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Old February 4, 2016, 09:57 AM
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Saif Hassan, the patient run monger

Mohammad Isam


Two years ago, Saif Hassan was worried about the future of Bangladesh playing in Test cricket. The Big Three proposal had just come out and one of the stipulations was to make teams ranked Nos. 9 and 10 play in the Intercontinental Cup from 2015, which would have left Bangladesh, ranked No. 10 at the time, with very little room to play any more Tests against the top eight countries.

"Will Test cricket be safe bhai?" Saif had asked me on Facebook a few hours after Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's Test captain, had blasted the proposal.

"Yeah, don't worry," I replied quickly, still filing that Mushfiqur report.

"Thank you for the info. I was quite fearful since the morning," he wrote back.

Saif was fearful of Test cricket going away from Bangladesh. His inquiry was remarkable given he was only 16 at the time and had been raised on a diet of one-day matches in age-group competitions and the Dhaka League system. None of his peers had asked about it.

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