While the home team confirmed the final berth with two matches still to be played, Zimbabwe is one win away from going into the final. The decider match is going to happen overnight at the home of cricket when Bangladesh will take on the African nation for the second time in the series. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ দর্শকদের মাঠে আসার আহবান তামিমের]
But whether it is true or not, weaker opponents seemed less successful in drawing crowds in the stadium in first two matches; therefore, a considerable number of seats in the gallery remained empty.
Looking into the matter, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal Khan has uttered hopes of playing in front of more spectators in the forthcoming contests.
He said, “I watched a small crowd in the first match that was against Zimbabwe; but the galleries in the second match against Sri Lanka were more fill up.”
In an attempt to explain the phenomenon, Tamim Iqbal said, “Listen, during past few years, Bangladesh’s performance at home is overwhelming. People’s expectation raised sky high along with that. Crowds tend to think we could easily win against teams like Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka that slacked them from coming into the field.”
Whilst the flamboyant Bangladesh opener invited everyone to come into the field and enjoy the game live.
“When we played against Sri Lanka amongst large crowd, we definitely played better. This is very important for me as a performer. There are three four of us like me and Shakib who have been serving the team for ten years but most of the team members have not that experience,” he said.
“So, for the youngsters, it becomes quite a challenge to discover how to perform well in front of a large crowd. So we always crave to watch a full house or near full house crowd when we play at home, no matter against whom we do play. Hope the coming matches will bring more spectators,” Tamim Iqbal said.
In the Rocket tri-nation series, 2018, Bangladesh have two more matches to play in the group level before the final which has also been confirmed for the hosts.
On 23 January, the Tigers will lock horns with Zimbabwe for the second time in the series. Two days from that, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will face each other.
Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in the first match by 8 wickets and captured their biggest ODI win so far in the second match of the tri-nation series against Sri Lanka.
The tri-nation series will come to an end on 27th of this month. Bangladesh will play a bilateral series against Sri Lanka afterwards.
The bilateral contest is comprised of two Test matches and two T20I matches. The first Test match will begin on 31st of January at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The second Test is scheduled to take place from February 8 to February 12 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
The Test series will be followed by a two match T20I series between these two. The first one to be occurred on February 15.