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ehteshamul
June 17, 2008, 02:24 AM
KITPLY TRI SERIES PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL (BCB, SIDDONS, ASH & CO)


With the conclusion of the mini KITPLY tri series at Dhaka it may be worthwhile to see how much our BCB Selectors, Coach Siddons, Ash and Co has progressed .

I take this opportunity to make a humble appraisal of the aforementioned persons.

I apologize to the readers at the very outset that it is going to be a long post so may I request to bear with me .

My rationale for grading is based on :

A = excellent ( 80%–100%)
B = good (70%–79%)
C = average (60%–69%)
D = poor (50%–59%)
F = failing (remedial action necessary, 0%–49%) .


BCB SELECTORS – TEAM SELECTION

Given the quality of players available barring a couple of players overall team selection was satisfactory .

With such a poor performance against Paklstan Shahriyar Nafis’s selection came as a surprise and results are there for everybody to see.

He got out to a careless shot in the first match. However he was out to a good ball in the second one.

It was a selection blunder that had huge impact on the team on different fronts.

By selecting him the selectors deprived another candidate who could have solved their misery of getting the right fit for the opener’s slot .

This performance will definitely dent the confidence of Shahriyar Nafis.

Because of his early exit in both the matches it put enormous pressure on Ash and the subsequent batsmen and which subsequently compelled Ash to play two strange innings. However given the circumstances one can’t blame Ash a lot as he had to hold on to the fort as wickets fell like nine pins. His effort saved the team from having to face the ignominy of being shot out without completing the full quota of 50 overs.

I thought that Javed Omar Belim would have been a much better option because of his ability to graft an innings and hold one end while Tamim accelerated the innings .

Biggest blunder – Omitting Rasel.

Rasel has been a proven performer in the world cup . More importantly he is economical and can make early strikes which he amply proved in the last World Cup.

He should have been given a chance.
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On the positive side Credit must be given to BCB selectors for taking a bold step in providing Dollar Mahmud a debut opportunity and his inclusion seemed fully justified as results shows.

The Selectors also took a bold decision of including Alok in the playing eleven despite the fact he was laid off for a long time and one feared he may appear a bit rusty.

Alok a responded in style by taking 3 prized wickets for 49 runs.

Coach

Siddons Vision

Needs to a have a more ambitious goal.

His goal setting of 200 + score will not even work when playing against the likes of Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ireland.

These days with the IPL effect anything less than 275 cannot be safe.

Step by step improvement works for babes for like Kenya, Ireland. We are not in the baby stage. He must have a broader and challenging vision for us.

Needs to cut down on vacation and concentrate on more practice matches.

Needs to burn midnight oil to bring about drastic improvements on all departments : Batting, Bowling, Fielding .

Grade C

Siddons Game Plan

The defeatist mentality still continues.

Ash mentioned in the first one dayer Match Presentation that we were 4O runs short in other words the match was beyond our reach and started the game with a negative mindset giving the impression that he has already thrown the towel.

To make matters worse Nafees and the middle order collapsed pathetically .

He is supposed to be specialist Batting Coach . Why is our batting repeatedly failing?

I don’t get it . What’s the catch ?

Overall Getting better though at a painfully slow pace. God only knows when the pace will reach optimum level that will bring us victory . One hopes that happens before his contract term expires.

BD TEAM

Team Bowling

It was impressive in the first match but had little impact in the second one dayer with main strike bowler going wicketless
Grade:C

Team Fielding

Fielding : Very impressive in the First One dayer. Stopped and saved valuable runs, Great Catch by Rahim to dismiss Kamran Akmal and a good piece of run out to dismiss dangerman Younus Khan.
Grade:B

Team Fightback

Great fightback by BD bowlers in the first One dayer to restrict Pakistan from an imposing position of 179 for 4 to 233 all out which means the BD bowlers took last 6 wickets at an expense of only 54 runs. An outstanding performance indeed!
Grade: A

Team Batting

In the first One dayer barring Ashraful only two others Tamim and Razzaq could make a score of 20 + which is a shocking and pathetic performance

Second match :
Much better performance based on Raqibul’s masterful 89 supported by Ash ‘s 36 and useful contribution from and Riyad (24) and Alok (20)

Overall : Grade:C

Team Captaincy
Ash handled the bowlers well in the first match as evident from the fact that bowlers were able to restrict Pakistan from a strong position of 75 for 1 to 233 the last 6 wicket fell for 54 runs. Fielding was good as evident form their body language in the first One dayer
GRADE:C

Individual Performance

Tamim Iqbal Unlucky series . Just could not carry on with the good start in the first one dayer and unlucky to get out quickly in the second one dayer.
Grade:C

Shahriar Nafees
What can I say? Time for soul searching and fix problems either through Siddons or some other Coach. We all know he has huge talent .But if that talent cannot be put to use ,what good it is ?
GRADE:F

Mohammad Ashraful
Can’t blame much . One feels sorry for him to carry out Coaches ‘Bitter Pill to swallow’ instructions at personal skill’s expense. Also Nafees’s early exit in both the one dayers and some pathetic performance of the top and middle order put hIm under enormous pressure.

I am confident once the opening pair issue is solved he will play his natural game and build up good scores.
GRADE :C

Raqibul Hasan
The Find of the Tri Series . Hs impressed all and sundry wit with compact defense and offence. Is definitely a star of the future.
GRADE:A

Alok Kapali
What a comeback!. Proved there is no substitute to experience.

Great Performance with the ball in the First One dayer claiming 3 priceless wickets for 49.

Chipped in with 20 in the second one dayer when chips were down.
GRADE B


Mushfiqur Rahim
The Golden Boy looked confused . Disappointing show though took a marvellous catch to give Dollar Mahmud to enable him to earn his debut wicket. Scores of 15 and 6 at SR of
51.72 and 54.54 disappointed everyone. Let’s give him one more chance.

Who knows in the next phase he can become a Diamond Boy as cricket is a game of great unpredictability.
GRADE:D

Mahmudullah
Is a promising all rounder. Did well with the bat in the second one dayer.

Is a handy bowler. Though wicketless He was able to contain the batsman.
Grade:B

Shahadat
Unfortunate match for Shahadat.

Went wicketless for 46 runs in 6overs. Everyone felt the absence of Rasel.
Grade:D

Farhad Reza
Farhad Reza came in place of Shahadat in the second one dayer.

Failed to impress with the bat being run out for 5.

Bowlingwise was expensive though he managed to capture one wicket for 45 runs.
Grade:D

Mashrafe Mortaza
Nothing extraordinary . But had a great comeback spell in the first one dayer taking 2 for 36 both wickets coming in one over.

Could not do full justice with his reputation as a useful tailender batsman with scores of 0 and 13.

Disappointed to see him going wicketless in the second One Dayer.
Grade:C

Dollar Mahmud
Good debut . Nice to see him getting the first wicket albeit to a superb catch from Rahim. He is one of the few bowlers who got wickets in both the matches which is a good sign that he has wicket taking abilities and augurs well for the future.

He did went for runs in the second one dayer. But with experience he will come good.

Looks promising : BCB should stick with him.
Grade:B

Abdur Razzak
Great comeback. After a frustrating time with his IPL team where he sat out in the bench for the better part he came back with a bang and a great bowling performance in the first one dayer where he took 3 wickets for 35 including 2 wickets in 2 balls .

He also batted well as he always does in both one dayers and remained unconquered with 26 and 8 respectively.

Razzaq is a much improved batsman and should be played higher up the order .

Grade:A

Areas of improvement.

Opening Spot : We are definitely in a crisis situation for one of the opening spots as Nafees looked out of sorts in both the One dayers. Though not selected Javed should be summoned for consideration in matches that is coming after the Asia cup .

For any side if the opening combination cannot put up a decent score of at least a 50 it puts a lot of pressure on the subsequent batsman.

Bowling wise BD sorely missed the services of Rasel who is a proven wicket taking and economical bowler. He needs an immediate callback to reinforce the bowling department.

Wicket keeper Batsman. Rahim was unable to deliver the goods that was expected of him in either of the One dayers . To be fair to him Let’s give him another chance in the Asia Cup. If that does not work we have to go back to Dhiman .

It is high time we have Bowling and Fielding Coaches.

We want proven performers capable of giving instant results in the mould of Dav Whatmore.

Let’s meanwhile wait and see if Siddons and Ashraful can better our performance.

All the Best to Siddons, Ash & Co for the Asia Cup

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

zainab
June 17, 2008, 06:09 AM
I believe that Rasel has injured his ankle, and that is the reason he is out of the squad.Since his shoulder injury in NZ, he has been struggling, and then for his bad luck, he injured his ankle.

I feel that Ash should revert back to his natural way of batting. He is thoroughly confused at the moment, and I fear his performance might get worse.
As for Rahim, he should be given more chances. Dhiman is not better than him, but each national team should have 2 wicketkeepers and these two should be rotated.

ehteshamul
June 17, 2008, 07:18 AM
I believe that Rasel has injured his ankle, and that is the reason he is out of the squad.Since his shoulder injury in NZ, he has been struggling, and then for his bad luck, he injured his ankle.

I feel that Ash should revert back to his natural way of batting. He is thoroughly confused at the moment, and I fear his performance might get worse.
As for Rahim, he should be given more chances. Dhiman is not better than him, but each national team should have 2 wicketkeepers and these two should be rotated.


Hello Zainab Apu,

Thanks for the feedback.

Thanks for the update on Rasel . That feels me better.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

crikfreak
June 17, 2008, 09:33 AM
overall i'd say i wasn't too dissapointed with the series.. even though the guys didn't seem to have any aim of winning.. it wasn't that bad i think.. and as for rahim.. well.. 2 matches are really not fair.. he should continue for the asia cup.. and from there on.. both dhman and rahim should be used on a rotational basis like zainab apu said.. shahadat & farhad didn't get too much of a chance to impress.. good comeback by razzak and mash was average.. u want him to do better.. i wish ash would put a bit of spice into his batting.. but i dont want him to get out playing unnecasary shots.. something needs to be done with SN and as for rasel.. i hope he comes back soon.. he is missed by one and all..

Rifat
June 17, 2008, 09:40 AM
as-salamualaikum ehteshamul bhai,

is ehteshamul even your real name??

seondly, Bangladesh cricket is always appreciative of positive thinking fans like you :bighug:


your way of thinking is like: "let's enjoy the gift of Bangladeshi cricket, anything they do is a bonus :D"

ehteshamul
June 17, 2008, 08:16 PM
as-salamualaikum ehteshamul bhai,

is ehteshamul even your real name??

seondly, Bangladesh cricket is always appreciative of positive thinking fans like you :bighug:


your way of thinking is like: "let's enjoy the gift of Bangladeshi cricket, anything they do is a bonus :D"

Hello Riffat Bhaiyya,

Thanks for the feedback and appreciation.

Ehteshamul is my real First name and Haq is my last and family name.

However in friends circle it is Ehtesham.

In office it is Robin my nickname.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 17, 2008, 08:21 PM
overall i'd say i wasn't too dissapointed with the series.. even though the guys didn't seem to have any aim of winning.. it wasn't that bad i think.. and as for rahim.. well.. 2 matches are really not fair.. he should continue for the asia cup.. and from there on.. both dhman and rahim should be used on a rotational basis like zainab apu said.. shahadat & farhad didn't get too much of a chance to impress.. good comeback by razzak and mash was average.. u want him to do better.. i wish ash would put a bit of spice into his batting.. but i dont want him to get out playing unnecasary shots.. something needs to be done with SN and as for rasel.. i hope he comes back soon.. he is missed by one and all..

Hello crikfreak Bhaiyaa,

Thanks for your input in the thread. You are spot on.

I agree with you 100% on your observation.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

Foozy
June 17, 2008, 08:59 PM
A very good analysis.
much thanks for this... really appreciate it....
zainab already corrected the rassel issue... and the rest was brilliantly done...
enjoyed the read... keep it up bro!

on the opening issue... my suggestion would be to give junaed an extended run because it was unfair on him.... the whole switching too often and not letting him settle in or feel secure, where as SN was given far too many chances.
I would however recommend keeping SN in the fold... with the minnows for the time being to get him bak his confidence... and when he scores in the domestic too, we can try him again if someone else is on a low...

it would have been really good if the had SN in the academy team actually although i do understand it would be disgracing him... he is turning into a very sad story....:(

a big thumbs up to Alok! keep it up! if he performs either with bat or ball, he will get his form and confidence in the other as well. thats just how all rounders roll in general.

Keep it coming higher to Mahmudullah and Ash... i feel they hav tried well and have been doing fairly reasonable given the circumstances.

and man of the tournament award goes to Razzk... WELCOME BACK BUDDY!:D

ehteshamul
June 18, 2008, 04:52 AM
A very good analysis.
much thanks for this... really appreciate it....
zainab already corrected the rassel issue... and the rest was brilliantly done...
enjoyed the read... keep it up bro!

on the opening issue... my suggestion would be to give junaed an extended run because it was unfair on him.... the whole switching too often and not letting him settle in or feel secure, where as SN was given far too many chances.
I would however recommend keeping SN in the fold... with the minnows for the time being to get him bak his confidence... and when he scores in the domestic too, we can try him again if someone else is on a low...

it would have been really good if the had SN in the academy team actually although i do understand it would be disgracing him... he is turning into a very sad story....:(

a big thumbs up to Alok! keep it up! if he performs either with bat or ball, he will get his form and confidence in the other as well. thats just how all rounders roll in general.

Keep it coming higher to Mahmudullah and Ash... i feel they hav tried well and have been doing fairly reasonable given the circumstances.

and man of the tournament award goes to Razzk... WELCOME BACK BUDDY!:D


Hello Foozy,

Thanks for your Feedback and appreciation.

I agree with you 100 % on Shahriyar Nafis issue.

Shahriyar's form and performance is a matter of concern which as I have mentioned in my thread is putting the captain and rest of the team under great pressure.

One cannot blame Siddons much as it is difficult for a Coach to bring about major changes to techniques of a senior player.

We do not want to write off Shahriyar Nafis so soon. He was one of our key batsman and Vice captain of the team a few years back and he did put up a great performance against the World Champions Aussies some years back.

We all remember his outstanding performance against the Aussies with great pride.

He later on played a memorable undefeated century knock against Zimbabwe in an international tournament in India.

The hallmark of that innings was his excellent pacing. First fifty he grafted and played every ball on merit. Once he crossed fifty he cut loose and treated the Zimbabwean bowlers with utter disdain.

I also noticed that his confidence level grew so high in that match that for rest of the fifty he played without a helmet meaning he was seeing the ball like a balloon and also hinting to opposing bowlers that your bowling is kid stuff I don't need a helmet.

BCB which has of late is making some good decisions on different aspects of BD cricket needs to look beyond Siddons to correct Shahriyar's shortcomings.

But honestly speaking if you watch Shahriyar's batting during the last World Cup and against Pakistan in Pakistan and recently in the Kitply cup he is technically nowhere near Tamim or Junaed or Raqib or Saqib. Just watch his shots.

Shahriyar is probably the most educated amongst the present crop of BD cricketers.

He was doing MBA. Has he completed ? He is at ease and very fluent with the media . Those are plus points. If he can voluntarily take a break and work on his shortcomings he might have a good second innings .Cricketers like Gautam Gambhir who was left out of the team because of some shortcomings took advantage of this by doing soul searching, working hard on the faulty techiques and on comeback has turned into one of the top batsman of the Indian team these days.

I am sure Shahriyar will come back sooner or later after correcting his techniques.

My good wishes to Shahriyar !

You can do it Shahriyar.

Our prayers are with you.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

Tigers_eye
June 18, 2008, 09:04 AM
Very thorough analysis. Job well done. Here is mine.

F for the selectors. Reason being of sacking Dhiman for no good reason. Bringing in another debut in Dolar. Way too early. Farhad, Shahadat, Mash could have easily played both games. Not that the BD team is on a killing spree. One change would make all the difference. In Point scale: they get a 10 for retaining Raqibul, Riyad and giving them a chance.

Players: Tamim flopped. We have no choice but to stick with him.
SN: did the same. He needs to move down the order.
JS: If we can stick with SN, we certainly can stick with JS keeping an eye on the test position.
Ash: showed class in not scoring on Yunus Khan.
Raqibul: Already more consistant than Aftab Ahmed.
Mushi: Not his fault that he was selected. But since he was selected he can't be dropped only after two matches.
Alok: Thank you for your service and keeping the seat warm for Shakib.

akabir77
June 18, 2008, 09:38 AM
You guys r saying we should drop SN and let ZN play and make those zeros. But have you thought about what will this do to his confidence (ZN)? this will impact his TEST form too.

So i say siddon is doing the right thing here he is letting SN play and trying to correct his problem. And may be he will come good against Minnows in the mean time ZN is getting ready for ODI and TEST. he is solving his short coming outside NTL.

Its might show that ZN is not getting chances or what but i think its best for him and BD that he comes back with a bang. In the mean time Siddon is working with a stop gap solution.

So instead of saying bring back ZN bring back ZN we should be happy that Siddion is at least working in the background to create our NEXT HAIDDEN... So go Siddions go.

And Hope by the time ZN is ready, SN will find his form and can bat in the middle...

zainab
June 19, 2008, 04:49 PM
as-salamualaikum ehteshamul bhai,

is ehteshamul even your real name??

seondly, Bangladesh cricket is always appreciative of positive thinking fans like you :bighug:


your way of thinking is like: "let's enjoy the gift of Bangladeshi cricket, anything they do is a bonus :D"

I thoroughly agree here.:big_hug::big_hug:

Why am I called Apu? What does Apu mean in Bengali?

In Sri lanka a head butler is called an APU.

akabir77
June 19, 2008, 04:53 PM
I thoroughly agree here.:big_hug::big_hug:

Why am I called Apu? What does Apu mean in Bengali?

In Sri lanka a head butler is called an APU.

Apu in Bengali means Big sister. or Sister. Normally if the girl's age is greater then the person is calling then they are called by the name and apu at the end or just but saying apu...

rubel_18
June 19, 2008, 04:54 PM
I thoroughly agree here.:big_hug::big_hug:

Why am I called Apu? What does Apu mean in Bengali?

In Sri lanka a head butler is called an APU.

LOL dnt wry apu means sister in Bengali, Tamil is way different to Bengali so sum words mite sound same but mean totally different things

bujhee kom
June 19, 2008, 05:08 PM
I thoroughly agree here.:big_hug::big_hug:

Why am I called Apu? What does Apu mean in Bengali?

In Sri lanka a head butler is called an APU.


sister zainab,

"apu" is a much used (in bangladesh) affectionate version of the bengali word "apa" meaning big sister or sister in general!
we love you and we are truly blessed by your presence in our lives here in bc. your constant support for our young, fragile yet glorious tigers will only make them and all of us stronger and better souls!
by the way, many times it is you and our sohel nadeem rahman bhai inspired me to forgive our ashraful the magnificent and thus i learned to appreciate and understand him more!
apu pronounces like aa-pu!:big_hug:

lamisa
June 19, 2008, 10:55 PM
i wasnt too disapointed.we should take early wickts,i mean we can bowl strong oppositions out or @least take around7-8 wickets but they do not come @ the right times.fielding should be better,more aggressive and the coach is doing pretty well...

cricket_king
June 20, 2008, 01:41 AM
Terrible series to say the least. Those grades are quite fair I suppose. Maybe slightly lenient. Anyway....let's hope for a better Asia Cup. =]

tiger_club
June 20, 2008, 02:28 AM
Well done "ehteshamul"! I'm very pleased to see your thorough analysis of the current BD squad. Keep it up.

Baundule
June 20, 2008, 02:45 AM
Very thorough analysis. Job well done. Here is mine.

F for the selectors. Reason being of sacking Dhiman for no good reason. Bringing in another debut in Dolar. Way too early. Farhad, Shahadat, Mash could have easily played both games. Not that the BD team is on a killing spree. One change would make all the difference. In Point scale: they get a 10 for retaining Raqibul, Riyad and giving them a chance.

Players: Tamim flopped. We have no choice but to stick with him.
SN: did the same. He needs to move down the order.
JS: If we can stick with SN, we certainly can stick with JS keeping an eye on the test position.
Ash: showed class in not scoring on Yunus Khan.
Raqibul: Already more consistant than Aftab Ahmed.
Mushi: Not his fault that he was selected. But since he was selected he can't be dropped only after two matches.
Alok: Thank you for your service and keeping the seat warm for Shakib.

Seems I don't need to add anything to this, except that JS also means Jamie Siddons and the sticking with him thing does apply. :up:

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:02 AM
Very thorough analysis. Job well done. Here is mine.

F for the selectors. Reason being of sacking Dhiman for no good reason. Bringing in another debut in Dolar. Way too early. Farhad, Shahadat, Mash could have easily played both games. Not that the BD team is on a killing spree. One change would make all the difference. In Point scale: they get a 10 for retaining Raqibul, Riyad and giving them a chance.

Players: Tamim flopped. We have no choice but to stick with him.
SN: did the same. He needs to move down the order.
JS: If we can stick with SN, we certainly can stick with JS keeping an eye on the test position.
Ash: showed class in not scoring on Yunus Khan.
Raqibul: Already more consistant than Aftab Ahmed.
Mushi: Not his fault that he was selected. But since he was selected he can't be dropped only after two matches.
Alok: Thank you for your service and keeping the seat warm for Shakib.

Hello Tiger’s eye Bhaiyya,

Thanks for your feedback, input and appreciation.

I have always enjoyed your postings, threads.

I am very impressed by your indepth knowledge of Cricket and Bangladesh Cricket.
in particular.

I want to acknowledge the fact that I become enlightened by reading your postings, threads.

In that context you are an asset to BanglaCricket forum and readers.

Thanking you again.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:08 AM
Well done "ehteshamul"! I'm very pleased to see your thorough analysis of the current BD squad. Keep it up.

Hello tiger_club Bhaiyya,

Thanks for the feedback and appreciation

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:10 AM
Terrible series to say the least. Those grades are quite fair I suppose. Maybe slightly lenient. Anyway....let's hope for a better Asia Cup. =]


Hello cricket_king Bhaiyya,

Thanks for the feedback and appreciation

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:14 AM
i wasnt too disapointed.we should take early wickts,i mean we can bowl strong oppositions out or @least take around7-8 wickets but they do not come @ the right times.fielding should be better,more aggressive and the coach is doing pretty well...

Hello Lamisa Apu,

Thanks for the feedback and input.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:40 AM
I thoroughly agree here.:big_hug::big_hug:

Why am I called Apu? What does Apu mean in Bengali?

In Sri lanka a head butler is called an APU.

Hello Zainab Apu,

Apu is a customized version of the Bengali word Apa which means sister.

Apa is used when you are formal with somebody and typically you address that with somebody older than you.

Apu is used when you are close or informal with somebody and the person can be older or younger than you.

In West Bengal India where people speak the same language they use Didi for sister.

With somebody much younger and very close and out of adoration I have seen people using Didi Moni.

You are in the safe zone.(Just kidding!)

Hope this helps

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:44 AM
You guys r saying we should drop SN and let ZN play and make those zeros. But have you thought about what will this do to his confidence (ZN)? this will impact his TEST form too.

So i say siddon is doing the right thing here he is letting SN play and trying to correct his problem. And may be he will come good against Minnows in the mean time ZN is getting ready for ODI and TEST. he is solving his short coming outside NTL.

Its might show that ZN is not getting chances or what but i think its best for him and BD that he comes back with a bang. In the mean time Siddon is working with a stop gap solution.

So instead of saying bring back ZN bring back ZN we should be happy that Siddion is at least working in the background to create our NEXT HAIDDEN... So go Siddions go.

And Hope by the time ZN is ready, SN will find his form and can bat in the middle...

Hello akabir77 Bhaiyya,

Thanks for the feedback and input.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:48 AM
Seems I don't need to add anything to this, except that JS also means Jamie Siddons and the sticking with him thing does apply. :up:

Hello Baundule Bhaiyya,

Thanks for the feedback and input.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:55 AM
sister zainab,

"apu" is a much used (in bangladesh) affectionate version of the bengali word "apa" meaning big sister or sister in general!
we love you and we are truly blessed by your presence in our lives here in bc. your constant support for our young, fragile yet glorious tigers will only make them and all of us stronger and better souls!
by the way, many times it is you and our sohel nadeem rahman bhai inspired me to forgive our ashraful the magnificent and thus i learned to appreciate and understand him more!
apu pronounces like aa-pu!:big_hug:

Hello Bujhee kom Bhaiyyam,

Thanks for your insights on meaning of Apu in Bengali.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

ehteshamul
June 20, 2008, 03:58 AM
LOL dnt wry apu means sister in Bengali, Tamil is way different to Bengali so sum words mite sound same but mean totally different things

Hello rubel_18 Bhaiyya,

Thanks for your insights on meaning of Apu in Bengali.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

zainab
June 20, 2008, 06:16 AM
sister zainab,

"apu" is a much used (in bangladesh) affectionate version of the bengali word "apa" meaning big sister or sister in general!
we love you and we are truly blessed by your presence in our lives here in bc. your constant support for our young, fragile yet glorious tigers will only make them and all of us stronger and better souls!
by the way, many times it is you and our sohel nadeem rahman bhai inspired me to forgive our ashraful the magnificent and thus i learned to appreciate and understand him more!
apu pronounces like aa-pu!:big_hug:

Thanks very much for these kind words. In Urdu, it is Bari Bahen, or Didi.
I am glad that you forgive my little sweetie Ashraful. I love him, regardless. In fact, in my whole life, I have never been so passionate about any cricketer until I saw this precocious little fella batting like a little demon in Sri Lanka, making his test century breaking the record held by the youngest Pakistani Test centurion after 40 yrs(1961) Ashraful is a gift from Allah for doing this and still hold that record. I doubt that any country will send a boy 17 yrs old to play test cricket, even if he does, he will be shaking in his boots.
It is because of him that I became so interested in BD cricket, but now I like so many other players e.g. Tamim, Rahim, Aftab, Sakib, Mash and the list goes on.
MY sisters are also big fans of these young lads and they follow the matches, Also my 2 brothers and cousins who live in Guyana and who have met all of them at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown.

All you members here, continue calling me Apu, and if you do not bash Ash too harshly, I will still be among your ranks. By the way, I adopted a little brother from Chittagong and we speak on the phone. I wish I knew Bengali and he knew a bit more English. Now I have to learn Bengali, so I have ordered some learning materials. He does speak a bit of Urdu mixed with Hindi, so I can communicate with him.

Cheers
Allah Hafez

Zain

ehteshamul
June 21, 2008, 04:29 AM
Thanks very much for these kind words. In Urdu, it is Bari Bahen, or Didi.
I am glad that you forgive my little sweetie Ashraful. I love him, regardless. In fact, in my whole life, I have never been so passionate about any cricketer until I saw this precocious little fella batting like a little demon in Sri Lanka, making his test century breaking the record held by the youngest Pakistani Test centurion after 40 yrs(1961) Ashraful is a gift from Allah for doing this and still hold that record. I doubt that any country will send a boy 17 yrs old to play test cricket, even if he does, he will be shaking in his boots.
It is because of him that I became so interested in BD cricket, but now I like so many other players e.g. Tamim, Rahim, Aftab, Sakib, Mash and the list goes on.
MY sisters are also big fans of these young lads and they follow the matches, Also my 2 brothers and cousins who live in Guyana and who have met all of them at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown.

All you members here, continue calling me Apu, and if you do not bash Ash too harshly, I will still be among your ranks. By the way, I adopted a little brother from Chittagong and we speak on the phone. I wish I knew Bengali and he knew a bit more English. Now I have to learn Bengali, so I have ordered some learning materials. He does speak a bit of Urdu mixed with Hindi, so I can communicate with him.

Cheers
Allah Hafez

Zain


GREAT POST!

Hello Zainab Apu,

This as a great post.

Rest assured once our opening problem is solved Ash will get into his groove

and unleash killer knocks that he only is capable of and Rewrite History and bring laurels for Bangladesh.

We are all touched by the fact that you have adopted a Bangladeshi boy and taking

initiatives to learn Bengalee.

Believe me Bengalee is a great language and it will be worth your time invested .

We have great poets, writers both from Bangladesh and West Bengal where people also speak the same language.

Once your learning curve of Bengalee reaches intermediate level you can immerse yourself in the wonderful and infinite world of Bengalee literature which has a very rich heritage and zillions things to offer.

My best wishes in your noble endeavour .

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

bujhee kom
June 21, 2008, 03:37 PM
Thanks very much for these kind words. In Urdu, it is Bari Bahen, or Didi.
I am glad that you forgive my little sweetie Ashraful. I love him, regardless. In fact, in my whole life, I have never been so passionate about any cricketer until I saw this precocious little fella batting like a little demon in Sri Lanka, making his test century breaking the record held by the youngest Pakistani Test centurion after 40 yrs(1961) Ashraful is a gift from Allah for doing this and still hold that record. I doubt that any country will send a boy 17 yrs old to play test cricket, even if he does, he will be shaking in his boots.
It is because of him that I became so interested in BD cricket, but now I like so many other players e.g. Tamim, Rahim, Aftab, Sakib, Mash and the list goes on.
MY sisters are also big fans of these young lads and they follow the matches, Also my 2 brothers and cousins who live in Guyana and who have met all of them at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown.

All you members here, continue calling me Apu, and if you do not bash Ash too harshly, I will still be among your ranks. By the way, I adopted a little brother from Chittagong and we speak on the phone. I wish I knew Bengali and he knew a bit more English. Now I have to learn Bengali, so I have ordered some learning materials. He does speak a bit of Urdu mixed with Hindi, so I can communicate with him.

Cheers
Allah Hafez

Zain

GREAT POST!

Hello Zainab Apu,

This as a great post.

Rest assured once our opening problem is solved Ash will get into his groove

and unleash killer knocks that he only is capable of and Rewrite History and bring laurels for Bangladesh.

We are all touched by the fact that you have adopted a Bangladeshi boy and taking

initiatives to learn Bengalee.

Believe me Bengalee is a great language and it will be worth your time invested .

We have great poets, writers both from Bangladesh and West Bengal where people also speak the same language.

Once your learning curve of Bengalee reaches intermediate level you can immerse yourself in the wonderful and infinite world of Bengalee literature which has a very rich heritage and zillions things to offer.

My best wishes in your noble endeavour .

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

yes zainab apu as robin (ehtesham) said it is indeed a great post! i am very much touched by the fact that you adopted a brother from chittagong! many bc members here are originally from chittagong or have family roots in chittagong! as a matter of fact if i am not mikstaken, tamim iqbal, nafees iqbal, nazimuddin and many other our beloved cricketers are all from the beautiful city or district of chittagong!

thank you and brother robin, for always nurturing the good and bringing out the positives in our lives!

lamisa
June 22, 2008, 12:01 AM
Thanks very much for these kind words. In Urdu, it is Bari Bahen, or Didi.
I am glad that you forgive my little sweetie Ashraful. I love him, regardless. In fact, in my whole life, I have never been so passionate about any cricketer until I saw this precocious little fella batting like a little demon in Sri Lanka, making his test century breaking the record held by the youngest Pakistani Test centurion after 40 yrs(1961) Ashraful is a gift from Allah for doing this and still hold that record. I doubt that any country will send a boy 17 yrs old to play test cricket, even if he does, he will be shaking in his boots.
It is because of him that I became so interested in BD cricket, but now I like so many other players e.g. Tamim, Rahim, Aftab, Sakib, Mash and the list goes on.
MY sisters are also big fans of these young lads and they follow the matches, Also my 2 brothers and cousins who live in Guyana and who have met all of them at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown.

All you members here, continue calling me Apu, and if you do not bash Ash too harshly, I will still be among your ranks. By the way, I adopted a little brother from Chittagong and we speak on the phone. I wish I knew Bengali and he knew a bit more English. Now I have to learn Bengali, so I have ordered some learning materials. He does speak a bit of Urdu mixed with Hindi, so I can communicate with him.

Cheers
Allah Hafez

Zain

r u soo sweet!!

shujan
June 22, 2008, 01:15 AM
How come this sharreer guy keeps on getting in the team when Junaid is available. SN guy is a waste.

ehteshamul
June 22, 2008, 02:44 AM
yes zainab apu as robin (ehtesham) said it is indeed a great post! i am very much touched by the fact that you adopted a brother from chittagong! many bc members here are originally from chittagong or have family roots in chittagong! as a matter of fact if i am not mikstaken, tamim iqbal, nafees iqbal, nazimuddin and many other our beloved cricketers are all from the beautiful city or district of chittagong!

thank you and brother robin, for always nurturing the good and bringing out the positives in our lives!

THANKS! BD VS UAE WILL HAVE OFFICIAL ODI STATUS

Hello bujhee kom Bhaiyya,

Thanks for your appreciation as always you do for all my postings.

I know you have enquired in different threads whether the One day Match of BD VS UAE will have official ODI status.

I have good news for you.

Here we go.

The Asia Cup is an international cricket tournament.

The International Cricket Council has ruled that all games played for the Asia Cup have official One Day International status. Therefore our One day match against UAE will have official One Day International status

The Source of information is Wikipedia which is a very reliable source.

My gut feeling is that India will lift the trophy this time. However Pakistan and Sri lanka are serious contenders too..As we all know Cricket s a game of glorious uncertainty. In that context any one of them can lift the trophy.

With Siddons now airing POSITIVE STATEMENTS one hopes the boys will pull up their socks and give a good account of themselves in batting, bowing and fielding. If we are able to sort our opening pair problem we should be able to give a good fight.

One hopes BCB Selectors, Coach Siddons will sort out this before the start of the tournament.

As a bonus I am also giving a run down of results of all the previous Asian Cups held during the period ( 1984 – 2004 ).

Though the current champion is Sri lanka , India has won it most times - 4.

Year 1984
Host UAE
Champion India
Runner-Up Sri Lanka

Year 1986
Host Sri Lanka
Champion Sri Lanka
Runner- Up Pakistan

Year 1988
Host Bangladesh
Champion India
Runner-Up Sri Lanka

Year 1990-91
Host India
Champion India
Runner-Up Sri Lanka

Year 1993
Host Pakistan
The event was cancelled.

Year 1995
Host UAE
Champion India
Runner Sri Lanka

Year 1997
Host Sri Lanka
Champion Sri Lanka
Runner India

Year 2000
Host Bangladesh
Champion Pakistan
Runner Sri Lanka

Year 2004
Host Sri Lanka
Champion Sri Lanka
Runner India

Hope this helps.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!

zainab
June 22, 2008, 06:43 AM
Seems that SL is either the winner or the Champions. Let's see what happens this year. They have not been doing too well and they will be playing against 2 super teams.
But I want our young guns to fire also.

ehteshamul
June 23, 2008, 08:52 PM
How come this sharreer guy keeps on getting in the team when Junaid is available. SN guy is a waste.

BCB'S preference of Shahriyar Nafees over Junaed

Hello Shujan Bhaiyya,

Both Junaed and Shahriyar Nafees is out of form these days.

Because of Shahriyar Nafees’s good performance in the domestic league most likely he was preferred over Junaed.

Unfortunately Shahriyar Nafees’s performance in Kitply cup has been very disappointing.

Technically Junaed is way better than Shahriyar Nafees.

Junaed has however been selected in Bangladesh A Team that is touring England and Ireland later this year too give him enough opportunites to get his confidence and form back.

I am confident this tour will do him a world of good before we encounter two super heavyweights Australia and South Africa later this year.

I think this has been a good decision taken by BCB.

Hope this helps.

Allah Hafez.

Cheers!