Why is Bangladesh lagging behind in T20?
In this age of modern cricket, the T20 format draws a little extra attention from everyone. The strongest teams in the world of cricket have adapted very well to this format. There has been a change in the way they play. Although this format was started mainly to entertain the spectators and bring cricket closer to the people, now T20 cricket has become a matter of special respect. Many of the ICC’s allies are moving forward with the T20 format on their shoulders. Ireland and Afghanistan, who recently got Test status, have a very strong position in T20 cricket. All the Test players are doing well in the T20 Has adopted a different plan and is moving forward well. Bangladesh cricket is moving forward day by day keeping pace with world cricket. Bangladesh has earned the respect of other teams in ODI cricket. Despite not having much to say in Test cricket, Bangladesh has lost to a team like Australia and England. But the team is not able to adapt to T20 cricket.
When it comes to the answer to the question of why Bangladesh is still an apprentice in T20 in 2021, a few issues come to the fore. Among other Asian teams, Pakistan is leading the way in winning matches. They have won 100 international Twenty20 matches. Afghanistan has changed the face of T20 batting by resorting to power hitting. We have to talk about India in a different way. With the IPL, India has taken the T20 to another height. Sri Lanka is comparatively behind. And Bangladesh is lagging behind in all respects.
T20 cricket means you have to run fast. The batsmen are working on their batting in various ways to get a quick run. Perfect timing with gap shots and power heating helps a batsman increase his strike rate. At the same time, you have to do fearless batting in T20. The weakness of the Bangladesh team in these aspects has been noticed long ago. Let’s assume that the search for the number seven finisher has not been found yet. When it is important to mix youth with experience, Bangladesh is moving in the opposite direction. Despite the contribution of the veterans of the Bangladesh team, the youngsters failed to display a fearless batting style.
Variety bowling helps a lot behind success in T20 cricket. Other teams in Asia have changed a lot by working with bowling. It is now very useful to pick up the wicket with the help of slower delivery or stopping the run with a yorker. In that case, the pace attack of Bangladesh team can be called simple. Dhananjaya, Mujib and Rashid have gone far in the wrist spin. On the other hand, Bangladesh is not able to meet the shortage of an effective leg spinner. Even if Shakib leads the spin from the front, he needs a good quality wrist spinner to support him.
The importance of fielding in T20 cricket is immense. A good batsman is capable of giving up runs. A good bowler can bring wickets but a good fielder will help control the run of the opposing team. Many teams have succeeded in controlling runs in T20 cricket. The fielding situation is easily understood by looking at the type of catch missed by the Bangladesh team recently. Where every opportunity is important, Bangladesh team has missed one opportunity after another. Bangladesh team will lag far behind other teams.
The structure of domestic cricket is very important in the development of cricket. There are also many complaints about the Bangladesh Franchise League BPL. The importance of IPL in neighboring India is known to everyone in the world. Along with foreign cricketers, Indian cricketers also contribute there. The exact opposite picture can be seen in BPL. The big challenge now is to organize BPL regularly. When discussing the match, the image of the local cricketers comes out. The foreigners control the important moments of the match. The BCB has not been able to bring out the expected players from the BPL due to the low contribution of local cricketers. Moreover, there are allegations of financial irregularities. Good quality foreign players have also lost interest in coming to Bangladesh to take part in the BPL.
The T20 World Cup is ahead. If you want to do well there, you have to contribute with the young people. Opportunities must be used in the field. At the same time, a variety of batting and bowling will help bring victory. It remains to be seen how successfully the Bangladesh team will be able to complete these homework before entering the field.