ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh Team Preview, Squad & Time Table

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Bangladesh Team Preview: Bangladesh’s inclusion in the ICC Champions Trophy has been an absolute revelation. The once volatile cricketing nation has gone on to establish themselves as strong contenders at the world stage. The contingent plays the ICC Champions Trophy after 11 years and it’s been some promotion up to the top. The administration here needs to be appreciated. They’ve persisted with young talents, given them enough opportunities. The confidence shown by the board and the selection committee on the players has paid off and how.

No nation now takes the Bangladesh cricket team for granted. The likes of Shakib-Al-Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal have been in the squad since a decade. These lads have carried the team on their shoulders- they now find themselves in an elite set. Bangladesh are the #6 ranked team in the ICC rankings for teams in ODIs. They’ve cruised past Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh Team Preview, Squad & Time Table

bangladesh team preview ICC champions Trophy 2017
bangladesh team preview ICC champions Trophy 2017

Bangladesh Team for CHAMPIONS TROPHY

Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Sunzamul Islam.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Bangladesh Match Timetable & Fixtures

Date Match Venue Timings
June 1 England vs Bangladesh Oval 9:30 (GMT) | 10:30 (Loacl) | 3:00 Pm (IST)
June 5 Australia vs Bangladesh OVAL 9:30 (GMT) | 10:30 (Loacl) | 3:00 Pm (IST)
June  9 Bangladesh Vs NewZealand CARDIFF 9:30 (GMT) | 10:30 (Loacl) | 3:00 Pm (IST)

Bangladesh Team Preview

THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN ALL THREE FORMATS: Remember the name Shakib-Al-Hasan. The Bangladehsi all-rounder will go down in history as their most priced possession. Shakib, tops the ICC rankings for all-rounders in all the 3 formats. That’s one feat you’d expect the likes of Jacque Kallis ,Andrew Flintoff or an Imran Khan to own(if T20I had started then). He’s single handedly won games for Bangladesh against some quality attacks. Temperament is one refined quality you associate a top quality all-rounder with. Shakib has a sea of it. His record in ODI cricket can easily stump the best in the business.

BATTING RECORD: MATCHES 173, RUNS 4815, AVERAGE 34.64, STRIKE RATE 80.99

BOWLING RECORD: MATCHES 173, WICKETS 224, AVERAGE 28.74, ECONOMY RATE 4.38

We’re looking at one of the finest all-rounders to have ever played the shorter format. At 30 he’s managed to accumulate some nifty figures. Shakib holds the key, if Bangladesh want to challenge the other three in the Group. England, Australia and New Zealand are the three teams Bangladesh will do battle with, for a spot in the final 4. Shakib in the last year and a half has scored 417 runs in 16 games, the second most runs for a Bangladeshi batsman. During that period- he’s also gone on to pick up 18 wickets, number 3 on the list. He’s been an impact player ever since his debut in the year 2006. It’s been a steady and a prolific process, one which has yielded Bangladesh a lot of triumph.

BANGLADESH BEFORE SHAKIB: MATCHES 130, WON 17, LOST 111, WINNING % 13.07

BANGLADESH AFTER SHAKIB: MATCHES 199, WON 88, LOST 107, WINNING % 44.22

The difference in the numbers is staggering. Such has been his contribution to Bangladesh cricket. Shakib would certainly be the man to watch out for in the 8th edition of the Champions Trophy.

TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH OR MAKE IT BETTER?: Bangladesh over the last ten years have swapped a decent number of captains. Shakib, Mashrafe and Mushfiqur from the current squad have lead them over the last decade. Their records are seemingly respectable.

MASHRAFE MORTAZA AS CAPTAIN: MATCHES 43, WON 26, LOST 16.

SHAKIB-AL-HASAN AS CAPTAIN: MATCHES 50, WON 23, LOST 26.

MUSHFIQUR RAHIM AS CAPTAIN: MATCHES 37, WON 11, LOST 24.

If the above stats are considered, the right captain is leading the present squad. Shakib and Mushfiqur with a slightly less burden on their shoulder, will be able to express themselves better, without the stress of deciding whom to throw the ball to, in an onslaught. Their inputs though, will be valuable.

THE BATTING MIGHT:

Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar have been prolific run-scorers for Bangladesh at the top. While Tamim and Soumya Sarkar are known for their attacking approach, Kayes plays a more subdued role at the top. Sabbir Rahman has been an inspiring addition to the team. His ability to take the attack to the opposition in the middle overs is known, but in seaming conditions, will he adapt to a more circumspect role is what has to be observed.

Bangladesh have Mahmudullah, Shakib and Rahim as the tonkers in the middle order. Mahmudullah particularly has the temperament of a monk while chasing. The batting prowess of Shakib and Mushfiqur have kept them in the hunt/won them games by the dozen. The batting order will win games for Bangladesh- if the bat falters to fire, Bangladesh will have to board an early flight back home.

BOWLING LIABILITY:

Taskin Ahmed, the skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam and the magnificent Mustafizur Rahman complete their pace quintet. Mustafizur’s returning after a long lay-off due to an injury. His average in the ODIs is a mere 16.00- strike rate 20.7. Every 20 balls he’s helping them with a break through. That’s how imposing his bowling stats are. But will he find the very same rhythm or will he struggle to get his line right? A lot rests on his young head- a big performance is around the corner, to identify it, grab it by it’s head and dominate is the only chance “THE FIZZ” will be looking for. Mashrafe is a wily old-fox. His craft of death-over bowling can lessen the target/help them contain the other top teams they’ll be contesting against. Mehedi Hasan started off brilliantly in the 5-day format. Mosaddek Hossain and Shakib complete their slow bowling options.

Bangladesh look an ominous squad on paper. A title seems a far-fetched goal but do they have the appetite to perform at the grandest stage?

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