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Old June 26, 2005, 04:21 AM
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Default No need to make Mirpur a pace-bowler friendly wicket

Just seen the highlights of Bangladesh batting yesterday - our batsman, especially from number seven to number ten (Mashud, Rana, Rafique, Mashrafee) can't even play spin bowling - how can we expect them to play pace bowlers of England and Australia?

And it is said on the tv commentary that we have some quality spinners back home in Bangladesh - well we may have a vast number of left arm spinners that are coming out in the domestic circuit of Bangladesh, but 'quality' is a different matter altogether.

Shahriar Nafees: He has been an opener for most of his cricket playing life (only 5 years of playing age-group cricket), so he may not be good in playing spin.

Habibul Bashar: For majority of his International career, he has been a good player against fast bowlers with his famous pull shot, so he has not been facing spin bowlers for a long long time - in that sense, he's not good player of spin.

Aftab Ahmed: His usual normal position is number three, also he's a product of the age-group level, so like Shahriar Nafees, he has not played against too many spinners in domestic circuit of Bangladesh, so he's also probably not good player of spin.

But what about the rest of the batsman from down the order?

If I'm not mistaken, Pilot has a few thousand runs in domestic cricket on turning wickets against so called 'quality' spinners of Bangladesh - he has also been playing both International and domestic cricket for more than 10 years.

Monjurul Islam Rana does not have the technique to play fast bowling, but he has shown some temperament in staying at the wicket over the years - where has that temperament gone? If we consider that it was his first match, so he may be out of touch just sitting in the sidelines all this time, and also not having match practice for quite a long time since his name was announced in BD national ODI squad - then may be we can pardon him.

But that does not go for either Mashrafee Bin Murtoza or Mohammad Rafique - both of them have been in match-practice since the start of the test series.

Besides, Rafique is known to be a good player of spin - he also has vast number of years' experience under him.

Also, Mashrafee has scored a few fifties in the just concluded season for Bangladesh in the domestic circle - whatever happened to that? Do we have to consider his fifties to be just 'fluke'?

No wonder we're number eleven in ODI championship table - even behind Kenya.
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