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Opinion: Scotland’s Bangladesh tour

First things first. As expected, the tour is getting a decent publicity in the Scottish press, much more than what the European championships got. As far as Bangladesh is concerned, the fact that these are full ODIs, has pushed Bangladesh to play their full team. The only player missing is Khaled Masud, who is probably being rested to give young Mushfiqur Rehman a go. The rest of the Bangladesh team is the same as the one that just beat Zimbabwe 5-0.

The publicity in Bangladesh is also quite decent, although, one can argue that since there is not enough demand for live television coverage, like there was in the Ken-Bangladesh series, its not as high as one would have liked. But this is the start of a process and it all depends upon how well Scotland does before a demand for such games would overtake that from the Zimbabwe or Kenya series.

One thing I think is pretty bad. There are only 2 games in the ODI series. Scotland travel all the way to Bangladesh, the concerned authorities should have at least set up a series of 3 games. I guess it was a matter of demand and cost.

While a Scottish win would open up all sorts of interesting possibilities (Bang whitewashing Zim at home, and stronger than Ken outright), it looks like it is highly unlikely. 2 things are likely to cause a Scottish downfall. First being match fitness (Scotland have been training indoors for the last 6 weeks or so while Bangladesh have been playing ODIs !), and the second being the sub continent conditions; Scotland being more attuned to the British Isles conditions, and having no experience in slow low turning pitches.

But for Scotland, I think if they manage to push Bangladesh harder than Zim, or Ken, it would be an achievement. What would have really made it interesting would have been a return tour in English conditions !. But no sign of anything like that so far; since Bangladesh is free in the summer, it would not be a bad idea.

So far this is what has happenned. Both Kenya and Zimbabwe got whitewashed by Bangladesh IN Bangladesh. Both were very similar tours, with the visitors in each case putting up a bit of a fight in the final game. Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh 3-2 IN Zimbabwe, but not so well for Kenya, who got whitewashed by Bangladesh at home as well. The one series between Kenya and Zimbabwe ended up being a 2-2 draw, but Kenya would perhaps need to be given a bit of credit for that given that the series was in Zimbabwe. However, one has to take into account that it was AFTER the WI tour that Zimbabwe really started to regroup and show some signs of life. So another Kenya-Zimbabwe series should be in the offing, and this time in Kenya, to see what happens. I think the rustiness of the Kenyan team should be gone now, and one can see the correct comparison between the 2 African teams.

While some suggest, and it is correct, that it would also make for good Cricket if Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands would play Zimbabwe. The problem with that is a political one, in which these countries dont WANT to have sporting relations with Zimbabwe under the current regime. I am not sure about Holland, but it is true of the other 2. This is a pity, as it would have put some pressure on Zim to perform and improve, and on their administration to get their act together for the benefit of the game in that country, instead of being in this funny sort of a gaurantee that the ICC would HAVE to bend backwards to accomodate them no matter what they do since they are ‘permanent’ members of the ICC.

Further links to Scotland/Bangladesh series buildup:

Scotland Skipper hopes to win both ODIs
http://www.financialexpress-bd.com/index3.asp?cnd=12/13/2006&section_id=25&newsid=46554&spcl=no 

Blain sets sights on Bangldesh
http://sport.scotsman.com/cricket.cfm?id=1833082006

Press building up series while shooting us down
http://www.theherald.co.uk/76480.shtml

Scots want to make a mark
http://www.thedailystar.net/2006/12/12/d61212040128.htm

Scots promise better show against Tigers
http://www.financialexpress-bd.com/index3.asp?cnd=12/12/2006§ion_id=25&newsid=46465&spcl=no

Adaptable Scots can beat Bangaldesh
http://www.theherald.co.uk/76426.shtml

Mashud rested for Scotland ODIs
http://usa.cricinfo.com/bdeshvscot/content/story/272139.html

Ambitious Scots in Wright frame of mind
http://www.theherald.co.uk/76305.shtml

Hamilton spins full circle to face Bangladesh again
http://sport.scotsman.com/cricket.cfm?id=1829832006

Rogers the surprise package for Bangladesh party
http://sport.scotsman.com/cricket.cfm?id=1829262006

Resurgent Watts ready to power up Scotland
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2094-2496671,00.html

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  1. December 14, 2006 at 1:56 am

    Well, there only seems to be bits and pieces information around, but it looks like in today’s match between the BCB Academy and Scotland, the academy has batted first and made 253/6 in their alloted 50 overs. Scotland are going to try and chase it down.

    Not many known players in the Academy team, as most of the A team players are ….. well ….. resting after the Zimbabwe game ………. so Scotland are probably going to find the going tough against the full Bangladesh team tommorrow………

  2. December 14, 2006 at 5:10 am

    and the latest news is that scotland has just lost the match by 33 runs…..

  3. December 14, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    scotland 59/5 in 15 overs in the first ODI against Bangladesh…….

    comments?

  4. Efaz
    December 15, 2006 at 2:32 am

    BD academy team captain commented that Scots don’t have any strike bowler and never posed any threat against his batsmen. Oh boy, associate countries have a loooong way to go.

  5. December 15, 2006 at 6:58 am

    Scotland ended up with a total of 153, with Bangladesh managing to make that in 30 overs. Though Bangladesh lost 4 wickets, they were essentially token ones, as the game had already been won after a 92 run second wicket partnership.

    Efaz…. regarding not having a strike bowler, the conditions matter a lot. In English conditions (or European conditions if you would put it like that) Paul Hoffman is is a very difficult bowler to play for full county sides containing some world class batsmen. Even Pakistan’s Inzi, Malik etc had problems against Hoffman IN Scotland. Both Dougie Brown and Blain are also quite good in home conditions.

    Scotland’s bowling, apart from perhaps Lyons, was ok in this game. Their batting fell short by about a 100 runs. I guess you cant do much if 4 of your top batsmen end up making second ball ducks! Losing to Bangladesh was expected, but they did so in a very meak manner, that was not expected

  6. Efaz
    December 15, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Whatever you say Nasir. By the indications from Scotland’s last to matches, Zimbabwe should feel very assured to make the second round of WC’07.

  7. December 15, 2006 at 12:29 pm

    Zimbabwe is in the West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland group.

    Scotland is in the Australia, SA, Holland group.

    The only upset possibility on cards is in the Ireland v Zimbabwe match. Despite that, there are still not a lot of chances for Ireland making the second round. Nobody is realistically thinking of either Scotland or Netherlands (with their current bowling) to cause any problems to Aus/SA, or to WI/Pak.

  8. Efaz
    December 15, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    My bad, don’t know why I thought Zim, WI, Scotland, and Ireland in the same group.

  9. December 17, 2006 at 12:58 am

    2nd ODI…… Bangladesh made 277…… Scotland at the momment 50/3 off 11 overs, recovering a bit for 0/2!!!!….. run rate seems ok, but wickets are not holding up……. looks like Bangladesh is going to wrap up the series convincingly………

  10. December 17, 2006 at 1:28 am

    ahhh…… scotland is now 69/4 in 19 overs….. so much for the run rate being ok…… they have made 19 runs in the last 9 overs, and even lost another wicket……..

  11. December 17, 2006 at 1:43 am

    81/7 in 22 overs……. Scotland have made a total mess of this tour……. nothing gained, except for ….. Bermuda’s fav clause…… an eye opening experience!

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