Thatscricket - News - Bangladesh looks keenly forward to ATC experience
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Naimur Rahman (captain), Khaled Masud, Javed Omer Belim, Mehrab Hossain, Mohammad Ashraful, Al Shariar, Aminul Islam, Habibul Bashar, Akram Khan, Enamul Haque, Hasibul Hossain, Monjorul Islam, Bikas Ranjan Das and Mohammad Sharif.Coach:
T M Chappell. Manager:
Ashraf ChoudhryCopyright AFP 2001
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Karachi: Cricket minnow Bangladesh is hoping its current trip to Pakistan will prove to be a stepping stone to the country's first Test victory. The team will play Pakistan in Multan next week in the first round of the Asian Test Championship.[an error occurred while processing this directive]But captain Naimur Rehman and Australian coach Trevor Chappell said success took many forms, and for Bangladesh the experience of playing on different wickets against top-class opposition would suffice."We want to gain as much experience from this tour as we can and hope to continue our improvement in Test cricket," 26-year-old Rehman told AFP."Of course, we are a nascent Test nation but we are learning with time and hope that this tour helps us gain some rich experience," said the right-arm off-break bowler."Although we have lost all our three Tests until now we have learnt from each experience."Bangladesh became the 10th Test playing country after gaining Test status from International Cricket Council last year.It lost its inaugural Test against India at Dhaka in November last year and was beaten in both Tests on its tour of Zimbabwe in April this year.Rehman said news of India's pullout from the tournament because of political differences with Pakistan was a blow to all involved."It's disappointing that India is not participating because had it played we could have got one more good Test match against them," he said.Coach Chappell said he was happy with the team's progress. "Realistically we are up against two very good sides like Pakistan and Sri Lanka in this championship, which is very challenging, but we hope that the improvement will continue," said the younger brother of former Australian captains Greg and Ian Chappell.The tourists will play a three-day warm-up game against a Pakistan Cricket Board Combined XI in Karachi from Friday."We have not had much cricket since our tour of Zimbabwe in April-May this year and our training was hit by monsoon rain in Bangladesh, so the side game will be very important," Chappell said.Chappell, who took over as coach in April, said his main task was to see Bangladesh win a Test in two or three years time.