Any comparison of the two teams’ current form and squad depth ahead of the first of the three-match T20I series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium would lead to the conclusion that Pakistan are well ahead of the hosts.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has taken some initiatives in the aftermath of the national team’s abysmal performance in the T20 World Cup, where the Tigers’ nightmare started with a defeat against Scotland in the first round before ending with defeats in all five Super 12 matches.
“This is not a good sign.” We want to believe incumbent Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said these words out of the frustration that stemmed from the fact that ‘no one is willing to step up to challenge him for the presidency’.
Bangladesh cricket team completed a highly fruitful tour by scooping all three trophies against hosts Zimbabwe. The scenario could not have been any better for a team as they return home with such tremendous success on the backdrop of a series of failures.
Never failing to excavate positives from the deepest of holes following disastrous performances is probably the only persistent thing about Bangladesh’s cricket. So, walking on the same line as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), let’s begin by finding some positives from the inclusion of Shuvagata Hom in the preliminary 21-member Test squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour.