May 31, 2005


Following the lacklustre performance of Bangladesh at Lords against England, the media went crazy trying to strip Bangladesh's test Status. Ex-players like Richie Benaud & reigning stars of cricket like Shane Warne are also vocal for the axe to fall on Bangladesh.

However Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland talks some sense:

"Ten countries isn't a lot of countries to be registered Test playing countries and in order for the game to continue to grow, which is what we want to happen, it's important that countries like Bangladesh are given the best possible opportunity to do that."

His suggestion is to better manage the tour schedule of stronger teams with the weaker teams to avoid repeatations of one-sided games.

Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore says:

"Trying to achieve what everyone wants us to achieve is tough but to solely take Bangladesh out of international status full representation is just pure folly, ridiculous. We need to have a means to an end."

I remember one saying:

"If you bully a child every time it falls, it will never try to walk again."

So true.


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