Bangladesh Cricket Team History First To Last
Bangladesh Cricket Team History First To Last: Bangladesh cricket team first official foray into international cricket came in the 1979 ICC Trophy in England, leaving the tournament with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Seven years later, on 31 March 1986, Bangladesh cricket team played in its first One Day International match against Pakistan in the 1986 Asia Cup.
Cricket has gradually become very popular in urban areas of the country. Especially after the Bangladesh cricket team won the ICC Trophy in Malaysia in 1997. By winning the ICC trophy, the Tigers had qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time, where they upset Pakistan, although they did not pass the group phase. In 1997, Bangladesh cricket team became a regular ICC member with the right to play one-day internationals. It attained the status of a Test playing country on 26 June 2000.
In September 2003, Bangladesh cricket team came very close to their first Test victory, when they lost to Pakistan by only one wicket. Also in the match, Alok Kapali had taken a hat-trick against the Pakistani batsmen. In December 2004, Bangladesh cricket team wins its 100th ODI with a 15-run victory over World Cup Runners-up India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. It was Bangladesh’s overall sixth win in one-dayers, but the first ODI victory on home soil. It was also only their third win against a Test-playing nation after defeating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in England and beating Zimbabwe in March, 2004. In January 2005, Bangladesh cricket team records their maiden test victory with a thumping 226 runs win over Zimbabwe. This was the 35th test for the Bangladesh cricket team. Bangladesh team also secures its first ever Test and ODI series wins.
In June, Bangladesh cricket team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in cricket history as they beat Australia by five wickets at an extraordinary match at Cardiff. Mohammad Ashraful was the hero, making his first one-day hundred at a run a ball and added 130 in 23 overs with Habibul Bashar to put them on course.
The first home One-Day International series of 2006 began with some optimism for the Bangladesh cricket team, who registered their first-ever win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the series. At the end of March, Bangladesh played four ODIs against Kenya, winning all four. Then in April, they came very close to beating Australia in a Test match, taking a first-innings lead of 158, and eventually losing by only three wickets after bowler Mashrafe Mortaza dropped what could possibly have been a catch to turn the match around.
At the end of July,toured Zimbabwe as the ODI series favourites, but lost by three games to two. However, in August, the team defeated Kenya in all three matches of a series and subsequently went on to whitewash Zimbabwe in an ODI series staged in Bangladesh. That year, Shahriar Naffes became the first Bangladeshi to score over a thousand runs in a calendar year while Mashrafe Mortaza became the leading wicket-taker in the world in ODIs staged in 2006. In their first match of the 2007 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh stunned India, a former world cup champion, with a five wicket victory in Port Of Spain, Trinidad. On 21 March, though, they lost to Sri Lanka by 198 runs. However, on 25 March, Bangladesh recouped its loss by a 7 wicket win against Bermuda, advancing to the Super 8 Rounded cementing India’s first-round elimination in the tournament. Bangladesh cricket team lost to Australia and New Zealand by big margins in the first two games of the Super 8 round. However, to prove that the win against India was no fluke, they pulled off an outstanding victory against South Africa by a convincing margin of 67 runs. Then they lost to England in a tense low-scoring game. The last two games were against Ireland and West Indies, both of which Bangladesh lost with the loss against Ireland causing a black spot in an otherwise remarkable tournament.
In 2008, Bangladesh recorded its first ever victory over New Zealand in an ODI winning by seven wickets in Mirpur further reinstating their reputation of being so called “giant killers”. What followed was a closely contesting two-match Test series won by New Zealand 1–0, where despite Shakib Al Hasan’s 7/36, New Zealand scored the necessary 317 for victory in the first Test for the loss of 7 wickets. The second match was drawn due to rain. In 2009, Bangladesh easily accounted for the weakened West Indian team, winning the Test series 2–0 and the ODI series 3–0. In the Test series, Bangladesh recorded only its second and third Test wins ever, its first and second Test wins as the touring side, its first series win as the touring side and its first Test series whitewash. In the ODI series, it was also Bangladesh’s first series win as the touring side against a Test nation and its first series whitewash against a Test nation. The West Indies won the Twenty20 match. In 2010, Bangladesh whitewashes New Zealand 4-0 in an ODI series and stamps their authority prior to the upcoming World Cup at home.
In 2011, Bangladesh cricket team gets knocked out of the first round of the World Cup 2011. In 2012, Bangladesh beats West Indies 3-2 in an ODI series at home. In 2013, Bangladesh draws Test series against Zimbabwe abroad and against New Zealand at home. Bangladesh whitewashes New Zealand 3-0 in ODIs. Bangladesh has several ODI highlights in 2015. Mahmudullah’s twin hundreds at the World Cup, and Mustafizur taking eleven wickets in two matches definitely stand out. But more than everything, conquering the sub-continent kings and an international bully will put Bangladesh cricket in a different plain, and hopefully readjusts the perception of the rest of the cricket world.