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Miran
December 6, 2002, 02:44 AM
Looking at F. Waliullah's writeup on the Canadian cricket team members - it reminds me of how Bangladeshi cricket, in comparison, has been damaged by the relative parochialism of the National game. Whereas some of the Canadian players have played first-class cricket all over the place, very few of our boys have played outside of Bangladesh for any significant period of time.

It's ironic - we actually seem to have been hampered by the financial strength of our domestic game. Because it provided a decent living to the best Bangladeshi cricketers they've had little incentive to journey abroad and experience playing conditions there. Remember when we played Scotland in the 1999 World Cup? One reason (I think) we got into such a tangle there - was because a number of their players had some really solid overseas First Class experience.

Anyway, what I'm slowly leading up to is that our boys are going to have to watch out for some of these Canadian players. They could present us with some serious problems. Losing to Canada would be horrendously embarrassing too!

Sham
December 6, 2002, 04:08 AM
Oh God, I dont even want to think about that. Looks like the Canada side is filled with all-rounders. Just one specialist batsman. I think we will beat Canada. If we lose, we should pack up and go home and forfeit the other games.

Tehsin
December 6, 2002, 05:03 AM
I was going to SHUT off Canada completely but looks like they've done good in the West Indies Red Stripes trophy. They have ocuple of wins. What's notable is that they have a very Strong bowling side but their batting is lacking punch. AGAIN, their bowling is quite formidable, so our batsmen need to be on their toes.

As for the experience in other countries, only John Davison is doing anything out of the four playing down under (Australia). The rest are playing Grade B cricket within the states. Good experience nevertheless.

LINK: Canada's ICC trophy stats (http://www-usa.cricket.org/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/WORLD_CUPS/ICCT2001/STATS/ICCT2001_AVS_CANADA.html)

The SAD situation is, there's probably not a single pure-bred Canadians in the team. This is ridiculous. After this world cup ICC should ban these countires. No wonder I like Nepal better. I think Nepal has a Bangldeshi player too. :)

Canada also didn't do too well in the ICC. A last minute "surprise" win over Scotland saw them through.

LINK: Their ICC Results can be found here (http://www-usa.cricket.org/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/WORLD_CUPS/ICCT2001/ICCT2001_RESULTS-SUMMARY.html)

It's good to know what they have, they have a good team. Good enough to come on third in the ICC trophy despite 4/5 losses but if I were you, I'd be planning their demise instead of trying to BUILD them up so if they do surprise us, we can tell ourselves that we lost to an "awesome" team, which they are NOT.

In all fairness, we should win the match. It might not be easy (it should) but we should win that one. It's the Kneya one that troubles me. We don't have much "quality" practice before the World Cup. Once we get to South Africa, we are slated ofr two practice matches against South African Provincial eleven's.

LINK: World Cup warm up fixture (http://www-usa.cricket.org/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/WORLD_CUPS/WC2003/WC2003_WARM-UP_SCHEDULE.html)

[Edited on 6-12-2002 by tehsin]

fwullah
December 6, 2002, 11:42 AM
We will the strength of our team when Bangladesh will go on a tour of Namibia just before to South Africa World cup tour from January 15 to the 1st day of February.

In that Namibia tour, we should beat all the teams there, but if we don't we will know that we will have a 90% chance of losing to Kenya too.

Shubho
December 6, 2002, 12:12 PM
We have a 90% chance of losing the match against Kenya already. That's what's giving me nightmares.

We don't have anyone with the charisma of Odumbe.

We don't have anyone who can turn the match like Steve Tikolo.

We don't have talented batsmen a la Kennedy Otieno (now Obuya), or Ravindu Shah.

These guys are no idiots, they're going to come out with guns blazing, they have a tremendously positive record against us, and they've got a killer instinct.

If we don't watch out, they're going to smash us to bits. For some reason, Bangladeshi sportsmen just don't go into games with much aggression and self-belief.

I remember watching Talha Jubair bowl a gem of a bouncer to Shawn Pollock in the ODI series in SA, because Shawnee was trying to clobber him all around the park. We need people who can exhibit that kind of enthusiasm and aggression consistently.

Our current crop of players are the type who would oblige all of their opponents by tying their shoelaces for them and scratching their butts if it gets itchy. Have you guys ever noticed how much our players grin and smile stupidly at their opponents? As if they're clueless about the intensity of the occasion. They all think it's a stroll in the park, that it's all an educational outing, but things won't change with such a light-hearted approach.

Arnab
December 6, 2002, 12:32 PM
Who is a pure bred canadian?

It's a land of immigrants to begin with for chrissake. :)

Pundit
December 6, 2002, 12:41 PM
Shubho and others are correct - we have a slight possibility of losing all our wc games. If we do lose against Kenya/Canada, then we can for sure atone that by beating, er, big daddy Australia, right ? Oh well, maybe another day when their top 10 teams are all playing in a Packer like series.

Shubho's Psychology analysis of our players are right on - first of all, they have a "dhola manush" in front of them - that is enough to make their knees jello like. Secondly, why do they always have that dumb, agrarian, clueless look on their face. Notice how MASRI/Talha looks..go get a makeover.

Hasibul_fan, can we not let our players hang out with Mcgrarth at his farm for a summer ? Will see what the opponents think of then, them. "Aiee geli...


Arnab, who's Chris ?

[Edited on 6-12-2002 by Pundit]

Arnab
December 6, 2002, 01:20 PM
Chris would be amader Isah nobijir kherestan name minus a "t"

Tehsin
December 7, 2002, 04:46 AM
Am I to assume that you are pally pally with Chris ? When is he coming back anyways. The whole world is in a mess. I want to see my kid winning the world cup for us darn it. He needs to come back and do some clean up around here.

Shubho - our players are way too relaxed and you are right, that'll be the end of us. Anyone notice the Kenyan players ? half the battle is what your opponents think of you. The Kenyan's look tough and they also put out the attitude while our boys are all enjoying the sun and grinning with their BOTRISH PATI DAAT (showing) all over the field. What are they so happy about ?

(I like it in a way but we need to toughen up a little bit. Also, if you are too busy smiling, you are probably not conpletely focused on your game)

James90
December 7, 2002, 04:53 AM
Pundit i didn't really understand your post and i h8 Hasibul.....well he's a Bangladeshi so i don't h8 him but i do compared with Sumon. Can someone plz fill me in on Sanwar's hairstyle?

fwullah
December 7, 2002, 07:30 AM
Look at people's pictures in 60s or 70s.

If I may exaggerate a bit, just think of Sanwar hairstyle to be a short cut version of Elvis Prisley hair style.