World Cup victory is the biggest achievement of Bangladesh’s sports: Papon

Publish: 7:38 PM, February 10, 2020 | Update: 7:38:PM, February 10, 2020

DHAKA,  – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon on Monday has labeled the Under-19 team’s World Cup triumph as the biggest achievement in the country’s sports history.

In what was their first final in the competition’s 22-year history, the young Tigers beat four-time champions India by three wickets in a nervy clash at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom in South Africa on Sunday to clinch the trophy.

“It is not only the achievement of the cricket, but also it is the biggest achievement of the country’s sports history,” Nazmul Hassan Papon said today.

He revealed that the success came through a four-year long well planning and strategy as the BCB took a number of steps to make them matured before going for the ultimate kill.

“This was the most well prepared and well planned team. The performance that they showed around the world, we had the belief that they would do well,” he added.

Bangladesh’s highest success at Under-19 level was to achieve third spot in 2016. Papon said after losing the semifinal to West Indies in 2016 tournament, the BCB started taking plan to be champions in this tournament.

“During 2016 tournament we hoped that we would play the final but we lost the semifinal to West Indies. Still the memory is vivid in my mind. I won’t say what happened that time but I understood it well that where our shortcomings lie. So we started taking plans, identifying our mistakes. We redesigned the aged level team and gave them much opportunity to play and became matured,” he remarked.

After that the BCB observed that the Under-19 boys got the success at home but couldn’t thrive in foreign condition.

“So we started arranging tours for them in the country like Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa where the sub-continent team always struggles. As they started touring those countries, they began winning at one phase and in line with that we have won the World Cup.”

Papon said that the BCB has the plan to give them a reception but firstly they want the players to meet their family first. The Under-19 team will arrive in the country on February 12.

“They have sacrificed a lot to clinch the trophy. So far I understood, they became very home sick. So after coming here, we will receive them in airport. They will have lunch with us after which they would be released to meet their family.”

There will be no official reception in airport area, considering the public sufferings, Papon informed.

“We will receive them but we don’t want huge gathering because that is airport area and the people might suffer for huge gatherings.”