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Bangladesh?s tour of Zimbabwe kicks off on February, presenting to many fans a hope of a victory at last. Before the start of this Bangladesh will pay a visit to Namibia. This mini-series has many importances. It would be an opportunity for the team to prepare themselves for the showdown in Zimbabwe. Here they can get use to the pitches of Africa. Overwhelming victory is essential for success against Zimbabwe. A loss will badly demoralize the Tigers, as the Zimbabweans are tougher opponents. This is heightened by their recent success against the West Indies.

Bangladesh Tour of Africa 2004: A preview

Published: 15th January, 2004

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Bangladesh?s tour of Zimbabwe kicks off on February, presenting to many fans a hope of a victory at last. Before the start of this Bangladesh will pay a visit to Namibia. This mini-series has many importances. It would be an opportunity for the team to prepare themselves for the showdown in Zimbabwe. Here they can get use to the pitches of Africa. Overwhelming victory is essential for success against Zimbabwe. A loss will badly demoralize the Tigers, as the Zimbabweans are tougher opponents. This is heightened by their recent success against the West Indies.

Bangladesh?s worries are already increased as four key players are away with injuries. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the spearhead of the attack will be sadly missed by the weak attack of Bangladesh. However Mohammed Rafique could spin Bangladesh to success as Zimbabwe?s recent success against the West Indies was manly inspired by their spinner Ray Price.

In batting the absence of Opener Javed Omar adds pressure to the Batting line up. Who could forget that on his debute he scored back-to-back half centuries, including one innings in which he carried his bat right through, remaining not out on 85? Furthermore, he and Habibul Bashar are the two batsmen the Zimbabweans consider to be the most dangerous. Both these men average over 40 versus Zimbabwe(see table).

Both the Batting and Bowling departments will be undermanned through the injuries of Alok Kapali, the first Bangladeshi to take a hat trick and Mushfiqur Rahman, who did so well against England.

Here are Bangladesh?s current test stats against Zimbabwe: -

Name

Matches

Innings

N.O.

Runs

H.S.

Ave.

100

50

Catches

Over

Runs

Wickets

Ave

Best

5

Javed Omar

4

8

1

317

85*

45.29

0

3

1

-

-

-

#####

-

0

Mehrab Hossain

2

4

0

87

71

21.75

0

1

2

-

-

-

#####

-

0

Habibul Bashar

4

8

0

413

108

51.63

1

4

0

-

-

-

#####

-

0

Aminul Islam

4

8

1

149

84

21.29

0

1

0

18

68

1

68

1 for 66

0

Akram Khan

3

6

0

112

44

18.67

0

0

2

-

-

-

#####

-

0

Naimur Rahman

4

7

0

126

36

18

0

0

2

86.1

252

3

84

2 for 60

0

Khaled Mashud

3

4

0

56

30

14

0

0

4

-

-

-

#####

-

0

Mushfiqur Rahman

2

4

1

10

4

3.333

0

0

2

37

112

0

#####

0 for 26

0

Hasibul Hossain

1

2

0

7

6

3.5

0

0

0

30

125

2

62.5

2 for 125

0

Mohammad Sharif

3

6

1

35

24*

7

0

0

4

92.4

374

3

124.7

2 for 144

0

Manjural Islam

3

5

1

16

9

4

0

0

1

104

289

8

36.13

6 for 81

1

Al Sahariar Rokon

3

6

0

157

68

26.17

0

1

1

-

-

-

#####

-

0

Enamul Haque

3

5

3

59

24*

29.5

0

0

0

147

311

8

38.88

3 for 74

0

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Bangladesh

4

0

1

Zimbabwe

4

3

1

The One-day summary is also grim. These two have played in ten ODIs, all of which were won by Zimbabwe.

All these tilt the series in Zimbabwe?s favor. But Bangladesh must not lose heart. Bangladesh?s fortunes have turned around since Dav Whatmore took over, scoring 280+ in five of their last seven first innings, taking up first innings leads and also the narrowest of defeats- losing by only one wicket. Bangladesh?s highest ODI score was against their African counterparts, a score of 272-8.

This could be the series that Bangladesh silences their critics, but it could also hand them further ammunition concerning our Test status. Bangladesh must maintain the same level of cricket demonstrated against the likes of Australia and Pakistan.

 

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