Bangladesh may have suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of India in the semifinal match to bow out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, but former Sri Lanka batting legend Kumar Sangakkara believes still the Tigers can return home with their heads held high. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “২০১৯ বিশ্বকাপের আসল প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বী বাংলাদেশ”]
“In this game, Bangladesh was ultimately outplayed in all departments, but it can return to Dhaka for the next series with Australia with its heads held high,” he wrote in his latest column for ICC.
“In the last few years, aided by the shrewd coaching of Chandika Hathurasinghe, a supportive cricket board and a clutch of quality senior players led by Shakib Al Hasan, it has made huge progress,” he added,
Sangakkara believes Bangladesh now have the potential to be a real contender for the next World Cup, also to be held in England.
“It has now reached the knock-out stages in the last two major ICC events and can start planning for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with real hope of being a contender,” he opined.
“Bangladesh has proven to be resilient and strong. Having survived against Australia because of rain, its courageous approach against New Zealand was reminiscent of the 1996 World Cup-winning Sri Lanka team: minnows on the cusp of metamorphosing into heroes.”
While Sanga believes Bangladesh should be proud of what they achieved in the Champions Trophy before adding that there’s still room for improvement specially in their bowling if they are to win the next World Cup.
“Bangladesh can be proud of its achievements, but it will have to find more variety and bite in its bowling if it is to return to England in pursuit of a World Cup. It has a great core around which to build a team that can have sustained success, both at home and abroad and there are exciting times ahead.”