Bangladesh Cricket Team

Introduction : The Bangladesh National Cricket Team is the team representing Bangladesh in the arena of international cricket. The team is administered by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Bangladesh is a full-fledged member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One Day International (ODI) status. It played its first Test match in 2000 against India in Dhaka, becoming the tenth Test cricket-playing nation.
International tournament : Bangladesh’s first official foray into international cricket came in the 1979 ICC Trophy in England, leaving the tournament with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Seven years later, on 31 March 1986, Bangladesh played in its first ODI match against Pakistan in the 1986 Asia Cup. Cricket has gradually become very popular in urban areas of the country. Although football was the most popular game for a long time, cricket gained momentum and soon surpassed football, especially after Bangladesh won the 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia. By winning the tournament, Bangladesh qualified for the 1999 Cricket World Cup for the first time, where it defeated Pakistan creating one of the biggest upsets in their cricketing history. In 1997, Bangladesh became a regular ICC member with the right to play ODIs. It attained the status of a Test-playing country on 26 June, 2000.
First victory : Bangladesh holds the record for most consecutive losses in Tests (21 between 1999 and 2002) and ODIs (23 between 2001 and 2004). After gaining full-fledged member status with the ICC, Bangladesh had to wait until 2004 for its first ODI win since the 1999 World Cup. The team on the losing side on that occasion was Zimbabwe, who also participated in Bangladesh’s maiden Test victory in 2005; by securing a draw in the second match, Bangladesh won their first Test series. In 2009 Bangladesh toured the West Indies for two Tests and by winning both secured their first overseas series victory.
Performance of different tournaments : As of August 2011, Bangladesh layed 70 Tests, winning only 3. Its first victory was against Zimbabwe and the other two were against a West Indies team crippled by a players’ strike. Of the 60 matches, it lost, 34 were by an innings. The lack of a firstclass tournament in the country before it was granted Test status was cited as one of the reasons for the side’s struggle to adapt to the longest form of the game, and Bangladesh’s performance has led to repeated calls for it to lose its Test status. The team was more successful in ODIs, having won 70 of its 255 matches, and also played 17 Twenty 20 Internationals, winning four.
Weakness of Bangladesh Cricket team : It is really baffling to see time and again that Bangladesh is losing match after match after gaining some ground and reaching a position of strength. ODIs and Test matches alike, it is the same old story. The common picture is that the team will dominate few sessions, few passages of play here and there and eventually throw it all out to succumb to a big defeat. It appears that the Bangladeshis are not good enough to challenge the opposition on a consistent basis, probably do not believe in their abilities to beat other teams. If we look at the history of Bangladesh cricket team, it is a tale of lost opportunities. Bangladesh lost some very close matches in Multan, Fatullah, Chittagong, Darwin in the past. Everywhere the team failed to cross the line after positions of strength.
Lack of strong Leadership : However, not everything is lost. Bangladesh has shown some encouraging signs in recent home Tests and fought neck to neck against South Africa and New Zealand. They have managed to take the honours in a couple of sessions. But, there is a huge difference between winning a couple of sessions of a Test match and winning the match itself. This is where a true leader can make a difference. Bangladesh’s lack of self-confidence and leadership, both on and off the field. are two main reasons why a team with immense potential is consistently failing to compete at the top level. Bangladesh needs a leader with the same combination of skill, vision and insight to lead them out of the current chaos.
Conclusion: It is not that Bangladesh is not trying to improve their game. The question is whether they are taking the right approach to be competitive at top level cricket and whether the right leadership is in place to take a young team forward! When a socially and economically ruined country like Zimbabwe, with its disfunctional cricket structure, starts beating Bangladesh comfortably, then something is very wrong. Immediate action is required before irreparable damage is done. It is always said that Bangladesh must learn to play cricket within their limitatior compete at the top, they must buckle down and put a high on their wickets. We have seen no concrete sign happening in recent years. Only a true leader can m happen.

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