Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2011 July 11, 2011

Plenty to ponder for Bangladesh selectors

As with almost every selection meeting here, the focus will be on the batsmen though the bowling line-up looks increasingly like a one-man show in captain Shakib Al Hasan
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When Bangladesh's selectors meet, sometime over the next day or two, to select the squad for the Test and ODI tour of Zimbabwe, they will be staring past the safety net of the 15-man touring party and at a playing XI that to most other observers has seven empty spots. Those blank spaces are symbols of poor form and insecurity among the players, a cricket board unable to cope with its various issues and, above all, a talent pool that is rapidly drying up.

Last year's stunning ODI series win over New Zealand was due in large part to rigorous preparation but that example hasn't been followed this year. In fact any unsatisfactory outcome in Zimbabwe will probably be traceable to what has been happening in Bangladesh since the Australia series in April.

While the players took a well-deserved break, the cricket board triggered a media free-for-all with their hunt for the new coach by the serial leaking of names - even the final announcement of Stuart Law's name was no surprise to the media. The BCB spent too much energy playing hide-and-seek when all it had to do was get its head down and structure a whole team of coaches.

Law's arrival, on July 18, will be followed in no urgent manner by that of his support staff and it is likely he will have a makeshift team under him in a series fairly crucial to Bangladesh's reputation.

This confusion lends greater importance to the selection by Akram Khan and his team. As with almost every selection meeting here, the focus will be on the batsmen - the squad will have more batsmen than is required so that the new team management can take a good look at all their options - though the bowling line-up looks increasingly like a one-man show with the captain Shakib Al Hasan having virtually marked out his run-up at one end at the Harare Sports Club.

The last committee - headed by Rafiqul Alam - kept a settled opening pair in Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, and gave Junaid Siddique a fair go at No 3 but the team's problems began with their poor handling of the next spot, leaving a terminal hole in a crucial position.

That the inconsistent Mohammad Ashraful has survived, and remains on the selectors' radar, is only due to a lack of options. He is expected to be named in the 15-man Test squad and stay back for the five ODIs.

Raqibul Hasan, the man tried in place of Ashraful, has flattered to deceive and his tendency to slow up the game doesn't sit well with the new selection committee, yet he remains one of the main contenders.

Akram is also said to be less inclined to promote Mahmudullah, who struck an unbeaten 68 against Australia in April at No 4, given his limitations against the fast bowlers, though the allrounder has a Test hundred in New Zealand batting at No 8.

The solution could be a toss-up between Raqibul and Shahriar Nafees at No 4 - with Nafees having made a first-class hundred in his previous game to add to his two half-centuries against Australia. Including both in the playing XI, however, is probably how the selectors could go given the recent tendency to bloat the batting line-up and leave Shakib at his favoured position.

It is on the bowling front that Akram's ever-present smile could turn into a scowl. The real lack of bowling options could force the selectors into picking a three-man seam attack led by Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain with the third spot a fight between Syed Rasel, Nazmul Hossain and Robiul Islam. The left-armer Rasel, who recently had a stint in the Essex league, is probably the best option on the soft surface of Harare. A crucial performer in the 2007 World Cup, Rasel fell away during Jamie Siddons' time as coach.

With Shahadat Hossain having suffered a broken toe while playing beach football in Cox's Bazar and Mashrafe Mortaza undergoing rehabilitation after his knee surgery in Australia, Rasel's experience could work in his favour. Robiul, after one wicketless Test at Lord's, has received good reviews for his performance with Bangladesh A in South Africa while Nazmul is a certainty for the ODI side.

If Bangladesh do go with three seamers, Mahmudullah could claim the second spinner's slot over Abdur Razzak. It won't be much of a surprise - Razzak has played only eight Tests in four years and has never been a frontline option, spurning the chance offered by Mohammad Rafique's departure.

The squad, once announced, will play two games against the A side.

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

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  • TarekHaider on July 14, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    My team for the One-dayers 1.Tamim 2.Imrul 3.Zunaid 4.sakib 5.Mahmudullah 6.Mushfiq 7.Alok 8.Rasel 9.Shafiul 10.Rubel 11.Razzak

  • on July 14, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    1.Tamim 2.Imrul 3.Nafees 4.Ashraful 5.sakib 6.Mushfiq 7.Mahmudullah 8.Alok 9.Shafiul 10.Rubel 11.Robiul

  • on July 13, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I think there must be different teams for test & ODI coz.....bd SELEctors always does mistake by placing wrong player in ODI.......Ex Raquibul!!!

    Test Team should be like 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Nafees 4. Shakib 5. Riad 6. Musfiq 7. Alok 8. Razzak 9. Rubel 10. Shafiul 11. Rasel 12. Junaid 13. Robiul

    ODI Team may be 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Nafees 4. Shakib 5. Riad 6. Musfiq 7. Nayeem 8. Alok 9.Razzak10. Shafiul 11. Nazmul 12. Junaid 13. Nasir

  • on July 13, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Good one mate, but sorry couldn't completely agree to this: "a talent pool that is rapidly drying up'

  • on July 13, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    If Shakib Al Hasan is reading this, I have an Idea for you/your domestic team. U can try bringing Gareth Andrew from Worcestershire. He is in good touch with bat and ball this season, plus as playing for Worcestershire, not selected by England team and aged 28, he may agree to play in Bangladesh's domestic cricket for less money. Just give it a thought.

  • on July 13, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    I think our selectors should should look into recent performance both of domestic and international games and fitness. Just for past records a player should not be automatically chosen for any match. It is also time to find a more competent wicket keeper cum batsman. Some senior players like Alok Kapali, Aftab Ahmed should not be forgotten at all because their potentials are proven. These days our selectors are mostly ignoring the seniors. Our teams always remains youngster depended while seniors get auto axed as happened for Akram Khan, Rafique, Pilot, Mahmud, Shanto, Belim , Durjoy, Aminul, Bashar and many others. It is not that all those seniors were not ready to play under the leadership of young people . They just waited , waited and then retired suddenly from International cricket. But we found all those made very good performance in domestic games later. All those seniors are our idles. It also fact that these axed players are also found silent about current seniors.

  • cricketcrazy_jahid on July 13, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    best odi: 1.tamim 2.imrul 3.junaid.4.shakib . 5.mahmudullah 6.mushfiq 7.shuvo 8.other 9. razzak 10.shafiul 11.rubel

  • wiseshah on July 13, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    @ ary srinivas--ur team lost against/made draw against gayle, roach less west indies. shame shame

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 13, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Junaid, 4. Nafees, 5. Shakib, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Mushfiq, 8. Nasir Hossain, 9. Razzak, 10. Shafiul, 11. Rubel, 12. Naeem

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 13, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Nasir Hossain should be included in the team.

  • TarekHaider on July 14, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    My team for the One-dayers 1.Tamim 2.Imrul 3.Zunaid 4.sakib 5.Mahmudullah 6.Mushfiq 7.Alok 8.Rasel 9.Shafiul 10.Rubel 11.Razzak

  • on July 14, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    1.Tamim 2.Imrul 3.Nafees 4.Ashraful 5.sakib 6.Mushfiq 7.Mahmudullah 8.Alok 9.Shafiul 10.Rubel 11.Robiul

  • on July 13, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I think there must be different teams for test & ODI coz.....bd SELEctors always does mistake by placing wrong player in ODI.......Ex Raquibul!!!

    Test Team should be like 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Nafees 4. Shakib 5. Riad 6. Musfiq 7. Alok 8. Razzak 9. Rubel 10. Shafiul 11. Rasel 12. Junaid 13. Robiul

    ODI Team may be 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Nafees 4. Shakib 5. Riad 6. Musfiq 7. Nayeem 8. Alok 9.Razzak10. Shafiul 11. Nazmul 12. Junaid 13. Nasir

  • on July 13, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Good one mate, but sorry couldn't completely agree to this: "a talent pool that is rapidly drying up'

  • on July 13, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    If Shakib Al Hasan is reading this, I have an Idea for you/your domestic team. U can try bringing Gareth Andrew from Worcestershire. He is in good touch with bat and ball this season, plus as playing for Worcestershire, not selected by England team and aged 28, he may agree to play in Bangladesh's domestic cricket for less money. Just give it a thought.

  • on July 13, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    I think our selectors should should look into recent performance both of domestic and international games and fitness. Just for past records a player should not be automatically chosen for any match. It is also time to find a more competent wicket keeper cum batsman. Some senior players like Alok Kapali, Aftab Ahmed should not be forgotten at all because their potentials are proven. These days our selectors are mostly ignoring the seniors. Our teams always remains youngster depended while seniors get auto axed as happened for Akram Khan, Rafique, Pilot, Mahmud, Shanto, Belim , Durjoy, Aminul, Bashar and many others. It is not that all those seniors were not ready to play under the leadership of young people . They just waited , waited and then retired suddenly from International cricket. But we found all those made very good performance in domestic games later. All those seniors are our idles. It also fact that these axed players are also found silent about current seniors.

  • cricketcrazy_jahid on July 13, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    best odi: 1.tamim 2.imrul 3.junaid.4.shakib . 5.mahmudullah 6.mushfiq 7.shuvo 8.other 9. razzak 10.shafiul 11.rubel

  • wiseshah on July 13, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    @ ary srinivas--ur team lost against/made draw against gayle, roach less west indies. shame shame

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 13, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Junaid, 4. Nafees, 5. Shakib, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Mushfiq, 8. Nasir Hossain, 9. Razzak, 10. Shafiul, 11. Rubel, 12. Naeem

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 13, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Nasir Hossain should be included in the team.

  • cric-07 on July 12, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    @Azmal Hossain- i DON'T agree with you. Bangladesh lost the 3rd ODI against Australia because Nafees wasted a lot of balls. He has always been slow at run scoring. Mahmudullah or Naeem Islam is far better choice at no.3 or 5

  • on July 12, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    I think selelctors made too much experiment with middle order batting, Shakib played the master role for last 2 years so I think he deserves no.4 position, Tamim and Imrul proved themselves for opening, Shariar nafis is automatic choice for 1st down,Riyadh can play a vital role at no 5, Mushfiq and Naem will follow them, I think Rasel will be effective for Zimbabwe tour, but for future I'll like to see Rabiul..........But Bangladesh will win the sereis easily ...........and than don't put ur dirty nostrils in others matter.....Ary Srinivas........I want to remind u BD whitewashed WI in WI. same fate r waiting for u ...........Just invite Bd in In.dia

  • tigers_eye on July 12, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Last time BD visited WI: all whitewashs. That even not playing Mashrafe, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed etc. 2-0 in Test. 3-0 in ODIs. After so many years, playing against a second string WI (no Gayle, Bravo, J Taylor) still can't get a a two win in 3 game test series. ODI series ended 3-2 against a Sammy led team who himself can't claim his spot in the team. Shame on "Ari Srinvas" and fans like him coming to other boards and throwing garbage.

  • CricketChat on July 12, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    It is hard to believe Ashraful keeps getting selected on the strength of promise than performance yr after yr and under different selection committees and coaches. I think the selectors should move on and try other 'promising' batsmen who may actually contribute some runs!.

  • Praxis on July 12, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @Ary Srinivas, I guess you are appointed as the guardian of cricket. Cuz you seem to be too much concerned about the lowest ranked teams. Doesn't matter what quality of cricket will be played, but its my team playing. So I'll follow and keep fantasizing as much as I want. Its works fine as long I'm not posting unnecessarily offensive comments in other team's pages. @Shaikat Saha for a moment I agreed with you. Raqibul is so frustrating that even Ashra-fool might be the better choice. @Saim93, its because nobody else wants to play with them. Well except maybe, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland or Kenya...

  • Praxis on July 12, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Well, our fast bowling is pretty hopeless even now. Massrafee & Shahadat aren't available. Shahadat is probably better option in the longer format than Rubel. Russel may get picked after all. If Raqibul Hasan gets another chance then I'll loose my confidence over this new selection committee very soon. This series won't be as easy as it was in our home condition. Plus Zimbabwe seems to have improved a lot recently.

  • on July 12, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    TEST XI: tamim,imrul,junaid,jahurul,shahriar,shakib,mushfiqur,mahmudullah,elias sunny,shafiul,rubel/nazmul................................................................. ODI XI: tamim,imrul,shahriar,shuvagoto,shakib,alok,mushfiq,mahmudullah,safiul,razzak,rubel.

  • Saim93 on July 12, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Why do these two teams play so many matches with each other?

  • on July 12, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I want Ashraful replace of Raqibul....................

  • anver777 on July 12, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    A well balanced series is on the cards ..........my best wishes to both !!!!!!!!!!

  • Black_Rider on July 12, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    @Ary Srinivas::::Actually I care....Because I love this wonderful game...I don't like Bangladesh team and Zimbabwe team.But I love cricket....I think Zimbabwe will have the upper hand in this series.....

  • on July 12, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    i hate bangladesh selectors, always the same squad for all format of the game. where is alok kapali & aftab ahmed? think about the future... if someone not performing well just drop them. what this imrul kayes doing? scoring 60 runs from 100 balls. Tamim Nafees alok kapali siddiq al-hasan aftab ashraful

    mahmadulla mortaza razzaq rasel

    aftab is the keeper.......

    this is my playing eleven. they can beat all team

  • on July 12, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Ary Srinivas: I feel sorry for you;but dear brother, why bother reading an article on the worst test side preparing for a "WHO CARES" series? He who tries to belittle others only shows his character (or,lack of it!).

  • Ashique129 on July 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    @Ari Srinivas, I really hope that our players read your disrespectful comments and answer with their game. About the poor quality and possibility of losing to state and club teams - what's new in it? 5 years ago almost any test playing nation would lose to one of the Aussie state teams any given day. During 1994-5 to 2008-9, Australia could field 2 test teams and would most certainly take the up the top two spots. So what? Success comes for a team, stays a while and moves to another. As for being a "WHO CARES" series, you are absolutely right. Except for the Bangladeshis and Zimbabweans, we really don't need much attention from others, just the way over the last 14 months when Bangladesh didn't have any tests I really didn't care about what was going on with the others (well, perhaps, the Ashes excluded :) Good luck to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - prove everyone wrong folks!

  • TheBlackMonk on July 12, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Where's Shuvagoto Hom? He was picked for the earlier series but never got enough match to prove himself, it'll be disappointing when someone is picked & dropped like a coin. Give him a chance to roll. These players will loose their motivation with such inconsistency in the team.

  • La_Bangla on July 12, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Also, I must say the only name I can recall from the Bangladesh team is Saqib Hasan. This is how poor the team is that most don't even know who the players are in Bangladeshi team

  • La_Bangla on July 12, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Bangladesh is not good enough for International cricket. Zimbabwe will destroy Bangladesh.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Ashraful being talented from sucha young age should have matured in his style of play, change his thinking slightly in his batting and most importantly IMPROVE. It is dissapointing to see how badly he has declined in his batting. I think a real matured example of character in the Bangladeshi team is from Tamim Iqbal and Shakib. Tamim played from a young age and was only known for his big hitting but over the years he has changed his style of batting and now plays textbook cover drives with timing and doesnt try to smash every single ball like he used to. That is a real sign of maturity and a real sign that he will become world age because is has another 13 years of cricket in him. The same story for Shakib. Shakib has been getting better and better and is a great assest for the Bangladeshi team.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Mahmadullah is great at no. 7 and could be promoted up the order. The middle order is the biggest worry. The need to be structured because the middle order of any cricketing team is the most important and Bangladesh stuggle to come up with anything in hte middle order. Naeem Islam was probably Bangladesh's MVP during the world cup alongside Kayes and Shakib so i think he should be considered. The most depressing thing to see is Mohammad Ashraful. When he was young and played for Bangladesh he was probably the best youngest player in the world. He was such good with his strokes and had the genius of batting in him from a young age. He was like a young prodigy. But out of the blue just declined in is batting and now he has gotten to a stage that he is scared even he bats. In the world cup when he played he looked so nervous. It is so sad to see such a talent gone.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    In the batting line up the opening pair of of Tamim and Kayes is a good combination. Tamim has the world class act in him and has matured as an opening batsmen over a couple of years which is a great thing for Bangladesh. Kayes also does have the stroke of class in him when he gets going. I believe he plays the best innings when he is calm and relaxed. The last game of the Australia vs Bangladesh series when he was relaxed he was playing great cover drives which was so good to watch. I think the no.3 position is a worry in the Bangladeshi team. Siddique doesnt have the qualities needed for the no. 3 position. HE doesnt have that real character in him to be slotted for no. 3. He might be better in 5th and 6th but NOT 3rd. Shariar Nafeez would be a better option because of the experience he has and the quality of batting that he has. Mushfiqur is also talented and should be 4th. Shakib is in bad form in batting. He needs to find his rhythm again.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Bangladesh are a really inconsistent team. Dont get me wrong but they do have potential but the thing that haunts them every game is consistency. They really need to work on building a good foundation in the middle order batting and really need to work on their pace bowling. Their pace attack is very weak. Shafiul Islam has potential in bowling but he gets out of his line and length really easily. He really needs to work on keeping a good line and length and then he will be a good bowler. He should also get more meat on his thin body frame. Rubel Hossain is very very inconsistent. I dont even know why he is considered in the Bangladeshi team. I think Syed Rasel is a better option. The Bangladeshi spinning department is the only hope in the bowling attack. Shakib is the one man show in the bowling attack but Mahmadullah and Razzak do add to the wicket taking. Shuwardi Suvo is talented and i think he should be recommended.

  • hasib9 on July 12, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    I like how this was written. Every opinion is backed up by examples/statistics from the past. Well done Mohammad Isam.

  • on July 11, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    I cannot wait for this series to start considering what is at stake. The Winner gets the no. 1 Test ranking. I thought Sri Lankan fans had "fantasy" cricket ideas but Bangladeshi fans are even worse. They have all the swagger with absolutely, i mean absolutely no GAME. This TEST series should be called the "WHO CARES" series. I care enough to remind you folks that your team is better suited competing against state teams and club teams around the world. As regards the dilemma for the no 3 or no 4 spot..it does not matter...if you have a 11 batsmen because your team will collapse like a house of cards..

  • JS82 on July 11, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Both Ashraful & Rakibul had enough chances and they threw them away. They can be considered for the A team but not in the national squad. Selectors should try Nafees with a back up from folks who have done well in the NCL. They need to give serious thoughts to building a decent fast bowling stock. Perhaps recruit 16 year olds and have them get trained at fast bowling academies in Australia/SA/England.

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Yes, i totally agree with you. It will be a tough ask for newly appointed selectors.

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  • on July 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Yes, i totally agree with you. It will be a tough ask for newly appointed selectors.

  • JS82 on July 11, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Both Ashraful & Rakibul had enough chances and they threw them away. They can be considered for the A team but not in the national squad. Selectors should try Nafees with a back up from folks who have done well in the NCL. They need to give serious thoughts to building a decent fast bowling stock. Perhaps recruit 16 year olds and have them get trained at fast bowling academies in Australia/SA/England.

  • on July 11, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    I cannot wait for this series to start considering what is at stake. The Winner gets the no. 1 Test ranking. I thought Sri Lankan fans had "fantasy" cricket ideas but Bangladeshi fans are even worse. They have all the swagger with absolutely, i mean absolutely no GAME. This TEST series should be called the "WHO CARES" series. I care enough to remind you folks that your team is better suited competing against state teams and club teams around the world. As regards the dilemma for the no 3 or no 4 spot..it does not matter...if you have a 11 batsmen because your team will collapse like a house of cards..

  • hasib9 on July 12, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    I like how this was written. Every opinion is backed up by examples/statistics from the past. Well done Mohammad Isam.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Bangladesh are a really inconsistent team. Dont get me wrong but they do have potential but the thing that haunts them every game is consistency. They really need to work on building a good foundation in the middle order batting and really need to work on their pace bowling. Their pace attack is very weak. Shafiul Islam has potential in bowling but he gets out of his line and length really easily. He really needs to work on keeping a good line and length and then he will be a good bowler. He should also get more meat on his thin body frame. Rubel Hossain is very very inconsistent. I dont even know why he is considered in the Bangladeshi team. I think Syed Rasel is a better option. The Bangladeshi spinning department is the only hope in the bowling attack. Shakib is the one man show in the bowling attack but Mahmadullah and Razzak do add to the wicket taking. Shuwardi Suvo is talented and i think he should be recommended.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    In the batting line up the opening pair of of Tamim and Kayes is a good combination. Tamim has the world class act in him and has matured as an opening batsmen over a couple of years which is a great thing for Bangladesh. Kayes also does have the stroke of class in him when he gets going. I believe he plays the best innings when he is calm and relaxed. The last game of the Australia vs Bangladesh series when he was relaxed he was playing great cover drives which was so good to watch. I think the no.3 position is a worry in the Bangladeshi team. Siddique doesnt have the qualities needed for the no. 3 position. HE doesnt have that real character in him to be slotted for no. 3. He might be better in 5th and 6th but NOT 3rd. Shariar Nafeez would be a better option because of the experience he has and the quality of batting that he has. Mushfiqur is also talented and should be 4th. Shakib is in bad form in batting. He needs to find his rhythm again.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Mahmadullah is great at no. 7 and could be promoted up the order. The middle order is the biggest worry. The need to be structured because the middle order of any cricketing team is the most important and Bangladesh stuggle to come up with anything in hte middle order. Naeem Islam was probably Bangladesh's MVP during the world cup alongside Kayes and Shakib so i think he should be considered. The most depressing thing to see is Mohammad Ashraful. When he was young and played for Bangladesh he was probably the best youngest player in the world. He was such good with his strokes and had the genius of batting in him from a young age. He was like a young prodigy. But out of the blue just declined in is batting and now he has gotten to a stage that he is scared even he bats. In the world cup when he played he looked so nervous. It is so sad to see such a talent gone.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 12, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Ashraful being talented from sucha young age should have matured in his style of play, change his thinking slightly in his batting and most importantly IMPROVE. It is dissapointing to see how badly he has declined in his batting. I think a real matured example of character in the Bangladeshi team is from Tamim Iqbal and Shakib. Tamim played from a young age and was only known for his big hitting but over the years he has changed his style of batting and now plays textbook cover drives with timing and doesnt try to smash every single ball like he used to. That is a real sign of maturity and a real sign that he will become world age because is has another 13 years of cricket in him. The same story for Shakib. Shakib has been getting better and better and is a great assest for the Bangladeshi team.

  • La_Bangla on July 12, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Bangladesh is not good enough for International cricket. Zimbabwe will destroy Bangladesh.

  • La_Bangla on July 12, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Also, I must say the only name I can recall from the Bangladesh team is Saqib Hasan. This is how poor the team is that most don't even know who the players are in Bangladeshi team