, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Will be interesting to see how they fair without shakib. In my opinion they have a quality allrounder in mahmudullah to step up and perform with both bat and ball. Would like to see him play up the order rather than playing at 7, he is one of their better players in all formats and should bat in the top 5. He doesn't seem to get the recognition he deserves even though he is the vice captain, don't see him bowl as much and he bats too low down the order.

  • Fogu on June 16, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    BD is progressing. However, they need to improve their domestic structure. They need to have a good 4 day match competition established. If our president was at all interested in improving BD cricket, he would focus on such matters instead of trying to get himself elected for higher offices.

  • on June 16, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Giving rest to Shakib at this stage was a mistake and a bad example for the future. Bng don't hv the luxury to give rest to no one all rounder in the world. He should hv taken rest in the local league after coming from IPL.

  • on June 16, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    this is their time to win.If they win then they will make history of BD cricket.Good luck don't look at the past foucs on the win.

  • honey-lotion on June 16, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Bd is learning its way out to kill the biggies but when they are exptected to win against teams like zimbabwe, the equation changes. A strong mindset is a perquisite and Bd has it in them.

  • Raiyan24r on June 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    this article is just perfect for bd.bd needs to make a habit of winning.yes, bd lost fair and square to zimXI.my 11 ,tamim,ashraful,jahurul,anamul,mushfiq,nasir,mahmadullah,mash,sunny,nazmul,razzak/abul(depending on pitch).

  • on June 16, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    By the end of the two t20's it is clear that this could be an exciting series. In the meanwhile I want to give a best XI for each of the team so that the series could be an interesting and meaningful one also.

    BD XI- Tamim, Ashraful, Junaid, Nasir, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Ziaur, Mashrafe, Elias, Razzaq, Nazmul.

    Zim XI- Taylor, Masakadza, Sibanda, Taibu, Ervine, Chigumbura, Waller, Cremer, Price, Vitori, Meth.

    SA XI- Levi, Amla, Duminy, Ingram, Du plessis, Ontong, Peterson, Vilas, Tsotsobe, Parnell, De lange.

    I hope Bangladesh and South Africa will make it to the final and all the best wishes to the Tigers.

  • getsetgopk on June 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    They cant win Tests, they cant win T20's maybe ODI is their format. Not really sure what is wrong with BD cricket, however, what I sense is a lack of proper domestic structure, you can only have quality players coming from a proper cricketing setup and first class cricket is the foundation of it all. BCB has in my opinion done a disservice to BD cricket by launching BPL, it was way too out of line when you look at BD cricket in general. They for now, should have stuck with cricket, build a pool of cricketers that are of worth on international stage, at the moment, BD cricket is no where, if they cant beat ZIM. International cricket is no joke, they should focus on the domestic structure and first produce cricketers of some quality.

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  • getsetgopk on June 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    They cant win Tests, they cant win T20's maybe ODI is their format. Not really sure what is wrong with BD cricket, however, what I sense is a lack of proper domestic structure, you can only have quality players coming from a proper cricketing setup and first class cricket is the foundation of it all. BCB has in my opinion done a disservice to BD cricket by launching BPL, it was way too out of line when you look at BD cricket in general. They for now, should have stuck with cricket, build a pool of cricketers that are of worth on international stage, at the moment, BD cricket is no where, if they cant beat ZIM. International cricket is no joke, they should focus on the domestic structure and first produce cricketers of some quality.

  • on June 16, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    By the end of the two t20's it is clear that this could be an exciting series. In the meanwhile I want to give a best XI for each of the team so that the series could be an interesting and meaningful one also.

    BD XI- Tamim, Ashraful, Junaid, Nasir, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Ziaur, Mashrafe, Elias, Razzaq, Nazmul.

    Zim XI- Taylor, Masakadza, Sibanda, Taibu, Ervine, Chigumbura, Waller, Cremer, Price, Vitori, Meth.

    SA XI- Levi, Amla, Duminy, Ingram, Du plessis, Ontong, Peterson, Vilas, Tsotsobe, Parnell, De lange.

    I hope Bangladesh and South Africa will make it to the final and all the best wishes to the Tigers.

  • Raiyan24r on June 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    this article is just perfect for bd.bd needs to make a habit of winning.yes, bd lost fair and square to zimXI.my 11 ,tamim,ashraful,jahurul,anamul,mushfiq,nasir,mahmadullah,mash,sunny,nazmul,razzak/abul(depending on pitch).

  • honey-lotion on June 16, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Bd is learning its way out to kill the biggies but when they are exptected to win against teams like zimbabwe, the equation changes. A strong mindset is a perquisite and Bd has it in them.

  • on June 16, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    this is their time to win.If they win then they will make history of BD cricket.Good luck don't look at the past foucs on the win.

  • on June 16, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Giving rest to Shakib at this stage was a mistake and a bad example for the future. Bng don't hv the luxury to give rest to no one all rounder in the world. He should hv taken rest in the local league after coming from IPL.

  • Fogu on June 16, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    BD is progressing. However, they need to improve their domestic structure. They need to have a good 4 day match competition established. If our president was at all interested in improving BD cricket, he would focus on such matters instead of trying to get himself elected for higher offices.

  • k4zz on June 16, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Will be interesting to see how they fair without shakib. In my opinion they have a quality allrounder in mahmudullah to step up and perform with both bat and ball. Would like to see him play up the order rather than playing at 7, he is one of their better players in all formats and should bat in the top 5. He doesn't seem to get the recognition he deserves even though he is the vice captain, don't see him bowl as much and he bats too low down the order.

  • tushmath on June 16, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    it has been painfully boring to watch them play cricket over the last 15 years so now that they have finally started winning a few ODIs my answer would be "ITS ABOUT TIME TOO.."

    and there is no way i see them winning a test unless its a rank turner in their backyard

  • Legaleagle on June 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Bangladesh needs a lot of work before they can really start winning. They have not troubled a single team in the past 15 years except one or two matches here and there.

    I agree with some of the commentators that Bangladesh needs an improvement in their domestic structure. Now that Indian companies are investing in their cricket team ; hopefully, they can divert some of the funds for the development.