Ahead of the opening match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between Bangladesh and England, the English media has termed Bangladesh a ‘banana skin’ for the ‘tournament favorites’ England. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশকে ‘কলার খোসার’ সাথে তুলনা ইংলিশ মিডিয়ার]
In the match preview of Thursday’s match, The Week wrote the following labelling Bangladesh as a possible ‘banana skin’.
“There could be a banana skin awaiting England in their very first match of the tournament against Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday,” they wrote.
However, Geoffrey Boycott of the Daily Telegraph seems enthusiastic about England’s success in the Champions Trophy. He agrees that England are unrecognisable from two years ago.
“We lagged behind other teams with our safety first and old-fashioned method of batting. It had to go. A new attitude had to take hold and the players [had to] bat more aggressively… We have started to play thrilling, exciting, one-day cricket. England now play without fear.
“We have bowlers who can bat, which lengthens the tail. All of our bowlers have wicket taking ability and variation.
“So no more talking, no more excuses. England are playing at home in front of adoring fans so go and damn well win the tournament,” he concludes in typically forthright fashion.
In the meantime, Michael Atherton of The Times believes there are not one, not two, or even three, but as many as five clear favourites in the tournament in England, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand, while the others could also provide ‘upsets’.
“It is a hard-to-predict tournament, with five outstanding teams – England, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand – and three others who could all provide upsets. It should be a terrific spectacle.
“One thing that can be said with certainty is that England’s selectors and management have had a good pre-tournament, bringing a settled, confident and respected team to the boil at the right time.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com