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Whilst the cricketing world has been looking forward to the Fifth Ashes Test at the Oval, remarkable things have been happening in Zimbabwe. Trailing 2-1 in the ODI series against Bangladesh, the hosts must surely have fancied their chances of levelling it after posting 312 in their 50 overs, including a world-record-equalling 19 not out from Charles Coventry (which is almost certainly also a record for a man wearing glasses).

Even that wasn’t enough as the tourists, led by Tamim Iqbal‘s 154 from 138 balls (a career best), reached the required 313 in just 47.5 overs. It must have been one hell of a batting pitch.

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Ireland qualified for the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 with a victory over Bangladesh that came courtesy of brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien.

Of the two teams, Bangladesh looked more like the side unused to the big occasion, with wickets being thrown away with gay abandon throughout their innings, with Tamim Iqbal’s run out being a comic highlight. Mohammad Ashraful also committed the cricketing equivalent of hari-kiri in the sort of display that had coach Jamie Siddons up in arms. Apparently, one of the main issues is “getting to the bus on time”.

For Ireland, such minor transportation issues are as insignificant as the absence of Eoin Morgan. Roll on the Super Eights…

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The ICC World Twenty20 gets underway from Friday. Here’s part one of my preview:

India, the defending champions, will face high expectations after emerging triumphant from the thrilling finale last time out.  The intervening years have of course seen the development of the Indian Premier League, a competition that means India’s players have a wealth of Twenty20 experience (although the national side has only played five T20 Internationals since the last competition, winning only one). Twenty20 superstars such as MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh will certainly strengthen the holders’ chances of retaining the title.

Bangladesh caused a minor shock last time out when they beat the West Indies to make the Super Eight, and hopes will be high that they can reach that stage again. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan are potential match-winners, but no Bangladeshi player has yet set the IPL alight, and any progression beyond the last eight seems unlikely for the Tigers.

Ireland qualified for the tournament mainly thanks to an impressive performance from Andre Botha. The side will, however, be missing a key player of recent years in Eoin Morgan, who has been called into England’s squad for the tournament.  A surprise result against Bangladesh could see the Irish sneak into the Super Eight (much as they did in the last 50-over World Cup), but on balance the current side (especially without Morgan) may be hard-pressed to repeat the heroics of 2007.

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It’s more than a year now since I named my 11 to watch, so it’s probably time to weigh up (briefly) who’s lived up to their potential and who hasn’t:

Nasir Jamshed is still under 20, but had little chance to impress this year given Pakistan’s effective exile from international cricket; Virat Kohli made some waves, and is still well-placed for a call-up to the Indian Test side after some good ODI performances and a strong showing in domestic cricket; Tamim Iqbal has shown some promise, but Bangladesh’s continued position at the bottom of the cricketing pile has frustrated his ability to shine; Fawad Alam is probably the one that got away; Steve Davies has finally been called up to the England side, and looked good for a while when he got his chance; Adil Rashid has also won some recognition from the ECB, and will probably play Test cricket in the next year or two; Beau Casson has sunk from the international picture seemingly without trace; Sulieman Benn gave England a torrid time in the Tests and looks set to be a part of the Windies side for some time to come; Tim Southee hasn’t quite lived up to the early hype but still shows promise; Ishant Sharma continues to scare batsmen (especially Ricky Ponting) the world over; Mitchell Johnson continues to do the same to everyone that isn’t Australian.

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Whilst the attention of the cricketing world has been elsewhere, Bangladesh have been battling away in Dhaka, taking their Test match against Sri Lanka into a fifth day. The fact that the Tigers’ supremely unlikely chase of 521 will continue tomorrow is largely due to Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan, both of who will resume tomorrow to try and extend their partnership of 74.

Ashraful in particular looked impressive while making his first half-century in nearly 20 innings, and Al Hasan is a contender for the home side’s man of the match, given his five-for in the first innings. Earlier, Tamim Iqbal had made 47 before getting out rashly.

For the tourists, Bangladesh’s fightback is an inconvenience, but the might of Murali is likely to be too much for the hosts to hold out. And Mendis will be back in the side for the Second Test, so things will only get harder for the Tigers.

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Bangladesh, depleted by the departure of 13 players for the ICL, have named six rookies in their provisional squad for the series against New Zealand.

The provisional squad in full is: Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hassan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehrab Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Nazmul Hossain, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Dollar Mahmud, Nafees Iqbal, Rajin Saleh, Tushar Imran, Enamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Naeem Islam, Suhrawardy Shuvo, Mahbubul Alam, Sahagir Hossain.

I bet New Zealand are quaking in their boots.

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Tamim Iqbal (of whom I’m a fan) was pretty much the only Bangladeshi batsmen to make a decent score as Australia rubbed the kittens‘ noses in their own urine. Metaphorically, of course. In literal terms, they beat them by 73 runs.

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Bangladesh were destroyed by Australia, as one would expect. Australia’s bowlers took advantage of the opportunity to improve their averages, with Cameron White taking 3-5, Mitchell Johnson picking up 2-10, and Brett Geeves taking 2-11.

Tamim Iqbal, one of those you should be watching, made 21, which sounds rubbish until you realise that 21 runs was more than a quarter of his team’s total.

Interestingly, Andrew Symonds didn’t play after being sent home. What for? Drunken rock ‘n’ roll excess? Punching a paparazzo? No, fishing.

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It’s been four months since I plucked these eleven young cricketers from various levels of obscurity and cursed them with the tag ‘ones to watch’. How have they been getting on?

  • Tamim Iqbal is over in England at the moment with Bangladesh A, but there hasn’t been much news of him recently. Hopefully there will be more to report soon.
  • Sulieman Benn has overcome the apparent West Indian anti-spin bias to show some promise whilst going for quite a lot of runs, but he needs to play more cricket against sides that aren’t Australia before he can be properly assessed.

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The Asia Cup 2008 gets underway on Tuesday, with the ‘established’ Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and ‘semi-established’ Bangladeshi (no link because the official site ‘may harm your computer‘) teams competing against the ’emerging’ UAE and Hong Kongese sides.

Group A

  • Sri Lanka will be looking to recapture the One-Day form that brought victory over England, but which has been absent more recently. Ajantha Mendis, who I’ve mentioned recently, will be one to watch, and the six over-30’s in the squad will shoulder much of the responsibility as usual.
  • The United Arab Emirates are hoping that a blend of youth and experience will help to produce the kind of performances that suggest they have a good chance of qualification (following good results in the World Cricket League last year) for the 2011 World Cup. Obviously, the UAE will be looking for performances rather than results from this tournament, but they could give Bangladesh a scare if they play out of their skins. Saqib Ali has a first class average of 55, and is likely to be the main source of runs.

Group B

  • India showed both sides of their recent form in the Kitply cup, hammering Pakistan in the group stage, then leaking runs like nobody’s business in the final. Gambhir was impressive throughout the tournament with the bat, and RP Singh, amongst others, continues to show real promise with the ball.
  • Hong Kong, who will be taking part in the World Cricket League Division 4 in October, are almost certain to be unceremoniously crushed by both India and Pakistan. Courtney Kruger could make things slightly more respectable with a few runs, but any difference will be marginal.

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Here are some more young guns (although not in the Wham! sense) who will soon be setting the cricketing world alight like wire wool and a battery.

  • Virat Kohli: Has the world at his feet after captaining India’s U19 side to World Cup glory. Has signed up to play for Bangalore in the IPL, so could be making headlines sooner rather than later.
  • Tamim Iqbal: Just turned 19, but is already established as a confident batsman (and confidence is quite an attribute for a Bangladeshi cricketer). Iqbal burst onto the scene some time ago now, but looks like he is ready to step up his performance to the next level.

Next to be added to the list, and probably see their careers crash and burn, will be an all-rounder and a wicketkeeper.

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