Going will be tough for minnows Bangladesh
Bangladesh cricket has come a long way since I took a private team to Dhaka
in 1985. Kamal Z. Islam was then the president of the Bangladesh cricket board
and I have yet to meet a man who loved the game of cricket more than he did.
He invested his time and his own money to support the game and it was on his
insistence that I rounded up a team that included Imran Khan and many Test
cricketers and we went to Dhaka.
Kamal Islam has nothing more to do with Bangladesh cricket having been
'ousted' in the shuffle that is characteristic of the subcontinent, though
he still is an ardent cricket fan. The visit of my team to Bangladesh is a
distant memory and most people have forgotten about it and barring Kamal Islam,
no one in Bangladesh cricket has even bothered to thank me.
But I was delighted when Bangladesh cricket was given Test status. They will
find the going tough and they must not set their sights too high nor should
the cricket public in that country to raise their expectations sky-high.
Bangladesh will be playing its first Test match against Pakistan at Multan
as a part of the Asian Test Championship. It is a big occasion for them even
though, realistically, Bangladesh must know that it is the outsider in this
tournament, now reduced to three teams with the pull-out of India, a pull-out
that is nakedly political...
[Copyright Dawn, 29 August, 2001]