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World Cup winners return home Wednesday

10 Feb 2020 21:33, Somoy English Desk
World Cup winners return home Wednesday
World Cup winners return home Wednesday

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan Papon has said the under-19 national cricket team has clinched the World Cup by playing with a team spirit. 

He also said the triumphant young tigers will return home on Wednesday, wrapping up their World Cup mission.

Papon said though there is no big arrangement to welcome the junior tigers, they would be given a formal reception later. 

"We’ll bring them to BCB after receiving them at the airport and then they’ll stay in the academy here. We'll have lunch together in afternoon, and we’ll allow them to go home after interactions with the media on that day. These are the plans we’ve worked out for January 12 (Wednesday).”

The BCB chief also said time has come to take a tough decision about the national team since their recent performances are not satisfactory.

"After their return from the last World Cup, we played many series, but the Bangladesh Cricket Team could not match with their previous performances in any of those series. That’s why we may need to make tough decisions again about the team,” he pointed out.

Papon also said it is difficult to remember when the national team won any match in any format, except the first Twenty20 match against India.

The cricketers have made disappointed their fans with their latest performance in Rawalpindi.

When the cricket lovers across the country are in a festive mood following the young tigers’ World Cup glory, the national cricket team has faced a debacle in Pakistan, forcing the BCB chief to slam the Test squad led by Mominul Haque.

The BCB chief voiced concern that there is no sign of improvement in the performances of the senior tigers with the passage of time. 

“So, it’s high time to talk to players, coaching staff and the management to identify where the problem is.”

He also mentioned the steps they have taken for the young tigers ahead of the World Cup to encourage and prepare them for the desired performances.

The junior Tigers beat India by three wickets in the final at Potchefstroom in South Africa on Sunday.

Chasing a revised target of 170 in 46 overs under the DLS method, they reached the goal for seven wickets in 42.1 overs.

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