Since their first Test match against India nearly 14 years ago, Bangladesh have been a frustrating playing nation. One with an abundance of devout fans, it is a country the cricketing world are willing to succeed. There remains a youthful exuberance that is difficult not to adore.
Whereas the West Indies are now in the doldrums, they at least had a substantial time at the top of the class. Though struggling nowadays, they were still able to coast to a comfortable victory over Bangladesh in the First Test between the two winning by a margin of 10 wickets.
It is a worrying sign that Bangladesh continue to be bullied like a scrawny child so easily in the playground that is the Test arena. They are consistently, bar the odd result, still steamrollered in far too many limited over matches they play.
With talented individuals, including Tamim Iqbal at the top of their batting register, they should be seen as a promising side achievable of vast improvement. But this has always been said of this team. Like a person the same age as Bangladesh's Test playing years they have infuriated the people who care about them through ill-discipline and lack of focus.
They remain immature with the bat, with a few delightful exceptions; the most recent pleasure being Mushfiqur Rahim's century against the West Indians.
Follow the lead
Head boy of the side, he is as close to dependable as any batsman Bangladesh have ever possessed. As a 26 year old, being captain of your nation is asking a lot, but Mushfiqur continuously replies thoughtfully with bat and gloves in hand. The rest of the team desperately need to follow his lead to develop further.
Just like a teenager deciding on their GCSE subjects, let us hope that they make the right choices and get their collective head down. Then, and only then, will they begin to have a chance to successfully graft their way to top marks and a brighter future.
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