Year 2017 is going to be a very busy and engaging year for emerging tigers.
Bangladesh Cricket board is now busy with BPL 2016 T20 tournament .Very soon they have to get ready for down under mission in New Zealand for a full series . It could be appropriate if BCB could let the players get used to longer version cricket on sporting wickets . Playing T20 cricket on slow low turning wickets may create issues in adjusting with green top pacey wickets in New Zealand .
Year 2017 will witness a very engaging busy cricket year for emerging tigers. Following the tour down under .Bangladesh will take part ICC Champions Trophy in England , play a lone test against India in India , play series against Sri Lanka , host Australia and play against Pakistan . After a very lean international season 2016 all these are going to require consistent performances to keep the momentum going .
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In recent times Bengal tigers have done enough for attracting the attention of world cricket community as emerging force .Not only in limited version but also in longer version test cricket the acts of Bangladesh Cricket team has just started coming together . In recent time strong England found Bangladesh a tough nut to crack in all forms of the game .England was forced to share the two matches test series 1-1 and won a very hotly contested three matches ODI series 2-1.
The busy season starts with Bangladesh series in New Zealand where they will play tests, ODIs and T20s . BCB before the commencement of BPL 2016 announced a preliminary squad.
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Bangladesh’s preparatory squad for New Zealand tour: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Taijul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Subashis Roy, Mohammad Shahid, Ebadat Hossain, Tanveer Haider.
Home tournaments are basically focused for scrutiny of form and fitness of fringe players. It is not that Bangladesh does not have abundance of quality emerging players. There are rather few vying for the same spot .Only few established players are now automatic choice. In such situation there can be many logical questions why BCB could not wait till the completion of BPL 2016 for announcing the squad ? Few of listed players struggled throughout the BPL while some other discarded players like Shahriar Nafees , Nasir Hossain excelled . Mustafiz and Ebadat Hossain are not match fit yet .Al Amin and Rubel Hossain according to many could be extremely useful in New Zealand condition.
Does BCB select horses for the courses? Or they are guided by ill advises of a syndicate in team selection? New Zealand wickets and conditions are very different , green top wickets favors seamers and pacers . Windy conditions make stroke play in the air difficult. Sub continental teams always struggle. Bangladesh played well in World Cup in 2015 as the wickets were prepared by neutral ICC grounds men. Bilateral series wickets will be preapared by home team grounds men. Obviously these would favor home team. In such situation Bangladesh will find it extremely challenging in New Zealand to adjust with condition .
Bangladesh will play tow practice matches with Sydney Thunders in Sydney. National team playing against team of an Australian state can not be bright idea . Head coah Haturasinghe advised this and BCB accepted .Haturasinghe lives in Sydney now and goes off and on to Bangladesh for his job at his own free will. What happens if Bangladesh looses ? National team losing to a team on NSW cannot be a great news. Sydney wickets does not have similarities with New Zealand wickets .Neither the conditions in early summer in New Zealand the same.
Now few words about team selection . Given the pathetic form of youngsters Soumya and consistent performance of Mehedi Maruf and Shahriar Nafees there must be some changes in the top order batsman in the squad.How can a proven all round talent Nasir Hossain – a brilliant fielder , a dashing late order batsman and a more than useful partnership breaking off spinner be repeatedly ignored ? If he has disciplinary issues he must be ignored . In the absence of Mustafiz and in the situation of Taskin finding his feet Al Amin is one of the potent wicket taking option .But team management has destroyed his enthusiasm through mal treatment .We are not sure what is happening with Rubel Hossain ? Only last year he won the all-important World Cup match against England by his brilliant bowling.
If Mustafiz is not match fit before the series it will be suicidal risking him to early . Wothout him in the side and injury scare of Taskin as he is just getting back into form Rubel and Al Amin must not be ignored . Mehedi Mirraj was find of English series .He will grow as a brilliant all rounder and may be future leader . So is Nazmul Hossain Shanto. But the team still needs Shahriar Nafees type seasoned campaigners to wither Kiwi Conditions .
Strong Pakistan team is struggling in New Zealand . Our batting unit is better than Pakistan. But take into account that Pakistan with veteran Younis and Misbah still are groping in the dark. Pakistan attack is as good as Bangladesh if not better. New Zealand is not finding much difficult in handling them.
We hope top Bangladeshi batsmen Tamim, Imrul, Mominul, Mushfique ,Mahamudullah, Shakib would shoulder responsibilities . Shariar Nafees can add experience and quality. Shabbir and Nasir can provide depth. If Bangladesh can not bat well they can do little in down under.Mashrafee ,Taskin will be there for T20 and ODIs .But test pace attack looks thin as we are not yet sure about Mustafiz playing .Finger spinners have little purchase from Kiwi wickets. We are not sure whether Tanvir Haidar would play.Leggies have opportunities there.
We have to prove our quality in the first series of the new season .A poor performance may cast dark shadow in the remainder of the long season. Hope BCB would review the situation in truest perspective and select horses for the courses.