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Opinion: The self combustion of Bangladesh…..

I saw the first 20 overs of the Bangladesh innings against West indies the other day. Then I went to sleep, and it seems the players also went to sleep after that.

But the first 20 overs were phenomenal for the Bangladeshis. Aftab Ahmed, call him what you will, but he did take the WI bowling apart. One of his sixes was a dropped catch, but the second was not, and neither was the one which he deliberately hit a six over the keepers head. Nafees was much less vigilante, but when he hit them they went like rockets as well……….

The point is that Bangladesh are crickets version of what Poland is in soccer…… passion flying high with followers thinking that today will be their day, and then the team falling meekly in the game to give an expected result. To me, there is nothing wrong with that….. they are improving…. and when your team is pitched to be a possible champion of the U19 World Cup, obviously nobody should say that you DONT have the talent……..

What they need is a bit of a mental assessment. I think the defeatest mentality has gotten to their heads. They just dont believe that they can win…… Additionally, they need to stop putting in these 19 year old guys and expecting them to show the goods…….. Saqibul Hassan needs to be groomed a bit, and perhaps needs to be brought into the team when the seniors are a bit more confident….. there have been a lot of Bangladeshi players who have done well at U19 level, and then failed to make their mark on the national side…… a stronger U19 performer should be expected to add to the metal of the team, he should not be expected to single handedly start winning them games against WI, Sri or Aus.

Also, unlike many people, I dont think that Ashraful needs to be dropped. Ashraful can sometimes play shots that even the most established of Aussies cannot play. He doesnt have a brain, but he definitely has the natural ability which is quite good. Him opening also seems to be a decent move. Somehow I dont think the bangladeshi selectors are going to listen to this, and they are likely to put the guy more and more under pressure.

Bangladesh should try as much as they can to play with the following team:


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  1. Nishadh Rego
    October 13, 2006 at 12:26 am

    I think we all have a tendency to frown on things when they aren’t working. By this I’m not only talking about Ashraful. I don’t hear anyone complaining about Rasel, Shadahat, Aftab, and Nafees who are all 19 – 21. I don’t know much about Reza and Saqibul Hasan, but Farhad Reza especially has come up with some good performances, and that must be rewarded. India gambled with Pathan and well..the rest is history. Apart from the fact that they might want to try out exciting new youngsters, the only way they are going to have a larger, more experienced, quality base of players is by improving their domestic system, which at the moment, UAE might be able to win!

  2. Bruce Gaskell
    October 13, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Like I am sure many of us, I take an interest in Bangladesh as an associate nation that has made the jump… but following them is just too painful. I feel like maybe ignoring them for 2 years and then coming back and being pleasantly surprised. You expect their batting to be ordinary, but they achieve the odd par score, they just can’t seem to put on pressure with the ball.

    At least the ICC is not ignoring this one developing team though. Whatever Bangladeshi fans say their future tours programme is decent considering results.

  3. October 13, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Bangaldesh never dominated the associate scene……. they just won a solitary tournament in 1997, and the ICC jumped on them…….. looking at it one way it made sense, it is difficult to ignore a country of 150 mil people who are cricket crazy…… but the ICC has received a lot of flak due to Bangladesh, which I think is their own fault for pushing Bangladesh too much into the scene ……. giving Bangladesh about 6 tests in the year is about right, coupled with around 15 ODIs……. and they should try to give them as much as possible at home…… thats exactly what they have done for them for the next 6 years……..

    But, I cannot help but think that Bangladesh senior team was not the right team to be elevated to test status…. the Kenyan team was…… but Bangladesh had the depth, the age level players, the cricket crazy fan following, and at least the domestic infrastructure……. Kenya had none of that….. ICC did give the second best senior team at the time the elevation, and they did suffer because of that….. but things are working in the right direction at the momment………

    What I am saying is that if Kenya had been elevated to test status in 2000 instead of Bangladesh, they would have had Tikolo, Suji, Odumbe, Odoyo, Shah, Modi, Otieno and Obuya in their ranks at the prime of their career and perhaps they would have given a less painful account of themselves than what Bangladesh has achieved in this time …… however in 2006 there would have been a major problem with Kenya test team (I know that I have kept some other variables as static in this argument and that is not the best thing to do)…….

    But Kenya has subsequetly been ‘lost’….. a regular calender, a performing team during the 1996-2006 period would have increased fan following, playing numbers, brought in a lot of money, improved almost everything (and maybe even kept Odumbe out of match fixing :)) …… It doesnt look like the current team will be able to do that…….

    Similarly, Netherlands was perhaps ‘lost’ between the 1986-1996 period, and Denmark in the 1976-1986 period………. so at least the ICC is consistent …….

  4. Ram
    October 13, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    Well…the ICC’s mismanagement of the game goes as far back as the early twentieth century when they restricted the game to “Commonwealth” countries, thereby preventing the growth of the game in promising countries like USA, Canada, Italy and Argentina, who all had national teams of FC standard…

    About the lack of games for the Associates mentioned, I can atleast accept the case of Netherlands and Denmark in the 1970s and 80s, when the ICC barely had any money to think about the game’s development…But, I just don’t understand how Kenya were ignored post-1996 especially considering the fact that the development program is in place since 1997….What more, the ICC doesn’t seem to’ve realized its mistakes….looks as though it will be Hellas for the 2006-2016 period…

    If I’m right, when Bangladesh got Test status, they barely had any formal domestic structure in place…What swayed the ICC’s decision in their favor was the passion for the game there, not to mention their facilities…With the benefit of hindsight, I feel if Kenya had been given Test status then, cricket would’ve been a healthier sport now….Kenya would’ve been in much better shape now while Bangladesh would still be striving for Test status…It’s not as if Bangladeshis wouldn’t have been following cricket now….But then, that’s the benefit of hindsight……

  5. October 13, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Well…… Ram….. I cant agree with that given Kenya’s situation at the momment…….. you can give the argument that the extra money etc would have taken Kenya much higher than what it is today…… but thats all ‘would have’….. you never know, they could have gone the Zim way , and we may have been discussing Kenya instead of Zim today…… at least Bangaldesh had the passion to keep the management in check in that country………..

    The only thing that I am sure about is that Kenya in 1996 HAD a better team than Bangladesh, and even had a better team till 2003…….. and quite a lot better……….. but they didnt have the depth or the age levels, or even the following…… in hindsight actually, ICCs decision seems to be correct………….

  6. Ram
    October 14, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t know how you can directly correlate Zim with Kenya…External factors provided the thrust for Zim’s decline unlike in the case of Kenya…I don’t think the KCA could’ve indulged in such financial mismanagement had it become a Full member of the ICC…I must also say that for the kind of passion/ playing numbers/ facilities they’ve and the quantity of cricket they’ve played over the last 6 years against quality opposition, I don’t think Bangladesh can justify their current standing in World cricket…The cricketing standards in Zim (in the late 80s-90s), Sco, Ire, Neth (at present) were/are in no way inferior to the current Bangladesh DESPITE having so many obvious shortcomings/constraints…

  7. October 14, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    The cricketing standards in Sco, Ire, Neth (at present) are in no way inferior to the current Bangladesh

    Ram, thats a very bold statement……

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