When we beat Pakistan in the 1999 world cup there was the allegation that the
match was fixed. I watched the tape a few times and there was nothing wrong
in it as far as I could see. Most of the Pakistanis I know could not accept
the defeat and jumped on the band wagon of match fixing allegation. This is
total nonsense and it still bothers me when some people bring up this discussion.
Nazim Shirazi batting for BD versus Bermuda during the 1982 ICC Trophy Tournament
On that day we simply outplayed Pakistan and that is the end of it. It is our
deshi mentality to cast a shadow of doubt whenever possible and that is the
easiest way out for some. I do not see the same people complaining when the
best team in NBA looses to the worst team. Upsets do happen and such is sports.
Leave it at that, accept it and move on.
When we recently beat India comprehensively in the ODI and crushed Zimbabwe
in this test match some people as usual have suggested that our opponents were
not at full strength. This is utter rubbish. I am sorry but that is not our
problem. When a player represents his country, he better be ready to serve his
country. Oh, I almost forgot, how long is Zimbabwe a test playing country?
When we play our under 19 players in order to build our team for the future
and lose games against teams at full strength with much more experience, we
are subjected to loosing our test status. I do not see anyone complaining that
we are the youngest team in world cricket at the highest level and trying very
hard to catch up.
We have a long way to go where we want to be and are aware of it. We know our
weakness and also our strength. The little success we have had recently will
give a lot of confidence and boost the self belief of our young players. Some
of our current star players will soon be competing for their place in the national
side in about two years and that will be a good thing. It will encourage millions
to believe in themselves and spread the game of cricket in remote areas in BD
through more sponsorship.
I congratulate all BD cricket fans worldwide for their support and pray for
our team through thick and thin. BD cricket is in good hands and the future
looks pretty decent. To the critics of BD cricket, please be advised, we do
not owe you any explanation nor do we need to justify every time we win. Now
go figure it.