History of Bangladesh – A force to reckon in World Cricket (One Day Internationals)

Pavan Suresh / 16 July 2015

Bangladesh got the entry into International cricket in 1979 at ICC Champions Trophy in England. Bangladesh played its first One day International against Pakistan in the Asia Cup in March 1986. Bangladesh won the ICC Champions Trophy in 1997 and qualified for the World Cup held in 1999 at England. In the 1999 World Cup Bangladesh defeated Pakistan and Scotland thus was granted full ICC Membership. Bangladesh was never a consistent team in One day Internationals as they never went past the first round of a major tournament. In 2005 Bangladesh beat the mighty Australian team in the tri series involving Australia and England. They had top players like Asharful, Bashar.

In 2007 World Cup held in West Indies, Bangladesh beat India and knocked them out of the World Cup. In the Super Eight stage they defeated South Africa but reaching Super Eight Stage was a success. They took part in the Asia Cup tournament in 2010 but lost all the matches. In 2010 Bangladesh toured England, lost the first One day Internationals and in the second match they defeated England for the first time winning by five runs and in October 2010 Bangladesh won the series 4-0 securing first series win against ICC full member nation. In the World Cup 2011 held by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, The Bangladesh team beat England, Ireland and Holland but lost to South Africa and West Indies by big margins failing to progress to the second round of the tournament.

In the 2012 Asia Cup Bangladesh performed brilliantly that involved Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India, the team reached the finals of the tournament and lost the finals against Pakistan by just 2 runs.

In 2013 Bangladesh beat West Indies 3-2 at home series. Bangladesh went to Sri Lanka and drew the One day International series 1-1. Bangladesh then whitewashed NewZeleand 3-0 to secure another series. Bangladesh lost all three one day International matches against Sri Lanka at the start of 2014. Bangladesh lost all 4 matches in Asia Cup 2014 and finished bottom of the table.  

In 2014 Bangladesh under new coach lost their first series against India 0-2. Bangladesh toured West Indies and lost all three matches. Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe 5-0.

The main turnaround came when Bangladesh beat Afghanistan, match with Australia was washed out, knocked the England team out of the World Cup 2015 and beat Scotland. This was the first time Bangladesh reached the quarter finals of World Cup. Bangladesh lost to India in the quarter finals. After coming back from World Cup, Bangladesh whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 where Tamim Iqbal was the leading run scorer. After that Bangladesh beat India 2-1 where a debutant Rahman took 13 wickets in 3 matches against a full strength squad. Bangladesh then beat the strong South African team 2-1 which has proven that Bangladesh cannot be taken lightly by the Asian teams or by World cricket.

Bangladesh had a great 2015 beating top sides in the World but the main challenge for them is to perform outside the country. 

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