Geoffrey Boycott says that Bangladesh needs to win abroad as well
Bangladesh’s recent form in cricket has been simply inspiring. The Bangla Tigers have taken the cricket world by storm with their stellar display. They began the year in style as they were electrifying in the ICC World Cup 2015. The Bangladesh knocked out England from the World Cup, and competed hard against New Zealand. Post their impressive World Cup campaign; they whitewashed or rather Banglawashed Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI’s. Their biggest achievement though, came against the world’s second ranked ODI side the Indians, when they defeated them in an ODI series.
The Bangladeshis have played an extremely aggressive brand of cricket. Geoffrey Boycott, the English legend had been a vocal critic of the Bangladesh side a few years ago. The great Englishman had also commented that Bangladesh wasn’t worthy of a test status. Nevertheless, after watching their recent performances, Boycott praised the upcoming Asian giants.
Boycott, though, said that the Bangladesh fans should celebrate completely only if the side defeats major teams abroad. In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, Boycott said, “They’re not quite minnows anymore, they’ve had one or two good performances but I think we are getting carried away a little bit. Beating India occasionally, and Pakistan or Sri Lanka, doesn’t send waves through the cricket world. Sorry, I don’t want to put a damper on your excitement for Bangladesh but nearly all Bangladesh’s good performances are at home. That doesn’t make the world of cricket sit up until you go to Australia or South Africa or New Zealand, and beat them in their countries, that will be a huge step and we will all take notice.”
“I accept that one of their very best performances was beating England in Adelaide in the World Cup,” Boycott said. “I was there, Bangladesh were superb, I enjoyed their cricket and it’s the best I’ve seen from them. But Bangladesh can’t live on just an occasional or odd one-day performance win. They need to go abroad and start winning Test matches against the big boys. As I said, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, England have all got much better Test sides in them in their countries. You’ve got to go and do that a bit,” Boycott continued.
Boycott even stated the fact that Bangladesh had been lucky to garner some funding from the ICC, while other sides couldn’t.
“Cricket lovers want Bangladesh to succeed, no doubt about that, but you’ve got to accept that lots and lots of ICC money has been poured into Bangladesh cricket for many years now,” Boycott said. “And quite honestly, we, the cricketing nations of the world, need to see more from them. Bangladesh have a huge cricket-mad population and I realise it takes time to be able to match the big countries. It’s always happened like that – it took time for West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan after partition, even India were not able to match England or Australia on equal terms in the early days. Now they are.”
“But none of these countries received a financial help or clout that Bangladesh have had over the years. They’ve had loads of money. These countries had to make a lot on their own, there wasn’t money around, there wasn’t television revenue for ICC, or whoever run world cricket, to pour in to India, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies when they were in their infancy.”
“And Sri Lanka, let me tell you. I’ve forgotten them but I shouldn’t because they’ve been wonderful…they’ve won a World Cup. I want them (Bangladesh) to enjoy their success but I don’t think you need to get carried away, you need to keep it in perspective because more is required. An occasional one-day is lovely but we need more,” concluded Boycott.
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