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rinathq
September 16, 2012, 03:34 AM
I wrote this for my FB page, just a basic preview... thought I would share


We are just a week away from the match all Bangladeshi fans have been waiting for. Bangladesh is set to take on the Kiwis as their first challenge of the 2012 T20 World Cup. Yes it is a challenge indeed as Kiwis have some great T20 players like Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram and more. It’s going to take nothing short of perfection in all three areas to outshine these players and steal the game. Bangladesh certainly has the talent and experience for this challenge but as always, they lack the consistency.

It’s always difficult to predict anything where Bangladesh Cricket Team is concerned. On the 21st of September, Bangladesh team can walk out there and completely destroy the Kiwis or get thrashed out of Pallekele. Every time they come up with the same textbook excuse about the lack of practice opportunities or the difficult playing conditions. However, they will only make a full out of themselves if any of those excuses are reused for this World Cup campaign. The boys played their last test on December 2011 and the last ODI on March 2012 at the Asia Cup final. Since then it’s been World Cup preparation all the way. Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe to face South Africa and the host on a triangular series followed by a Europe tour where they practiced against the Associates Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands. Finally Bangladesh completed their preparation with a quick visit to the Caribbean for a tournament against Afghanistan, Trinidad and Barbados. The result on all these practice tournaments could have been a lot better. Bangladesh showed signs of improvement here and there but on the whole, better outcomes was expected as a whole.

The Bangladesh squad for the World Cup is looking very promising at the moment. With Tamim and Shakib to guide, Bangladesh have the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim the skipper who had a decent SLPL stint, Mohammed Ashraful, who is slowly working his way back to his splendid form. The team also has the vice Mahmudullah Riyad who showed improvement with the bowl and certainly showed more intent in batting recently than before. The squad will be pleased to have Mashrafe Mortaza healthy and ready to go although his T20 bowling performance is not up to the mark. The team also has the promising Nasir Hossain and Elias Sunny. These two are great T20 prospects and opposition better not forget about the experienced Abdur Razzaq who is a threat to any opposition on his day.

As much as the fans love to read the nice descriptions about the talent the team has, it is crucial to know about the weaknesses. Apart from the problem about consistency, Bangladesh has a lot of gaps at the moment. The biggest gap is probably their seam attack. It’s just guess work but the selection committee probably relaxed themselves on the whole selection process thinking “Oh Its Sri Lanka” They expected complete mine fields. Instead, they are going to get pretty even surface to work on. This time, The Lankans have decided to rely on their seamers rather than spinners and as a result, conditions will be favoring the quicks more. Now Bangladesh never really had an international quality seam attack. The team has the good old Mashrafe who seems to bowl too slowly to make a serious impact these days. At least for T20, he is not the best pick. His death over bowling is often horrendous. The others in the squad Shafiul and Abul are barely ready for competition. Zia and Reza can both bowl some slow mediums but how much impact they can make is still uncertain. It remains a mystery about why the most consistent seamer in Bangladesh Nazmul Hossain was dropped. He definitely bowls a consistent line and length and he serves Bangladesh as a good luck charm. Without Nazmul, the Bangladeshi pace attack is looking even more one dimensional.

Another problem the lineup has is the top order batting. Sometimes they can perform beyond anyone’s expectation but most of the times they follow each other back to the dressing room before we know it. The middle order heavily relies on Shakib and Mushfiq and as Shakib promoted himself up the order, It’s up to the captain and the vice-captain to perform. It is not yet clear whether promoting the most dependable middle order batsman up the order. Shakib often played the role of holding the wicket and accelerate the innings. Now he will be required to anchor the whole innings and gradually pace things up. His fall early on the innings might be a huge physiological downfall for the team. Unless Riyad takes the responsibility to score runs consistently without slowing his innings, there will be a huge middle order gap.

Players to watch out for:
Ziaur Rahman

If Bangladeshi has an “X” factor this world cup, its Zia. Neither New Zealand nor Pakistan really has a clue about this player. They do not know that this guy hits 6s more often than singles. They have no idea how explosive he can be. His late cameo can make the difference between a win and a loss. The Top and Middle Order should provide a platform from which Zia can accelerate without having to worry about playing out the innings.

Preferred XI
Tamim
Ashraful
Mushfiq
Shakib
Riyad
Nasir
Zia
Mashrafe
Raj
Sunny
Reza/ Shafi
In the end, it is safe to say “anything can happen” Although Bangladesh should really go for it against the Kiwis if they want to reach the next round. Beating Kiwis will be much easier than Pakistan who looks to be in prime form not to mention the everlasting drought Bangladesh is having against Pakistan. Having said that, New Zealand team is also very strong as mentioned earlier and it’s not going to be easy defeating by any means. Best of luck to the Tigers for this campaign!

Naimul_Hd
September 16, 2012, 03:42 AM
Another important aspect of winning attitude is 'Self Belief'. Do our players truly believe that they CAN win against NZ/Pak ? Or, is it just us fans who are building castle in the air ? :)

zinatf
September 16, 2012, 03:49 AM
Another important aspect of winning attitude is 'Self Belief'. Do our players truly believe that they CAN win against NZ/Pak ? Or, is it just us fans who are building castle in the air ? :)

That we always do no doubt there. As far as the players are concerned, we have to wait for it till the 21st and 25th of September.

Anyway, a nice article from a Bangladeshi fan perspective :)

FP? What say Mods/Zunaid Bhai? There hasn't been many articles from the POV of a fan.

Sohel
September 16, 2012, 04:06 AM
Woods is an amazing athlete. I won't be surprised to see him rock in the World Cup. Surely the worst is behind him.

Out_You_Go
September 16, 2012, 04:21 AM
Very good read. I think positive attitude is the key.

Also agree with the part on Zia. Blind slogging definitely helps and may turn the tides..however, smart bowlers like Ajmal or Vettori would figure him out. Hence, Zia needs to be less-miser in playing all around the ground. Singles (which is also his weakness) would be the key to any intriguing chase.

rinathq
September 16, 2012, 12:38 PM
Thanks guys for the support. just my perspective on everything.... so bits might be true or false...

@out_you-Go
The thing i noticed about Zia is that he can control himself if needed. For example against Zimbabwe, he started slow because that was required.
Also another thing, i didnt see him manipulate his shots... doesnt come down the track, doesnt go cheeky. What he does is gives it a ferocious whack! So whatever he can hit properly will stay hit.