The Bangladesh Cricket Team is the sole representative of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in all the events organised by the apex body of cricket across the globe, i.e. the International Cricket Council. The Bangladesh Cricket Team represents Bangladesh in all the bilateral as well as multilateral cricket series and tournaments that are recognised by the International Cricket Council.
The Bangladesh Cricket Team was the 10th team to be given the status of a Test playing nation and it was the first one to get it in the 21st century. Bangladesh played its first Test match on 10 November 2000 against India at the Bongobondhu National Stadium in Dhaka. It had lost the match by 9 wickets and the match ended in only 4 days.
However, the Bangladesh Cricket Team had to wait for almost 4 years to record its first ever victory in Test cricket, which came against Zimbabwe on 10 January 2005 at Chittagong. This match was a part of a two match series against Zimbabwe and also the first one to be won by Bangladesh.
Bangladesh had started off with their One Day International cricket matches in 1986, when they played the 1985-86 Asia Cup. The first match of Bangladesh in the One Day International format came against Pakistan on 31 March 1986 at Moratuwa which was won by Pakistan by a margin of 7 wickets.
Bangladesh had to wait for almost 12 years to record their first victory in limited overs cricket. They won their first One Day International match against Kenya by a margin of 6 wickets on 17 May 1998 at Hyderabad in the Coca Cola Triangular Series that also included Indian cricket team, apart from Kenya and Bangladesh.
Bangladesh played its first ever T20I match against Zimbabwe on 28 November 2006 at Khulna and won it by a 43 run margin. It was one of the few countries to have won its first T20I match.
ICC Cricket World Cup
The Bangladesh Cricket Team has played 40 matches so far in 6 World Cup Tournaments from 1999 to 2019. They have won 14 matches and have never reached the semifinals. They did reach the Quarterfinals in the 2015 ICC World Cup which remains their best performance till date.
Bangladesh Cricket Team’s performance in ICC Cricket World Cup:
Total World Cups
ICC Champions Trophy
The Bangladesh Cricket Team has featured in 7 ICC Champions Trophy tournaments but has not won any of them. In fact, they have won only 2 matches in the entire tournament so far despite having played in every tournament since 2000-2001 ICC KnockOut (renamed as ICC Champions Trophy).
Team India’s performance in ICC Champions Trophy:
Total Champions Trophies
ICC T20 World Cup
The Bangladesh Cricket team has also been a part of every T20I World Cup played so far, due to it being a Test playing nation. It has played 25 matches and has won only 5 matches in the tournament so far. They have reached in the second round of the tournament in 2007, 2014 and 2016 which remains their best performance till date.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is the apex body which governs all the cricketing activities in Bangladesh. It was established in 1972 and was recognised by the International Cricket Council in 1977 as a regional member and was granted a full membership status on 26 June 2000. The Bangladesh Cricket Board also has an affiliation from the Asian Cricket Council which was granted to it in 1983.
The President of the Board is Nazmul Hasan Papon while the vice President is Abu Jahed Mohammad Nasir Uddin. The Chief Executive Officer of the Bangladesh Cricket Board is Nizamuddin Chowdhury. The BCB has its headquarters at the Sher e Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
Some of the major tournaments organised by the Bangladesh Cricket Board are Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, National Cricket League, Bangladesh Cricket League and the Dhaka Premier Division T20 Cricket League.
The Bangladesh Cricket Team is supported by a well qualified staff, which hails from across the globe. It is led by the Director Khaled Mahmud Sujon and consists of different coaches and trainers.
Khaled Mahmud Sujon
Russell Craig Domingo
Neil Douglas McKenzie
Charl Kenneth Langeveldt
Dr. Debasish Roy Chowdhury
The Bangladesh Team Jersey
The Bangladesh Cricket Team uses Flannels as is used by all the other Test playing nations. For the limited overs format, the team uses a dark green jersey with blood red as a secondary colour, which appears in small patches. The jersey displays Bangladesh across on a red background with the logo of the Bangladesh Cricket Board on the left side of the chest.
The logo of the kit manufacturer, the BRAC Bank is placed on the right side of the chest. The name of the sponsor is displayed on the left sleeve of the right handed batsmen and on the right sleeve of left handed batsmen.
In the ICC tournaments, the jersey is modified to place the logo of the tournament on the right side of the chest. The name of the kit sponsor then shifts to the other sleeve of the player. The players use dark green helmets and dark green caps and hats on the field. Additionally, the team has a secondary jersey in blood red shade with dark green patches on the sleeves. This jersey is not used occasionally and was used only in one match in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
The Bangladesh Cricket Team has played 581 matches so far in all the formats of the game and has won 168 matches. In the Test format, the team has won only 13 matches out of 116 played whereas in the One Day Internationals, it has won 125 matches out of 373 matches played. The Bangladesh Cricket Team has shown its nest performance in the shortest format of cricket, i.e. T20I with 30 victories in 82 matches.
Bangladesh holds the record of facing the most consecutive defeats in Test Cricket, i.e. 21 which came between 15 November 2001 to 19 February 2004. It also holds the record for having played the most matches in Test Cricket without a victory with 34 matches. During these matches, the Bangladesh team lost 31 matches and drew 3 of them. Also, Bangladesh holds the record of conceding most runs to a night watchman (Jason Gillespie, who scored 201 runs) in Test Cricket.
In the One Day Internationals, Bangladesh hold the top two spots for facing the most consecutive defeats in ODI cricket. It faced 23 consecutive defeats from 8 October 1999 to 9 October 2002 and 22 consecutive defeats from 31 March 1986 to 14 May 1998.
In the T20I format, Bangladesh has a good record and it is one of the few teams to have won the match on the last ball of the match. However, it has faced defeat on the last ball of the match on 4 instances.
Trophies and Awards
The Bangladesh Cricket team has won only one ICC Trophy so far — the 1997 ICC Trophy (World Cup Qualifier). Other than that, Bangladesh has played the finals of the 2016 Asia Cup, which remains its best performance in any multilateral tournament so far.
The Bangladesh Cricket Team has a good fan base, at least in South Asia. The fans are mainly Bangladeshi nationals because the players have shown a not so good behaviour with the other teams on field. They have 2.3 million followers on Twitter and 12 million followers on Facebook.
Outside the Bangladesh territory, the team hardly receives any support due to the insulting nature of the fans as well as the players. The team players and fans are also known for mocking their opponents using a popular Naagin Dance step, on and off the field.