T20 cricket is another disappointing name for Bangladesh. Bangladesh have won only 7 matches and lost 25 matches in 33 qualifying matches. One cannot be too optimistic about this newsletter. Samiur Rahman wrote about the potential of Bangladesh
Seeing the morning sun indicates how the day will unfold; This saying is absolutely wrong for Bangladesh in T20. At the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007, Bangladesh beat West Indies in their first match. Many people were so overwhelmed by this success that it looked like Bangladesh was now going to quit everything and only play T20!
After 15 years, players from many countries around the world only play T20s, excluding Test-ODIs. Partly for the country and mostly for the franchise. Only Bangladesh cricketers are in the audience seats. They are not appreciated in the franchise leagues, there is also an event in the country, that too with applause.
Johannesburg’s win over the Windies is a testament to time. This is Bangladesh’s only victory in the main stage of the T20 World Cup. From South Africa to Dubai, the T20 World Cup has been staged 7 times in 7 countries in 14 years, Bangladesh have never had a second victory on the main stage. On the contrary, the stigma of losing to teams like Ireland, Hong Kong and Scotland is on the front lines. In 2014, hosts Bangladesh were beaten by Hong Kong, who are unbeaten in the ICC Trophy era, at the famous Sherbangla Stadium in Mirpur.
Although the start is great, T20 cricket is another disappointing name for Bangladesh. Out of 33 qualifying matches, Bangladesh won only 7 matches, lost 25 matches and won no matches. With this bulletin, there is no chance to be very optimistic in T20. Moreover, just before the World Cup, even the most optimistic will not dare to bet on Bangladesh after losing all the games of the tri-series in New Zealand.
The math will become clear after reading the names of the teams Bangladesh have beaten so far in the World Cup, except West Indies. Afghanistan, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman and Papua New Guinea; In other words, Bangladesh did not win this World Cup against any of the traditional cricketing powerhouses except West Indies. There are many reasons why they haven’t seen another main stage victory in seven years, but the main reason is that Bangladesh has yet to figure out T20 cricket.
Sreesanth not only won India’s T20 World Cup but changed the course of history by catching Misbah-ul-Haq’s hold on Yoginder Sharma’s beautiful leg. Two World Cups in the same year, so a reluctant India fielded a team of young cricketers led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, replacing Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly. The year after this team won the title, the Indian Premier League began, with eight franchise teams based in the city competing against the best cricketers in the world. The teams buy them at exorbitant prices at auction. In the evening, the famous IPL trumpet sounds and everyone, young and old, settles down in front of the TV set.
Most of the world’s cricketers have been busy playing matches for the franchise for years during the month-and-a-half-long IPL. Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League and many other tournaments have been launched on the IPL model. The best cricketers in the world have memorized the calculation of 120 balls while playing national franchise cricket of different countries. In contrast, Bangladesh remained in Timirei.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mostafizur Rahman have been playing regularly in the franchise league for several years. The others weren’t so lucky. The Bangladesh Premier League was launched in 2012 as an initiative of the Bangladesh Cricket Board in the country. From the beginning, this arrangement is questionable for various reasons including match-fixing, non-payment of remuneration. After Nazmul Hasan Papon took the presidency of BCB, BPL started again but the old disease was not cured. The BPL lost its appeal due to various inconsistencies including favoring a special team, two consecutive matches on the same ground, an excess of low quality foreign players, changing rules every year. Played day after day to slow-paced, uneven-bounce wickets, audiences lost their appeal and batsmen lost confidence.
Also last year before the T20 World Cup, Bangladesh played five doubles and 10 T20I against Australia and New Zealand. The ball of confidence acquired thanks to the victories in series against the two countries deflated during the defeat against Scotland, played on a wicket completely unsuited to the atmosphere of the T20.
Shakib said at an event before Sebar went to play, playing at such a wicket will be midday in a batsman’s career. A few days ago, Liton Das also said that there is no advantage in playing on the wicket of Mirpur. When the players are not satisfied with the wicket of the home of the country cricket, how will they run into the big event?
Not only the wicket, but also the team undergoes various experiences. In 2021, Naeem Sheikh was dropped in the opening match of the World Cup after playing 15 consecutive T20I matches. Saif Hasan, who played as the opening batsman in the Tests, was suddenly dropped for both matches in the series against Pakistan at home. Mahmudullah’s failure as captain is evident over the past season, as well as no run at bat. After being removed from management and sent to rest, he was reinstated in the Zimbabwe squad. After playing in the Asian Cup, he showed a series of failures and finally gave up. In Shakib’s absence, sometimes Mosaddek Hossain is the captain, sometimes Nurul Hasan Sohan. Mehdi Hasan Miraj and Sabbir Rahman in the opening pair, which are not really openers! The door to the World Cup is open for some with just 5 innings or 6 free kicks, and the question of why some are left out of the squad without playing a match remains unknown.
BCB realized this a bit late. Sridharan Sriram has been appointed ‘Technical Consultant’ replacing Russell Domingo. Under him, Bangladesh played eight matches in the Asian Cup, the UAE tour and the New Zealand Tri-Nation Series. Apart from two matches against the United Arab Emirates, there is no victory in the remaining six matches. A win-win loss to Sri Lanka in the Asian Cup and some resistance in the ceremonial match after being knocked out of the final against Pakistan was all that was achieved.
After testing and testing the players, Sriram said he had the mantra to form the XI for the World Cup. Said to build the team on the ‘impact’ theory, the impact of back-to-back defeats that shook confidence ahead of the World Cup is at least clear.
The President of the BCB himself said it, not this World Cup, the objective of Bangladesh is the next World Cup, that is to say the season 2024! So whatever happens this time is Faw. Not having the pressure of this expectation can be the strength of Bangladesh. When there is nothing left to lose, Bangladesh can change the fate of the game by taking advantage of 22 yards. Shakib is in good form with the bat, scoring two fifty ahead of the World Cup. Liton Das also runs regularly. Afif Hossain restores mutual trust. With them Yasir Rabbi, Mosaddek Hossain and Nurul Hasan Sohan can be a good team for Bangladesh.
The place of fear is about bowling. Mostafizur Rahman has long lacked rhythm against the big teams outside the country. Taskin Ahmed creates a storm of pace but is generous in giving runs. Hasan Mahmood has just returned from injury. Shakib’s spin partners are two off-spinners Mosaddek and Mehdi Hasan Miraj. Bangladesh couldn’t save the capital from 183 runs against Sri Lanka in the Asian Cup and 173 runs against Pakistan in the final tri-series game. There are no fewer worries for commissioning.
In total, with South Africa, India and Pakistan, the two possible teams promoted from the first round, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe can constitute group two of the Super Twelve. Bangladesh has lost with all of these teams in the recent past. The fear of coming back empty-handed is therefore acute, if Bangladesh wins a game, it will happen.
At the beginning, it was said that as the duration of the match decreases, the difference in strength between the two teams decreases. However, this theory did not work for Bangladesh in the T20. The 120-ball game still remains a labyrinth for Bangladesh. And that conundrum is compounded by all the weird theories about party selection. Yet, what is the way to be optimistic! Cricketers often say at press conferences that cricket is a game of goal balls, anything can happen here. Now wait for all this.