CWC team preview: Can Tigers create new history?
Every four years gap would get you a mega sports event. The year 2019 belongs to the 12th ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. As bring team previews of all the ten teams, we analyse Bangladesh squad.
Bangladesh at World Cups-
Best result: Quarter-finals (2015)
“Goes for hero! Bowled’em! Full and straight. The Bangladesh Tigers have knocked the England Lions out of the World Cup! One of the greatest days in Bangladesh cricket history.” – commentator Nasser Hussain’s statement after the famous Adelaide match in 2015 still triggers goosebumps to every Bangladeshi fan.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s Bangladesh have grown strength to strength since they played quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in the Ocenia four years back. They have won 34 out of 62 ODIs after the previous World Cup. Their win-loss ratio (1.36) during this period is the joint fifth-best among the participating nations.
The red and green representatives are going into the World Cup as ranked seventh and also winners of recently concluded tri-nation series against Ireland and Windies in Ireland. Bangladesh have bagged one multi-national trophy just before the big stage comes in.
The five pillars- captain Mashrafe, his deputy Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad – have been serving their country as much as they could. Experience will play a key factor for Bangladesh as four of the five are set for their fourth World Cup event (except Mahmudullah, who will be playing his third).
Rising stars Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz could be the x-factors for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Soumya Sarkar has found his feet in the tri-series where he notched 193 runs in three games. Mosaddek Hossain’s 23-ball half-century in the Final against Windies adds more depth for Bangladesh’s batting. The selectors have kept on Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Saifuddin.
Seamer Abu Jayed Rahi was a surprise pick as he was uncapped until tri-series. He made his mark with a five-for in just his second ODI against Ireland. His ability to swing the ball may come handy in English conditions despite the pitches are expected to be belters.
Bangladesh have sweet memories in England. The defeated Pakistan in their very first World Cup tournament in 1999. The 2017 Champions Trophy had Bangladesh as one of the semi-finalists. The 2019 event has a lot to offer. The dark horses Bangladesh would surely love to steal the moment.
Bangladesh’s World Cup fixture-
|June 2||South Africa||3:30 pm||The Oval|
|June 5||New Zealand||6:30 pm||The Oval|
|June 8||England||3:30 pm||Cardiff|
|June 11||Sri Lanka||3:30 pm||Bristol|
|June 17||Windies||3:30 pm||Tauntaun|
|June 20||Australia||3:30 pm||Nottingham|
|June 24||Afghanistan||3:30 pm||Southampton|
|July 2||India||3:30 pm||Egbaston|
|July 5||Pakistan||3:30 pm||Lord’s|
Bangladesh World Cup squad: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain