The Zimbabwean captain was all praise for the growth of Bangladesh's cricket over the last few years © AFP
The Zimbabwean captain praised Bangladesh’s cricket growth over the last few years © AFP

Zimbabwe Cricket captain, Hamilton Masakadza, praised the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for establishing a highly competitive domestic structure which has been growing in leaps and bounds in the last few years. Masakadza, one of the most experienced players in the Zimbabwe team, is in Asian country where he will be playing for the struggling Kalabagan Krira Chakra (KKC) in the Dhaka Premier League. “The structure of Bangladesh cricket is far better than it was before. Moreover, there is incredible competition going on in the domestic structure of Bangladesh Cricket regularly. As a result, there is the continuation of high productive talented cricketers here, which is why Bangladesh cricket is now far better than Zimbabwe cricket nowadays. The credit should be given to BCB for that,” quoted the senior lad from the African nation. Dhaka Premier League 2016: Mashrafe Mortaza looking forward to fresh challenges as skipper of Kalabagan Krira Chakra

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh cricket shows two completely different pictures with the latter having experienced astounding transformation in the past decade while the former has hit rock bottom. Bangladesh, who was regarded as minnows a decade ago, is currently ranked seventh on the ICC One Day International (ODI) standings ahead of much established teams like West Indies and Pakistan.  According to allAfrica.com,  Bangladesh have already qualified for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy where only the eight best ODI cricket nations compete and are on the verge of qualifying automatically for the 2019 ICC World Cup competition.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe has twice failed to beat ICC associate nations to qualify for the main draw of the last two World T20 events and also have to qualify for the next World Cup whereas a 11th position on the ODI rankings mean they can’t feature in the Champions Trophy next year. “In a very short space of time Bangladesh cricket has been able to become successful, which we [Zimbabwe] could not. But another reason behind their success is the determination and passion of their players besides board’s good work,” added Masakadza. The Zimbabwe skipper and all-rounder Sean Williams are the only two Zimbabweans currently playing in the 12-team Dhaka Premier League this year. Williams is playing for Brothers Union while Masakadza is in the KKC books alongside Bangladesh captains, Mashrafe Mortaza.