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India correct a historical wrong by inviting Bangladesh: Harsha Bhogle


There is so much hype around the upcoming one-off Test series between Bangladesh and India in Hyderabad commencing on February 9. This is going to be Bangladesh’s first ever longer version assignment on Indian soil since getting Test status more than 16 years ago, in 2000. While the mass media is describing this match as a historic affair, cricket commentator and analysts Harsha Bhogle thinks this is an approach from India’s part to correct a historical wrong by hosting the Tigers for a Test match.

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In his recent column on Cricbuzz, Bhogle wrote, India correct a historical wrong when they finally host Bangladesh. It is 16 years since they played that first Test match and they have only played seven since, all in Bangladesh.

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“I know sport and commerce sit alongside each other as brothers, and that traditionally Bangladesh haven’t been seen as the best draw as a Test nation, but if they have Test status you must play them. It was a strange situation where India fought for the right of Bangladesh to become a Test playing country but resisted the requirement to play them.”

Bhogle also brought up the shining example of India’s not touring to Australia between 1948 and 1968 into question, and found a similarity between that and Bangladesh’s getting rejected for an India tour all these years.

India didn’t go to Australia for 20 years between 1948 and 1968 and I know a lot of players from that era felt that was wrong. There were, sometimes, seven-year gaps between going to England and Indians thought that was big brother at work. Bangladesh should have played in India before and it is good to see India welcoming them at last.” [Read also: Bangladesh off to a winning start]

Having said that, the highly efficient cricket analyst added thay he would be looking forward not only to the outcome of this so-called historic affair, but also how the Tigers shoulder all the pressures and put up a good fight on the field.

“I will be very keen to see how Bangladesh approach this game. When India were there a year and a half ago, I got the impression that they were just turning up preferring instead to focus on the one-day games where they were, and still are, a better team. But recent performances have been encouraging, if still a bit erratic.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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