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‘We still have a long way to go’

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  • 28 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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‘We still have a long way to go’

The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon said that he is not ready to press the panic button with their Test future despite performing so poorly in the West Indies series.

Bangladesh were on the verge of conceding their 100th Test defeat after they were reduced to 132-6 in their second innings by the hosts on Sunday. The start of the fourth day’s play was delayed due to wet outfield when the report was filed.

The Tigers earlier suffered a seven-wicket loss in the series opener in Antigua.

Bangladesh’s dismal performance in Test cricket is not something new considering they hardly managed to make a name for themselves in the longest format since earning Test status on June 26, 2000.

“I admit Test is our weakest link and we still have a long way to go and we’re working on it,” Nazmul told reporters at the Officer’s Club in Dhaka while attending a function organized by the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis on Sunday. 

“If you look at the history you will see that those who are leading in the longest format currently couldn’t perform up-to-the-mark when they completed 20-22 years of their journey in Test,” he said.

“If you tell me about the 22 years of the stint I would say that we started winning on our home soil that doesn’t necessarily mean that we will win all matches.

“The wins indicate our improvement in this format and we got the sign as well that we can also win overseas though we still have a long way to go,” he added.