April 04, 2006


Bangladesh is ready to greet Australia for a home series against the cricket champions. There will be two tests and three one dayers. The first test will begin on the next Sunday (9th of April). Australia is satisfied with the venues and the security arrangements. Bangladesh has retained most of its winning combination, which have whitewashed Kenya (4-0 series) late last month. The Australian team also has an almost unchanged squad, which performed well in the recent series against South Africa.

The aussies are in top form. Bangladeshis are also in good touch. The Aussies struggles a bit in the subcontinent due to the heat and humidity and slow pitch. Bangladesh has the home advantage. But it would not be realistic to ask a performance from Bangladesh every time like their upset win against the Aussies last year. The Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore reminds us: "The number one-ranked team is playing the number 10-ranked team. That's the reality."

Bangladeshi blogger Furqaan has a detailed preview of the series with player-by-player status. BanglaCricket is an exciting forum formed by Bangladeshi cricket fans which will heat up during the series.

For the good of cricket, this series requires to be competitive, not one sided matches, which will drive away the interest of the spectators. Let us hope for the best.


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