COLOMBO: Bangladesh will play their a hundredth Test match once they tackle Sri Lanka at Colombo’s P Sara Oval on Wednesday (right now), 17 years after becoming a member of worldwide cricket’s elite membership.
Since their first Test towards India at Dhaka in November 2000, Bangladesh have had a depressing report, dropping seventy six of out ninety nine matches.
However with a current win over England and a few spectacular leads to ODI cricket elevating hopes, AFP seems at a number of the obstacles to Bangladesh turning into a pressure to be reckoned with.
Whereas cricket’s massive weapons similar to India and England typically play shut to twenty Tests a yr, Bangladesh have managed a mean of six since making their bow. Present skipper Mushfiqur Rahim truly made his debut a yr earlier than outgoing England captain Alastair Prepare dinner however whereas Mushfiqur nonetheless solely has fifty three caps, Prepare dinner has one hundred forty.
Final month’s Test in Hyderabad was their first in India whereas their solely tour of Australia was again in 2003. In addition to backside-ranked Zimbabwe, the final staff to play a 3-match collection towards Bangladesh was Sri Lanka in 2007. Mushfiqur insists the one approach to enhance performances is to play extra matches. However with cricket’s worldwide schedule now extra packed than ever, Bangladesh need to persuade sides they’re aggressive.
England’s eventual settlement to tour Bangladesh late final yr regardless of fears over their security was an enormous aid. Arguably Bangladesh’s largest worry is of putting up with the identical destiny as Pakistan which has been a digital no-go zone for worldwide groups since Islamist gunmen attacked a touring Sri Lanka aspect in 2009.
Australia shelved a tour to Bangladesh in 2015, citing safety considerations. The West Indies underneath-19 staff reduce brief a 2013 tour when two bombs exploded outdoors their lodge. England’s tour was referred to as into query by an assault on a Dhaka cafe final July by which 22 individuals have been killed, together with 18 foreigners. The tour handed off peacefully after an enormous safety operation however different groups will probably be reluctant to comply with their instance within the occasion of recent assaults.
With round one hundred sixty million individuals dwelling in an area of just a little over fifty five,000 sq. miles, Bangladesh is among the world’s most densely-populated nations and open areas have gotten more and more scarce.
Within the capital Dhaka, the place land costs have sky-rocketed amid an enormous inhabitants progress, enjoying grounds are disappearing at an alarming fee to make means for top-rise condo blocks. The influence is already being felt on the Test group with tempo bowler Taskin Ahmed the one participant within the present squad from Dhaka, a metropolis of round 15 million individuals.
Whereas few doubt Bangladesh has the expertise, its poor first-class construction means the step-as much as worldwide cricket is usually just too nice for a lot of gamers. Bangladesh has two 4-day competitions however they lack a hard and fast place within the calendar and matches are sometimes one-sided affairs, handled by internationals as little greater than a glorified internet. Batsmen have incessantly scored double centuries solely to seek out themselves bowled out cheaply the subsequent week in a Test match. Crowds are subsequent to non-existent whereas requirements of umpiring are sometimes doubtful.
Bangladesh have had their share of high quality spinners, with present internationals Shakib Al Hasan and the younger Mehedi Hasan maintaining a proud custom. However to win Tests, groups want tempo — one thing which Bangladesh have lacked. There have been excessive hopes for Mashrafe Mortaza after he burst onto the scene in 2001 however he pale after a collection of knee accidents.
Followers now worry historical past is repeating itself with the newest starlets Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed enduring lengthy spells on the sidelines. Mustafizur has been capable of play simply three Tests since his debut in 2015 and health considerations prevented Taskin from making his debut till the current tour to New Zealand. The board has in recent times appointed ex-Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak and West Indies nice Courtney Walsh to nurture quickies, however their efforts are but to bear fruit.
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