An act of publicly taking the blame and responsibility, an initiation or indication of setting in motion an overhaul, or a statement of how things are to be taken from here on -- none of the aforementioned measures or steps were taken by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) even as over a fortnight passed since Bangladesh closed their disastrous World Cup campaign.
It was an anticlimactic finish to the 2023 World Cup for arguably the largest cricketing fanbase -- India fans -- as they saw the best team on paper tumbling at the final hurdle only for Australia to clinch their sixth title last week.
It was inevitable. More than it being a question of if, it was rather a debate over how and when.
From aspirations of making it to their maiden semifinal to barely qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy with an eighth-placed finish, Bangladesh’s World Cup dream has fluctuated as wildly as its tumultuous state of affairs.
Bangladesh will take on India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, a venue where 300-plus scores are the order of the day.
“I did not do anything special,” Mohammad Rizwan said after guiding Pakistan to a record World Cup run-chase against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Four years back, the country’s top all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, was engulfed by the type of pressure that all athletes feel at least once in their careers: the pressure of not performing on the field.