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As the year 2007 wends its way, the authors call for the Tiger's and their fans take a new Oath. One that is forward looking but still based on realistic expectations.

Oath 2007

Published: 16th March, 2007

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At this moment, Bangladesh is neither at the level of associates, nor placed at a very top strata of the game. They are still less experienced than the top ranked teams, and face difficulties when it comes to experience. However, they are well equipped with a regular supply of young-prospects, an ever improving infrastructure and a huge interest for the game among the fans.

In the last year or so, we have seen many victories for Bangladesh. It has become more of a habit to come home victorious for the Tigers. And the fans too have adapted to this with higher expectations than ever before. But is defeating the opponent the only way to prove our worth? Do all the top ranked teams win every match they play?

What happens when they play among themselves? There is only one winner. Does that mean the other one is a much lesser team?

Take a look at table below. Even a team like India has only won 48.6% of the matches that they have played since World Cup 2003. The West Indies has had a painful experience with only 41.6% win, while a team like New Zealand that has beaten Australia three times in a row recently has had only a 46.3% winning record since after the 2003 World Cup. These teams have lost a majority of their matches and yet they are still the dominant teams in world cricket.

Country
Played
Won
Lost
Win%
Loss%
Australia
115
81
28
70.4
24.3
Bangladesh
82
30
52
36.6
63.4
England
87
39
41
44.8
47.1
India
109
53
50
48.6
45.9
New Zealand
95
44
39
46.3
41.1
Pakistan
105
59
43
56.2
41.0
Sri Lanka
98
55
39
56.1
39.8
West Indies
95
41
48
41.6
50.5
Zimbabwe
88
18
67
20.5
76.1
Table: Teams with total matches played, total wins and total losses since World Cup 2003

It is time for the team and the fans to start taking a defeat as just a defeat. Yes, that is what has to be. No matter how bad the defeat is, it has to be counted as just another loss. We fans should not forget that the top Test nations too often suffer bad defeats when they play each other. There is hardly any hue and cry about the team when that happens. This is simply because what happens in the field completely depends on the particular day that the match takes place and how the teams perform as a whole. As one of our own distinguished BanglaCricket forum member has put it, the attitude should be like: "You were better than me today, but tomorrow I will get you".

Jubilant Bangladeshi children celebrate victory

Image: Bangladesh team celebrating victory.

In the next one or two years, Bangladesh might only win 2-3 matches out of 10 played against stronger Test teams (and I honestly believe they will). But those other 7-8 losses will not indicate failures of the team. This win-loss ratio will improve every year for Bangladesh. “I don’t count respectable defeat as a success, I only want wins” – is probably a level of expectation which can only suffocate and frustrate a fan.

Moreover, as they always say, it takes a lot of hard work to score 80 out of 100 in an exam, but it takes a lote more work to score the last 20. Fans need to be patient and reset their expectations to be more realistic. Let this be the Oath for the team and for the fans for the year 2007 and beyond.

 

About the author(s): 

In between moderating the BanglaCricket forums, our own A Bashir pens cricket articles that offer deep insights and make you go hmmm....

Imran Kabir is a Masters candidate at the University of Toronto, specializing in Information Systems. His passion for Bangladesh Cricket has brought him to BanglaCricket, where he soon found the perfect world of cricket lovers. He goes by the nick "Kabir" in our forums, and is a BanglaCricket Editor.

 

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