2035 Papua New Guinea: Green and red flags adorned the iconic Amini Park cricket ground, PNG, as Bangladesh lifted their first World Cup. The final was a tight one between the home team PNG and the toygers (read: Tigers) of Bangladesh. Winning the toss, PNG chose to bat but lost one of their openers pretty soon. It was Achha Vala, the number 3 batsman who held on to his ground to score 201 and helped the team to put up a par score of 375.

In reply, Bangladesh batsmen seemed unstoppable. Right from the top order, everyone contributed their own bit though the wickets kept falling in regular interval. PNG captain Karke Dikana took 3 wickets which is the highest in that match. But he could not save the match as Bangladeshi tigers picked up the winning runs with 17 balls in hand with a maximum from Shakib-Al-Hasan.

Shakib announced his retirement in the following press conference that he has been looking for such a glorious moment for the occasion. ‘We have the world cup in our hands, and there can’t be a better instance for taking retirement’, he added.

The captain at loss, Karke Dikana said it was hard to taste defeat after coming so long. ‘it is our home and it would have been the best if we could lift the cup that the world is looking at.’ The PNG captain won the maximum wickets award to the country’s respite and dedicated it to his father who was the former captain and bowler of the side.

Congratulations to Bangladesh started flowing in as soon as they lifted the cup, including that from India ODI captain MS Dhoni (yes he is STILL the captain). ‘‘It’s a great moment for them and everyone should appreciate them’’ is what the captain had to say when asked about their victory. On captaining the side, he said ‘‘it’s not over yet and I want to give it another try if I can serve the country and bring another cup like we did in 2011.” To be noted, India saw an early exit from World Cup this year as they failed to qualify for the semis, the reason put up in front by a lot is the exclusion of the players like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag Gautam Gambhir who wanted a comeback with the series and Shakib’s successful all-round performance is portrayed as example of what they could have done if given a chance.

ICC chairman N. Srinivasan said that it was a peaceful and successful ICC World Cup this season and the viewers have increased by 5% denoting this success.

The next ICC tournament will be hosted by Bangladesh itself and will see its inauguration in the prestigious Sher-E-Bangla stadium of Dhaka, Srinivasan announced while closing this season’s ICC Cricket World Cup.


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