Bangladesh has been a team who can no longer be considered as 'push overs' due to the sheer quality and competitiveness they bring on field. But more often than not the Bangla Tigers have faltered in the later part of an innings or a tournament which has cost them and their fans dearly. In spite not being able to win a major tournament Bangladesh have consistent support from their fans and have the drive to do well for their nation. With the Asia Cup looming large, let’s take a look at how Bangladesh might fare out in the competition.
The Bangladesh team has a commendable squad when we talk about veterans in the XI. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Ul Hasan, Mahmadullah,Mushfiqur Rahman, Mashrafee Murtuza, and Mustafizur Rahman makes the Bangla Tigers a team to watch out for. Bangladesh have proved to be a commendable force in recent times by entering the finals twice in the Asia Cup, had qualified for the Qaurter Finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and nearly won the Nidahas Trophy tri series against Sri Lanka and India.
Though Bangladesh have shown a lot of promise in the past decade or so, they have yet to win a major tournament in spite of coming close to victory on a few occasions. Their inexperience to win a semi final or a final has cost them big in spite a good start in any given series or a tournament. Bangladesh has been labeled as the team for ‘winning hearts’ and not games. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will be eager to turn the tables this time around.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ariful Haque will be the new batters for Bangladesh who have got the call up for their first ever ODI tournament while Abu Haider is another name who’ll be new to the format looking to express himself with his left arm pace bowling. The 20 year old off spinner Mehidy Hasan will get the perfect platform to prove himself on the big stage in front of quality teams such as India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Hasan hasn’t been able to show his worth in the 50 year format as he has just taken 10 wickets in 11 games, whereas in Test cricket the spinner has been a revelation by picking 58 wickets in 14 matches.
Shakib Ul Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are the two match winning options of Bangladesh who’ve recently returned from injury. Having a half fit player in the XI could well affect the combination of the team, while filling the gap that Tamim and Shakib will leave if left out from the team will also be a major headache for Mortaza.
India and Pakistan have had Bangladesh’s number in the past, and with the squads both archrivals have, it will be a challenging task for Bangladesh to turn out as the victorious team by the end of the tournament.