Bangladesh news April 3, 2013

Zimbabwe tour a test of our progress, says Mushfiqur

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said that his side's progress can be measured by their performance in the forthcoming tour to Zimbabwe. This is the first time that Mushfiqur will lead the side against the lesser-ranked opposition and he stressed on the importance of the tour for the team.

"How far we have improved as a team can be determined in Zimbabwe," Mushfiqur said after Bangladesh arrived after their tour of Sri Lanka. "We are ready to take up the challenge. We don't have a good record in Harare where we lost the Test match in 2011. It is our duty to change the record, by taking forward the consistency that we have found in Sri Lanka."

Bangladesh play two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s in a month-long tour which starts on April 17. There will be a short camp ahead of the tour, although no practice matches have been scheduled so far. Bangladesh have never won a Test in Zimbabwe, losing four of the five matches played there. The defeat in Harare in 2011 cost Shakib Al Hasan his captaincy. Their ODI record is better with 12 wins in 27 matches played in Zimbabwe.

The team was given a warm welcome on their return to Dhaka - a reaction to the drawn Test in Galle and the 1-1 draw in the ODI series - and the results look significant given the number of players who have suffered injuries since February. Mushfiqur said the absence of key players spurred on those who were fit to play.

"We lost players at the start of the series and were told that we hardly have a chance of doing well, with a second-string side," he said. "We were keen to do well as a result. So we were doubly motivated."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • TheRisingTeam on April 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Although it will be difficult, Bangladesh really has no choice but to win all the test and one-day matches otherwise people especially the critics will still think we're on par with them and other weaker nations. The important fact is to not take them lightly again and if we are dead serious about this tour then Bangladesh should prevail so all in all its all about what kind of attitude our players take in to the Sub-Saharan. The Zimbabwean team is so vulnerable to spin and their recent series to the West Indies was evident of that so my advise to Bangladesh is for once play to your strengths because our pacers are hardly that effective anyway. Good luck to both teams!

  • britishcricketfan on April 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Shahadat Hossain must not be picked again!!!! BNG have mashrafe, rubel, shafiul, nazmul, abul, ziuar to pick from for pace bowlers. i think f.reza could be a decent opening bowler meanwhile may be taskin ahmed should be tried in t20 only.

    i think jahrul and tamim should open in tests, but anamul should open in ODI's instead of jahrul. mominul should continue in the team due to his ability to rotate strike. marshall and the returning nayeem should offer good options for test team.

    one issue to sort out though, who should be left out of test team at the expense of shakib (if fit)? i think maybe riyad cos his batting form has been poor while he hasnt picked up too many wickets either...

  • hasib9 on April 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Zim's weakness is spin, even on fast bowling tracks. They don't have Andy or Grant Flowers any more. I would like to see Razzak, Gazi, Shakib, & Musharraf in the test squad. Razzak has become a better bowler and has always been Zim's nightmare. I would like to see him return to test cricket and improve his figures. Nafees also has a great record against Zim so keep him for tests and ODIs. If Shafiul and Nazmul aren't fit, experiment with young fast bowlers. No more Abul, Rubel, Shahadat, or Jahurul; no matter if they are the best friends of the selectors. Jahurul's list a average is 21 after 65 innings. How many more innings does a player have to play to prove he is not international caliber?

  • The_Ashes on April 4, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to win this 2-0 and 3-0 because for some reason if Bangladesh win 3-0 away to Zimbabwe they only get 2 rating points whereas when West Indies beat Zimbabwe at home 3-0 they got more rating points despite being ranked higher than Bangladesh. This just proves how flawed and unjust the team rankings are in Cricket and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are 'always' meant to be in the bottom :)

  • on April 3, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Few thoughts: Nayem Islam should only be selected for TEST. His strike rate and stroke making is worse in ODIs and T20s.

    Razzak Deserves another chance in Test arena. He was the one of highest wicket taker in last premier league.

    Spin will be key against Zimbabwe series. But we need supports from quick bowlers. Shadat should be ruled out any format. so do Abul Hasan. First bowling coach is to be hired immediately. Better have Waqar or Aqib Javed as bowling coach!

    Best of luck Bangladesh

  • SarfBD on April 3, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    This is going to be very very tough tour and a real test of character. Whenever the odds are in Bangladesh's favor, the panic buttoned is switched on and Bangladesh seems to lose the plot. We have seen it thrice in last three series: Asia cup final, 1st home Test vs WI and 3rd ODI vs SL. Luckily, last time Bangladesh made it through. I hope seniors will show them the way. But unfortunately Mahmudullah is going through a lean patch, Shakib will miss the tour and Tamim and Mahrafe are not fit yet. If fit, Enamul jr. should play the Test series ahead of other left arm spinners. To be honest, we don't have quality seamers. So, selectors have very little to do here. I am not so sure that either Shafiul or Taskin could do better in place of Rubel or Hasan.

  • British_North_America on April 3, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Nazmul Hossen is the most effective bowler of Bangladesh.He should be an automatic choice if he is fit.

  • on April 3, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    BD selectors are doing awful job. Some players don't even qualify to make it to the national team. I think it is time to drop Shadat Hossain, Rubel Hussain, Abu Hasan. They hardly take wickets in a test cricket and are pretty expensinve in a ODI & T20. BD selectors must find fast bowlers who are doing well in a domestic cricket and can take wickets. In a test cricket, BD should pick Robiul and two more pace bowlers from domestic cricket. In ODI & T20 BD must stick with Masrafee & Shafiul. Also, not all players are good for every single format, pickiing a wrong player for wrong format has become habit of BD selectors. Cricketing talent should be given higher priority than experiences otherwise selectors will be making the same mistakes over and over.

  • Fogu on April 3, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    There is nothing easy about this tour AzAb12754. Zimbabwe will surely prepare a fast pitch where they are stronger than BD at this moment. BD has difficulty against fast bowling on a good fast pitch as evidenced by their history. BD has terrible fast bowlers at the moment. BD has everything to lose and not much to gain from this tour. If they win, they are exoected to, if they lose, all the momentum of the pst two years will be lost and critics will have a field day. I am hoping for a more disciplined batting and bowling from BD. Go Tigers!

  • amhagers on April 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    ... Furthermore poor tour planning is nothing new for BCB: 1. in Feb 2010 BD toured NZ without a single practice match: the condition in NZ is quite opposite and BD players have rare chance to play in these type of condition. Thanks for unsual resistance of BD batsmen to avoid greater humaliation. 2. Again in 2010 BD went for England test series in early summer (adverse cold condition even for a powerful subcontent team, while BD is still developing) in the middle they came back to June hot SL condition for Aisa Cup in, and then go back to ENG (thans God it's English summer!) for ODI series. Still they manage a win. Just consider temp and dryness change apart from travel distance. There are hundreds of such examples. May be enough for a professional team, but not for a team that is settling down and each of its failure is glass.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Although it will be difficult, Bangladesh really has no choice but to win all the test and one-day matches otherwise people especially the critics will still think we're on par with them and other weaker nations. The important fact is to not take them lightly again and if we are dead serious about this tour then Bangladesh should prevail so all in all its all about what kind of attitude our players take in to the Sub-Saharan. The Zimbabwean team is so vulnerable to spin and their recent series to the West Indies was evident of that so my advise to Bangladesh is for once play to your strengths because our pacers are hardly that effective anyway. Good luck to both teams!

  • britishcricketfan on April 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Shahadat Hossain must not be picked again!!!! BNG have mashrafe, rubel, shafiul, nazmul, abul, ziuar to pick from for pace bowlers. i think f.reza could be a decent opening bowler meanwhile may be taskin ahmed should be tried in t20 only.

    i think jahrul and tamim should open in tests, but anamul should open in ODI's instead of jahrul. mominul should continue in the team due to his ability to rotate strike. marshall and the returning nayeem should offer good options for test team.

    one issue to sort out though, who should be left out of test team at the expense of shakib (if fit)? i think maybe riyad cos his batting form has been poor while he hasnt picked up too many wickets either...

  • hasib9 on April 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Zim's weakness is spin, even on fast bowling tracks. They don't have Andy or Grant Flowers any more. I would like to see Razzak, Gazi, Shakib, & Musharraf in the test squad. Razzak has become a better bowler and has always been Zim's nightmare. I would like to see him return to test cricket and improve his figures. Nafees also has a great record against Zim so keep him for tests and ODIs. If Shafiul and Nazmul aren't fit, experiment with young fast bowlers. No more Abul, Rubel, Shahadat, or Jahurul; no matter if they are the best friends of the selectors. Jahurul's list a average is 21 after 65 innings. How many more innings does a player have to play to prove he is not international caliber?

  • The_Ashes on April 4, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to win this 2-0 and 3-0 because for some reason if Bangladesh win 3-0 away to Zimbabwe they only get 2 rating points whereas when West Indies beat Zimbabwe at home 3-0 they got more rating points despite being ranked higher than Bangladesh. This just proves how flawed and unjust the team rankings are in Cricket and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are 'always' meant to be in the bottom :)

  • on April 3, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Few thoughts: Nayem Islam should only be selected for TEST. His strike rate and stroke making is worse in ODIs and T20s.

    Razzak Deserves another chance in Test arena. He was the one of highest wicket taker in last premier league.

    Spin will be key against Zimbabwe series. But we need supports from quick bowlers. Shadat should be ruled out any format. so do Abul Hasan. First bowling coach is to be hired immediately. Better have Waqar or Aqib Javed as bowling coach!

    Best of luck Bangladesh

  • SarfBD on April 3, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    This is going to be very very tough tour and a real test of character. Whenever the odds are in Bangladesh's favor, the panic buttoned is switched on and Bangladesh seems to lose the plot. We have seen it thrice in last three series: Asia cup final, 1st home Test vs WI and 3rd ODI vs SL. Luckily, last time Bangladesh made it through. I hope seniors will show them the way. But unfortunately Mahmudullah is going through a lean patch, Shakib will miss the tour and Tamim and Mahrafe are not fit yet. If fit, Enamul jr. should play the Test series ahead of other left arm spinners. To be honest, we don't have quality seamers. So, selectors have very little to do here. I am not so sure that either Shafiul or Taskin could do better in place of Rubel or Hasan.

  • British_North_America on April 3, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Nazmul Hossen is the most effective bowler of Bangladesh.He should be an automatic choice if he is fit.

  • on April 3, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    BD selectors are doing awful job. Some players don't even qualify to make it to the national team. I think it is time to drop Shadat Hossain, Rubel Hussain, Abu Hasan. They hardly take wickets in a test cricket and are pretty expensinve in a ODI & T20. BD selectors must find fast bowlers who are doing well in a domestic cricket and can take wickets. In a test cricket, BD should pick Robiul and two more pace bowlers from domestic cricket. In ODI & T20 BD must stick with Masrafee & Shafiul. Also, not all players are good for every single format, pickiing a wrong player for wrong format has become habit of BD selectors. Cricketing talent should be given higher priority than experiences otherwise selectors will be making the same mistakes over and over.

  • Fogu on April 3, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    There is nothing easy about this tour AzAb12754. Zimbabwe will surely prepare a fast pitch where they are stronger than BD at this moment. BD has difficulty against fast bowling on a good fast pitch as evidenced by their history. BD has terrible fast bowlers at the moment. BD has everything to lose and not much to gain from this tour. If they win, they are exoected to, if they lose, all the momentum of the pst two years will be lost and critics will have a field day. I am hoping for a more disciplined batting and bowling from BD. Go Tigers!

  • amhagers on April 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    ... Furthermore poor tour planning is nothing new for BCB: 1. in Feb 2010 BD toured NZ without a single practice match: the condition in NZ is quite opposite and BD players have rare chance to play in these type of condition. Thanks for unsual resistance of BD batsmen to avoid greater humaliation. 2. Again in 2010 BD went for England test series in early summer (adverse cold condition even for a powerful subcontent team, while BD is still developing) in the middle they came back to June hot SL condition for Aisa Cup in, and then go back to ENG (thans God it's English summer!) for ODI series. Still they manage a win. Just consider temp and dryness change apart from travel distance. There are hundreds of such examples. May be enough for a professional team, but not for a team that is settling down and each of its failure is glass.

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 3, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Also its good to see Bangladesh playing their series games away because they will gain lots of experience, taste new conditions and if they can perform well away than at home it should be a lot lot easier. We should first compete teams around our level first than realistically you can start making your way up.

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    May be a series of 2 teams ranked right in the bottom but an important one where both teams especially Bangladesh have a lot to prove. The Test series will be the toughest for Bangladesh to gain a series victory but its not impossible just need to play your top game and hopefully it will come. I think this is Bangladesh best 15 man squad in order - Shahriar, Ashraful, Mominul, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Gazi, Abul, Enamul and Shafiul....reserves....Naeem, Rubel, Robiul and Marshall.

  • Nigels on April 3, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    we will see....i forsee a close match even though Zim hasnt played test Matches for a while....

  • Rafelgibt on April 3, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    My 14 man squad for the ZIM tour would be like- 1.Johurul 2. Ashraful 3.Shakib 4.Mahmudullah 5.Mushfiqur 6.Nasir 7.Marshall Ayub, 8.Enamul Jnr 9.Rubel Hossain 10.Robiul Islam 11. Shohag Gazi 12.Shahriar Nafees 13.Mominul 14.Shofiul. As Tamim is injured,Anamul got HSC exam so they are out of my team.If Shakib and Enamul Jnr both are injured then Naeem and Mosharrof Hossain must be replaced for them.By the way if any pace bowlers from my squad are injured then replaced them with whoever you like to to play.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 3, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Will be an interesting tour, Bangladesh cannot afford anything other than ODI,Test,T20 series wins. Anything less and they will still be compared to lower ranked teams. As Zimbabwe struggled against some of the easiest off spinners (.i.e samuels), it will be interesting if they can handle Gazi, Shakib (and i hope Enamul Jr). They have played against Shakib but that was before Shakib had Saqlain Mushtaq to work with. Also if Abul fails then hope he doesnt play for a long time until he performs better with ball (he has talent with bat) My order: Nafees, Ash (because Tamims not here), Marshall, Nasir, Shakib, Mushi, Mahmadullah, Gazi, Abul/Enamul (depends on wicket), Robiul, Rubel.

  • Zillurcc on April 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Few days back I said about the poor pace attack of BD team. Unfortunately BCCB is not working on to find out good pace bowlers. No pace hunting ground, no pace bowling coach, no pacer hunt mission. With this attack how they can do good in Zimbabwe? What about taking some new bowlers? I'm sure many of them will do better.

  • The_Ashes on April 3, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Zimbabwe pitches are sort of similar to South Africa so it will be a good experience for Bangladesh and for sure Zimbabwe must have prepared greener pitches otherwise Bangladesh will be too strong if on slow low wickets but nevertheless I have a funny feeling this will be tough for Bangladesh especially the test series where we don't have a good record even against Zimbabwe.

  • AzAb12754 on April 3, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Provided our players take this seriously this should be an easy tour for Bangladesh as the gap between Bangladesh and the rest of the weak teams is increasing considerably. Zimbabwe got heavily thrashed in their last 2 series in New Zealand and West Indies and are showing no signs of improvement whereas Bangladesh in the last few year especially the past year have beaten teams like and won some series against New Zealand, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Ireland (according to fans and experts better than Bangladesh). Also their last 2 test series Bangladesh performed well by their standards not losing either of them by an innings, drawing one and posting 2 high test scores whereas Zimbabwe thrashed by huge innings so the difference is clear and outright.

    This is my 11 for this tour:- Shahriar, Marshall, Ashraful, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Abul, Shafiul and Enamul.

  • Praxis on April 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Need to see the list of probable squad, after that prediction can be given. BD don't have decent quicks who may pick up wickets regularly, but good batting performances would ensure a drawn series at least.

  • Rafelgibt on April 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @ZCF_Outkast on (April 3, 2013, 7:37 GMT) Good to see that you think and feel too much (I really dont know why).But Im sure it would be a very competitive series.Doesnt matter who will be the winner but certainly CRICKET is going to win.See you in HARARE..Roar Tigers Roar>>>

  • Meety on April 3, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I am going for Bangladesh, but am really worried about their chances IF they don't have any practise matches. They need TWO, preferably 3. Zimbabwe conditions can be a heck of a lot different to Bangladesh & the Banga players are light on experience. Their last tour of Bangladesh was an embarrassment, so they will desperately want to chage things here. On form, they did well against WI a year ago, whereas Zim were smashed by Zim, then SL had a reasonably good tour of SL. I expect Bangladesh to win 2nil, although Zimbabwe probably have the two best players on either side in Taylor & Jarvis, the rest are hit & miss.

  • on April 3, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    well done folks! Go ahead and trash ZIM......

  • ZCFOutkast on April 3, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Right thinking Mushfiqur. The said your seam attack is too weak to pose a threat and in the process compensate for the spinners in conditions which won't favour them. In that predictable sense you have not made progress and will fail because of that.

    Perhaps if you had sent them to the HPC in South Africa to spend time with Ntini ahead of the tour instead of feeding them to Dilshan & Sanga in dead wickets, then you would have progress to look forward to.

    As it stands you have to work on curbing the overconfidence of some of your players(Tamim, Nasir), and your own mentality. I have a feeling you'll be defensive and that'll infect the rest of your team.

    Unless Mangongo is stupid enough to pick Cremer&Waller, I don't see you winning a single Test.

    I have a feeling Hamilton Masakadza will find a lot of form against you. Mpofu & Chigumbura should be back to give you a tough time again. Other youngsters (Maruma, Mutumbami & Mushangwe) will be looking to make Vitori like starts as well.

  • ZCFOutkast on April 3, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Right thinking Mushfiqur. The said your seam attack is too weak to pose a threat and in the process compensate for the spinners in conditions which won't favour them. In that predictable sense you have not made progress and will fail because of that.

    Perhaps if you had sent them to the HPC in South Africa to spend time with Ntini ahead of the tour instead of feeding them to Dilshan & Sanga in dead wickets, then you would have progress to look forward to.

    As it stands you have to work on curbing the overconfidence of some of your players(Tamim, Nasir), and your own mentality. I have a feeling you'll be defensive and that'll infect the rest of your team.

    Unless Mangongo is stupid enough to pick Cremer&Waller, I don't see you winning a single Test.

    I have a feeling Hamilton Masakadza will find a lot of form against you. Mpofu & Chigumbura should be back to give you a tough time again. Other youngsters (Maruma, Mutumbami & Mushangwe) will be looking to make Vitori like starts as well.

  • on April 3, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    well done folks! Go ahead and trash ZIM......

  • Meety on April 3, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I am going for Bangladesh, but am really worried about their chances IF they don't have any practise matches. They need TWO, preferably 3. Zimbabwe conditions can be a heck of a lot different to Bangladesh & the Banga players are light on experience. Their last tour of Bangladesh was an embarrassment, so they will desperately want to chage things here. On form, they did well against WI a year ago, whereas Zim were smashed by Zim, then SL had a reasonably good tour of SL. I expect Bangladesh to win 2nil, although Zimbabwe probably have the two best players on either side in Taylor & Jarvis, the rest are hit & miss.

  • Rafelgibt on April 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @ZCF_Outkast on (April 3, 2013, 7:37 GMT) Good to see that you think and feel too much (I really dont know why).But Im sure it would be a very competitive series.Doesnt matter who will be the winner but certainly CRICKET is going to win.See you in HARARE..Roar Tigers Roar>>>

  • Praxis on April 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Need to see the list of probable squad, after that prediction can be given. BD don't have decent quicks who may pick up wickets regularly, but good batting performances would ensure a drawn series at least.

  • AzAb12754 on April 3, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Provided our players take this seriously this should be an easy tour for Bangladesh as the gap between Bangladesh and the rest of the weak teams is increasing considerably. Zimbabwe got heavily thrashed in their last 2 series in New Zealand and West Indies and are showing no signs of improvement whereas Bangladesh in the last few year especially the past year have beaten teams like and won some series against New Zealand, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Ireland (according to fans and experts better than Bangladesh). Also their last 2 test series Bangladesh performed well by their standards not losing either of them by an innings, drawing one and posting 2 high test scores whereas Zimbabwe thrashed by huge innings so the difference is clear and outright.

    This is my 11 for this tour:- Shahriar, Marshall, Ashraful, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Abul, Shafiul and Enamul.

  • The_Ashes on April 3, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Zimbabwe pitches are sort of similar to South Africa so it will be a good experience for Bangladesh and for sure Zimbabwe must have prepared greener pitches otherwise Bangladesh will be too strong if on slow low wickets but nevertheless I have a funny feeling this will be tough for Bangladesh especially the test series where we don't have a good record even against Zimbabwe.

  • Zillurcc on April 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Few days back I said about the poor pace attack of BD team. Unfortunately BCCB is not working on to find out good pace bowlers. No pace hunting ground, no pace bowling coach, no pacer hunt mission. With this attack how they can do good in Zimbabwe? What about taking some new bowlers? I'm sure many of them will do better.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 3, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Will be an interesting tour, Bangladesh cannot afford anything other than ODI,Test,T20 series wins. Anything less and they will still be compared to lower ranked teams. As Zimbabwe struggled against some of the easiest off spinners (.i.e samuels), it will be interesting if they can handle Gazi, Shakib (and i hope Enamul Jr). They have played against Shakib but that was before Shakib had Saqlain Mushtaq to work with. Also if Abul fails then hope he doesnt play for a long time until he performs better with ball (he has talent with bat) My order: Nafees, Ash (because Tamims not here), Marshall, Nasir, Shakib, Mushi, Mahmadullah, Gazi, Abul/Enamul (depends on wicket), Robiul, Rubel.

  • Rafelgibt on April 3, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    My 14 man squad for the ZIM tour would be like- 1.Johurul 2. Ashraful 3.Shakib 4.Mahmudullah 5.Mushfiqur 6.Nasir 7.Marshall Ayub, 8.Enamul Jnr 9.Rubel Hossain 10.Robiul Islam 11. Shohag Gazi 12.Shahriar Nafees 13.Mominul 14.Shofiul. As Tamim is injured,Anamul got HSC exam so they are out of my team.If Shakib and Enamul Jnr both are injured then Naeem and Mosharrof Hossain must be replaced for them.By the way if any pace bowlers from my squad are injured then replaced them with whoever you like to to play.