Bangladesh Cricket History
The Bangladesh men’s national cricket team (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় ক্রিকেট দল), popularly known as, is administered by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). It is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One-Day International (ODI) status. It played its first Test match in November 2000 against India in Dhaka, becoming the tenth Test-playing nation.
Bangladesh’s first official foray into international cricket came in the 1979 ICC Trophy in England. On 31 March 1986, Bangladesh played its first ODI match, against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. For a long time, football was the most popular sport in Bangladesh, but cricket gradually became very popular – particularly in urban areas – and by the late 1990s had surpassed football.
Bangladesh made its full debut in international cricket in the 1986 Asia Cup.
In 1997, Bangladesh won the ICC Trophy in Malaysia and thus qualified for its first Cricket World Cup to participate in England in 1999. There, it defeated Pakistan – causing much upset – and also Scotland. On 26 June 2000, Bangladesh was granted full ICC membership.
Bangladesh holds the record for most consecutive losses in Tests (21, between 2000 and 2002) and ODIs (23, between 2001 and 2004). After gaining Full Member status with the ICC, Bangladesh had to wait until 2004 for its first ODI win since the 1999 World Cup. The team on the losing side on that occasion was Zimbabwe, who also participated in Bangladesh’s maiden Test victory in 2005; by securing a draw in the second match, Bangladesh won their first Test series. In 2009 Bangladesh toured the West Indies for two Tests and by winning both secured their first overseas Test series victory.
As of 20 June 2019, Bangladesh has played 114 Tests, winning thirteen. Its first victory was against team Zimbabwe, and the next two came against the West Indian team. Results have improved predominantly at home with draws earned against New Zealand, Pakistan, India and South Africa and wins against England, Sri Lanka and Australia. They played their 100th Test when they toured Sri Lanka in March 2017.
The team has been more successful in ODIs, having won 124 of its 367 matches. It has also played 85 Twenty20 Internationals, winning 26.
The team has been more successful in ODIs. Bangladesh is currently ranked ninth in Tests, seventh in ODIs and tenth in T20Is by the ICC.
Several East Pakistan-based sides played in Pakistani domestic cricket prior to Bangladesh’s declaration of independence of 1971—the East Pakistan cricket team fielded three players who later played ICC Trophy matches. In 1977, Bangladesh became an Associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Bangladesh was one of fifteen teams to take part in the inaugural ICC Trophy. Held in 1979, it gave non-Test playing countries the opportunity to qualify for that year’s World Cup. Bangladesh, under the captaincy of Raqibul Hasan, won two matches and lost two, but failed to progress beyond the first round. Victory in the South-East Asian Cricket Conference Tournament in February 1984 ensured Bangladesh qualified for the 1986 Asia Cup. On 31 March 1986, Bangladesh played their first One Day International against a Full Member of the ICC
First years as a Test team (2000–2003)
On 13 November 2000, Bangladesh played their inaugural Test match, hosting India in Dhaka.
|10–13 November 2000 |
|400 (153.3 Overs)|
Aminul Islam Bulbul 145 (380)
Sunil Joshi 5/142 (45.3 Overs)
|429 (141.3 Overs)|
Sunil Joshi 92 (180)
Naimur Rahman 6/132 (44.3 Overs)
|91 (46.3 Overs)|
Habibul Bashar 30 (63)
Javagal Srinath 3/19 (11 Overs)
|64/1 (15 Overs)|
Rahul Dravid 41 (49)
Hasibul Hossain 1/31 (6 Overs)
|India won by 9 wickets|
Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and David Shepherd (ENG)
Player of the match: Sunil Joshi
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat
The first Test run in the history of Bangladesh Cricket came from the bat of Mehrab Hossain, who also scored the first ODI hundred by an individual player for Bangladesh in 1999. Captained by Naimur Rahman, Bangladesh lost by nine wickets, although Wisden noted that they “surpassed all expectations by matching their neighbours, and at times even enjoying the upper hand”. Aminul Islam Bulbul scored 145 in the first innings, becoming the third person to have scored a century in their team’s first Test; Rahman took six wickets for 132 runs, the second-best bowling figures in a country’s maiden Test. In March 2001, former Australian Test cricketer Trevor Chappell was appointed coach. The following month Bangladesh embarked on a tour of Zimbabwe to play two Tests and three ODIs. Zimbabwe, who at the time were ranked ninth out of the ten Test teams, won all five matches. Bangladesh took part in the 2001–02 Asian Test Championship, the second and final time the championship was held and the first the team had been eligible to play in. They lost both their matches by an innings. Mohammad Ashraful made his debut in the series and became the youngest player to score a Test century in his first match. In November, Bangladesh hosted Zimbabwe for two Tests and three ODIs. The opening Test was curtailed by bad weather and ended in a draw; after losing their first five Tests, it was the first time Bangladesh had avoided defeat. Zimbabwe won all the remaining matches. After the Test series wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud replaced Rahman as captain. The following month Bangladesh journeyed to New Zealand for two Test matches. Bangladesh’s batsmen struggled in unfamiliar conditions and the team slumped to two innings defeats.
In January 2002 Bangladesh lost two Tests and three ODIs at home against Pakistan. At this point, they had lost ten of their first eleven Tests; only South Africa had struggled as much in their introduction to Test cricket, also losing ten of their first eleven matches. Chappell blamed Bangladesh’s batsmen for the loss, saying “they commit the same mistakes again and again, and need to learn to apply themselves, to bat in sessions”. In April, former Pakistan Test cricketer Mohsin Kamal replaced Chappell as coach. When Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka in July and August they were on the receiving end of Sri Lanka’s largest margin of victory in Test cricket: an innings and 196 runs. Bangladesh lost both Tests and all three ODIs on the tour, recording their 50th defeat in 53 ODIs. Repeated poor performances prompted people to question whether Bangladesh had been granted Test status too soon. Two defeats against Australia and New Zealand in pool matches knocked Bangladesh out of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy. Test and ODI whitewashes followed in South Africa in October. Wisden noted that “Time and again … came the mantra that [Bangladesh] would learn from the experience, that they could only improve by playing against the best, that there was genuine talent in the squad. But it wore thin.” The final defeat set a record for most consecutive losses in ODIs (23), beating the previous record, which was also held by Bangladesh. When the West Indies toured in November and December, Bangladesh lost both Test and two out of the three ODIs, and one ended in no result. Bangladesh hit several new lows on the third day of the first Test: their lowest innings total (87), their lowest match aggregate (226), and the biggest defeat in their 16 Tests (by an innings and 310 runs).
South Africa hosted the 2003 World Cup in February and March. Bangladesh lost five of their six matches (one ended in no result), including fixtures against Canada, who hadn’t played international cricket since the 1979 World Cup, and Kenya, who eventually made the semi-finals of the tournament. In the aftermath of Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign, Habibul Bashar replaced Khaled Mashud as captain, and Kamal was sacked as coach with Dav Whatmore taking over the role. Whatmore was not able to begin the job immediately, so Sarwar Imran acted as interim coach during TVS Cup and South Africa’s tour of Bangladesh in April and May. Bangladesh lost all four ODIs by large margins and two Tests by innings.
Under Dav Whatmore (2003–2007)
Bangladesh played 7 more Tests and 11 more ODIs in 2003 against Australia, Pakistan and England, losing every single match. However, in September, Bangladesh came very close to its first Test victory, when it lost to Pakistan by only one wicket. It was just the tenth time in Test history that a team had lost by a single wicket. In series against Pakistan, Alok Kapali became the first Bangladesh player to take a hat-trick in Test cricket, dismissing Shabbir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, and Umar Gul. When England toured Bangladesh October and November, Bangladesh’s captain, Mahmud, was booed. Ahead of Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe in February and March the next year, he was dropped from the squad and batsman Habibul Bashar was granted the captaincy. At the time, Zimbabwe were without many of their senior players. Bangladesh lost the Test series 1–0, and the ODI series 2–1. The second Test was drawn after 3 days of no play due to heavy rains and brought an end to their run of 21 consecutive defeats dating back to November 2001, a world record in Test cricket. The solitary ODI victory was Bangladesh’s first international win since defeating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup.
Bangladesh’s next matches were against the West Indies in May and June. Bangladesh lost the ODI series 3–0 and the Test series 1–0; by securing a hard-fought draw in the first match, Bangladesh managed to avoid defeat for just the third time in 29 Tests. Bangladesh participated 2004 Asia Cup and 2004 ICC Champions Trophy winning only one match against Hong Kong. In the following months, Bangladesh suffered heavy defeats in Tests and in ODIs against touring New Zealand and India. However, in December, Bangladesh defeated India in its hundredth ODI, this being only the third time that it had won against a Test playing nation.
| 26 December 2004 |
229/9 (50 overs)
214 (47.5 overs)
|Aftab Ahmed 67 (98) |
Ajit Agarkar 2/31 (9 overs)
|Sridharan Sriram 57 (91) |
Tapash Baisya 2/35 (10 overs)
|Bangladesh won by 15 runs|
Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and AFM Akhtaruddin (Ban)
Player of the match: Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban)
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat
In January 2005, Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh for two Tests and five ODIs. The touring Zimbabwe side had suffered due to player disputes which in 2004 had led to the country’s temporary suspension from Test cricket. Of Zimbabwe’s 16-man squad, only their captain had played more than nine Tests; Bangladesh was the more experienced team. In the first match, Bangladesh secured their maiden victory in Test cricket. Bangladesh’s batsmen secured a draw in the second Test by batting out the final five session after coach Dav Whatmore had opined that “Zimbabwe will win, unless our batsmen do something special”.
|6–10 January 2005 |
|488 (149.3 Overs)|
Habibul Bashar 94 (128)
Chris Mpofu 4/109 (29 Overs)
|312 (131.4 Overs)|
Tatenda Taibu 92 (241)
Mohammad Rafique 5/132 (41.4 Overs)
|204/9 dec (51.1 Overs)|
Habibul Bashar 55 (80)
Elton Chigumbura 5/54 (16.1 Overs)
|154 (64.2 Overs)|
Hamilton Masakadza 56 (130)
Enamul Haque jnr 6/45 (22.2 Overs)
|Bangladesh won by 226 runs|
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) and Tyron Wijewardene (SL)
Player of the match: Enamul Haque jnr (BAN)
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat
- First Test win ever for Bangladesh.
In the match – which helped secure a historic first series victory for Bangladesh – Enamul Haque Jr broke his own bowling record for best figures in an innings for Bangladesh by taking 7 wickets for 95 runs, and secured the best figures in a match for Bangladesh: 12 wickets for 200 runs and captain Habibul Bashar hit half centuries in both innings. In the ODI series that followed, Zimbabwe won the opening two contests, and Bangladesh won the final three to take the ODI series.
After their maiden Test victory, Bangladesh embarked on its first tour of England in May and June 2005. The team faced unfamiliar conditions and the batsmen struggled against seam bowling. Bangladesh lost both matches in the Test series by an innings; the second Test was the 22nd time it had happened in 38 Tests. Pundits Mike Atherton and Richie Benaud criticised the team’s performances and suggested Bangladesh was not yet suited to Test cricket. A triangular series with England and Australia followed. Bangladesh won just one match out of six, but their solitary victory was against an Australian side that at the time were world champions in what Wisden described as “the biggest upset in one-day international history”.
| 18 June |
249/5 (50 overs)
250/5 (49.2 overs)
|DR Martyn 77 (112) |
Tapash Baisya 3/69 (10 overs)
|Mohammad Ashraful 100 (101) |
JN Gillespie 2/41 (9.2 overs)
|Bangladesh won by 5 wickets|
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: BF Bowden (NZ) and DR Shepherd (Eng)
Player of the match: Mohammad Ashraful (Ban)
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
- First odi win by Bangladesh against Australia.
Mohammad Ashraful scored his first century in that match with a score of exactly 100, which was enough to take the team to victory and then played a blistering knock of 94 off 53 balls against England the following match. Bangladesh’s next fixture was in Sri Lanka in September for two Tests and three ODIs. After the one-off victory against Australia in England, Bangladesh was a more confident team; however, Sri Lanka won all five matches by large margins. Captain Habibul Bashar lamented his side’s defeat, describing it as “the worst tour since I took over the captaincy”.
The home season of 2006 began with some optimism for Bangladesh, which registered its first win against Sri Lanka ever in the second match of the ODI series. However Bangladesh lost both ODI and Test series 2–1 and 2–0 respectively. At the end of March, Bangladesh played four ODIs against Kenya, winning all. Then in April, Bangladesh came very close to beating Australia in a Test match, taking a first-innings lead of 158, and eventually losing by only three wickets. Bangladesh lost the second Test by an innings and three ODIs by huge margins. At the end of July, Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe as the ODI series as favourites but lost 3–2. In August, the team defeated Kenya in all three matches of a series. India hosted the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in October and November. Bangladesh failed to progress beyond the group stages, losing two of their three matches. Their only victory came against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh won their inaugural T20I match against Zimbabwe in front of the home crowd and subsequently went on to whitewash the same opponent in the five match ODI series. Bangladesh capped year 2006 with two more ODI victories over Scotland. That year, Shahriar Nafees became the first Bangladeshi to score over a thousand runs (which included three centuries) in a calendar year, while Mashrafe Mortaza became the leading wicket-taker in the world in ODIs staged in 2006 with 49 wickets.
Ahead of the World Cup Bangladesh faced Zimbabwe in four ODIs, and Bermuda and Canada one each; of those matches, Bangladesh lost a single ODI to Zimbabwe. Australia, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan were the only teams to win both of their warm-up games. On 17 March, in their first match of the 2007 World Cup, hosted by the West Indies, Bangladesh secured a five-wicket win over India; the surprise result triggered late night partying in Bangladesh despite government bans on public gatherings. In their remaining group matches Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka and defeated Bermuda, which was enough to secure qualification for the second round while India was knocked out. Bangladesh’s only victory in the Super Eights was against South Africa, losing to everyone else including Ireland, a team mostly made up of amateur cricketers. In April 2007, after four years as coach Whatmore chose not to extend his contract, but agreed to remain in charge until the end of May, to allow the BCB to find and appoint his successor and also to guide the side through the two Tests and three ODIs at home against India. After Bangladesh had helped knock India out of the tournament, the series was seen as an opportunity for India to exact revenge. India won the three match ODI series 2–0, one being washed out. Bangladesh had not played Test cricket since April 2006. The first Test was shortened due to rain and drawn, but India won the second by their largest margin ever (by an innings and 239 runs). In the aftermath Habibul Bashar, who had previously resigned as ODI captain, was replaced as captain by 22-year-old Mohammad Ashraful in all forms of the game. Mashrafe Mortaza was appointed vice-captain.
Under Shaun Williams (2007)
BCB appointed their Under-19 coach Shaun Williams as the Bangladesh’s interim coach, until they find Whatmore’s long term successor. Ashraful’s first series in charge was a tour of Sri Lanka in June and July. Bangladesh suffered heavy defeats in each of the three Tests; losing by an innings on every occasion, and three ODIs. In the first innings of the second Test, Bangladesh was bundled out for their lowest total (62). Prior to the World T20, Bangladesh played two T20Is in Kenya. Here, they enjoyed victory over Kenya, but lost to Pakistan. South Africa hosted the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in September. Bangladesh defeated the West Indies at the group stage to progress to the Super 8 stage of the tournament. However, it was the only match they won in the tournament, losing next four matches. During the Super 8 match against Bangladesh, Australian fast bowler Brett Lee took the first Twenty20 International (T20I) hat-trick ever achieved.
Under Jamie Siddons (2007–2011)
In late October, BCB appointed Jamie Siddons, an Australian cricketer, as their head coach. Towards the end of 2007, Bangladesh toured New Zealand. They were soundly beaten 3–0 in the one-dayers. Bangladesh started the new year with the Test leg of the tour. These matches were also one-sided, where Bangladesh lost the series 2–0.
A touring South Africa clean swept Bangladesh across formats in February–March 2008. The tour included two Tests and three ODIs. However, in the 1st Test, Bangladesh secured a first innings lead of 22 runs after restricting South Africa for 170. Bangladesh then defeated non-Test-playing Ireland 3–0 in an ODI series at home in the same month, ending a run of 14 losses. Pakistan hosted Bangladesh for 5 ODIs and a T20I in April. It was a miserable tour for Bangladesh where they lost all games
Bangladesh lost both first-round games against Pakistan and India at a triangular ODI tournament held in Bangladesh in June.
At the 2008 Asia Cup held in Pakistan, Bangladesh won their first group stage game against associate UAE. Even though they lost to Sri Lanka in the next group stage match, Bangladesh reached the super four stage, before losing the next three games against India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
They were later got whitewashed 0–3 in the ODIs during their tour to Australia in August–September.[
In October, New Zealand toured Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Tests. Shortly before the tour, fourteen Bangladesh players left to play in the Indian Cricket League and were subsequently banned for ten years. Six of the players were centrally contracted, including former captain Habibul Bashar. With a less experienced team than usual and a poor record against New Zealand, Bangladesh was expected to lose heavily. After winning the opening ODI (their first ODI victory ever over New Zealand), Bangladesh went on to lose series 2–1. New Zealand won the first Test by three wickets in what their coach, John Bracewell, described as “one of the great character wins”. The second Test ended up in a rain curtailed draw, sealing the series victory for New Zealand (1–0). But in the process Shakib Al Hasan emerged as an all-rounder. Having previously been selected primarily as a batsman, he went on to take the best bowling figures in an innings for a Bangladesh player, 7 wickets for 36 runs, beating the record set by Enamul Haque Jr three years earlier.
In November, Bangladesh toured South Africa. They lost all their matches to South Africa, including the only T20I match, two of the three ODIs (the third being washed out due to rain) and both Tests by innings.
In December, however, Bangladesh bounced back from the previous lackluster performances by threatening to win the first Test match against Sri Lanka at home by chasing down the highest fourth innings total of 513. Though they fell 107 runs short, their performances were praised. But in the second test match of this home series in January, Bangladesh succumbed to a 465 runs defeat, conceding the series 2–0 to Sri Lanka. Then Zimbabwe joined the hosts and the Lankan team for a tri-series ODI tournament, which proved to be more evenly matched than was expected. In the first match, Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by an excellent performance, but then was defeated by Sri Lanka by a huge margin, leaving Bangladesh needing to win with a bonus point against the Lankans in the last group match to go through to the finals to join the Lankans. In a reduced match due to rain interruptions Bangladesh recorded their second ODI win over Sri Lanka to reach the finals. However at the Finals, they were beaten by the Lankans who claimed the Series.
Later in the same month the three match ODI series against Zimbabwe at home was won by Bangladesh 2–1.
At the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 held in England, Bangladesh crashed out of the tournament at the group stage after losing both games against India and associate Ireland.
Aftermath of the losses at the global event, the selectors appointed Mashrafe Mortaza as the new captain of the team for the tour to the West Indies so that Ashraful could focus on his batting. The two Test series was played amidst controversy when a pay dispute between the West Indian players and the West Indies Cricket Board led a number of West Indian players boycotting the series, which forced the West Indies to select a number of inexperienced players as replacements. Bangladesh went on to win both of the Tests, winning the first Test by 95 runs and the second by four wickets. In the process they achieved their first overseas Test series victory. In the ODI series which followed, Bangladesh secured their first ODI win against the West Indies at the 14th attempt. Bangladesh won the series 3–0, but lost the only Twenty20 match.
In November, Shakib was named The Wisden Cricketer’s “Test Player of the Year”.
Shakib Al Hasan captained Bangladesh during their historic Test series win against West Indies in 2009.
In January 2010, Bangladesh hosted a tri-series ODI tournament with India and Sri Lanka. They failed to win a match (in 4 matches) and went out of the tournament. That was followed by a two-match Test series against India at home, which Bangladesh lost 2–0.
During full away tour in February 2010 against New Zealand, Bangladesh lost all matches (only T20I, three ODIs and only Test).
In February–March 2010, England visited Bangladesh to play three ODIs and two Test matches. Bangladesh lost all their ODIs and Tests in the series.
In May, Bangladesh took part in the 2010 World Twenty20. They lost all their matches at group stage (against Pakistan and Australia) and failed to progress to the Super Eights stage.
In May and June, Bangladesh played two Test matches against England away, losing both, although Tamim Iqbal scored two centuries in the series.
Between the Tests and ODIs against England, Bangladesh took part in the 2010 Asia Cup during June, but lost all their matches vs India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
In the ODI series, England comfortably won the first match. However, in the second match at Bristol, Bangladesh beat England for the first time in international cricket (England were the only Test playing nation yet to be beaten by Bangladesh), bowling England out in the final over to win by five runs.
| 10 July 2010 |
236/7 (50 overs)
231 (49.3 overs)
|Imrul Kayes 76 (111) |
Ajmal Shahzad 3/41 (10 overs)
|Jonathan Trott 94 (130) |
Shafiul Islam 2/38 (9.3 overs)
|Bangladesh won by 5 runs|
County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)
Player of the match: Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban)
- England won the toss and elected to field.
However England won the third ODI at Birmingham and sealed the series 2–1. Bangladesh extended this tour in Europe to play 2 match ODIs series against Ireland. The series was shared (1–1). The one-off ODI against Scotland was abandoned due to heavy rains. Later Netherlands won the last one-off ODI of the tour.
In October New Zealand went to Bangladesh for five ODIs. Mortaza suffered an injury in the first match and Shakib took over as captain. Under his leadership Bangladesh won the series 4–0 (2nd ODI was abandoned due to rain), securing their first series victory against a full strength ICC Full Member nation.
Although unable to play against New Zealand due to injury, while the series was in progress Tamim Iqbal was named The Wisden Cricketer’s “Test Player of the Year”.
In December Bangladesh hosted Zimbabwe for five ODIs. After losing the opening match, Bangladesh went on to win the next three complete matches, with 4th ODI called off due to rain, to beat Zimbabwe 3–1.
In February and March 2011, Bangladesh co-hosted the World Cup with India and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh lost the tournament opener against India, before the win against Ireland. The next match was won by West Indies after dismissing Bangladesh for 58 runs, the team’s lowest score in ODIs and a record low for a Full Member at the World Cup. The West Indies and Bangladesh team buses were stoned as they left the ground, and so was Shakib’s house. Bangladesh later defeated England, and the Netherlands, making their final match of the group stage a must-win contest. Against South Africa, Bangladesh succumbed to their second-largest defeat in ODIs and became the first Full Member team to be bowled out for under 100 twice in World Cups, thereby failing to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.
Then Australia complete a 3–0 sweep in ODIs against Bangladesh when they visited the country in April.
Middle of the Australian visit, BCB confirmed that Siddons unlikely to win a contract extension from the moment his team failed to meet lofty home expectations during the 2011 World Cup. Under his mentorship, Bangladesh won 2 Tests (in 19), 31 ODIs (in 84). They did not win any T20Is (in 8) during this period. First overseas Test series victory, first Test match and series victories over West Indies, first ODI wins against New Zealand, West Indies and England, clean sweeps in ODIs against West Indies (away) and New Zealand (home), reaching the final of a triangular tournament where all participants are ICC full members, consistent wins in bilateral ODI series against Zimbabwe (4) were the highlights for Siddons as the Bangladesh head coach. During his three-and-a-half-year tenure as coach Siddons introduced a full coaching staff for the first time, including coaches for bowling, strength and conditioning, and fielding. Under Siddons Bangladesh’s reliance on spin bowlers continued, partly because pitches in the country encourage spin bowlers, and frequently only two seam bowlers were used in a match. Siddons was credited with helping the team improve mentally.
Under Stuart Law (2011–2012)
A lengthy hunt for a head coach, followed Siddons’ exit encountering the names of Vincent Barnes and Stuart Law as possible appointees.Law, who at the time was the interim head coach of Sri Lanka following Trevor Bayliss’ departure, was named Bangladesh’s new head coach starting from 1 July 2011.
Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe in August 2011 for a one-off Test and five ODIs. The Test marked Zimbabwe’s return to the longest-format of the game, after a self-imposed withdrawal in January 2006 as the sport in the country was in a state of disarray. Bangladesh lost the match by 130 runs. Though they were expected to do well with the Test and the ODIs, Bangladesh lost the subsequent one-day series 3–2. In the aftermath of the series, captain Shakib Al Hasan and vice captain Tamim Iqbal were sacked from their leadership roles, with a BCB representative citing their poor leadership. Later that month, wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim was named captain, with all-rounder Mahmudullah as his deputy.
Bangladesh’ struggles at international level have been epitomised by the ineffectiveness of their fast bowlers. Between January 2010 and August 2011, they took 37 wickets in 8 Tests at an average of 67.67, the worst out of the nine teams playing regular Test cricket in this period.
Though Bangladesh won Rahim’s first match in charge, the only T20I against West Indies at home in October, the team lost the subsequent ODI series 2–1 and the two-match Test series 1–0.
Pakistan toured in December, and during the first of three ODIs Bangladesh were dismissed for their 13th score of less than 100 in the format, overtaking Zimbabwe’s record of 12 times. Bangladesh got whitewashed comprehensively across formats, 0–1 (T20I), 0–3 (ODIs) and 0–2 (Tests).
In March Bangladesh hosted in the 2012 Asia Cup featuring India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh entered the tournament with just two wins from 29 Asia Cup matches. Victories against India and Sri Lanka saw Bangladesh face Pakistan in the final, only the second time the team had reached the final of a multi-national competition. Though Pakistan won the final by two runs, Bangladesh had exceeded expectations. During the tournament, Tamim Iqbal became the first Bangladeshi player to score four consecutive fifties in ODIs. Shakib Al Hasan was named man of the series after contributing with both the bat and the ball, making 237 runs and taking 6 wickets respectively.
The following month Law announced he would be stepping down as coach in June when his contract was due to expire for personal reasons. Bangladesh had not won any Tests (in 5) under Law. Further they only won 5 ODIs (in 15) and 1 T20I (in 2) during this period. Reaching the finals of Asia Cup 2012 was the pinnacle of Law’s tenure as Bangladesh coach.
Under Richard Pybus (2012)
In May 2012 Bangladesh have appointed England born Richard Pybus as their new head coach for two-years, replacing Stuart Law who stepped down from the post in April.
During Bangladesh tour of Ireland and Netherlands in July, they clean swept the three match T20I series against Ireland, lost a T20I against Scotland and shared the two match T20I series against Netherlands 1–1.
Bangladesh crashed out of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 by losing to New Zealand and Pakistan in the first round.
After only four months at the helm, Pybus notified the BCB of his unwillingness to continue due to issues with his contract and interference from administration. Under him Bangladesh won 4 T20Is (in 8).
Under Shane Jurgensen (2012–2014)
The team’s bowling coach and Australian Shane Jurgensen was appointed as the interim Bangladesh coach for the series against West Indies at home in November–December 2012. The home side lost the two Tests, but won the ODI series 3–2, before losing the only T20I.
In February 2013, BCB announced that Jurgensen will continue as Bangladesh’s head coach for the rest of the year.
Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka in March 2013 for a full series. In the 1st Test at Galle Mushfiqur Rahim scored the first double century for Bangladesh in test cricket, and Mohammad Ashraful chipped in with a handy 190. They were able to draw the 1st Test against Sri Lanka, the first time ever against the island nation. Sri Lanka won the 2nd Test by 7 wickets and the two match test series 1–0. The three match ODI series was shared 1–1 since the 2nd ODI being washed out. Bangladesh lost the only T20I too.
Then they toured Zimbabwe from April–May. Bangladesh lost the 1st Test by 335 runs, which marked the Zimbabwe’s biggest win. Later they won the 2nd Test by 173 runs to share the series with Zimbabwe (1–1). Bangladesh lost the ODI series (1–2) before sharing the T20I series (1–1).
Later in October–November 2013 Bangladesh achieved a new feat sharing the two match test series (0–0) on home soil against New Zealand, the first against the country. This was followed by 3–0 series whitewash win for Bangladesh in ODIs, before losing the only T20I.
Sri Lanka toured Bangladesh for full series from January–February 2014. Bangladesh slip to their fourth-heaviest defeat in their Test history after losing the 1st Test by an innings and 248 runs. The 2nd test was a high scoring draw and Bangladesh lost the series (0–1). Later they got whitewashed in the T20I (0–2) and the ODI (0–3) series.
That was followed up by a series of defeats (0–4) against Asian Cricketing nations (India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) at the league stage of 2014 Asia Cup conducted on their home soil and Bangladesh finished at the bottom of the table. Associate Afghanistan’s win against Bangladesh was their first ODI victory against a Test-playing nation.
Bangladesh ended their 11 match win-less run in 2014 defeating two associates (Afghanistan and Nepal) in consecutive T20Is at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 Group stage. Their loss to another associate, Hong Kong, did not prevent them reaching the Super 10 stage. However at the Super 10 stage, Bangladesh lost all (0–4) their matches against West Indies, India, Pakistan and Australia.
The coach resigned from his position less than a month after the World T20, where the team won just two out of seven matches. Under Jurgensen, Bangladesh won 1 Test (in 10), 8 ODIs (in 21) and 3 T20Is (in 14). Highlights of his tenure were the Test win after 4 years (against Zimbabwe), shared two-test series against New Zealand at home, 3–0 ODI clean sweep against New Zealand at home and securing 2 draws in Tests against Sri Lanka (away and home).
Under Chandika Hathurusingha (2014–2017)
Mushfiqur Rahim captained Bangladesh in their historic 100th test win over Sri Lanka and their first test win against England and Australia
The BCB appointed Chandika Hathurusingha, a former Sri Lanka batsman, as Bangladesh’s head coach for a two-year period.
The first series under the new coach was against India at home. Bangladesh lost the first & second ODI comprehensively and the 3rd was washed out and lost the series 2–0.
Bangladesh toured West Indies for a full series in August. West Indies beat Bangladesh 3–0 in the ODI series extending Bangladesh’s win-less ODI run for 13 matches. In the 2nd ODI Bangladesh was bundled out for 70 which is the 3rd lowest total for Bangladesh. Bangladesh lost the match by 177 Runs. Only the T20I match was abandoned. Further, West Indies white-washed Bangladesh in the Test series 2–0, defeating Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the 1st Test and by 296 runs in the 2nd Test respectively.
Bangladesh finally emerged victorious during the Zimbabwe tour in Bangladesh whitewashing the visitors 3–0 during the Test series. Bangladesh claimed No. 9 ranking with the series victory pushing Zimbabwe to No. 10. In the ODI series, Bangladesh whitewashed Zimbabwe 5–0.
At the turn of the new year, Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan emerged as the number one all-rounder in all formats of the game. This was the first time that any player ever achieved such a feat, after the ICC introduced ranking system.
During the group stage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan in their first game, and their next match against Australia was Washed Out. They lost their next game to Sri Lanka by 92 runs. Following that, they achieved their highest successful run-chase in an ODI, when they chased down Scotland’s 318, and later qualified for the second quarterfinal in the 2015 world cup, by defeating England. At the second quarter-final, India comprehensively defeated Bangladesh by 109 runs, knocking them out of the 2015 World Cup. After a successful world cup campaign, reaching the quarter final for the first time, the whole team was given a grand reception at the Airport on 22 March.
| 9 March |
14:00 (ACDT) (D/N)
275/7 (50 overs)
260 (48.3 overs)
|Mahmudullah Riyad 103 (138) |
James Anderson 2/45 (10 overs)
|Jos Buttler 65 (52) |
Rubel Hossain 4/53 (9.3 overs)
|Bangladesh won by 15 runs|
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Mahmudullah Riyad (Ban)
- England won the toss and elected to field.
- Mahmudullah Riyad became the first player to score a century for Bangladesh in a World Cup match.
- Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim’s partnership of 141 was the highest partnership for any wicket for Bangladesh in a World Cup match. It was also Bangladesh’s highest ODI partnership against England.
- This was also Bangladesh’s highest score in an ODI against England.
- Bangladesh and Sri Lanka qualified for the quarter-finals as a result of this match. This was only the second time that Bangladesh had progressed past the World Cup Group stages and it is their first appearance in a knockout stage of a World Cup.
- England was eliminated from the World Cup as a result of this match.
- Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was fined 40% of his match fee for a slow over rate. The other Bangladesh players were fined 20% of their match fee.
In April–May 2015 Pakistan was in Bangladesh for a full series.
Bangladesh won the ODI series 3–0 recording their first series victory over Pakistanis. The only T20I was also won by Bangladesh. However Pakistan claimed the Test series victory (1–0), by drawing the first test and winning the second test by 328 runs.
A full strength Indian team arrived in Bangladesh in June 2015, for an one-off Test and 3 ODIs, where the Indians were expected to win comfortably. During the Test, the Indian team was too strong for Bangladesh where they were enforced to follow on. But the heavy rain interruptions denied a decisive result (only 184.2 overs were played). However excellent performances by the batsmen and ODI debutant bowler Mustafizur Rahman had the tables turned over as Bangladesh convincingly won the first two ODIs and for the first time, won a bilateral series against India by a margin of 2–1.
During July 2015 South Africa visited Bangladesh for 2 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests. South Africa whitewashed Bangladesh in the T20I series (2–0) and took the lead of ODI series winning the first match. However Bangladesh came back strongly and completely dominated South Africa in the following two matches, showing excellent performance in all three departments where none of the team in any match could reach 200 runs in an innings in the whole ODI series, to win the series by a margin of 2–1, which marked the first series win ever against South Africa. Two match test series was shared (0–0) after heavy monsoon rains curtailed both games (played 221 and 88.1 overs respectively).
Strong performances shown by Bangladesh in ODIs since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, winning ODI series against Pakistan, India and South Africa, helped it jump from ninth to seventh in the ODI Team Rankings. Since they were ranked No. 7 in ODIs on 30 September 2015 which was the cut-off date, they have qualified for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy replacing West Indies.
In November 2015, The Zimbabwean cricket team toured in Bangladesh. The tour consisted of three One Day Internationals (ODIs), two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Bangladesh won the ODI series 3–0 and shared the T20I series 1–1.
Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh for another T20I series consisting of 4 games in January 2016. Again the series was shared 2–2.
The golden run continued to Bangladesh when they became runner up of 2016 Asia Cup, played on home soil. They lost the first match at group stage to India. Then they won against UAE, Sri Lanka (reigning World T20 champions and Asian champions) and Pakistan consecutively to reach the Asia Cup final for the second time. However they were again comprehensively beaten by India in the final.
However Bangladesh did not have a significant success during the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 held in India in March–April 2016. Wins against two associates (Netherlands and Oman) and the washed out game against another associate (Ireland) at the group stage saw them reach the Super 10. They returned home losing all four games at the Super 10 stage against full members Pakistan, Australia, India and New Zealand.
Bangladesh emerged victorious in another home ODI series (2–1) against Afghanistan in Sep–Oct 2016.
This was followed by the England tour of Bangladesh, where Bangladesh lost the ODI leg by 2–1. But they secured a historic Test win (by 108-runs) against England, their first win in 10 attempts, and sharing the two-match test series 1–1, after losing the first test narrowly by 22-runs.
|28–30 October 2016 |
|220 (63.5 Overs)|
Tamim Iqbal 104 (147)
Moeen Ali 5/57 (19.5 Overs)
|244 (81.3 Overs)|
Joe Root 56 (122)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 6/82 (28 Overs)
|296 (66.5 Overs)|
Imrul Kayes 78 (120)
Adil Rashid 4/52 (11.5 Overs)
|164 (45.3 Overs)|
Alastair Cook 59 (117)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 6/77 (21.3 Overs)
|Bangladesh won by 108 runs|
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Mehidy Hasan Miraz
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat
- First Test match win for Bangladesh against England.
Bangladesh toured New Zealand for a complete series in December 2016. Bangladesh started the tour with a 3–0 whitewash defeat in ODI series and the dawn of new year 2017 saw a similar 3–0 whitewash defeat in T20I series. With that, Bangladesh is yet to win a T20I against New Zealand. Further, Bangladesh lost the Test series 2–0. However they broke the 123 years old record for the Highest first innings total in tests to lose during the 1st Test vs New Zealand by scoring 595/8 dec. They finished the tour losing all the games 8–0.
Then Bangladesh toured India in February 2017 for the historical first Test match between two countries on Indian soil. India won the game comprehensively by 208 runs, having declared in both innings.
The next assignment for Bangladesh was another full away tour in Sri Lanka in March–April 2017. Bangladesh were comprehensively beaten by 259 runs in the first Test. However they were able draw the Test series 1–1, by winning the second test by four-wicket. That meant Bangladesh won their 100th Test match becoming one of the four teams to achieve that feat. Further this was Bangladesh’s first test match victory against Sri Lanka.
|15–19 March 2017 |
|338 (113.3 Overs)|
Dinesh Chandimal 138 (300)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3/90 (21 Overs)
|467 (134.1 Overs)|
Shakib Al Hasan 116 (159)
Rangana Herath 4/82 (34.1 Overs)
|319 (113.2 Overs)|
Dimuth Karunaratne 126 (244)
Shakib Al Hasan 4/74 (36.2 Overs)
|191/6 (57.5 Overs)|
Tamim Iqbal 82 (125)
Dilruwan Perera 3/59 (22 Overs)
|Bangladesh won by 4 wickets|
P Sara Oval, Colombo
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Tamim Iqbal
- Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat
- First Test match win for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka. This was the 100th Test match for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh led the ODI series after two games 1–0, since winning the first ODI by 90 runs and the second ODI being washed away by rain. However Sri Lanka won the third ODI by 70 runs, levelling the ODI series 1–1. The T20I series was also shared 1–1.
In May 2017, Bangladesh finished second at the Ireland Tri-Nation ODI Series held in Ireland, winning 2 (vs New Zealand and Ireland), losing 1 (vs New Zealand) and 1 washed out (vs Ireland) games.
Bangladesh started the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a defeat in the series opener against England. However a washout against Australia and a win help them to reach the semi-finals for the first time in Bangladesh cricket history. Finally they were knocked out of the tournament after a huge loss to India by 9 wickets in the semi-finals.
Australia toured Bangladesh in August–September 2017 for a two match Test series. Host Bangladesh registered their first test match win ever over Australia when they defeated the touring team by 20 runs during the first Test.
|27–30 August 2017|
|260 (78.5 Overs)|
Shakib Al Hasan 84 (133)
Ashton Agar 3/46 (12.5 Overs)
|217 (74.5 Overs)|
Matthew Renshaw 45 (94)
Shakib Al Hasan 5/68 (25.5 Overs)
|221 (79.3 Overs)|
Tamim Iqbal 78 (155)
Nathan Lyon 6/82 (34.3 Overs)
|244 (70.5 Overs)|
David Warner 112 (135)
Shakib Al Hasan 5/85 (28 Overs)
|Bangladesh won by 20 runs|
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Nigel Long (Eng)
Player of the match: Shakib Al Hasan
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat
- First Test match win for Bangladesh against Australia.
However Bangladesh was unable to secure the series victory, since Australia won the second Test by 7 wickets and the series was shared 1–1.
In September–October 2017 Bangladesh toured South Africa to play 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is where Bangladesh was whitewashed 0–7 across formats. Team South Africa was too strong for Bangladesh and these games were extremely one-sided, creating several new team and personal records. Bangladesh lost two test by 333 runs and by an innings and 254 runs respectively. The latter being the biggest Test win ever for South Africa. South Africa won the 1st ODI by 10 wickets which registered the highest target (279) chased down without losing a wicket in ODIs. In last two ODIs Bangladesh lost comprehensively by 104 and by 200 runs. Later Bangladesh also lost the 2 T20Is by 20 runs and 83 runs. During the 2nd T20I David Miller scored the fastest T20I century ever recorded. However, during the middle of this tour Bangladesh was qualified for the 2019 Cricket World Cup since they were at No. 7 of ICC ODI rankings by 30 September 2017 cut-off date.
On 9 November 2017, BCB president Nazmul Hassan announced that Hathurusingha submitted resignation from the post of Bangladesh head coach during the team’s tour of South Africa. During his tenure, Bangladesh won 6 Tests (in 21), 25 ODIs (in 52) and 10 T20Is (in 29) which is arguably the most successful era of Bangladesh Cricket. Further, under his wings Bangladesh reached quarter finals of 2015 Cricket World Cup, qualified and later reached semi-finals of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, qualified for 2019 Cricket World Cup, became runner up of 2016 Asia Cup, defeated India, Pakistan and South Africa in home bilateral series, climbed up to No. 6 of ODI rankings, registered their first Test wins against England, Sri Lanka and Australia. He was instrumental in Bangladesh beginning to actively picking more pace bowlers in their attack.
Shakib Al Hasan has replaced Mushfiqur Rahim as Bangladesh’s Test captain, starting with the upcoming Sri Lanka tour in January 2018. Mahmudullah will take over the vice-captaincy from Tamim Iqbal while the BCB is yet to announce a new coach.
Under Richard Halsall (2018)
BCB chairman announced that their assistant coach Richard Halsall, will be in charge of coaching the side ahead of the Tri-nation ODI series held in January 2018 at home. Convincing wins against low ranked opponents, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, in the first three group games saw Bangladesh reach the finals. Bangladesh recorded their biggest win in ODI cricket (won by 163 runs) against Sri Lanka during the process. However Bangladesh were bowled out for 82 (which was their ninth-lowest ODI total) and lost by 10 wickets in the last group game against Sri Lanka. They met Sri Lanka in the finals and lost the match by 79 runs, extending their win-less run in tournament finals. The 1st Test against Sri Lanka was a high scoring draw. Later, Bangladesh lost the 2nd Test by 215 runs inside 3 days, conceding the Test series 1–0. Bangladesh also lost the T20I series 3–0.
Under Courtney Walsh (2018)
Bangladesh team on practice session at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium
Courtney Walsh acted as the interim coach for 2018 Nidahas Trophy, a triangular T20I series held in Sri Lanka in March. Bangladesh lost the tournament final against India, after reaching there defeating Sri Lanka twice in group matches.
On 1 May, Bangladesh broke into the top eight of the Test rankings for the first time, as a result of the ICC’s annual update to the rankings.
Bangladesh got whitewashed in a 3 match T20I series against Afghanistan in India, losing their matches by 45 runs, by 6 wickets and by 1 run respectively. This recorded Bangladesh’s first T20I match loss ever and their first T20I series loss against Afghans as well.
Under Steve Rhodes (2018–2019)
BCB appointed former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes the Bangladesh head coach for all three formats in early March ahead of West Indies tour.
Bangladesh hit an all-time low when they were dismissed for 43 (their lowest score in Tests) during the 1st Test against West Indies at North Sound and eventually lost the test by an innings and 219 runs. Later Bangladesh lost the 2nd Test by 166 runs and lost the series 2–0. Later they performed well in limited overs formats and eventually ended up the tour by winning the three match ODI and T20I series by 2–1 margin each.
Bangladesh started their Asia Cup 2018 campaign with a win over Sri Lanka by 137 runs, which was their biggest win, by runs in ODIs away from home. Even-though they faced a heavy loss in their next match at group stage against Afghanistan, (lost by 136 runs – Bangladesh’s biggest lost, by runs in ODIs against Afghanistan), they have progressed to the Super Four stage. Bangladesh lost to India by 7 wickets, narrowly won against Afghanistan by 3 runs and defeated Pakistan by 37 runs at the Super Four stage to reach the Final of the Asia Cup. At the Final, they have lost to India by 3 wickets, extending their win-less record in tournament Finals.
In October–November, Bangladesh hosted a three match ODI and two match test series against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh won the ODI series 3–0 while they drew the test series 1–1, losing the first test of the series at Sylhet which was the inaugural test of the venue.
West Indies toured Bangladesh for a full series in November–December. Bangladesh won the 2 match test series 2–0. By defeating West Indies in the 2nd test by an innings and 184 runs, Bangladesh recorded their first innings victory in Test cricket. Bangladesh also won the 3 match ODI series by 2–1 margin. But lost the T20I series by 2–1 margin.
|30 November–4 December 2018 |
|508 (154 overs)|
Mahmudullah 136 (242)
Kraigg Brathwaite 2/57 (15 overs)
|111 (36.4 overs)|
Shimron Hetmyer 39 (53)
Mehedi Hasan 7/58 (16 overs)
|213 (59.2 overs) (f/o)|
Shimron Hetmyer 93 (92)
Mehedi Hasan 5/59 (20 overs)
|Bangladesh won by an innings and 184 runs|
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL)
Player of the match: Mehedi Hasan (Ban)
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.
- Bangladesh enforced the follow-on for the first time in Tests.
- Mehedi Hasan took the best match figures by a Bangladesh bowler in Tests (12/117).
- This was Bangladesh’s biggest winning margin by runs, and their first win by an innings in Tests.
Bangladesh toured New Zealand in February–March 2019. Bangladesh got whitewashed in the 3 match ODI series. Bangladesh lost the first Test at Hamilton by an innings and 52 runs. Later they have lost the second Test at Wellington by an innings and 12 runs even after the first two days play were abandoned due to rain. The third test was canceled following the Christchurch mosque shootings, which the team narrowly escaped.
| 17 May 2019 |
|West Indies |
152/1 (24 overs)
213/5 (22.5 overs)
|Shai Hope 74 (64) |
Mehedi Hasan 1/22 (4 overs)
|Soumya Sarkar 66 (41) |
Raymon Reifer 2/23 (3.5 overs)
|Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (DLS method)|
The Village, Malahide
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Paul Reynolds (Ire)
Player of the match: Mosaddek Hossain (Ban)
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.
- Bangladesh were set a revised target of 210 runs from 24 overs due to rain.
Bangladesh won their first ever multi-team ODI tournament final at Dublin on 17 May 2019 defeating West Indies by 5 wickets (D/L method) at the 2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series Bangladesh reached the finals defeating West Indies twice and Ireland once during league phase and the other league match against Ireland was washed out due to rain.
Even though they entered the tournament with high expectations, Bangladesh finished 8th at the group stage of 2019 Cricket World Cup and were unable to reach the semi-finals, after winning only three of their nine matches. In July 2019, Rhodes’ contract with the BCB was terminated, following the team’s eighth-place finish in the tournament.
Under Khaled Mahmud (2019)
Khaled Mahmud, who played for Bangladesh in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, was subsequently appointed as interim coach after Steve Rhodes’s contract being terminated. His first assignment in charge was Bangladesh’s three-match ODI tour of Sri Lanka, from July 26 to 31, 2019, which Bangladesh received a whitewash losing the series 0-3.
Under Russell Domingo (2019–present)
BCB appointed Russell Domingo as the head coach for the national team for a 2 year contract on 17 August 2019.
Main article: Bangladesh Cricket Board
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is the governing body for the Bangladeshi cricket team and the sport in the country. The BCB is responsible for maintaining grounds and promoting the sport. It was founded in 1972 as the Bangladesh Cricket Control Board. Its first constitution was drafted in 1976. The board changed its name, dropping “control” from its title, in January 2007. The president of the BCB is appointed by the government of Bangladesh. The board also controls the team’s sponsorship. Since 2003 telecommunications company Grameenphone has sponsored the men and women’s national teams. Between 2007 and 2011 they invested ৳151.5 million (US$1.8 million) in developing sport in the country. In 2006 the Board established an academy to encourage the development of young and inexperienced players. The Board issues central contracts to the national players and issuing match fees. In 2005 players were given about $1,000 for each Test they played and $500 per ODI.