Bangladesh’s spin misery in away Tests

Bangladesh pacers are always at the receiving end of criticism for their lack of performance in Test cricket. But the fact that not many people point out is that the Bangladeshi spinners also do not fare any better on foreign soil.Taijul Bangladesh spinner

There was a man in the form of Shakib Al Hasan who could carry the Bangladeshi bowling line up on his shoulder, be it at home turf, or away from home. But now with that man banned from all forms of cricket for a year by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the woes of Bangladeshi spinners away from home is more evident than ever.

Taijul Islam, in absence of Shakib, can be regarded as Bangladesh’s leader in the spin department. But is he any good on foreign soil? His numbers don’t approve that.

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While he has taken 87 wickets from the 18 matches he played at home, with an average of 27.04, he has managed only 19 wickets from the nine Tests he played away from home, at 59.5. So he might not be the man for Bangladesh to rely in overseas Test matches.

There is another spinner in the side; off-spinner Nayeem Hasan. But he is still not quite experienced. The 19-year-old has so far played only four Tests, and picked up 10 wickets with a decent average of 23.70.

But his three games were at home, and while he was playing his one Test in India, he was substituted off after being hit on the helmet while batting and never got a chance to bowl. So he also has no experience of bowling, let alone doing well, on foreign soil.

Bangladesh could have banked on Mehidy Hasan Miraz. True that he too has struggled away from home, but at least he had the experience of playing 22 Test matches. But unfortunately he is currently out with an injury.

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