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roaring tigerz
March 5, 2007, 10:20 AM
This has probably been the subject of numerous previous threads. But I believe serious questions remain over our bowling potency.

We won the last game against Canada by sheer will rather than skilled bowling. But this win should not hide away the fact that Canada scored 250+ and threatened even more at one stage. Even the Bermudans managed a 200+ score. This exposed our pedestrian bowling and showed that even lesser batsmen can get used to the 'sameness' of our attack.

I for one feel strongly that we need more firepower. We all know that the first 20 overs are the critical stages of any ODI where both batsmen and bowlers can wrestle the advantage for their team. Previously, using spinners from the 10th over was understandable, as we did not have better options. But now we do.

Rasel has swing, accuracy, and a knack of taking early wickets. The inclusion of Rasel in place of a specialist spinner ( i say Rafiq) should be given serious thought. This would make more sense, as Shahadat has shown more control with a slightly older ball than if he is given the new ball. Pairing Rasel up with Mashrafee and using Shahadat as first change would be a more potent combination than our present ploy of using spinners in the powerplays.

I seriously doubt that the management would make such a change so late in the game. I am interested in your thoughts on this.

Tigers_eye
March 5, 2007, 10:40 AM
Facts:
1. The field is small. So much so that an edge from a fast ball can be a six!! Hotheaded fast bowlers nightmare. Do we have any? Must rethink and tweak our strategy.

2. Only bowlers like McGrath, Ntini, Pollock, Vass who think and adjust their bowling will be the successful on these batting pitches.

3. The awkward bounce is there as well. May be instruct Rajib in the next two matches to reduce the speed of some odd balls (may be one or two balls in an over) and adjust the lines to surprize the batsmen when they are expecting a short pitched delivery.

4. Rasel is the safety gate. He is always there to fall back. But only as a replacement of Rajib not Rafique.

5. Rafique and Razzak need to loop a little. Anything flat will not have a good ending. Captain and the coach must act upon this on the remaining practice matches.

TheWatcher
March 5, 2007, 11:39 AM
Whatever is the pitch condition or opposition, our spinners are always far far better bowlers than Tapash, Rasel, or Rajib is. I would drop neither of Rafique or Razzak, period.

cricket_pagol
March 5, 2007, 11:50 AM
Looking at the SA vs Ireland game, it seems that the pitches in Trinidad might be seamer friendly... if that is that is the case, i don't know if we should go with a 3rd pacer.

TheWatcher
March 5, 2007, 12:10 PM
Looking at the SA vs Ireland game, it seems that the pitches in Trinidad might be seamer friendly....
Not all Dhaka cricket fields have pitches like Mirpur. The Trinidad stadium that we will be playing on, Queen's Park Oval, is believed to be batting friendly.

WarWolf
March 5, 2007, 12:27 PM
Rafiq has some fire power in his batting along with his bowling. So he must be included in the side. Though Rasel is good but he is still very young, has lack of pace and yet to learn how to adjust in new conditions. So inclusion of Rasel in place of Rafiq will be a big big and big mistake.

djuice
March 6, 2007, 12:55 AM
I know this thread is about bowling combination....but can we really afford to play both Rafiq and Razzaq in the WI. I think we should keep Rafiq and use Mash/Shahdat/Rasel. Saquib obviously the other bowler...and may be a couple of odd over from aftan if someone does miserably. There is no way we can score the runs necessary without playing seven batsman.

zakirc
March 6, 2007, 01:39 AM
I know this thread is about bowling combination....but can we really afford to play both Rafiq and Razzaq in the WI. I think we should keep Rafiq and use Mash/Shahdat/Rasel. Saquib obviously the other bowler...and may be a couple of odd over from aftan if someone does miserably. There is no way we can score the runs necessary without playing seven batsman.

Agreed, despite my heart wanting Rafiq in the team, my head says we may be better off without him.

The WI pitches and small grounds makes Rasel type of bowlers perfect. We need Shahadat because he is our only bowler capable of unsettling the batsmen and even if he does not take wickets or becomes expensive, his actions will assist the others to pick up wickets. Mashrafee is out automatic choice. With only 1 bowling spot left, considering recent performance age etc. I am sorry but I have to pick Razzak. We still have Saqib to bowl 10 overs, and if necessary Aftab, Ash can chip in with a couple of overs each.

If the pitch is expected to be spinner friendly, maybe we can include Rafiq in place of Shahadat.