Bangladesh could not participate in the last two editions of the ICC Champions Trophy as only top eight teams in the ICC ODI ranking get the opportunity to play in the tournament and Bangladesh were lower ranked in that time.
Last time in 2006, Bangladesh participated in the tournament. As Bangladesh is going to participate in the tournament after a long gape, former Bangladesh is delighted that his team is back in the tournament again.
“I am delighted that after having missed the 2009 and 2013 editions, we are back in the second most prestigious 50-over tournament after the World Cup,” writes the former Bangladesh captain in his latest column.
“It feels great to see Bangladesh back in the ICC Champions Trophy. We have a long history with the tournament, even though we don’t have great results to show for, but I am delighted that after having missed the 2009 and 2013 editions, we are back in the second most prestigious 50-over tournament after the World Cup,” he added.
“We take great pride in the fact that we hosted the first edition of the tournament, then called the ICC Knock Out Trophy, in Bangladesh in 1998. Even though we were not a part of the tournament, it was the first exposure for the people of Bangladesh to high-quality international cricket, and I really can’t quantify the impact it had on Bangladesh cricket,” Bashar concluded.