#4 More interest in the game
Football used to be the bread and butter of the common Bangladeshi as late as the early 2000s. However, ever since the turn of the millennium, the fans’ love started to shift towards the gentlemen’s game due to Bangladesh being placed among the elite teams with Test status.
For years after that, the team might not have performed as well as expected on the field, but the general love and interest towards the game started to increase with every Bangladesh match. Also, the fact that Bangladesh’s once-in-a-blue-moon wins helped escalate the interest towards the field in a meteoric way.
Ashraful’s century against Australia or Mashrafe Mortaza’s bowling against India in the World Cup of 2007 - these wins helped consolidate the state of the game in the country, something that inspired the youngsters that are now playing for the team.Published 26 Aug 2017, 01:00 IST