Bangladesh Cricket: Tour of New Zealand 2010

Bangladesh is standing up. The real trials of any team are away tours. That has never been a strong point for us. 2009 was and will always be a great year for Bangladesh Cricket. The question was how great. Now, I believe we are seeing quite the answers. We are good enough to give any team a scare at any time in every match. The every match part is what’s new.

The question that everyone asked at the start of this year is whether the whitewashes over West Indies and Zimbabwe meant anything. Whether we would be able to play half as well with the “real” test playing countries. Well, as Virender Sehwag knows, we aren’t ordinary. Now Daniel Vettori knows what Sehwag had to be taught. Bangladesh isn’t ordinary.

Mahmudullah has been a revelation

in the series against India earlier this year and in this tour he has cemented his status. Being denied a century in the test series against India because there was no one left to support him, he got his century all by himself in the very next match against New Zealand.  Rubel Hossain has taken up the duty of leading our pace attack better than we could ever expect. He took a 5 wicket haul and seems to be another gem uncovered. Imrul Kayes was the highest run scorer in the ODI series and that too tells a story. It was long overdue that he put up performances to repay the selectors and the coach’s faith him. Finally, it seems that he has gotten a hang of things. What can I say about, Mr.Tiger, Shakib Al Hasan, that you and everyone else who has ever watched cricket don’t know? This man is the future. He is everything we prayed for years and years on an end. He finally got a long deserved century in tests and was the best performer for Bangladesh in both the Tests and ODIs, which is something we are all used to. He was the best bowler in the entire ODI series. That too isn’t surprising considering he is The world’s number 1 allrounder by a long margin as ranked by ICC.

Partnership records and high score records against New Zealand were broken. Infact we have probably performed our best vs New Zealand in New Zealand. Exatly what we set out to do. Shakib is finally starting to get the support he so badly deserves. He is truly captain material. Hoepfuly everyone of the highups in Bangladesh cricket Board finally can agree that now. Do not change him as captain.  But as always, a hero’s work is never done and there is work to do.

Ashraful has to go. Long gone are the days when he was the only worldclass player we had. He needs to talke a break and reassess himself. The batting order has to be fixed. Some of worldclass talent like Tamim Iqbal deserves a much better opening partner then what we are giving him. Mushifiq and Mahmudullah need to bat in higher positions. We have to decide what to do with Junaid, Shariar and Imrul. Aftab needs sometime to readjust and he is very important to our cricketing fortunes. Rubel is the fastest man in Bangladesh and he has played a year and not had any serious fitness or injury concerns. That is great news. This man could turn out to be better than Mashrafee, something we badly need as we have a very bad pace attack.  Fix these issues, and  we have a stronger Tiger Force.

Everything is looking good for the Tigers. The preparation for the 2011 World Cup is on track. England is here. Lets show them Tigers! Amar Shonar Bangla…….