BCB Committee To Dissect Shakib Al Hasan & Co's Horror Show In World Cup 2023
Bangladesh won only two of their nine World Cup 2023 matches (Twitter)
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has formed a three-member panel to dissect and analyse the cause of Bangla Tigers' horror showings during the ICC World Cup 2023 in India.
The Shakib Al Hasan-led side will have a postmortem done by BCB committee members on their horrific league stage campaign where the rising Asian rivals could muster just two wins in their nine matches and couldn't nudge anywhere near the semifinals contention.
Bangladesh nearly fell out of the 2025 Champions Trophy qualification, too, via their drubbings across the border and required a better NRR than ninth and tenth-placed Sri Lanka and the Netherlands on a four-points three-way tie to bag the final slot in the eight-team competition.
Things weren't expected to shape so badly for a Bangladesh side that had transformed into a successful unit at the height of the ICC Super League over the past three years but then the controversial feud between skipper Shakib and veteran Tamim Iqbal that saw the latter's ouster disrupted their planning.
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The inexperience and ill-suitability to challenging Indian conditions where the ball skids through the surfaces and high-scoring matches are witnessed, unlike dry and turning pitches in Bangladesh, especially Dhaka, proved to be another major stumbling block for Shakib and the rest.
A BCB committee comprising BCB directors Enayet Hossain Siraj (convenor), Mahbubul Anam (member), and Akram Khan (member) will now examine the issues that plagued the Bangladeshis on their month-long trip to India and try to base recommendations to the board on the way forward.
Bangladesh are now approaching a transition phase across formats with Tamim and even Shakib nearing the end to their respective careers as do the other two stalwarts Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.
Opening batter Najmul Hossain Shanto had been made stand-in captain for the ongoing home Test series against India in Shakib's injury-forced absence and had expressed his eagerness to continue leading the side on a full-time basis in Tests, ODIs and T20Is over the next four years after enjoying an impressive rise in stature within the senior national set-up.