We congratulate Afghanistan for their emphatic victory, by 224 runs, against the hosts Bangladesh in the one off Test match held at Chattogram. Their first ever Test victory on overseas soil makes it an even more memorable occasion for Afghanistan. The Afghans played an attacking and positive brand of cricket that simply overwhelmed the Tigers.
It did not appear that they hitherto had played just a couple of Test matches in their test cricket history . The experienced Bangladeshi batsmen were all at sea against the Afghan spin bowlers led by the supremely talented Rashid Khan, who claimed 11 wickets in the match breaking the back of the Bangladeshi batting line up in both the innings. On the other hand Bangladeshi bowlers were just not penetrative enough. They simply failed to use the help provided by the turning pitch. Especially in the first innings Afghan batsmen played the Bangladeshi bowlers, spinners all, with disdain.
Rashid Khan proved to be a wily captain in addition to be a phenomenally gifted bowler. His guile belied his young age. The performance-rather non performance- of the Bangladesh Tigers cricket team in the one off Test against the newbie Afghanistan was disappointing to say the least. As for the tigers it is time to indulge in serious soul searching about the test experience gathered in the last 19 years.
Moreover, the organiser BCB missed a trick when they prepared a rank turner in a blatant display of ensuring home advantage. They did not count the Bangladeshi batsmen's inability to play quality spinners. Test match temperament was sorely lacking. Seeing them play this match it was difficult to believe that Bangladesh has been playing the longer version of the game for nearly two decades. Instead of Afghanistan it was Bangladesh who looked newcomers on many occasions.
However, we must applaud Afghanistan for their deserving victory. They beat Bangladesh in all three departments of the game. If their showing in this Test is anything to go by this victory is the first of many. Bangladesh must take stock of the situation and prepare better for their future endeavours.
The board should ensure that the team plays more Test matches. In the domestic arena longer in addition to the limited over games more emphasis needs to be put on four day matches. The players of the national team rarely play longer version games in the domestic circuit. Unless they play more it would naturally be difficult to build Test match temperament.