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Old September 28, 2007, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by cluster11
One responder mentioned BD won against Kenya, Zimbabwe, West Indies. Same is true for the other countries in that ranking. England for example, only won against Zimbabwe and lost 4 in a row. Srilanka only beat NZ among significant opponents. So I don't understand the point.

And the other responders point about progression is debatable. BD played WI and beat them. Then faced SA, Aus, SL and Pak which are 4 out of top 6 team in T20 world cup. So losing all 4 were expected. Even the margin of defeat is interesting (SL lost by 10wkts to Aus with a lower score than BD). I would say BD had 2 good games out of the 4 losses and for a young team like this who could barely put up a fight agains the same teams 2 years ago this is a vast improvement. If it took SL 10 years and others longer to get to the level of the big boys I don't understand why BD is being scrutinized so harshly when our first major success was only in 2005 and have been improving since then.

I clearly rememebr how Srilanka used to be the bashing boy of everybpody in late '80s, West Indies scored a record win against them one time. And BD used to struggle for a semi-final spot against in the ICC associates at the time. Going year by year, BD have had terrible record from 2000 till 2003. From that point on every single year our cricket team has improved this year being the best. The risk in constant criticism after every single match is that we don't keep a coherent team for at least couple of years and do not get to the maturity we need. I really hope this team will be able to withstand all the unfair criticism and continue doing what its doing.
You have analysed this 20/20 performance very well.

Bangaldesh has improved a lot in their ODI's since 2003 world cup, with this year being the best.They can beat better teams than themselves, they have nearly done it so many times, but their batting lets them down. This is their failure, and if they improve, we will see more wins.

It is their test match performance that is way below standard. Somehow, no one seems to know how to tackle this problem, and it is sad to see them as the bashing boys in Test cricket where opposing teams post all these rediculous records against them. Murali has bagged most of his test wickets off Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Hopefully, they will have a better showing against the Kiwis.
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