Team Bangladesh at Cricket World Cup

Team Bangladesh squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015:

Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Anamul Haque, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket keeper), Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarka, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam.


Team Bangladesh performances in Cricket World Cups: - 

Bangladesh cricket team couldn't qualify for cricket world cups till the 1996 edition. So their run in the cricket world cup history begins from the 1999 cricket world cup.

In 1999, three associate members qualified for the world cup along with nine full members. One of those three associate members was Bangladesh. The team was placed in Group B with the likes of Pakistan, Australia, Scotland, West Indies and New Zealand. Team Bangladesh played five matches, won two and lost three. 

They started their victory account against Scotland on 24th May 1999 at Grange Cricket Club Ground in Scotland. Batting first Bangladesh scored 185 for 9. Minhajul Abedin scored 68 off 116 deliveries. In reply, Scotland were bolwed out for 163. Bangladesh clinched the match by 22 runs. 

Their next win, and actually a really big one, came against Pakistan! On 31st May 1999 at County Ground of Northampton, England; Bangladesh scored 223 batting first. Saqlain Mushtaq took five wickets giving away just 35 runs in 10 overs. In reply, Bangladesh bowlers managed to bowl out the strong Pakistani outfit for just 161 runs! A 62 runs win over Pakistan was the most encouraging episode for Bangladesh in the 1999 edition of cricket world cup. They couldn't qualify for the next round.

In 2003, Bangladesh team traveled to the African continent for their second appearance in world cup history. Bangladesh was then already a full Test playing nation and hence got an automatic entry into the world cup. This was a nightmarish edition of world cup for Bangladesh. Placed in Group B, they played six matches - lost five and one ended without any result. It might hurt them when they lost to teams like Canada and Kenya. It was another early exit for the team.

In 2007, Bangladesh turned tables on pretty good teams! This was probably a highly encouraging World Cup for Bangladesh future in cricket.  Before entering the 2007 cricket world cup, the team had already defeated Zimbabwe 3-1 in an ODI series and also won a tri nation series involving Bermuda and Canada. They continued their good form in the warm up matches where they defeated New Zealand! 

Placed in Group B with Sri Lanka, India and Bermuda, the team surprised everyone by finishing second and moving ahead for the Super Eights! Bangladesh managed to beat India by five wickets on 17th March 2007 at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain. This was one of the most disappointing exit for India in it's overall World Cup history
Bangladesh still had another upset in store. Although they played six matches in Super 8 stage and won just one, but that one victory came against the mighty South African team. It was always a pleasure for any team to beat the then number one ranked ODI team in ICC rankings. This feat was achieved by Bangladesh on 7th April 2007 at Providence Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana. Batting first Bangladesh scored a decent 251. South Africa was bowled out in reply for just 184! Bangladesh couldn't proceed to the next round, but they had a lot of positives to take back home from the 2007 cricket world cup.

In 2011, Bangladesh was one of the hosts for the world cup. Bangladesh was privileged to hold the opening ceremony at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka on 17th February 2011. Even the first match of the 2011 cricket world cup was held in Bangladesh between the home team and India. In total, eight matches were held in Bangladesh.

Although Bangladesh won three out of six matches of Group B, they finished fifth in the Group and hence couldn't qualify for the next round. Their three wins came against Ireland, England and Netherlands.

Bangladesh team is placed in Pool A for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Their first match would be against Afghanistan on 18th February 2015. If we may not expect miracles from this team in the 2015 world cup, we can certainly expect a few upsets again!
By Tejas Thakkar

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