Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Only Test, Harare, 5th day August 8, 2011

Bangladesh pay the price for lack of preparation

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As the Zimbabweans celebrated their historic victory with champagne-soaked joy at the post-match presentation ceremony, the Bangladesh players stood still for a while, watching the revelry. It was a poignant moment as the group seemed collectively lost in thought, pondering their lost opportunities.

If the team's mindset in recent years is taken into account, however, it could well be that their thoughts are already of the backlash that awaits. A 130-run loss at the hands of Zimbabwe, a team that they have dominated regularly for the past six years, will not be easy to accept and the visitors will be keen to make amends.

From the wreckage of this match, two miserable batting performances stare back at every Bangladesh cricketer, coach, fan and administrator. A relatively experienced Bangladeshi batting line-up should have been able to give an impressive account of themselves against a bowling attack that has played a combined 31 Tests, and what transpired on a batting-friendly Harare Sports Club wicket should be considered a travesty.

The inadequacy of the Bangladesh's preparation and the botched first-class system back home has as much to do with the loss as the batsmen's lack of footwork against Brian Vitori or their inability to convert a start into a hundred. It also didn't help that they hadn't played a Test for 14 months, and in that regard the fault lies squarely with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

The emphasis on one-dayers as preparation for the World Cup has come back to bite them. The BCB happily agreed to host New Zealand for only one-day matches in October last year and shut down the first-class competition. Though Bangladesh stormed to a 4-0 series win, the magnitude of their win hasn't translated into long-term consistency.

Instead, it has exposed the fact that the Board's priorities lie almost entirely in Dhaka's club cricket. By lessening the importance of domestic first-class cricket - a format in which thethe likes of Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Rubel Hossain have rarely appear last 3 to 4 years, they sowed the seeds of this defeat.

The aforementioned players, and some of the others, also haven't done themselves any favours by losing concentration after they were set and batting with an artificial sense of confidence on their 'own game'. In the first innings, Shahriar Nafees rode his luck one too many times and got out on 50. Mohammad Ashraful valued his wicket for a change, but not for more than 73 runs, and Shakib Al Hasan's forceful advances had him gambling on the Zimbabwean bowlers' lengths; a bet that he lost.

"There's a lot of talk going on. It's time to stop talking and put them into action," said Stuart Law, Bangladesh's new coach. "Everything was discussed but if you can't back the talk with actions, you look stupid."

Law may or may not have been referring to Tamim's strut at the press conference on Sunday, which would have looked better had he not got out in slightly brainless fashion to Christopher Mpofu and was a thwarted attempt at brinkmanship.

Shakib, too, batted poorly and he admitted it wasn't the right approach. "We never thought of drawing the Test match, of defending and spending time at the crease," he said. "We thought of winning the game. I thought I played some shots which were too early in the innings. I shouldn't have played those shots.

"I don't know if this is the most disappointing day for us or not, but it is disappointing to lose a cricket match, especially in this situation against them. Taking nothing away from [the opposition], they were disciplined. They outplayed us in both departments," he said.

"Maybe it is because we haven't played longer-version cricket for a long time. Although we played some practice game and three-day game, actually it didn't help us to get the Test match feeling."

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

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  • Sailav on August 11, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @ Al Dave, Acquire Minimum Knowledge Before Commenting About Cricket, From September 2006- Present Bangladesh & Zimbabwe Contested In 28 ODI's. & Of Them Bangladesh Won 22 & Zimbabwe won 6. So, See Yourself That Bangladesh Dominated Zimbabwe or not ? FYI At That Point Of Time Zimbabwe Wasn't Playing Test Cricket. & The Only Time These Two Teams Played In a T20 International Bangladesh Thrashed Zimbabwe By a Big Margin. Add To Broaden Your Cricketing Knowledge In This Series Bangladesh is Missing Their Two Premier Bowlers In Mortaza & Sahadat through Injuries.

  • on August 11, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Zim won & all credits to them. BD paid their price already not really being prepare for a TEST cricket.

    may b BD is a bit 'hyped' but not much. and also who made them 'hyped' blame them. and so many of u the commenters, r u really think of urselves as cricket fans or just simply BD haters. i guess u r the later. this is all bcoz of BD made India slipped out of WC2007 & conceded a series win in WI. its all better not to bash BD cricket. rather oiling your own machines. bashing doesnt bring anything fancy for any of u guyz.

    BTW ... see ENG v IND matches. and understand what really 'hyp' means.

  • DarindaUK on August 11, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    @Alex Olson: I totally agree with you mate. If you don't perform, then you don't belong. BD bust improve, otherwise they should give their Test Status up voluntarily. If the team think that individual making few runs such Razzak did in the 2nd Inning make them Test players, then they definately should go.

    Probably T20 is the only format they're fit for, the team brought shame to us fans by bad mouthing and talking so big, whereby, in the field, they're just failures.

    Shakib and Tamim, if you want to retain some dignity, then ensure that you play good cricket in ODI's, not just swinging your bats on every ball. A 5 year old kid can do that. Bring some dignity back to our beloved Bangladesh.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 11, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    You can't say they lack preparation at-least Tamim was prepared for interview talks!!!!

  • on August 11, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    If ICC was smart they would have never been given test status 11 years ago to begin with, but now ICC must give them a warning if they don't step up their game their test status will be revoked. Same goes for Zimbabwe but Zimbabwe won their first test after returning from exile after 6 years so they have definitely improved, but if BD don't improve and actually win or draw tests then their test status should definitely go.

  • on August 10, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    U see, people rate Tamim Iqbal too highly. Being a swashbuckling foolhardy against England to bag up some centuries-about which only he would care- is one thing, and making an effort in a match which really mattered in a patient 'Rahul Dravid'-way is completely another phenomenon. I mean, look at those overrated centuries against England which skyrocketed his stardom. He rode his luck and made centuries. Were those by any means patiently bulit-up test innings? Nope. Those centuries gave a world-wide wrong impression about Tamim. He is what he is, a swashbuckling foolhardy. No bowler needs to ball out of his skin to get Tamim's wicket. The bowler might have to be a bit expensive at times, but he/she(!) wouldn't have to think too much.

  • on August 10, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    hahahahahahaha

    Shakib and Tamim should read this........

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    BCB is making huge mistakes. Firstly, it'd failed to turn NCL 4-day in professional level. Secondly, it's emphasizing on Dhaka's Club Cricket. Thirdly, it'll organize a t/20 tournament BPL (copying IPL) without boosting 4day tournament structure. So how anyone can expect a Test win from BD whether opponent is England or Zim? Some people r saying that BD has got enough opportunity & ICC should revoke its test status. That's not d solution. ICC must put pressure on BCB to create NCL 4day fully professional. Money & sponsorship isn't problem here. The main problem is BCB is eager to emphasize on ODIs & t20 only. Zim is doing well due to good first class competition after restructuring Logan Cup 2 years back. BCB must do the same. Otherwise BD will suffer in this decade like Zim had suffered last 7 years.

  • DarindaUK on August 10, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I hope the BD Players are informed of these comments from all over the world. Also hope they can reflect on these negative comments and make them into positive comments in the future. Hope you Tigers let the bat and ball do the talking and not by your mouth. Best of luck.

  • on August 10, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Now that BD has lost the Test match, their r nw betting on BD winning the ODIs! Gud luck with that. We'll see.

  • Sailav on August 11, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @ Al Dave, Acquire Minimum Knowledge Before Commenting About Cricket, From September 2006- Present Bangladesh & Zimbabwe Contested In 28 ODI's. & Of Them Bangladesh Won 22 & Zimbabwe won 6. So, See Yourself That Bangladesh Dominated Zimbabwe or not ? FYI At That Point Of Time Zimbabwe Wasn't Playing Test Cricket. & The Only Time These Two Teams Played In a T20 International Bangladesh Thrashed Zimbabwe By a Big Margin. Add To Broaden Your Cricketing Knowledge In This Series Bangladesh is Missing Their Two Premier Bowlers In Mortaza & Sahadat through Injuries.

  • on August 11, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Zim won & all credits to them. BD paid their price already not really being prepare for a TEST cricket.

    may b BD is a bit 'hyped' but not much. and also who made them 'hyped' blame them. and so many of u the commenters, r u really think of urselves as cricket fans or just simply BD haters. i guess u r the later. this is all bcoz of BD made India slipped out of WC2007 & conceded a series win in WI. its all better not to bash BD cricket. rather oiling your own machines. bashing doesnt bring anything fancy for any of u guyz.

    BTW ... see ENG v IND matches. and understand what really 'hyp' means.

  • DarindaUK on August 11, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    @Alex Olson: I totally agree with you mate. If you don't perform, then you don't belong. BD bust improve, otherwise they should give their Test Status up voluntarily. If the team think that individual making few runs such Razzak did in the 2nd Inning make them Test players, then they definately should go.

    Probably T20 is the only format they're fit for, the team brought shame to us fans by bad mouthing and talking so big, whereby, in the field, they're just failures.

    Shakib and Tamim, if you want to retain some dignity, then ensure that you play good cricket in ODI's, not just swinging your bats on every ball. A 5 year old kid can do that. Bring some dignity back to our beloved Bangladesh.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 11, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    You can't say they lack preparation at-least Tamim was prepared for interview talks!!!!

  • on August 11, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    If ICC was smart they would have never been given test status 11 years ago to begin with, but now ICC must give them a warning if they don't step up their game their test status will be revoked. Same goes for Zimbabwe but Zimbabwe won their first test after returning from exile after 6 years so they have definitely improved, but if BD don't improve and actually win or draw tests then their test status should definitely go.

  • on August 10, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    U see, people rate Tamim Iqbal too highly. Being a swashbuckling foolhardy against England to bag up some centuries-about which only he would care- is one thing, and making an effort in a match which really mattered in a patient 'Rahul Dravid'-way is completely another phenomenon. I mean, look at those overrated centuries against England which skyrocketed his stardom. He rode his luck and made centuries. Were those by any means patiently bulit-up test innings? Nope. Those centuries gave a world-wide wrong impression about Tamim. He is what he is, a swashbuckling foolhardy. No bowler needs to ball out of his skin to get Tamim's wicket. The bowler might have to be a bit expensive at times, but he/she(!) wouldn't have to think too much.

  • on August 10, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    hahahahahahaha

    Shakib and Tamim should read this........

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    BCB is making huge mistakes. Firstly, it'd failed to turn NCL 4-day in professional level. Secondly, it's emphasizing on Dhaka's Club Cricket. Thirdly, it'll organize a t/20 tournament BPL (copying IPL) without boosting 4day tournament structure. So how anyone can expect a Test win from BD whether opponent is England or Zim? Some people r saying that BD has got enough opportunity & ICC should revoke its test status. That's not d solution. ICC must put pressure on BCB to create NCL 4day fully professional. Money & sponsorship isn't problem here. The main problem is BCB is eager to emphasize on ODIs & t20 only. Zim is doing well due to good first class competition after restructuring Logan Cup 2 years back. BCB must do the same. Otherwise BD will suffer in this decade like Zim had suffered last 7 years.

  • DarindaUK on August 10, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I hope the BD Players are informed of these comments from all over the world. Also hope they can reflect on these negative comments and make them into positive comments in the future. Hope you Tigers let the bat and ball do the talking and not by your mouth. Best of luck.

  • on August 10, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Now that BD has lost the Test match, their r nw betting on BD winning the ODIs! Gud luck with that. We'll see.

  • CricketLoverFromAsia on August 10, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    @Jahangir Alam..R U KIDDING??? You are making a poor effort to say that BD lost Test match cuz new coach LAW is inexperienced.. What a joke..MR.Whatmore was a very good coach although he has not played many matches, he was the coach of World Cup winning Sri Lankan team in 1996. He came to BD, but BD lost..lost..continuously. Mr.Law also has not played many matches..but he was the Coach of Sri Lankan team who became the World Cup Runners Up 2011. Now he has became the coach of BD. But BD lost to ZIM who returned to Test format after 6 Years. These are not faults of coaches. Bangladesh team is the WORSE team in the world. They are not capable of playing T20, ODIs, Test.This is a problem of their LACK of Talents & LACK of gentlemen qualities.Bangladesh will never learn & ICC MUST shut down the Test status of BD. Even IND, PAK, SL domestic club teams are better than BD. ICC must stop BD playing as a joker in World Test Cricket. Time to concern a country who has real SKILLS...

  • on August 10, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Bad Management. Cocky attitude. Thats why Bangla lost..!.. AGAIN.. back to the drawing board..

  • reyme on August 10, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    There you go. BD lost a game and some people just cant wait to write books about how bad they are , why dont they deserve any status and so on. Are you guys really cricket fans or just BD haters? Ireland? When did they ever beat BD in BD? Can ZIM win a test in BD? Last time I checked they came back losing a series.

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I do not know what these (BD) guys need to prop them up. They have now many years of cricket under their belt, some under some famous world beating coaches. They look pathetic and when they (very seldom) have some success, their feet tend not to be on the ground. First play some good cricket, before you roll up your collar and imagine yourself to be the on top of the world.

  • Midonoff on August 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Can't buy that one am afraid bout BD lack of preparations, they had enough time to prepare in my opinion. They also been playing test cricket for a while now. Think BAD and ZIM need to play more test cricket among themselves and maybe include Ireland as well before challenging the top eight teams.

  • Angad11 on August 9, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Saw some highlights of the match yesterday. Looked like a battle of midgets. Local teams here in NJ would play better.

  • on August 9, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    I am woundering if Bangladesh Cricket Board knows how experienced is the new coach Mr. Stuart Law in Test matches and how can you expect better result in test matches when coach has only 1 test match experience.. Here is example: Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 1- -1 1 54 54* - 118 45.76 0 1 1 0 1 0 ODIs 54 -51 5 1237 110 26.89 1643 75.28 1 7 72 8 12 0 First-class 367- 601 65 27080 263 50.52 79 128 407 0 List A 392- 371 28 11812 163 34.43 20 64 154 0 Twenty20 51- 49 4 1197 101 26.60 888 134.79 1 7 151 18 16 0

  • on August 9, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    I would like to say some thing to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, still have time to rebuild teams batting order. Tamim is no longer a opener for the test team. He can be the opener for T20/20 only. According to my knowledge Mushfiq and Ashraful will be ideal opener for the test series and one day series against any team. Also I will suggest to rethink about Australian coaching staffs, for better interest of Tigers you should look for non Australian, including Sri Lanka, India and Pakistani coaches. Best wishes as always for Tigers.

  • on August 9, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    If it was India they would have lost also, so no worries.

  • on August 9, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Don't be too excited guys...Zim finally was able to win against BD therefore they should be appreciated...while that doesn't mean Bd played bad cricket...yes the cockyness of BD captain will probably be highlighted for the time being...so will the great Indians...who got beaten by England recently.....so you win one, lose one...and what matters is how you keep your winning ratio up for the long run...and keep playing quality cricket.....mind this..no one is taking BD test status away...while at the same time no one declaring Zim the No 1 test team of the world...we are nothing but being just too emotional.

  • on August 9, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    we need more player coaches in BD like Grant Flower & Heath Streak in zim. They provided zim with more playing knowledge. Zim also played for their country they weren't selfish like BD. Well done Zim and welcome baq!!!! :D u deserve it!

  • on August 9, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    I think BD should stop of being a stooge for India and ICB and should start thinking of being an indepenadant country.

  • cric4zh on August 9, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    they r really tired of playing this form of cricket need a break for 2 or 3 years :)

  • on August 9, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Lack of preparation means Bangladesh doesn't played enough longer version match for last 14 months.But ZIM played about 20 longer version match.But some people are saying its joke.Actually they are making fun of themselves.

  • shams1882 on August 9, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal's comment that Vitori is ordinary was just as senseless as his batting perfomance recently. To be honest Vitori does not seem to be an ordinary bowler rather Tamim is an overrated batsman. Look at his performance record and his average speaks for itself. Getting two centuries against England just made him famous (and perhaps too arogant as well), but people tend to forget the manner he got those centuries ... in mindless slogging (that's what he was actually doing). BD bowling was entirely pathetic in the match; when Zim bowlers were getting prolific swings BD bowlers were serving loly-pop deliveries to Zim batsmem. Team selection was pathetic as well... how could Razzak feature in a test team when the pitch was meant for pacers; Bd would have been better off with an extra batsman. And lastly, the entire blame should go to BCB officials who have not done anything to improve the level of domestic cricket. Mr. Lotus Kamal and gang must take responsibility for this defeat.

  • on August 9, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    The 1st innings batting effort was quite respectable to be completely honest, 280-odd is a reasonable score, the lead for zim was about 90 runs which isnt massive. It was the second innings (apart from a few big overs from Razzak) that was horrible. The bangladesh batsman are not improving much, i have seen improvement only in Mushfiqur Rahim as a batsman, the rest have gone no where. The batting realies too heavely on Tamim and Shakib to score big runs. Nafees needs to step up, he is so talented his average should be double what it is in tests. Its hard to make a call on Ashraful, his career stats are aweful, but in this match he played really well. Kayes, Siddique, kapali etc are not test standard. Kayes has been scoring in ODI's for some reason he cant do it in tests. If kayes goes, nafees can open and Shuvagoto Hom can come into the team in middle order. The pace attack needs a revamp, they are too slow and lack accuracy, swing or any way of forcing wickets.

  • Ramesh_Joseph on August 9, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I am a bit confused here..Bangladesh has not played a test for 14 months, Zimbabwe has has not played one for 72 months (6 years) and yet Bangladesh is underprepared. It is a simple fact that Bangladesh doesnt have the temperament for Test Cricket. What they need to do is to ask for teams from other Test playing countries to send their 'A' team or Emerging players and maybe play a few 4 day matches..plus have a good quality domestic tournament with 3 day and 4 day matches. It will not make sense for them to play too many test matches till they ge used to the longer format.

  • Ronsars on August 9, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Well Shakib shouldn't show favourism towards his two buddies who are definetly not talented enough to make it to team...And why on earth is Mahmudullah batting such lower down the order & not given more overs to ball?And Mr.Tamim its high time your bat did the talking right from the day BD arrived he is the one who is over-confident.....All said & done it was a brilliant comeback by Zim & complete team-effort

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 9, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    LACK OF PREPARATION OR LACK OF TALENTS??..@Dashgar.. You stated that BD are struggling in Test because they didn't play enough Test Cricket..What a joke?? ZIM returned to Test format after long time..ZIM is the team who has not got enough chances to play Test. And how do you say BD is struggling only in Test??? Bangladesh is struggling in Test, ODIs & T20. They are not capable of playing any format. BD is the worse team we have ever seen. This is nothing about LACK OF PREPARATION..This is almost lack of talents of BD. Even Ireland, Netherlands, Canada are also far better than BD. ZIM won because of their remarkable talents & Skills.ZIM is totally a better team than BD in all formats of Cricket. ICC must take an action against Test status of weak BD team. Giving Test status to teams like BD destroys real cricket. ICC have to cancel Test status of BD & should concern another country. There are so many teams who are far better than BD. BD fans.. we don't need silly excuses..

  • on August 9, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Hahaha. Before the match Bd's skipper called themselves favorites. Real poor performance by bangladeshis.

  • CricketAnna on August 9, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Both the teams are Good. Definitely they can not be marked as Minnows. The level of game they showed are much above recent West Indies and Newzealand regular standard. In my opinion the standard of this particular test in terms of competetiveness was much above Trentbridge Test match between England and India. Both these teams need to be encouraged by GLOBAL CRICKET fans for the benefit of TEST matches. Honestly speaking I never expected the endurence of TEST match can be focused so prominently by these 2 countries.

    Now regarding who is better among these 2 - answer could have swang in favour of any side as both are equally balanced but still I shall go for Zimbabwe for being absence in World Test Cricket for 6 years and coming back with such Gala Performence.

    Congratulation Zimbabwe and Best of Luck Bangladesh for next ODIs.

  • Jaggadaaku on August 9, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    SAKIB'S DECISION TO KEEP M ASHRAFUL WAS TOO BAD. I MEAN LOOK AT ASHRAFUL'S BATTING AVERAGE. YOU CANNOT CALL HIM A BOWLER EITHER. TAMIM IQBAL PLAYS GOOD AGAINST THE MODERATE TO STRONGER TEAM LIKE INDIA, SRI LANKA, PAKISTAN ETC. BUT ALWAYS GET FAIL AGAINST MINNOWS. IMRUL KAYES ALREADY PROVED HE IS THE WORSE OPENER, BUT SILL IN THE NATIONAL TEAM. THE ALROUNDER-MAHMADULLAH CARRIES THE BETTER BATTING AVERAGES THAN IMRUL. ALL TEAMS WAS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE COMING IN THEIR WAY TO THE TOP AND THE TOP TEAM(INDIA) GOING TO THEIR WAY TO THE BOTTOM.

  • on August 9, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Mr. Law!!!! What will be your future? Job Satisfaction? Job Security? Because you leave SLC for your Job security.

  • DarindaUK on August 9, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    It looks like we're all having a good bashing at each other. I'm a Bangladeshi fan and truly believe that it was an insult to Bangldesh by Tamim stating Zim as Ordinary. I think we all agree that BD players need to learn how to respect opponent and not talking ill about any team. They definately brought shame on all the Bangladeshi, not by losing the game, but by making those comments and the way the batsmen batted, so, so poorly, such as Shakib. You Tigers made us feel very low. I hope you learn some manners and then learn to play properly by putting up a decent performance on the field and not by mouthing off others.

  • on August 9, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    I am saddened to say this but unfortunately Bangladesh were bought into test cricket too early, the ICC should have regulations that a team can only be bought into test cricket once its proved they have a solid domestic structure.

    Problems in batting and mentality come down to a poor standard of first-class cricket, if Bangladesh can't turn around their fortunes in tests until the next year I am unfortunate to say that they should be suspended from playing test cricket until it can be proved that they can play.

  • anver777 on August 9, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Its not only lack of preparations, i think BD was a bit over confidence before the test started & now i believe Zim are the "Favorites" not BD as Shakib quoted before the series !!!!! Marvelous come back by Zim to test arena !!!!!

  • sammy0811 on August 9, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @Dashgar, please take a note of this: Bangladesh has lost this test match to a side which is returning to test cricket after almost 6 years. So that means Bangladesh who havent played any test match since last 14 months were at a better position that them. I think its really high time that ICC should review the test status of Bangladesh.

  • on August 9, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    time to shut overconfident Bangladesh players outs of Test cricket. Not for lack of preparation, or lack of talent for that matter but solely for lack of respect for the opposition, such an ordinary team with hardly any noticeable results or players to boast of and yet their players have the guts to declare their opposition 'ordinary'. I hope they would have learnt their lesson now, otherwise I hope the ICC shuts Bangladesh out of test cricket for a very long time and teach them good sportsman spirit and how to respect the opposition before they let them in again.

  • on August 9, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Lack of preparation for sure. Good article. We missed Shadat and Masrafe. Well no big deal at the end of the day, Bangladesh will surely win the one days. Well played Zim !

  • reyme on August 9, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    So next time ZIM loses to BD, what will Bangladesh bashers say? Oh its okay, that was just another match? To all those poeple cant stand BD Test Status, listen clearly, last time when ZIM went to BD, they actually ended up losing the Test Series.

  • Dashgar on August 9, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    All this talk of taking away Bangladesh's test status is nonsense. The reason Bangladesh struggle in tests is because they don't play enough of it. They hadn't played a test for 12 months before this. That isn't good enough. Bangladesh will never develop if they don't get to play consistent test cricket. People call for them to be taken out of the test arena, but they are hardly in the test arena!

  • satanswish on August 9, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    LACK OF PREPARATION OR LACK OF CALIBER TO PLAY TEST CRICKET????

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 9, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    @dragonsmax: OVER CONFIDENCE OF WHAT!!???????

  • Mushtanda on August 9, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Zimbabwe is just coming out of a Test match exile, but it's Bangladesh that lacked preparation? LOL

  • Me_A_Gemini on August 9, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Lack of Preparation...What a joke...Zim had shown their talent before and they have done it again. BD certainly taking advantage of supporting BCCI and keeping their unjustified test status.

  • RandyOZ on August 9, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket is not only tredding water but starting to sink. Lack of performance overseas is, as usual, an issue for sub-continent. There comes a point when you can no longer ride off the highs of the odd one day win against test playing nations. On the other hand, well done to Zimbabwe. We do not want to go too early here, but it appears as though proper preparation and player/management/grass roots systems have been put in place, and although it has taken a few years, is starting to yield some results. Lets hope the fans get behind them now and hence keep the money coming in to keep these systems afloat.

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    3 steps fwd then 2 or 3 steps back. That's the Banga story! SHOULD of won the match, but they were beaten by a side who played the better TEST cricket. I will be surprised if Zim win the 1 dayers, but knowing the Bangas it wouldn't be a shock! Oz, Saffas, Kiwis & Indians are playing an emerging cricketers comp at the moment, the last emerging XI from the Bangas I've seen played in Sth Africa. What were the Bangas ding whilst Zim were playing against 2nd XI teams last month???? -- -- -- As I said at the time, the approach that the Zimmers used in the A games last month was excellant. Whilst they ultimately lost, & their scoring rates were generally on the slow side, (suggesting negativity), the fact was it was good basics, putting a price on your wicket. Something that surprisingly - only Ashraful seemed to do. -- -- -- The Bangas need to sort their mix out. I think Mahmudullah is a good allrounder, yet he hardly bowls despite batting @ #7, AND Shakib @ #8?? Need to get sorted!

  • dragonsmax on August 9, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Honestly, Bangladesh should only blame their lack of talent and overconfidence. Its been more than 10 years since they got their test status, still they talk childish and play brain less cricket. they should restricted from Test status, Ireland is far more stronger than the Bangladesh...

  • dragonsmax on August 9, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Honestly, Bangladesh should only blame their lack of talent and overconfidence. Its been more than 10 years since they got their test status, still they talk childish and play brain less cricket. they should restricted from Test status, Ireland is far more stronger than the Bangladesh.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 9, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Hmmm yet another team hiding under the "lack of prep" excuse after a MASSIVE defeat. The errors in batting that Bang have committed are NOT NEW. They've had quite a while to correct them. It is up to them to mature and be willing to change their approach. Just the way Tamim flashed at everything before he got set shows that he wasn't willing to yield a bit, just a bit. Even Sehwag knows when to start off a little calmly before unleashing. Besides are conditions in Bang that much different in Zim? Zim showed better application and patience and that is why I think they did better in test than in ODI's where they are forced to attack for longer periods. In a game of attack, I think Bang batting is better than Zim but in a game of patience, Zim proved they are better based on this match. Their fast bowlers seem much more penetrative than Bangladesh's as well.

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on August 8, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    i think bangladesh need to bring back aftab ahmed ,alok kapali,shadat hossain,saed rasel,and mushrafe mortaza...............

  • on August 8, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    No more excuses, Bangladesh had a wrecked world cup, and a mediocre test record. They could be worse than Zimbabwe in the long run.

  • Legaleagle on August 8, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Where is 'below-ordinary' Tamim? It has been proven time and again that Bangladesh do not belong in the test arena. Zimbabwe team in exile for more than 6 years, prepares well, and shows up to beat a test playing nation- Well done Zimbabwe! You deserve all the accolades. This is indeed a great achievement.

    Heights of incompetence is that Bangladesh has the nerve to make excuse about lack of practice? It is time for Bangladesh to start playing non test playing countries and come out of their below ordinary cricket mind set. Hopefully they will learn or else perish.

  • on August 8, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Honestly l don,t know why Bangladesh would want to hide under the banner or headline that reads LACK OF PREPARATIONS COST BANGLADESH when their captain had the enegy to judge Jarvis by even giving him a label ORDINARY PLAYER well l guess Jarvis had the last laugh at the end of the day,well done guys keep flying the flag high and show the rest of the world that you where not just sitted during your six years absent from the test series games

  • Saswatee on August 8, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    No I do not think so. Simple reason is that Zimbabwe played better than Bangladesh and won rightfully because they were deprived of 6 years and played with hunger and determination of a true TEST temparament. I am not comparing talents or experience but one can see how magnificiently Zim batsmen took the right shots to the right ball which they could use for run and balance just left or blocked. Their bowlers did the rest as Bangladesh players could not support the UNEXPECTED pressure from totally UNKNOWN TEST players.

    VIVA ZIMBABWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris_P on August 8, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Not lack of confidence, but lack of respect for the opposition. Statements like "We are favourites" "They are nothing special as bowlers" We will score these remaining runs easily" shows the reason why BD cricket will never progress past the mediocre standard they have set themserlves. Fact: Your current infrastructure is not set up for Test cricket success. Stick with your strengths (T20, ODI) and set up a program that will allow you to compete or leave Test cricktet to those who are serious about it. If you want an example, look at how Zimbabwe prepared, playing first class games against a strong Australian A team. THAT is how you prepare.

  • Ashique129 on August 8, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    I would like to congratulate Zimbabwe from the bottom of my heart for playing like true champions and winning against a clueless Bangladesh team. Lack of preparation? Yes, our team is always under-cooked for tests. Players play 5/6 1st class matches a year, national players miss most of them owing to national duties, and then there is a chronic lack of skill for sustaining for 5 days. This deficiency is in both batting and bowling. Missing Mashrafe is never an excuse as he is not in the test team for 3 years. Missing Shahadat is a point not strong enough as he is not the only capable bowler in the country. 2 people scored centuries from Zimbabwe in each innings which none from Bangladesh and that was the difference. If we do not go back to the basics to develop skills needed for tests, we could withdraw for the time being from this format and play 1-dayers and T20. Losing is never as horrible as this when you lose without a fight. Let's not play tests if we can't play it.

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Stuart Law should be cursing himself now, he is exposed now;he got a good name because of Sri Lankan players' brilliance that brought wins and honour.He is a good chap and feel sorry for him. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • JS82 on August 8, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi I am as upset as I can be for this performance. Besides that I am appalled by the arrogance of Sakib and Tamim. They need to learn how to be modest and show respect for others. That's a fundamental value that everyone should have. I have never heard greats like Sachin or Dravid calling out people as ordinary, they always let their on field performances do the talking. These are simple things Sakib & Tamim can pick up. They are the leaders of a very under performing team and their actions both on and off field have to be something that others can follow!

  • BravoBravo on August 8, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    It is kind of a repititive article, as we are reading a lot of this in currently underway series between ENG vs IND. In my opinion BD played like IND and ZIM played a la ENG team. There is no secret here, better team won comfortably.

  • DsaMasud on August 8, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    I totally agree with the report about the lack of preparation of the team.Shakib was playing T20 for IPL and played T20 for Worcs at county. Though there was scope for longer version but he skip those matches. When he came back from England he took leave instead going for practice with whole team. If he had to take rest then he should come earlier from England skipping the last match. Anyway hope they will do better in the one day matches.

  • on August 8, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Fact: Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe ONCE in last 10 years. How come then it is mentioned here Bangladesh have DOMINATED over Zimbabwe. How can Shakib claim, they are favourites! And for others and Tamim too, when you know your team had zero chance of winning then there is no pressure and as a results prospective players can play some shots without pressure because no one will blame them for losiung. However, if you think you can win then the pressure creates judgemental error and you lose your wicket, and that is why test cricket is so important it tests your batting acumen and mental strength.

  • SpartaArmy on August 8, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    I wud like to know what lack of preparation meant - lack of enuf quality players in the team? writer doesn't know what title to choose (leave alone the article)? Even India who are being bullied by England are showing the same reason. Its lack of quality in the lineup

  • kryon on August 8, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    No real swing bowlers,no leg/off spinner,no 140 km/hr bowler,no batsmen with 200+ runs in a single innings in the first class domestic tournament,no batsmen with 5000+ runs in domestic.no real good pitches in the country,no bouncy pitches in the country,no money for first class tournaments,no competition at all,no preparation for such an important test match=Bangladesh losing to Zimbabwe=No future for Bangladesh in test matches.

  • Praxis on August 8, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Poor captaincy, lack of intent, lack of discipline in seam bowling, wasting a batsman's spot by picking a spinner, poor attitude towards the game, overconfidence... so many things that made this BD team lose this match. Why the hell Tamim & Shakib talks so much to the media, when in fact this team is severely off balance? Maybe Bangladeshis will fight back & win the ODIs but they've lost the most important format already. We fans don't care about ODI or T20s. Zimbabweans with all these problems with their country manages to maintain a first class structure good enough & prepare for this test by playing against A teams, where BD did almost nothing for the past 14 months! You don't need to be too smart to understand the difference between the ZIM bowlers & the BD ones. I'm still shocked by Tamim's comment about Jarvis being 'ordinary'. Guess what, that ordinary bowler bowls far better than anyone in current BD lineup. Anyway, congratz to Zimbabwe for winning this comeback test match.

  • on August 8, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    The so called 'Favourites' got thrashed ... Loll time to send BD in exile now

  • AJawed on August 8, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    the way that the bangla team batted today made a mockery of their 'great ' player's statements yesterday. It seems that Bangaldesh team haven't learnt anything in all the years they have been playing test cricket. But as stated, the BCB and the ICC are to blame to a great extent as well.

  • Nightfox on August 8, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @Mahmud Hasan Tanvir: How many established batsmen scored 43 runs in any innings in this test match? Razzaq scored 54 runs off 37 balls and took 2 wickets in this match. i thinks our best batsmen were NOT much better than him. so if you are talking about a special batsman instead of him in the team then i guess he did more than his part as a batsman in this match. If you wanna talk then ask that why Robiul was in the team when Nazmul was in the squad. Nazmul got some experiences and he also bowls good on abroad for BCB academy team.If Mahmudullah bowls only 4 overs in the match and bats at no.7 then ask why is he in the team(even in ODIs)? remember the NZ whitwash and you will find that Nazmul & Shafiul was the 2 bowlers who gave us good start while Mash was injured. and u know what? Shakib was unhappy with the team as his friends Roqibul & Naeem Islam wasn't in the team. noticed his batting in the 2nd innings? that's the difference between him and Taylor. HATS OFF to the ZIMBOs.KUDOS

  • on August 8, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    BD was too much over confident and the players like Tamim Shakib were not looking so serious..i think they took ZIM lightly..Tamim shud not hv made tht comment..we now know who is Ordinary..How can u loose to a team who played TEST cricket after 6 years..it shows our cricket hasn't improved much..Players need patience, gud planning and mental temperment to survive in 5 days games..good luck for ODI..

  • GowharGeelani on August 8, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Through this magnificent win Zimbabwe have given one more proof of ICC's mishandling of cricketing affairs. This is a befitting reply. Well done, ZIMBABWE! Bangladesh shouldn't imitate Indians in offering excuses, the grace and elegance demands that one should accept the result and move on....By Gowhar Geelani

  • on August 8, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Excuses will kill our cricket. How can they take Abdur rajjak in pitch where there will be no turn? Bangladesh has shakib as full time spinner , beside Mahmudullah can bowl better as well. Everyone wanted batsman instead of 6. Even a kind of 6 year old can understand this. Shakib always wasting a place in the squad by taking an extra spinner. In ODI you can compensate that when others are performing but to be successful in TEST you need to maintain each and every unit of the team. Even Asharful can bowl good spin , Nasir hossain who got runs in the practice match could strengthen the batting line up and could be handy bowler as well.

    Shafiul does not know what kind of length is good for taking wickets in the test.

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    After most of Bangladeshis took offense on Sehwag's 'ordinary' labeling of our bowling attack, it was too immature of Tamim to do the same against Zimbabweans. Scoring two consecutive hundreds in England and then follow it by a 15 and 43 does not make you extra-ordinary. Like wise too much immaturity shown from the entire Bangladeshi set up. We all knew what was on stake in this match. The entire cricket world and fans can thrash us as a 'below ordinary' or 'Non-test match material' team. But we came here without a competitive preparation match. Why not play preparation game against South African A team or a Indian provincial ranji side? Zim did that and it helped them huge. If we lose the ODI series against ZIM then there would be more justified show. On the other hand great come back by Zimbabwe. Worthy winners.

  • premd7p on August 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan won the toss...but they elected to field...there itself they loss their batting hope ... shakib didn't perform well from world cup...

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    all in all i think that the team was not balanced...BD has a long tail with nearly no batting experience in a test match... although razzak played a relatively good innings of 43 i still think it would have been better if naseer played instead of either him or robiul....cause in a test match batting is more important...which has become more clear today....BD should have 2 seamers ... 2 genuine spinners....and 2 other player who can give the team some variety ... we need either a leg spinner or a medium fast bowler ... otherwise i dont see BD doing well in the future :(

  • Balumekka on August 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Lack of preparation?? Oh got it. BD team must have been watching this English season rather than doing net sessions!!!!

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  • Balumekka on August 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Lack of preparation?? Oh got it. BD team must have been watching this English season rather than doing net sessions!!!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    all in all i think that the team was not balanced...BD has a long tail with nearly no batting experience in a test match... although razzak played a relatively good innings of 43 i still think it would have been better if naseer played instead of either him or robiul....cause in a test match batting is more important...which has become more clear today....BD should have 2 seamers ... 2 genuine spinners....and 2 other player who can give the team some variety ... we need either a leg spinner or a medium fast bowler ... otherwise i dont see BD doing well in the future :(

  • premd7p on August 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan won the toss...but they elected to field...there itself they loss their batting hope ... shakib didn't perform well from world cup...

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    After most of Bangladeshis took offense on Sehwag's 'ordinary' labeling of our bowling attack, it was too immature of Tamim to do the same against Zimbabweans. Scoring two consecutive hundreds in England and then follow it by a 15 and 43 does not make you extra-ordinary. Like wise too much immaturity shown from the entire Bangladeshi set up. We all knew what was on stake in this match. The entire cricket world and fans can thrash us as a 'below ordinary' or 'Non-test match material' team. But we came here without a competitive preparation match. Why not play preparation game against South African A team or a Indian provincial ranji side? Zim did that and it helped them huge. If we lose the ODI series against ZIM then there would be more justified show. On the other hand great come back by Zimbabwe. Worthy winners.

  • on August 8, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Excuses will kill our cricket. How can they take Abdur rajjak in pitch where there will be no turn? Bangladesh has shakib as full time spinner , beside Mahmudullah can bowl better as well. Everyone wanted batsman instead of 6. Even a kind of 6 year old can understand this. Shakib always wasting a place in the squad by taking an extra spinner. In ODI you can compensate that when others are performing but to be successful in TEST you need to maintain each and every unit of the team. Even Asharful can bowl good spin , Nasir hossain who got runs in the practice match could strengthen the batting line up and could be handy bowler as well.

    Shafiul does not know what kind of length is good for taking wickets in the test.

  • GowharGeelani on August 8, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Through this magnificent win Zimbabwe have given one more proof of ICC's mishandling of cricketing affairs. This is a befitting reply. Well done, ZIMBABWE! Bangladesh shouldn't imitate Indians in offering excuses, the grace and elegance demands that one should accept the result and move on....By Gowhar Geelani

  • on August 8, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    BD was too much over confident and the players like Tamim Shakib were not looking so serious..i think they took ZIM lightly..Tamim shud not hv made tht comment..we now know who is Ordinary..How can u loose to a team who played TEST cricket after 6 years..it shows our cricket hasn't improved much..Players need patience, gud planning and mental temperment to survive in 5 days games..good luck for ODI..

  • Nightfox on August 8, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @Mahmud Hasan Tanvir: How many established batsmen scored 43 runs in any innings in this test match? Razzaq scored 54 runs off 37 balls and took 2 wickets in this match. i thinks our best batsmen were NOT much better than him. so if you are talking about a special batsman instead of him in the team then i guess he did more than his part as a batsman in this match. If you wanna talk then ask that why Robiul was in the team when Nazmul was in the squad. Nazmul got some experiences and he also bowls good on abroad for BCB academy team.If Mahmudullah bowls only 4 overs in the match and bats at no.7 then ask why is he in the team(even in ODIs)? remember the NZ whitwash and you will find that Nazmul & Shafiul was the 2 bowlers who gave us good start while Mash was injured. and u know what? Shakib was unhappy with the team as his friends Roqibul & Naeem Islam wasn't in the team. noticed his batting in the 2nd innings? that's the difference between him and Taylor. HATS OFF to the ZIMBOs.KUDOS

  • AJawed on August 8, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    the way that the bangla team batted today made a mockery of their 'great ' player's statements yesterday. It seems that Bangaldesh team haven't learnt anything in all the years they have been playing test cricket. But as stated, the BCB and the ICC are to blame to a great extent as well.

  • on August 8, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    The so called 'Favourites' got thrashed ... Loll time to send BD in exile now