Why This ODI Series Has Bangladesh Worried About The Future

To take their cricket “to another level” Bangladesh need to be in the top 8 of the ICC standings by Oct. Here’s why.

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Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar walks back after his dismissal by Suresh Raina during the first ODI in Dhaka. (Photo: AP)

We are improving, so we must handle this sort of pressure. We are hoping to see Bangladesh cricket take the next step which will be a lifetime achievement for us. But it is important to control such emotions.
– Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh Captain

The next step? A spot in the 2017 Champions League that’s being hosted by England between June 1 and 19.

Bangladesh are yet to qualify for the eight-nation tournament.

Mashrafe Mortaza speaks to the players during Bangladesh’s 2015 World Cup match. (Photo: AP)
Mashrafe Mortaza speaks to the players during Bangladesh’s 2015 World Cup match. (Photo: AP)

Now, while 2011 World Champions India are already assured a spot in the ‘mini World Cup’ next year, Bangladesh are bang in the middle of a dash to the finish with West Indies.

Mortaza’s 2015 World Cup quarter-finalists are currently level with the Caribbean nation on 88 points in the ICC ODI standings, while Pakistan are a point behind in ninth spot.

This is where things get interesting.

Since only eight countries get to play in the tournament, Bangladesh need to win two of their upcoming six matches before the September 30 deadline to ensure they take the “next step” that their skipper is so keen on. However, these six matches are to be played against India and South Africa.

Easier said than done, huh?

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