Updated: Nov 22
Are the members of the Bangladesh team prepared for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup scheduled for 2023?
The cricket world cup this year has garnered much excitement from Bangladeshi cricket supporters, who have reason to be optimistic as of 6th January 2023 due to their strong performance in the qualifying league. Currently ranked 5th, they must secure a spot in the top 8 to earn direct qualification for the tournament. The ICC Super League's points table provides further insight into their standing.
The potential team roster for Bangladesh in the 2023 ICC World Cup
Tamum Iqbal Opening Batter
Afif Hossain All-rounder
Ebadot Hossain Bowler
Hasan Mahmud Bowler
Litton Das Wicketkeeper Batter
Mehidy Hasan Miraz All-rounder
Mushfiqur Rahim Wicketkeeper Batter
Najmul Hossain Shanto Top order Batter
Shakib Al Hasan All-rounder
Taijul Islam Bowler
Taskin Ahmed Bowler
Towhid Hridoy Top order Batter
The top 5 players from Bangladesh who are most likely to perform well in the World Cup are Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah. Their batting style offers a balance of both aggression and stability, which is crucial in ODI cricket. These players possess considerable experience in the 50-over format, with Tamim, Mushfiqur, Shakib, and Mahmudullah having played over 200 matches for Bangladesh. They are skilled in facing spin bowlers and have the necessary techniques to tackle fast bowlers as well.
As some of their key players may retire after the 2023 World Cup, they will be highly motivated to give their best performance in the tournament. Making it to the semi-finals would significantly boost the reputation of their ODI team.
In early March 2023, Bangladesh will have their first international cricket match when they host England for a white-ball series, followed by Ireland's visit for a full tour. Bangladesh will also tour Ireland for a white-ball series and welcome Afghanistan for a complete series featuring Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. The team will participate in the Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan and host New Zealand for an ODI series. In the same year, Bangladesh will travel to India for the crucial ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. Later, New Zealand will visit Bangladesh for a Test series, and by the end of 2023, Bangladesh will travel to New Zealand for a complete white-ball series.
Analysis of the team
The team appears to have a good balance with a significant number of all-rounders and pacers. The presence of all-rounders provides them with flexibility and options. Mehdi Hasan's inclusion in the team is highly appreciated after his impressive performance against India. He played a crucial role in the series win against India, which earned him the Man of the Series award. The left-arm fast bowler, Mustafizur, and the right-arm fast bowler, Taskin, are expected to play a vital role in taking early wickets.
Under Tamim's leadership, Bangladesh has emerged victorious in five out of their last six One Day International (ODI) series, including a historic win in South Africa in March this year. Currently, Tamim holds the record for the highest win percentage of 59.25 for any Bangladesh captain in the history of ODI cricket.
How can Bangladesh secure direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup?
The ICC ODI super league features twelve test-playing nations, including Bangladesh, England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, tournament host India, and associate nation Netherlands. The top eight teams in the league standings will earn automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup, while the remaining five teams will compete for the final two spots in another qualification round.
Bangladesh is a formidable one-day international team with the potential to defeat any team in the world at any moment. However, it is essential not to underestimate the abilities of the opposing teams, as each team will exert its best efforts to secure a spot in the 2023 World Cup.
The primary advantage of Bangladesh lies in their main batting unit, which comprises some of the best figures in their squad such as Liton Das, Shakib-ul-Hasan, and Mahmudullah, who are also top-notch all-rounders.
In the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023, Bangladesh is expected to pose a strong challenge to their opponents due to their well-equipped pacers. However, it should be noted that the pace attack of the Bangladesh team relies heavily on young and inexperienced players such as Sabbir Rehman, Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman.
On the other hand, the spin attack of Bangladesh is composed of Shakib al Hassan, Shamim Hussain, and Mehdi Hassan.
There is no need for Bangladesh to worry about the final results of the ODI Super League, as they are expected to comfortably secure a place among the top eight teams in the points table. Instead, the BCB should focus on enhancing the Bangladesh ODI team's capabilities and preparing them for the World Cup 2023.
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