Bangladesh seek more Test matches

Playing increased number of Test matches is a priority for Bangladesh, a way which might help in moving up the rankings.

Bangladesh sport names and numbers for the first time in Tests

On Wednesday, after New Zealand’s 2-0 win over Pakistan, ICC revealed that Bangladesh would remain number ten with 55 points. Afghanistan are ninth with 57 points.

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After ICC’s annual update last year, Afghanistan were not named number nine despite having two more points than Bangladesh. The reason was Afghanistan, as well as Ireland, did not play enough matches to be on the rankings.

The latest update however saw Afghanistan toppling Bangladesh with Zimbabwe and Ireland’s names gone missing.

ICC Test rankings (as of January 6, 2021):  

1. New Zealand – 118 points
2. Australia – 116
3. India – 114
4. England – 106
5. South Africa – 96
6. Sri Lanka – 86
7. Pakistan – 82
8. West Indies – 77
9. Afghanistan – 57
10. Bangladesh – 55

BCB director Akram Khan rues postponement/cancellation of at least eight Test matches from 2020.

“We missed a lot of Tests. Bangladesh are such a position where playing more matches will help to improve. That’s what we have done in ODIs and T20Is. We want to do the same in Tests as well,” Akram said.

“Sometimes rankings are important, sometimes not. Playing matches is much important for us. Since we did not play Tests, dropping down the rankings was evident. We hope to play more Test matches. We are working on in rescheduling the postponed matches. One thing I believe is, the more we play the more we improve,” Akram added.

Bangladesh will play two Tests against West Indies at home in February, their first in nearly 12 months. The Tigers should ensure they at least draw the series in order to displace Afghanistan.

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