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Old February 24, 2008, 11:42 PM
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Default Some serious take aways from this test

This test should help the following people make some decisions/choices in the form of what should I do next...

1) Habibul Bashar: No point in trying to bring down his test batting average below 30 by playing more matches. In additiona, there is not much of a chance for him to bring his ODI average over low 20's. Therefore, it is time to retire from all sorts of international matches. Good time to contact Aminul Islam Bulbul for job searches in Australia/New Zealand.

2) Jamie Siddons: Seriously try to influence BCB to host only home matches against other test nations and vote on sub-par pitches so the other side faces batting collapse as inevitable. The numbers game become close as the bowling can actually deliver an opportunity to win. Over the past 30 years or so Bangladesh batting really hasn't improved much. The likes of Yousuf Rahman Babu, Raquibul Hasan, Gazi Ashraf Lipu were not necessarily better or worse batsmen in comparsion to the current generation. The smart thing to do is know one's limitation and work with what is controllable (e.g. pitches, outfield etc.)

3) Mohammad Ashraful: Ashraful should align his thinking in the same angle as Siddons. Regardless of the conditions, Ashraful believes in playing his game. Ashraful's batting can best be predicted using bi-nomial distribution and hence is best suited to a lousy batting pitch becuase conditions do not affect Ahsraful's batting. However, poor batting condition will significantly reduce performance of batsmen who necessarily do well when the pitches are conditoned properly.

4) Mushfiquer Rahim: Hopefully, Musfiqur Rahim did not give up his education for the sake of being a wicket-keeper. If he did, now is a good time to go back to those books. Unfortunately, for him it is looking more like the train coming head-on from the other end of the tunnel. Pink slip perhaps!

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Old February 25, 2008, 12:09 AM
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