I was going to write about Sussex County Cricket Club this morning, but I am going to hold off until Monday, or maybe even this weekend, as I had to leave the office early yesterday and I am playing catch up this morning. I still wanted to write a post this morning, so I will keep it on current material, and make it short.
One thing of note: Bangladesh has been a test team for 11 years now, most recently completing a two match series against the West Indies, a series that they lost 1-0, despite the fact that they were on home soil and were playing one of the weakest West Indian test sides in a generation.
Over those eleven years, their final tally: played 71, won 3, lost 61, and drawn 7. Not exactly a stellar record.
Now, I am not in a position where I can say something like: “they don’t belong here, they belong with the likes of Namibia and Ireland and Canada.” I am not familiar enough with their development to make such a claim. But three wins in 11 years? It almost feels as though Bangladeshi cricket would be better suited if they were moved back into the Associate Wilderness.
Again, it is not my place to say, but I bet there are at least six current Associate members who could double Bangladesh’s win total within five years.
At this point, however, there really is no going back. Bangladeshi Cricket has invested in their team (have they?) and pulling the rug out from under them now would be a major blow.
Something I do want to read and learn about is how countries go about getting “promoted” to full test status. That would be worthwhile, I think. That way I would stop spouting off at the mouth on subjects I know very little about.
(I was going to make a comment on how the ICC should take GDP into consideration when promoting countries, as they would be more likely to have the infrastructure to build a successful test playing side, and that Bangladesh maybe should not be promoted, considering their low GDP, in comparison to other Associates. However, according to the IMF, Bangladesh is ranked at 57 out of 183 countries. Top third, not bad. Only five spots behind New Zealand, only 10 behind Pakistan, and 15 spots ahead of Sri Lanka, who is ranked 5th in the world in the test rankings. So, yeah, I don’t know what I am talking about.)
All of the above said: I love that Bangladesh is a test nation because ESPN3 has all the rights to their home matches, so I get to watch test cricket live and with ESPN3’s top notch media player.
On the pitch: South Africa collapsed, and then Australia collapsed, and we are in a bad light delay near the end of day two. Meanwhile, in Dubai, Pakistan put a respectable 257 for Sri Lanka to chase. The match is only in the third over of the 2nd innings, so I am looking forward to following this one all morning.
Until next time.