ICC T20 World Cup 2022: "We are not here to win the World Cup": Shakib Al Hasan

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Bangladesh announced their squad for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia with a big name missing from the list of 15.

Former captain Mahmud Ullah has been dropped from the Bangladesh squad for the T20 World Cup 2022 that will be led by Shakib Al Hasan.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Mossadek Hossain, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain, Nasum Ahmed.

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Experienced batter Mahmudullah has been dropped from the 15-man squad of the forthcoming T20 World Cup as Shakib al Hasan will lead the side. The squad was announced after a BCB meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Mahmudullah faced stern criticism for his batting approach in the shortest version of the game in social media from fans after Bangladesh’s poor shows in last World Cup and recent Asia Cup at UAE.

Sabbir Rahman, who came to the side after a long hiatus, kept his place as Liton Das, Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan Sohan returned to the squad after recovering their injuries that saw them missing the Asia Cup.

Soumya Sakar is also recalled as one of the four standbys

https://www.dhakatribune.com/cricket/2022/09/14/mahmudullah-axed-from-wc-squad
 
Good.

They were losing anyway. Better to lose with youngsters than with oldies. Youngsters can get experience at least.
 
Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s inclusion in the 15-member squad came as a surprise to many as the left-hander has an average record in T20Is, or even in white-ball cricket.

The southpaw has played nine T20Is so far and scored 148 runs with an average of 18.5 and strike rate of 104.22.

His domestic record in T20 is slightly better, as he has totaled 1,896 runs in 89 innings with an average of 23.4 and strike rate of 122.16.

Shanto thus far has garnered two centuries and six half centuries in his domestic T20 career.

The selectors informed that Shanto was picked for his impressive performance in Bangladesh Premier League and that the team management also wanted him ahead of other options.

“Look at the statistics of Shanto in BPL. He has performed well among the domestic players. Shanto has a century in BPL. Everyone wanted him in the team, that’s why he has been picked,” said chief selector Minhajul Abedin to the media.

“A lot of things were discussed about him. We wanted a back-up opener. Everyone agreed on his inclusion in the squad. So we have picked him for the final 15,” he added.

Sridharan Sriram, the technical consultant, has also been impressed with Shanto’s ability after observing him in the practice sessions and the former Indian all-rounder believes the 24-year old can make an impact in the team’s performance.

“He is a good cricketer. Shanto has the temperament necessary for international cricket. Although I have talked with him and observed him for a limited amount of time, I believe he will cope with international cricket. He has the ability to perform well on the wicket which produces bounce. The impact player we are looking for, Shanto has every quality of that,” said Sriram.

Shanto was also considered as a backup opener and chosen ahead of Soumya Sarkar, who is on the standby list.

Sriram clarified more on Shanto’s inclusion, saying, “Sometimes watching out for the first two overs with the new ball in Australia or New Zealand could be an impact. It's not about getting 20 runs always in the first two overs.

“So even if you are 15 for no loss in the first two overs, it will set you up for a good powerplay. Especially in Australia and New Zealand during early of summer, the condition will be challenging in early overs with the new ball.

“Recently Australia played against New Zealand and Trent Boult was outstanding, both teams were 40/4. So again, we are talking about impact, which is not only about the scoreboard, it will also be how we read those conditions and how we adapt. And I think we have covered all bases that we have selected.”

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Bangladesh will play two Twenty20 international matches against the United Arab Emirates as part of their build-up for the T20 World Cup in Australia, the country's cricket board said Thursday.

The two matches will be held on September 25 and 27 in Dubai, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said in a joint statement with its UAE counterpart Emirates Cricket Board.

"This tour will be an important part of Bangladesh team's lead up to the T20 World Cup in Australia," said BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

Bangladesh have met the UAE in cricket's shortest format only once previously, winning at home by 51 runs in 2016.

Both teams will participate in the T20 World Cup in Australia, starting on October 16.

The UAE will play in the preliminary round Group A alongside Asian champions Sri Lanka, Namibia, and the Netherlands.

Two teams from each of the two preliminary round groups will qualify for the second round.

Bangladesh will appear in the second round Group 2 alongside India, Pakistan, South Africa and two qualifiers.

Bangladesh also will play a tri-nation tournament in New Zealand involving the hosts and Pakistan before travelling to Australia for the T20 World Cup.

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Bangladesh will be without the services of their skipper Shakib Al Hasan for the tour of UAE, as they amp up preparations for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Shakib misses out on the 17-member squad due to his ongoing participation in the Caribbean Premier League. In Shakib's absence, Nurul Hasan, who is returning from a finger injury will lead the side.

The squad is mainly made up of players named in the team for the T20 World Cup in October. But in Shakib's absence, Bangladesh have included three of the four reserve players who have been named on standby for Australia.

Leg-spinner Rishad Hossain gets a maiden senior call-up. Batter Soumya Sarkar also gets a recall, having last played a T20I in November 2021. Left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam has also been included in the 17-member squad.

Bangladesh will depart for UAE on September 22 and play a two-match T20I series against the hosts. The two matches are scheduled to take place on September 25 and 27. The squad will return to Bangladesh on September 28 to continue their preparations for the marquee event in Australia, before departing for New Zealand for their T20I tri-series against the Blackcaps and Pakistan.

Bangladesh squad: Nurul Hasan (c), Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Litton Das, Yasir Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Rishad Hossain
 
Tamim Iqbal has questioned the selectors' decision to drop two senior pros before such a big event despite carrying them for the entire year.

"I told you earlier if Mushfiqur (Rahim), Riyad (Mahmudullah) were there in this big stage like the World Cup, then I think it would have been better. Since you carried such senior cricketers for the whole year, then why (exclude) them just before the World Cup."
 
Something isn’t right

Why did Shakib come to bat at 6?
 
No idea.

He bowled late too.

I honestly don't know what's going on. It seems like players are not playing with 100% enthusiasm.

He didn’t play the first game

BD changed a decent batting order by putting Afif at 4. Him and Mehidy were very good as openers

Shakib should be at number 3 no matter what

If he doesn’t want to play he might as well retire officially
 
He didn’t play the first game

BD changed a decent batting order by putting Afif at 4. Him and Mehidy were very good as openers

Shakib should be at number 3 no matter what

If he doesn’t want to play he might as well retire officially

Yup. It seems like he wants to pick and choose when he wants to play and which position he wants to play.

Too much power has been given to him. He got spoiled.
 
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No idea.

He bowled late too.

I honestly don't know what's going on. It seems like players are not playing with 100% enthusiasm.

Something isn’t right

Why did Shakib come to bat at 6?

He brought himself at number 7, not even 6.

Really bizarre and pathetic performance. Agree, the players don't even seem motivated. The england australia match was much more entertaining.
 
Bangladesh technical director Sridharan Sriram opened up about Bangladesh's approach heading into the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia.

Bangladesh technical director Sridharan Sriram wants to be flexible with his options at the top of the order having still not zeroed in on an opening pair ahead of the T20 World Cup.

The Tigers opted for four different combinations at one and two in the recent tri-series in New Zealand. Sriram said that there was clarity in the setup despite the constant tinkering with the opening slots in the shortest format in recent years.

"I think we are very clear about the best team we want to play so the captain, myself and the director are all on the same page.”

“We're quite clear as to what combinations we want. I think we have got two-three combinations in mind and given the conditions we face on the day we might modify and adapt accordingly."

The former India all-rounder also indicated that Bangladesh will continue to tinker with personnel at the top of the order during the T20 World Cup too, depending on the opposition and conditions on the day. Bangladesh ended the New Zealand tri-series winless but Sriram was optimistic about his team hitting form during the World Cup.

"You look at it as experiments but we look at it as different combinations. You learn about your players when you put them in different situations and learn how each of them responds. I think we have learned quite a bit. We're very clear about the combinations we go with against different teams," he said.

"It's not about one slot (opening) I think for Bangladesh to win the game, everything has to come together. It's not only about the opening slot or just about the pace bowlers. It's about the entire team."

Possible changes to the T20 World Cup squad?

Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam have given Bangladesh a good selection headache and remain in the fray for a spot in the side travelling to Australia. Bangladesh pace bowling coach had recently hinted at making possible changes to the squad before the cut-off date and Sriram reiterated the same.

"He (Soumya) played a shot and got out. That's intent," he said. "I think he was selfless and played for the team. He tried to get going in the first few overs when we got only six or seven runs. He tried to force the pace and got out but it happens.".

"He played a good knock at number three in the last game so I think there are good signs. A player like him, we need to really instil the confidence. We still have time (to bring changes in the World Cup squad). There will definitely be discussions and we're open."

Bangladesh will face South Africa in their group-stage opener in the World Cup before meeting Asian heavyweights India and Pakistan.

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Bangladesh technical director Sridharan Sriram opened up about Bangladesh's approach heading into the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia.

Bangladesh technical director Sridharan Sriram wants to be flexible with his options at the top of the order having still not zeroed in on an opening pair ahead of the T20 World Cup.

The Tigers opted for four different combinations at one and two in the recent tri-series in New Zealand. Sriram said that there was clarity in the setup despite the constant tinkering with the opening slots in the shortest format in recent years.

"I think we are very clear about the best team we want to play so the captain, myself and the director are all on the same page.”

“We're quite clear as to what combinations we want. I think we have got two-three combinations in mind and given the conditions we face on the day we might modify and adapt accordingly."

The former India all-rounder also indicated that Bangladesh will continue to tinker with personnel at the top of the order during the T20 World Cup too, depending on the opposition and conditions on the day. Bangladesh ended the New Zealand tri-series winless but Sriram was optimistic about his team hitting form during the World Cup.

"You look at it as experiments but we look at it as different combinations. You learn about your players when you put them in different situations and learn how each of them responds. I think we have learned quite a bit. We're very clear about the combinations we go with against different teams," he said.

"It's not about one slot (opening) I think for Bangladesh to win the game, everything has to come together. It's not only about the opening slot or just about the pace bowlers. It's about the entire team."

Possible changes to the T20 World Cup squad?

Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam have given Bangladesh a good selection headache and remain in the fray for a spot in the side travelling to Australia. Bangladesh pace bowling coach had recently hinted at making possible changes to the squad before the cut-off date and Sriram reiterated the same.

"He (Soumya) played a shot and got out. That's intent," he said. "I think he was selfless and played for the team. He tried to get going in the first few overs when we got only six or seven runs. He tried to force the pace and got out but it happens.".

"He played a good knock at number three in the last game so I think there are good signs. A player like him, we need to really instil the confidence. We still have time (to bring changes in the World Cup squad). There will definitely be discussions and we're open."

Bangladesh will face South Africa in their group-stage opener in the World Cup before meeting Asian heavyweights India and Pakistan.

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With all due respect to Sriram, I think his method is unlikely to work with a team like BD.

His approach can work with England because they have a big pool of good LOI players. BD do not.

I believe most positions need to be fixed so that players can develop their games accordingly.
 
So, Soumya and Shoriful replacing Saifuddin and Sabbir, in the WC squad.

Sabbir never a top 3 batsman. Moronic idea to begin with. Sabbir mid to low order batsman. Saifuddin has been poor with the ball and doesn’t do jack with the bat, since comeback and doesn't look proper fully fit.

Soumya can chip in with few overs and if he clicks with the bat he can be destructive but has to use his head a little bit because he has the old 2000s BD batters way of getting out so softly. occupy the crease, play proper cricketing shots and learn from Babar, Kohli, and Rizwan, you don’t have to go wild gungho!

Shoriful was always in my 15. He is a good bowler plus with his height could get extra bounce off the wicket, different left arm pacer to fizz who is useless outside Asia.
 
Bangladesh have made two changes to their T20 World Cup squad after the tri-series in New Zealand with Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam named in the final 15-member group.

The duo replace Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin in the squad. Shoriful was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the series in UAE and would add more left-arm pace options for Bangladesh, while Sarkar adds an all-rounder bowling option and top-order batting strength.

Both Shoriful and Sarkar were initially named in the reserves for the tournament. However, Saifuddin and Sabbir failed to show form in the UAE series and in New Zealand in the tri-series, forcing the team to make changes to the squad.

Bangladesh bowling coach Allan Donald had hinted at possible changes to the squad a few days back.

"I think there might be a chance that the squad could be changed and that is probably why they brought two extra guys, we have that time, don't we? We have a few more days to sort that out before we depart for Australia," Donald said.

"(Sridharan) Sriram is looking at a lot of combinations where he feels he needs to be accurate, have one more last look and see what he needs to do and find the right people to go and do their job. So it's never an easy thing.

"Trust me, as a coach sitting up there you are never sure what is the right combination."

Shoriful played three of the four matches in the tri-series in New Zealand while Sarkar was also involved in two of them.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Nurul Hasan, Afif Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Litton Das, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Musaddek Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali Chowdhury.

Stand-by players: Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin.

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BD squads looks ok on paper but the team lacks confidence and self belief.
 
BD squads looks ok on paper but the team lacks confidence and self belief.

They are a terrible team. Always were and always have been. If Afghanistan had the same support and money, they would be one of the top dogs in cricket.
 
How does Bangladesh always find good coaches? Allan Donald comes across as a brilliant coach during interviews.
 
Bold call if they are looking for the future. But that Afif guy? He looks so fragile. Good for BD that they are playing India and Pakistan at Adelaide oval with short side boundaries.
 
They are a terrible team. Always were and always have been. If Afghanistan had the same support and money, they would be one of the top dogs in cricket.

That’s hypocritical. Afghanistan didnt and won’t. That’s life. BD is big cricket market now. ICC favoured stable, cricket craze nation with big population. That’s how it goes.

And, you’re also generalising BD being “terrible”. In T20s, yes they have been. in test? to a large large part but now know test cricket better and have the ingredients to win matches. But in ODI’s they’re a decent team, they understand ODI’s best. Hence why BCCI never invites them for an ODI series but test and T20 series.
 
This new consultant of BD. Judging by the youtube BD cricket videos from various channels, he seems like is trying his hard trying to land the job, working close up and trying to get his ideas into the heads of the players. Unlike some other foreign coaches who just stand and watch and say little. This dude seems like genuinely wants to be there for long term. Hope the team clicks for his sake too. But please don’t try makeshift openers with Sabbir and Miraz as openers!
 
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A disappointing display Monday saw Bangladesh lose to Afghanistan by 62 runs in a warm-up match prior to the Super 12 round of the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 Australia.

Batting first at the Allan Border field in Brisbane, the Afghans piled up a competitive 160/7 in their 20 overs, thanks to a late 17-ball unbeaten 41 from captain Mohammad Nabi, and 39-ball 46 from No 3 batter Ibrahim Zadran.

Right-arm paceman Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3/30 from his quota of four overs, while fellow right-arm quick Hasan Mahmud also put in an impressive shift, finishing with 2/24 from his four overs.

Skipper Shakib al Hasan also bagged two wickets but was expensive giving away 46 runs in four overs.

In reply, the men in red and green lost wickets at regular intervals and only managed 98/9 in 20 overs.

Openers Nazmul Hossain Shanto (12 off nine) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (16 off 31) failed to provide a good start while the following four batters - Soumya Sarkar, Shakib (both one), Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali (both nought) – further compounded Bangladesh’s woes by departing in quick succession.

Mosaddek Hossain top-scored with a 33-ball 29 while Mustafizur Rahman was not out on 10 off 17 deliveries as Bangladesh fell way short in the end.

Left-arm seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi ended up with miserly bowling figure of 3/9 off three overs.

Bangladesh will take on South Africa Wednesday in their second and last warm-up game.

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I'm surprised that they have dropped Muhmadulla. He used to be a good finisher for BD (the Niandas trophy definitely comes to mind). I read a couple of weeks ago that Mushfiqur retired from T20, same happened to Muhmadulla? If not, should be in the team since you guys lack experience and no real slogger down the order for you guys either.
 
With just seven wins over 33 matches in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Bangladesh have history to overturn in unfamiliar conditions Down Under.

Squad
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Nurul Hasan, Afif Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Litton Das, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Musaddek Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali Chowdhury. Reserves: Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin

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Best finish at the tournament
Super 8 (2007)

A stunning win over West Indies in Johannesburg in their first match of the tournament gave Bangladesh a strong start to their campaign. Led by Mohammad Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed, Bangladesh chased down 165 inside 18 overs to emerge victorious.

Subsequently, they lost to South Africa but got out of the group to reach the Super 8 stage where they lost each of their three matches to Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan respectively.

The win against the West Indies in their first-ever T20 World Cup match remains one of their only seven victories over the seven editions of the tournament.


Results in the last 10 T20I games

(Most recent first): L L L L W W L L L W

Fixtures
vs A2 (October 24), Bellerive Oval, Hobart

vs South Africa (October 27), Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

vs B1 (October 30), The Gabba, Brisbane

vs India (November 2), Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

vs Pakistan (November 6), Adelaide Oval, Adelaide


Key match
vs the qualifying teams (October 24 and 30)

Bangladesh have never won a T20I against South Africa, beaten Pakistan only twice in 17 attempts in this format and India once in 11 matches. Given that the conditions aren't to their strengths, Bangladesh's best bet to be genuine contenders to qualify from the group would be to win their matches against the two qualifying teams,

Banking on more aggression at the top of the order with the bat after leaving out a few senior players, Bangladesh will be eyeing good totals against these teams with their rejuvenated pace attack offering promise on paper.

Bangladesh's struggles against pace are evident. A loss in the warm-up fixture against Afghanistan, where they were blown away by pace in the Powerplay, further underlines this. To tackle teams to their best potential, Bangladesh will need intent at the top and their spinners doing well through the middle overs.

Key Player

Litton Das - While Shakib Al Hasan adds great balance, experience and bowling prowess, Bangladesh's key player this campaign would be Litton Das. The opener's promising showing in New Zealand in the recent tri-series is evidence of how he can get going on the bouncier surfaces against quality quicks.

Since the end of the last T20 World Cup, Das has amassed 417 runs at an average of 29.78 and a strike rate close to 140. He's also made three fifty-plus scores from the top.

If Litton can give Shakib and the likes of Afif Hossain and Nurul Hasan a decent base, Bangladesh would benefit immensely.

Bangladesh shuffle the pack with two last-minute squad changes
Summary
A couple of last-ditch changes in the squad for the tournament reveal a kind of uncertainty regarding their best combination in this format. In the last few months, the group has seen marked changes with skipper from the last campaign, Mahmud Ullah, dropped for this edition and the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman, who was moved to the reserve pool, no longer there.

The fact that Bangladesh have struggled to notch up consistent wins in this format, especially outside home, is worrying. Since 2021, Bangladesh have won only seven of their 28 T20I matches outside home.

This includes series losses to New Zealand, West Indies, and recently, Zimbabwe, where they conceded both the T20Is and ODIs. An early exit from the Asia Cup further dented Bangladesh's recent record in T20Is.

While there were flashes of individual brilliance in the recent tri-series in New Zealand, they ended up losing all of their four matches.

There's no denying that Bangladesh have talent. There's potential with the bat in the top and middle order, some quality spin options and some impressive pacers, who are quickly forging a formidable unit.

But it will take Bangladesh more than individual performances to surprise a few teams in this tournament. As Namibia and Scotland showed in the first two days at the T20 World Cup, to beat good teams you need the entire team stepping up.

Shakib will hope he can rally around his men in this new-look Bangladesh side to punch above their weight and put in a good performance Down Under this time around.

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BANGLADESH HOPING TO IMPROVE ON PREVIOUS MEN'S T20 WORLD CUP RECORD


Bangladesh are looking to shake their tag as underachievers when they begin their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign in Australia. Despite being ever-presents at the tournament since its first staging in 2007, the Tigers have won just seven of their 33 matches.

A recent tri-series with Pakistan and New Zealand failed to produce a single victory and two changes have been made to the squad off the back of those four matches.

The competition will only get fiercer when they venture down under, with India, Pakistan and South Africa for company in Group 2, in conditions that could not be any more different to what they are accustomed to at home.

So how will Bangladesh fare at the World Cup – will they come unstuck again or can they make it a World Cup to remember?

2022 prospects

Bangladesh have an identical record from each of the last three World Cups – having won just two matches, none of which have come at the Super 12 stage. Unlike each of the three previous tournaments, however, Bangladesh will not be starting their campaign at the first-round stage.

The opening fixture for Bangladesh is against the runner-up of Group A – one of Namibia, Netherlands or Sri Lanka.

A victory there would instill confidence ahead of a crucial match up with South Africa, who are the lowest-ranked side among the other automatic qualifiers in Group 2.

That has to be a game that the squad look to target and a win in Sydney would leave them in a fantastic position ahead of a match-up with the Group B winners in Brisbane. Wins will be hard to come by thereafter, with fixtures against previous winners India and Pakistan.

So the realistic ambition for Bangladesh has to be improving on that record of two wins prior to those final two matches.

T20 World Cup History

Arguably Bangladesh’s best T20 World Cup moment came in their very first fixture.

Back in 2007 against a highly-fancied West Indies side which included the likes of Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ravi Rampaul, Bangladesh chased down the Windies’ total of 164 with ease, wrapping up victory with 12 balls to spare. Shakib Al Hasan took four wickets that day and contributed with the bat too.

It took another seven years for Bangladesh to taste success again in the competition, as they went winless through each of the 2009, 2010 and 2012 World Cups.

The unwanted streak ended on home soil in 2014 with victories over Afghanistan and Nepal but a defeat against Hong Kong in their final group fixture seemed to deflate the team ahead of Super 10 stage, where they lost all four fixtures.

They progressed as group stage winners once again in 2016 but lost all four of their Super 10 stage matches for the second tournament running.

Their 2021 campaign then got off to the worst possible start with a defeat to Scotland in Oman. They recovered from there to progress to the Super 12s as group runners-up but struggled thereafter, with a three-run defeat against the West Indies the closest they came to a win over a Full Member nation.

Current form

Preparations began in earnest in July with a pair of three-match series, the first of which came against the Windies.

That ended in a 2-0 series defeat after the first contest was abandoned due to rain; Afif Hossain was the shining light of the series, with scores of 51 and 34 from his two innings.
Zimbabwe were next and the Chevrons pulled off a surprise victory in the opening fixture in Harare as Bangladesh finished 17 runs short chasing 205.

It seemed as if normality had been restored with a comfortable seven-wicket victory in the second contest, but Zimbabwe once again coasted home in the final T20 and returned home with a 2-1 series win.

A different competition and location failed to yield a change in results, with three straight defeats in the Asia Cup contested in the UAE.

The side did then come out on top in a two-match series with the Asia Cup hosts but were firmly third best in their tri-series with Pakistan and New Zealand.
Since the last World Cup, they have won four of their 18 T20 matches.

Best batters

Shakib provides a wealth of experience and quality in the middle order. He and Litton Das have proven themselves to be the side’s most consistent batters since the last World Cup. There is no settled opening partnership, however, with four different combinations used during the tri-series in New Zealand.

Soumya Sarkar was a late addition to the squad after impressing in that series and could be one to watch for his aggressive intent at the top of the order.

Best bowlers

Mahedi Hasan is the highest ranked Bangladesh bowler according to the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Bowling Rankings but there is no place for him among the stable of spin bowlers.

In his place, expect Nasum Ahmed and Shakib to try and spin their team to victory – an envious task on flat tracks in Australia.

That means that greater responsibility will fall on the shoulders of left-arm quick Shoriful Islam, who at the age of just 21 has the chance to make himself a hero after finishing as the joint-highest wicket-taker in Bangladesh’s series in the UAE.
 
Bangladesh in good shape before T20 WC opener

Bangladesh T20I team reached Hobart Saturday, the venue of the side’s Twenty20 World Cup opener.

The team arrived in a delayed flight from Brisbane through Melbourne amid overcast weather.

Following the hectic journey, the team cancelled their scheduled training on the day and remained at the hotel.

The team are scheduled to practice at Kingston Twin Ovals Sunday morning before taking on Group A runner-up side from the first round, the Netherlands.

There is however, high chance of rain as the weather forecast in Tasmania, an island located 240 kilometers to the south of the Australian mainland, anticipates inclement weather.

The weather for Sunday forecasts precipitation of 60% while Monday, the matchday against the Dutch, it will be 91.

Earlier Bangladesh had their second official warm-up game, against South Africa followed by two sessions of training, washed off by rain in Brisbane.

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operations committee chairman Jalal Younus while speaking to the media cited grief at missing out on the match and training time but believes the team are in good shape heading into their tournament opener.

“We couldn’t train in Brisbane due to rain but the sessions before that were good. The team are happy. It was sad to miss out on the practice game [against South Africa]. There is no better practice than playing a match. In Hobart the forecast is showing rain so that might hamper training as well,” said Jalal upon reaching Hobart Saturday.

“But still the team think they have done enough preparation starting with the tour of New Zealand for the tri series,” the BCB director added.

Bangladesh had reached Australia conceding four defeats in the tri-series involving Pakistan and hosts New Zealand.

There is a wide discussion in the fraternity that Bangladesh have a good chance to make a turnaround given that they are starting the world event with an easier opponent in the group.

“We are expecting a positive result like everyone else. We want to play good cricket considering that we are playing directly in the main event. We need to stay positive going ahead and play for the win,” said Jalal.

“There is no option to take any team lightly. All teams that have qualified for the main round are capable and strong sides. They have come to the main round by proving themselves. The matches in the first round have been highly competitive. So, there is no room to get complacent. We need to keep our focus,” he added.

Bangladesh in Group 2 have South Africa, Zimbabwe, India and Pakistan as the other opponents.

Following the game in Hobart, Bangladesh team will travel to Sydney to take on the Proteas this Thursday.

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Rilee Rossouw 109 off 56 balls (7 fours, 8 sixes)
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September 2007: the last time that Bangladesh beat a strong team in a T20 World Cup match

Yes, you read that right. That win, from 15 years ago, in the inaugural edition of the tournament, came against the West Indies. After that, they´ve only beaten weaker teams, such as Afghanistan, Oman, Nepal, the Netherlands, and Papua New Guinea. They came very closing to in fact knocking India out of the tournament in 2016, but lost by run when their lower-order hitters tried to go for the glory shot to win the game. In total, they´ve only won eight matches in all editions of this particular tournament.

All these years, whereas their ODI team seemed to have made at least a some kind of progress, their T20I team never quite picked up with the pace of the shortest format of the game. That´s a pretty poor record from them, given the number of years since they´ve been playing the game.
 
They do not have separate teams for formats and seem to lack power hitters, to be a good T20 side you need hitters and Bdesh lacks in that space even in ODI's
 
At what stage B'desh will just voluntarily give up the full member status of international cricket? As a kinda token of self respect. They have been at it for like almost 30 years now and haven't even won an Asia Cup. Doesn't it get humiliating to loose match after match for decades.
 
September 2007: the last time that Bangladesh beat a strong team in a T20 World Cup match

Yes, you read that right. That win, from 15 years ago, in the inaugural edition of the tournament, came against the West Indies. After that, they´ve only beaten weaker teams, such as Afghanistan, Oman, Nepal, the Netherlands, and Papua New Guinea. They came very closing to in fact knocking India out of the tournament in 2016, but lost by run when their lower-order hitters tried to go for the glory shot to win the game. In total, they´ve only won eight matches in all editions of this particular tournament.

All these years, whereas their ODI team seemed to have made at least a some kind of progress, their T20I team never quite picked up with the pace of the shortest format of the game. That´s a pretty poor record from them, given the number of years since they´ve been playing the game.

Well, given Bangladesh´s record in the history of the ongoing tournament, their today´s victory over Zimbabwe should, in all honesty, be termed as an achievement, by all means. A good win for them. What a match it was! Phew!

They do not have separate teams for formats and seem to lack power hitters, to be a good T20 side you need hitters and Bdesh lacks in that space even in ODI's

And Pakistan have the same problem: the lack of power hitters, that is.
 
On the eve of the T20 World Cup Super 12 match against India at the Adelaide Oval, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan on Tuesday said that his side are not here to win the tournament, and if they end up beating India, it would indeed be an upset. Both India and Bangladesh currently have 4 points in Group 2 and a win would further solidify their chances of making it to the semi-finals.

"Every match is important for us and we want to play with the same approach. We don't want to focus on any single opposition. We just want to stick to our plans. We are not worried about the strike rates of our players in this World Cup. We are just focused on giving a complete team performance in all the departments of the game," Shakib told reporters in a press conference.

"We want to play well in our remaining two games. If we are able to win against India or Pakistan, it would be an upset. Both the teams are better than us on paper, if we play well and if it is our day, there is no reason why we cannot win. We have seen teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe beating England and Pakistan. If we are able to do the same, I'll be happy," he added.

Further talking about the match against India, the Bangladesh captain said: "I think it will be a full house because India gets good support wherever they play. I think it will be a good game. India are the favourites heading into the match. They have come here to win the World Cup, we are not here to win the World Cup. You can understand the situation, if we win against India, it will be an upset and we will try our best to upset India.

India batter Suryakumar Yadav has been in superb form and he has registered two half-centuries so far. Shakib reserved some high praise for Suryakumar.

"He has been playing really well for them. I think he is probably their No.1 batter in terms of the record in the last year. They have few world-class players, we have not done our team meetings yet. We will talk about the areas we need to look after in the team meetings. If we want to win, we have to take care of all the departments," said Shakib.

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Aiming high Shakib I see:

"I think it will be a good game. India are the favourites heading into the match. They have come here to win the World Cup, we are not here to win the World Cup. You can understand the situation, if we win against India, it will be an upset and we will try our best to upset India"
 
Still have minnow mentality. Who can forget their meltdown in 2016. Then again Pakistan does worse
 
This is a weird statement. Icc should investigate, looks like Bangladesh are gonna lose to India.

Wow, just terrible
 
I would understand such a statement from a team like Pakistan playing against Brazil in a football world cup but the gap in cricket isn't that huge. Bangladesh could very well beat both of India and Pakistan on a good day and these good days can come by very often in T20s.

I feel sorry for the Bangladeshi fans, I wouldn't support a team with such a dejected captain.
 
I would understand such a statement from a team like Pakistan playing against Brazil in a football world cup but the gap in cricket isn't that huge. Bangladesh could very well beat both of India and Pakistan on a good day and these good days can come by very often in T20s.

I feel sorry for the Bangladeshi fans, I wouldn't support a team with such a dejected captain.

They will beat Pakistan who will be smarting from a SAF thrashing
 
This is a weird statement. Icc should investigate, looks like Bangladesh are gonna lose to India.

Wow, just terrible


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Atleast see when he made that statement before drafting a conspiracy lol.
 
Agree with the title.. I have a Bangladeshi friend who said for us beating Netherlands and zimbabwe is equivalent to wining the worldcup and it will be a bonus if we beat pakistan or india.
 
Something fishy has happened between Bangladesh board and BCCICC.

It's so apparent. How can the captain of a team can say things like these.

They definitely can beat both Pakistan and India on their day.

If Bangladesh wins the toss and bat first and score 160 and they are very much in chance against Pakistan and India as well.

Absurd comments from saqib.
 
And people compare this guy with Kapil Dev who won a world cup with a mediocre team.
 
Aiming high Shakib I see:

"I think it will be a good game. India are the favourites heading into the match. They have come here to win the World Cup, we are not here to win the World Cup. You can understand the situation, if we win against India, it will be an upset and we will try our best to upset India"

At least he is honest about their situation

I don’t blame him. Why drop two of your most senior and experienced players on the eve of the tournament? You’ve carried Mushfiq and Mahmudullah for so long, was better to just let them all go after the World Cup.

Mushfiq is miles better than the club level keeper batsman in the side. It feels like that guy is related to someone high up in Bangladesh and that’s why he was picked over Mushfiq!
 
Aiming high Shakib I see:

"I think it will be a good game. India are the favourites heading into the match. They have come here to win the World Cup, we are not here to win the World Cup. You can understand the situation, if we win against India, it will be an upset and we will try our best to upset India"

I think he’s saying this to take pressure of the team.

Remember Younis once said T20 cricket was fun like the WWF after a loss I believe, every one had a big meltdown over it.

There’s a reason why they are where they are and why real leaders have been chosen to lead.
 
Very odd statement to make albeit the harsh truth

Yes we are not here to win the world cup but as a captain you gotta be gutsy

He probably has the agenda of lowering the pressure in our camp
 
What are you there to do then?
To enjoy a holiday trip of Australia?
Ridiculous statement really.
 
I think he’s saying this to take pressure of the team.

Remember Younis once said T20 cricket was fun like the WWF after a loss I believe, every one had a big meltdown over it.

There’s a reason why they are where they are and why real leaders have been chosen to lead.

Would have sounded reasonable if Shakib didn't have a history of selfish behavior with very little regard for his team.
 
We have a pretty awful T20 side to be honest. Shakib knows that. In terms of publicly saying it, I reckon he his just trying to play mind games with the Indians.

Tamim Iqbal will obviously have a very different view for the ODI World Cup in 2023 where anything less than a semifinal would be considered unsatisfactory in Bangladesh.
 
Jesus ... Lol. Who says stuffs like that haha. Even Ireland and Ned captain won't say something like this
 
Bangladesh have always had such a minnow mentality.

They've been a waste of an investment for 20+ years worth.
 
He's just trying to take pressure off his team. BD fans have unusual expectations of their team especially when they play PAK/IND especially when they don't have high quality pace, wrist spin or even power hitters.
 
Later on Tuesday, when Dravid was asked about Shakib's remark, he denied that India will head into the contest as “favourites”, citing Ireland's win over England earlier in this tournament.

"I think we respect them a lot. I think they're a very good team. I think this format and this World Cup has really shown us that honestly you can't take any team lightly. Ireland showed that against England. We've seen enough games in this competition.

"I think the fact that it is already such a short format. 20 overs is such a short format of the game. The margins of victory and defeat sometimes even if they're 12 runs, 15 runs, it's actually just two hits. It's two hits one way or the other, and actually that's the game. So it is already a shortened sort of rushed, noisy format, but it's very difficult to sometimes say who's a clear favourite in some of these games," he said.
 
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, however, wasn't impressed with Shakib's comments and suggested that a captain should always have faith in his team, especially when you are in a good position to advance to the semi-finals.

"I was taken aback by his comments. As a skipper, when you have a chance of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals, and that too against a strong team like India, you make certain statements that are subtle or confident. This shows that even before the game, Shakib, in the back of his mind, knows that they are not winning the game. But when you head into a big game, as a skipper, you've got to be positive. You should have the mindset that we can win this"
 
We´re all talking about how the win by the Netherlands over South Africa have given Pakistan a new lease of life in the tournament, but what about Bangladesh, fellows? They´ll never get a better chance than this to qualify for the Semi-Finals. All that they had to do was to beat only Pakistan from amongst the major teams, and they would´ve got a rather easy entry into the knock-out stage, despite the defeats to South Africa and India! However, they messed up, messed up against a Pakistan team struggling for momentum and one which is so far struggling to even chase 130-ish scores. Bangladesh missed the bus, Pakistan jumped in with the last-minute entry! Their cricket is in a really poor state right now, and it´s actually very sad, if you ask me. Their wait of wanting to beat a major team in a T20 World Cup match, ever since September 2007, continues for now....

Zimbabwe, for their part, too have missed out on an absolute golden opportunity to qualify for the Semi-Finals. All that they had to do in the tournament was to beat the Netherlands and Bangladesh - matches which one would´ve expected them to win, having already beaten a much stronger team in Pakistan - and they would´ve been through, even after being beaten very badly by India. The abandoned match due to rain against South Africa gave them too a great chance to go ahead in the tournament, but they too messed up due to the lack of consistency - as is the issue with these weaker teams. So, it has been a great tournament for these under-reckoned teams with all those upsets so far, but their collective campaign also had that element of missed opportunities, I suppose. Regardless of that, it was a joy watching some of these teams compete hard against the major teams and even beating some of them.

I'm most pleased about the fact, though, that both India and Pakistan have made it to the next stage. I always want these two teams to progress to the semi-finals because they belong to the two most cricket crazy nations in the world, and any tournament is less fun if either of them is knocked out. So, I got my wish in an unbelievable manner! Thank you, Dutch team! :D
 
Bangladesh came up with an improved performance at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup but they still fell short as they made an exit from the tournament after their loss to Pakistan in their final Super 12 encounter.

Most runs: Najmul Hossain Shanto (180)

Most wickets: Taskin Ahmed (8)

What went right?

Bangladesh didn't enjoy the best of times ahead of the tournament. They lost all matches in the tri-series against Pakistan and New Zealand, which was played just before the beginning of the T20 World Cup, and their overall performance didn't inspire any confidence at all. But the bowlers stepped up big time once the tournament arrived.

Although the Tigers couldn't really muster big totals with the bat, their bowlers delivered some superb performances and even helped them to register thrilling wins against Netherlands and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh ended the tournament with four points from six matches and the bowlers played a big role in even helping them gain that.

What went wrong?

The batting and lack of big game experience didn't work out well for Bangladesh. Apart from Shakib Al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman, this was mostly a young and inexperienced side playing at this mega event.

The batters couldn't really adapt to the conditions over the course of the tournament. Barring a couple of good knocks from Litton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto, there wasn't much to talk about. The failure of Shakib to make significant contributions with the bat didn't help Bangladesh's cause either.

What does the future hold?

The Tigers have a lot of talent and potential but, as evident from their performance in this World Cup, the players have a lot to improve upon when it comes to batting in this format. However, the learnings and lessons from this tournament will serve the young players well.

The next ICC event is the 50-over World Cup in India next year. The Tigers will be eager to deliver a much better performance there. The young guns will also become much more seasoned players by then, making them much more capable of handling tough situations.

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