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BD-Shardul
January 3, 2007, 09:03 PM
Much has been written about Bangladesh Cricket in 2006, but the an article of Andrew Miller has inspired me write an article about A-Z on BD Cricket in 2006.

This is what I have Written:

Bangladesh Cricket in 2006: A-Z
A-As usual, A again stands for Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed. Apparently, an underperforming Ashraful is losing his glory, while Aftab is improving by leaps and bounds. However, good start, and then bad end just for throwing wicket is a bad feature of the youngest number three batsman, and definitely, Aftab will therefore have to rectify that error to establish himself as a dependable batsman at that position.


B- B stands for Bogra. It is the place where the Tigers registered our maiden win against Sri Lanka. After our bowlers choked the Sri Lankan batters by restricting them for a meager 212, Ashraful, Javed Omer, Habibul Bashar, and Aftab Ahmed batted decently to clinch that historic win.


C- Consistency. For the first time in our cricket history, 2006 was the year when our cricketers have performed to their potential regularly. 18 wins out of 28 ODIs, eight wins in a row, couple of 5 wicket hauls, stream of centuries and half- centuries from the batsmen- what else do you want to prove consistency?

D -Dav Whatmore. At the beginning of his tenure with the Bangladesh Team, he promised to be honest with his job, and I think he has already proved it to a great extent. The rest is to be proved in the World Cup 2007, because if he doesn’t renew his contract with us, that will be the last assignment of his tenure with us. Dav has already emerged as a winner in the arena of Bangladesh Cricket, and if he wants to solidify that tag, Bangladesh will have to have a place at the Super Eight stage. I sincerely believe that a consolation win against Bermuda will not be enough to fulfill that job, because certainly this win will not satisfy the great coach, let alone the fans.

E- Emerging Players. In 2006, we have witnessed the emergence of many talented but consistent performers like Sakib Al-Hasan, Mehrab Hossain Junior. Unlike Ash andAlok, these lads seem to be more responsible and success hungry, which is of course a good sign.

F- Fatullah, where Bangladesh had the every chance to produce the greatest upset in the history of cricket. Sadly, Bangladesh players failed to be little bit brave to strangle the proud ‘Invincible’s of the cricket world, and the story therefore ended like, ‘So near, yet so far’.

G- Golla-It has two meanings. First Meaning: Javed Omer started the year well, but lost his way at the middle, and now he has a very little chance to make his come back in the national team. Second Meaning: From our recent performance, it seems that our Golla days in cricket are on the verge of extinction.

H- Hat trick. Fast rising pace bowler Shahadat Hossain Rajib had his name in the elite club of ODI hat –trick(s) achievers , when he grabbed the wickets of Zimbabwe’s Tafadzwa Mufambisi, Elton Chigumbra, and Prosper Utseya. Unfortunately, a day of celebration ended as a day of agony as Bangladesh lost the match to Zimbabwe, thanks to Mashrafe Mortaza’s concession of 18 runs in the final over.

I- ICC Champions Trophy. ICC Champion’s Trophy was not a fabulous success for Bangladesh, but comparing our performance in the previous outing, this was much better. Most importantly, we posted our highest total against the Lankans, and we registered our first victory in the Mini World Cup by beating Zimbabwe in the last honor-sharing match.

J- Jason Gillespie. This Australian has probably taken the revenge of the dashing six, which Aftab Ahmed hit of his ball at Cardiff, and went on post the highest ever score by a night watchman.

K- Khaled Mahmud or Khaled Mashud- it’s up to you. Our beloved CHACHA –Khaled Mahmud retired from the all international cricket early 2006 after his defiant and heroic honor saving innings in the first ODI against the Lanka Lions. On the other hand, emergences of good wicket-keeper batsmen have already rocked the position of our veteran and arrogant wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud Pilot in the national team.

L- Left- Arm Spinning Revolution. Because of the presence of World Class and shrewd SLA Bowlers like Mohammad Rafique in the team, Bangladesh were always strong in SLA attack, but the likes of Abdur Razzaq, Sakib Al-Hasan, and Mehrab Junior has further bolstered this special department of our bowling.

M- Mashrafe bin Mortaza. 2006 was a year of ups and downs for the Narail Express. Of course, failure to hold the catch of Ricky Ponting and the concession of 18 runs in the final over are something that Mortaza will never forget, but at the end he reached ODI Landmark of highest wicket taker in ODI in 2006 with 49 scalps. So, as long as we believe, “All’s well that ends well”, lets forget what happened in the past.

N- Nimbus Treaty. Undoubtedly, it is a boon for Bangladesh Cricket if we can spend this huge amount of money properly to develop cricket in Bangladesh.

O- One thousand or One Hundred- it’s your choice. In 2006, five of our players, namely Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Mohammad Rafique, Rajin Saleh, and Mohammad Ashraful have completed one thousand ODI runs in their respective careers. On the other hand Mohammad Rafique has taken 100 ODI wickets while Shahriar Nafees has scored three consecutive centuries.

P- Past. What we have achieved in the year 2006, right at the moment, is nothing but past incidents, which have already gone in the pages of our sweet memory. Therefore, nothing will be more miserable and heart-breaking if we fail to build more on what we have already built. That is Bangladesh Cricket should take inspiration and encouragement from our convincing win against low- ranked teams like us and march forward by beating stronger oppositions.

R- Razzaq Raz. Throughout 2006, he was superb in a word. Like Ash, none will have to advocate for him, because he has the performance to speak for himself.

S- Shahriar Nafees. Simply he was the hero in 2006. The thousand run scorer in a calendar year has already proved as the greatest opening batsmen of Bangladesh, but like all other emerging stars, he has a long way to go.

T- Twenty20. We have played our maiden Twenty20 international this year and won the match. This is just the beginning, and millions of fans now eagerly want our boys to carry that form into the Twenty20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be played in the next year.

U- Underdog. In complete agreement with Rabeed Imam’s nomenclature of his article “Still Mixing with Minnows”, I think we will have that label hanging around our neck until we start beating quality oppositions.

V- Vengeance (another word for revenge). As expected, Tigers were ready to take Zimbabwe after our series loss in the Zimbabwean soil, and the outcome of that series undoubtedly highlighted their sense of vengeance.

W- Whitewash or Tigerwash, whatever you like. Before 2006, we were a nation who had to experience the horror of this abusive word very frequently. Hard work, firm determination, and hunger for success of individual players along with the proper captaincy of Habibul Bashar and the guidance of Dav Whatmore, Tigers have finally forced the fortune to look upon them. Within a single year, we have completed four whitewashes, and despite the quality of the opposition, this is unquestionably an incredible achievement of Bangladesh Cricket.

X- Like Andrew Miller, I have taken this word as a sign of omission. In the course of Bangladesh Cricket in 2006, this is applicable to the omission of Mohammad Ashraful from national squad prior to Zimbabwe home series, an event that sparked great controversy in the media. However, two big centuries from Mohammad Ashraful in the domestic league along with the media pressure had compelled the selectors to reverse their decision, and eventually to erase that X (cross) mark.

Z- Zimbabwe- our regular opponent in 2006.


Appreciate Comments.

Zunaid
January 3, 2007, 09:12 PM
Nice, Mahmud - there is actually an internal article afoot just like what we did last year. There does seem to be some overlap in thoughts here - would you mind if we consider this for publication as a front page article? This may be merged with the existing one and end up being a co-authored article or we may even consider more than one such "Alphabet Soups" this year. Please PM me your your thoughts.

TheWatcher
January 3, 2007, 09:48 PM
Good Read. A correction- Ashraful completed one thousand career ODI runs in 2005.

Farhad
January 3, 2007, 10:12 PM
I was wondering what you would put in for Z, its a pretty rare letter :D....Good job

TheWatcher
January 3, 2007, 10:29 PM
Just noticed that Y is missing. Here is my input-

Y- Yasin Arafat and other bowlers, who, for the first time in BD domestic cricket history, got banned for suspect bowling action. Good job BCB.

Other choice may be Youth world cup where a high flying BD U/19 team's dream was crushed by a relatively weaker Eng U/19 side.

What to put for Q ? How about Qazi Habibul Bashar- the most successful Bangladesh captain so far ?

kalpurush
January 4, 2007, 12:20 AM
Just noticed that Y is missing. Here is my input-

Y- Yasin Arafat and other bowlers, who, for the first time in BD domestic cricket history, got banned for suspect bowling action. Good job BCB.

Other choice may be Youth world cup where a high flying BD U/19 team's dream was crushed by a relatively weaker Eng U/19 side.

What to put for Q ? How about Qazi Habibul Bashar- the most successful Bangladesh captain so far ?

The Watcher, you are our Jason Gillespie.:-D

kalpurush
January 4, 2007, 12:23 AM
A nice one! With adding The Watcher's content, it could be a complete and better one. My thanks to both of you. Cheers.

Hatebreed
January 4, 2007, 12:31 AM
Nice work Mahmudul, keep it up.

karimjay.
January 4, 2007, 12:50 AM
Well done Mahmudul. A very nice read.

ialbd
January 4, 2007, 01:04 AM
nice compilation, well done mahmudul

Mahir
January 4, 2007, 01:34 AM
how about,

Q = Quail's Egg - what Zimbabwe, Kenya and Scotland earned to take back home with them after each of their visit to Bangladesh in 2006.

Y = Youthful ; (similar thought as TheWatcher, but a different description) - Youngsters establishing themselves as permanent fixtures in the national team gave Bangladesh the country's youngest ever national squad by the year's end (in terms of players' avg. age).

By the way, good effort on Mahmud's part in compiling up this year's version of Alphabet Soup for BD Cricket.

Mohiul
January 4, 2007, 02:11 AM
M.alam bhai, great piece of work

layperson
January 4, 2007, 02:12 AM
A very nice analogous article to the the one in cricinfo. The idea of this article is pretty creative. I like it.

Mohiul
January 4, 2007, 02:13 AM
Zunaid bhai, can it be a front page article? Please.....

israr
January 4, 2007, 04:23 AM
Very good piece of article.

Rabz
January 4, 2007, 07:11 AM
great work M.Alam bhai...

Tigers_eye
January 4, 2007, 09:27 AM
Nice work.
Minor adjustments since it will be published.
1. Gullu not Golla
2. remove "arrogant" before the word Khaled Mashud. There are many players who could be labeled as 'Arrogant".
namely:
a) "I can't perform against minows."
b) "me being present how dare you go to opponent bowler for tips?" etc.

Miraz
January 4, 2007, 09:37 AM
Nice work.
Minor adjustments since it will be published.
1. Gollu not Golla


And another very 'minor' correction :)

Gullu not Gollu :)

Zunaid
January 9, 2007, 03:23 PM
This is now a front page article:

Bangladesh Cricket in 2006: A-Z
Mahmudul Alam
As it is the time of the year, the author weighs in on the landmark events of 2006. Alphabetically.

http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/../html/images/read_art.gif Read article » (http://banglacricket.com/html/article.php?item=435)



Thanks Mahmudul Alam.

Carte Blanche
January 9, 2007, 03:29 PM
Was that Yasin or Yasir Arafat?