Bangladesh will take on Australia in their second match of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval in London on Monday (June). The match will be a day-night affair, and it will kickstart at 6.30pm BdST.
This match will mark a milestone for Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. He has so far played 176 ODI matches. One more match which is likely to be against Australia will take them to 177 matches, and put beside Mohammad Ashraful’s tally.
Ashraful is currently the player with most number of ODI matches for Bangladesh. If everything goes smoothly, Mashrafe will sit next to him during the Australia match, and will eclipse him in their third match of the tournament against New Zealand in Edgbaston on June 9.
There are three more players in race to go past Ashraful at the moment. Maverick all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is close third with 174 matches to his name. While wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has played 173 ODI matches, dashing opener Tamim Iqbal has played 170 matches. All these players are expected to surpass Ashraful very soon.
Bangladesh lost their first match against England by 8 wickets, and hence their match against Australia is now a must-win one. Either they win and remain in contention for semifinal qualification; or they lose and get knocked out of the competition.
Most ODI matches for Bangladesh
Mohammad Ashraful – 177
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza – 176
Shakib Al Hasan – 174
Mushfiqur Rahim – 173
Tamim Iqbal – 170
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com