Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2011 July 25, 2011

'We're the favourites' - Shakib

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Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, thinks his team is slightly ahead of Zimbabwe as they prepare for their first Test match in more than 14 months. The 15-member squad leaves Dhaka on July 27 to play a one-off Test and five one-dayers in what will be Zimbabwe's return to the game's premier format after six years. While the hosts have played a number of games against the second-string sides of South Africa and Australia, Bangladesh have only gone through a long fitness camp and some two-day games against the Academy side before the tour. Still, Shakib believes that they go into the series as favourites.

"I think we are, but I won't say that we are too far ahead of them since we're playing in their weather and conditions and playing after a good gap. But still, I think we're the favourites," Shakib said during the pre-tour press conference in Mirpur on Monday. "I am not thinking about it as a problem and as Stuart [Law] said, everyone should be excited and I'm sure they're interested to do well in the Test.

"They [Zimbabwe] are getting good practice against South Africa A and Australia A. They will be prepared so we'll have to play our best cricket."

Stuart Law, who was appointed head coach of Bangladesh earlier this month, said that he has set small targets, starting from batting out a good number of overs in the first innings. "It's not a skill problem as I've seen. The players are highly skilled. It's the mental approach that has to change in Test cricket. They have to find a tempo that suits Test cricket with their batting. If we can find the right tempo, we can post scores that the bowlers can bowl at.

"I've set a challenge for us to bat 120 overs in the first innings. If we can do that, 350-plus should be an achievable target."

Bangladesh will go into the Test with just one bowler, Shakib, who has more than 50 Test wickets, and the absence of Mashrafe Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain could be the biggest worry for the team. "I think [Shahadat Hossain] Rajib is a huge loss," Shakib said. "He's been our best Test bowler for quite a while. But those who are in the team, they're bowling well. I think they've the ability to take wickets,"

Of those in the squad, Shakib singled out left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, saying his record over the last 12 months would have given him the confidence to play Test cricket. "[Abdur Razzak] Raj bhai has been bowling well in the last year or so. I have bowled the most as I was the only chosen spinner in the team but I still think Raj bhai can do well if he's chosen. But the burden falls on the entire bowling unit. Everyone has to work hard as the spinners won't get a lot of help from those wickets,"

Shakib was involved in a controversy over team selection on his return from Worcestershire, but wants to make amends in Zimbabwe with a fresh outlook. "Opportunities come all the time. It depends on you when you want to change your attitude and the way you go about your work. I think it's a great opportunity to prove myself."

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  • POSTED BY Sohellcc on | July 28, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @arvind: why u r crying for bd, u should cry for our indian team. they will be whitewash by eng this time. and u shud also remember that we are in test cric for 81yrs , and bd just 10 yrs. but we have a very poor record with pakistan like 60-40. Bd new in test cric and we shud support them.

  • POSTED BY Ashique129 on | July 28, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    To Ronsars - thanks for your support. We(Bangladesh) need a lift from our neighboring heavyweights to improve and be competitive just as Sri Lanka got it from the two neighbors and became world beaters. We are slow unfortunately - but insha'allah we reach there. To DarindaUK - splendid observation and advice!! Absolutely spot on - if we can play 120 overs in each innings and score about 700, it may be very hard to beat us because the opponent has to score 700+ in two innings in around 200 overs. I hope someday our batsmen realize the trick and stick to the hard work. They have ample examples to learn from: the Chanders, Dravids and Kallis's have been showing this for 15 years now !

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | July 28, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    bangladesh, india, zimbabwe, west indies are same quality team. so there will be some competition but BD is favourite here

  • POSTED BY DarindaUK on | July 28, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    I've been following BD since WC 2007. My oppinion is that BD never was consistent in their batting. I hope they can Target to play atleast 120-130 overs. I believe they need to concentrate to stay at the crease longer rather than quick few runs. Shakib and Tamim played in England this Summer, but didn't make that much impact. Shakib's batting was very poor, but bowling was OK. Tamim didn't do that well in T20 either. I hope BD Target to remain in the crease as much as possible, if they fail to do that, as they're doing currently, then there's no hope for BD to be any better in the future. To all the BD fans, plaese, let us not be "all mouth and no action". Let the BD team's action do the talking. Good luck BD.

  • POSTED BY rakibul-narail-bd on | July 28, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    defenitly bd is favourite against zim both in test and odi. But bd should be careful that zim has taken lot of preparation. This time they got a strong pace attack as they know bd is strong in spin. So bd should concern its pace attack. All they way good luck bd.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Even if the lone Test match becomes a close one due to BD's lack of practice ( ref. la India ) and Zimbabwes continuous practice and home condition. the ODI series is pretty much for Bangladeshis, they are well tuned for ODIs and their players, especially Tamim, Shakib, Razzaque, Shafiul, Mushfique, Riad are all very experienced in ODI match and can bring results their way at any circumstances..

  • POSTED BY reyme on | July 27, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Will it be reasoable if Shakib said: "We are underdogs"? BD won all home and away series for last 3 years against ZIM. Sure it will be a tough series, but yes, BD are favs.

  • POSTED BY PontiusPilate78 on | July 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Zimbabwe is à team that had built itself into a competitive unit got some 10 yrs ago. They were challenging everyone- then came the political problems which decimated the country and affected the team. They have had to build from scratch again. They have managed to catch up with the associates in a reasonably short time and are now taking their first tentative steps back into the test arena. Bangladesh have had uninterrupted play during this time without necessarily over doing their success. I feel zim might just have the edge....!

  • POSTED BY maruf5511 on | July 27, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    We need to play against a good Zim team as they need to play against us to become one. Best of my wishes to both the team.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | July 27, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    no one will misread Bangla team, they are an ordinary team. They might go on to lose the series against Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY Sohellcc on | July 28, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @arvind: why u r crying for bd, u should cry for our indian team. they will be whitewash by eng this time. and u shud also remember that we are in test cric for 81yrs , and bd just 10 yrs. but we have a very poor record with pakistan like 60-40. Bd new in test cric and we shud support them.

  • POSTED BY Ashique129 on | July 28, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    To Ronsars - thanks for your support. We(Bangladesh) need a lift from our neighboring heavyweights to improve and be competitive just as Sri Lanka got it from the two neighbors and became world beaters. We are slow unfortunately - but insha'allah we reach there. To DarindaUK - splendid observation and advice!! Absolutely spot on - if we can play 120 overs in each innings and score about 700, it may be very hard to beat us because the opponent has to score 700+ in two innings in around 200 overs. I hope someday our batsmen realize the trick and stick to the hard work. They have ample examples to learn from: the Chanders, Dravids and Kallis's have been showing this for 15 years now !

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | July 28, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    bangladesh, india, zimbabwe, west indies are same quality team. so there will be some competition but BD is favourite here

  • POSTED BY DarindaUK on | July 28, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    I've been following BD since WC 2007. My oppinion is that BD never was consistent in their batting. I hope they can Target to play atleast 120-130 overs. I believe they need to concentrate to stay at the crease longer rather than quick few runs. Shakib and Tamim played in England this Summer, but didn't make that much impact. Shakib's batting was very poor, but bowling was OK. Tamim didn't do that well in T20 either. I hope BD Target to remain in the crease as much as possible, if they fail to do that, as they're doing currently, then there's no hope for BD to be any better in the future. To all the BD fans, plaese, let us not be "all mouth and no action". Let the BD team's action do the talking. Good luck BD.

  • POSTED BY rakibul-narail-bd on | July 28, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    defenitly bd is favourite against zim both in test and odi. But bd should be careful that zim has taken lot of preparation. This time they got a strong pace attack as they know bd is strong in spin. So bd should concern its pace attack. All they way good luck bd.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Even if the lone Test match becomes a close one due to BD's lack of practice ( ref. la India ) and Zimbabwes continuous practice and home condition. the ODI series is pretty much for Bangladeshis, they are well tuned for ODIs and their players, especially Tamim, Shakib, Razzaque, Shafiul, Mushfique, Riad are all very experienced in ODI match and can bring results their way at any circumstances..

  • POSTED BY reyme on | July 27, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Will it be reasoable if Shakib said: "We are underdogs"? BD won all home and away series for last 3 years against ZIM. Sure it will be a tough series, but yes, BD are favs.

  • POSTED BY PontiusPilate78 on | July 27, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Zimbabwe is à team that had built itself into a competitive unit got some 10 yrs ago. They were challenging everyone- then came the political problems which decimated the country and affected the team. They have had to build from scratch again. They have managed to catch up with the associates in a reasonably short time and are now taking their first tentative steps back into the test arena. Bangladesh have had uninterrupted play during this time without necessarily over doing their success. I feel zim might just have the edge....!

  • POSTED BY maruf5511 on | July 27, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    We need to play against a good Zim team as they need to play against us to become one. Best of my wishes to both the team.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | July 27, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    no one will misread Bangla team, they are an ordinary team. They might go on to lose the series against Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | July 27, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @Arvind:If you don't want to watch the match you can choose not to rather than making some silly comment Wishing my neighbours all the best & hoping for an interesting series

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 27, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    I think Shakib is bit over confident here.....Zim's gonna play test after sometime & they want to prove their abilities & will come back strongly at Ban.... so watch out Ban !!!

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | July 27, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @Sunny Jahangir you misread my comments, I agreed Bangla were a test team, its Zimbabwe I have my doubts about. TBH I would rather see Ireland, Afghanistan or or Holland get the chance rather than Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY A_Proud_Bengali on | July 27, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    @ Pankaj_INDIA :- Thanks for your reply buddy. I have just stated what i have been noticing here for a long time. Nevertheless, i have also come over rational indians with great balanced posts. So yes, there is no point blaming one another. We are neighbors in geographical scenario but fight like there is no tomorrow. Pride is never an option as its only going to fetch us disaster. However, thanks for your wishes to BD...i hope India come back well too in the upcoming matches!

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Oh boy what a series cannot wait for it to start....

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | July 26, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @Mahfuzur Rahman, I know it's very sad how some Indian fans talk about BD. But don't worry, time will take care of everything. You must have seen that it has started already. The latest test result between IND and ENG shows what happens to the arrogants!

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    @Jonah58 and others: Look at it this say, Bangladesh lost to England last year 180 runs.. India lost to England 196 runs... What is the difference, if you swap the team names? India has a legendary players like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman.. Bangladesh has Sakib, Tamim and nobody... no comparison. However, the results are the same.... Bangladesh did take the match to 5th day and fought till the end...

    Bangladesh may not have the best players and if a team is given one test every 14 months.. you cannot expect it to get better. So before, you become 'elitist' about Test cricket... check Bangladesh's result and check other's results too.. Unless Bangladesh is losing in 2 days and other teams are not... then it still is Test cricket..

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | July 26, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Zim V Bangla, is that really a 'Test' series? you would have to say Bangla were the favourites as they are the only test standard team in the competition, and even then only at the lower levels of the discipline.

  • POSTED BY McAdnan on | July 26, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Bangladesh should obviously win against Zimbabwe and they should win all matches.Its good to see that Bangladesh is confident.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Last 4 series against Zimbabwe Bangladesh lost the very first match....... Will the same thing occur in first test match.as a Bangladeshi very scared...Please Bangladesh prove me wrong.....

  • POSTED BY La_Bangla on | July 26, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    What Shakib meant was 'We're the favourites to loose again'

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Well well BD Fans... calm down... as i read the comment of Mr. Arvind Pai, i think it was not out of bd hatred, it seems to be just a passing comment... never mind friends.

    Me personally a big fan of Tamim Iqbal. Wishing bangladesh good Luck for this series and also for future tests. it wont be a cakewalk though.

    By the way what is India v England series doing here? My request to BD fans keep India out of this , or else surely crazy one or two Indian fans will come and will start BD bashing, and the whole discussion will take wrong turn.

    so do not drag india into ur discussions.let it remain ban v zim only.

    good luck.

  • POSTED BY backwardpoint on | July 26, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    What a huge comedown... a let down. Just a while back, these guys were seriously looking at entering the QF's of WC '11... and probably move into the SF stage and take it from there. Now, they are trying to claim moral ascendancy over Zim. Bangladesh, I like you as a team. Pls start performing consistently and keep on at it. You need to move on to face bigger challenges. Not look at small fry and try to improve your average. Have full confidence to start fighting the big guys and hunt them down... Consistently, repeatedly and ruthlessly.

  • POSTED BY Nduru on | July 26, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Of course Bangladesh are the favourites - its a no-brainer! We (Zim) have not played a test in 6 years and I have always said that the success of our return will be measured in slow steps. Our first job is to take the game to five days, through getting our disciplines correct. Only then can we think of drawing and winning. I will be very happy with a draw here as it will be a good start. But Bangla are a good side, so if they do win then at least Zim must put up a fight.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Best of luck to both teams! I wish to see some good cricket here!

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    thanks for lots of Indian support here much appreciated we ll need it cus zimbos are looking threatening on their own conditions while playing with good second stringers. Also good luck to India against england they got lucky knock em dead good luck to ya ll!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    I don't understand why some Indian Cricket fans are always after Bangladesh Cricket. They think they are everything and BD is nothing. They don't even consider records and statistics. Look at last year's Test of BD against Eng. at lords. BD made England all out in first ininings but this year India could not. BD made 282 & 382 Total 664 with a run rate of 3.03 & 3.43 and this year India made 286 & 261 total 547 with the run rate 2.98 & 2.70 respectively. What does it reflects. What Indian fan' s would say. England team was weaker last year and stronger this year? Player list does not show it. The strongest batting line performed poor than BD & their fan's always after BD Cricket. Strange! Its really pity.

  • POSTED BY MoMulla on | July 26, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    The Zim selectors need to get Taibu in for this match, leave out Chigumbura.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    hahah!! sum Indian fans needs to focus on deir cricketing losses.. ( lost to england by 196 runs.. bwahahah ) and dese pp; are too intrsted in others affars.. better oil ur own bussiness!! :@

  • POSTED BY Nawsad on | July 26, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    i alwayz support my bd team but this time i have a feeling that bd gonna be thrashed by zim.sakib is busy other than bd cricket and they have already an excused after they loose to zim as they r playing after 13months blah blah bla...looser....i wish they prove me wrong....i wishh...

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should play separate world cup with teams like Zim, kenya, Netherlands, den they will be champions for next hundred years...all the best for BD for upcoming series....

  • POSTED BY FlowerPower on | July 26, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Very bold of Shakib to declare they are fav, but he has always struck me as optimistic (most cases overly, although one can understand his optimism in this case). However I dont think he should take Zim lightly. Their batting has come good. Sibanda, Masakadza, and Taylor have been in the runs, Chigumbura, although eratic is dangerous, if Taibu comes back he is solid (Chakabva is an able deputy). The bowling is improved with the pace department much better, Mpofu remains the mainstay, and loves bowling at Bangla, Meth is meticoulous in the long version, Vitori is the find of the recent series vs Aus A. Chigumbura is finding his old bowling form. Utseya, Price and Creamer will fight for the 2 slow bowler slots. The only worry is if Zim batters have found an answer to the quality slow men of Bangla (Razzaq and Shaqib). Bangla also has a decent batting in Tamim, Keys, Shakib, and Saddiq (and the gusty Rahim and Mamadoulla). I'd say if Bangla are fav, its marginally...Good luck Zim!

  • POSTED BY Pankaj_INDIA on | July 26, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    @A_Proud_Bengali: nice to read your comments mate, but honestly, not whole india represents mr arvind's sentiments. second thing, i dont know whether you have seen or not, but many bangladeshi fans keep commenting against india at every possible article, namely Mr "Bangla" and alike. but i would too echo your opinion of supporting asian team when they play teams outside subcontinent. all the best to Bangladesh for zimbabwe tour, m sure you guys will win the series comfortably.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    bangladesh require Application thats sit...they have talent to explore....they always fail in application....Dravid Laxman.....even staying away from cricket for longer time they shows a superb professionalism with good solid performance

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | July 26, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    i dont understand why the minnows dont play tests against each other regularly. in this case bangla have to be careful, zim's batting looks pretty good they stood up on a few occasions against the likes of siddle, copeland, krejza, starc etc so the bangla bowlers are going to have be sharp.

  • POSTED BY flyingmachinee on | July 26, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @saif_bd..........England lost 2 bd in a odi that 2 in asian conditions........now we r talking abt test cricket...dnt even imagine that bd can play 20overs in english conditions and face england fast bowlers....

  • POSTED BY flyingmachinee on | July 26, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Bangladesh can be fav 2 win if the series is played in bangladesh but its played in zimbabwe so its nt gonna be easy fr bngla team .........its 50/50 now......

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | July 26, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    The main problem is with BD domestic cricket. Dhaka's Club cricket is more popular than 1st class competition here. If it continues they can't do well in Test cricket. Zim's domestic improved a bit in recent years. So BD should b carefull.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    @tnawihtaed Oh yeah? Show me the scorecard where Bangladesh beat England in a Test match in England.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @Abid Rahman Shuv Oh really? How many Test matches has your Bangladesh won against England?

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Well Test Cricket is the real field where it take test for a cricketer in the context of how fit he is as physically or mentally.Its a testing ground of temperament for the cricketers. And where I have little doubts about Bangladeshi Players. I think they are still struggling to reach the highest level (which is a must at this level) of temperament. Anyway Gud Luck to Banladesh. Hopefully they will overcome all the drawbacks they have in them soon.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    My money is on Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY dilanz51 on | July 26, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    This must be the most boring series in the history of world cricket. I mean who is gonna watch this.Could it be more lame?.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Shakib just proved again that he is still immature and not professional at all.Making yourself favorite is just going to add extra pressure,everybody knows BD is a better side,but you don't have to mention that in this way specially considering the fact that, you are not well prepared for the test!...there is in fact not much of a difference between 14 months and 6 years of break!...Give your 100%...the result will be definitely good for cricket.Good Luck Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | July 26, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Really, I put all my money on Zimbabwe. Hahaha against Zimbabwe even Indian U19 team is favorites but not Bangladesh, I hope Zimbabwe gets them all out for 50 and 40 again.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 26, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    I am hoping that the Banga players play to their potential, but I'm also hoping that ZIm do well. I think the time for talk is pretty much up for the Bangas - their talented players need to get more consistant results. Pls don't select Ashraful!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | July 26, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Well, regardless of the fortunes of the Indian team against England at the moment (which is completely irrelevant to this series), I am looking forward to some hard-fought Test cricket between two teams (Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) with something to prove. Hopefully we'll see some entertaining matches played in the right spirit.

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | July 25, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Shakib the brain surgeon! Of course Bangladesh are favourites against Zimbabwe. If Bangladesh can't beat Zimbabwe when Zimbabwe haven't played test cricket for years and when Zimbabwean cricket remains in turmoil then they'll never beat anyone. However instead of saying the obvious he should knuckle down and make sure he does his part to get the job done. If he just sits back and thinks that by stating 'we're favourites' that Bangladesh will win, they'll lose. Zimbabwe might still have a future in the game in the long-term the short term is looking less bright. They might have a few batsmen capable of putting in a performance but they have precious little when it comes to bowling stocks and producing the dead, lifeless pitches that they do in Zimbabwe isn't doing them any favours either. Good luck to Zimbabwe. Hopefully they get their line-up right and put in a good performance. Unfortunately an even bigger problem than their scarce bowling stocks lies in their incompetent selectors.

  • POSTED BY QTS_ on | July 25, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    On a day the Bangladesh government honoured Indira Gandhi (http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=195772), surely the Indian-Bangladeshi bashing could stop (for good, hopefully)?

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Bangladesh is a good side but perhaps they need to show more consistency,..they shud roll over Zimbabwe for the gud of their and bangladesh cricket...As we need more gud teams in World Cricket for betterment of the game ...Bangladesh has improved since 1999 the yr they were granted test status but one must Admit they have been making very very slow progress.. I hope in coming 4 yrs they will get their act right as they do have some very good players

    P.S-> I am an Indian and not against Bangladeshi and truly support and respect their cricket ..Best of Luck to you Bangladesh ..Hope u bring smiles to faces of Bangladeshi fans just like Our Indian team brings to us :)

    Good Luck !1

  • POSTED BY Ravi.Ajay on | July 25, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are good teams, both teams have very good players. They will get better with experience. Good luck to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. I love test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | July 25, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Guys, why bother with one silly comment? Its no good judging a whole nation by one or two comments. Our team has improved a bit & there's still a long way to go. We've been constantly winning the matches against ZIM for a few years now. But recently ZIM has been playing a lot of 4-day matches against A teams of other countries. On the other hand our team hasn't worn the whites for quite a while. So its going to be tough, but I hope BD win both of the series. An improved ZIM can only be a good news for cricket.

  • POSTED BY racheedmani on | July 25, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Ignoring the comments on India and their defeat to the Poms, I would love to see Zimbabwe give their all in their first test series in years. They have the talent to recover to their best. This is my test XI for the Zims:

    Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Tatenda Taibu, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Tendai Chatara, Christopher Mpofu.

    Zimbabwe CAN do it. They just need to believe.

  • POSTED BY A_Proud_Bengali on | July 25, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    @ some fanatic Indian fans :- Oil your own machine, the 2000th test match shall serve as a eye-opener for you. Having learnt never to abuse other countries and people, i would never make fun of how you guys lost, rather would want an asian giant to do good and maintain our reputation in foreign land. I wish you guys thought in the same line...

  • POSTED BY A_Proud_Bengali on | July 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    That should always be the spirit. However, Zimbos are seriously preparing and are hardcore to beat us there. We should respect that and take the game very seriously. On a lighter note, i like Law's approach or setting a target for the bastmen to focus on, which is a good thing. Never noticed any similar statement from previous coaches. Good luck BD, play well...!

  • POSTED BY Qdzy on | July 25, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Zimbabwe look to be maturing with time, this could be the series that would see them turn the corner.

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | July 25, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    @Yolk_Eater, appreciate your quick response to Arvind Pai's comment, in fact these ignorant so called cricket fans keeps giving bad name and keep turnishing image of the Indian fans almost on a regular basis, their only job is constant Bangladesh Bashing, what a shame ! We really never go on to say things like India lost by 196 runs today against England and as of now I haven't seen any comment from any Indian supporter in the report section and they go quiet when India doesn't win. Guys ! learn the true spirit of Cricket first then start commenting on others, people like Arvind don't even qualify to be an Indian fan, which is the No.1 team now !

  • POSTED BY AQsq on | July 25, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Probably the only time Bangladesh can say "We're the favourites" . Shakib needs to concentrate on cricket not on all these bold statements.

  • POSTED BY hulk777 on | July 25, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Its all media. They put words in mounth. If you ask someone , are you favorite? he would say yes, we are favorite unless he is very pessimistic. Then take the linee and publish as " we are favorite" , Bad Media.

  • POSTED BY mashikandy on | July 25, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    what are these bangladeshis talking about, their batsmen getting double centuries and bowling us out for less than 150 and whitewashing us in the ODIs thats just pathetic, we may be rebuilding but our team is very good when compared to theirs and I believe that we will win the series and certify our return to test cricket

  • POSTED BY tnawihtaed on | July 25, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Arvind, India just lost to England. We have defeated England. We have also defeated India in ODIs. If India is that better, how come they loose to Bangladesh ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    I think we should stop cotroversy with Indian Supporters, we should concentrate our batting & bowling performence to do better against India & win the series against them whenever wherever,,,,,,,,,that will be good answer for them, I m very much confident to our boys, they will do in future,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    well an even steven test match. I would love zimbs to win, but then again, banglawash also possible. I luv test match!

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | July 25, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    I would just like to emphasize this upon my fellow readers that Aravind's point of view does not represent the whole view of India, so kindly do not use India in your rebukes. Direct it straight to Aravind, i feel ashamed because of a handful of senseless fanatic fans in our country. And it's not necessary to bring India out in each and every topic. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    hope BD team will win all the matches

  • POSTED BY dhakaWarriorzzz on | July 25, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    GO BD GOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    just talking is not enough, players have to do well on field.

  • POSTED BY saif_bd007 on | July 25, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    @Pontious87 and Aravind: Why u guys are always after BD? Once IND being the top team lose an away game to a team that lost to BD and IRELAND in their recent most encounter, what is the prob if BD lose away game to its next ranked team. Win and loss both are part of game. Even Eng win the series, do u beleive that Eng is better team than Ind? Then why Zim will be better than BD if they win just a series? Did u ever tell BD is better than NZ because they and IND both whitewashed NZ in a home series?@Pontious87 and Aravind: Why u guys are always after BD? Once IND being the top team lose an away game to a team that lost to BD and IRELAND in their recent most encounter, what is the prob if BD lose away game to its next ranked team. Win and loss both are part of game. Even Eng win the series, do u beleive that Eng is better team than Ind? Then why Zim will be better than BD if they win just a series?

  • POSTED BY Rabbul2 on | July 25, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    wow, i think everybody has misunderstood the comment of Arvind as he has tried to say that Shakib only can tell BD cricket team as favourite against zimbabwe and this is true. So i will want to say all commentators against Arvin that please dont take him as rival. Just hold on. if he is a cricket follower then he shouldnt forgot about 2007 worldCup. does he know that theire team participate that WC with the best chances to be champion? But who has pondered theire hope? of course the worst cricket team in this cricketing world, am i missing something? yups since they are the champions they have lost all memories at the past records. MR. Arvin how are you today? are you feeling well as your team has been gone down to England? Do you know that we have played much better than what Mighty Indians played? amnt trying to chanllenge India but i think Tamims century was better than the wall as tamim's century was a counter attack but Dravid's century was for saving follow on.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    i think so as like sakib. i think Bangladesh will win both test and one day series

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    BANGLADESH SHOULD BREAK MILESTONES IN THIS SERIES, THEY ARE SUCH A POTENTIALLY GIFTED SIDE, ONE OF THEIR BATSMAN MUST GET A DOUBLE CENTURY, BOWLERS MUST HAVE TARGET TO BOWL OUT ZIMBABWE UNDER 150. BANGLADESHI BOWLING ATTACK IS DEFINITELY BETTER THAN INDIA. AND IN ODI SERIES BANGLADESH SHOULD MAKE IT 5-0, IF THEY CAN WHITEWASH NEWZELAND, THEN ZIMBABWE MUST BE WHITEWASHED TOO. BEST WISHES FROM ME.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    @ arvind ...get ready to be white washed by england...

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Arvind Pai, things will change very soon for us when we will say we are favourites most of the time. Then you will be eating humble pie :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    I also think as Shakib. But I have noticed that when any BD player tells like Shakib they lost the match both on international and domestic cricket.I also think as Shakib. But I have noticed that when any BD player tells like Shakib they lost the match both on international and domestic cricket.

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | July 25, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    @Arvind: i have a feeling that you commented here just on the basis of the headline and did not go into the story, what Shakib is saying here is pretty realistic, but he also takes into account the foreign conditions and weather which might trouble them, so he is just being realistic, that's all. He hinted they are better than Zimbabwe, which is absolutely true, no need to make fun like that, he did no say they are better than India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    @Arivind Pai: um bit surprised to see your comments. its really pathetic....! anyway we are very new in test arena and our players are also very young. we are in learning process, so i just can say wait and watch. it is very near we can challenge your country.

  • POSTED BY nishpapjibon on | July 25, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    YES SHAKIB BHAI UR RIGHT WE R FVRT :). DO WELL GO AHEAD AND ALL THE BEST GUYS(BANGLAR BHAG). WE ARE ALWAYS WITH U AND YA SHAHADAT SHOULDE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BCZ WE DNT HAVE EXPERIENCED TEST BOWLER.BT ALL WAY DO BEST AND TRY UR BET :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @arvind...r u indian ??? then take a look on STAR CRICKET & then rewrite the comment..

  • POSTED BY PontiusPilate78 on | July 25, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I agreee with shakib, Bang are the favourites in this series...favourites to loose the series by a comfortable margin as well. This will be in part because of Bangladeshis own preparaions , but the more so because of Zimbabwes tremendous journey over the past few years. Despite not having met quality opposition over the past few years , as Bangladesh have , they have developed into a good unit. The domestic league is quite competitive and they are beginning to produce good fast bowlers, Meth Chatara, Vitori,Mpofu and co to compliment their good spinners. The batting line up is reasonably strong and has shown that they can score runs even against strong bowling attacks, the likes of Taylor, Masakadza,Mawoyo,Chibhabha,Chigumbura ,Chakabva and co. The recent world cup had more positives for isolated zimbabwe than for Bangladesh with all its matches against New Zealand , Pakistan Eng etc. My prediction is that zim ix will give the bangladeshi side a run for its money!

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Failure is not an option against Zimbabwe. At the same time, it will not be an easy task to beat them on their own soil. We have to show respect towards our opponents. Everyone concerned with the team must demonstrate 100% commitment and convey the right attitude to see us through.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    'We're the favourites' - Shakib ... ha ha ha, this is pretty much the only place where he can say that, and he doesn't let the opportunity pass. :P

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  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    'We're the favourites' - Shakib ... ha ha ha, this is pretty much the only place where he can say that, and he doesn't let the opportunity pass. :P

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Failure is not an option against Zimbabwe. At the same time, it will not be an easy task to beat them on their own soil. We have to show respect towards our opponents. Everyone concerned with the team must demonstrate 100% commitment and convey the right attitude to see us through.

  • POSTED BY PontiusPilate78 on | July 25, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I agreee with shakib, Bang are the favourites in this series...favourites to loose the series by a comfortable margin as well. This will be in part because of Bangladeshis own preparaions , but the more so because of Zimbabwes tremendous journey over the past few years. Despite not having met quality opposition over the past few years , as Bangladesh have , they have developed into a good unit. The domestic league is quite competitive and they are beginning to produce good fast bowlers, Meth Chatara, Vitori,Mpofu and co to compliment their good spinners. The batting line up is reasonably strong and has shown that they can score runs even against strong bowling attacks, the likes of Taylor, Masakadza,Mawoyo,Chibhabha,Chigumbura ,Chakabva and co. The recent world cup had more positives for isolated zimbabwe than for Bangladesh with all its matches against New Zealand , Pakistan Eng etc. My prediction is that zim ix will give the bangladeshi side a run for its money!

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @arvind...r u indian ??? then take a look on STAR CRICKET & then rewrite the comment..

  • POSTED BY nishpapjibon on | July 25, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    YES SHAKIB BHAI UR RIGHT WE R FVRT :). DO WELL GO AHEAD AND ALL THE BEST GUYS(BANGLAR BHAG). WE ARE ALWAYS WITH U AND YA SHAHADAT SHOULDE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BCZ WE DNT HAVE EXPERIENCED TEST BOWLER.BT ALL WAY DO BEST AND TRY UR BET :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    @Arivind Pai: um bit surprised to see your comments. its really pathetic....! anyway we are very new in test arena and our players are also very young. we are in learning process, so i just can say wait and watch. it is very near we can challenge your country.

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | July 25, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    @Arvind: i have a feeling that you commented here just on the basis of the headline and did not go into the story, what Shakib is saying here is pretty realistic, but he also takes into account the foreign conditions and weather which might trouble them, so he is just being realistic, that's all. He hinted they are better than Zimbabwe, which is absolutely true, no need to make fun like that, he did no say they are better than India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    I also think as Shakib. But I have noticed that when any BD player tells like Shakib they lost the match both on international and domestic cricket.I also think as Shakib. But I have noticed that when any BD player tells like Shakib they lost the match both on international and domestic cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Arvind Pai, things will change very soon for us when we will say we are favourites most of the time. Then you will be eating humble pie :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 25, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    @ arvind ...get ready to be white washed by england...