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Associate members Vs Bangladesh: Head-to-head match up
The ICC recently announced that the top six ICC associates of Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Bermuda and the Netherlands will all have ODI match status whenever they play each other or a Full member. I was keen to see how did Bangladesh do against them, how far they have progressed and what chances we have against them.
I will go down the list of nations alphabetically and have broken down each country analysis into three stages:
Bangladesh has faced Bermuda twice in ICC Trophy. They are going to face the same nation again in the 2007 World Cup. Their current coach is Gus Logie, the ex-West Indies batsman.
ICC Trophy 1982 vs Bermuda: Embarrassment
The first meeting was in 1982 and Bangladesh had one of their most embarrassing losses against them. Bangladesh were all out at 67. Only Nazim Shirazi scored 26 and extra with 11 was the next highest scorer. No one else made it into double figures.
ICC Trophy 1990 vs Bermuda: Avenging the loss
In the 1990 ICC Trophy, Bangladesh faced the same team again and avenged the loss. Minhajul Abedin Nannu and Aminul Islam Bulbul played wonderfully with bat and ball. They won by 36 runs.
Bangladesh has moved on to bigger and better status. Bermuda has made it to the 2007 World Cup. In 2004, Bermuda beat Barbados and had WI (167 in 50 overs; Lara played) on the ropes. Dwayne Leverock is their strike bowler who can also bat a little. However their batting lineup is vulnerable against pace.
Comparing talent, experience and resources Bangladesh has a huge advantage. Even though the 2007 World Cup will be held in their own backyard, Bangladesh should prevail with a decent margin if not with a thumping victory. West Indian Gus Logie, the mesmerizing fielder, is their head coach and should prepare them well.
1997 ICC Trophy vs Ireland: Abandoned
The 1997 ICC Trophy's second round match between Ireland and Bangladesh match was abandoned. Bangladesh had them 129 all out and galloped to 24/0 in 6.4 overs before the rain interruption.
More recently, Bangladesh beat Ireland twice in 2004 during their England tour.
At Belfast in 2004: Nail biting win
This was an unusual yet nail biting game. Ireland batted first and made 179 in 32 overs before a rain interruption. Bangladesh had to score 206 in 32 overs which they managed with 2 wickets remaininf thanks to a scintillating century from Nafis Iqbal.
At Limavady in 2004: Easy victory
Bangladesh batted first and was in trouble with 116 for 6 at one stage. Then Khaled Mashud (51 notout) and Mohhammad Rafique (42) took them to a respectable 231. Ireland folded at 177 (46.3 overs). Mahmud took four wickets and Tapas Baisya three.
Ireland beat Kenya in the ICC Continental Cup final in October 2005. They have improved but should not possess any threat to Bangladesh's dominance over them if they meet again.
There are no meetings scheduled between the two countries. Bangladesh should have the upper hand.
They have caused the most heart-breaking set back in Bangladesh's short cricketing history. Bangladesh has lost to Canada twice.
1979 ICC Trophy vs. Canada at Litchfield: 49 run loss
The first one dates back to Bangladesh's first ICC Trophy tour.
1990 ICC Trophy vs. Canada: Easy win
Then in 1990 Bangladesh beat them easily by 117 runs showing the great strides Bangladesh has made in a decade. Nurul Abedin scored a century and Bangladesh reached 265/6 in 60 overs. The bowlers took care of the rest.
2003 WC vs. Canada: Heartbreaking Loss
Then came the 2003 World Cup. With internal bickering and an unfit coaching staff, we hit the lowest point of our cricketing history. Bangladesh could not even come close to their 180 and folded to 120 all out in just 28 overs.
Canada has been active of late recently. Their U-19 team finished 2nd at the U-19 World Cup qualifiers behind USA. At the Intercontinental Cup finals they lost to Scotland by an innings and 84 runs in a 3 day match. Earlier in the same competition, the drew a very high scoring affair with the Emirates in the semis. They almost beat Bermuda in another 3-day match. Bermuda held on to 221/9 for a draw chasing 394. On the ODI frontier, they are the best in America. They handily won all the games and the championship at the Americas Cricket Championship at Bermuda.
Ian Billcliff, captain John Davison and Desmond Chumney are the ones to watch. There are no current plans for them to play Bangladesh. I am confident that if Bangladesh plays Canada again in the near future, the word "revenge" will be written all over the place.
Bangladesh has faced Holland six times and have a losing record. This is very sad indeed. Bangladesh only won the 1982 and 1997 ICC Trophy matches while they lost the 1985, 1990 and 1994 ICC Trophy and the 1997 ICC Trophy warm-up matches.
1990 ICC Trophy vs. Holland: Lost. A 161 run thrashing
1997 ICC warmup match vs Holland: Loss by 5 wicktes.
In the 2003 World Cup, they beat Namibia but lost to them the following year. In 2004, they lost to Ireland by an innings and 47 runs and drew with Scotland in a 3-day matche. But they did do well against a full strength Warwickshire (Bell, Streak, Knight all played) and lost by only 23 runs in a 50 over match. van Bunge, van Troost, Kloppenburg, Reekers are quality batsmen. They do have a domestic cricket infrastructure but that only comprises of one-day competitions.
The ICC Intercontinental Cup tie against Kenya is scheduled for early 2006, but that may be pushed back because of Kenya's upcoming tour of Bangladesh. If I am not mistaken, Bangladesh will play a warm up match against the Netherlands right before the 2007 World Cup. I expect nothing but a Bangladesh win.
Their record against Bangladesh is very impressive. Tikolo and Odumbe have scripted many victories against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh won in the 1986, 1990, 1997 (finals) ICC Trophy matches against Kenya. They also beat Kenya in 1998. On the other hand Kenya have won in 1994, 1997, 1998, 1997/98 (2 matches), 1998/99 (2 matches), and in the 2003 World Cup. In that World Cup, Kenya proved that they were far superior to Bangladesh going all the way to the semis. I will highlight a couple of Bangladesh's matches versus Kenya.
This win led to Bangladesh to their first ever World Cup and the eventual ascension as a Test playing nation.
2003 WC vs Kenya: Loss to a rampant Kenya
Bangladesh and Kenya went different ways during this World Cup. While Bangladesh crashed out of the preliminary stages that included a horrific loss to Canada, Kenya went all the way to the semi-finals with wins over Canada, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
However, since the world cup, Kenya has had very little competition while Bangladesh has gained valuable experience. Bangladesh's talent pool has broadened while Kenya basically still relies upon Tikolo's batting. Their coach Sandeep Patil also left after the 2003 World Cup. Their current coach is Mudassar Nazar.
Hopefully in March of 2006, Kenya will visit Bangladesh for a few games and we can witness a sound beating by Bangladesh. That should help to narrow the win-loss gap between us.
Scotland has improved dramatically in the last fifteen months, but the main architect of their success stories , coach Andy Moles, has been ousted by their senior players and board.
1997 Semi-finals vs Scotland: Win by 72 runs.
Khaled Mashud contributed 70 of the team's total of 243 while Mohammad Rafique (4) and Enamul Haq (3) shared seven wickets amongst them.
In September 2004, Bangladesh had a 2-match tour of Scotland.
Sep 1st, 2004 vs Scotts: Convincing win
Bangladesh won the first match convincingly. Scotland were all out for 142. Khaled Mahmud got 3 wickets and Tarek Aziz gave away a measly 23 runs in his 10 overs while removing both openers cheaply.
Sep 3, 2004 vs Scotts: High scoring loss
Bangladesh lost the second one after having scored 259. Tapash Baisya and Tariq Aziz giving away 74 and 61 runs may not have helped our cause. It is disappointing that we could not defend a total of 259.
Last season, Scotland beat two sides in the National League (England), tied with another and won all seven games in the ICC Trophy. They certainly are no pushovers. However, I am certain they can not play spin well. Lockhart, Watson and Watts are the player to watch.
We should beat them very handily now as we have progressed more than any associate members.
Our records are not favorable against these six associate countries. But have to point out that most of our losses are from the 80's and 90's. Bangladesh is now a Test playing nation and have started to show glimpses of greater things. They are more experienced than any of the six nations mentioned here. Last year they won their first Test and ODI series. Bangladesh has registered wins against the likes of India (2004) and Australia (2005). The future is full of hope. All they have to do is perform consistently.
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