Bangladesh will burn in the shame of whitewash if they lose in the third ODI against Zimbabwe. And then after 21 years, Team Tigers will witness something like that to Zimbabwe. Bangladesh was last whitewashed by Zimbabwe in this format in 2001. Meanwhile, the defeat of the last match will affect the ranking. Tamim Iqbal’s team will drop 1 place to eighth place.
Bangladesh continues to lose in Harare. After the T20 series, the ODI series has also been missed after a gap of 9 years. Before the third match, the shame of the whitewash is really eye-opening.
Bangladesh has a habit of losing against Zimbabwe in their favorite format. 19 consecutive wins since 2013. The current tour ends that triumphant journey. Now, avoiding the shame of 21 years ago has become the only goal of Team Bangladesh.
Bangladesh were last whitewashed in 2001 by Zimbabwe in an ODI. The team, led by Khaled Masood Pilot, lost three out of three matches. There is no cricketer in the current Tiger squad who played in that series held at home ground.
After that, in 21 years, two teams have walked in two poles. Day by day, in contrast to the development of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe has left its golden past behind.
But in the current series, Sikandar Kings have changed all calculations
For Zimbabwe, the whitewash will not only bring back memories of two decades ago, but also affect the current rankings. Tamim Iqbal will drop down to eighth place if he cannot avoid defeat in the third ODI.
Bangladesh started the series with 98 rating points. The Tigers were expected to easily win the series against the 15th ranked team. However, two consecutive losses have had a big impact on the ICC ranking. There is no option for them to win in the third match to save the place.
Bangladesh will lose 7 rating points if whitewashed. Rating points will decrease from 98 to 91. Sri Lanka, which is ranked eighth with a rating of 92, will be overtaken by the Tigers. Therefore, the visitors have no option to avoid a whitewash even if they retain the seventh place.