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Bangladesh Cricket History

1947 : After the partition of Bengal in 1947, matches of domestic cricket in Pakistan were conducted in four leagues. Regional East Bengali of Pakistan teams regularly took part in the first-class Quaid-e-Azam trophy from 1954 through 1968.
1955-1969 : Seven international Test matches with Pakistan participating as the host team were played in Dhaka between 1955 and 1969.
The first test was held between Pakistan and the Republic of India in January 1955 . The match started on the first day of the year. The newly-built Dacca (now"Dhaka") then had the maximum capacity of accommodating 15,000spectators. According to an old follower of Dacca cricket, the full house crowd gave a standing ovation to both the captains, Abdul Hafeez Kardar and Vinoo Mankad, as they walked out to toss. The match was drawn.
The next match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium was played between Pakistan and New Zealand from November 7 to 12 the same year. Legendary batsman Hanif Mohammad scored his second Test century (103). Besides, his compatriot Khan Mohammad returned with his career best bowling figures of 6 for 21. This match also ended in adraw.
The third Test was played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium between Pakistan and West Indies in March 1959 . In the low-scoring match, Pakistan recorded their only Test win at Dhaka by 41 runs, mainly becauseof their famous fast bowler Fazal Mahmood , who took 12 wickets, six in each innings, for 100 runs.
Then came Australia in the November of the same year under the leadership of Richie Benaud and they defeated Pakistan by eight wickets. This was also Pakistan's only Test defeat at Dhaka .
The fifth Test at the Bangabandhu National Stadium was played in January 1962 between Pakistan and England . Although the match ended in a draw, it was a personal landmark for Hanif Mohammad who scored centuries (111 and 104) in both the innings.
The next match was also played between Pakistan and England after seven years in February 1969 . The most notable feature of the match was the presence of all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira , whoscored an unbeaten 114 in the first innings
The last, but not the least, Test between Pakistan and New Zealand was played in November of the same year. Kiwi skipper Glen Turner hammered a century (110) in that match, which also concluded in a draw.
1972 : The Bangladesh Cricket Control Board is established. Soonafter, a cricket league commences in Dhaka and Chittagong . It is a slow start, other things having priority in the war-torn country. Early in 1975 the Dhaka (then "Dacca") stadium was still in disrepair, the square having sunk several inchesand the Press Club shell-torn.
1974/75 : A national level cricket tournament begins in the country. 1st division and 2nd division cricket leagues start at the districts level. Other tournaments that were organisedincluded National Youth Cricket, Inter-university Cricket, College &School Cricket, Shahid Smriti Cricket, Damal Summer Cricket and Star Summer Cricket.
1976/77 : Robin Marlar writes Whither Bangladesh?, a detailed description of Bangladesh cricket's state of affairs and a yearning to see Bangladesh in the international stage. Bangladesh Cricket Board officials become more alert and enthusiastic afterthis international exposure.
After the completion of the 1975-76 domestic season, Bangladesh Cricket Control Board 's acting secretary Reza-e-Karim writes to the International Cricket Council (then called the International Cricket Conference),requesting ICC membership statusfor Bangladesh . The ICC replies, suggests the BCCB to invite the Marelybone Cricket Club , and that their decision rests on MCC'spost-tour report.
Reza-e-Karim drafts the first constitution of the BCCB and in May, 1977 invites the MCC to Bangladesh . In June, 1976, the membership of Bangladesh is discussed in an ICC meeting. The meeting decides to finalize Bangladesh's membership status after the MCC tours Bangladesh .
The MCC arrives at Dhaka for their first Bangladesh tour on December 27, 1976 and helps build the enthusiasm; over 40,000people attends the representative match at Dacca.
On July 26, 1977 , Bangladesh becomes an Associate member of the I.C.C.
The BCCB seeks coaching help from the MCC. The MCC sends Bangladesh her first foreign cricket coach, an Englishman named Robert Jones.
1978 : In January, Sri Lanka , yet to be a test team, tours Bangladesh .
In February, the Deccan Blues, an Indian team of famous first-class cricketers, tours Bangladesh for athree-day match against the BCCB XI.
In December, the MCC arrives in Bangladesh for the second time ina tour that lasts until 14 January1979.
1979 : Bangladesh appears in thefirst ICC trophy in England . Bangladeshis win matches against Fiji and Malaysia .
1980 : In January, Pakistan tours Bangladesh for a 2-day match in Chittagong and a 3-day sellout match in Dacca . The crowd's misbehavior toward Pakistani players abruptly ends the Chittagong match, and the tour.
1980/81 : The MCC tours Bangladesh for the third time.
1982 : An Indian first-class team, the Hyderabad Blues, boasting five Indian test players, visits Bangladesh in January.
In May–July, 1982, Bangladesh takes part in its second ICC trophy competition and finishes fourth among sixteen national teams.
1983 : In March, 1983, a West Bengal team tours Bangladesh. In December, Bangladesh follows up with a visit to the Indian state.
1984 : In January, 1984, Bangladesh hosts the first ever South-East Asia Cup ; Singapore and Hong Kong participates. Bangladesh beats Hong Kong in the final to take the trophy.
In February, Bangladesh team tours Kenya for the first time.
Having returned from Kenya , in late February, Bangladesh hosts aseries of cricket matches with Pakistan's PIA and India's the Hyderabad Blues.
1985 : The Sri Lankan test team visits Bangladesh in March for a three-day match in Dhaka.
1986 : In January, 1986, the Omar Kureishi XI containing Pakistani Test cricketers visits Bangladesh .
In March, 1986, Bangladesh takes part in the Second Asia Cup in Sri Lanka , and plays its first ever One Day International match against Pakistan (Bangladesh wasstill not a full member of ICC). Thetournament gives Bangladesh players international exposure.
In June, 1986, Bangladesh flies to England to take part in the third ICC tropy .
Earlier in the year, Bangladesh toured Pakistan for the first time.
1988 : In January, Bangladesh takes part and wins the second South-East Asia trophy, defeatingHong Kong.
The Third Asia Cup takes place in Bangladesh in October–November1988 with India , Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating as well as the host country.
1989 : In August–September, Bangladesh U-19 team tours England .
In December, 1989, Bangladesh hosts the First Under-19 Asia Cup.
1990 : The Decan Blues , captained by Syed Kirmani , tours Bangladesh in January and February. On February 4, 1990, pyjama cricket comes to Bangladesh , as the first ever day-night match is played in the Dhaka Stadium between BCCB U-25 and the Deccan Blues.
In February, 1990, a team from Denmark tours Bangladesh .
In March, 1990, Pakistan and India takes part in a two-match series. Bangladesh , the host country, is a surprising absentee.
In April, 1990, Bangladesh takes part in the Australasia Cup in Sharjah and plays against New Zealand and Australia for the firsttime in group matches.
In June, 1990, Bangladesh participates in the fourth ICC trophy held in Holland. Bangladesh finishes third in the tournament, losing in the semifinal against eventual champions Zimbabwe .
In December, 1990, Bangladesh visits India to take part in the fourth Asia Cup cricket along with India and Sri Lanka .
1992 : West Bengal visits Bangladesh in February. A little-known West Bengal batsman Saurav Ganguly scores a century and a half-century to help West Bengal prevail in both matches.
1992 : In June, Bangladesh takes part in the third South East Asia cup and wins the trophy again bydefeating Hong Kong .
In December, 1992, Bangladesh hosts the first SAARC cricket tournament. But the tournament comes to an abrupt end with twomatches to go, as tensions in Dhaka rise after the Babri mosque incident.
1993 : In March–April, 1993, the Karachi Airport Gymkhana team tours Bangladesh .
1994 : Bangladesh takes part in the fifth ICC Trophy and fails to qualify for the semifinals. In December, Dhaka hosts the 2nd SAARC cricket tournament. Bangladesh finishes runners up after losing the final to India 'A'.
1996 : IN September, Bangladesh takes part and wins the ACC Cup in KL, Malaysia .
1997 : Bangladesh wins the Sixth ICC trophy in Malaysia . Bangladesh also becomes a regular ICC member with the right to play One Day Internationals. Earlier, (inFeb), Dhaka hosted the 3rd & finalSAARC cricket tournament.
1998 : Bangladesh posts its first ODI win against Kenya in India . In October, Bangladesh hosts (although did not participate in) the first ever "Mini World Cup", a knock-out ODI tournament featuring all the test playing nations.
1999 : Bangladesh performs in the7th Cricket World Cup in England . In a group match, Bangladesh defeats Pakistan .
1999-2000 : A new first-class format National League is launched. The home and away tournament has divisional teams from Dhaka , Chittagong , Sylhet , Khulna , Barisal and Rajshahi .
2000 : Bangladesh attains the status of a test playing country on 26 June. Bangladesh 's inaugural Test match takes place in Dhaka against touring India on 10–14 November 2000
2004 : In December, Bangladesh defeats World Cup Runners-up India at the Bangabandhu NationalStadium in Dhaka , It was Bangladesh 's overall sixth win in one-dayers, but the first ODI victory on home soil. It was also only their third win against a Test-playing nation after defeating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in England and beating Zimbabwe in March, 2004.
2005 : In January, Bangladesh records their maiden test victory with a thumping 226 runs win over Zimbabwe . This was the 35th test for Bangladesh . Bangladesh team also secures its first ever Test and ODI series wins.
In June, Bangladesh defeats worldchampions Australia in a Natwest Series ODI match. Mohammad Ashraful is the hero with a run-a-ball century.
[ edit ] Brief summary
Early in 1975, the Dhaka (then"Dacca") stadium was in disrepair, the square having sunk several inches and the Press Club shell-torn. The M.C.C. tour in 1976/77 helped to build the enthusiasm; over 40,000 people attended the representative match at Dhaka. In 1977, Bangladesh became an Associate member of the International Cricket Council . Twofurther M.C.C. teams toured in 1978/79 and 1980/81.
The standard of cricket quickly rose, and soon Bangladesh was the top ICC associate country in the region, winning all ACC tournaments. This gave them the ...
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