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BANGLADESH cricket team not like before

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BANGLADESH cricket team is consistently under performing these days not because they have suddenly forgotten how to play cricket at the highest level, but because the whole team has lost confidence in their abilities. The remedy lies beyond the expertise of their cricket coaches.  The team urgently needs the assistance of sports psychologists to fortify their beliefs in themselves.
Sports psychologists help professional and amateur athletes overcome mental impediments to their sports success.  Many top athletes have credited sports psychologists for enhancing their performance and helping them achieve their goals.  Entourage of elite athletes like tennis superstar Serena Williams always includes sports psychologists.Any top athlete knows that sports is not only physical; a lot of it is also mental.  Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest,” used to win boxing contests before the opening bell by psyching out his opponents with taunts.  Before his title fight against then World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston in 1964, Ali acted crazy and made Liston believe that he was really crazy!  No one likes to fight a crazy guy!  Of course Ali won the heavyweight title.
After South Africa won their away series against Australia 1-0 in Australia in 2012, Shane Warne made an astute observation.  He said that unlike some other nations, South Africa was not afraid to beat Australia.  One of the instances Warne was alluding to was the 2006 Fatullah test when Bangladesh had an excellent opportunity to beat Australia, but lost its nerve and the match.

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test match

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Amidst the hue and cry of Shakib Al Hasan's emphatic performance and Bangladesh's rare series win, the Tigers silently completed 14 years of Test cricket yesterday. With six wins and 11 draws in 87 matches, there is not much to show for, but, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim expects greater times are ahead.The captain, who believes that Bangladesh could have been in a much better position today, has emphasised the need for improving the country's first-class structure for a better future.
"The point is that Test cricket is the game that gives you the ultimate respect and those involved in it; the board members, players and everyone. I know they all are working hard, but more commitment is required."It's not just about the infrastructure but our players need to get motivated as well. Our first-class structure is not as strong as others. When our first-class competitions begin, the national players are not always engaged. So there is not much competition and hence not much pressure," reckoned Mushfiqur.
"But if you look at other countries, sometimes their first-class teams beat national teams. So, if our first-class wickets are a bit pace-bowling friendly then at least we won't have to struggle outside," he added.Half of Bangladesh's squad for the Zimbabwe series have just recently begun playing Test cricket. Mushfiqur believes that it's necessary for a number of these players to stick it out for the next five to six years for the overall development of the team.


Tigers of Bangladesh are winners

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Bangladesh completed a whitewash today in the three-match Test series against Zimbabwe after beating the visitors by a big margin of 186 runs at Chittagong.Zimbabwe put up a brave fight and managed to bring down the trail below 200 runs after put to chase a target 449 runs in their second innings.The spinners made the major damage with Jubair Hossain, Shuvagata Hom claiming two wickets each and Mahmudullah and Taijul one apiece.
Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam swept the tail enders to seal the whitewash before tea at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.Mominul Haque was announced Man of the Match while ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan was awarded series best with 251 runs and 18 wickets in three matches.
On day one, Bangladesh piled 303 riding on record-breaking partnership of Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes with both scoring 100 and Tamim his first at his home ground in Chittagong.On day two, Shakib Al Hasan scored his 16th Test 50 and the tail enders provided an entertaining finish to heave Bangladesh to a first innings total of 503.

Tigers' best-ever Test result in a series

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Nine wickets separate Bangladesh from achieving a 3-0 whitewash over Zimbabwe, the Tigers' best-ever Test result in a series. Considering that it took them a little over two sessions to bowl out Zimbabwe on the final day in Khulna, one could perhaps expect the hosts roll over the visitors in 90 overs in Chittagong today.
However, the way Bangladesh aggressively stroked their way to 319 yesterday, courtesy of Mominul Haque's fourth Test century, suggests that it might be touch-and-go for the hosts.
Having been set a huge target of 449, Zimbabwe finished the fourth day on 71 for 1 with Brian Chari getting an unfortunate lbw decision going against him; had he reviewed the decision, he could have continued.
While Day Five is expected to widen the cracks, the wicket still has something in it for the batsmen who are willing to spend time at the crease.
And that was exactly what Mominul did yesterday and his perseverance awarded him with his ninth consecutive fifty-plus score in Test cricket. While the innings was not as smooth as his free-flowing 181 at this venue last year, or the enticing 126 which saw him battle a turning track in Dhaka, it did have its share of excitement.
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Abahani keep winning VS. DPL

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Abahani keep winning VS. DPL

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Rajin Saleh became the first local batsman to score a century in this season's Dhaka Premier League (DPL), but his effort was not good enough for Partex Sporting Club, as they succumbed to a 25-run defeat against defending champions Gazi Tank at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Young Left-arm spinner Nayeem Islam claimed six wickets for 33 runs to help Gazi defend their total of 226 runs and secure their second consecutive victory, while Abahani also continued their winning run as they outclassed Prime Doleshwar by eight wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, courtesy of Liton Kumar, who scored 98 runs in the low-scoring match.
Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny grabbed five wickets for 18 runs, after 24-year old English right-hander Liam Dawson scored an unbeaten 113 as Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club recovered from defeat in their opening match to secure a massive 122-run victory against Kalabagan Krira Chakra at BKSP.
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Bangladesh cricket team now in top

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Shakib Al Hasan swung his bat in sheer frustration after being dismissed cheaply in the second innings yesterday. He was unhappy because he could not fulfil the twin-target the Tigers wanted to achieve against Zimbabwe on the fourth day of the second Test at Khulna.
Shakib did take a five-for earlier in the morning to help Bangladesh fulfil their first target of folding the Zimbabwe first innings as quickly as possible -- the visitors resuming on 331-5 could add only 37 runs to their overnight total before being dismissed.
When he came into bat after achieving a rare double -- a century followed by a five-wicket haul -- the Tigers needed him to pick up the pace in an effort to take a considerable lead before the match entered into the fifth morning.
He was hardly responsible for his demise because the ball Malcolm Waller fired targeting his leg kept a bit low, and on any other day Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar could not have bothered to raise his dreaded finger.
His dismissal suddenly changed the complexion of the game with the Tigers slipping to an uncomfortable 145-5 after captain Mushfiqur Rahim was out for a first-ball duck. Waller almost got his hattrick when Shuvagata Holm nicked one behind that, fortunately for Bangladesh, flew between the wicketkeeper and the lone slip.
A cool and collected Mahmudullah Riyad, unbeaten on 63, however steered the nervy Tigers to 201 without further damage and a lead of 266 runs. Shuvagata also looked comfortable after that early bump and stayed unbeaten on 23.
It certainly put Bangladesh in pole position to push for a victory on a weary fifth day wicket with Shakib leading a three-pronged spin attack.

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