Zimbabwe news April 17, 2012

Confusion over Bangladesh's Zimbabwe tour dates

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Bangladesh's proposed tour of Zimbabwe in August has been delayed by the relaying of pitches in Harare and Bulawayo, but there's confusion over the length of the delay.

Zimbabwe Cricket wanted to postpone the tour to October but the Bangladesh Cricket Board is against playing at that time because it would clash with the domestic season and the staging of the newly formed National Cricket League.

"They (Zimbabwe) have informed us that neither of their grounds is prepared so it won't be possible in August," Enayet Hossain Siraj, the BCB's chairman of the cricket operations committee, told the Dhaka paper Daily Star. "They proposed a tour in October but it won't be possible because we will have our domestic season at the time. So we agree to hold it in April 2013."

However, Zimbabwe are yet to confirm if the series will indeed take place next year.

"We have requested (the BCB) that the series be moved to October from August," Ozias Bvute, ZC's managing director, told ESPNcricinfo. "This is because we want to work on our wickets and squares in Harare and Bulawayo; they have been very flat over the last few years so we want to make them livelier. We were supposed to do this work earlier but because South Africa are visiting for five T20s in June, we can only do it later."

Bangladesh were scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 during the tour. In the coming months, they will tour Europe to play Ireland in a four-day game, three one-dayers and two Twenty20 games. There is also a possibility of matches against Netherlands and Scotland during the tour.

Their immediate tour is to Pakistan, for an ODI and Twenty20 later this month. With less than two weeks left for the first game on April 29, the team hasn't started training yet, though its been a hastily arranged tour. The more pressing matter, however, is whether Bangladesh will be given a schedule to train. Siraj said the committee is waiting for the ICC's assessment report. "We have discussed the issue but we will wait for the ICC to let the board know about the progress," he said.

Meanwhile, the BCB has been invited to send a team to Trinidad & Tobago for a tournament commemorating the island's Independence Day in August. The winners will get $20,000 and the organisers will bear all expenses. A BCB XI could be sent, it was learned.

(Additional reporting by Firdose Moonda)

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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

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  • grahaam on April 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    I agree and maybe Zim should explore that route , however I think that for some reason Zim are trying to avoid test cricket , and will lose more young talent because of this , with Ireland, Namibia and Afgan playing lots and improving , I can Zim soon being replaced and their status down graded to ICC championship level ....

  • on April 20, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Maybe Zim should go and play in Bangladesh and in Pakistan instead whilst the pitches are being improved. Would provide some decent experience and exposure and they need it after the New Zealand disaster. Can't always play at home, boring.

  • grahaam on April 19, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Does anyone else feel there is something not right with this situation? I t just does not add up that Zim who are supposedly desperate for test cricket schedule there pith development this way....things do not add up...

  • Lord_Dravid on April 18, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    i wonder who will watch this series..hmmmm.

  • on April 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    like yr comment murale they shld be call cats not tiger . tiger word dont suits dis team

  • Sarfin on April 18, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Invite them here in August. Send the Tigers to Zim in April 2013. Is it possible? Mirpur and Chittagong are ready. Both these teams need more Tests

  • Dashgar on April 18, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Terrible, T20 cricket getting in the way of Test cricket. Can't the T20 games be moved to different venues or that tour be delayed?

  • asiacricket1234 on April 18, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Why they Ask Zim to tour us and we tour them later some time. Both of this team need to play more matches specially tests. In October BD want to host some tournament which will include 2 other teams may be thats why they dont wanna tour Zim during that time

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 18, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    No wonder to see BCB wanna tour April 2013. When Law was appointed as BD coach , his team failed to win only Test match & lost ODI series at 2-3 margin. So they won't send their team there as it'll b again their 1st tour after new coach after Law. They believed that lack of understanding between Coach & Team was the reason behind that tour. Later cricketers adjusted with Law & they performed well against WI & in Asia Cup. Most time BD team got a set back with the appointment of a new coach. So they don't wanna visit there with new Head Coach. And they will visit there 8 months later when they'll have develop their relations with new coach after playing few home series against WI, Ind, SL.

  • murale on April 18, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    I wonder why they call Bangladesh Cricket Team as Tigers.....should be cats

  • grahaam on April 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    I agree and maybe Zim should explore that route , however I think that for some reason Zim are trying to avoid test cricket , and will lose more young talent because of this , with Ireland, Namibia and Afgan playing lots and improving , I can Zim soon being replaced and their status down graded to ICC championship level ....

  • on April 20, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Maybe Zim should go and play in Bangladesh and in Pakistan instead whilst the pitches are being improved. Would provide some decent experience and exposure and they need it after the New Zealand disaster. Can't always play at home, boring.

  • grahaam on April 19, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Does anyone else feel there is something not right with this situation? I t just does not add up that Zim who are supposedly desperate for test cricket schedule there pith development this way....things do not add up...

  • Lord_Dravid on April 18, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    i wonder who will watch this series..hmmmm.

  • on April 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    like yr comment murale they shld be call cats not tiger . tiger word dont suits dis team

  • Sarfin on April 18, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Invite them here in August. Send the Tigers to Zim in April 2013. Is it possible? Mirpur and Chittagong are ready. Both these teams need more Tests

  • Dashgar on April 18, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Terrible, T20 cricket getting in the way of Test cricket. Can't the T20 games be moved to different venues or that tour be delayed?

  • asiacricket1234 on April 18, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Why they Ask Zim to tour us and we tour them later some time. Both of this team need to play more matches specially tests. In October BD want to host some tournament which will include 2 other teams may be thats why they dont wanna tour Zim during that time

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 18, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    No wonder to see BCB wanna tour April 2013. When Law was appointed as BD coach , his team failed to win only Test match & lost ODI series at 2-3 margin. So they won't send their team there as it'll b again their 1st tour after new coach after Law. They believed that lack of understanding between Coach & Team was the reason behind that tour. Later cricketers adjusted with Law & they performed well against WI & in Asia Cup. Most time BD team got a set back with the appointment of a new coach. So they don't wanna visit there with new Head Coach. And they will visit there 8 months later when they'll have develop their relations with new coach after playing few home series against WI, Ind, SL.

  • murale on April 18, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    I wonder why they call Bangladesh Cricket Team as Tigers.....should be cats

  • on April 18, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - Bangladesh and India are planning a test series this year in India. Hopefully we will have Ban touring first time to India for the real form of cricket.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on April 17, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Now This is Ridiculous...Tamim Iqbal already said they need more tests to improve but they r not getting it....just look at this now the next Test Series Bangladesh will play in December 2012 Which is after 7 and Half months From now...that also means they will b playing only 2 Tests this year...So how can u Expect Good performance ...BD need at least 6 Tests Per Year which didnt happen for the last 10 Years n Not happening now as well!!

  • on April 17, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    I really have no understanding of why ICC would not have Bangladesh play more tests, or even more any games against top ranked nation. I just only feel its because of the pressure from certain boards and/or they feel it wont be profitable for their "Business". This long FTP has no meaning to me, as it shows all the big teams are playing so much with each other, that its becoming pretty boring. While teams like Bangladesh gets hardly any test matches. Ultimately, some teams are playing international cricket almost everyday and and some teams are plying once in a while.

  • on April 17, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Bangladesh is never gonna tour to pakistan..never gonna happen

  • on April 17, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Bangladesh can host Zimbabwe.bangladesh wont tour up coming months..so zimbabwe can play here this time.. i don see any problem.. come on BCB.. think about it"

  • on April 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    This is actually ridiculous, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are two teams that hardly play any Cricket when they really should but it doesn't look like that they will play much in 2012 anyway as compared to the Australians, South Africans, Indians etc. Mind you Bangladesh were suppose to play a Test Series in Zimbabwe but because its now cancelled it doesn't look like they will be playing any Tests at all in 2012 so something is definitely wrong. These things need to be sorted out otherwise Cricket will just lose interest and will fall behind the other major sports such as Football, Rugby and Tennis. According to the FTP, the West Indies are suppose to play Bangladesh late in 2012 but don't tell me they're actually going to cancel that or something because if that Series does not happen then it will mean Bangladesh would have gone through 2012 without having played a Test which is not good at all especially for a Cricket nation who are looking to develop and improve.

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  • on April 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    This is actually ridiculous, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are two teams that hardly play any Cricket when they really should but it doesn't look like that they will play much in 2012 anyway as compared to the Australians, South Africans, Indians etc. Mind you Bangladesh were suppose to play a Test Series in Zimbabwe but because its now cancelled it doesn't look like they will be playing any Tests at all in 2012 so something is definitely wrong. These things need to be sorted out otherwise Cricket will just lose interest and will fall behind the other major sports such as Football, Rugby and Tennis. According to the FTP, the West Indies are suppose to play Bangladesh late in 2012 but don't tell me they're actually going to cancel that or something because if that Series does not happen then it will mean Bangladesh would have gone through 2012 without having played a Test which is not good at all especially for a Cricket nation who are looking to develop and improve.

  • on April 17, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Bangladesh can host Zimbabwe.bangladesh wont tour up coming months..so zimbabwe can play here this time.. i don see any problem.. come on BCB.. think about it"

  • on April 17, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Bangladesh is never gonna tour to pakistan..never gonna happen

  • on April 17, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    I really have no understanding of why ICC would not have Bangladesh play more tests, or even more any games against top ranked nation. I just only feel its because of the pressure from certain boards and/or they feel it wont be profitable for their "Business". This long FTP has no meaning to me, as it shows all the big teams are playing so much with each other, that its becoming pretty boring. While teams like Bangladesh gets hardly any test matches. Ultimately, some teams are playing international cricket almost everyday and and some teams are plying once in a while.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on April 17, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Now This is Ridiculous...Tamim Iqbal already said they need more tests to improve but they r not getting it....just look at this now the next Test Series Bangladesh will play in December 2012 Which is after 7 and Half months From now...that also means they will b playing only 2 Tests this year...So how can u Expect Good performance ...BD need at least 6 Tests Per Year which didnt happen for the last 10 Years n Not happening now as well!!

  • on April 18, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - Bangladesh and India are planning a test series this year in India. Hopefully we will have Ban touring first time to India for the real form of cricket.

  • murale on April 18, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    I wonder why they call Bangladesh Cricket Team as Tigers.....should be cats

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 18, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    No wonder to see BCB wanna tour April 2013. When Law was appointed as BD coach , his team failed to win only Test match & lost ODI series at 2-3 margin. So they won't send their team there as it'll b again their 1st tour after new coach after Law. They believed that lack of understanding between Coach & Team was the reason behind that tour. Later cricketers adjusted with Law & they performed well against WI & in Asia Cup. Most time BD team got a set back with the appointment of a new coach. So they don't wanna visit there with new Head Coach. And they will visit there 8 months later when they'll have develop their relations with new coach after playing few home series against WI, Ind, SL.

  • asiacricket1234 on April 18, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Why they Ask Zim to tour us and we tour them later some time. Both of this team need to play more matches specially tests. In October BD want to host some tournament which will include 2 other teams may be thats why they dont wanna tour Zim during that time

  • Dashgar on April 18, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Terrible, T20 cricket getting in the way of Test cricket. Can't the T20 games be moved to different venues or that tour be delayed?