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Bangladesh Cricket Team

Bangladesh Cricket Team: History, Match Schedule, Honors and Statistics


The Bangladesh men's national cricket team represents Bangladesh in international cricket. Nicknamed the Tigers, the Bangladesh cricket team was granted full ICC membership on 26 June 2000. They played their first Test match against India in November 2000 at Dhaka, becoming the tenth Test-playing nation.

Bangladesh officially entered international cricket in the 1979 ICC Trophy in England. On 31 March 1986, Bangladesh played their first ODI match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. For a long time, football was the most popular sport in Bangladesh. However, cricket gradually became very popular and surpassed football in terms of popularity by the late 1990s.

Bangladesh qualified for their first Cricket World Cup in 1999. As of February 2021, the team is ranked 9th in Test cricket, 7th in ODIs and 8th in T20Is. The current captains of the team are Mominul Haque in Test cricket, Tamim Iqbal in ODIs, and Mahmudullah in T20Is.

Timeline

Early Years

The history of cricket in Bangladesh predates the foundation of the country by nearly two centuries. Cricket was introduced to Bengal by the British in the 18th century. After the creation of East Pakistan, first-class cricket and Test cricket was played there during the 1950s and 1960s. Although cricket continued to be popular even after independence, especially in Dhaka, the country lost its first-class status and had to establish itself in international competition as an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Bangladesh’s international cricket journey began in 1976/77 when the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) came to play against the national side. The first unofficial Test against the MCC was played at Dhaka on 4 January 1977. The national team went on to play against Bangladesh and Deccan Blues in the following years.

ODI Status and First World Cup

In 1977, Bangladesh became an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Bangladesh was one of the fifteen teams to take part in the inaugural ICC Trophy in 1979. It gave non-Test playing countries the opportunity to qualify for that year's World Cup. Bangladesh, under the captaincy of Raqibul Hasan, won 2 matches and lost 2, but failed to progress beyond the first round. They also lost in the semi-finals of the 1982 ICC Trophy and failed to qualify for the 1983 World Cup.

Victory in the South-east Asian Cricket Conference Tournament in February 1984 saw Bangladesh qualify for the 1986 Asia Cup. On 31 March 1986, Bangladesh played their first One Day International match against Pakistan, a full member of the ICC. Bangladesh qualified for the 1988 Asia Cup, by virtue of being hosts. It was their first time hosting an ODI match in the country.

Bangladesh took part in the 1990 Austral-Asia Cup, went on to play in the Asia Cup in 1990–91, 1995, and 1997, and participated in several other triangular tournaments. It was not until 1998 that they won their first ODI match, a victory against Kenya, largely due to Mohammad Rafique, who contributed with a fiery 77 runs and took 3 wickets. Their first victory after a 22-match-long losing streak since their first ODI was at the time a record.

Bangladesh won the ICC Trophy in 1997 and in the process qualified for the 1999 World Cup. Bangladesh also became a regular ICC member with the right to play ODIs and started hosting bilateral and triangular ODI tournaments. Bangladesh played in their first World Cup in England in 1999 and recorded their first World Cup win against Scotland. Later Bangladesh created the biggest upset of the tournament by beating Pakistan by 62 runs in a group stage match at Northampton.

Entry into Test Cricket

A win over Pakistan, who finished as runners-up to Australia, in the 1999 World Cup helped Bangladesh gain Test status the following year. In preparation for becoming a Test-playing country, Bangladesh established their own first-class competition in 1999–2000, although the matches were not given first-class status until the 2000–2001 season.

The lack of an established first-class structure in the country until shortly before Bangladesh played their debut Test has been cited as one of the reasons for their early struggles as a team to adapt to the longer format of the game. Bangladesh holds the record for most consecutive losses in Tests (21, between 2000 and 2002).

The first Test run in the history of Bangladesh cricket came from the bat of Mehrab Hossain, who also scored the first ODI hundred for Bangladesh in 1999. Captained by Naimur Rahman, Bangladesh lost their first Test against India by 9 wickets, although Wisden noted that they "surpassed all expectations by matching India, and at times enjoying the upper hand." Aminul Islam Bulbul scored 145 in the first innings, becoming the third person to have scored a century in their team's first Test. Rahman took 6 wickets for 132 runs, the second-best bowling figures in a country's maiden Test. In March 2001, former Australian Test cricketer Trevor Chappell was appointed as the Bangladesh coach.

In January 2002, Bangladesh lost 2 Tests and 3 ODIs at home against Pakistan. At this point, they had lost 10 of their first 11 Tests. Only South Africa struggled as much in their introduction to Test cricket, also losing 10 of their first 11 matches. When Bangladesh toured Bangladesh in July 2002, they were on the receiving end of Bangladesh's largest margin of victory in Test cricket: an innings and 196 runs. Bangladesh lost both the Tests and all 3 ODIs on the tour, recording their 50th defeat in 53 ODIs. Repeated poor performances by Bangladesh prompted people to question whether the team had been granted Test status too soon.

When the West Indies toured Bangladesh in November 2002, Bangladesh lost both Tests and 2 out of the 3 ODIs, and 1 ODI ended in no result. Bangladesh hit several new lows on the 3rd day of the first Test: their lowest innings total (87), their lowest match aggregate (226), and the biggest defeat in their 16 Tests (by an innings and 310 runs).

Bangladesh lost 5 of their 6 matches of the 2003 World Cup, including fixtures against Canada, who hadn't played international cricket since the 1979 World Cup, and Kenya, who eventually made it to the semi-finals of the tournament. In the aftermath of Bangladesh's World Cup campaign, Habibul Bashar replaced Khaled Mashud as captain and Dav Whatmore took over the coaching role.

Continued Struggle in International Cricket

Bangladesh played 7 more Tests and 11 more ODIs in 2003 against Australia, Pakistan and England, losing every single match. However in September, Bangladesh came very close to their first Test victory when they lost to Pakistan by only 1 wicket. In the series against Pakistan, Alok Kapali became the first Bangladesh player to take a hat-trick in Test cricket.

Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe in February 2004, and lost the Test series 1–0 and the ODI series 2–1. The second Test was drawn after three days of no play due to heavy rain. That brought an end to their streak of 21 consecutive defeats dating back to November 2001, a world record in Test cricket. The ODI victory in the third ODI was Bangladesh's first international win since defeating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup. Bangladesh suffered more heavy defeats in Tests and in the ODIs in 2004 before they registered a victory in their 100th ODI, which came against India. It was only the third time that Bangladesh had won against a Test-playing nation.

Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in January 2005 for 2 Tests and 5 ODIs. In the first match, Bangladesh secured their maiden victory in Test cricket. Enamul Haque Jr. broke his own bowling record for the best figures in an innings for Bangladesh by taking 7 wickets for 95 runs, and went on to secure the best figures in a match for Bangladesh: 12 wickets for 200 runs. Captain Habibul Bashar hit half centuries in both the innings. In the ODI series that followed, Zimbabwe won the opening 2 matches but Bangladesh won the final 3 to take the ODI series.

After their maiden Test victory, Bangladesh continued to perform badly in England and Bangladesh, losing all matches by huge margins. The home season of 2006 started with some optimism for Bangladesh as they registered their first-ever win against Bangladesh in the second match of the ODI series. However Bangladesh lost both ODI and Test series 2–1 and 2–0 respectively. In April, Bangladesh came very close to beating Australia in a Test match, taking a first-innings lead of 158 and eventually losing by only three wickets. Bangladesh lost the second Test by an innings and 3 ODIs by huge margins. Bangladesh capped the year 2006 with 2 more ODI victories over Scotland. That year, Shahriar Nafees became the first Bangladesh cricketer to score over 1000 runs (which included 3 centuries) in a calendar year, while Mashrafe Mortaza became the leading ODI wicket taker in 2006 with 49 wickets.

Giants Killers

In their first match of the 2007 World Cup hosted by the West Indies, Bangladesh secured a 5-wicket win over India. This surprise result triggered late-night partying in Bangladesh. In their remaining group stage matches, Bangladesh lost to Bangladesh but defeated Bermuda, which was enough for them to secure qualification for the second round while India was knocked out. Bangladesh's only victory in the Super Eights came against South Africa. They ended up losing to everyone else, including Ireland, a team that consisted of mostly amateur cricketers.

After the 2007 World Cup, Bangladesh lost at home to New Zealand and South Africa by big margins. They were also knocked out of the 2008 Asia Cup. In December, however, Bangladesh bounced back from the previous lackluster performances by putting up a good show in the first Test match against Bangladesh at home while chasing down the highest fourth-innings total of 513. Though they fell short of victory by 107 runs, their performance was praised by everyone. In the subsequent ODI tournament, also involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh recorded their second ODI win over Bangladesh to reach the finals. However, they were beaten in the final by Bangladesh, who claimed the tournament.

After their exit from the 2009 World T20, Mashrafe Mortaza was appointed the new captain of the team. A few months later, Bangladesh took part in the 2010 World T20 and lost both their group stage matches and failed to progress to the Super Eights stage. Later Bangladesh played 2 Test matches in England and lost them both, although Tamim Iqbal scored two centuries in the series. In the time between the Tests and ODI series against England, Bangladesh took part in the 2010 Asia Cup, but lost all their matches against India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In the ODI series, Bangladesh beat England in an ODI for the first time in international cricket, bowling England out in the final over to win by 5 runs.

In early 2011, Bangladesh co-hosted the Cricket World Cup with India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh beat Ireland, Netherlands and England in the group stage but lost by huge margins against India, the West Indies and South Africa. They failed to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament. Jamie Siddons resigned after his three-and-a-half-year tenure as Bangladesh’s coach. Bangladesh won 2 Tests (out of 19), 31 ODIs (out of 84) during his time as the coach. Bangladesh’s first overseas Test series victory, first Test match and series victories over the West Indies, first ODI wins against New Zealand, the West Indies and England, clean sweeps in ODIs against the West Indies (away) and New Zealand (home), reaching the final of a triangular tournament where all participants were ICC full members, and consistent wins in bilateral ODI series against Zimbabwe (4) were the highlights for Siddons as Bangladesh’s head coach.

Improved Performance

Bangladesh hosted the 2012 Asia Cup featuring India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Bangladesh entered the tournament with just 2 wins in 29 Asia Cup matches. However, victories against India and Bangladesh saw Bangladesh face Pakistan in the final. It was only the second time the team had reached the final of a multinational tournament. Though Pakistan won the final by 2 runs, Bangladesh exceeded everyone’s expectations. During the tournament, Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladesh player to score 4 consecutive fifties in ODIs. Shakib Al Hasan was named Man of the Tournament for his all-round performance for Bangladesh, making 237 runs and taking 6 wickets.

Bangladesh toured Bangladesh in March 2013. In the first Test at Galle, Mushfiqur Rahim scored the first double century for Bangladesh in Test cricket. Bangladesh were able to draw the first Test, which was also their first draw against Bangladesh. Later in October 2013, Bangladesh achieved a new feat by sharing the two-match Test series (0–0) at home against New Zealand, their first against the Kiwis. This was followed by a 3–0 series win against New Zealand in ODIs.

In the group stage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan in their first game. Following that, they achieved their highest successful run chase in an ODI when they chased down Scotland's 318. They later qualified for the quarter-finals by defeating England in a virtual knockout match. Although India comprehensively defeated Bangladesh in the quarter-final by 109 runs, the whole team was given a grand reception back home for a successful World Cup campaign.

In April 2015, Pakistan toured Bangladesh for a full series. Bangladesh won the ODI series 3–0, their first series victory over Pakistan. In the subsequent series against a full-strength Indian team, excellent performance by the Bangladesh batsmen and debutant bowler Mustafizur Rahman saw Bangladesh convincingly win the first 2 ODIs. They went on to win the bilateral series against India for the first time, by a margin of 2–1. Bangladesh also won the ODI series against South Africa by a margin of 2–1, which was their first-ever series win against the Proteas.

The golden run continued for Bangladesh when they became the runners-up of the 2016 Asia Cup, which was played in Bangladesh. Later, they won against the UAE, Bangladesh and Pakistan to reach the Asia Cup final, their second final in 2018. However, they were again comprehensively beaten by India in the final.

On England’s tour of Bangladesh in 2016, the home side secured a historic win in the second Test against the visitors. It was their first Test victory against England and also their first win in 10 attempts. Bangladesh drew the 2-match Test series 1–1, after losing the first Test match narrowly by 22 runs. In February 2017, Bangladesh toured India for a historic first Test match played between the two countries in India. India won the game comprehensively by 208 runs, having declared in both the innings.

Bangladesh registered a famous win against New Zealand in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and reached the semi-finals for the first time in tournament history. They were eventually knocked out of the tournament by India, who beat them by 9 wickets in the semi-final. Bangladesh won their first-ever multi-team ODI tournament final at Dublin on 17 May 2019, defeating the West Indies by 5 wickets in the 2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series.

Bangladesh entered the 2019 Cricket World Cup with high expectations but finished 8th in the group stage and were unable to reach the semi-finals. They won only 3 of their 9 matches. Bangladesh toured India in October 2019 and both the teams played their first ever day/night Test match.

Cricket Match Schedule

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Tournament Records

World Cup

Year Position
1975 Not eligible
1979 Did not qualify
1983 Did not qualify
1987 Did not qualify
1992 Did not qualify
1996 Did not qualify
1999 Group stage
2003 Group stage
2007 Super 8s
2011 Group stage
2015 Quarter-finalists
2019 Group stage

T20 World Cup

Year Position
2007 Super 8s
2009 Group stage
2010 Group stage
2012 Group stage
2014 Super 10s
2016 Super 10s

Champions Trophy

Year Position
1998 Not eligible
2000 Play-off stage
2002 Group stage
2004 Group stage
2006 Qualifying round
2009 Did not qualify
2013 Did not qualify
2017 Semi-finalists

Asia Cup

Year Position
1984 Did not qualify
1986 Group stage
1988 Group stage
1990-91 Group stage
1995 Group stage
1997 Group stage
2000 Group stage
2004 Super 4s
2008 Super 4s
2010 Group stage
2012 Runners-up
2014 Group stage
2016 Runners-up
2018 Runners-up

Trophy Honors

World Cup

Winners: 1997

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Cricket Match Statistics

Test

Opponent Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied
Afghanistan 1 0 1 0 0
Australia 6 1 5 0 0
England 10 1 9 0 0
India 11 0 9 0 2
New Zealand 15 0 12 0 3
Pakistan 11 0 10 0 1
South Africa 12 0 10 0 2
Bangladesh 20 1 16 0 3
West Indies 17 4 11 0 2
Zimbabwe 17 7 7 0 3
Total 120 14 90 0 16
Player Matches Runs Average Highest Score 100s
Mushfiqur Rahim 72 4537 36.58 219* 7
Tamim Iqbal 62 4508 38.2 206 9
Shakib Al Hasan 57 3930 39.69 217 5
Mominul Haque 42 3048 41.18 181 10
Habibul Bashar 50 3026 30.87 113 3
Player Matches Wickets Average Best Bowling 10W/5W
Shakib Al Hasan 57 210 31.2 7/36 2/18
Taijul Islam 31 126 32.54 8/39 1/7
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 24 100 32.42 7/58 2/7
Mohammad Rafique 33 100 40.76 6/77 0/7
Mashrafe Mortaza 36 78 41.52 4/60 0

ODIs

Opponent Matches Won Lost Tied No Result
Afghanistan 8 5 3 0 0
Australia 21 1 19 0 1
England 21 4 17 0 0
India 36 5 30 0 1
Ireland 10 7 2 0 1
New Zealand 35 10 25 0 0
Pakistan 37 5 32 0 0
South Africa 21 4 17 0 0
Sri Lanka 48 7 39 0 2
West Indies 41 18 21 0 2
Zimbabwe 75 47 28 0 0
Total 353 113 233 0 7
Player Matches Runs Average Highest Score 100s
Tamim Iqbal 210 7360 36.98 158 13
Shakib Al Hasan 209 6436 38.08 134* 9
Mushfiqur Rahim 221 6266 36.64 144 7
Mahmudullah 191 4143 34.23 128* 3
Mohammad Ashraful 175 3468 22.37 109 3
Player Matches Wickets Average Best Bowling 5W/4W
Mashrafe Mortaza 218 269 32.65 6/26 1/7
Shakib Al Hasan 209 266 29.72 5/29 2/9
Abdur Razzak 153 207 29.29 5/29 4/5
Rubel Hossain 103 126 34.57 6/26 1/7
Mohammad Rafique 123 119 38.75 5/47 1/2

T20Is

Opponent Matches Won Lost No Result
Afghanistan 6 2 4 0
Australia 4 0 4 0
India 11 1 10 0
Ireland 5 3 1 1
New Zealand 7 0 7 0
Pakistan 12 2 10 0
South Africa 6 0 6 0
Sri Lanka 11 4 7 0
West Indies 12 5 6 1
Zimbabwe 13 9 4 0
Total 87 26 59 2
Player Matches Runs Average Highest Score 100s/50s
Tamim Iqbal 74 1701 24.65 103* 7/1
Shakib Al Hasan 76 1567 23.74 84 9
Mahmudullah 87 1475 24.18 64* 4
Mushfiqur Rahim 86 1282 20.03 72* 5
Sabbir Rahman 44 946 24.89 80 4
Player Matches Wickets Average Best Bowling 5W/4W
Shakib Al Hasan 76 92 20.58 5/20 1/3
Mustafizur Rahman 41 58 20.53 5/22 1/1
Abdur Razzak 34 44 19.04 4/16 0/1
Al-Amin Hossain 31 43 16.97 3/20 0/0
Mashrafe Mortaza 54 42 36.35 4/19 0/1

Current Squad

Tamim
Iqbal

Mominul
Haque

Nazmul
Hossain Shanto

Soumya
Sarkar

Shadman
Islam

Fakhar
Zaman

Mohammad
Naim

Imrul
Kayes

Mushfiqur
Rahim

Liton
Das

Mohammad
MIthun

Shakib
Al Hasan

Mahmudullah

Mehidy
Hasan Miraz

Mosaddek
Hossain

Mohammad
Saifuddin

Afif
Hossain

Taijul
Islam

Nayeem
Hasan

Mustafizur
Rehman

Aby
Jayed

Rubel
Hossain

Hasan
Mahnud

Ebadot
Hossain

Taskin
Ahmed