Bangladesh Bow Out of World Cup 2023, Eyes Set on ICC Champions Trophy 2025

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Bangladesh has become the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup 2023 after enduring their 6th defeat in the tournament, this time at the hands of Pakistan. The defeat has effectively dashed their hopes of reaching the coveted semifinals, leaving the Tigers and their fans in a sombre mood. Even after these defeats Tigers still have a chance to qualify for the Champions Trophy 2025.

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Under the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh kicked off their 2023 World Cup campaign on a positive note, securing a comfortable win against Afghanistan at the HPCA Stadium. However, that initial victory proved to be a false dawn as the Tigers’ performances waned.

Their journey in the World Cup took a tumultuous path, with losses to cricketing powerhouses like India, New Zealand, England, and South Africa, along with surprising setbacks against the Netherlands and, most recently, Pakistan. The string of defeats has cast a shadow on their aspirations of advancing in the tournament.

With two league-stage matches against Australia and Sri Lanka still on the horizon, even winning both by significant margins wouldn’t be enough to secure a top-four finish.

The disappointing show by Bangladesh in the World Cup 2023 has left their passionate fan base disheartened. Prior to the mega event, the team found themselves entangled in several controversies, notably a major disagreement between senior players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh Aims for ICC Champions Trophy 2025

While their World Cup journey might have ended prematurely, Bangladesh still has a significant target within reach – the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025. The top seven teams from the 2023 World Cup standings, along with hosts Pakistan, will be granted entry to the prestigious tournament. This provides the Tigers with an opportunity to redeem themselves and prove their mettle on the global stage.

With two matches left in the World Cup, Bangladesh has a glimmer of hope. If they can secure victories in their remaining fixtures against Australia and Sri Lanka by substantial margins, they might just edge their way into the Champions Trophy. The prospect of featuring in the tournament holds special significance for Bangladesh, as they made it to the semifinals in the previous edition of the Champions Trophy in 2017, showcasing their ability to excel in high-pressure situations.

However, failing to qualify for the mega event in 2025 would undoubtedly be a huge disappointment for the Tigers and their supporters. The team will now need to regroup, put aside their internal issues, and focus on delivering strong performances in their remaining matches to secure a ticket to the ICC Champions Trophy.