Thursday, December 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Match Report: OD1 - BD A in UAE

Richard McInnes

[Editors: High Performance Manager and National Development coach Richard McInnes filed a brief report on the first OD between the Bangladesh A team and the UAE national team. BD-A won by 8 wickets.]

UAE won the toss and batted first.

Sharif picked up two wickets in his first spell, but Shafaq bowled superbly at the other end, consistently beating the bat but failed to get a wicket. Rajib replace Sharif, and bowled well picking up two wickets, including a great delivery that beat the batsmen and took the top of off stump.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmud Ullah Riyad then bowled some tight overs of off spin, with Sakib picking up two wickets and missing a third with a catch being spilt.

Sharif then returned and cleaned up the tail to finish with 6 for 24, delivering some great yorkers to remove the lower order.

Bangladesh commenced the chase and steadily reeled in the runs. Shamsu Rahman was caught behind for 10 before Nafees Ahmed and Tushar Imran put on 78 before Nafees Ahmed was run out after a mix up for 55. Tushar and Roqibal Hassan finished the job with Tushar finishing 52 not out.

The UAE team is their main team who are heading to Malaysia on Feb 8 to play their final of the ICC intercontinental cup against Malaysia. UAE are still regarded as the leading associate country in Asia. Their form tonight was a little disappointing, but hopefully they will put up a good fight tomorrow.

The purpose of the tour is two fold:

  • First, as a test member country now, there is an obligation as part of the ACC fast track program to assist the associate countries to develop.
  • Second, it serves as a warm up/practice series before we head to Zimbabwe.

I think we should all think very carefully, before we start saying tours such as this are a waste of time. Keep in mind that in reality we are closer in the standard to the leading associate countries then we are to the leading test nations. Don't become complacent or aloof because we have won a series against a severely weakened Zimbabwe team. We have made some progress, but there is still a long way to go. Any opportunity we get to play in other countries in different conditions, using different match plans, providing opportunities to learn is very much still needed.

Also keep in mind that this team contains 4 members of our next U19 squad as well as some recently graduated U19's so many of them are still very young and learning.

The author is the High Performance Manager and National Development coach who is also a distinguished member of banglacricket forum and goes by the nick "observer".