Bangladesh, a full member of the International Cricket Council played it’s first Test match in 2000, against India. The emergence of Bangladesh as a test playing nation has faced a lot of criticism. Bangladesh’s ability to compete at the highest level in the Test arena, has not been satisfactory. The fact that the team lost 31 of its first 34 Tests, including a record losing streak of 21 games, has further added to such criticism.
The respectable teams of recent test arena, New Zealand and Zimbabwe had also faced the similar plight until, few years ago.
For several occasions, the Bangla team has come to some close finishes in tests. The team however broke the jinx in their 35th attempt and scored their maiden Test victory in Chittagong, against the touring Zimbabwe team.
Recently, the ICC has introduced a new ten year plan in which newer teams such as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will on-go more exposure in test cricket. The future tours involve all ten Test playing countries playing home and away series against each other over each five-year period. This move can however, accustom the under-graded Test playing nations, to prove their criticism’s wrong.
Yesterday’s humiliating defeat of an innings and 234-runs by the Sri-Lankan’s has yet again, proved their dominance over Bangladesh and not letting a single test match go into the fifth day.
Bangla’s need to build in some new ideas and strategies to counter the onslaught of the Lankan’s in the remaining Test-matches.