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Lack of ‘test culture’ is everywhere

Lack of ‘test culture’ is everywhere

After coming to St. Lucia after Antigua, the picture did not change that much. Bangladesh batting seems to have lost the tone of Test cricket! Meanwhile, a statement by captain Shakib Al Hasan has given birth to a new discussion.

After the match the day before yesterday, Shakib said that the culture of Test cricket was not created in Bangladesh.

Shakib’s words can continue to debate. But did he say something wrong? And even though he said that the spectators did not come to Bangladesh to watch Test cricket, he did not give the spectators the responsibility for their bad game.

He later said in another statement that the players are also responsible for this situation in Test cricket in Bangladesh.

The good performance of the players and the evaluation of Test cricket at all levels of cricket in the country is one complements the other.

The latest example of Bangladesh not giving importance to Test cricket can be given in the current West Indies series. See the schedule of the Bangladesh team from the very beginning of the tour. Coaches, when and how did the players get to the West Indies? How did you practice?

See the schedule of the Bangladesh team from the very beginning of the tour. Coaches, when and how did the players get to the West Indies? How did you practice?

What kind of wicket did you play in the preparation match? From the start of the tour until the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, did the team prepare properly? If you listen to the inner circle of the party, the top officials of the BCB will surely find suppressed dissatisfaction with this.

When you go to play Tests abroad, you have to take enough time to prepare well before going into the game, it is easy to adapt to the conditions. And the national team of any game will go together to play somewhere, that’s the culture. International teams rarely deviate from this except for very urgent reasons.

But this time only the Test team of Bangladesh came to the West Indies in five-six parts! Everything seems to be a separate team, except for how. At first, Ellen was only six players, with no coaching staff members. The players arrived in Antigua and spent a few days in seclusion at a distant resort, joined by a fleet of coaches and a few other players.

Some of the coaches also came from Bangladesh, and some from South Africa. Captain Shakib came to the United States alone. Enamul Haque and Shariful Islam came after the Antigua Test, also on separate planes.

The BCB, however, explained at the time that the business flight from London to Antigua did not have many business class tickets at the same time, so everyone had to come separately. But the Bangladesh team will come to the West Indies at this time, he knew.

 

What did six cricketers gain by going to Antigua earlier? During those six days, there was no opportunity for them to practice, only fitness work was done by doing gym swimming in the hotel. And the journey from Bangladesh to the West Indies all took 27-28 hours. Due to the time interval of 10 hours, the calculation of night and day is also completely reversed. Then it takes two days to get rid of travel fatigue.

After everyone gathered in Antigua, there was very little opportunity for the whole team to practice together. If you talk about proper preparation on the field, the Bangladesh team has done it only two days before the first Test.

During these two days, they played a warm-up match at Coolidge Cricket Ground, the wicket of which was not the same as the wicket of Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

 

But when the practice is not enough to move to a new place, such a preparation match becomes just a formality.

Is it very wrong to say that the culture of Test cricket has not developed in the country where the team goes to play Tests? This is just a small example.

As Shakib said, they have to play a leading role in laying the bricks of Test culture by playing good cricket
As Shakib said, they have to play a leading role in laying the bricks of Test culture by playing good cricket AFL
Thousands more examples of Bangladesh not being a Test nation can be set up.

However, none of that will be an argument for the poor performance of the players. As Shakib said, they have to play a leading role in laying the bricks of Test culture by playing good cricket.

Oh, one thing is missing. At the end of the Test series, Bangladesh was in trouble with going to Dominica from St. Lucia.

But the team will now leave for Dominica tomorrow morning, a day later, following a warning issued by the St. Lucia government due to a cyclone in the Atlantic. Even then, there is an uneasiness about the long ferry journey of cricketers unaccustomed to sea voyages.

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