Bangladesh may have crashed out of the Champions Trophy rather timidly with a nine-wicket loss to India, but they left an indelible imprint on the tournament by reaching their maiden semi-final of a major ICC event.
“In this game, Bangladesh was ultimately outplayed in all departments, but it can return to Dhaka for the next series with Australia with its heads held high,” Sangakkara wrote in his column on the ICC website.
“In the last few years, aided by the shrewd coaching of Chandika Hathurasinghe, a supportive cricket board and a clutch of quality senior players led by Shakib Al Hasan, it has made huge progress. It has now reached the knockout stage in the last two major ICC events and can start planning for the ICC Cricket World Cup with real hope of being a contender,” said Sangakkara.
“Bangladesh has proven to be resilient and strong. Having survived against Australia because of rain, their courageous approach against New Zealand was reminiscent of the 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lanka team,” he said.
“Bangladesh can be proud of its achievements, but it will have to find more variety in its bowling if it is to return to England in pursuit of a World Cup. It has a great core around which to build a team that can have sustained success, both home and abroad and there are exciting times ahead,” concluded Sangakkara.