Educational tour of the Bangladesh team in this World Cup!

Shakib Al Hasan survived this time. Before leaving the country with the World Cup squad, false hopes need not be daunted. Whatever the state of the team, the press conference before each mission can no longer say “I can’t do it!” The compatriots should therefore aspire to do well in the T20 World Cup.

However, just before the World Cup, traveling to New Zealand to play the T20 tri-nation series and skipping the official World Cup press conference and team photo shoot under the pretense that Captain Shakib is absent , it is as if the team management and Bangladesh cricketers have breathed a sigh of relief. The team’s recent T20 style of play and its results have at least reassured cricketers.

The fact that Shakib won’t be able to do anything in the T20 World Cup this time became clear in the words of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hasan Papon after announcing the World Cup squad. He said our goal is the next World Cup, this time we will try to improve. In other words, the Bangladesh team once again went on an educational tour in Australia.
It can be said with certainty that this is the T20 World Cup study tour for the Bangladesh team. Because the Bangladesh team has never had a T20 game on Australian soil before. Only Captain Shakib played a few matches in the Big Bash T20 tournament, the others didn’t play that either. So, this time, only participation in the World Cup counts for the Bangladesh team. Although Bangladesh started their journey much later than any other team in ODI and Test Cricket, Bangladesh started playing T20 International along with other teams.

When the Bangladesh team played their first T20 International against Zimbabwe in November 2006, it was only the ninth match in the format’s history. And so far, Bangladesh team has played everything since the first edition of the T20 World Cup from 2007. Shakib Bishay, the captain of Bangladesh team, is the oldest cricketer in the international format T20. In November, he will be 16 years old to play international matches in this format. He played 104 games.

But Shakib hasn’t played any international T20s on Australian soil. Of the squad that went to play the World Cup this time, only Taskin Ahmed and Soumya Sarkar have experience on Australian soil due to being part of the 2015 World Cup squad. So it makes no sense to expect the Bangladesh team to succeed in Australia’s environment, conditions and wickets.

And from the last World Cup, Bangladesh’s performance in the T20 format in this Year 1, winning even just one game has become a fantasy. However, the team management and captain Shakib claimed that the team has improved significantly after playing 4 games each against Pakistan and tri-series hosts New Zealand.
Technical consultant Sreedharan Sreeram has delivered a mind-blowing ‘forensic’ test-like analysis of the squad that was scrapped after back-to-back failures on Kiwi soil. He then announced that he had “discovered” the perfect combination to play in the World Cup. Shakib also said the same.

But before going down to the World Cup, this vastly improved team scored just 98 runs for 9 wickets in the warm-up match against Asia’s rising poker powerhouse Afghanistan. The Bangladesh team gained bitter experience playing their first T20 on Australian soil with a whopping loss of 62 points. This bitter taste comes however in a preparation match, an international T20 which will be played on October 24 against the group ‘A’ runners-up in the preliminary round.

The Afghan pacers set an example of the upheaval Australia’s quick wicket must undergo by beating the Bangladeshi batters. This is the first time that the Bangladesh team has fortunately had the opportunity to play directly in the Super Twelve phase. Bangladesh has competed in the previous 7 editions. However, in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012, 12 teams were divided into 4 groups. Bangladesh only managed to reach the group stage after beating West Indies in the first tournament in 2007.

After that, they didn’t win any matches and were knocked out of the group stage. The preliminary round started in 2014 and Super succeeded despite losing to Hong Kong in the preliminary round on Seva ground. In the 2016 World Cup, Bangladesh played the Super Ten without losing any preliminary round matches. Twice Super Ten lost all games. Last defeat against Scotland in the preliminary round of the seventh T20 World Cup in 2021.

However, no match could be won in the Super Twelve stage which was started for the first time. So far, Bangladesh haven’t won any game beyond the group stage or the preliminary round. In total, there are 25 defeats against 7 victories in 33 matches played in the World Cup.
After the last World Cup, only 4 wins have been played in 18 games until this World Cup. Bangladesh have won 2 against the United Arab Emirates and 1 against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. The team’s batting and bowling misfortunes were therefore changed several times. Two experienced Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad were eliminated. Tamim Iqbal has already retired. There has also been a change in leadership, the panel of coaches has changed. But how much has Bangladesh changed? The “good of the bad” and past failures were reformed in the batting order. The idea that they will play T20 for the first time on the T20 World Cup stage in Australia and do something extraordinary is absurd.
Participation is therefore essential. At the end of the last World Cup, Bangladesh will play for the first time directly in the Super Twelve as they are among the top 8 teams in the ranking. But this time they will come with the most fragile and unstable team. In group two, Bangladesh’s opponents are India, Pakistan, South Africa and two teams from the preliminary round.

West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe play in this round against which Bangladesh recently lost. Moreover, there are Holland and Ireland as well as Scotland who beat Bangladesh last time. Must play Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, big courts full of speed and bounce. All in all, Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign could end with an educational tour.

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