By the time this issue of SHOUT goes out, it will have sunk in. But as I'm writing this, Bangladesh U19 men's cricket team have won the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup less than 24 hours ago and I am unable to process this. It's had the effect of making me smile every time my mind has drifted towards cricket this past day, and Akbar Ali's heroics seems to be what everyone is talking about. What a time to be alive!
What does this mean for the future of the national team? Will these kids develop into world class cricketers? Can the senior team learn something from them? It's hard to tell, but I choose to look at this as an achievement of 15 young people, which has had the gargantuan effect of making Bangladesh feel good for a day. With our smiles, with the way we've been raving about Akbar, Shoriful, and Joy, what's really changed is that we've finally realised that after a certain point, we do win.