Bangladesh have come to Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales with some great form over past two years. Former Sri Lanka captain and Champions Trophy ambassador Kumar Sangakkara has given Bangladesh the term ‘dark horse’. [ নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “বাংলাদেশ হলো আসল ডার্ক হর্স”]
Since qualifying for the Quarter Finals in 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh have won series against Pakistan, India and South Africa. They also had victories over England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Recently, Bangladesh have finished up tri-series in Ireland being the number sixth ranked side for the first time.
Sangakkara has said that Bangladesh made a rapid progress under head coach Chandika Hathurusingha.
“Bangladesh is real dark horse. It comes into the tournament with a lot of hope and promise. Under head coach Chandika Hathurasingha, it has made rapid progress in the past two years. He is fortunate to have a very hungry and talented bunch of players,” he said in an ICC column.
The Surrey batsman is confident that the Tigers will create errors to other teams in the tournament.
“What you see in Bangladesh right now is a growing confidence and enhanced game-awareness. It is learning how to win matches and that makes it very dangerous opponents. I am not sure it will go all the way, but I am confident it will cause problems.”
Bangladesh are in Group A of Champions Trophy. They have England, Australia and New Zealand as opponents. They will start their campaign on June 1 against England at The Oval.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com