Updated: June 21, 2019
Author: Staff Writer

Bangladesh – 2019 Cricket World Cup Preview

In this preview,we will consider the Bangladesh 2019 Cricket World Cup odds. We will take a look at the history of a team who have yet to win a tournament, but have enjoyed some notable victories against big-name opposition along the way.

We’ll then move forward to the 2019 competition and identify the Bangladesh 2019 Cricket World Cup team’s best player. Strengths and weaknesses will be put under the microscope leaving the reader to decide whether to place a Satta on the squad as they head to the UK later this year.

How Bangladesh got to the 2019 Cricket World Cup

Bangladesh, along with seven other nations, were automatic qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup. The ICC produced a rule which stated that hosts England, along with the seven highest ranked ODI teams, would progress without the need for any qualifying games.

As of February 2019, Bangladesh were ranked number seven in the world. Moreover, they had done enough to progress at the ICC’s cut-off point in September 2017.

Bangladesh’s odds to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup

The Bangladesh 2019 Cricket World Cup squad are one of the outsiders for glory at this summer’s Cricket World Cup. Consequently, anyone taking a Satta on Bangladesh can currently get odds of 67.00 with bet365. The team has never made it to the final of a tournament. Their ranking of number seven in ODIs is therefore a reflection of that outright win price.

Over the course of World Cup history, few bettors would have expected India to succeed in 1983. Or, for Sri Lanka to take the title in 1996. Upsets can happen, but can Bangladesh produce a real shock this summer?

Bangladesh’s History at the Cricket World Cup

Bangladesh’s Cricket World Cup history is quite short. The first time we see Bangladesh is in 1999, when the tournaments heads to the UK and the Netherlands. They are still an emerging nation at this point. However, the side placed an early tick in the win column when they beat Scotland by 22 runs in Edinburgh. A further, and more notable victory came against Pakistan at Northampton. Still, those two wins weren’t enough to take Bangladesh out of the group phase.

– 2003 to 2007

Bangladesh also appeared at the 2003 tournament. Nevertheless, a solitary victory saw them finish bottom of their group. In 2007, the World Cup headed to the West Indies and this would prove to be a historic tournament for Bangladesh. Victory over the mighty India saw the side progress beyond the group stage for the first time in their history. The squad couldn’t get out of the newly-formed Super Eights, but this was still a landmark occasion in their development.

– 2011 to 2015

Four years later, in 2011, Bangladesh were one of three co-hosts along with India and Sri Lanka. Home advantage wasn’t to prove helpful, however. They ultimately missed out on a place in the knockouts, finishing behind the West Indies on net run rate.

The 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand saw more progression with Bangladesh now a well-established World Cup side. This time around, England were the major casualties as the Tigers of Bangladesh defeated their opponents by 15 runs. Bangladesh progressed to the next stage at the expense of England, but suffered a heavy defeat to India in the quarter finals.

The format of the 2019 World Cup means that only four teams can progress to the knockouts. It will be tough for Bangladesh to come through, too. They are, however, a growing side who can upset the big teams and you can never write them off completely.

Bangladesh’s best player heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup

There are a few candidates for best Bangladesh player. We could have opted for either Tamim Iqbal or Mushfiqur Rahman as one of the top Cricket World Cup players. Both are international class batsmen. But at the time of writing, Bangladesh have just one player inside individual top ten rankings for batters or bowlers.

Mustafizur Rahman will be familiar to Indian fans after his stints in the IPL with Mumbai and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Known affectionately as The Fizz, he’s a left arm seamer with a ton of variations that have led to a host of wickets in the short form of the game. True, he’s only 23 and inexperienced. But with 77 wickets in ODIs with a best of 6/43, Mustafizur is ranked sixth in the world and will have a big role to play in the 2019 tournament.

Bangladesh 2019 Cricket World Cup schedule

There follows a list of the Bangladesh 2019 Cricket World Cup team’s confirmed group fixtures on the upcoming Cricket World Cup schedule. Included are the set dates for the semi final and final, should they progress to that stage of the competition.

Date Venue Opponents
June 2nd The Oval South Africa
June 5th The Oval New Zealand
June 8th Cardiff England
June 11th Bristol Sri Lanka
June 17th Taunton West Indies
June 20th Trent Bridge Australia
June 24th Southampton Afghanistan
July 2nd Edgbaston India
July 5th Lord’s Pakistan
July 9th Old Trafford Semi Final One
July 11th Edgbaston Semi Final Two
July 14th Lord’s Final

Bangladesh’s biggest question mark heading into the World Cup

The Bangladesh 2019 Cricket World Cup squad won’t lack experience, particularly in the batting department. They have a good balance in the top order with exciting hitters, including Tamim Iqbal, along with the more patient approach of Mushfiqur Rahim.

It would have also been pleasing to see Sabbir Rahman score a century against New Zealand in the final ODI of their February 2019 series. If there is any hope of going into the semi finals, all of the batters need to hit top form and work effectively as a unit.

Bangladesh’s biggest area of strength heading into the World Cup

With the exception of Mustafizur Rahman, there is a lack of top quality bowling in the Bangladesh 2019 Cricket World Cup squad. When they play at home, the team relies on spin and it does this effectively. However, there are no world class slow men in the shape of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan or India’s Kuldeep Yadav.

That spin will be negated in English conditions and there is no pace in the attack. The batsmen will therefore have to do the majority of the work and hope for The Fizz to fire with the ball.