Tour of Bangladesh 2000-01 Captain: Saurav Ganguly
43rd Indian Test tour
First Test-playing tour of Bangladesh by India
India were invited to become Bangladesh’s first-ever Test opponents. The excitement was dampened by a political feud. The four-party opposition alliance were prevented from holding a “grand rally” at the Test venue, Dhaka’s Paltan Maidan (outer stadium) owned by the government-controlled Sports Control Board. Bangladesh Cricket Board officials said they wanted the ground “free from any disturbance or damage” until the historic Test was over.
It was not in fact the first Test hosted by Bangladesh because the Asian Test Championship final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in March 1999 was played on their soil.
Saurav Ganguly had his first opportunity to captain India but for coach Aunshuman Gaekwad the tour brought an end to his second period of preparing the Indian team.
Saba Karim the Bengal wicketkeeper was chosen on the captain's strong recommendation but was not able to adjust to his new contact lenses.
Other Indian tours
Members of the Test tour party
V V S Laxman
Ba - Baroda
Bn - Bengal
H - Hyderabad
K - Karnataka
Ke - Kerala
Mb - Mumbai
Os - Orissa
Pj - Punjab
Rly - Railways
TN - Tamil Nadu
UP - Uttar Pradesh
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(10 November 2000)
Test Appearances made before the tour
Tendulkar 76, Srinath 46, Dravid 37, Ganguly 35, Prasad 29, Laxman 18, Joshi 12, Ramesh 9, Agarkar 5, Kartik 2, Das 0, Karim 0, Yuvraj 0, Zaheer 0
The manager BN Singh was Secretary of Bihar Cricket Association, which was reassigned as Jharkhand C.A. during his time away.
CG Borde (West Zone - chairman), S Madan Lal (North), AO Malhotra (East), S Jagdale (Central) and TA Sekar (South).
Unavailable: A Kumble (shoulder injury)
Not considered : "The selectors anticipating the CBI report about match-fixing did not include former captain Mohammed Azharuddin, Nayan Mongia and Ajay Jadeja, who were then suspended along with Ajay Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar three days later.
Tour Party Announced : 30 October 2000.
Not selected Vinod Kambli, Hemang Badani and Sridharan Sriram (TN)
The Indian players all arrived in the city of Calcutta by the evening of 6 November 2000. Ganguly went to the airport separately in his own car and not in the team bus in an attempt to distract overenthusiastic fans from his arrival.
The Indians, accorded a warm welcome on their arrival at Zia International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday 7 November, had light `nets'. They were later joined by Yuvraj Singh, who had stayed back in Calcutta since his passport had been sent to the wrong destination.
BANGLADESH Test Match
WON 9 w
This was the only tour fixture
Test appearances on tour
1 - Agarkar, Das, Dravid, Ganguly, Joshi, Karim, Kartik, Ramesh, Srinath, Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan.
0 - Laxman, Prasad, Yuvraj Singh.
• It was India's first Test win abroad in seven years
• Ganguly and Joshi (92) added 121 for India's 7th wicket to take the game away from Bangladesh
• After conceding 400 in the first innings, India dismissed Bangladesh for 91 in the second.
Other f-c matches
Return to India
On Tuesday 14 November 2000 the team flew back from Dhaka to Calcutta and again Ganguly was mobbed at the airport.
Published accounts of the tour