England conquered the 50-over World Cup in 2019 and are now on a mission to win the T20 World Cup this year
England have become a dominant force in world cricket in the last few years, transforming themselves from a competitive side into a world class squad brimming with stars in almost every position.
The transformation of England in white-ball cricket had started back in 2015 and Bangladesh are related with the start of this epic transformation.
Bangladesh knocked England out of the 50-over World Cup in 2015 in Adelaide in March and that became the watershed moment for the founder of the game, who used to be skeptic about white-ball cricket.
“The Bangladesh Tigers have knocked England Lions out of the World Cup. One of the greatest days of Bangladesh’s cricket history and one of the lowest points in England's cricket history,” said Nasser Hussain, former English captain, during the TV commentary of that match.
That was a earth-shattering shock for the elite team and more importantly an epiphany that pushed them from nadir to the top of the world.
England selected Eoin Morgan, Irish by-born, as the captain of the side and he ushered a new era that saw the traditional side adopt a fearless approach.
They have transformed themselves into a powerhouse batting line-up and not only scored 350 many times but also got past 400 and even 450 several times.
England batting line consisting of aggressors like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes have smashed records in the last few years and entertained the fans with brilliant display of batting.
They have conquered the 50-over World Cup in 2019 and are now on a mission to win the T20 World Cup this year.
Roy, the man of the match against Bangladesh for his entertaining half-century, was asked how they have transformed over the years and converted themselves as one of the best batting units in white ball cricket.
He answered with a smile and replied that besides long term planning, the bond between the players was pivotal behind the great transformation.
“Our camp has been together since 2015 like you just said, and we've created bonds outside of cricket and on the field, which I think plays a huge part in traveling the world and playing good cricket. We understand our roles in the team as individuals and as teammates,” Roy said during the post-match press conference after the Bangladesh game.
“I know exactly what the lads are going on to perform, how they are going to perform, and they know how I'm going to perform. There's a lot of trust, a lot of friendships, but yeah, we are just a confident side that always want to get better,” he added.
Perhaps it's time for the Bangladesh Cricket Board to think in a similar way to build a good team for the future.
But Bangladesh has a knack of searching for short term success, rather than going for long term planning.
The latest examples are the recently concluded Australia and New Zealand series at home where they ensured success by preparing slow, low and turning pitches in Mirpur.
But Bangladesh needs to understand, if they want consistency in success, there is no profit in short-term, rather long term planning and implementation is the only route to gain permanent and major success.
The example of England is there to be taken.