Cricket: Bangladesh betting predictions and odds for ICC World Cup
Bangladesh are $101 with bookmakers for the 2019 ICC World Cup, and an overall lack of depth may hurt their bid to advance through to the finals.
Four years ago in Australia the Tigers made it through to the quarter-finals with wins over Afghanistan, Scotland and, famously, England, but we don’t see them making it that far this time.
The World Gambling List is releasing our predictions for each of the 10 teams competing in England and Wales, and our cricket expert says Bangladesh will finish in the bottom few teams at the ICC World Cup.
But that is not to say there are no betting options around the Bangladeshi team. We give them great chances of overcoming Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, West Indies and possible Pakistan, given the latter’s sometimes patchy form.
In the lead-up to the ODI World Cup starting on May 30, the WGL will give our tips for each team’s prospects overall, as well as likely top run-scorer and wicket-taker.
The power-laden England team remains the firm favourite to win the 2019 ICC World Cup final at Lord’s on July 14.
Where Bangladesh will finish in the 2019 World Cup
WGL prediction: Ninth. Whiles the Tigers are an extremely experienced and competitive line-up, they may not be suited by the expected conditions. Their pace line-up is not super fast and their spinners are unlikely to find favourable pitches. They have the potential to make big totals, however, thanks to the likes of Tamim Iqbal and champion all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Bangladesh’s World Cup draw
June 2: South Africa v Bangladesh, The Oval, London
June 5: Bangladesh v New Zealand, The Oval, London (d/n)
June 8: England v Bangladesh, Cardiff Wales Stadium
June 11: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, County Ground Bristol
June 17: Windies v Bangladesh, County Ground Taunton
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 24: Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
July 2: Bangladesh v India, Edgbaston, Birmingham
July 5: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Lord’s, London (d/n)
Bangladesh squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup
Coach: Steve Rhodes
Liton Das (wicketkeeper)
Mohammad Mithun (wicketkeeper)
Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper)
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain)
Shakib Al Hasan
Leading wicket-taker predictions for Bangladesh
Left-arm fast medium bowler Mustafizur Rahman heads the leading wicket taker betting here at around $3.75, but we will go with the nation’s greatest bowler: right-armer Mashrafe Mortaza at $4. The latter has plenty of tricks and this will almost certainly be his last outing on such a grand stage. Superstar all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s spin might not be suited and he also has been recovering from injury.
Leading run-scorer tips for Bangladesh
Left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal is his country’s greatest run-scorer, with more than 6500 in ODIs. At $67 he could not be ruled out of calculations to be leading run-scorer overall. After all, under the Cup format this year each team is guaranteed nine matches and he will likely open in all of them. We feel the battle to be the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh will be between Tamim Iqbal ($3) and Shakib Al Hasan ($5), who most certainly would be selected for his batting alone and will likely bat first drop. The left-hander is the No.2-ranked all-rounder in ODI cricket. Keeper Mushfiqur Rahim ($6.50) can also score heavily but may not get the same opportunities as the others.
Bangladesh prediction – Can the Tigers defy the odds?
Not this time unfortunately for the cricket-mad nation of 165 million. They have an experienced squad with four players having already competed in three previous ICC World Cups: skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, opener Tamim Iqbal, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. But they may lack the punch with both bat and ball to trouble the heavy hitters such as England and India.
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