Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu is optimistic of Tigers being a improved Test side in a couple of years time after Bangladesh took one step ahead in the rankings.
Bangladesh are currently ranked eighth in Test rankings after the annual ICC update. They have 75 points, eight more than no.9 Windies. Bangladesh are 11 points behind no.7 Pakistan.
Bangladesh defeated the likes of England, Sri Lanka and Australia in white shirts in recent years marking the greatest achievements for them in the format so far. In 106 Test matches, they have won 10 of them.
Nannu feels some more to come from Bangladesh in Test. “Time is needed to improve in Test cricket. Our first-class cricket age is not long enough. We started first-class cricket just two years before we got Test status. The standard of first-class cricket has increased, gradually improving,” he said.
“If our cricket structure is in better condition, then it will reflect in Test matches in coming 2-3 years. We’re on right track. The number of Test matches has increased in ICC’s new schedule. That’s why I’m hopeful.”
Bangladesh’s Test captaincy has been handed over to Shakib Al Hasan from Mushfiqur Rahim. He is set to take charge again in upcoming Windies tour where they are scheduled to play two Tests. Mahmudullah Riyad led the side in Sri Lanka series in Shakib’s absence earlier this year.
Bangladesh will host Windies later this year. Two Tests will be played.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com