Wednesday, 10 March 2010

England complicates its tour of Bangladesh

Even when the England team was supposed to face the Aussies for the Ashes last year, they wouldn't have broken their head over the issue as they are found doing for the series against Bangladesh. One thing that can be thought of to have caused tension among English players is the fact that they cannot feature in the initial phase of the Indian Premier League all because of the tour of Bangladesh which would hardly be on the top of anyone's agenda. But, much to anyone's surprise, this has been the biggest headache for the England team.

The first test between the two countries is due to start on 12th which is just a couple of days later. But, the worries regarding the same have started a week back when there were injuries to Graham Onions who had to sit out of the warm up match against the Bangladesh A. These test matches were needless to be played with no team in the past playing a warm up game against and in Bangladesh. It has been Bangladesh who might have played a warm up game on its tour to that country before the real challenge would have begun.

This was also the case in the recently concluded test series between Bangladesh and India where Bangladesh was a common factor and so were they hosting India. Even there, the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had problems in selecting the final squad combining eleven payers, with Rahul Dravid having to miss the 3rd and 4th days of play and Dhoni himself missing out in the first test owing to a back injury. For most of the countries, touring and playing Bangladesh is a nightmare for, the inclusion of senior players strips the team of some match practice to young legs.

And, in case young legs are included, there is hardly any guarantee of them putting up a better performance and in case they fail to do so, that would be the worst nightmare. Some of the players whose names have hardly been heard like Tim Bresnan (who has so far played just 2 tests), Michael Carberry (who is yet to play a test match) and Steven Finn - who also has a fate similar to Michael Carberry if not for the fact that he is aged just 20 and can be expected to have a good talent in him are in line for the test series against Bangladesh. I wish the England selection committee brings back Michael Vaughan, Ashley Giles etc who retired with still some fuel left in their tank, so that England don't get into the news for wrong reasons.

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