Hamilton Masakadza, the new skipper of Zimbabwe and one of the prolific run-scorers of his country, recently praised the domestic structure of Bangladesh cricket. In a recent chat with CricFrenzy, Masakadza hailed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for establishing a highly competitive domestic structure which has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. The 32-year-old Zimbabwe cricketer is currently representing the Kalabagan Krira Chakra (KKC) in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League (DPL).
“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 flow of talented cricketers, which is why Bangladesh cricket is now far better than Zimbabwe. The credit goes to BCB for that,” said the Zimbabwean cricketer.
The story of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh cricket is one of strikingly contrasting fortunes. The latter is slowly transforming into a strong cricketing nation, whereas the former is dipping to its lowest in recent times.
In the ICC One-Day Internationals (ODI) rankings, Bangladesh are currently at No 7—ranked higher than teams like Pakistan and West Indies. They have already qualified for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy where only the eight best ODI cricket nations can compete.
Zimbabwe on the other hand are ranked 11—even below Afghanistan. Their domestic structure is not in good shape and it has affected the performance of the national team.
“In a very short 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,” Masakadza mentioned.
Masakadza and Sean Williams are the only two Zimbabweans, who are currently playing in the 12-team DPL 2016. Williams is playing for Brothers Union.