Though Bangladesh got independence in 1971, they had a rich cricket history before their independence. British era brought cricket to Bangladesh (then west Bengal – a part of India) around 1780, seven years before the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was established. In 1792, Englishmen residing in the region of Barrackpore and Dum Dum started playing cricket matches with Calcutta Cricket Club. After the Bengal partition, Pakistan started conducting the Quaid-e-Azam trophy in East Pakistan (currently Bangladesh) between 1954 through 1968. Before independence, there were 7 Tests hosted by Pakistan at Dacca (Dhaka) Stadium.
After the independence in 1971, Bangladesh established its cricket control board (BCCB) in 1972. The things started slowly taking place until a proper domestic structure was established in 1975. BCCB started hosting national-level cricket tournaments at the district level in two divisions. In July 1977, Bangladesh was awarded an Associate Member status by ICC. 2 years later, Bangladesh participated in their first ICC tournament to get a chance to play World Cup 1979, however they failed to qualify for the World Cup 1979.
Bangladesh played their first One Day International (ODI) 7 years later against Pakistan at Tyronne Fernando Stadium in Sri Lanka in 1986. Gazi Ahsraf’s Bangladesh team was dismissed for 94 runs. Pakistan chased the target easily for the loss of 3 wickets. It took 12 years for Bangladesh to register their first ODI win after losing 22 matches in a row. In Coca-Cola Triangular series held in India, the Bangladesh team captained by Akram Khan beat Kenya by 6 wickets chasing 237 runs. Overall Bangladesh have played 376 ODIs. They have won 128 and lost 241 games. 7 of them ended in no results.
In 2000, BCCB was awarded full membership of ICC. They played their inaugural Test in India. In the first inning, they put 400 runs on the board with a century from Aminul Islam Bulbul. Bangladesh eventually lost the game to the neighbours by 9 wickets. After 5 years, Bangladesh registered their first win in the Test under the captaincy of Habibul Bashar. They beat Zimbabwe by 226 runs. So far, the Bangladesh cricket team has played 119 Tests, winning 14 of them. They have lost 89 and drew 16 matches. Bangladesh opened their T20I account against Zimbabwe in the 2006-07 season. In 96 T20I so far, they have won 32 matches and lost 62.
Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh cricket team starts their season in January by hosting teams like West Indies, Zimbabwe, and occasionally Pakistan at Home. Their exposure to Test cricket is less as compared to teams like Australia, India, England, and the other test playing nations. Occasionally they travel to other countries to play one or two Tests followed by ODI and T20I tournaments comprising of 3-5 matches each. They generally travel to New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.
Post-Pandemic, Bangladesh is gearing up to host West Indies for 2 Tests and 3 ODIs. The Test series will a part of the ongoing World Test Championship. The series was supposed to have 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is but due to pandemic, the fixtures have been reduced. The series starts on 20th January with the first ODI and ends as well in Dhaka after the second Test starting 11 Feb. After this series, they will travel to New Zealand to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The tour will start on 13th March and will end on 28th March.
They play nothing after that till the World Test Championship final. After that, Bangladesh will travel to Zimbabwe for 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is series starting around mid-July. They will host England later in the year for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is series before taking part in ICC World T20. After the World Cup, they have a packed schedule hosting Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They will travel to New Zealand after that to take them into the year 2022. In the next year, they are scheduled to play many different teams such as New Zealand, Afghanistan, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and India. They play 10 Tests, 24 ODIs, 14 T20Is and an Asia Cup in September 2022.
Bangladesh Cricket Live
Bangladesh cricket suffered a lot due to the COVID-19. they had to cancel their domestic fixtures as well as the BPL for the 2020 season. On January 20, 2021, Bangladesh will host their first ODI against the West Indies post-pandemic at Dhaka as a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League to qualify for the 2023 World Cup hosted by India. This tour has been shortened due to Pandemic.
After only 10 teams were decided to be part of the World Cup, Bangladesh will be looking forward to starting the series on a winning note to avoid qualifiers. Out of 3 ODIs, 2 will be hosted at Dhaka while the third ODI will be taking place at Chattogram.
Bangladesh is currently sitting at the last spot on the points table of the inaugural ICC Test Championship. They have failed to pick a single point in the 3 Tests they played. Therefore, their two-Tests series against the West Indies have got a lot of importance. They would love to pick up the points at home to end their campaign on a high note.
Just after the series, Bangladesh will travel to New Zealand to play 3 ODIs followed by 3 T20Is as a part of their practice to the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in India in October-November later.
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Bangladesh Cricket Players
History of Bangladesh Greats
In the history of 35 years of international cricket, Bangladesh have produced many greats. Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Rafeeq along with currents Tamim Iqbal, and Shakib Al Hasan are some of the famous Bangladesh Cricket players. Habibul Bashar played for Bangladesh national team between 1995 to 2007. He is the most successful captain Bangladesh ever produced so far. After taking the captaincy in 2004 under the coaching of Dav Whatmore, Bangladesh started seeing their glory days in international cricket. Bangladesh registered their first Test win as well as beaten the top teams like Australia, India, South Africa, and Sri Lanka under his captaincy.
It was Mohammad Ashraful who was in the news for a long period between 2001-2013, and was most famous among the Bangladesh Cricket players, with his batting style and fighting spirit. He was considered as the prodigy from Bangladesh. He has scored 6 centuries for Bangladesh in Test cricket and three in ODIs. His emergence in world cricket helped Bangladesh uprooting Football as the most loved sport in Bangladesh. In the bowling department, Mohammad Rafiq was the standout. He was the first Bangladeshi bowler to take 100 wickets in Tests and ODIs.
The greats like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib AL Hasan, and Mashrafe Mortaza are still playing for Bangladesh. Shakib is the only player in the world to score more than 600 runs and claim 10 wickets in a single edition of the World Cup. He has whooping 562 wickets for Bangladesh in all the formats. On the other hand, Tamim Iqbal is the only Bangladeshi player to score more than 7000 runs in the ODIs. In the future, the list will grow as many players have started producing mesmerizing figures with bat and ball to upset the biggies at the international level.
Afghanistan Test team
Bangladesh’s current Test team is captained by Mominul Haque. With an experience of 40 Tests, he has 2860 runs at an average of 40.85 and 9 hundred – most by a Bangladeshi player. Their top-order comprises Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hussain, and Najmul Hossain. Tamim, being one of the most experienced on the side opens the inning for Bangladesh. He has played 60 Tests and scored 4405 runs at an average of 38.64 with 9 hundred. The middle-order is led by captain Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim. Rahim is Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in Tests with 4413 runs in 70 matches at an average of 36.77. Liton Das takes the gloves. for Bangladesh. All-time great all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Mahamadullah strengthens the bottom-order. The bowling department is led by Hasan with Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, and Taijul Islam. With the recent poor form of Ebadot Hossain, it looks like Nayeem Hasan will take his place in future tournaments.
Afghanistan ODI team
Bangladesh is currently sitting at the number 9 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. BCB recently announced the ODI squad of Bangladesh for the upcoming series against the West Indies. The captaincy responsibility is given to Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh have been boosted by the return of Shakib Al Hasan after serving a one year ban given by ICC after failing to report a match-fixing approach. After all, he is the only Bangladeshi all-rounder to claim the top rank in the ICC ODI and T20I all-rounder rankings. Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed have also been included in the team while bowling legend Mashrafe Mortaza has been left out of the squad as a part of BCB’s plan. Overall the squad is the same as that of the Test squad with a list of uncapped players like Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, and Mahadi Hasan.
Afghanistan T20I team
Bangladesh’s current T20I squad is comprised of their young guns and few olds. Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, and Soumya Sarkar handle the top-order while wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, Captain Mahmadullah, and Shakib Al Hasan strengthen the middle-order. Mahedi Hasan and Afif Hossain carry the bottom-order. The recent T20I form of the Bangladesh team has been a mixture of ups and downs. They won the series against West Indies in 2018 after getting whitewashed by the newcomers Afghanistan in three-match series. With the quality of domestic cricket increasing day-by-day, Bangladesh is trying to improve its 33% winning record in the shortest form of the game. Mustafizur Rahman leads the bowling department for Bangladesh in T20Is along with Mohammad Saifuddin and Al-Amin Hossain.
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