Dead line 17 October, 2010 I was waiting at queue for transport to return home from university. Beside the queue in a shop lot of people gathered to watch the last match between Bangladesh and NewZeland.NewZealand required eight more runs to win in the final over but they had just one wicket in hand.Tense appeared on the whole country from stadium.All the people who gathered in front of the roadside shop to become the part of a historical moment of Bangladesh cricket.As Bangladesh won 3 matches out of 4 (1 match washed away due to rain.) Another win was required to clinch the series 4-0, our first sweep against a major team. Kyle Mills was the in striking end and Rubel Hossen the most successful bowler of that match was in the bowling end .Like every Bangladeshi cricket fan I could not hold my excitement when it all came to four runs in four balls and at last we sparked celebration when Rubel bowled Kyle Mills on 33.Bangladesh cricket team made history inscribing a new word ‘Bangla Wash’ in our dictionary.
After 3 years on this October Kiwis are coming. In the 2 years Bangladesh has gone from strength to strength, somewhat successfully Bangladesh Premier League, coming within 3 runs of winning the Asia Cup, an ODI series win against West Indies, another series drawn in SriLanka and posting their best ever total in Test in successive tours. They had disappointing last series in Zimbabwe.A prediction might seem easy on paper but reality must be different.This is an important series for Bangladesh team who did not play enough crickets in last few years.
The tigers have not played enough matches to make a certain statement, but the recent trends look good. (Except Zimbabwe series).In the last series Bangladesh team partially missed its premium player’s service. But in this series it is expected that Bangladesh team might deploy its full force. So bowling as well as batting must get crucial momentum.Though Bangladeshi cricketers have detached from active cricket since Zimbabwe tour, Sakib and Tamim engage in cricket (like county cricket, CPL) at the moment.This two players engagements with cricket must help Bangladesh in the upcoming series.But cricket is a game of eleven players not two. Then the million dollar question is what about our other players.After Zimbabwe tour they did not play international cricket even domestic cricket.This gargantuan gap takes its toll in the home series .Such a long gap may stop their engine.If cricketers failed to start their engine before the series, what would be the probable result.NewZealand might win the series by 4-0 or 5-0 whatever. Without playing enough, one team cannot do well.It’s the reality. We the Bangladeshi are cricket freak nation. For instance after clinch the series against NewZealand , cricketers have been showered with gifts including new cars and plots of land etc. as like other major win.On the other hand we the cricket fan throw stone to the bus which carried players, who defeat our team, we burn our so loved cricketer’s posters and dummy, we organize procession against our team as we cannot accept their vanquish. But a true Bangladesh cricket fan must encourage cricketers not only after any win but also after all defeat since the support actually in need at that time .
Last May 2013 NewZealand played NatWest series in England. They lost the test series to England by 2-0; they come back strongly in ODI series by winning 2-1.TG Southee played vital role in that series by picking total 15 wickets (12 test wickets and 3 ODI wickets).N Wagner and KS Williamson also contributed as a bowler. LRPL Taylor scored total 5 fifties in the series, though MJ Guptil hited the only century. It is expected that they might play a vital role in the home series.
Zimbabwe series humiliated Bangladesh once again. Though most of the cricketers must try to overlook this series except Robiul Islam and ‘Mr. Consistent’ Nasir Hossen. In the drawn Test series Robiual, the man of the series took total 17 wickets( 15 test wickets and 2 ODI wickets) will play major role in the upcoming series. Nasir has been doing well through last few years. Maintaining as usual consistency Nasir scored highest total 305 runs (174 test runs and 131 ODI runs).Our ‘Ice Cool ’ captain Musfiqur Rahim scored total 222(159 test runs and 63 ODI uns) and Worlds no .1 all rounder Sakib Al Hasan scored third highest total 202 runs(149 test runs and 53 ODI runs). Hope our these key players must maintain their quality performance in upcoming NewZealand series. We also pray that our beloved Bangladesh cricket team will make Kiwis flightless again.