Bangladesh, once again, failed to impress on the biggest stage of World Cricket, the ODI World Cup. They only managed to win 2 matches out of 9 in the group stage. There were a lot of aspects where they failed to impress and it would be a test for them in terms of how they can emerge from these adverse times. There are always some silver linings in any crisis.
Let’s take a look at 3 positives for Bangladesh from their ODI World Cup 2023 campaign:
Champions Trophy Qualification
The biggest positive for Bangladesh from this World Cup campaign has been their qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy. At one point in the tournament, it looked like they would not be able to make the final cut for the Champions Trophy but their win against Sri Lanka made sure that they remained in the fray for the Champions Trophy. The Champions Trophy would provide them an opportunity to redeem their pride and fare better than this World Cup.
Faces to rely on in the future
This was a disastrous campaign for Bangladesh in this World Cup but there were a few bright prospects that can turn out to be a huge positive for them in the future. With the bat Towhid Hridoy and Najmul Hossain Shanto showed some glimpses of brilliance. Tanzim Hasan Sakib and were also impressive in phases. There needs to be proper nurturing of these players to make sure that they become consistent performers for Bangladesh.
Shakib Al Hasan is going nowhere
The greatest cricketer to come out of Bangladesh is going nowhere. Shakib Al Hasan’s form was a cause of concern but in the last few matches, he has shown that he is still the best in the business when it comes to contributing with both bat and ball. He played a crucial knock against Sri Lanka to make sure that their Champions Trophy hopes stayed alive. As a leader, he would be very significant as he can lead Bangladesh through this transition phase.
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