Bashar demands implementation of merit from Tigers

In Bangladesh’s eight innings in last four Tests, they could surpass 150 runs only for once. Does that mean the Tigers don’t have the qualification to play Test cricket, and were all their wins over England, Sri Lanka and Australia in recent years fluke?

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Bangladesh will look to win the second Test and avoid whitewash.

National selector and former Tigers captain Habibul Bashar Sumon doesn’t think so. He believes Bangladesh definitely have the competency to compete in Test cricket, but they are just not consistent enough to prove their worth. Without pointing any fingers on the team’s capability, Bashar says it is high time the Tigers showed the proper implementation of their merit on the field.

Getting bundled out for 143 in the first innings and 169 in the second was highly disappointing to Bashar, and he thinks it was an out and out failure from the batsmen to express themselves.

“To be frank, I too can not accept such batting. It was very disappointing. But this is definitely not the proper picture of our batting ability. Yes, we missed the services of Shakib and Tamim, but so what? Others in the team were also quite qualified, but they failed to implement their talent on the field.”

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Bangladesh are unarguably a quality side in the 50-over format, a fact they once again proved by picking up convincing 3-0 victory over the visitors. But what went wrong in the Test format? Was it about their over confidence? Or they simply did not take Zimbabwe seriously?

“Look, we have been playing fantastic in the one-dayers. And most of the players from the ODI team were in the Test squad as well. So I think our psychology is the biggest barrier. To get accustomed with the longer version coming from the limited one is also a big factor.

Bashar also reckons that the bowlers were up to their mark, but the bowlers let them down. “Our bowling was brilliant, no doubt about that. In the first innings they made 282. But in the second innings our bowlers fared way better, and stopped them for just 181. But our problem was with our batting. I think our batsmen hurried a bit. In Test cricket you have to be steady and take your time. But our batsmen lacked that patience. Hopefully they will get themselves back in the future.”

As a guardian of the team, Bashar is against putting any pressure on the players at this crisis situation. “I have seen how heartbroken they were after the defeat. Everyone was sad. That’s why I refrained from talking much with them. But I think everyone has the desire and hunger to make a comeback. Everyone wants to correct their mistakes.”

Indeed, the Tigers are determined to make a change in the second Test. The first Test finished inside four days, but they did not relax on the fifth day. They started training hard right from the fifth day, and seem to be focused to win the second match to avoid the whitewash.

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