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16 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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TIGERS SLIP TO NINTH PLACE AS SHAKIB RETAINS TOP TEST ALL-ROUNDER STATUS

Shakib fails to stir shaky Bangladesh

Imran’s call to improve domestic structure to put a competitive performance in Test format
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Shakib fails to stir shaky Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh hits a boundary during third day of the 2nd Test match against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday. AFP Photo

Even an outstanding performance from Shakib Al Hasan couldn’t help Bangladesh from being red-faced. They eventually were whitewashed in the two-match Test series after their 166 runs loss to West Indies in the second Test on Saturday.

Bangladesh did marginally better though in the second Test but once again inside three days. The consolation was they took the second Test to the last session of the third day, comparing to losing the first Test in the first session of the third day and wrapped up West Indies’s second innings for just 129 runs. It was the first time Bangladesh could bowl out any opponent in overseas Test match at such low score. Comparing to an innings and 249 runs defeat in the first Test, the second Test obviously was marginally better. And Shakib Al Hasan was responsible for that.

His six wickets for 33 runs, which was the best bowling figure by a Bangladeshi bowler in abroad surprised West Indies in the second innings and then his struggling but one-day style 54 runs knock helped Bangladesh put up highest score (168) in an innings in this Test series. Thereby Shakib retained his top place in the all-rounder ranking, if he failed, Ravindra Jadeja, despite not playing any Test series, could displace him.

But Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round performance could help his cause but Bangladesh slipped to ninth in the rankings, following a disastrous series in West Indies, in which they came as favourite and a top ranked side over their opponents at overseas soil for the first time.

Statistically Bangladesh’s second Test might look better than the first one but it showed the bitter present of the country’s cricket. Specially in the batting front, Bangladesh was too shaky which was the reason of the whitewash in the two-match Test series.

The seniors like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan failed to build any big innings, which was imperative to win a Test. No Bangladeshi batsman could even make 100 runs, playing four innings of two Tests. Shakib Al Hasan’s 98 runs in the series was Bangladesh’s highest. While senior failed to prop up, it put an adverse impact on the juniors. Nurul Hasan Sohan made a bold 64 runs in the first Test but got a pair of ‘duck’ in the second Test. Liton Das showed occasional flashes of brilliance but could never convert his start. The most disappointing performance came from Mominul Haque, considered as the Test specialist, who reached double digit figure only once in the series.

“The seniors should play a role to inspire the junior by playing big knock which is essential in any Test match but unfortunately no one could play such inspirational knock,” said Sarwar Imran, the head coach of Bangladesh’s inaugural Test.

“Shakib bowled smartly in the second innings of the second Test, which was expected from him given the wicket offered turn and bounce aplenty for both seamers and pacers. While their pacers were smart enough to take advantage of the wicket, our pacers were disappointing.”

But rather than criticizing the players, Imran pointed out the structure of domestic cricket, which he thought didn’t play any role to shape up a player.

“You can’t expect some one to fill the shoes of the likes of Tamim, Shakib or Mushfiqur because the structure of the domestic cricket is such that you can’t players like that. Likes of Shakib, Tamim, Muishfiqur were the outcome of a proper structure as they shape them up by playing fair domestic cricket, aged level cricket and attending many programmes. My question are there enough programmes available at the moment apart from HP or academy. I don’t want to say much about domestic cricket. You people know better what was going on in the domestic circuit.”

“The only thing I will say, if everything is going such way in the domestic circuit, you should not expect any better result in the Test cricket.”

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