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16 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Caribbean nightmare for Tigers

Caribbean nightmare for Tigers

In Caribbean paradise, the Bangladesh cricket aspirations have come to a rude halt, with the second Test match against West Indies crumbling within three days. Call it luck if you will, with the World Cup taking attention of most sport lovers, the fiasco in West Indies is not in the radar at the moment.  However, the message is clear: there’s something gravely wrong in our game which had to face some back to back humiliations in recent times.

The West Indies tour was never supposed to be an easy ride, especially with the memory of the Caribbean team losing a one day series in Bangladesh, which probably acted as an added motivator for revenge.

However, the Bangladesh score-lines are proof that nothing is going as planned with ignominy hanging over the team from the paltry 43 run all out in the first test. In any sport, debacles can happen; even the biggest teams falter from time to time, though such disasters work as a warning sign for something to change. Bangladesh had a remarkable 2017 and, this year, their luck seems to have deserted them.

Is this a case of complacency hitting back or sheer bad luck? Reportedly, officials with the team feel that the players still do not have the tenacity for the five day format of the game. Also, the recent mishaps have brought into the open weaknesses in the whole cricketing culture which does not create a platform for coaches to be trained. Allegations have been raised about the absence of steady supply of top level players.

Looking at the last six months, it seems there is an immediate need to revamp the entire system while looking into the current team with the help of psychologists. In many cases, personal problems cause insidious harm, resulting in falling performance. Everything said and done, it will be wrong to talk of Bangladesh cricket in apocalyptic terms. Everything is not lost! All teams have forgettable patches along with indelible ones, and our side is now passing through a rough phase. However, the work to address the mistakes should begin immediately.

Experts have underscored the inability of Bangladesh players to successfully defend the Decision Review System, DRS.  If that is the case then let’s concentrate here .Again, it would be a mistake to heap opprobrium on the players, because instinctively, a sportsman donning the national colour never wants to come out defeated. A strategic approach with certain changes in the cricket culture will make the Caribbean tour just a minor blot.

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