Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare August 16, 2011

Poor catching, 'silly' mistakes cost us - Law

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Stuart Law, the Bangladesh coach, has put his team's five-run defeat down to poor catching and some "silly mistakes" at the wrong time. Bangladesh's batsmen put up a fight in the chase but despite a fighting maiden century from Mushfiqur Rahim fell five runs short of Zimbabwe's 250 to concede an unassailable 0-3 lead.

"I still can't get out the head the four catches we dropped today, that probably cost us," Law said after the game. Mushfiqur received support from Tamim Iqbal, who was run out, while Shakib Al Hasan, debutant Shuvagoto Hom and Mahmudullah each got starts and looked good to get Bangladesh on track only for Zimbabwe to deliver timely strikes. From 229 for 5, Bangladesh collapsed to 245 all out. Mushfiqur was the last batsman to be dismissed, holing out to long-on in the final over with six needed, after having reached his century off the previous delivery.

"You can't blame him. He's played one of the best innings of his career. It's just a shame that a guy who plays an innings like that ends up in the losing team," Law said. "He's absolutely distraught in the dressing room. If some of the batsmen who got out before him did things differently, it would've been a different story."

While giving Zimbabwe credit for their win, Law said they had better preparation ahead of the series. "Zimbabwe have had fantastic preparation; they played tough cricket against Australia A and South Africa A, leading into the series," he said. "Our preparation probably wasn't ideal with monsoon at home. We played games against our Academy, probably not the sternest test before we come here and play a team that has played tough cricket."

While Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher was aiming for a 5-0 sweep, Law was intent on preventing it. "I don't think we need to lift the team anymore. We are well up for the game today, we fielded well in the first 20 overs. Lot of hustle, noise, encouragement. Some great stops. Even though the series is gone, there's pride at stake."

It's been a poor tour for Bangladesh so far; they also lost the one-off Test at the same venue, the Harare Sports Club. The next two ODIs will be played in Bulawayo. "We tried hard today. We had plans that we stuck to. It was looking pretty good at some stage but we came out the wrong side. We put up a good fight. Once again, credit to Zimbabwe. They showed how to bat.

"It would be nice to get out of Harare to erase some bad memories of our cricket here."

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  • hasib9 on August 18, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Nafees for either Kayes or Siddique would be a good choice for the 4th ODI. Also, let Shuvagot bowl a few overs.

  • Bokwe on August 18, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Zim also disappointed with their missed run outs. I think BD is not entirely a bead team, these guys simple struggle with confidence

  • mrgupta on August 18, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    @Saifur Rahman: Ok, so because BD lost badly to the lowest ranked team in the world then everyone would also loose. Before the series you were so confident of the BD win as Zim had not played any test in years, still it was BD which was under prepared. Bangladesh has done nothing other than odd victories to prove that they belong here. Just check the total percentage of matches Won by BD and compare that to any team in last 5 years you will get your answer. As far as India goes, its their first series loss in more than 3 years (Home or Away), as far a BD goes, they couldn't even defeat the lowest Rank team in either Test or ODI.

  • Midonoff on August 17, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    @chandau a full strength West Indies team could beat any of the your so called top tier team at any given day. It's just that in the past they have problems with the board and disceplinary issues hence why they couldn't string a couple of good results together. Even a full strenth Newzealand team can beat any of the top tier teams you mentioned on any given day. I think ICC cannot consider this format as it will not justify who is better than who. I think a test championship will be better.

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    @ Chandau....Save ur breath....u said to make test competitive there should be 2 tier, I do agree with you but if only India play in 2nd tier with BD,ZIm, and other team you mentioned. Do you think India competing in England? Make me laugh. See, how they lost to Englan, can you tell me what is the highest score so far they made? Even Bd played much better than India and scored more centuries and competitive scores. Check b4 u say anything. This Indian current team will lost to Zim 3-0 in test and 5-0 in ODI.

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    It was a bad series in total.Cammon guys We can still make it 3-2 and hope for the best in the next one.India lost to England 3-0.that was only due to lack of preparation.Sachin,Dravid and these guys are world class players.The same thing happened to Bangladesh though they are not in the same leauge as India they aren't bad either.Lack of preparation cost them the serious.Respect to Zimbabwe for beating us both in TEST and ODI.If we don't believe in our team,no way in hell will they ever win a series.They are the best we have ,the same guys that made us proud before and inshallah we will start winning again.No point hating on them,that won't take us anywhere.And Shakib is an amazing captain and the best cricketer we have in this country.Please don't hate on him.good luck Bangladesh!!

  • chapathishot on August 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @ Nayem Ahmed : I dont think India is better than England as a test team because India is having better batsmen But in test cricket the other two disciplines Bowling and filelding are most Important.England have the bowling and fielding and especially the bowling all rounders .Only chink is their batting in turning conditions and effectiveness of the bowlers in sub continent. Bangladesh were either late or early in gaining test status.Because when some really classy and good cricketers like bulbull,Minazul,Athar and Akram were at the end of their career they were given test status ,I dont know how much test cricket these players played.If some of them played with youngsters for a good period the story should have been far better. In one day cricket bangladesh can compete with any team and if the selectors and the fans keep faith this team can perform consistently.And Hom looks like a good player

  • on August 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I still blame it all on Mushfiq...Bd needs 6 runs from 5 balls..he could have easily taken some 2's from those deliveries and take the risk in last 2 balls....I am sorry say even though BD team dropped some catches and played bad shots while batting they have been given chances to recover from above...they just could not take full advantage from it.

  • poderdubdubdub on August 17, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    I am afraid its all too familiar story from Bangladesh. They always come up with various reasons for losing everything. How long have they been a FULL member of ICC now? Seeing the level of Bangladesh cricket, its hard to justify denying the full membership of ICC to countries like Ireland.

  • DarindaUK on August 17, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Bangladesh needed 22 runs with 5 Wickets in hand, every chance for them to WIN this game, but Nasir, Shafiul and Rubel, all can hit and bat. Shafiul won the game against England, while most of the people were leaving the stadium in WC. How can they let the TEAM down, specialy a series decider. Tamim should play his usual game and that is HIT or Miss. That's his strength. He can't play a cautious game, it's not him. BD played well and hope the tail ender can fire in future or atleast learn from Zim.

  • hasib9 on August 18, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Nafees for either Kayes or Siddique would be a good choice for the 4th ODI. Also, let Shuvagot bowl a few overs.

  • Bokwe on August 18, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Zim also disappointed with their missed run outs. I think BD is not entirely a bead team, these guys simple struggle with confidence

  • mrgupta on August 18, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    @Saifur Rahman: Ok, so because BD lost badly to the lowest ranked team in the world then everyone would also loose. Before the series you were so confident of the BD win as Zim had not played any test in years, still it was BD which was under prepared. Bangladesh has done nothing other than odd victories to prove that they belong here. Just check the total percentage of matches Won by BD and compare that to any team in last 5 years you will get your answer. As far as India goes, its their first series loss in more than 3 years (Home or Away), as far a BD goes, they couldn't even defeat the lowest Rank team in either Test or ODI.

  • Midonoff on August 17, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    @chandau a full strength West Indies team could beat any of the your so called top tier team at any given day. It's just that in the past they have problems with the board and disceplinary issues hence why they couldn't string a couple of good results together. Even a full strenth Newzealand team can beat any of the top tier teams you mentioned on any given day. I think ICC cannot consider this format as it will not justify who is better than who. I think a test championship will be better.

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    @ Chandau....Save ur breath....u said to make test competitive there should be 2 tier, I do agree with you but if only India play in 2nd tier with BD,ZIm, and other team you mentioned. Do you think India competing in England? Make me laugh. See, how they lost to Englan, can you tell me what is the highest score so far they made? Even Bd played much better than India and scored more centuries and competitive scores. Check b4 u say anything. This Indian current team will lost to Zim 3-0 in test and 5-0 in ODI.

  • on August 17, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    It was a bad series in total.Cammon guys We can still make it 3-2 and hope for the best in the next one.India lost to England 3-0.that was only due to lack of preparation.Sachin,Dravid and these guys are world class players.The same thing happened to Bangladesh though they are not in the same leauge as India they aren't bad either.Lack of preparation cost them the serious.Respect to Zimbabwe for beating us both in TEST and ODI.If we don't believe in our team,no way in hell will they ever win a series.They are the best we have ,the same guys that made us proud before and inshallah we will start winning again.No point hating on them,that won't take us anywhere.And Shakib is an amazing captain and the best cricketer we have in this country.Please don't hate on him.good luck Bangladesh!!

  • chapathishot on August 17, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @ Nayem Ahmed : I dont think India is better than England as a test team because India is having better batsmen But in test cricket the other two disciplines Bowling and filelding are most Important.England have the bowling and fielding and especially the bowling all rounders .Only chink is their batting in turning conditions and effectiveness of the bowlers in sub continent. Bangladesh were either late or early in gaining test status.Because when some really classy and good cricketers like bulbull,Minazul,Athar and Akram were at the end of their career they were given test status ,I dont know how much test cricket these players played.If some of them played with youngsters for a good period the story should have been far better. In one day cricket bangladesh can compete with any team and if the selectors and the fans keep faith this team can perform consistently.And Hom looks like a good player

  • on August 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I still blame it all on Mushfiq...Bd needs 6 runs from 5 balls..he could have easily taken some 2's from those deliveries and take the risk in last 2 balls....I am sorry say even though BD team dropped some catches and played bad shots while batting they have been given chances to recover from above...they just could not take full advantage from it.

  • poderdubdubdub on August 17, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    I am afraid its all too familiar story from Bangladesh. They always come up with various reasons for losing everything. How long have they been a FULL member of ICC now? Seeing the level of Bangladesh cricket, its hard to justify denying the full membership of ICC to countries like Ireland.

  • DarindaUK on August 17, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Bangladesh needed 22 runs with 5 Wickets in hand, every chance for them to WIN this game, but Nasir, Shafiul and Rubel, all can hit and bat. Shafiul won the game against England, while most of the people were leaving the stadium in WC. How can they let the TEAM down, specialy a series decider. Tamim should play his usual game and that is HIT or Miss. That's his strength. He can't play a cautious game, it's not him. BD played well and hope the tail ender can fire in future or atleast learn from Zim.

  • Herath-UK on August 17, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Well Stuart this is new ground for you unlike your stint with Sri Lanka.I advise you to make a long list of 'excuses' now itself so they will come very very handy as the time goes on and on! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 17, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Law's said 4 catches cost them? But was there any Good batting display except Mushfiq & Shuvagotoo? Mushfiq played outstandingly but rest done a poor job with bat, bowl & in fielding. Actually Zim were on top comparing BD's performance except Mushfiq. It seemed like Mushfiq Vs Zim instead of BD vs Zim. A lot of non-Bangladeshi r criticizing them rudely. But as a Bangladeshi I think it's not their fault. It's fault of BD players to give them room to criticism harshly. BCB must develop domestic structure & improve practice facilities. They also must prepare some fast & bouncy pitch to prepare cricketers for Europe , Pacific & African tours. If they don't do that, then ICC should suspend BD from Test club.

  • on August 17, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Every team has passed through dilemma, Its gonna a bad time for Bangladesh & its not means that Zim & a other underdog team is better than BD. Its a struggle period of BD & soon BD will wake up with roar. Such a example India has passed through dilemma & I think India is better than Eng team. bt they couldnt prve themselves. So what do u say that India is not capable to play test?????

  • omario on August 17, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    229 for 5 to 245 all out. Wickets dropping in meek surrender like nine pins.Losers find every which way to lose.

  • Nduru on August 17, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    It always amazes me when people talk of giving test status to Netherlands and Kenya, even in a so-called 'second tier' test competition. Kenya have gone much further backward than any other team in the last decade, and their one day team is pretty bad these days. Netherlands is made up of a group of first class professionals from all over the world (mainly Australia and SA) but have no genuine cricket culture to sustain a test side. Still their ODI team could only win one match at the World Cup (their success was due to a South African). One good ODI run does not mean a team can play test cricket competitively! I do think Ireland should be given a chance as they have improved in their first class structures recently. They are lucky in that most of their players play county cricket - so get good first class experience there. I think there should be a second tier consisting of Zim, Bangla, Ireland and one or two of the weakest current test sides.

  • on August 17, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @All: Look boys, BD team is not so bad as we thinking. I can bet u that Bangladesh can beat Zimbabwe 4-1 in upcoming series in their home ground. At abroad, they r not so good for fast pitch. bt its high time for BD team to do well in other conditions. The main problem of BD team is their mind setup. They loose those 1st two game for their poor mind setup like India. coz Indians didn't take the test series lightly & they r paying for it now. BD team also made the same mistake. @Abhay8157: plz don't bet on BD team. coz they r gonna show some good performance after the series as well as India will do it too, i hope.

  • on August 17, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Bangladesh may not able in ICC regular teams BD should be in Associates like NED,SCO,AFG etc.

  • chandau on August 17, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Both teams should be in the second tier. Zimbabwe once had a good team with Flower brothers, Murray... Alistair.., Neil.., Streak...Pommie, et al. They were competitive with most top tier teams. Now its a different scene. Even West Indies are poor performers now. Maybe the ICC should have a 2 tier structure with England, Australia, South Africa, India, Sri LAnka, Pakistan in one lot and NEw Zealand, West undies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, NEtherlands, Kenya in the second lot. At least then the matches will be a little close like this series and the tight annual schedule may be relaxed a little :)

  • on August 17, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    I think Bangla Desh Team should be asked to play against Ireland Scotland and Holland and better team should be given test status.It is a mockery of test cricket.I think Ireland Team is much much better than BD and should be upgraded to replace BD in test status.This is high time ICC should look into it.

  • abhay8157 on August 17, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair are you kidding... Bangladesh dont deserve to be in the top 10.. Lets wait for the 2015 world cup when the last 4 will be chosen on ability .. i bet Bangladesh will not feature in the category...In fact let Afghanistan play with Bangladesh and i am sure they will make a mockery of Bangladesh as well... @James Morley ... i think Shewag once said that they are a bad test team... to take that a bit further i think they are a team who wins a game out of a 100 games .. Aahh... for the averages we play ...

  • on August 17, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Bangladesh's cricket is going BACKWARD. It has been way TOO long of a wait - still NO improvement. Imrul kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah even Ashraful along with most of the players in the team DON'T belong in this level. As a Bangladeshi I am ashamed of the teams achievements in the last decade- 1 step fwd & 2 steps back.

  • Masking_Tape on August 17, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    also to add one more thing to my earlier comment. I think Rahim should never open or bat at 3. We have tried that before and he isn't very good at number 3. Number 4 is just perfect

  • on August 17, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    My ideal Bangladeshi team when everyone is fit would be: 01.Tamim Iqbal. 02.Shuvagoto Hom. 03.Imrul Kayes/Junaid Siddique. 04.Mushfiqur Rahim. 05.Rakibul Hasan. 06.Shakib Al Hasan. 07.Mahmudullah Riad/Abdur Razzak. 08.Mashrafe Mortaza. 09.Shafiul Islam/Nazmul Hossain. 10.Rubel Hossain. 11.Shahadat Hossain.

  • on August 17, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Brilliant century by Mushfiqur Rahim and deserved better.I thought he played to his honest ability and played every shot to it's merit as should all batsmen.The way he paced the run chase under pressure was superb and with a bit of more composure from other Bangladeshi batsmen would have won.Credit also to Hom,I am sure he will be one for the future.Tamim Iqbal is an exceptional player and can be a destructive player to the opposition,but he can also be destructive to his own team by not being a team player and destructive to himself by sometimes being arrogant which leads to complacency.If he corrects himself he would be one of the top players in the world.Bangladeshi bowling was good because they had a game plan,but the fielding and catching needs to vastly improve.Kayes and Siddique techniques are good,but lack of concentration lets them down.Stuart Law is a good honest coach and the team will greatly benefit from him.How about Bangladesh employing Dominic Cork as a bowling coach.

  • RandyOZ on August 17, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair, MAY not be the ebst team? That's understating it isn't it. It's time for Bangladeshis to start turning 'potential' into class players, that's the only way they are going to start winning. Well done Zimbabwe, I hope we have a competitive test team in the making here.

  • bagh_mama on August 16, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    @Saifur Rahman: Can you tell me how many runs Aftab scored this season? and which team he played for? Or Alok Kapali? I am really annoyed with Bangladesh teams performance, just like you. But please talk some sense.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 16, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @James Morley: Be quiet. Bangladesh may not be the best team in the world. But they're a step above the associates and world cricket needs more Test teams.

  • Legaleagle on August 16, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    I fail to understand Bangladesh's significance in world cricket. They should be removed from cricket playing nations. Well done Zimbabwe!!!

  • ygkd on August 16, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Should give Taibu a wrap too. Encouraging to see you can still have an international match featuring two quality keeper/bats.

  • moulud on August 16, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    If Ashraful gets 170+ chances then give at-least 10 chances to Alok Kapali and see how things change . Stupid BD cricket board.

  • ygkd on August 16, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    Bangladesh should cherish Rahim. He is a gem in the making, a far better keeper than most in international cricket and he has certainly shown he can bat. Have to agree with Masking_Tape - Rahim should be promoted up the order for his strike rotation skills alone. Number six or seven in limited overs seems a strange place for a solid player like him.

  • on August 16, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Its time to rethink if Sakib is an ideal captain for BD team or it should be given to some one else. He is technically ignoring the seniors who can easily take his place as a captain. It would be too late to wait for Mashrafee to get ready to take the captaincy. How come he dropped Ash,Nafees and Razzak in that match as that match was the biggest match of the series to make the series alive. He should drop Riad and Imrul as Junaid and Hom can cover them both. Silly selection. Bring back Alok and Aftab atleast for ODI and T20, as they are capable of winning a match single hand. 1.Tamim,2.Nafees,3.Musfik,4.Ash,5.Aftab/Alok,6.Sakib,7.Riad/Naeem, 8.Masha/Nazmul, 9.Safiul,10.Rubel,11.Razzak/Saqlain/Musharrof.

  • on August 16, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Why is Bangladesh in the top grade of world cricket? They have shown time and again that they are just terrible and after 10+ years, they have not improved one little bit. All they do is give opposition to improve there averages.

  • Masking_Tape on August 16, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    I have been DYING to see Musfiqure Rahim bat at number 4! With Jamie Siddons gone, finally we are seeing some flexibility in the order. But I hope there is not too much experiment.

    MR belongs at number4! not at low down the order. It's not rocket science. All you have to do is look at his stats, and he avg good at 4! You can't play Ashraful the horror, or Roqibul the mega-drama horror at 4! Rahim knows how to rotate the strikes and play positively like he did too day. He is not a "come in late and slog" kind of player. You don't how frustrated we were seeing at 6-7 over and over again and see him fail big time. Ashraful should bat at 7, if he REALLY has to be in the team, ever again...

  • shafiqo on August 16, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Well done Mushfiq. Hard luck Bangladesh. Mushfiq used to be the BD under19 team captain in the world cup where Shakib also played in the same team. Wonder why he was taken out from the vice captaincy of the national team. If Shakib gets into attitude problem with senior players & selectors in future, Mushfiq will probably be a sound choice for that position. He gets along with everybody. Shakib will not mind playing under him & the team spirit will be safe guarded.

  • Stos on August 16, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    To be fair, Zimbabwe missed a fair few run out opportunities as well, and with a less incisive bowling attack would probably not have had much success. It was good captaincy for Taylor to save that final onslaught of pace bowlers to the end, and hence force Rahim to keep the strike and hit out, something which may work for a while, but ultimately is a risk capable of getting rid of even a settled batsman. A good match all in all, though. I'm not sure if Bangladesh are improving, since this is a pitch which favours teams batting second, but if they do it can't be a bad thing for world cricket.

  • Nduru on August 16, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Hard luck Bangladesh, you guys deserved to win and keep the series alive. I felt sorry for Mushfikur that his brilliant century did not count. Being a Zim fan, I was happy that we won, but if Bangla had won, they would have probably deserved it more. Just glad Rahim was given man of the match.

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  • Nduru on August 16, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Hard luck Bangladesh, you guys deserved to win and keep the series alive. I felt sorry for Mushfikur that his brilliant century did not count. Being a Zim fan, I was happy that we won, but if Bangla had won, they would have probably deserved it more. Just glad Rahim was given man of the match.

  • Stos on August 16, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    To be fair, Zimbabwe missed a fair few run out opportunities as well, and with a less incisive bowling attack would probably not have had much success. It was good captaincy for Taylor to save that final onslaught of pace bowlers to the end, and hence force Rahim to keep the strike and hit out, something which may work for a while, but ultimately is a risk capable of getting rid of even a settled batsman. A good match all in all, though. I'm not sure if Bangladesh are improving, since this is a pitch which favours teams batting second, but if they do it can't be a bad thing for world cricket.

  • shafiqo on August 16, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Well done Mushfiq. Hard luck Bangladesh. Mushfiq used to be the BD under19 team captain in the world cup where Shakib also played in the same team. Wonder why he was taken out from the vice captaincy of the national team. If Shakib gets into attitude problem with senior players & selectors in future, Mushfiq will probably be a sound choice for that position. He gets along with everybody. Shakib will not mind playing under him & the team spirit will be safe guarded.

  • Masking_Tape on August 16, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    I have been DYING to see Musfiqure Rahim bat at number 4! With Jamie Siddons gone, finally we are seeing some flexibility in the order. But I hope there is not too much experiment.

    MR belongs at number4! not at low down the order. It's not rocket science. All you have to do is look at his stats, and he avg good at 4! You can't play Ashraful the horror, or Roqibul the mega-drama horror at 4! Rahim knows how to rotate the strikes and play positively like he did too day. He is not a "come in late and slog" kind of player. You don't how frustrated we were seeing at 6-7 over and over again and see him fail big time. Ashraful should bat at 7, if he REALLY has to be in the team, ever again...

  • on August 16, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Why is Bangladesh in the top grade of world cricket? They have shown time and again that they are just terrible and after 10+ years, they have not improved one little bit. All they do is give opposition to improve there averages.

  • on August 16, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Its time to rethink if Sakib is an ideal captain for BD team or it should be given to some one else. He is technically ignoring the seniors who can easily take his place as a captain. It would be too late to wait for Mashrafee to get ready to take the captaincy. How come he dropped Ash,Nafees and Razzak in that match as that match was the biggest match of the series to make the series alive. He should drop Riad and Imrul as Junaid and Hom can cover them both. Silly selection. Bring back Alok and Aftab atleast for ODI and T20, as they are capable of winning a match single hand. 1.Tamim,2.Nafees,3.Musfik,4.Ash,5.Aftab/Alok,6.Sakib,7.Riad/Naeem, 8.Masha/Nazmul, 9.Safiul,10.Rubel,11.Razzak/Saqlain/Musharrof.

  • ygkd on August 16, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    Bangladesh should cherish Rahim. He is a gem in the making, a far better keeper than most in international cricket and he has certainly shown he can bat. Have to agree with Masking_Tape - Rahim should be promoted up the order for his strike rotation skills alone. Number six or seven in limited overs seems a strange place for a solid player like him.

  • moulud on August 16, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    If Ashraful gets 170+ chances then give at-least 10 chances to Alok Kapali and see how things change . Stupid BD cricket board.

  • ygkd on August 16, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Should give Taibu a wrap too. Encouraging to see you can still have an international match featuring two quality keeper/bats.

  • Legaleagle on August 16, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    I fail to understand Bangladesh's significance in world cricket. They should be removed from cricket playing nations. Well done Zimbabwe!!!