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Old February 12, 2007, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by SMHasan
No experiments please! After the sad shows in ZImbabwe we still believe that we will beat Bermuda with our 2nd eleven? Don't be that complacent. We should be confident but we should play our best eleven to find the lost rythoms.

Remember we are still concerned about the opening position and some other things. We need to sort it out before the final battle begins.
i respectfully disagree bhai.

zimbabwe a team we beat, albeit marginally, beat the bermuda team by 190 runs! our 2nd u-19 XI would prolly handle bermuda well.

besides, so what if we play our first XI against bermuda? we probably won't beat them by 190 runs, which means the naysayers on this forum (i'd be here after the world cup still posting if i were to mention all their names; you guys know who you are ) would say we're weaker than zimbabwe, and only marginally better than bermuda.

now, they have every right to believe that, but we the fans have every right to not hear that kind of balogna 15 times on every thread.

so here is a sample scorecard:

bangladesh (full strength XI) 310-5 (50 overs)
bermuda 180 all out (47.5 overs)

bangladesh wins by 130 runs.

standard BC response: "even zimbabwe beat bermuda by nearly 200 runs, we suck, we should go home not to trinidad"

so, lets instead not risk mashrafee being out for another year-long injury (and rajib too), and lets give some other key players (i.e that all-elusive 3rd pacer) a chance or two.

if we were playing reasonable sides, i would not hesitate to play our first XI, as they should play against new zealand.
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