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    Faisal Caesar hails from Bangladesh and is a doctor by profession. He works at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the department of Cardiology as a medical officer. He is yearning to become a cardiologist in the future. He’s an ardent follower of cricket and expresses his love and passion for cricket through writing.

    New Zealand Banglawashed!

    Monday Nov 04, 2013

    McClenaghan banged the second ball of the 50th over short, Sohag Gazi upper-cut it for four and the Fatullah stadium erupted with joy. The famous 'Banglawash' had been completed and atmosphere became absolutely electrifying. It was time to celebrate. It was time to relish the unique moment. There were joyous celebrations all around, which went viral throughout the country.

    Few could imagine Bangladesh whitewashing the Kiwis 3-0, especially after New Zealand posted 300-plus in the third ODI. Bangladesh are not known to be good chasers, let alone a total in excess of 300 against a top team. But over the years, this Bangladesh team has gained self-belief. No matter how big the total is, how tough the opposition is, the Tigers just don't go down without a fight. That's how they have been able to hand two 'Banglawashes' in a row to New Zealand.

    Well fought Bangladesh

    Saturday Oct 26, 2013

    The final day of the second Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand was expected to be a gripping contest. New Zealand's handy lead in the first innings was given a fighting reply by the hosts, which made the contest an even one. But rain on the final day spoiled the party and the two-match Test series ended in a draw. Many fans cursed the rain, many fans' weekend had been spoiled. For once, for Bangladesh fans, rain was not a blessing but a curse. Had there been no rain, the Tigers could have pushed the Kiwis. Clearly, the mentality of Bangladesh fans is changing. As a matter of fact, Bangladesh cricket is changing.

    In the limited-overs format, Bangladesh have become increasingly competitive since 2012, but in Test cricket they always remained underachievers. There were flashes of hope, but in the blink of an eye those ebbed with horrifying exhibitions, with Bangladesh's ability to play Test cricket remaining questionable. But steadily, though somewhat late, Bangladesh are getting into the groove and starting to play Test cricket the way it should be played.

    Sohag Gazi - way to go

    Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

    Corey Anderson, the New Zealand left-arm medium pacer leaped up in a big appeal for leg-before against Mominul Haque on which the umpire raised his finger to end one of the finest innings in the Bangladesh Test history, and with that, an inspirational 121-run stand between Mominul and Mushfiqur Rehman also came to an end. In the following over, Doug Bracewell dished out a snorter to remove Mushfiqur and as usual it hinted of another Bangladeshi collapse. There was Nasir Hossain at one end, famous for his cold-blooded destruction, but to script his thrilling knock he needed bold support.

    On most occasions, whenever the Bangladeshi tail wagged, Mahmudullah had been instrumental to its success. H used to come out to bat at either number seven or eight - maneuvered the strike with occasional aggression and carried on the hopes. Bangladesh always preferred to go with a specialist batsman at number eight to add depth to their batting, but in the Chittagong Test, Bangladesh decided not to follow this tradition to which they have stuck for 17 Tests since 2009. Mahmudullah was excluded and the faith was kept in Sohag Gazi's all-round abilities.

    Three years ago, a strong New Zealand team came to Bangladesh to play an ODI series. During that time, the New Zealand Cricket Board asked the two-match Test series to be scrapped, and consequently the three-match ODI series was changed to a best-of-five rubber. New Zealand wanted to focus more on 50-over cricket at the time with the 2011 World Cup approaching. But to Bangladesh's anger, the Kiwis were scheduled to fly to India before the World Cup to play a three match Test series, which they did. Feeling robbed, the Tigers replied in a disdainful manner, hammering the Black Caps 4-0, with one match washed out. The victory lap by the hosts - led by Shakib Al Hasan - after the final ODI at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla stadium is a scene close to every Bangladeshi's heart, and the Tigers eye an encore three years later.

    The Kiwis are in Bangladesh again. This time they will play a full series, starting with two Tests, followed by three ODIs and a solitary T20I. New Zealand have had the upper hand against Bangladesh in Test cricket. Since their first meeting in Test cricket in 2001-02, the Tigers have yet to beat New Zealand. Bangladesh had a golden opportunity to do that in 2008 when the Kiwis limped home to win by 3 wickets at Chittagong. In that first Test of the series, Bangladesh set New Zealand 317 to chase in the fourth innings and the visitors almost kneeled in front of Bangladesh spinners led by the enigmatic Shakib. But in the end, a much resilient Daniel Vettori and Daniel Flynn snatched victory from between the hosts' teeth. The two-match Test series ended 1-0 in favour of New Zealand.

    He exploded onto the Bangladesh cricket scene like a meteor when he, as an under-17 rookie, caught the attention of coach Andy Roberts, who was acting as the team's temporary bowling coach, way back in 2001. Roberts noticed the raw energy and hunger to fetch wickets in that boy and remarked that the boy has a big future ahead of him.

    That young boy hailing from Narail was drafted into the Bangladesh A team on Roberts's recommendation. After playing just one match, the young lad was given a Test cap against the touring Zimbabweans, without having played any first class cricket.

    After long speculations and after much chaos, the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) commenced on September 10. With not much action in the offing and Bangladesh cricket getting embroiled in off-field controversies, the DPL breathed some life into Bangladesh cricket. After all, it's the battle between bat and ball that matters the most to fans and cricketers of Bangladesh.

    The DPL has started with a bang. On the opening day, at Rajshahi, while chasing Prime Bank's huge total of 334 - courtesy Ziaur Rahman's swashbuckling 89, Mahmudul Hasan's breezy 54 and PBB Rajapaksa's quickfire 107, Brother's Union found the going tough. They lost the match, but the Shahid Kamruzzaman stadium at Rajshahi witnessed an inspiring knock which made the environment absolutely electrifying.

    Off the field, the picture of Bangladesh cricket is very lugubrious while on the field there is hardly any cricket. Sports journalists in Bangladesh are irked because of continuous reporting about the off-field sagas. They wish to write reports about the on-field actions.

    There was an opportunity for the Tigers to brush away this dull situation of Bangladesh cricket with a spirit-lifting performance. The Bangladesh Under-19, Under-23 and A teams were touring England and Singapore respectively and it was expected that each would dole out a fair show, but sadly it was not to be. The pens of our sports journalists couldn't break the monotony of essaying dull reports.

    The Radisson Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka was as usual looking ravishing. Its acuminous architect work and dashing outlook have made it one of the most glittering hotels in Bangladesh. In a very short time, since its commencement, the Radisson has captured the heart of the tourists and elites of the country. But on August 13, the hotel's much resplendent beauty faded away. Neither the sharp architect works nor its romantic appeal could save the Radisson from turning pale.

    In a press conference arranged by the ICC and BCB, the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's (ACSU) report was unleashed. Nine individuals have been charged by the ACSU for breaching the BCB's code of conduct during the Bangladesh Premier League earlier this year. Even though it was said that the identities of the nine individuals will not be disclosed until the conclusion of the proceedings, through various local news channels we could come to know about the alleged individuals.