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    Countries get Test status so easily nowadays!

    Let us go back to 1996 Cricket World Cup being played in England. While Indian supporters were anxiously following the death of Ramesh Tendulkar, father of Sachin, during the tournament, Bangladeshi supporters were overjoyed for some other reason. They were playing the World Cup most probably for the first time as a non-Test playing nation. And Akram Khan's Bangladesh defeated Pakistan in a World Cup match. Many sceptics say many things about the victory, but let us not go into all those details. This maiden victory in an ODI was the reason behind Bangladesh's subsequent Test status in 2000, which they still haven't justified properly.

    Yesterday, another new country got Test status, much to the astonishment of cricket pundits. Now the Afghans have justified the astonishment by losing the Test against India in an inning within two days of play.

    Countries do get Test status so easily nowadays.
  • #639384
    True. These days tests have last their importance. Early days getting a test playing country status is very difficult. The Five-day match against Afghanistan ended within two days and Inda won with more than an innings victory. The openers started with centuries. I think the host country should learn many things in playing test cricket. Hope they show a better performance in the coming days.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #639395
    Just because the Afghans played poorly does not make them unfit to be a side to play the test matches. There is a need for creating more teams in future and Afghans entry is in that perspective. By the way when Sri Lanka was first introduced to cricket, every one under estimating their caliber and today they are also formidable team in the world with best players. Likewise Bangladesh teams were considered the underdogs and they too have performed some good cricket so far. So what If the teams loses in follow on, the boys would have now learned the tactics of Indian players and surely they will do far better in next matches.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #639400
    Mr. Mohan: The performance of Bangladesh in Test cricket is not very heartening. ODI/T-20 is not equal to Test cricket.
    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #639408
    Mr. Mohan has also talked about Srilanka. Srilanka got the test status in 1982 after playing cricket for almost 90 years. In fact, Don Bradman visited Srilanka most probably in 1947 to play a match, but he never came to India.

    Srilanka must not be compared with Bangladesh or Afghanistan. Srilanka has had a long cricketing tradition.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.


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