Asia Cup 2012 March 22, 2012

Dhaka gives Asia Cup a life

Most one-day tournaments get a bad rap. Even the ICC's global tournaments come in for flak, with the structure and duration of several World Cups questioned, and the Champions Trophy is deemed an irrelevance
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Most one-day tournaments get a bad rap. Even the ICC's global tournaments come in for flak, with the structure and duration of several World Cups questioned, and the Champions Trophy is deemed an irrelevance.

The Asia Cup is no different. While it is finally managing to carve out a space as a regular biennial event over the past few years, the crowds stayed away when it was played in the oppressive heat of June and July in Pakistan four years ago. The previous edition in Dambulla also had little buzz, hardly becoming the focus of attention even in that tiny town.

This time, though, it has been completely different. Dhaka's massive appetite for cricket has transformed the tournament. The stadium was only half-full for the opening match of the competition, between Bangladesh and Pakistan, but then news filtered in that the city had been crippled by a public transport shutdown, and the fans had still managed to find a way to get to the game.

Even the recent CB Series in Australia, which featured a series of cracking matches, had thin crowds, and by the time of the finals, attention had switched from cricket to Aussie rules football. The league games of the Asia Cup, though, have been played in a cacophonous atmosphere of crowd chants, horns and the odd drum. The victories for Bangladesh have sparked impromptu street parties, an event which is likely in other parts of the subcontinent only in the case of wins in the latter stages of the World Cup.

With the final coming up, the excitement is palpable. "It's dangerous to pick up the phone these days," a Bangladesh board official joked on Wednesday. "Every call I get is someone asking for tickets." The board's acting CEO has had to get a new phone number as his listed one was deluged with demands for tickets. Some schools in Dhaka are closing at noon to allow students the chance to watch the entire match. The evening before the final, the usually chaotic traffic around the stadium was brought to a standstill as a group of fans jubilantly paraded, carrying a giant flag of Bangladesh, roaring their support for the team. The government has also pledged that there will be no load shedding during the live telecast of the match.

The Asia Cup is typically a low-key, quickly forgotten tournament. Not this time.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ruhel Hridoy on January 15, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    ohh!!I can't forget that moments..BD cricket is very much devolopiNg with our support..GO AHEAD TIGERS..!

  • sifat hosaaain on December 30, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    long live bangladesh!!!!

  • ovi on December 22, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Bangladesh now trying to do their level best. it will not be surprising if Bangladesh win the next world cup 2015.

  • Khalid on November 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    That's the passion of us. Our crowd can be the main fuel of sleeping cricket of worldwide.

  • sj_jemima on July 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Bangladesh lost but still the people from all around the stadium came out and cheered for the team's achievement....., It took us about an hour to get out from that area.... I didn't wanna leave, but I had to... I was so sad they lost, but to me they didn't lose, they really won. And we believe them now.

  • sakib on June 1, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @ faisal on 03/22/2012

    Tamim showed four fingers to the Chief of BCB as the answer not picking him in the altered (by BCB Chief) squad announced before the start of ASIA Cup. Don't mess it up with other factors.

  • fhhhuhyi on May 17, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    go bangladesh

  • Sumon on April 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I think INDIA will not host any Asia cup as they cannot tolerate the shock loosing against BD at their own soil ..

  • Abdul Ahad Ammar on March 31, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Very nice article and i wish to best of luck PAKISTAN for the Next Series

  • www.nikefun.com on March 30, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    congratulations!

  • Ruhel Hridoy on January 15, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    ohh!!I can't forget that moments..BD cricket is very much devolopiNg with our support..GO AHEAD TIGERS..!

  • sifat hosaaain on December 30, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    long live bangladesh!!!!

  • ovi on December 22, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Bangladesh now trying to do their level best. it will not be surprising if Bangladesh win the next world cup 2015.

  • Khalid on November 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    That's the passion of us. Our crowd can be the main fuel of sleeping cricket of worldwide.

  • sj_jemima on July 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Bangladesh lost but still the people from all around the stadium came out and cheered for the team's achievement....., It took us about an hour to get out from that area.... I didn't wanna leave, but I had to... I was so sad they lost, but to me they didn't lose, they really won. And we believe them now.

  • sakib on June 1, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @ faisal on 03/22/2012

    Tamim showed four fingers to the Chief of BCB as the answer not picking him in the altered (by BCB Chief) squad announced before the start of ASIA Cup. Don't mess it up with other factors.

  • fhhhuhyi on May 17, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    go bangladesh

  • Sumon on April 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I think INDIA will not host any Asia cup as they cannot tolerate the shock loosing against BD at their own soil ..

  • Abdul Ahad Ammar on March 31, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Very nice article and i wish to best of luck PAKISTAN for the Next Series

  • www.nikefun.com on March 30, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    congratulations!

  • Sarwar on March 27, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    We all wish and hope that Bangladesh Cricket team will maintain this spirit and tempo in all future encounters. We are all behind you with our passion and love ....

  • Javed Sani on March 27, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Hats off to Bangladesh they are going to be the future Asia Cup champions and the one day champions Inshallah. keep the spirit up Shakeeb,Tamim Nasir and the captain you are all futureChampions God Bless You All,and good luck and best wishes for the future. Javed Sani Los Angeles USA.

  • Omar Faruk, Khulna,Bangladesh on March 26, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Yes...Our Tiger proves, that "We CAN".Many Cricket tem thinks that Bangladesh Is very bad cricket team and they play very vad.But now it is very clear that Our "Bangladesh Cricket team"is also very stronger and Bravey.I love My Bangladesh and Bangladesh Cricket team and our Bravey Cricket palyers.Go ahed Banglar Tiger And Go ahed Bangladesh cricket team.

  • abm on March 26, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Bangladeshis love cricket extremely ! So this is no surprise rather a depiction of endless love to cricket !!!!

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  • hanzala on March 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    oh my god! again Asia cup, actually, so in love and touched by the whole tournament; amazing cricket. even my dad and mom who doesn't und much of cricket but were so tensed, that i had to remind them abt doctor's advise and not to get too excited. [ after all, Shakib can not hit six in every delivery isn't it? ] hahaha. love you cricket :)

  • Kamal U.Ahmed on March 24, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Yes,Dhaka is jubilant during the Asia Cup and all the crowds are supported to good shots,good fielding and good delivery of ball.Thew whole city was gorgeously decorated for the event...

  • mostafizur rhaman on March 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    simply nice ----------

  • xin3n on March 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    W()W It was great

  • Zahid on March 24, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Bangladesh should always be given to organise the Asia Cup from now on to bring life of this tournament.

  • Lt Col Md Tarik Imam Siddiki (Retd) on March 24, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    A resounding success tournament.This is the 2nd most major tournament,after WC.If Bangladesh becomes more competative & consistant perfomer like this time,then we can hope Asia Cup will never be a failure one

  • sohel sheikh on March 24, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Bangladesh arrange the Asia Cup tournament this year. As a host, always Bangladesh perform very well. This year Bangladesh turned the best team amongst asia.

  • z shams on March 24, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Thanks Mr.Ravindran. Dhaka is prepared to host more Asia Cup Tounament in near future, I think. It would be much better if it could be organised during the best season of Bangladesh ie during the December-Januarry period for the weather remains ideal, dry and cool, during that period. ICC should give more importance to this tournament as three leading teams, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are participating and Bangladesh have also started playing competetive cricket. They should nominate top umpires for this event as umpiring standard this time has been below average. I understand England still dominates in preparing international cricket calendar and they take away most of the international cricketing time, but ICC should impress upon them that there are more cricket followers even in Bangladesh now compared to England; let alone in the subcontinent as a whole. If ICC fails to impress upon the former colonial master, ACC should be given the responsibility of organising the Asia Cup

  • sourov on March 23, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    nice share bro :)

  • Azad on March 23, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Dhaka not only given a life in Asia Cup2012, I think it is more than that ! It was unbelievable cricket atmosphere and far better than last world cup. Our boyz prove that, "WE CAN". Pakistan won the trophy, but we have won the Million's heart all over the world. Bravo Brave Hearts !

  • Obaidul on March 23, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Awesome assesment and very nice report.

  • Qaisar on March 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    “Well done and hope to see you next year.” “I look forward to coming back next time. It has been a great. Well Done Bangladesh !Good Cricket

    Qaisar Karachi.pk

  • MHCairo on March 23, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Dhaka Should be called Capital of cricket.

  • jasim on March 23, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    i think this time bangladeish will well play now you can compare with big team.this is the first time bangladesh was showing the team speed and also they have learn lot of think from this tournament hopefully they will show more.bangladesh is a cricket loveing country and they will love so much cricket . for them my message is they need to find one good opener what i had watch they have one good opener his name is imrul kyeas i think they should replace nazimuddian and bowler shahdad hosen

  • Razeeb on March 23, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    We, the people of Bangladesh, will never forget this Asia cup. We will remember this...........................

  • Ghinva Raza on March 23, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Lovved The vibess!!! bestt of luckk Banglaa Tigerss! we shall serve you victory by supporting u,not our home team Pak!! I lovved both this time!!

  • Nicholas on March 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Yet according to Geoff Boycott nobody cares about this tournament.

  • Akash on March 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Bangladesh team may not have won the Asia cup but they have surely won the hearts. With the recent BPL concluding on a high, it gave the much needed recognition to the Bangladesh team. The interest level of viewers were high during BPL and the performance of the local team during the league stage of Asia cup was much impressive. After defeating high profile teams like India and Sri Lanka, they attracted the fans of cricket. Dhaka was undoubtedly the venue which saw a massive support for the team which would have contributed to the team's performance. This will overall contribute to the host nation and will lead to their development of cricket. Also the misconception about Bangladesh being a minnow is no more a fact!

  • SHEAIKH JALAL on March 23, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Because of Bangladesh... if you want to make big chear of cricket? first you have to come here in Bangladesh... so ICC should think about Bangladesh...

  • ZAHID HASSAN on March 22, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    one day BANGLADESH will be the WORLD CHAMPION

  • Rais on March 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    This does not even explain half of the Situation in Dhaka........from Dhaka

  • Shahriar Zaman on March 22, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    At last Bangladesh could make an impact to the world cricket. It is clear that some of local boys couldn't take the pressure but it is sure that it will not be seen in coming future and Bangladesh will become a real emerging tiger in world cricket in a matter of time. We will no more stay behind and hopefully in next world cup cricket the world will know the tiger because this tiger will not let anybody go easily as other did before and those days are gone.

    Cheers for the young tigers and thank you very much to give the entire nation some glorious moments. One behalf of the nation, I salute the entire team for not letting the country down. We are proud of you boys. Finally we can become a real tiger, a Royal Bengal Tiger.

    Three cheers for the boys! Hip hip hurrah! Hip hip hurrah! Hip hip hurrah!

  • Juman on March 22, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Best team in the Asia Cub is number 1 is BANGLADESH.

  • MRIDUL on March 22, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    I am very happy because of pakistan won the match today.

  • harsh sinha on March 22, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    respect bangladesh!!!!!!shakib and tamim u were awesome.....jst keep ur head cool and go on :)

  • Faisal on March 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Asia cup should always be considered one of the major tournaments. Congrats to bangladesh on hosting such a great tournament. Bangladesh team did well in this tournament to attract the crowd. I think it is time to add a couple of more temas to asia cup. Afghanistan definately deserves a chance to play in the asia cup.

  • Abhay Sundaram on March 22, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    It always amuses me when the English and Australian media ask for Bangladesh to be dropped as a Test nation. It took India, New Zealand, WI et al DECADES to become competitive Test teams. What you have to look at in a Test nation is the interest among the people, for they are the ones who will create a talent pool for the team to be competitive. Bangladesh almost always play in front of sell out crowds, whether it be T20s, ODIs or Tests. Cricket needs them, Afghanistan, Ireland etc for it to remain alive. They are the future.

  • abhishek on March 22, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    dear all bangladesh has to loose these one they r over rated team in this tournament . and by luck they beat us. so we r happy that we won against pakistan

  • faisal on March 22, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    It certainly did give ASIA cup a life.But I am surprised to see the attitude of Tamim Iqbal.Whom he is showing his 4 fingers.Scoring 4 fiftys are good but have you ever seen Tendulkar or other top class players did that ever when they were young.That is what some Bangladeshi players should learn from them.He just scored sixty in the finals.Team did not win as yet.Though I hope they will. If he could make that happen by himself why did he left for others to make it.GROW up man.

  • G.RamaKrishna on March 22, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    IT IS AGOOD FOR ME

  • Jayead on March 22, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Bangladesh Win This Asia Cup.

    We are pray for Bangladesh To Win Against Pakistan ......... Jayead

  • Raja on March 22, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I am glad to see Bangladesh in Final but for sure will be supporting Pakistan and hoping for no more upsets. No the other hand, May the best team Win.

  • raja on March 22, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    bengali's really doing well keep it up

  • Anisur Rahman on March 22, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    The victories for Bangladesh have sparked impromptu street ..........

  • ashar ali on March 22, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    inshallah pakistan yah match jeetai ga

  • Srilankan on March 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    the one and only reason tournaments and series are such a flop in sri lanka is simply because none of it is played in colombo.. all the matches are played in no mans lands in jungles minimum half a days drive from colombo.. play the matches in colombo you will see the crowd

  • Prince on March 22, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Our country will win the Asia cup today.No power will not able to stop this.Go Bangladesh go!Hip .hip .........hurry!

  • hammad on March 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    even load-shedding is a curse in BD!! remember pakistan premier had to give an explanation to supreme court why there was no load-shedding during the pak-ind match.

  • Shahriar on March 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Lovely article

  • sHAKIL on March 22, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Wish All the Best For All Bangladeshis Supporter whose are carry a lot of Love For Players to wine the Game.

  • Zia sab on March 22, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Afcourse.

  • tariq on March 22, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    bad luck india for out of cb series and asia cup

  • Chinar on March 22, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Cheers to Bangla supporters! Your heartfelt enthusiasm has made us all remember why we fell in love with the game in the first place

  • Avenue Sangma on March 22, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Its a fact right now in Asia cUp, 2012 Personally i really enjoying this asia cup because all countries are playing well, specially Bangaldeshi players are doing good before last 5 years...So Hope everyone can enjoyed this asia cup 2012 and I am really proud of Bangaldesh cricket team. Specially Shakib al Hasan, Tamim, Nasir Hossains playing so so well...........

  • Shoaib on March 22, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    We are completely prepared to enjoy cricket. Special prayer for Bangladesh win.

  • Muhammad Imran on March 22, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Way to go Bengal Tigers. They fielded superbly in all matches and bated fearlessly. I wish them all the best for the Finals. Imran - Pakistan.

  • masud on March 22, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    we will celebrate a lot after wining the final of Asia cup.I think its a matter of time when tigers will champion. All Bangladeshi's are just waiting for the time!!!

  • jailani shafkat. on March 22, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Slow and steady win the race.

  • Fahad Hossain on March 22, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Wow!revolution of Bangladesh cricket

  • Mortuza on March 22, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    LONG LIVE BANGLADESH ! LONG LIVE CRICKET !!!!

  • Montasim on March 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Thank you very much Siddarth Ravindran for your nice article. The love for cricket of Bangladeshi fans is tremendous and simply awesome. They love cricket whether national team do good or not. Outstanding tireless passion in every cricketing event in Bangladesh is clearly unmatched to any supporters of any sports. We could be not that reach. But we know to celebrate cricket thus enjoy life.

  • meem on March 22, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    this is our pasion and we believe that nobody can defeat bangladesh.

  • Chanti on March 22, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Nice Article and All The Best to Bangladesh.

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  • Chanti on March 22, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Nice Article and All The Best to Bangladesh.

  • meem on March 22, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    this is our pasion and we believe that nobody can defeat bangladesh.

  • Montasim on March 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Thank you very much Siddarth Ravindran for your nice article. The love for cricket of Bangladeshi fans is tremendous and simply awesome. They love cricket whether national team do good or not. Outstanding tireless passion in every cricketing event in Bangladesh is clearly unmatched to any supporters of any sports. We could be not that reach. But we know to celebrate cricket thus enjoy life.

  • Mortuza on March 22, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    LONG LIVE BANGLADESH ! LONG LIVE CRICKET !!!!

  • Fahad Hossain on March 22, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Wow!revolution of Bangladesh cricket

  • jailani shafkat. on March 22, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Slow and steady win the race.

  • masud on March 22, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    we will celebrate a lot after wining the final of Asia cup.I think its a matter of time when tigers will champion. All Bangladeshi's are just waiting for the time!!!

  • Muhammad Imran on March 22, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Way to go Bengal Tigers. They fielded superbly in all matches and bated fearlessly. I wish them all the best for the Finals. Imran - Pakistan.

  • Shoaib on March 22, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    We are completely prepared to enjoy cricket. Special prayer for Bangladesh win.

  • Avenue Sangma on March 22, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Its a fact right now in Asia cUp, 2012 Personally i really enjoying this asia cup because all countries are playing well, specially Bangaldeshi players are doing good before last 5 years...So Hope everyone can enjoyed this asia cup 2012 and I am really proud of Bangaldesh cricket team. Specially Shakib al Hasan, Tamim, Nasir Hossains playing so so well...........