Shakib Al Hasan's Bangla Tigers at ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses.

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Shakib Al Hasan’s Bangla Tigers at ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses.

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Analyzing Bangladesh’s World Cup prospects: SWOT assessment ahead of their October 7 clash with Afghanistan in Dharamsala.

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Although traditionally competitive in white-ball formats, Bangladesh faces unprecedented challenges in this World Cup. Amidst injuries and internal conflicts, they aim for success, evident in their 2023 ODI record: 8 wins, 9 defeats, and 3 no results in 20 matches. (Full Coverage | Schedule | Cricket News)

STRENGTH

Experienced leaders like Captain Shakib Al Hasan, pacer Mustafizur Rahman, and batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton Das, along with all-rounder Mahmudullah, bring stability to the team in high-pressure situations. The seasoned players know how to guide the team effectively.

Adding vibrancy and balance are emerging talents like Najmul Shanto, the top run-scorer this year with 698 runs, along with Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Towhid Hridoy.

The spin bowling unit, featuring Shakib, Mehidy Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, and Nasum Ahmed, possesses the skills to surprise opponents on helpful surfaces, particularly in India. Complementing them is the pace unit led by the experienced Mustafizur, supported by Taskin, Shoriful, and Hasan Mahmud, capable of generating significant pace.

WEAKNESS

The team faces a glaring issue: reliance on A. Shakib for both batting and bowling crises. While having an inspirational player is beneficial, dependence on one source raises concerns. Furthermore, a decision is needed on Litton Das’ opening partner, as various options have been experimented with recently. The team must swiftly identify a stable second opener, as uncertainty in the top order is detrimental for any World Cup-bound squad.

Of course, the absence of Tamim Iqbal, opener and an admired leader in their set-up, will be felt. Injured pacer Ebadot Hossain too will be missed as he could have inflicted some damage upfront.

OPPORTUNITY

Embracing a fearless approach, Bangladesh enters the World Cup with nothing to lose. Emerging talents like Towhid, Tanzid, and Shoriful have an opportunity to leave their mark alongside experienced players such as Shakib, Mahmudullah, and Mustafizur. Collaborating effectively, they aim to surpass their 2015 quarterfinal achievement.

THREAT

Despite their talent, Bangladesh’s internal dynamics can be volatile, marked by petty egos. The recent spat between Shakib and Tamim highlights the delicate player-player relations that can potentially derail the team. Additionally, overcoming the ‘minnows’ mindset is crucial for facing powerhouse teams like India and England. While they occasionally break through, consistent efforts are needed for a shot at major trophies.

Reference:

https://www.outlookindia.com/sports/bangladesh-at-icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-strength-and-weakness-of-shakib-al-hasan-s-bangla-tigers-news-322544

https://news.abplive.com/sports/cricket/bangladesh-team-profile-player-stats-squad-team-fixtures-shakib-al-hasan-2023-icc-mens-cricket-world-cup-1633832

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