‘This is just the beginning’ – Akbar Ali on Bangladesh’s ‘stepping stone’ triumph

Bangladesh’s long wait for a maiden global title ended when Rakibul Hasan flicked Atharva Ankolekar over midwicket to seal their victory at the 2020 U-19 World Cup, ending a 20-plus-year-long search for a crown. But according to their captain Akbar Ali the victory has just set the ball rolling for the future greatness that will come Bangladesh cricket’s way. He felt that the win now sets these champion teenagers to be more successful when they eventually transition into the senior team.

Akbar also dedicated the World Cup win to the people in Bangladesh because of their continuous support, irrespective of what results the team has brought in the past.

“This is the stepping stone for our future cricket,” he said. “And this is just the beginning. We need to keep the momentum and the hungriness when we go to the senior side.”

“The way the Bangladeshi people supported our cricket team, they…

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