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ICC 2019 World Cup, Bangladesh SWOT analysis: balanced lateral goal for the best finish in history

The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mortaza, Shakib, and Mushfiqur Rahim are part of this World Cup and these players have relatively good experience playing in the World Cup.
ICC 2019 World Cup, Bangladesh SWOT analysis: balanced lateral goal for the best finish in history
For Bangladesh, this World Cup could be a turning point in their cricket journey. They have the side, they have the experience and the players to reach the semifinals at least.

Captain Mashrafe Mortaza, however, does not want his side to be too far ahead and wants the supporters to mitigate his expectations.

"It will be difficult for us because our opponents in the first three games are extremely strong," Mashrafe told reporters on Tuesday before heading to England.

"All I can say is that the World Cup will be a different ball game if you follow cricket in England, you will see that many races are scored, you will need a different approach," he added.

Strengths:


Winning momentum: Since 2018, Bangladesh has won 17 matches, which is the third highest participation of all teams along with South Africa. They were undefeated in the three recently concluded series (WI, IRE, BAN); in December of 2018 they defeated the West Indies in a bilateral series of ODI (2-1) and before that they managed to reach the final of the Asian Cup 2018.

Experienced veterans: Tamim Iqbal, Mortaza, Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim are part of this World Cup and these players have relatively a good amount of gaming experience in the World Cup. Also, since CWC 2015, Tamim and Mushfiqur are in good shape with the bat.

Weakness:


Playing away from home: Bangladesh hitting, as well as a bowling unit, has not been done especially away from home. The numbers (such as the batting average/boluses and the percentage of hits) away from home are worse than at home.

Medium-order SR: Bangladesh's middle-ranking hitters since the 2015 CWC have scored only 5973 runs, which is the second lowest among the current 10 WC teams. The average order reaches 85.42, which is the second worst among the 10 teams that compete in this World Cup.

On reliability in Shakib: Except Shakib Al Hasan, there is no other quality spinner that Bangladesh has. Likes of Mehedy Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain have numbers below average and others like Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman are mere part-time employees.

Opportunities:


The recent record of the ICC tournament: in the last World Cup (2015), Bangladesh managed to reach the quarterfinals and in the 2017 Champions Trophy, reached the semifinals. They also managed to defeat teams like England and India in the last 3 World Cups.

Tamim in the World Cups: Tamim Iqbal's ODI record and his performance in the World Cup have a drastic difference. He simply cannot perform well with the bat in the World Cups. However, since CWC 2015, he has maintained good contact with the bat with an average of 57.06 and will consider this World Cup as an opportunity to improve his WC numbers.

Threats:


Captaincy: Mortaza has captured Bangladesh very well and has a winning percentage of more than 50% as captain. But since there is a bowler and this World Cup is longer (since each team plays 9 games), if there is an injury problem for him, there is no other immediate captain who has a similar or close to 50%. The percentage of victories counted by Mortaza.

Expectations: As mentioned above, this Bangladesh has been created upside down regularly in previous ICC tournaments and, given the winning momentum they have, much is expected of them in this World Cup. Therefore, Bangladesh could now be facing great performance pressure.