Bangladesh had a nightmare ODI World Cup, largely due to confusion in their batting order, deteriorating form of fast bowlers and spinners, and off-field drama surrounding their captain and coach. Despite having adequate time and resources for preparation, the team experimented with various batting positions, leading to inconsistency and instability. The lack of stability in the opening pair and their struggle against short balls further compounded their batting woes.
Their bowling also underperformed, with the fast bowlers having the worst average and the spinners’ average dropping significantly. Off-field incidents such as the change in captaincy and coach, and the public spat between Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, all contributed to the team’s poor performance. The coaching staff was top-heavy and the players lacked competitiveness and energy in their matches.
The administrators now face the task of conducting a thorough review of the team’s performance and decision-making process. It remains to be seen whether they will be self-critical and take steps to address the issues that plagued the team during the World Cup.