We hope to become best fielding side

Published: Friday, June 2, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Dhaka: Bangladesh are on the verge of getting Test status. They have received support from most other Test playing nations in their bid to join the big league.

Bangladesh skipper Aminul Islam was confident that his country would do well in the international scenario. He hoped that Bangladesh would become the best fielding side in the sub-continent. The following is an excerpt of the interview.

How excited are you about Bangladesh becoming a Test playing nation?

Playing Test cricket is the ultimate dream of any cricketer. Test status for Bangladesh will give the game a fillip at the grassroots level. Till now our World Cup win over Pakistan has been the most defining moment.

The day Bangladesh take the field in a Test match, it will the biggest day in our cricket history. I am looking forward to be a part of that landmark event.

What is Bangladesh's immediate goal?

We want to establish ourselves as the best fielding side in Asia. That is entirely in our hands. I reckon we are ahead of Pakistan and India in this department.

The Lankans are at the moment the best fielding side in Asia and we want to show all concerned that we are the best. We have been working very hard in this department and 'Insha Allah' we will succeed.

What gives you that confidence?

Bangladesh may not have a Jonty Rhodes or a Ricky Ponting in their ranks, but we do have people like Javed Omar, Naimur Rahman and Shariar Hossain who are top-class fielders.

I would say these three are among the best in the business inside the 30-yard circle. Moreover, the youngsters, knocking hard on the door are all good fielders.

Would batting be your strong point?

Yes, that is how it is with the sub-continental teams. We have plenty of talent coming through in this department, but what worries me is our pace attack. We don't have enough firepower at the moment.

Our strength is spin bowling and I consider Rafique and Enamul Haq, the two left-arm spinners, to be among the best in Asia.

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