Monday, June 7, 2010
Bangladesh and test status
As expected, Bangladesh's batsmen were exposed on a pitch with bounce and sideways movement at Old Trafford and with their capitulation, calls for revoking their test status has again started. So, is it right to take away their test status?
Bangladesh weren't ready when they first played test cricket, but that is expected of a new team. In recent times though, their batsmen have started to deliver as in the Kiwiland they got over 400 runs. Yes, the conditions in NZ have got better for batting yet, it was a good achievement for a team like Bangladesh to score over 400 runs.
At home, they did give England a bit of fight and in England, they played reasonably well at Lord's. Yes, they failed miserably at Old Trafford, but I would like to ask how many teams have been able to do well in England when it is helping the swing bowlers? Last year, Australia failed to do well when it helped the quicker bowlers in the first innings at Lord's and in the first innings at Edgbaston and they have far better players than Bangladesh. It isn't a piece of cake to face Anderson when the conditions suit him..
It can also be said that most of their batsmen now average around 30 or over 30 which wasn't the case before. Yes, they tend to depend a lot on their star batsmen Tamim, but when compared to their batting line-up in the past, they no doubt have a better batting line-up now. Bangladesh though, may have to drop Crashraful forever and it is high time, Mohammadullah bats higher up the order. Bangladesh also need to find good seamers. Yes, Shafiul isn't bad as isn't Shahdat, but they aren't bowlers, batsmen are going to really worry about. Bangladesh have Sakib, but he is a spinner and one bowler can't do everything. I'm optimistic with time, they would find at least one good quick.
Teams like Lanka and NZ took a longtime before they succeeded in test cricket as playing test cricket isn't easy. Yes, they were given test status too early and patience is running out with Bangladesh, but I see some good signs with Bangladesh especially, in their batting and I do believe at home, they would give teams like NZ and West Indies a run for their money and may even defeat them!