ICC World Cup 2019 Preview: Can Bangladesh’s 'Green Tigers' surprise the rest of the world?

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With the love and expectations of a blossoming nation trying to find their foot step in global context, the Bangladesh World Cup squad is heading for ICC’s premier 50-over tournament in England this summer. From the perspective of World Cup preparation, this has been an ideal World Cup for Bangladesh. A Tri-nation win, for it’s first multi-nation tournament trophy, must be a moral boasting effect on a team which has very little past success. Being outwitted by their opponents almost always away from home, the Tigers in Green is heading towards the 2019 Cricket World Cup with the sweet memory of reaching the Champions Trophy Semi-Final in the same country couple of years back. Still, the question on everyone's minds is, will Bangladesh’s 'Green Tigers' rise to the challenge and finally get rid of the minnow tag? The stage is set for Bangladesh to announce itself in the cricket landscape, let’s take a little walk in the path of Bangladesh’s upcoming World Cup journey.


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Considering 14 of the 15 players almost select themselves, this is the best squad that Bangladesh could have put into World Cup. May be, it could have been better with Taskin in it, but this is what is there and Bangladesh must find their best combination for the starting XI. The think tank is likely to use a batting heavy combination with Miraz and Saifuddin occupying No. 8 & No. 9 spots, which does make the bowling weaker but presuming the expected batting favourable conditions, it’s probably the safer choice, without the presence of stand-out bowlers. Before the tri-nation final, it was almost certain that Sabbir should start, but now there is healthy competition among batsmen. If everyone is available, probably Liton, Sabbir, Rubel and Jayed will be sitting in first couple of games.


The Fixtures:

1. June 2nd, vs. South Africa at London (Oval)
2. June 5th, vs. New Zealand at London (Lord’s, D/N)
3. June 8th, vs. England at Cardiff
4. June 11th, vs. Sri Lanka at Bristol
5. June 17th, vs. West Indies at Taunton
6. June 20th, vs. Australia at Nottingham
7. June 24th, vs. Afghanistan at Southampton
8. July 2nd, vs. India at Birmingham
9. July 5th, vs. Pakistan at London (Oval, D/N)

Bangladesh has sweet memories of Cardiff and Bristol among the venues. Apart from a very tight schedule in first week, this is an excellent list of fixtures, with three games at London, where Bangladeshi diaspora is dense. Also, the team must be happy to avoid northern venues like Leeds and Manchester, where it should swing more and the temperature is expected to be lower. The World Cup starts for Bangladesh with three tough games at the start and then ends with three Asian opponents, which should allow the players to compete better in latter stages if main players can maintain form and fitness.


Strengths:

Obviously, it is a batting heavy squad and the strength lies in the experience of the senior batsmen, as well as the batting depth which might see Mashrafee batting at 10. Bangladesh being a new entrant, all five senior players debuted in their teens, which makes them look like veterans now, but Tamim, Shakib, Mushfique and Mahmudullah are actually in their prime age as batsmen. One of the positives of recent tri-nation final was that it was the youngsters who shone with the bat. Considering the weather forecast of this year’s English summer, spin could play a vital role in this World Cup and a spin attack of Miraz, Mosaddek and Mahmudullah led by Shakib should be quite handy. There is healthy competition for a few spots, which should keep fringe players on their toes.

But, the biggest strength of this Bangladesh team is the leadership of Mashrafee who has led with passion, authority and intelligence. He knows the ins and outs of every Bangladesh player as each of them debuted during his time and he has the intelligence to maximise the collective output of his resources. It’s quite a happy unit, and quite a focused unit; they do know who is in command. It’s one of the most stable squads in this World Cup and players do know about their roles and responsibilities; thus, Mashrafee’s task should be easier than any of his predecessors.


Weaknesses:

The pace attack is the achilles heel of Bangladesh cricket for a long time now. Apart from lack of pace and limited skills, Bangladeshi pacers are lacking tournament fitness and will struggle for a breather in such a rigorous World Cup with 9 games in less than 35 days. Expectations from pacers were never that high, but here the Bangladesh team should think about damage control, rather than how much pacers can contribute in a World Cup expected to be high scoring and in dry conditions with very little conventional movement expected. Even for spin attack, absence of a genuine wrist spinner makes it quite monotonous and defensive. Bangladesh might strangle middle orders with accurate finger spin, but there is always a risk of facing a large partnership due to lack of penetration in the overall attack.

Apart from the bowling attack, one glaring weakness of the Bangladesh squad is that it’s missing a couple of enforcing players with both bat and ball, who can change the game on their own in quick time. It’s a very steady unit, but a predictable unit as well, which makes it easier to plan against them. If Bangladesh is to punch above their weight, a couple of players have to break this barrier and make other teams fear them. Fitness was never Bangladesh’s strength and despite improvements in fielding, Bangladesh’s fielding is still not up to the mark of strength.


Players to watch out for:

Bangladesh is a squad of two generations. There are five, six players with over a decade long experience and then there is the younger bunch of Miraz, Mustafiz, Mosaddek, Liton, Saifuddin, Jayed. In between generation, there is one player whom Bangladesh should eagerly expect to deliver – Soumya Sharker. A brilliant stroke maker with power and placement, who is in great touch recently, he is one player who can take a game away from many attacks within a few overs. Recently, he has started to bowl medium pace as well and he is easily the best fielder of this side. A shining Sharker can be that clutch player Bangladesh is searching desperately as the game changer.

Apart from Sharker, players like Miraz, Mosaddek, Liton and Saifullah started their career when Bangladesh cricket had moved out of the initial hopeless days, which has made them more confident and aggressive. Big things are expected from Miraz, who should enjoy the dry conditions and abundance of left-handed batsmen in this World Cup. Also, this is the opportunity for Saifuddin to establish himself as a pace bowling all-rounder at least in Limited Over cricket, when there is a genuine lack of that rare breed of cricketers.


Expectations:

For a surprise of cricket fraternity, Bangladesh has often delivered beyond expectations in ICC ODI events for last 12 years. Starting from making the Super Eight rounds in 2007 at the expense of India, Bangladesh did make the Semi Final of last ICC event hosted in United Kingdom, and Quarter Final in the last World Cup. It’s important for every team to enter one such global tournament with a positive vibe and confidence. For every team game, success often is determined by how the players complement each other during such tournaments and when they peak to their capabilities. If in a squad of fifteen, most of the players hit their peak together and support the few world class players, miracles can happen.

It’s critical that Bangladesh must not miss out the crunch moments, as there will be a few defining moments when the team has to respond collectively. Despite a good build-up to the World Cup, Bangladesh will still be favourites only against Afghanistan, but this team has the potential to surprise a few teams; at the same time, they are suspect of surprising themselves as well. Obviously, being ranked 7th in world and a clear twenty ranking points behind the 5th team, Bangladesh is not expected to advance to the knock-out stages, but this is Bangladesh’s best ever World Cup squad, led by their best ever Captain as well and a semi-final spot isn’t beyond it’s reach.


Full squad:

Mashrafe Mortaza (c)
Shakib al Hasan (vc)
Tamim Iqbal
Mushfiqur Rahim
Mahmudullah Riyad
Soumya Sarkar
Sabbir Rahman
Mosaddek Hossain
Liton Das
Mohammad Mithun
Mustafizur Rahman
Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mohammad Saifuddin
Rubel Hossain
Abu Jayed
 
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Reaching the CT 17 semi finals is nothing to write home about Aus needed 80 runs with 9 wckts in hand to get into semis RAIN..

Before someone comes up with Pak got saved in 92 @ Adelaide at least they went onto win the tournament. Bang just provided a 1 sided semi Ind battering them. Ind V Aus semi would have been mouth watering!
 
Very well written, so much better than Mohammed Isam. Apart from Sabbir’s selection I am happy with the squad.

This is my starting XI vs South Africa

1) Tamim
2) Soumya (Trump Card)
3) Liton (wk) (Check Mate)
4) Shakib
5) Mushfiq
6) Riyadh
7) Mosaddek
8) Miraz
9) Mashrafe
10) Rubel
11) Mustafiz

12) Sabbir ( he’s a good fielder but useless with bat and ball) we should just use him as a substitute fielder replacing Mushfiq in the field.
 
Bangladesh will be competitive.the fans think otherwise.They are sure they will win the cup..Bangladesh fans are the most delusional fans.
 
I feel Bangladesh will suprise a lot of people this world cup, they may not get into the semis but I expect Bangladesh to upset at least one of the big four.
 
Bangladesh have a good experience core who should do well . Bangladesh need them to do well as well. Sabbir has a lot of talent , it's time for him to step up. Their main downfall will probably be the pace bowling as mentioned.

I don't see them getting to the semis , also don't see them challenging Australia,India,and England. They will compete against the rest of the teams but it will be interesting to see if they can get over the line as they have had issues with seeing games over the line.
 
Excellent piece [MENTION=79064]MMHS[/MENTION] - only slight thing I would change. You're also favourites against SL (and could say it's 50/50 against this Pakistan side).
 
Yes they have a good team, and i think there time has come. They will be my second team in the World Cup, and i will be rooting for them in all games except the one against Pakistan.
 
Great preview, BD have the quality to make the last 4, also with some luck along the way as well
 
Reaching the CT 17 semi finals is nothing to write home about Aus needed 80 runs with 9 wckts in hand to get into semis RAIN..

Before someone comes up with Pak got saved in 92 @ Adelaide at least they went onto win the tournament. Bang just provided a 1 sided semi Ind battering them. Ind V Aus semi would have been mouth watering!

Is this really a place for this?

But, I have to explain again - no, there is lot to write about the SF. You missed the whole calculation as there was another wash-out, which denied Kiwis a win against Aussies. If anyone suffered, it was Kiwis, but they had their chance as well in a direct shoot out, which they lost to BD. Still, AUS had their chance to leap frog BD, very next day - they also failed to beat England. The tournament fixture was as such it looks like rain earned BD a SF spot, but had that BD -ENG game been scheduled last, it would have been academic between two sides already in SF.

Yes, that SF was one sided, but that has nothing to do with Bangladesh’s SF qualification. Someone might also come to say that Australia humiliated their opponents of 1999 WC Final to dust and Kiwis could have made it a far better contest had they advanced to the Finals ..... even Zimbabwe gave Aussies a much better fight.
 
Excellent piece [MENTION=79064]MMHS[/MENTION] - only slight thing I would change. You're also favourites against SL (and could say it's 50/50 against this Pakistan side).

I think, SRL is the surprise package in ICC events. In PP there is lots of self boasting about PAK being so called tournament team, but since 1990, they have out performed PAK in ICC events comfortably. I actually do feel that the game against SRL won’t be easy - in a random ODI BD is favourites not only against SRL probably WIN as well, but WC is different story.
 
If they did not not finish in bottom 4 , it will be a happy surprise and a realistic hope for BD fans.
 
Bang would expect to.win atleast 2 games...if they get 3-4 wins it will be a very successful tourney for them
 
BD get a good start and can reach the semis and possibly lift the 2019 world cup. Its a dream but they can do it. I believe its between India and Bangladesh to win this one. Pak might give this one a miss.
 
BD get a good start and can reach the semis and possibly lift the 2019 world cup. Its a dream but they can do it. I believe its between India and Bangladesh to win this one. Pak might give this one a miss.

I wish there was some baseline screening about the cricketing knowledge before someone could join this forum. I know its not practical , just a thought.
 
Yes reaching semis could be tough but Bangladesh have a slight chance if they can beat Pakistan, WI, Afghans and Lanka and beat 1 of NZ/SA

Very Difficult but possible. They will have to play out of their skins though

On paper I would put them as better than Pak, WI, Afg and SL on paper
 
I think, SRL is the surprise package in ICC events. In PP there is lots of self boasting about PAK being so called tournament team, but since 1990, they have out performed PAK in ICC events comfortably. I actually do feel that the game against SRL won’t be easy - in a random ODI BD is favourites not only against SRL probably WIN as well, but WC is different story.

That myth needs dispelling that we are a tournament team. Remove T20s and it is shown we aren't a tournament team in recent years. Nothing on PP is made of Sri Lanka having a better record then us.

I think we will beat Sri Lanka. Why is it you think they will challenge in tournament game ?
 
I think Bagladesh should finish above West Indies, Afghanistan and Pakistan going by recent form.
But they can surprise and defeat a few other teams as well. For example, India can have a bad day and BD can have one of their best days.
BD are a contender for a SF spot. Not a strong contender but a contender.
 
Bangladesh look strong but always doubts over their big match temperaments.
 
This is their best team entering the world cup so of course the fans are expecting them to perform better than ever before and they might be able to replicate it, but I still feel even if they reach the semis it might be nigh impossible for them to defeat the top 3 teams of the tournament: India, England and Australia.

I still wish them the best of luck for the world cup!
 
The guy wrote a nice in-depth analysis of his team, strength and weakness. Instead of giving constructive criticism, some of you guys are busy bashing team BD and how their qualifications in tournament are meaningless. Something is seriously not right with y'all
 
Don't rate their pace bowling at all, but their batting and spin option is good. Will definitely beat a couple of bigger teams, but don't expect them to make semi's.
 
The guy wrote a nice in-depth analysis of his team, strength and weakness. Instead of giving constructive criticism, some of you guys are busy bashing team BD and how their qualifications in tournament are meaningless. Something is seriously not right with y'all

That’s a problem for few - it’ll be fixed in time, don’t worry.
 
That myth needs dispelling that we are a tournament team. Remove T20s and it is shown we aren't a tournament team in recent years. Nothing on PP is made of Sri Lanka having a better record then us.

I think we will beat Sri Lanka. Why is it you think they will challenge in tournament game ?

They are a better team than their current result, which suggests, they might comeback in a long World Cup. Not saying they are favourites to make SF, but anyone underestimating them might be surprise awaiting for them.
 
They are a better team than their current result, which suggests, they might comeback in a long World Cup. Not saying they are favourites to make SF, but anyone underestimating them might be surprise awaiting for them.

They have made some weird selections. That’s why I am not confident they will do well. I do like Sri Lankan cricket, I hope they are competitive at the World Cup.
 
Bangladesh will be very competitive against Pakistan, West Indies, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. They have 20% chance of defeating SA and NZ. I don't see no chance of them defeating England, Australia and India

4 matches are very important for them and somehow win against NZ or SA
 
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I find the Bangladeshi batting exciting, bowling not so much. Nice analysis by MMHS.
 
They have made some weird selections. That’s why I am not confident they will do well. I do like Sri Lankan cricket, I hope they are competitive at the World Cup.

I for one actually think some of the selections were weird but could be master stroke. Particularly the Captaincy. They are missing one genuine spinner, but there could be a reason as well (bowling action). Problem with Srilanka is inconsistency- they will surprise many teams on their day, but absolute rubbish in other day. But, they do have some brilliant individuals.

This is mostly because there has been too many frequent changes in SRL cricket since last WC - I think they have changed coaching staff few times, can’t recall how many captain or deputy been appointed/sacked, they have used a be of the highest pools of players (and dropped as well). Every coach/Captain comes with his own idea, squad, tactics .... obviously starts poor and by the time they are settled, get sacked.

What Hathura is trying is to build a settled squad for WC - may not be with best players, but he has picked his players and guy is actually very good with his tactics. He has picked quite an aged squad for this WC, which is the best way for a quick fix for the experience - after WC I am sure here will be a massive rollover.

I hope they won’t be that poor everyone thinking of them - a team winning 2-0 Test series in SAF must have lots of talent, Hathura just needs to guide that talent into one combined unit.
 
Bangladesh will be very competitive against Pakistan, West Indies, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. They have 20% chance of defeating SA and NZ. I don't see no chance of them defeating England, Australia and India

4 matches are very important for them and somehow win against NZ or SA

The best way to deal is take every game individually. If Bangladesh (I am writing here in 3rd person) thinks too much ahead of them, it’ll be difficult even against AFGs & Lankans. I don’t think, at this point anyone can put any % on any team or game. On their day, most teams in this WC can beat others.

I do expect BD to struggle in first few games, but that can be positive as well - starting a tournament with matches that you don’t expect to win has it's own benefit. Had the tournament started for them with AFG, SRL, WIN, PAK - means one loss in first 4, and they are effectively a passenger in last 5 games.

More than winning unexpected games, BD will do well to make sure they win the expected ones and prolong the tournament as long as possible, may be still mathematically active till 9th game.
 
I for one actually think some of the selections were weird but could be master stroke. Particularly the Captaincy. They are missing one genuine spinner, but there could be a reason as well (bowling action). Problem with Srilanka is inconsistency- they will surprise many teams on their day, but absolute rubbish in other day. But, they do have some brilliant individuals.

This is mostly because there has been too many frequent changes in SRL cricket since last WC - I think they have changed coaching staff few times, can’t recall how many captain or deputy been appointed/sacked, they have used a be of the highest pools of players (and dropped as well). Every coach/Captain comes with his own idea, squad, tactics .... obviously starts poor and by the time they are settled, get sacked.

What Hathura is trying is to build a settled squad for WC - may not be with best players, but he has picked his players and guy is actually very good with his tactics. He has picked quite an aged squad for this WC, which is the best way for a quick fix for the experience - after WC I am sure here will be a massive rollover.

I hope they won’t be that poor everyone thinking of them - a team winning 2-0 Test series in SAF must have lots of talent, Hathura just needs to guide that talent into one combined unit.

Karunaratne is a interesting choice as captain. He's respected and works very hard hence improvement in test cricket. But he doesn't make the team on merit at the moment so he has a lot to prove.

Do you think Harthura will be there after the WC? I think there have been too many issues for him to be there after the WC.

Mendis ,Perrera, and Matthews can win matches on their day. Maybe Sri Lanka may surprise for the odd game but don't see them qualifying.
 
That’s a problem for few - it’ll be fixed in time, don’t worry.

So who is this Abu Jayed guy? Saw the highlight vs Ire. Took 5 wicket but doesn't seem like a threat what so ever. Seemed like Ire batsmen gave their wickets away by trying to accelerate. Doesn't have raw pace neither does he have Mortaza's decade of experience. What made the selectors choose this fella? Anything significant he has done in the domestic or other international matches which we are not aware off?
 
Bangladesh could be the dark horse of this tournament. We probably have the best side we have had compared to previous years. In the last 4 years we have made marked improvements. And I believe we have picked our best possible squad.

Now, our strength lies in experienced in our four experienced batsmen and the leadership of Mashrafe. I have high hopes on the likes of Litton, Soumya, Saifuddin to fire. My worry is that we don't lack a player whom you can expect a 50(30) often. We have a team who are adept at chasing anything under 300 without much hassle. We don't set massive targets either, our limit is 300/310. If these were pitches where 275 is par, we'd be in a good position. But in England, 300 might not even be par and that is a big problem for us because we don't have the particular Batting or bowling resources for such situations.

Our batting is not dynamic tbh. And our bowling is exceptional for slower wickets but in English wickets we are only asking for trouble. Saif, Fizz, Jayed are potent bowlers but they are more medium pace than fast which is a cause for concern in these conditions. I would like to see Rubel in the mix.

If picked randomly, a team's qualification probabilty would be 40% for the semifinals. I would give Bangladesh a 20% chance of making it to the semis. 6% of making it to the finals, 2% of winning the tournament. Our chances would have doubled if this was the Subcontinent but it isn't. I would still reckon we would start favourites against West Indies, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. I would put BD above Pakistan too but Pakistan are a dangerous side in ICC events and they should never be discounted, so 50-50 imho although many Pakistan fans don't rate their side much.

I would like to see the following XI:

Tamim
Soumya
Shakib
Mushfiq
Mosaddek
Riad
Sabbir
Saifuddin
Miraz
Saifuddin
Mash
Rubel

One thing I would say is that we have a very much balanced side. Arguably the most balanced side in the tournament all though there is a question mark on the quality. Saifuddin and Miraz are players who batted in the top 7 in U-19 level, not the best of big hitters but they can get some runs. Mash is a slogger. So we have specialist batsmen till no. 7 (our no. 7 has a century too). And our 8 and 9 are guys who can wield the willow pretty well, even have fifties. And since we have Shakib in our side, we will have 5 genuine bowlers. We also have a couple of backup keepers in Mithun and Litton. We are the most experienced side in the world cup. Our fielding is pretty decent, not world class but very much professional.

It will be a very difficult tournament for us. It is actually a very unforgiving format for those participating in it. Feel bad for teams like Ireland, Zim, Scotland who are unfortunate to miss out. UAE too aren't that bad either.
 
Bangladesh could be the dark horse of this tournament. We probably have the best side we have had compared to previous years. In the last 4 years we have made marked improvements. And I believe we have picked our best possible squad.

Now, our strength lies in experienced in our four experienced batsmen and the leadership of Mashrafe. I have high hopes on the likes of Litton, Soumya, Saifuddin to fire. My worry is that we don't lack a player whom you can expect a 50(30) often. We have a team who are adept at chasing anything under 300 without much hassle. We don't set massive targets either, our limit is 300/310. If these were pitches where 275 is par, we'd be in a good position. But in England, 300 might not even be par and that is a big problem for us because we don't have the particular Batting or bowling resources for such situations.

Our batting is not dynamic tbh. And our bowling is exceptional for slower wickets but in English wickets we are only asking for trouble. Saif, Fizz, Jayed are potent bowlers but they are more medium pace than fast which is a cause for concern in these conditions. I would like to see Rubel in the mix.

If picked randomly, a team's qualification probabilty would be 40% for the semifinals. I would give Bangladesh a 20% chance of making it to the semis. 6% of making it to the finals, 2% of winning the tournament. Our chances would have doubled if this was the Subcontinent but it isn't. I would still reckon we would start favourites against West Indies, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. I would put BD above Pakistan too but Pakistan are a dangerous side in ICC events and they should never be discounted, so 50-50 imho although many Pakistan fans don't rate their side much.

I would like to see the following XI:

Tamim
Soumya
Shakib
Mushfiq
Mosaddek
Riad
Sabbir
Saifuddin
Miraz
Saifuddin
Mash
Rubel

One thing I would say is that we have a very much balanced side. Arguably the most balanced side in the tournament all though there is a question mark on the quality. Saifuddin and Miraz are players who batted in the top 7 in U-19 level, not the best of big hitters but they can get some runs. Mash is a slogger. So we have specialist batsmen till no. 7 (our no. 7 has a century too). And our 8 and 9 are guys who can wield the willow pretty well, even have fifties. And since we have Shakib in our side, we will have 5 genuine bowlers. We also have a couple of backup keepers in Mithun and Litton. We are the most experienced side in the world cup. Our fielding is pretty decent, not world class but very much professional.

It will be a very difficult tournament for us. It is actually a very unforgiving format for those participating in it. Feel bad for teams like Ireland, Zim, Scotland who are unfortunate to miss out. UAE too aren't that bad either.
I like Sabbir, dont know why he doesnt fire often. He has the x-factor.

Bangladesh's problems are similar to Pakistan.
 
I like Sabbir, dont know why he doesnt fire often. He has the x-factor.

Bangladesh's problems are similar to Pakistan.
Sabbir is vastly inconsistent but yeah he has the x factor. We need him to do something spectacular here
 
So who is this Abu Jayed guy? Saw the highlight vs Ire. Took 5 wicket but doesn't seem like a threat what so ever. Seemed like Ire batsmen gave their wickets away by trying to accelerate. Doesn't have raw pace neither does he have Mortaza's decade of experience. What made the selectors choose this fella? Anything significant he has done in the domestic or other international matches which we are not aware off?

Myself don’t know much. Heard he can move the new ball both ways but at slow pace & he is a genuine no. 11 with bat. I think he is among those lucky cricketers who has strike form at right time- already in mid 20s, without much in past; so I guess making WC squad (& a MoM in 2nd ODI) will remain his career highlights.
 
Myself don’t know much. Heard he can move the new ball both ways but at slow pace & he is a genuine no. 11 with bat. I think he is among those lucky cricketers who has strike form at right time- already in mid 20s, without much in past; so I guess making WC squad (& a MoM in 2nd ODI) will remain his career highlights.

I havent been following much but why is Taskin not part of the squad?

He is probably the best fast bowling talent Bangladesh produced in my opinion even better on potential than Mustafiz
 
I havent been following much but why is Taskin not part of the squad?

He is probably the best fast bowling talent Bangladesh produced in my opinion even better on potential than Mustafiz

China glass - shiny but fragile and he didn’t handle himself with care.
 
Bangladesh will do well this time. They will win a few games but I don't think there are genuine semi-finals contenders.
 
Sabbir Rahman is comfortable with his role in Bangladesh’s side

Sabbir Rahman says his role in Bangladesh's bid for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup glory is clear - to score quickly at the back end of the innings.

Bangladesh are aware they struggle to compete with some sides when it comes to six-hitting, passing 300 only six times in the last four years.

But they have defended scores of 280 to 320 successfully 12 out of 18 times when batting first since the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015.

Rahman revealed his role, alongside fellow lower middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain, is to find the boundary in the death overs.

"My role is to play number six, seven or eight," he said.

"I like to score quickly and I will try to make sure we can put runs on the board as a team in the later overs.

"I think I want to bring some momentum to our innings.

"We expect Tamim to bat for 40 overs and if there's a good wicket, I can make it a bigger score.

"Our aim is to win the World Cup, but if we play good cricket, it'll be a successful tournament.

"We are taking it match-by-match."

Bangladesh's opening warm-up match against Pakistan in Cardiff was washed out, leaving them with one tune-up contest before they start their campaign against South Africa next Sunday.

They take on India - beaten in warm-up action by New Zealand on Saturday - with both sides standing to gain plenty from Tuesday's contest.

Bangladesh got the better of India in a bilateral series in 2016 and the Tigers have beaten all nine other nations in the World Cup at some stage.

Rahman still believes next week's contest will be a valuable workout for his side as they continue to prove they can upstage the best.

"We are very disappointed we're not playing, but we had a good shift in Ireland and we're looking forward to the second game," he said.

"It's always important to have time in the middle, because we can aim to execute our plan and have an ideal preparation."

"Playing India, we are really happy. It's a good team to play in our first game.

"If we have a good match and I score runs personally, I will be more than happy."
 
I don't have high hopes for our team in this WC. Our bowling is supposed to give us trouble
Not a single strike bowler in our line up who can take wickets in need.
 
BD need some luck in terms of favourable pitches against the likes of England, Australia, NZ, SA,WI . Good write-up by [MENTION=79064]MMHS[/MENTION] but I don't agree about SL. BD start as favourites against SL whether it's a tournament or not. SL simply don't have enough quality players to compete.
 
So BD are the green tigers. And read somewhere afghans calling their players thr blue tigers. Pakistani players are the Cornered tigers. Lankan team is called the Lions.

Are we(India) the only non-Big cat in Asia? :((
 
I think, SRL is the surprise package in ICC events. In PP there is lots of self boasting about PAK being so called tournament team, but since 1990, they have out performed PAK in ICC events comfortably. I actually do feel that the game against SRL won’t be easy - in a random ODI BD is favourites not only against SRL probably WIN as well, but WC is different story.

I would say SL are better test outfit and haven proven themselves to be the second best Asian side in the format following the away wins against Pakistan and SA in the last 18 months.

But you never know with a coach who's doing wonders for them and I say that because when you look at the team on paper, they are punching above their weight. No disrespect to Sri Lanka.
 
So BD are the green tigers. And read somewhere afghans calling their players thr blue tigers. Pakistani players are the Cornered tigers. Lankan team is called the Lions.

Are we(India) the only non-Big cat in Asia? :((

I like elephants. Symbolizes us because of Ganesh and our general lethargy, not just on the field but also the way we have prepared for this event. Enormous power yes but no urgency.
 
BD need some luck in terms of favourable pitches against the likes of England, Australia, NZ, SA,WI . Good write-up by [MENTION=79064]MMHS[/MENTION] but I don't agree about SL. BD start as favourites against SL whether it's a tournament or not. SL simply don't have enough quality players to compete.

To be honest, I also put Bangladesh as favorites against Lankans. But, I am a bit skeptic about it because of one guy - Chandrika Hathurasinghe. No one knows the ins & outs of Bangladesh players more than him and these players shifted a gear or two higher under him. He must have some clue about Bangladesh game, which we don't have. So far, tactically he has beaten Bangladesh twice - in Dhaka Test & in Tri Series Final.
 
Karunaratne is a interesting choice as captain. He's respected and works very hard hence improvement in test cricket. But he doesn't make the team on merit at the moment so he has a lot to prove.

Do you think Harthura will be there after the WC? I think there have been too many issues for him to be there after the WC.

Mendis ,Perrera, and Matthews can win matches on their day. Maybe Sri Lanka may surprise for the odd game but don't see them qualifying.

Karuna makes this SRL team on merit, may be he is one missing link in this T20 style batting unit. Also, he is in tremendous form oblate.

I think Hathura will be there - he was among highest paid coaches around under BCB (heard $35K/months as base wage) and he took a pay cut to join SRL; must have a clause covering his future. I don't think, SLCB has that much apatite to sack a brilliant coach and then pay him contract money.

They won't make SF, but can spoil someone's party for sure.
 
Let’s see how Soumya and Liton bats against Bumrah, Shami and Pandya. Hope we bat first tomorrow and score at least 300
 
So who is this Abu Jayed guy? Saw the highlight vs Ire. Took 5 wicket but doesn't seem like a threat what so ever. Seemed like Ire batsmen gave their wickets away by trying to accelerate. Doesn't have raw pace neither does he have Mortaza's decade of experience. What made the selectors choose this fella? Anything significant he has done in the domestic or other international matches which we are not aware off?

These days it's all about who has the better swagger lol. For example, Rayudu although a much better player than Shankar does not have any swagger. Look at Fahim Ashraf been with the team last two years mainly due to his swagger.

On a serious note, supposedly Abu Jayed is highly rated by BD officials as per Harsha Bhogle. He was actually quite good in one of the test match against NZ, but BD fielding was really bad.

5 wickets against any opposition is still 5 wickets, especially when BD is prone to losing against likes of IRE/AFG.

Overall, a mediocre player who supposedly wants to be the James Anderson of Bangladesh.
 
Karuna makes this SRL team on merit, may be he is one missing link in this T20 style batting unit. Also, he is in tremendous form oblate.

I think Hathura will be there - he was among highest paid coaches around under BCB (heard $35K/months as base wage) and he took a pay cut to join SRL; must have a clause covering his future. I don't think, SLCB has that much apatite to sack a brilliant coach and then pay him contract money.

They won't make SF, but can spoil someone's party for sure.

His ODI stats aren't that great. I also didn't think he was a real fit for LO. Will be interested to see his progress.

His stint hasn't been that impressive so far other than South Africa win. He hasn't developed a settle side and there seems to be issues behind the scenes. I really hope Sri Lanka cricket will make a comeback.

Yes I can see them surprising someone. They did beat India at the CT in 2017.
 
Afghanistan seems to be the real surprise of this world cup. will be interesting to see who does better Bangladesh or Afghanistan? right now it looks like Afghanistan.
 
A full 20 years on from their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup debut, Bangladesh return to English shores having beaten all nine other nations contending for cricket’s greatest prize.

Gazi Ashraf took Bangladesh to their first Asia Cup in 1985 without shoulder guards – they had to buy them from a shop in Colombo, and even then didn’t know how to use them.

Pakistan swept to World Cup glory in 1992, and so lowly were ambitions it did not even occur to batsman Habibul Bashar that his country might join them on the big stage one day.

“Back in 1992, I still remember watching the final of that World Cup at a friend’s place with some fellow cricketers,” recalls Bashar, who captained Bangladesh at the 2007 World Cup.

“Even at that time, we never thought we would feature. We never even discussed Bangladesh’s chances of playing in a World Cup.”

Their foot in the door was the 1997 ICC Trophy, beating Kenya in the final to earn the unlikeliest of spots at the 1999 World Cup in Britain.

Aminul Islam took his side to Chelmsford, shaking hands with New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming as equals, beginning their World Cup journey with a six-wicket loss in Essex.

Around the British Isles, from Dublin to Edinburgh, were scattered the seeds of success; meaning for Bangladesh, the World Cup will always mean more.

“The first dream for any player is to represent their country while the second is to play in a World Cup,” says Shahriar Nafees, part of the second generation to play in 2007 and 2011.

“When it comes to Bangladeshi players, we basically got inspiration from watching the World Cup during our childhood.”

Bangladesh have always been capable of beating the best; they upstaged Pakistan in 1999, knocked out India in 2007 and have defeated England at the last two tournaments.

What is striking, as we enter the 2019 World Cup, is that no-one is surprised any more.

Since the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh have beaten England, Pakistan, India, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand.

They reached the quarter-finals in Australia and New Zealand four years ago, were semi-finalists at the 2017 Champions Trophy and came close to a first Asia Cup title in 2018.

They come to England as the second most experienced team in the competition after India, with 1,343 ODI caps stuffed into their squad, and a seasoned core is the thread that links all one-day dynasties.

In Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, they have a quintet who have played well over 100 internationals together.

1996 World Cup winners Sri Lanka were buttressed for 196 matches by Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Mahela Jayawardene.

Allan Border, David Boon, Dean Jones, Geoff Marsh and Steve Waugh played in the same side 114 times between 1986 and 1992, lifting the World Cup in 1987.

Yet as new head coach Steve Rhodes is at pains to underline, they are much more than a group of veterans – even if Bangladesh boast four of just 11 players set to feature in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Mosaddek Hossain clubbed a rapid half-century against West Indies earlier this month, earning Bangladesh a first-ever tournament victory in a tri-series with Ireland.

Soumya Sarkar is sitting on an ODI strike-rate of 98.60, set to vastly improve on his record in the 2015 tournament that saw him handed the reins at number three aged just 22.

Mustafizur Rahman has struggled with injuries but provides x-factor with the ball and a fierce off-cutter and while they lack a wrist-spinner, Mehedi Hasan will slow sides down.

If – and when – Bangladesh beat the best at the 2019 World Cup, no-one will be surprised. Least of all them.
 
So BD are the green tigers. And read somewhere afghans calling their players thr blue tigers. Pakistani players are the Cornered tigers. Lankan team is called the Lions.

Are we(India) the only non-Big cat in Asia? :((

tumhara asli tigers ne hamari kagaz ka sher ko kha gaya bheru, aur hamari asli aukat bhi bata gaya.

By the way, by whose decision there is almost no green in the afghan kit but abundance of blue & red? indian politics.
 
Wrist injury puts Tamim in doubt for Bangladesh's CWC19 opener

Injury concerns have deepened for Bangladesh as Tamim Iqbal's wrist injury leaves him uncertain for his team's opening encounter of the ICC Men's Cricket World 2019 against South Africa.

Tamim had left the field immediately, after he was struck a blow on his left wrist during his team's practice session on Friday. According to BCB officials, Tamim had a precautionary X-ray which showed no fracture, but bruising and swelling might just rule the left-hander out of Sunday's game.

"It's too early to say anything specific but we will have an X-ray and if there is a fracture, then he won't be available," selector Habibul Bashar said before the X-ray scan. "But if that is not the case, then we can hope he will be available for the opening game."

Tamim will have another test tomorrow which will determine his availability for the game. The left-hander had also missed the warm-up game against India due to pain in his thigh muscle. His absence would leave a major void in the top-order as he has been the most prolific run-scorer for Bangladesh for quite some time.

Tamim averages 50.71 in seven ODIs in England and was the third-highest run scorer in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Tamim averages 50.71 in seven ODIs in England and was the third-highest run scorer in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The Bangladesh camp is also worried about the fitness of Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Mahmudullah, who have been troubled by hamstring, calf and shoulder issues respectively. Mahmadullah didn't bowl against India on Tuesday as he is yet to recover completely from his shoulder problem. According to BCB officials, all-rounder Saifuddin, who is recovering from a back problem is expected to take painkillers to make himself available for the game.

Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Oval on Sunday, and will then take on New Zealand at the same venue on 5 June.

https://www.cricketworldcup.com/news/en/1232064
 
'If we play well on the day, we will win' - Liton Das confident of a good start to CWC19

Bangladesh top-order batsman, Liton Das believes that the Bangladesh tigers are well and truly ready for a good start to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.

Bangladesh have improved considerably in multi-nation tournaments, having qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2015 and finishing as semi-finalists of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The Mashrafe Mortaza led side will begin their campaign against South Africa at The Oval on Sunday, 2 June.

Wicket-keeper batsman Das said that Bangladesh will go into their first match with a mentality to win. "It’s not about this being the first match. Even if it was the last match, we would be thinking of winning because that is what we came here for. So we will play with the mentality to win."

Das admitted that South Africa would be a tough challenge first up but added that his side can win on any day if they play to the best of their abilities. “Nothing will be easy. South Africa has the bowling attack and the batsmen. They are used to these conditions and it will be challenging for us but it’s not like we won’t be able to do it. If we play well on that day, then we will win,” he told the reporters at the team hotel in London on Thursday.

Bangladesh lost to India by 95 runs in their second warm-up game after a complete wash-out against Pakistan but Das scored an impressive 73 against India. He stressed that he is prepared to bat in the middle order if the need arises.

"So far I have been opening the innings. Now I will have to grow this mentality [to play down the order] in the practice session so that I am prepared to bat anywhere."

Liton has batted in the top-order for most part of his career but has failed to deliver on a consistent basis for Bangladesh. The 24-year-old did very little of note after scoring his first ODI hundred against India in September last year.

He also said that he will look to utilize his opportunity in the best possible way whenever it comes. "It is not that only three cricketers are looking for a spot, all the 15 members are looking to get in. But you cannot play more than 11 cricketers, so naturally a few will be warming the bench. All I can say is that I will wait for my opportunity and try to utilise it to the best of my ability when it comes my way," he concluded.

https://www.cricketworldcup.com/news/en/1231249
 
Tamims Injury and if he doesn’t make it it’s big blow. But then in that case I’d go with the other two obvious openers Liton and Soumya.

If Tamim isn’t fit. My XI would be for the game against SA:

Soumya
Liton
Shakib
Mushfiqur
Mahmudullah
Mossadekk
Sabbir
Saifuddin
Mortaza
Rubel
Mustafizur

Ideal I’d like Mushy at 3 he is ideal number 3 for BD with his technique and temperament but he fancy's number 4 position. I don’t like Shakib at 3 but seems no one else wants to be there. If Tamim is fit I’d drop Liton to 3 and drop Sabbir. BD need pace bowling ALR in Saifuddin.
 
Subcontinent teams top to bottom (mid 2019):

India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan
 
Tamims Injury and if he doesn’t make it it’s big blow. But then in that case I’d go with the other two obvious openers Liton and Soumya.

If Tamim isn’t fit. My XI would be for the game against SA:

Soumya
Liton
Shakib
Mushfiqur
Mahmudullah
Mossadekk
Sabbir
Saifuddin
Mortaza
Rubel
Mustafizur

Ideal I’d like Mushy at 3 he is ideal number 3 for BD with his technique and temperament but he fancy's number 4 position. I don’t like Shakib at 3 but seems no one else wants to be there. If Tamim is fit I’d drop Liton to 3 and drop Sabbir. BD need pace bowling ALR in Saifuddin.

I wouldn't pick Saifuddin against Proteas, last time Miller hit him for 5 sixes. Knowing how fragile our players are, Saif will be shaking the moment he is named in the squad.

Bismillah :amla , Asian teams are getting slaughtered. Hope we can at least score 200 :sachin
 
Mashrafe Mortaza says Bangladesh will go out and attack South Africa

Fighting fire with fire will be Bangladesh’s modus operandi when they face South Africa’s star-studded attack in their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 opener on Sunday.

Ranked seventh in the world, Mashrafe Mortaza’s side are set to face a baptism of fire as they come up against the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi in their tournament bow at the Oval.

Such pace has proven hugely invaluable in the nascent stages of the competition, with West Indies’ fast bowlers ripping through Pakistan in a reminder of the damage express speed can do in English conditions.

A keen observer, skipper Mashrafe has already heeded that particular warning from Nottingham - but with top-order batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Tamin Iqbal bang in form, the Tigers skipper is banking on attack being the best form of defence against Rabada and co.

“Obviously they have been wicket taking bowlers for South Africa for a long time. And we are expecting to be tested as with the bounces and everything,” he said. “But there are other things that we are also ready for. We are pretty much confident to give our best shot.

“We will try to test them, as well. Soumya (Sarkar) is in good form. Tamim (Iqbal) is in good form.
“Hopefully they will test us and how we have to now going forward, how we have to play, we know our process, as well.

Once considered minnows of the international game, Bangladesh head into this year’s competition in fine fettle, having beaten every single one of the other competing nations.

The stellar form has brought added pressure back home, with much of the focus centring on seamer Mustafizur Rahman, but Mashrafe has backed his men to thrive.

“We don't have to think about what going on outside. It is important that we have our own belief that people,” he added.

“I’ll give you an example in Mustafizur. Now everyone doubting him. As a team, we have never been doubting ourselves. We always back Mustafizur.

“We knew he's our best bowler and still he can change the game; which is more important, what we are thinking ourselves, not thinking outside, because the problem, people don't think about the problems.

“People only think about the winning, only thinking about the individual performance, which isn't going to help us a lot.

“What is going to help is bonding with each other the last four years.

"Even the last round, we knew how things have been going with us.”
 
Fast bowler, Rubel Hossain, who scripted his side's historic win against England at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2015, seeks positivity ahead of Bangladesh's opening game in the 2019 edition.

"The Bangladesh Tigers have knocked the England Lions out of the World Cup"- When Nasser Hussain described the moment of Bangladesh's greatest triumph in World Cup history on that 2015 evening at the Adelaide Oval, Rubel Hossain, its protagonist, went for a celebratory run. The fast bowler reminisces fond memories of that outing and hopes that those memories will help him bring about his best in this World Cup.

"The Adelaide spell was a great moment in my career. In English conditions, I will keep that performance in mind," Rubel told ESPNCricinfo in an exclusive interview. "We usually go through footage before every tournament, but I will definitely review my good performances. My preparation will reflect the positivity I gain from remembering some of my best performances."

Rubel, who made his international debut back in 2009, has been an irregular feature in the Bangladesh side ever since. The 30-year-old hopes to carry a positive mindset into the tournament.

"I consider myself a positive person, so I don't let bad thoughts take control. After I have bowled a couple of deliveries to my liking - where the ball has pitched where I intended it to, and it goes through quickly - then I try to build a rhythm," he said.

Rubel picked up his career best 6/26, which included a hat-trick, against New Zealand in 2013 Rubel picked up his career best 6/26, which included a hat-trick, against New Zealand in 2013
Rubel, who has been entrusted by his captain, Mashrafe Mortaza to bowl the death overs alongside Mustafizur Rehman, spoke about the challenges in England. "We know that conditions in England now allow teams to reach 400 runs at times. It is important to keep cool while bowling. One or two boundaries can rattle bowlers but it is necessary to think clearly and finish the over properly. It is a batsmen's game, so the bowlers have a battle in their hands."

"Bowling in the slog overs is getting harder. Batsmen are targeting boundaries every ball. It is important to keep my cool, read the batsman and bowl. Right execution brings success, and I am working on it in training," he added.

Rubel, whose last notable performance in ODIs came in the 2018 Asia Cup final against India, where he registered 2/26 in his 10 overs, won't be a front-line option against South Africa, as the all-round skills of Mohammad Saifuddin are likely to be preferred. However, his experience and the latter's questionable fitness might just work to his advantage on Sunday.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1233077
 
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Invested well in their coaching staff:

Bd investing well

C Walsh
S Rhodes
N Mckenzie
 
Invested well in their coaching staff:

Bd investing well

C Walsh
S Rhodes
N Mckenzie

BD have a great group of players and especially a proper structure around them
 
Looks like they're going to get off to a winning start.
 
It was love at first sight for Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza after watching his team change perceptions in their ICC Men's Cricket World Cup opener against South Africa.

Among the lower-ranked teams heading into their tournament opener against the world No.3, the Tigers produced a sublime display to claim a 21-run victory at the Oval.

Showcasing powerful hitting both at the top of the order and the death, Bangladesh took the fight to a star-studded South African attack from the outset, posting 330 – their highest ever ODI total.

Viewed as a steady if unspectacular side in some quarters, skipper Mashrafe was delighted with the way Bangladesh embraced a new, front-foot approach in unfamiliar conditions.

“We played so well, especially being in England,” he said “It's not easy for us in the conditions, which don’t favour us in the way they do at home.

“But I thought it was one of our best performances, and we love to play the we played in this game.

“I'm sure that it won't be happen every day, but that is the idea. I know love to play that way.”

Boasting considerable experience in their line-up, Bangladesh fielded four players who featured when they beat South Africa in a World Cup match back in 2007, namely Mashrafe, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.

They were also able to call on the talents of Soumya Sarkar, 26, who blasted 42 off 30 balls at the top of the innings to hand the Tigers the perfect platform.

That blend of youth and experience, Mashrafe believes, could prove key as they take on the world’s best over the course of the summer.

“I think really, it's a heavy batting line-up. That is the best we have,” he added.

“I always said that you look the experience, I have Tamim opening and Shakib batting at three, Mushfiqur comes back at four. Soumya, he's coming out with something out the box.

“Shakib has got the experience and makes sure that in the top order, he's more responsible and he can hold all the pressure to deliver at his best.

“He’s exactly spot on, and performed so well for the team.”
 
As well as Bangladesh did today I just don't see them qualifying for the semi's, no chance!. They batted well today for sure for which they deserve all the praise. There are many more better batting line ups that will hammer their attack to past 300 runs. If by surprising we mean qualifying for the semi's then it's a resounding "no".
 
Bangladesh's trump card at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 is the wealth of experience in their squad combined with the quality their youth, according to Mehidy Hasan.

The team that beat South Africa by 21 runs at the Oval featured four players who have played in four World Cups each - captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal - and one player, Mahmudullah, who has played in three World Cups.

The group also features several players making their World Cup debuts such as Mehidy, Mustafizur Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain, who are making the most of the opportunity to play among some of their country’s big names on the biggest stages.

“We have four senior guys who have a lot of experience; guys who have played in many World Cups and we have a lot of belief coming from that. And then our junior guys have also performed strongly,” Hasan, who at 21 years old is one of Bangladesh’s younger players, said.

“There is good communication between our senior and junior guys. It’s a good sign for our country.”

“I am really excited today because I have always watched the matches on TV, like in the last World Cup and now, in this World Cup, I am part of it.”

Not only did Mehidy make his tournament debut against South Africa at the Oval but he also opened the bowling and was Bangladesh’s most economical performer. In his 10 overs, Mehidy conceded only 44 runs and claimed the biggest opposition scalp, that of captain Faf du Plessis.

Though there was not much turn on offer, Mehidy said he concentrated on containing and building up pressure and the plan paid off.

“The wicket was a little bit slow. I was thinking about bowling dot balls and good areas. I tried to keep a tight length and got success,” he added.

Mehidy’s stand-out performance with the ball came after a sterling effort with the bat which saw Bangladesh post their highest-ever ODI total.

Soumya Sarkar blazed 42 off 30 balls, Shakib and Mushfiqur scored a half-century each and Mahmudullah finished with 46 off 33 balls. That type of contribution from all quarters is what Bangladesh are looking for as their campaign builds.

“It’s a team victory, not just one person,” said Mehidy. “Our boys did very well because we played together. Most of the time if we win, it’s not because only one or two players performed well but because we played together. When we have contributions from all 11 players, that’s good for us.”

Although Bangladesh are not talking up their win over South Africa as a surprise, it come as such because of their positions on the rankings. Bangladesh sit at No.7 while South Africa are No.3 but Mehidy believes that on the day, anyone can win.

“Every team is a strong team in international cricket. Over the last years, we have done well in international cricket and beaten India, South Africa and West Indies. This is a good start for us, now we just have to keep going and think about the next match.”
 
Any team that qualifies for the semis can go on to win this wc, Its only 2 knock out games!
The hardest part is qualiftlying for the semis!
 
Shakib and Mushfiqur the key for in-form Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan revelled in his formidable double act with Mushfiqur Rahim after Bangladesh secured a 21-run victory in their World Cup opener against South Africa.

Put into bat against a usually daunting Proteas attack, Shakib and Mushfiqur led the charge for the Tigers, putting on 142 for the third wicket as part a record ODI total of 330 for a Bangladesh side.

The pair, who have also shone in tandem at Test level, first forged their special bond playing in age-group sides together as youngsters.

And with all-rounded Shakib now batting higher up the order at No. 3, that shared experience is now paying dividends for the long-time colleagues.

“Me and Mushfiq have had some very good partnerships. Even in Tests we have the highest partnership for Bangladesh,” Shakib said.

“Because we’ve been playing together since under-15, we know each other well and complement each other. That’s the key.

“I’ve only had 10-12 innings at No. 3 but I’m enjoying this position.

“It’s good that I’m giving the innings that are needed for the team.”

A key contributor with bat and ball, Shakib became the fastest player to reach 250 ODI wickets and 5,000 runs when he snared Aiden Markram early on in the South Africa response.

Joining an exclusive club also featuring Jacques Kallis is a dream for any player, but the talented all-rounder insisted records come secondary to helping the team achieve success.

“I’m very happy the way I contributed,” he added. “If I do that for my time, the stats will take care of themselves.

“I don’t normally look at it, but if people are talking about it, I obviously feel happy."

Ranked seventh heading into the competition, attention for the Tigers now turns to highly-rated New Zealand on Wednesday.

Trent Boult and co present fierce opposition, but with the wind in their sails, Shakib believes Bangladesh will be a match for any side in the competition.

He said: “Building up to this World Cup, we knew what challenges we might face. We prepared well, so that gave us a lot of confidence and belief.

“We came to this World Cup wanting to do well. We are up for the challenge but at the same time we are relaxed. We knew we had the skill to beat big teams.”
 
Yes they will.
SA was just first target.
West Indies, SL, Pakistan and India are next now.
Maybe even England if it spins.
 
It won't be a surprise, if they do well. It will be a dissappointment if they don't.
 
So BD are the green tigers. And read somewhere afghans calling their players thr blue tigers. Pakistani players are the Cornered tigers. Lankan team is called the Lions.

Are we(India) the only non-Big cat in Asia? :((

Big cat update!

Apparently the Indian football team is called "the blue tigers".

The have not earned that name IMO.
 
4 June - Oval - Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes pre-match press conference


Q. The morale must be high on the team, but with the first win out of the way, I think would you say that New Zealand is the perfect -- coming in at the perfect time, having beaten South Africa?
STEVE RHODES: Yeah, I think first of all, whilst we were very happy with the victory over South Africa, we all recognised that that's just one game, and we've gotw another eight to go.

It was one we could tick off with a victory, but we didn't want to get too carried away, and we know the people back home are delighted and obviously jumping up and down with what we've done in beating South Africa.

But the team and the staff, they know that the task is going to be tough against some of these teams, and New Zealand are just one of those sides where they gave us a decent hiding this winter, and we're hopeful that we are in better shape. The answer is, we are in better shape, taking them on this time around.

But they are a tough opposition, like many of the top four or five teams in the world, and it will be difficult.

Q. The 2017 game, will that play in your mind?
STEVE RHODES: Yeah, I think it's good memories and all memories that are good are good for your confidence. A lot of them will be repeating that day.

Thankfully we've got quite a few players who were involved in that day, so they will share those memories with the other guys.

Q. You did have a training today, but hampered from the weather. How do you approach the match and how important is going to be the mental preparation?
STEVE RHODES: Well, when we have -- we needed to have a break yesterday. We had a tough game. As typical, in England, you cannot guarantee the weather. I think it was meant to be okay, but it's curtailed or frustrated us a little bit now with the wet weather around.

But thank goodness for Ireland. Thank goodness for going over to Ireland and playing some cricket and getting used to northern hemisphere conditions and that can goodness to the little camp we had in Leicester, as well as our preparation for the game.

So what I'm really meaning is if preparations weren't as good as they have been, then we would have been worried about a lot of cricket today. So we're not that worried.

Thankfully most of the boys are in reasonable nick, and mentally I think that's a good thing. If they know they are in good condition, they will be ready for the game tomorrow.

Q. When you joined Bangladesh, was this the start that you were looking for at the World Cup? Because your team is quite big on making starts, whether it's batting first or bowling first or a first game. Secondly what does a coach add to a team which is quite experienced right now. You have players who have played 200 matches, and you have a number of experienced players. What can you add to this setup?
STEVE RHODES: Okay. So I'll go the wrong way around. I'll go the second question first and then you'll remind me of the first question because I'll forget.

But secondly, yes, we've got some very experienced players in the dressing room who have played many international ODIs and have played many times in England. It would be wrong for me to dictate to those sort of players. You know, they know their game very, very well. They know international cricket very well.

So I'm here to support and enhance what they have got, make sure we stay on the right track, and have a little bit of English experience behind some of the suggestions. We are lucky. We've got a vastly experienced squad. Played many internationals and I'm happy for that.

I think the balance is good, and people keep telling me, I'm a novice as world events, cricket events, and they keep telling me that we need experience.

Well, we've got experience, and I think the mistake we could make, if we did make a mistake, it would be trying to dominate the experienced guys. Let's listen to what they have got to say. Let's pick their brains and make sure that we get every ounce of experience going into our decision-making and how we play and who we play.

Q. And about what you might have thought on the first day of your job.
STEVE RHODES: Okay. Yes. Well, the first day on tour was a 36-hole out, as everybody keeps mentioning, in a test match (Laughter).

No, I think it's been a really interesting year. I'm very happy with our cricket. It was very important for me not to change what we're doing a lot, really. I think we were starting to make some really good strides with white ball over 50-over cricket; and to have a new coach come in and try and dominate in a different fashion, well, that's not going to work.

So my role was to have a good look at what we were doing well, try and enhance that even more. But I think maybe the important thing what I've been trying to do with the team is to give them responsibility, and let them go out there to make those decisions for themselves, because they learn a lot from those decisions going right and going wrong, and Bangladesh cricket then will be in a better position going forward, and that's the seniors guys as well as the younger guys, as well. Let them enjoy their successes and failures and learn from them, and that's been the way I've been approaching my coaching with Bangladesh.

Q. Their win over South Africa surprised a lot of people, but does that change your target for this World Cup in any way?
STEVE RHODES: Well, no. First of all, the win over South Africa, I came to the England/South Africa game. I watched every ball bowled. Scouted it. I was delighted with the surface, what I saw, and I was delighted when I couldn't really see another pitch cut out, and I had a hunch that we might be playing on the same pitch. When I found that out the next day in practice, I was delighted. I thought that was a great opportunity for Bangladesh to try and take South Africa.

We needed them to maybe have a slightly off day, and that Mush played very well on the day, and that sort of thing happened on the day.

It will be a really big challenge tomorrow against New Zealand on a fresh pitch, and a more difficult challenge than South Africa was on that pitch. Has it changed our sort of goals? Well, we know we need to get so many wins to qualify. We're not bothered who the wins come against. We've just got to make sure we get those wins, and they will all be difficult.

You know, New Zealand will be difficult. South Africa was difficult, but we managed to pull that one off. So the goals remain the same. We just want to try and take every game as it comes -- I know it's a cliché, but you can't get too far ahead and think too far ahead. We've just got to get wins on the board, and whatever game comes up, the object is to try and win that game.

Q. How have you gelled the team in the wake of the Christchurch months being attacks and has it liberated the players in the way they have approached the game?
STEVE RHODES: Well, I have got so much respect for the players; the way that they have handled themselves after that event; the way that they have got themselves through it all. They are just celebrating Eid now, the end of Ramadan. That's been tough for many of the boys. It helps, in many ways, the Christchurch awful day and the shootings, it seems to have -- they have got some sort of brotherhood there now. They have shared with other Muslims who sadly perished that day.

But the experience they went through, they went through together on that coach, and I think it somehow gelled them and I think that they have actually got solace from each other. They have tried to help each other through it, and you know, I've got a lot of respect and admiration for the way they have pulled through. Because you know, there's a lot of smiley faces at the moment, and going back to that day in Christchurch, I was thinking, how do we get a team back together after.

But they have done it. It's not been anything special from me. I've just tried to carry on as normal because I thought that was the right thing to do, and the support they have given each other is the main thing. I think it would have been a big mistake to make such a big thing of it.

I think that they knew what they needed to do and I've been there just to carry on as normal and as I said before, I've got a lot of respect for them for how they got through it all.

Q. As you mentioned, the match against New Zealand will be very difficult. As we have heard, the next match will be on a very new pitch, and it could remain gloomy and foggy and there could be wind. If it is like that, there should be some swings from the New Zealand pacers. So it will be more difficult if the weather stays like that?
STEVE RHODES: Yeah, I think we shouldn't get too carried away with the weather. I think we know that New Zealand have a couple little chinks in their armour as a 50-over side but they are a very good 50-over side, as well.

We have had a very good team meeting back at the hotel before we arrived here, and we came to try and maximise those weaknesses. But every team's got strengths. Every team's got weaknesses, and we have, too, and they know them and they will be trying to expose our weaknesses.

I'm not too worried about the weather coming into play or anything like that, but I just thought that we can get in a situation where we can expose their Achilles heel.

Q. Following up on that, what do you regard as this New Zealand team's biggest strengths and how are you planning to counter them?
STEVE RHODES: Well, their strengths are for everybody to see. I'm not going to go into detail about what we perceive as their weakness, but they are a wicket-taking, bowling unit. Trent Boult has been very good with the new ball. So he's a guy that we need to have a good day against, but we are capable of doing that without batting lineup.

They have got some wicket takers throughout the innings with the ball, and they are an excellent fielding side. They are playing in a nice, relaxed manner with confidence.

So those are their strengths, and you know, that's why they are ranked where they are in international cricket, and at the moment, doing very, very well.

Their batting, someone like Kane is important to them. He's a glue that holds the innings together. And also, their attacking players at the top of the order, and around Kane Williamson, those are the type of guys that would like to try and take the game away from the opposition.

So those are the strengths. Probably didn't need me to tell you that. Everybody else in the world knows that, as well.

Q. Are you saying your 11 against New Zealand?
STEVE RHODES: Ah-ha. No, I don't tell the media what 11 we are going to play with. I just see it as crazy giving too much away to the opposition, and I can't tell you, anyway, because we're about to have a selection meeting. So I can't give you that answer.
 
Mosaddek Hossain: Bangladesh fans made the Oval feel like Mirpur

Bangladesh spinner Mosaddek Hossain paid tribute to the fanatical support his side received all the way through their nail-biting two-wicket defeat by New Zealand at the Oval.

The Black Caps’ match-winner Ross Taylor – who was one of Mosaddek’s two wickets in the match – had earlier said that it felt like the game was being played in Bangladesh such was the cacophony of noise that greeted every run or wicket for Bangladesh.

Mosaddek, 23, agreed, saying with a smile: “It was amazing. When we came out after the toss it didn’t feel like we were playing at the Oval – it felt like we were in Mirpur which was a good thing for us.

“It wasn’t a surprise because we had played here in the Champions Trophy in 2017 so we knew what to expect but it was still amazing.”

Bangladesh, who won their opening match against South Africa last weekend, came agonisingly close to another major scalp at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 but Mossadek said his side were remaining upbeat.

He said: “Most of the guys in the changing room are a bit disappointed, of course, but that’s ok for me.

“But we’re getting better and better. We’re bowling really well so hopefully in the next match we will do better.”

That next match at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday is against England, who they knocked out of the last ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in Adelaide in 2015.

Mosaddek, who also took the catch to dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, admitted that his side’s batting performance has cost them the game.

Bangladesh struggled to 244 all out and Mosaddek said: “If we had got ten or 20 more runs then it could have been a different result.

“We played really well against South Africa but that was a really good wicket and this one was not the same.”
 
We don’t have fast bowers and Tamim who is suppose to stay in the crease for 40 overs is back to his old World Cup form. There is no Scotland or Ireland for Tamim’s fluke 50 here and there, he is not a big match player. We are playing with 8 1/2 players. Mash and Tamim + Mushy’s keeping. Short of talent :kohli

Imagine if Tamim stays for 40 overs and scores 70 of 120 balls :facepalm:
 
Abdur Razzak: New Zealand defeat will hurt but Bangladesh can rally to beat England

The way Bangladesh got themselves back into the game, they should be very proud of their performance against New Zealand.

It is a shame they couldn’t win it but for them to get so close was very impressive.

The game looked over when Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were batting but this Bangladesh team never gives up, they never allow themselves to give up.

They are never out of the game and they did all the fans proud, they should take a lot of confidence from that going forward.

Bangladesh had a one per cent chance of winning the game at one stage, teams don’t come back from that but they came so close and should be very proud. All the bowlers stepped up towards the end.

Nobody will be more disappointed than Mushfiqur Rahim himself for missing that run-out opportunity on Williamson.

Mistakes can happen, it was a bad one and it could have been a different story if Williamson’s wicket was got early.

I can’t complain about him – he’s our best batsman and doing really well, keeping is really tough.

I know Mushy and he’s a very emotional guy – he’ll shout his mouth off today and then he’ll be okay tomorrow.

Our batsmen just couldn’t keep it going, everyone got set and then got out which was disappointing, we needed to build the partnerships and we couldn’t and that was the problem. They didn’t need much more than 244.

Unfortunately the middle order, when Bangladesh were batting, didn’t do the job they were looking for and you can’t do that against New Zealand.

They are probably the most organised team in this ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, their record in ICC events is really good and they’re always looking towards those semi-finals because of their ability.

If you want to win against them you have to do well with the bat and the ball, you can’t afford to miss out on one.

A New Zealand team always plays strong cricket, against any side they face. They always seem to play well, and in a big tournament like this, Bangladesh can take a strong lesson from them.

Next Bangladesh will face England and while it’s a difficult game in these conditions, they’ll be really looking forward to the challenge.

Both have had difficulties and England have more pressure, it’s in their conditions and we’ve beaten them in our last two World Cup matches, in 2011 and 2015, so that is a major plus for us.

These are different teams and a different atmosphere but there is a lot of confidence from those wins.

In 2011, beating England that was a big moment for us, they were a really tough opponent particularly for where we were as a country then.

Then in 2015, those conditions made it a really tough game in Australia – they favoured England but we still won, the team played really well and showed they can do it.

Bangladesh have made a lot of improvements batting and bowling too, we may not necessarily win but they will certainly give them a good game.

We’ve seen how excited the fans are getting too, there’s a huge Bangladesh community in England.

Playing and winning these games means everything to them and there’s a real good chance of doing it again.
 
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Liam Plunkett expects Bangladesh to repeat Pakistan's provocative tactics and try to get under England's skin



Liam Plunkett expects Bangladesh to repeat the provocative tactics employed by Pakistan to get under England's skin in what is sure to be another highly charged World Cup clash.

Saturday's meeting in Cardiff has taken on extra significance for an England side who appeared to let the pressure and expectations that come with being hot World Cup favourites get to them in crashing to a surprise defeat at Trent Bridge on Monday.

And Plunkett believes the sometimes inflammatory behaviour that saw Pakistan clearly unsettle Eoin Morgan's side in Nottingham will have been noted by a Bangladesh team with a history of aggressive clashes against England.


'Pakistan are good like that, they can get niggly,' said England's oldest player as the hosts returned to work in Cardiff after two days at home.

'Similarly Bangladesh and India are good at appealing a lot and stuff like that. It's just the way they play their cricket.

'But it shouldn't be too much for us. Our guys have played around the world at competitions like the IPL and Big Bash in front of big crowds. We just have to take out what's going on with the other team and the crowds and try to do our job.'

It was in Dhaka two and a half years ago that an England side led by Jos Buttler in the absence of Eoin Morgan clashed badly with Bangladesh amid suggestions that Tamim Iqbal had made unacceptable comments to Jason Roy.

Ben Stokes later refused to shake hands with Tamim, who will line up against England on Saturday along with two other leading protagonists from that hot-tempered night in Mahmadullah and Shakib Al Hasan.

And Bangladesh, of course, were the team who knocked England out of the last World Cup when they reached their limited-overs nadir in Adelaide and set off on a white-ball revolution that is meant to culminate with them winning their first 50-over tournament here.

Certainly the days have gone when Bangladesh, who have won just four out of 20 one-day internationals against England and only one in this country, could be dismissed among the minnows of international cricket.

'We've already seen Bangladesh beat South Africa and it wasn't a shock,' added Plunkett, who is expected to return on Saturday, probably in place of Adil Rashid. 'I remember way back when they beat England and it was considered a huge surprise. But results like that are not unexpected anymore.'
 
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