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“The national team is still to repay the faith of its adoring public”
Former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble has announced that he believes Bangladesh are not doing enough to satisfy their loyal fans.
Despite making it through to the Super-10 stage of the World Twenty20, Bangladesh are already in trouble after they were absolutely demolished by the West Indies.
“They’ve played at the highest level for a good number of years but the worrying thing for me is they have yet to arrive as a top-class international team,” Kumble wrote in his Times of India column. “It is bewildering when you consider the immense passion for the game in the country. The game is played at a reasonable level throughout the country but the national team is still to repay the faith of its adoring public.
“They [Bangladesh] have scored some good wins in the ODI version but not consistently enough to be taken seriously for a big team. With a tournament of this stature having arrived at their doorstep, it’s a fantastic opportunity for Bangladesh to make people look at them in a different light.”