February 21, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011

ODI overkill? Tell that to Bangladesh

Nikita Bastian

Mike Atherton, writing for The Times, says the World Cup brings with it an expression of Bangladesh’s national pride and unbridled enthusiasm for the game.

Supporters here are bemused by condemnation of the tournament's schedule. Having not been given a chance to share the booty from the two previous sub-continental World Cups in 1987 and 1996, they see eight games, shared between Dhaka and Chittagong, as too few, not too many.

Meanwhile, Quazi Zulquarnain Islam writing for the Daily Star, says Shakib Al Hasan must feel damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t, after being criticised for bowling first against India in the opening World Cup match, taking into account condemnation earned for decisions past.

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