Bangladesh and England will meet each other in the first of a three match ODI series on Friday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
England will go into the series with an impressive Summer of ODI results behind them, having defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 and Pakistan 4-1, while in their most recent away assignment they claimed a most impressive series success in the UAE against Pakistan by 3-1.
However, they will be without their regular white-ball skipper, Eoin Morgan, who has been instrumental in helping to turn his side’s fortunes around since their disastrous World Cup campaign in Australasia in 2015. Morgan, as well as the destructive opener, Alex Hales, deciding not to make the trip due to concerns over security in Bangladesh.
If Bangladesh was once a place where visiting teams could expect to record comfortable victories, that is no longer the case, certainly in the 50-over game.
The last visitors to win a series against the Tigers on their own soil was India by 2-1 some two years ago. Since that series, Zimbabwe twice, Pakistan, India, New Zealand and South Africa have all played ODI series in the Asian country, and all have failed to defeat their hosts. The two series against Zimbabwe and that against Pakistan ended in whitewash victories for the hosts.
With no international cricket having been played in Bangladesh, aside from the visit of Afghanistan last month, since last February, the cricket mad Bangladeshi public seem certain to flock to the games and create a noisy and hostile atmosphere, that will create a severe test in unfamiliar conditions for this England side.
Of the last four meetings of these two countries in ODI cricket, Bangladesh have won three times, on three different continents. Winning in Bristol when touring England, Chittagong and most recently Adelaide during the 2015 World Cup, a result that effectively eliminated England and sent Bangladesh through to an unexpected quarter-final appearance.