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Rubu
February 28, 2004, 12:31 AM
According to the yahoo weather forcat and cricinfo feature, on day three, once again the match will be between rain and the groundmen. And, most likely rain gonna win. So, this is for all the fans in USA, turn off the pc and go to sleep. there is no point to stay awake 'til 2:30. For other, keep watching and see how our best chance to win a test disappear right in front of our eyes.

http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/ZIXX0001_f.html

AGC
February 28, 2004, 02:40 AM
Great! I can't believe this.

AGC
February 28, 2004, 03:46 AM
Any updates? Does anyone know when the next inspection is or whats going on?

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 04:00 AM
Zimbabwe have won the toss and will be Bowling.

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 04:02 AM
Bangladesh team:
Hannan Sarkar, Shahriar Hossain, Tapash Baisya, *Habibul Bashar,
Rajin Saleh, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahman,
Manjural Islam Rana, +Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique,
Alamgir Kabir.

Zimbabwe team:
DD Ebrahim, TR Gripper, SV Carlisle, GW Flower, +T Taibu,
S Matsikenyeri, *HH Streak, TJ Friend, NB Mahwire, RW Price,
DT Hondo.

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 04:08 AM
1st run came from no ball

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 04:16 AM
2nd run comes from wide

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 04:18 AM
In the end, a run is a run whether it's ...

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 04:25 AM
it is obvious they r tring to draw... coz they r not tring to score. They needed to play like this in the 1st test, 2nd innings

crickipagol
February 28, 2004, 04:37 AM
Wow! Thrid run is a Leg bye. We certainly dont mind...

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 04:40 AM
Just another low scoring match!

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 04:42 AM
runs of bat

8.2 Streak to Shahriar Hossain, two runs, fuller ball, pushed into
cover and gets off the mark

fab
February 28, 2004, 04:47 AM
well, whatever the run rate, it is nice to see they are playing responsibly for a change.

capslock
February 28, 2004, 05:04 AM
We made it to lunch without losing a wicket!! AMAZING!!!!

fab
February 28, 2004, 05:05 AM
cricinfo has stopped giving updates for nearly 5 minutes now. Anyone know what is happening?

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 05:06 AM
24/0

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 05:07 AM
13.6 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, no run, guided to gully
13.5 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, no run, outside off, left alone
13.4 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, no run, outside off, left alone
13.3 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, no run
13.3 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, (noball) no run
13.2 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, no run, wider ball, outside off, left
alone
13.1 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, no run, well outside off, left alone
13.1 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, (noball) no run, again overstepping,
outside off, left alone
13.1 Mahwire to Hannan Sarkar, (noball) no run, fuller ball, swings
away, outside off, left alone

Navarene
February 28, 2004, 05:12 AM
poor Mahwire...

[Edited on 28-2-2004 by Navarene]

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 06:01 AM
After Lunch:

Bangladesh 51/0 (18.0 ov)

27 runs in 4 overs!

crickipagol
February 28, 2004, 06:10 AM
After Lunch.

40 Runs in 6 Overs!

[Edited on 28-2-2004 by crickipagol]

fais
February 28, 2004, 06:11 AM
Our players have really started to smash the zimbabwean bowlers everywhere. :P:fire: Its superb to see for once but I hope they dont play one to many shots and get out.

oracle
February 28, 2004, 06:11 AM
What is the opening partnership record for BD?

raju
February 28, 2004, 06:12 AM
Originally posted by oracle
What is the opening partnership record for BD?

crickipagol
February 28, 2004, 06:15 AM
And captain starts with this:

20.6 Ervine to Habibul Bashar, no run, again pitches on off and swings
in, hit on pads very high, again appeal for lbw, declined

sohasan
February 28, 2004, 06:17 AM
Crossing fingers for Sumon. I really wish to see him coming out from this form.

fais
February 28, 2004, 06:17 AM
its 73 between Al Shariar and Javed Omar two years ago against the zimbos

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 06:18 AM
Originally posted by oracle
What is the opening partnership record for BD?

73 Runs by Javed Omar & Al Sahariar Bangladesh v Zimbabwe MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong 2001/02

Source (http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Records/Bangladesh/Tests/Highest_Partnerships.html)

sohasan
February 28, 2004, 06:22 AM
What is he doing? Again mistimed!!! And try to pull !!!

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 06:25 AM
That's very much him.

sohasan
February 28, 2004, 06:27 AM
Dude.........it's not refreshing now...23.2 and then ???

raju
February 28, 2004, 06:28 AM
73/2

[Edited on 28-2-2004 by raju]

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 06:29 AM
??

raju
February 28, 2004, 06:29 AM
Originally posted by chinaman
??

raju
February 28, 2004, 06:30 AM

fais
February 28, 2004, 06:31 AM
another dismal performance by sumon:(

sohasan
February 28, 2004, 06:33 AM
Habibul Bashar c Friend b Streak 4 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36
23.5 Streak to Habibul Bashar, OUT: Gone! fuller ball, swings away,
edges it to slip, Friends takes a good sharp catch

crickipagol
February 28, 2004, 06:34 AM
It's 73/3. Sarkar Out.

This is how the game goes!

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 06:35 AM
another one!!! :(:(:(

sohasan
February 28, 2004, 06:35 AM
Hannan gone ,too!!!

We can never change our trend! Can we?

raju
February 28, 2004, 06:35 AM

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 06:38 AM
At least the collapse came after 60.

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 06:41 AM
:fire:

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 06:46 AM
That's what Dav's doing too.

shahidullah
February 28, 2004, 06:53 AM
captain leads from the front!!!!!
But to what?

sage
February 28, 2004, 06:59 AM
When Batsman go into dry spell. Sometimes It is very hard to get back in rythm. Whoever played cricket for 2 or 3 season will understand what I am talking about. If anybody can get back in the form it is Habbib. Leave your biting for something else. ;)

[Edited on 28-2-2004 by sage]

sasharif
February 28, 2004, 07:02 AM
Basically Habibul and Rokon are very much similar standard player. The only difference is Rokon usuallly does not get any life for those odacious lofted shots, Habibul usually gets one or two lives in his innigs. I still feel any way his records speak for itself and he is still one of our better batesmen. However, ther is no doubt he is very much irresponsible when batting. I wonder how can such an irresponsible bates man make a good and rsponsible captain. The day we made him captain, we killed him as a bates man. I still feel there is needs for some responsible old guards to steady the ship in th middle. I accept we need young guns especially in the bowling department. I am however, sick and tired of hearing about so called "teen age sensations" and "young talets" who are capable of scoring 20-30 odds runs after 10-15 outings. We wnat some respectebility in our scor board, before we are able to groom those ?talents (most whom are irresponsible, attributed to their age). Hannan should get some lessons like Ashraful. I am happy taht U19 team did not perform well, other wise the selectors could have called 5 of them for the ODIs. There is no short cut way to experience and maturity. look at Irfan Pathan, Indians though he is an excellent bowler like Pollock ro Mcgrath as he bowled brilliantly against BDU19 team. He is no doubt against teams like BD and Zim, but was tore apart by Aus.

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 07:05 AM
well said

sage
February 28, 2004, 07:07 AM
Originally posted by sasharif
Basically Habibul and Rokon are very much similar standard player. The only difference is Rokon usuallly does not get any life for those odacious lofted shots, Habibul usually gets one or two lives in his innigs. I still feel any way his records speak for itself and he is still one of our better batesmen. However, ther is no doubt he is very much irresponsible when batting. I wonder how can such an irresponsible bates man make a good and rsponsible captain. The day we made him captain, we killed him as a bates man. I still feel there is needs for some responsible old guards to steady the ship in th middle. I accept we need young guns especially in the bowling department. I am however, sick and tired of hearing about so called "teen age sensations" and "young talets" who are capable of scoring 20-30 odds runs after 10-15 outings. We wnat some respectebility in our scor board, before we are able to groom those ?talents (most whom are irresponsible, attributed to their age). Hannan should get some lessons like Ashraful. I am happy taht U19 team did not perform well, other wise the selectors could have called 5 of them for the ODIs. There is no short cut way to experience and maturity. look at Irfan Pathan, Indians though he is an excellent bowler like Pollock ro Mcgrath as he bowled brilliantly against BDU19 team. He is no doubt against teams like BD and Zim, but was tore apart by Aus.

This is Garbage!! I am seek of garbage like this.

sohasan
February 28, 2004, 07:07 AM
NO for Sujon if you are pointing to him. We dont have any place for him with due respect. We have to find someone to be our captain among the best 11. Captain cannot be someone outside of best 11.

shaheen
February 28, 2004, 07:08 AM
Habibul need more time to understand what is the role of Captain's knock in Cricket

mahbubH
February 28, 2004, 07:09 AM
I like what u said ..:flag:

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:13 AM

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 07:14 AM
:tiger::lol:

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:14 AM
:fire:

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 07:14 AM
Dear sage

Let him express what he likes to say. We already discussed about it at length in the past. He's new, proly didn't even get chance to read them all. Cheers.

shaheen
February 28, 2004, 07:14 AM
Hopefully this new young pair will be more responsible then their seniors:P

sasharif
February 28, 2004, 07:18 AM
I did not mean Khaled Mahmood, I think he was a wors choice. On the contrary I don't think age always equates good performance. But I am sure if Atahar Ali comes out and bat, at his age he can still bat better than those teen age sensations. Obviously I don't propose taht he comes out of his retirement. But i think Aminul, Mehrab etc can still be better stabilising factros in the middle order.

Navarene
February 28, 2004, 07:18 AM
Do you guys think that this ongoing test will have a result considering 2 more days to go? I am losing interest eventually.

sage
February 28, 2004, 07:20 AM
sasharif I am sorry!! Just not in a good mood. You know why!! You gave it a thought. Thats encouraging.:)
I like to welcome you in the board warmly?:lol:

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 07:20 AM
me too

fais
February 28, 2004, 07:20 AM
now that i see how our batsmen are performing its good that this is a three-day match at least that way we will be able to draw. At the rate our batsmen are going they will be all out for 150 give or take a few

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:21 AM
I know many of u wont like it ......but rokon is the most talented player we got. But all his talent is weasted.....he scored well in away matches.....every coach liked him because he has sound techniq......

but as like other players of BD.....he has some serious mental problem......

I wish there is something that can be done abt it.....:lol:

See it is not easy to score 167 even against namibia....right?

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 07:25 AM
by the way sage... wat do u mean i jinxed us the last 26 matches?:-/

sasharif
February 28, 2004, 07:27 AM
In fact no player should be given a test cap if he does not perform cosnsitantly in domestic competition for 2 consecutive seasons. I think our players are gettign test cap at a rate of our polpulation growth. At the age 15/16 or may be 18/19 they are getting test cap before event understanding the load comes with it. Test cricket is not a back yard cricket and not played with tennis ball. We all know what is the avarage age of the Australian players.

Navarene
February 28, 2004, 07:27 AM
god these guys can't even save a curtailed 3 day test!

sage
February 28, 2004, 07:31 AM
Originally posted by Hasib
by the way sage... wat do u mean i jinxed us the last 26 matches?:-/

Kothar kotha!!

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:31 AM

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:31 AM

sasharif
February 28, 2004, 07:34 AM
Look at that Rajin has survived a run out. Is an ODI? I wonder, what is the game plan? Just score some quick runs? What a shameful irresponsibility!

crickipagol
February 28, 2004, 07:34 AM
It is going to be worse than 1st test 2nd innings.........

Navarene
February 28, 2004, 07:34 AM
4 darn wickets in just 23 runs :mad:

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:34 AM
H Sarkar b Ervine 25 72 5 0 34.72

S Hossain c Taibu b Ervine 31 70 5 0 44.29

H Bashar c Friend b Streak 4 11 0 0 36.36

R Saleh c Ervine b Hondo 6 34 1 0 17.65

M Ashraful c Carlisle b Friend 1 34 0 0 2.94

now my question is....if the caondition is bad for batting....how the first 2 guys were able to score?

if the condition is good then why the rest failed.....

i wonder!

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 07:34 AM
:fire::fanflag::fire:

reverse_swing
February 28, 2004, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by raju
H Sarkar b Ervine 25 72 5 0 34.72

S Hossain c Taibu b Ervine 31 70 5 0 44.29

H Bashar c Friend b Streak 4 11 0 0 36.36

R Saleh c Ervine b Hondo 6 34 1 0 17.65

M Ashraful c Carlisle b Friend 1 34 0 0 2.94

now my question is....if the caondition is bad for batting....how the first 2 guys were able to score?

if the condition is good then why the rest failed.....

i wonder!

first 2 guys were lucky I should say

fais
February 28, 2004, 07:36 AM
mushfique and rana better put on a few runs on the scorecard since after these two are out we are done for!!!

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:36 AM
:fire::mad::fire::mad::
:-/:-/:-/:-/:-/:-/:-/:info::info::info::exclamation::exclamation::excla mation::fire::fire::fire::fire:

BangladeshCricket
February 28, 2004, 07:37 AM
I lost my words...this is a total show of irresponsibility...driving upishly...is he playing practice match i mean practicing for catches...Now I agree we are not even good enough to play this level of cricket...it'z pathetic and miserable.

MaBuKa
February 28, 2004, 07:38 AM
:fanflag:

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:38 AM

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:39 AM
:fanflag::fire::fanflag::fire::flag:
:-/:-/:-/:exclamation::exclamation::exclamation::info::info :

:snob:

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 07:41 AM
geez... this is bad... the pitch is gonna get worse...

fais
February 28, 2004, 07:41 AM
there is no point in playing this match. they just need to call this match off or reschedule it somewhere else

crickipagol
February 28, 2004, 07:41 AM
It is so irresponsible of god to send the Rain so late. huh...

sasharif
February 28, 2004, 07:41 AM
I really fel pity of Dave Whatmore

MaBuKa
February 28, 2004, 07:41 AM
:fanflag:
it's raining

raju
February 28, 2004, 07:46 AM
Out Of My Mind
By Anil Dharker


Throw the ball, Murali, Lee and Akhtar







Muttiah Muralitharan


It isn't just Bob Simpson saying it. You would have to be blind not to see that cricket is full of chuckers. And that unless something is done about it, the epidemic will spread and make a mockery of cricket.

That's no exaggeration when you remember that three of the world's most high profile bowlers chuck. Muttaiah Murlitharan throws every single ball without exception. And he is now the third highest wicket-taker in history, his 485 Test wickets just behind Shane Warne's 491, and within catching distance of Courtney Walsh's 519.

The other two are occasional chuckers. Both Brett Lee and Shoab Akhtar throw when they are striving for that extra mile. In fact, next time the speed gun shows a new record for the world's fastest ball, a video recording should simultaneously zoom in to the bowler's bent elbow. Then everyone will make the obvious equation: bent elbow is equal to a faster ball. Next thing you know, a whole generation of youngsters will fail to straighten their arm. "We are following in the footsteps of Lee and Akhtar," they will say. And who will be able to call them when the best known culprits in the game will have gone unscathed?

Muralitharan is even worse because he never bowls. He only chucks. Apparently a physical deformity makes him unable to straighten his arm and the ICC took that into consideration when clearing him. That may be fair to him, but is it fair to batsmen? And is it fair to cricket?

Obviously the additional leverage which he gets from his bent elbow and its jerky action lets him impart an extra bit of spin and a more than extra bit of turn. In other words, his handicap becomes his advantage. Should such a "bowler" be allowed to bowl?

By the same token, there are other bowlers who should be, or should have been, outlawed. Grant Flower is one, though he is so innocuous no one notices. B S Chandrashekhar shouldn't have been allowed to bowl but you can't apply the law retrospectively.

But you should apply the law evenly to everyone now. Suppose I claim; and claim with medical evidence; that I speed excessively when I drive because my right leg is a problem leg which stiffens uncontrollably. Will that be accepted by the authorities? Or are they not likely to ban me from driving completely? They will undoubtedly do so. And everyone will agree that the ban is justified. So why not apply that even-handed justice to all and sundry in cricket? If the Muralitharans and the Flowers and the Chandreshekhars of the world cannot bowl with the correct action, they should take up another sport. The Javelin, for instance. They have the perfect action for that. Or may be take up baseball and become pitchers.

Bob Simpson has made the interesting point that even if a lax ICC should clear a bowler (as it did Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh, Shoab Akhtar etc), it shouldn't be seen as a clearance for life. The clearance can only be temporary and should not stop umpires from calling the bowler if they see a suspect action.

Will this happen? It won't. Only a few Australian umpires have dared to call Muralitharan, and, frankly, many Australian umpires are biased or incompetent or both. Other umpires from other countries are far too craven to make trouble. They have well paid jobs and they won't do anything to jeopardise them. Even if it means turning a completely blind eye to chuckers.

It's about time the ICC restored full powers to the umpires in the middle. That means getting rid of the Match Referee for sure. Match Referees have done such a terrible job so far, coming down heavily on minor infractions, letting go major offenders, that they are a disgrace to their calling. Yes, we need a Third Umpire, and we need to use him more. But we need only umpires. No Referees. No ICC panel.

And we need a strict, even-handed adherence to the laws of cricket.

sage
February 28, 2004, 07:58 AM
After this BD Phsycologist will hire phsycologists to fix his own neuro alignment.

[Edited on 28-2-2004 by sage]

[Edited on 28-2-2004 by sage]

shahidullah
February 28, 2004, 08:04 AM
can we draw this game? how many seconds left..........oh its raining again.

sage
February 28, 2004, 08:07 AM
If Murali woudn't be that good then It wouldn't be an issue. Teams are talking about it so much because they cannot stand in front him. I saw the England VS Srilanka match. England batsman were dancing to face his ball. It was so funny. They couldn't even pad the ball. Murali humiliate them in the field, thats why they are crying now. I feel strongly for Murali. Go Murali Go ..... Make them a joke. I love it.:lol:

sage
February 28, 2004, 08:11 AM
Originally posted by shahidullah
can we draw this game? how many seconds left..........oh its raining again.


:lol::lol::lol::lol:

MaBuKa
February 28, 2004, 08:12 AM
:tiger:

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 08:17 AM
Guys... we DON'T want it to rain... we need a nice and dry pitch!!!

fab
February 28, 2004, 08:21 AM
Lets hope it keeps raining till the end of the 5th day. Achieving a draw by playing cricket seems to be beyond the capability of our national team.

fais
February 28, 2004, 08:22 AM
I agree with Anil Dharkar we need to watch chuckers more carefully and ban bowlers for ever that keep on chucking even after warnings, e.g Akhtar. As for Murali I do not think that just because he is deformed he should be allowed to chuck the ball. If we are allowed to break a rule because of a deformity then we would be ending up breaking every rule in cricket if some more people with other deformities came to play cricket. A rule is a rule and we can't just break it for the benefit for one person and the disadvantaged of many batsmen in the world. I am sorry if he has to chuck the ball he should go play baseball or something.

sage
February 28, 2004, 08:24 AM
Murali has air swing, it can be inswing or outswing. Then after the ball drops it can be off break or leag break. Batsman cannot even figure out where the ball gonna bounce so that they can bring there bat and pad to block it.
Now after the ball bounce it can take any direction. England batsman were dancing just to follow the ball.
On the top of it, This unpredectible bowling is not his only magic. He also understand batsman very well. He can see their brain. He can read their thoughts. Thats what make him deadly. He is just awsome. One of the best.

ICC say, we are sympathetic to disables!! Wow!!! such a noble thing to say. They even let a disable bowl, but he cannot be too good. Hypocrasy!!! :duh:

Hasib
February 28, 2004, 08:26 AM
If this is a draw, the media will say it was certain to be a crushing defeat, only saved by the rain. No guys, we must try and win. Who knows how Zimbabwe might go on a wet pitch?

fais
February 28, 2004, 08:31 AM
the only reason our batsmen are doing so bad i believe is because they are having to bat on a soaking wet pitch. i wish we had won the toss.

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 08:42 AM
Here's something to cheers you up guys, should Zims were to bat today, they might have been all out by now. Feeling better already?

sage
February 28, 2004, 08:46 AM
Chinaman its working!! Have some more!!:lol:

Navarene
February 28, 2004, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by chinaman
Here's something to cheers you up guys, should Zims were to bat today, they might have been all out by now. Feeling better already?

Not enough to cheer us up :(

Watching them collapsed so pathetically is a torture of our soul, and I literally mean it.

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 08:57 AM
Stumps, Day 3

This should help.

sage
February 28, 2004, 08:58 AM
Navarene,

Koila pure purei kinto hira hoi!!
Balu jome jomei kinto mukta hoi!!
Antor bhenge bhengei kinto shona hoi!!

How are you feeling now?
:D

Navarene
February 28, 2004, 09:04 AM
sage, jibon joibon shob gelo "bd cricket" korte korte..tarpor-o jodi shalar ekta match jit-to!

chinaman
February 28, 2004, 09:04 AM
Good one sage.

Suuna na holeo ruupato hobe.

sage
February 28, 2004, 09:11 AM
We will win! Everybody thanks again for making it thru the night. God bless you all. Remember its just a game. Take care!:)

Navarene
February 28, 2004, 09:24 AM
Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.

Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again.

Rain, rain, pour down,
But not a drop on Bulawayo town.

Rain on the green grass,
and rain on the beam,
And rain on the housetop,
but not on our BD team.
:P

fwullah
February 28, 2004, 10:57 AM
Bidyut and Hannan scored because at that time, there were way too many bad balls bowled by the Zimbabweans Ervine and Mahwire.

And when the same Ervine fellow started to bowl closer to the off stump, then the balls started to bounce, which eventually resulted in all those wickets.

By the way, my observation on Bidyut is that he hasn't improved anything over the years, he still chases balls, still goes out fishing outside the off stump. His batting kinda reminds me of how our Aminul/Akram pair used to bat before Bangladesh got Test status (not mentioning others' examples because others used to get out quickly; so I don't remember much of how the others used to bat at those times).

It also goes to show how shot-selective our current players have become (current players being Hannan, Ashraful, Rajin), compared to what they had been 3/4 years ago.

cRow
February 28, 2004, 12:45 PM
88 for 5!!!!We Suck, we should play danguly instead of cricket, may be we will win the world championship by 2050 in danguli.

billah
February 28, 2004, 01:07 PM
It wasn't all that bad under such adverse conditions.

We'll see how chubby and his team bats tomorrow when we grind them down.

I'll bet it ain't gonna be preety for them either!

Ahmed_B
February 28, 2004, 01:40 PM
we probably gonna hav another washed out 'Draw' in test match !
too bad
:umm:

Rubu
February 28, 2004, 03:12 PM
I thinks its still ok. we don't need to worry. even if the rain goes away, we are ok. see, batting collaspe (what i call wicket diahorea) is nothing new for us. we can survive. and rana is there. according to whatmore, rana does what he is told to do. i'm sure whatmore will tell him to stay in the wicket.

AsifTheManRahman
February 28, 2004, 11:18 PM
Originally posted by cRow
88 for 5!!!!We Suck, we should play danguly instead of cricket, may be we will win the world championship by 2050 in danguli.


we're probably gonna lose that too...:(

sasharif
February 29, 2004, 03:55 AM
Day 4 is another wash out. Bashar should declare now on the eve of Day 5 (if there is one). The reasons:

1. They should spare us (as well as themselves) from further embesrrassment.

2. It is probably safe to do so (with our 'talented' batting line up miracle can still happen).

3. Alamgir Kabir can have some much needed bowling exposure. Rafique can try improving his statistics quickly befor he is forced to retire (not because of his performence, but because of his allaged age). Remember Atahar Ali and Nannu was dropped from the team not because of they were performing badly, but because of they wee getting "old" in their early 30s. So even Rafiq is at his peak, there is no certaintly taht he will continue to play as he is getting 'old' and as we have many young 'talents' in the pipe line.

4. At least there will be some excitement in the match.

5. The non-traditional bowlers (like Ashraful, Rajin ect) can have some bowling practice. I feel sorry for Alok, he is not in the team and often overlooked as a bowler. He was originally a bowler who could bat a bit.