After a horror show against South Africa in the test matches, Bangladesh look forward to some enjoying some positivity in the ODI series starting from tomorrow. The Tigers have received a timely boost with inspirational skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza set to lead them in the format they’ve enjoyed mot success recently.
Bangladesh, despite having some really bad memories of test against the Proteas, does have a relatively better record in the ODIs. They have beaten De Villiers & Co. 3 times in the 17 face offs. One of Bangladesh’s most famous series win was against South Africa back in 2015 when they came from behind to take the series 2-1 in Dhaka. Now they await an even bigger challenge, having to face the mighty Proteas in their own backyard.
Things are not that great even outside the field for Bangladesh with something of a ‘war of words’ going on between test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and the board. With an aura of uncertainty & awkwardness hovering around, chief selector Minhaz Abedin Nannu called upon a meeting with the squad members, which he belives had a positive impact. Nannu said, “This discussion was a fruitful one & we are coming into terms. We need to forget about the test series. With Mashrafe & Shakib back, the confidence is higher and we hope to have a good showing against them”. Batsman Imrul Kayes also said, “Having him (Mashrafe) back is a huge plus point. We all enjoy having him around. He always jokes & has fun around which just gives a positive vibe into us”.
Bangladesh will look for some better results in the 3-match ODI series starting from October 15 in Kimberly. The other two will be played in Paarl & East London in October 18 and 22 respectively.