Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, expressed concern over his team’s recent subpar batting performance.

Bangladesh has played 16 one-day internationals (ODIs) since the year’s beginning, winning 7, losing 7, and drawing 2. They lost a three-game home series against England by a score of 2-1, defeated Ireland in both home and away matches by scores of 2-0, and fell to Afghanistan at home by a score of 2-1 in July.

They have lost three of their four games so far in the ongoing Asia Cup—twice to Pakistan and once to Sri Lanka—and in each of those losses, the opposition bowled them out. They only succeeded in doing so once, in their victory over Afghanistan, when they posted a solid 334/5 owing to consecutive centuries from Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto.

In the Asia Cup Super Four match on Saturday against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh was shut out for 236 while trailing 258. With the exception of teenager Towhid Hridoy, none of their batters made it past 30 runs.

After Friday night’s loss to Sri Lanka, Shakib stated, “Our batting is going downhill for the last six months (in ODIs) since the series against England and later Afghanistan, now in this tournament. We need to work on it.”

“We are worried about our batting, and we need to identify those problems and work to fix them. We need a reality check, so this event leading up to the World Cup will be really helpful’, he added.

Shakib also provided insight into Bangladesh’s performance in one-day internationals, highlighting their advantages in bilateral assignments while also emphasising the need for progress in major competitions.

“We always perform well in bilateral series, so you cannot claim that we are a bad team. However, our real test is in tournaments of this nature, when we don’t put on particularly strong performances.

He proceeded by reflecting on Bangladesh’s prior World Cup performances, in which they have won three games in every tournament since 2011, saying, “People can say a lot of things but when we have a reality check typically we fail. Since the Asia Cup was held before to the World Cup, everyone will be thinking about how to address this issue. Only then can we improve.

Though we participated in two or three Asia Cup finals and if we could have won it would have been better, we don’t have a history because we haven’t been successful (in major competitions). Nevertheless, we are always a potential team.

On October 7 at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, Bangladesh will play its opening World Cup match against Afghanistan.

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