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Miraz
February 18, 2007, 08:03 AM
Tri Series and World Cup Warm Up Matches in the Caribbean : Bangladesh Must Build the Momentum
Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

Bangladesh is heading to Caribbeans on 20th February to participate in a tri-series involving Bangladesh and two associates Bermuda and Canada. This is considered as an acclimatising tour for Bangladesh, who will be playing Caribbean after almost three long years. The tri-series will be held at Antigua recreation ground and Bangladesh will play Bermuda on 25 February and will take on Canada on 28th. After the tri series Bangladesh will play against New Zealand on 5th March 2007 and Scotland on 8th March as part of the World Cup Warm up matches before featuring the Gala event starting from 13th March 2007. Both the matches will be played at Barbados.

Bangladesh played some good cricket over the last one year and surpassed their trivial rivals Zimbabwe and Kenya comfortably. Bangladesh Cricket is on the verge of entering the big league where they will pose continuous threats to every other country and is expected to win a match in their day against any opposition. Now, this transformation requires some excellence in every aspect of their game including the mindset. Coach Dav Whatmore injected some confidence into the squad and the mindset is slowly but gradually changing. It is the high time in the Caribbean to exhibit the change of mindset to the cricket world and make the transformation happen.

ICC tri-series involving Bermuda and Canada is the first opportunity to do that. Bangladesh has to make some records straight as they have mixed memories against these opposition. Undoubtedly, Canada inflicted the worst wound in the cricketing history of Bangladesh by defeating them in the last world cup at South Africa. Surprisingly, that's not the only time when they defeated Bangladesh, in the ICC trophy Bangladesh tasted one defeat against the same opposition and managed only one win in three encounters. Bangladesh played Bermuda twice in the ICC trophy level and manged to win one match while lost the other. Looking at the statistics, it is clear that there is no reason to take these oppositions lightly. Having said that, Bangladesh must establish their utmost superiority over these countries to make any impact in the world cup cricket 2007.

Bangladesh holds much better record against the leading minnow nations Zimbabwe and Kenya but the annoying fact is they never played these oppositions with a ruthless fashion which other top teams do. Bangladesh will be playing the tri-series in Antigua which is considered as the batting paradise of the Caribbeans. Canada and Bermuda has a less than decent bowling attack. All guns of Bangladesh team must utilize the opportunity in the best possible manner and show their might in the ruthless fashion by amassing huge total in both the matches. Same goes for the bowlers and they must distinguish themselves from ordinary attacks. Winning is important but a modest win against these oppositions will not add anything to Bangladesh's credit. Two thumping win will create some noise in the world cricket arena and draw some attention which Bangladesh badly needs in the upcoming world cup.

Bangladesh record against Bermuda and Canada in ICC trophy



P W L T NR % HS LS MC LC BatAv BowAv R/6b C/6b

Vs Canada 2 1 1 0 0 50% 265 141 190 148 25.3 17.7 3.67 3.22
Vs Bermuda 2 1 1 0 0 50% 175 67 139 139 12.1 16.0 2.73 3.00Bangladesh's record against Canada in the only ODI played


P W L T NR % HS LS MC LC BatAv BowAv R/6b C/6b

Vs Canada 1 0 1 0 0 0% 120 120 180 180 12.0 18.0 4.28 3.66

Bangladesh's record against New Zealand in ODI


P W L T NR % HS LS MC LC BatAv BowAv R/6b C/6b

unfiltered 147 31 114 0 2 21% 301 76 391 105 21.3 37.0 4.04 4.96
Vs New Zealand 7 0 7 0 0 0% 198 77 338 224 16.3 34.5 3.42 4.89
After the tri-series, Bangladesh will travel to lovely Barbados which has one of the most lively wickets of the Caribbeans. Bangladesh will find more similarity in wicket nature of Barbados and Trinidad compared to Antigua and Trinidad. At the same time, there will be some similarity in the strength of the oppositions. First warm up match against New Zealand is the most crucial affair for Bangladesh apart from the crucial world cup ties against India and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh failed miserably in all matches they played against New Zealand and never managed to cross even 200 in any of the seven matches played. After two and half years, it is the time to display some cricketing skill against the Kiwis and sneak a win to continue the momentum going. Even if, they fail to win, the match should be close enough to exhibit the change of gear, Bangladesh cricket made over the last one year. The cricket world will monitor this match closely as this will test Bangladesh's cricketing ability more than 10 matches against Zimbabwe or Kenya. The last practice match against Scotland must be another routine affair where Tigers will show their killing spree.

http://www.amardeshbd.com/dataFiles/2007-02-19/images/37296702sp_03.gif

Photo : Tigers are keen to make an impact in the world cup. They must start their tour in the Caribbean with a bang.

Bangladesh failed to take the most ideal preparation for the world cup due to lack of matches against quality oppositions. Keeping that in mind, we must admit, Bangladesh managed to achieve the most from what was offered to them by the ICC. For the first time in their cricketing history, Bangladesh will be playing World Cup Cricket with the aim to reach the next round which their juniors achieved for the first time in last U-19 world cup. They have four one day matches to play, they must utilize these matches to build the momentum and reach the peak in right time. If they can do that, cricket world will experience a different Bangladesh who are ready to make a history.

(written this one for the front page, if Moderators/Administrators find it suitable, I am ready to make some editing (if required) :)

Hatebreed
February 18, 2007, 08:18 AM
Great article Miraz bhai, speaks my mind. It's imperative that we convincingly win the tri-series. Warmup against NZ will be very tough, but we must at least put up a good fight.

sar2005
February 18, 2007, 08:18 AM
Excellent writting! Yes, all we need is the 'KILLING' attitude from our team.
If you can add BD's face to face statistics vs. all these 4 opponants (chekout cricinfo), I think moderator should consider it for front page article.

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 08:24 AM
Excellent writting! Yes, all we need is the 'KILLING' attitude from our team.
If you can add BD's face to face statistics vs. all these 4 opponants (chekout cricinfo), I think moderator should consider it for front page article.

sar bhai, I have already added within the writing.

For your convenience -- :)

Against Canada
Match Played 3 (2 ICC trophy and one ODI)
Match Won - 1 (in ICC trophy)
Match lost - 2

Against Bermuda
Match Played 2 ( ICC trophy)
Match Won - 1
Match lost - 1

Against New Zealand
Match Played 7
Match Won - 0
Match lost - 7

Or, you mean the detailed stats ?

sar2005
February 18, 2007, 09:36 AM
I hope you did not think I missed those within your article :)
I meant some more detail like previous top score (team and individual), bowling performance etc. i.e.

- face to face team results with scores
- best batting performer (for both sides)
- best bowlling performer (for both sides)

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 09:45 AM
I hope you did not think I missed those within your article :)
I meant some more detail like previous top score (team and individual), bowling performance etc. i.e.

- face to face team results with scores
- best batting performer (for both sides)
- best bowlling performer (for both sides)

I will add these stats, if it is considered for publishing in the front page. :)

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 11:55 AM
Warmup against NZ will be very tough, but we must at least put up a good fight.

Much talk about our World Cup prospect will take a twist after this match.

I hope, it takes a twist in right direction for BD.

Kabir
February 18, 2007, 01:04 PM
Good analysis Miraz bhai. Will be good for the column?

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 01:34 PM
Good analysis Miraz bhai. Will be good for the column?

Nope, I wrote this as a prospective article.

Columns will not go through forums. They will be exclusively published on scheduled days. :)

Kabir
February 18, 2007, 01:40 PM
Nope, I wrote this as a prospective article.

Columns will not go through forums. They will be exclusively published on scheduled days. :)

Thanks, I wasn't aware of that :)

If it's for a prospective article, I would suggest a bit more analysis of the numbers from previous WCs (like others have mentioned). But the article in itself is well written. Good job :)

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 02:01 PM
Thanks, I wasn't aware of that :)

If it's for a prospective article, I would suggest a bit more analysis of the numbers from previous WCs (like others have mentioned).

Kabir bhai,

This article is a preview of the tri series and warm up matches, not the preview of the world cup as a whole. That's a separate one. :)

I am adding some more stats as you and others pointed.

Kabir
February 18, 2007, 02:12 PM
Kabir bhai,

This article is a preview of the tri series and warm up matches, not the preview of the world cup as a whole. That's a separate one. :)

I am adding some more stats as you and others pointed.

Oops, my bad. I was confusing myself...[বাংলা]ঘুম থেকে উঠার সাথে সাথে পড়াশুনা করলে যা হয় আর কি :)[/বাংলা]

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 03:36 PM
Stats against the opponents of tri series (Bermuda and Canada) and New Zealand added. :)

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 05:11 PM
Here's the official photograph of the Tigers, the faces are looking quite positive and determined.

http://www.newagebd.com/2007/feb/19/spt-b.jpg

kalpurush
February 18, 2007, 11:49 PM
Miraz bhai: Could you pls. post the schedule for the tri series kindly. Much thanks.

PoorFan
February 19, 2007, 05:00 AM
Nice read Miraz, looking forward for the final stage one.

afrina
February 19, 2007, 06:09 AM
Good thought about tri series. Warm-up match against NZ will be too tough. They are at their top right this moment.

akabir77
February 19, 2007, 11:27 AM
why is there only two games in the tri-series? they wont play any final match or some thing? or its just round -robin thing where most win gets you the cup?

Miraz
February 19, 2007, 01:22 PM
why is there only two games in the tri-series? they wont play any final match or some thing? or its just round -robin thing where most win gets you the cup?

I guess there is no cup to win. The tri-series is a part of the ICC policy to expose associate countries against the test playing countries.

Associates are getting some ODI matches in this way.

al Furqaan
February 19, 2007, 09:30 PM
Good thought about tri series. Warm-up match against NZ will be too tough. They are at their top right this moment.

good for us...the last thing i want is a warm up match against a weak team, like we've had all year long...

Rabz
February 20, 2007, 05:44 AM
Even though every single of this warm ups are very important, i think the match against the in form NZ would give us a much clear picture of our chances in the cup.

NZ has been in mighty form of late, handing Australia a 3-0 drubbing in thier soil.
All their players seemed to have picked at the right time and our boys would be tested very heavily on that match.

Also, this would give us one final chance to play with some quality opponent and have a real reality check before the game rather than the false hopes of winning against the minnows.

If we can manage to perform very well in that game, or even win, the whole shape of the world cup could take a dramatic chance.

Beside the obvious, i think only Bangladesh has a great chance to provide some sparks and firework in the cup. IF they manage to go the next round, not only they'll knock one of the contendors of the cup ( hopefully india), but that would change the whole scenario of the tournament as well.

Ishtiaque
February 20, 2007, 12:32 PM
great article!!

Miraz
February 21, 2007, 06:53 PM
Here are the Canada and Bermuda teams for the World Cup and tri-series,

Canada
http://img.cricinfo.com/spacer.gif <table class="teamstable1" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300"><tbody><tr><td class="teamstext2" width="100"> JM Davison (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23852.html)
A Bagai (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23797.html)
KT Sandher (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23824.html)
DR Chumney (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23767.html)
GEF Barnett (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/36383.html)
</td> <td width="100"> U Bhatti (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23865.html)
IS Billcliff (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23850.html)
A Codrington (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23848.html)
GR Codrington (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23811.html)
AC Cummins (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/51488.html)
</td> <td width="100"> AA Mulla (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23899.html)
H Osinde (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/212175.html)
Qaiser Ali (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/216920.html)
AM Samad (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23826.html)
S Dhaniram (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/51738.html)
</td></tr></tbody></table>
Bermuda
http://img.cricinfo.com/spacer.gif <table class="teamstable1" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300"><tbody><tr><td class="teamstext2" width="100"> IH Romaine (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23725.html)
DA Minors (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23688.html)
DC Borden (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23756.html)
LO Cann (http://www.cricinfo.com/worldcup2007/features/http/wc2007/content/player/23681.html)
DL Hemp (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/14153.html)
</td> <td width="100"> K Hurdle (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23685.html)
M Jones (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/257574.html)
S Kelly (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/252869.html)
DM Leverock (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23742.html)
S Mukuddem (http://www.cricinfo.com/worldcup2007/features/http/wc2007/content/player/23755.html)
</td> <td width="100"> SD Outerbridge (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23704.html)
OL Pitcher (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23702.html)
CJ Smith (http://www.cricinfo.com/worldcup2007/features/http/wc2007/content/player/23691.html)
JJ Tucker (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23694.html)
Kwame Tucker (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23729.html)
</td></tr></tbody></table>
I hope, this time Bangladesh play the plumber Codrington from Canada carefully. This guy can bowl at off stump line.

Murad
February 21, 2007, 07:20 PM
I hope, this time Bangladesh play the plumber Codrington from Canada carefully. This guy can bowl at off stump line.

which guy?

AsifTheManRahman
February 21, 2007, 08:09 PM
i heart new zealand, but they are overrated. give them a slower and lower WI pitch, and they will be back to their old selves; maybe not against us, but probably against stronger teams.

they're my second team in this world cup, nevertheless.

Miraz
February 22, 2007, 05:16 AM
which guy?

Already forgot the match against Canada in 2003 World Cup?

A Codrington (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23848.html), who by profession is a plumber and a part-time cricketer caused the havoc in Bangladesh innings.

Look at his match figure -


Codrington 9 3 27 5 (1w)</pre>

and his face :) http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/inline/content/image/23847.html?alt=player

sar2005
February 22, 2007, 12:29 PM
http://img.cricinfo.com/spacer.gif .....I hope, this time Bangladesh play the plumber Codrington from Canada carefully. This guy can bowl at off stump line.

No worries man! That was a fluke and one of his life time.
Looking into his stat, he got only 10 ODI wickets out of his 9 matches and 5 of them in 1 match aganst BD. So, he got only 5 wickets in his other 8 ODIs. Also his bowling economy is 5.30.

ruja1810
February 22, 2007, 04:34 PM
Good thought about tri series. Warm-up match against NZ will be too tough. They are at their top right this moment.

If all our player show really good cricket collectively, I think we can beat anybody.....

:flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag:

akabir77
February 22, 2007, 04:44 PM
Already forgot the match against Canada in 2003 World Cup?

A Codrington (http://www.cricinfo.com/wc2007/content/player/23848.html), who by profession is a plumber and a part-time cricketer caused the havoc in Bangladesh innings.

Look at his match figure -


Codrington 9 3 27 5 (1w)and his face :) http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/inline/content/image/23847.html?alt=player


Apni ato kharap keno? ki dorker chilo ai shob post korar amer ekhon aber ga kapuni dea jor ashtasey... dur...:hairpull:

FaridpurChicago
February 22, 2007, 05:07 PM
Apni ato kharap keno? ki dorker chilo ai shob post korar amer ekhon aber ga kapuni dea jor ashtasey... dur...:hairpull:

jor ashar kisu nai, paracetamol/tylenol/advil kisu ekta khaia nin. Those days are gone. Canda will get their treatment this time where no medicine can save them.

ruja1810
February 22, 2007, 05:24 PM
Apni ato kharap keno? ki dorker chilo ai shob post korar amer ekhon aber ga kapuni dea jor ashtasey... dur...:hairpull:

Jor to Candanian Player der ashar khota...
BD will spank them really good this time, time to revenge....


:flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: go BD go:flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag:

Miraz
February 25, 2007, 05:16 AM
As part of the preparation, Canada played with Antigua yesterday and won the match.

Bermuda lost to the same side earlier.

sar2005
February 25, 2007, 05:39 AM
As part of the preparation, Canada played with Antigua yesterday and won the match.

Bermuda lost to the same side earlier.

Here is more:
Antigua batted first and scored 231 for 8 in 50 overs. Canada scored 232 for 5 in 43 overs. Samad 65, Bagai 40 and Mulla 54 not out. The team was captained by Bagai. Davison, Billcliff, Dhaniram and Cummins did not play. Austin Codrington only bowled three overs as he suffered a back injury. He is doughtful for the games versus Bermuda and Bangladesh. He will be checked by the Physio tommorrow before a decision is made. In a warm up game yesterday Bermuda played Antigua and lost by 29 runs.

BangladeshFan
February 25, 2007, 04:16 PM
seems like canada will again prove to be a tough foe for bangladesh. all their indian pak immigrants make them a stronger team. though this time i hope it wil be different. bd needs to tighten up the bowling dept. batting wise it will be important to give all guys have a outing, promote bashar ,ashraful and mush up the order maybe 3,4,5. also maybe have a look at rajin at 6.

I think Bd needs to think about 3 pacers for their WC matches, so let rasel have a bowl as quickly as possible along with mash and shahadat as taposh seems awful.

Miraz
February 26, 2007, 08:03 AM
Bangladesh made their best possible start to build the momentum ahead of the World Cup. Bowlers needed time to settle in, they got that time. Batsmen needed to show the difference in class and they did that quite well. Fielders were up to the task.

A good practice. Now, next target is Canada. I wish we bat first and let the batsmen enjoy the time in the middle and post some good score.

Miraz
March 6, 2007, 05:09 PM
First warm up match against New Zealand is the most crucial affair for Bangladesh apart from the crucial world cup ties against India and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh failed miserably in all matches they played against New Zealand and never managed to cross even 200 in any of the seven matches played. After two and half years, it is the time to display some cricketing skill against the Kiwis and sneak a win to continue the momentum going.

Our boys have responded in time. They did exactly what we wanted.

Well done boys!!

Hatebreed
March 6, 2007, 05:13 PM
Couldn't agree more. This is definitely the confidence boost we required ahead of the competition. Now I'm hopeful if we give it our best we can progress to super 8 stage.

Duck
March 6, 2007, 06:19 PM
I hope the players calm down quickly and dont fly over the moon.........!!
.... a lot of hard work is ahead of them............wish they dont suffer from complacency anymore..........

IanW
March 6, 2007, 06:43 PM
Stuff that.

They should go out there and know they can beat anyone.


Ian Whitchurch

ialbd
March 6, 2007, 07:15 PM
Momentum built.... now hav to keep this up.... InshAllah

Spitfire_x86
March 6, 2007, 09:02 PM
I hope it will not be a downhill slide from here.

cricket_pagol
March 6, 2007, 09:15 PM
All preparation is going according to plan!!!

Miraz
March 8, 2007, 05:34 PM
So finally we finished the Tri Series and Warm Up matches according to prescription. IMO, this is a huge change in the ability and mindset of Bangladesh. This new Bangladesh team has got hardly any similarity with the old one.

Now, ready for the gala event. I hope Aftab will be OK within few days.

This time, Tigers have some different thoughts for India and Sri Lanka :)

akabir77
March 8, 2007, 05:46 PM
Breaking new

Gangula was seen running in the hotel corridor from one corner to another while mumbling something and scratching his head. when listened carefully it was learned that he was saying this over and over again " One tier two tier one tier two tier"

Rabz
March 8, 2007, 06:39 PM
The momentum has been built.
Matches are won.
Batsmen are in runs.
Bowlers are in wickets.
Teams has been beaten.

Bring it on India. you are next on the firing squad.

The momentum has been for the wc could not go any better. All time high for BD.

Sorry Moses, "Thou Shalt Hate thee Neighbours" come this 17th...
Its just that we wont hate anyone..they will hate us.