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The chief selector’s two regrets about the test failure


Published: 04 April 2024, 07:30

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Bangladesh captain Nazmul Hossain (left) and national team chief selector Gazi Ashraf HossainA

The honeymoon phase ends in the ODI series. Although Minhajul


Abedin’s selection committee has made the teams for the T20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka, the two decisions made by Gazi Ashraf Hossain’s new selection committee have been well appreciated. Calling up Zakir Ali to the T20 squad and dropping Liton Das from the third ODI squad.

The test series started before the applause went away. The team announced by Gazi Ashraf Hossain’s selection committee failed miserably in both series. It is certainly not the responsibility of the selection committee, but it is important that they at least know the answer to the question why their selected team played so badly in both Tests.

In the phone conversation yesterday, the chief selector Gazi Ashraf said at the beginning, “Although the T20 and ODIs are competitive, we could not create any competition in the two Tests.” Chittagong’s wicket is not so broken. However, except for one bowling, we could not come close to the expectations in the other two categories. If you do well in just one section of the test, you get the results you should get.’

The chief selector’s two regrets:

Bangladesh Shamsul Haque lost both matches in the Test series

Gazi Ashraf said that Bangladesh did not take advantage of home conditions in any of the Sylhet and Chittagong Tests. The wicket in Sylhet was green, sporting. Batting is helpful in Chittagong. Equal benefits for both parties. But the test series against Sri Lanka which ended yesterday proves that it becomes difficult for Bangladesh to play at home on such a wicket. The Chief Selector’s comment on this in one sentence, ‘We played the series keeping a level playing field, where no extra advantage was taken. And in that, the real picture of the country’s cricket emerged.

We could not apply any lessons learned from the Sylhet test in Chittagong. This is the cause of my sorrow.

Gazi Ashraf Hossain, Chief Selector of National Cricket Team

The chief selector’s two regrets:

In Gazi Ashraf’s eyes, one of the reasons for this could be the lack of proper preparation. Before such a series, some cricketers of their own team get a chance to practice matches to give the visiting team a chance to practice matches. Sometimes they also play preparatory matches among themselves. This time there was none of that—from white-ball cricket straight to red-ball cricket. But Gazi Ashraf himself later refuted this argument and said, ‘I think that the version that will come out, the players should play that version in their heads. Other thoughts should be excluded. This is where there is more noise.

The former captain of the national team observes that the temperament, focus, skill and understanding of the conditions of Test cricket—in most cases the batsmen have failed, “we could not apply any lessons learned from the Sylhet Test in Chittagong. This is the reason for my sadness.


The former national team captain observes that Test cricket’s temperament—focus, skill and understanding the situation—most often batsmen fail.

Although Sri Lanka’s bowling edge is relatively low on the batting wicket of Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the batsmen could not settle down to increase the innings. It can be called another grief of Gazi Ashraf, ‘Except for one or two, in most cases, especially in the second innings, Muminul, Shakib and Liton each made it possible to get their runs in three figures. At least two innings could have reached three figures to show their ability. I also regret that it is not.

He also knows that it is difficult to adjust from white ball cricket to red ball cricket without adequate preparation. However, he said, “If the preparation is less, then more efforts should be made to adapt to the situation.”

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Nazmul said to know about the preparation of the test


Four months break from Test cricket for now. After the T20 World Cup, Bangladesh is scheduled to return to red ball cricket with a tour of Pakistan in August. However, before that there is time to think about some things, the chief selector thinks, ‘we have to play three versions of cricket in the same series in the future. What will be the preparation of those series, it needs to be discussed with the coaches. The cricket management department will surely do it.

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“No excuses…”


It is known that immediately after Eid, the cricket management department will discuss this with the Bangladesh Tigers, which is working with cricketers outside the national team. Apart from that, Bangladesh ‘A’ team is also scheduled to visit Pakistan before the national team’s tour to Pakistan. Apart from this, efforts are being made to organize another tour of the ‘A’ team.

Gazi Ashraf hopes that the BCB will allow cricketers to play as many red balls as possible to improve their long-term cricket. f you can’t go out, you have to try to play on lively wickets among yourselves.



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