TOURS by BANGLADESH Click
on a Test tour made by Bangladesh
[where UNDERLINED] Some pages still in preparation
Despite the fanatical interest in
cricket, East Pakistan, as one half of the state of Pakistan, had never been an equal with West Pakistan in cricketing terms - no East Pakistani had
won a place in the Pakistan Test team.
The nearest was Raqibul Hasan, who as a 16 year-old, was twelfth man in
a Test match against New Zealand at Dhaka in 1969-70 and appeared in the
full-strength Pakistan side in an unofficial Test against the Commonwealth XI
Paradoxically, it was Bangladesh's successes in one-day cricket that
led to Test match participation, firstly winning the ICC Trophy in 1997 and
secondly a World Cup match victory over Pakistan in 1999.
The Bangladesh Cricket Control
Board was established in 1972 but building cricket leagues and raising
standards was a slow process.
Bangladesh became an
Associate member of the ICC in 1977, and participated in the ICC Trophy
tournaments of 1979, 1982, 1986 and 1990, making gradual improvement until
winning the Trophy in 1997. Overseas
tours began with visits to Kenya
(1984) and Pakistan
The Board had hired foreign Test
players as coaches to guide her towards Test proficiency, but Mohinder Amarnath
left after the team’s poor showing in a one-day Cup in Kenya in 1997. Replacement coach Gordon Greenidge, acclaimed
after winning the ICC Trophy, was then sacked on the very day of the victory
in the 1999 World Cup match which was to lead to full membership of the
ICC. Another new coach was needed when
the South African Eddie Barlow stepped down for health reasons.
In February 2001, as part of the
cooperation with Australia
for cricket development, the Bangladesh Cricket Board signed an agreement with
Trevor Chappell, younger brother of
former Australian Test captains Greg and Ian Chappell, to be responsible
for coaching the national side, while another Australian, John Gloster, became
the team's physiotherapist, replacing Gavin Benfield.
Chappell began a two-year contract when he took charge in mid-March, to coach the Bangladesh national team through its early tours and home Tests.
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