With the maiden ODI series win against former world champion Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh cricket team has gone one step ahead to complete a circle of clinching at least one bilateral series against the test-playing nations. The Island country becomes the tenth test-playing nation to lose a series against Bangladesh. Tigers need series victories against Australia and England to complete the circle. We congratulate our cricket warriors for their series win defeating the lions by a large margin in the second ODI of the series, having the third one in hand. Although the visitors may seem weaker this time in absence of some of their experienced and regular campaigners, the significance of winning the series by the hosts would not diminish for that reason.
The win in the first ODI of this series came after ten winless matches across the format and, at the time when team confidence was low due to criticism regarding several on-field and off-field issues from different corners. Therefore, the series win will boost the players’ confidence. On the other hand, the series is part of the World Cup Super League, where every single point matters to ensure a spot in the 2023 ODI world cup directly, avoiding the qualifier round. Bangladesh now tops the point table and we hope that the tigers will seal the victory in the last game too and add ten more points to strengthen their position in the table.Though the top position in the list has exhibited the might of the Tigers, the lack of consistency in performance in overseas conditions, particularly outside the subcontinent, is a big concern for them. Hence securing as many points as possible from every home series is very important for the Tigers, as most of their rest of World Cup-Super-League matches will be held in overseas conditions where the Tiger’s record is not satisfactory at all. The way they lost all of their matches in the latest New Zealand tour, for example, frustrated cricket fans of the country as well as around the world. The BCB and the team should focus on the issue and work accordingly with a view to ensuring consistent performance in overseas conditions, a must to be a cricket superpower. We expect better cricket from the Tigers in every part of the globe, whatever might be the result.