Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener between Bangladesh and England, Indian sports journalist, academician and also the co-author of Sachin Tendulkar’s celebrate autobiography Playing It My Way, Boria Mojumdar claimed that Bangladesh are the clear underdogs and it would be inappropriate to call them favorites. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশের কাছে ইংল্যান্ড হারলে ‘এটি হবে বড় দুর্ঘটনা’]
“There is no doubt whatsoever that Bangladesh are the clear underdogs. If we get emotional and say it on paper that Bangladesh have good chances, that wouldn’t be the right thing at all. If Bangladesh can win this match, it would be a massive, massive upset of the tournament.”
He also added, “England know it very well how dangerous Bangladesh can be. Bangladesh have upset them in the past, and this is a very promising team. They have players like Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiqur, Taskin, Rubel – all of these players are very talented. Still on paper England are the favorites.”
Bangladesh were thrashed by India and lost the match by a huge margin of 240 runs in the second and last warm-up match on Wednesday. However, Mojumdar believes that loss will not hamper the psycology of the Tigers before going into a big tournament.
“I don’t think it will have any bad effects on the players. Rather it can be a wake up call for all of them,” he told BBC Bangla.
Terming spin as the biggest strength of Bangladesh, he said: “They have to do better with it. Spinner have won Bangladesh Test matches in the past. Now they have to step up yet again.”