Bangladesh made their first official appearance in international cricket at the 1979 ICC Trophy in England. Bangladesh played their debut One-Day International (ODI) match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup on March 31, 1986. Football was the most popular sport in Bangladesh for a long time, however cricket progressively gained popularity-—especially after the country's admission into the ICC in 2001.
Cricket is now the most popular sport in Bangladesh. The country's limited-overs matches are widely followed by the cricketing world, while its Test matches often draw large crowds. Bangladesh plays its home matches at three different stadiums: Bangabandhu Stadium, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Cricket Ground and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. It also has an academy in Cape Town, South Africa that trains young cricketers.
The country's first one-day match ended in a tie. However, Pakistan won the second match by 1 run to take an unassailable lead in the tournament. In its first ODI series, Bangladesh lost all its matches to India. However, it did not lose any match thereafter and has never been defeated in an ODI series yet.
In Test cricket, Bangladesh's record is very good. It has already beat two of the biggest names in cricket - Australia and England. Its next challenge will be to face India in a five-match series later this year or early next year.
Bangladesh competed in the ICC Trophy in 1979, 1982, 1986, 1990, and 1994, and won the trophy in 1997, qualifying for the 1999 World Cup. Bangladesh competed in their first World Cup in England in 1999, winning its opening match against Scotland. However, they were defeated by India in the next round after conceding the first tiebreaker game.
Since then, Bangladesh has never appeared at a World Cup finals. They usually come close though, having reached the final of the ACC Trophy in 2003 and the Super Eights stage of the 2007 World Cup.
In English cricket, there is a saying "There are three things that will always be true: death, taxes, and Bangladesh playing badly in one-day internationals." Since 1987, when Bangladesh made its debut in an ODI, it has always been correct that these poor performances are expected to happen once in every few years. But still, people wonder how they could have lost all those matches.
The answer lies in the fact that most of those games were played on green tops around the country, where even small mistakes such as stepping out of the line while batting or bowling too short can prove costly. Add to that the fact that most of the teams that beat them were also new to the game, and you can see why none of their rivals enjoyed much success during those early days.
Cricket gained popularity after the Bangladesh national cricket team won the ICCP Trophy in 1997, qualifying them for the 1999 Cricket World Cup, which was largely contested in England. Bangladesh co-hosted the Cricket World Cup alongside Sri Lanka and India in 2011. In 2014, they played their first Test match against Australia at Chittagong.
After its success at the World Cup, cricket has become a popular sport in Bangladesh, with schools and colleges adopting it as a means of entertainment during recesses and after classes. The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a major domestic cricket tournament, is widely regarded as the world's biggest cricket league. It is held annually and is broadcast on Star Sports in India.
In 2001, a British company called Taylors Ltd bought the rights to market and sell cricket equipment in Bangladesh. This marked the beginning of an association between the two countries that continues to this day. In 2009, Bangladesh became the first country outside of the five traditional cricketing nations to be invited to join the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Since then, they have been working towards becoming a full member state of the ICC. However, due to financial difficulties, they were not able to join any international organization beyond the ICC. But in April 2018, they finally joined the National Football Federation of Bangladesh (NFB) as its 125th member state.
The Bangladesh women's national cricket team is the national team of Bangladesh that competes in international women's cricket matches. They made their international debut in July 2007, winning two matches against Thailand before competing in and winning the 2007 ACC Women's Tournament. In April 2008, they played their first series outside Bangladesh, taking on Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur.
Bangladesh won both their matches to claim the Trophy. This was followed by another win a month later when they defeated India by one wicket in Dhaka. This was then followed by three straight losses, including one to Australia, before winning again against Pakistan at the end of 2008.
They finished 2009 with two more wins, against South Africa and Zimbabwe, to finish the year as winners of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup for the second time. In October 2010, Bangladesh played their first Test match, which they lost by an innings and 71 runs against England at Lord's. This was followed by two more defeats, this time to New Zealand and Australia, before beating India by seven runs in Delhi. Bangladesh finished 2011 with two more wins, against Kenya and Afghanistan, to finish the year as winners of the ACC Women's Challenge Cup for the third time. In August 2012, Bangladesh played their first World Cup match, losing to Australia by seven runs at Bristol. They were subsequently eliminated from the tournament after being beaten by Ireland by eight runs in their next match.
Team victories, defeats, draws, and ties Bangladesh have played 387 One-Day International (ODI) matches as of July 18, 2021, with 135 victories, 245 losses, and 7 no results for an overall winning percentage of 35.52. They first played in an ODI on March 30, 2000, against India at Dhaka.
Bangladesh's record is dominated by two teams: India and Australia. Together, they have won 67 of the 135 wins by Bangladesh. The other eight victories were split between three other countries: the United States, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Ireland, Belgium, and Italy.
India is ranked number one, while Bangladesh is number six. Both teams are located in the Asia region. India plays its home games at several stadiums across the country, while Bangladesh uses a single stadium in Chittagong. The Indian team consists of players from across the country, while Bangladeshi players are usually recruited through national team trials held every year in September/October.
The main difference between India and Bangladesh is population size. The current population of India is 1 billion, while that of Bangladesh is just 40 million. However, India is considered a big cricketing nation, while Bangladesh is not so popular among international fans.
Australian cricket dates back more than 210 years. The first known cricket match in Australia occurred in December 1803 in Sydney, and a report in the Sydney Gazette on January 8, 1804 stated that cricket was already well established in the infant colony. South Australia's first club was established in 1839. The first Test match was played between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, now known as MCG, in 1877.
Cricket is an ancient game that has been played in India since the 17th century. In fact, it is believed that the game of cricket was introduced to India by British soldiers. It is also believed that it was in India where the idea of one-day matches came from. The early versions of one-day matches were very different from what we know today. They weren't limited to just 50 overs a side, but rather used varying amounts of time depending on who had won or lost during each episode of the game. This system remained in place until 1877, when the first true one-day international was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (then known as East Melbourne Cricket Ground). Australia won this match by eight wickets, and thus ushered in the era of one-day cricket.
Australia became the world's leading cricket nation in the late 1940s and early 1950s, but fell behind India after they surpassed them in 1971. However, India's form began to decline around 2003, and since then Australia has been ruling the roost.