Bangladesh able to slay T20 World Cup demons


Through the years, Bangladesh have executed sufficient to shed the tag of underdogs, exhibiting marked enchancment throughout all codecs. On the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2021, they’ve an opportunity to showcase simply how far they’ve come within the shortest format of the sport.

Bangladesh come into the event with 9 T20I wins within the calendar yr, solely behind South Africa who’ve 12. Actually, since dropping to New Zealand in March away from house, Bangladesh have been near unstoppable in T20Is, registering sequence wins over Zimbabwe (2-1), Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (3-2).

With type on their aspect, Bangladesh are favourites to high Group B within the First Spherical the place they’ve been drawn alongside Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea.  

Forward of their opening match towards Scotland on 17 October, we check out their squad and their possibilities within the event.

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The T20 World Cup has not been the happiest of looking grounds for Bangladesh.

They have been one of many tales of the inaugural event in 2007, once they made it previous the primary group stage and into the Tremendous 8s however by means of the 2009, 2010 and 2012 editions they did not register a single win.

They returned to successful methods in 2014 when the event was expanded to 16 groups, topping Group A of the First Spherical solely to lose all 4 matches within the Tremendous 10 stage. It was an identical story in 2016, the place they crashed out in heartbreak after a devastating loss to India. Needing 11 off the final over to remain alive within the event, they introduced the equation down to 2 off three balls, solely to lose three wickets throughout these three deliveries, bringing an finish to their World Cup desires. They’d as soon as once more end winless within the second stage of a T20 World Cup, taking place of their remaining sport towards New Zealand.

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The massive distinction for Bangladesh on this event is in contrast to within the earlier six campaigns, they will not be underdogs by anybody’s measure – not within the First Spherical and never within the Tremendous 12 stage in the event that they attain it.

The Tigers have made gradual but regular progress for the reason that heartbreak of 2016, and have hit high gear simply in time for the 2021 World Cup, and justifiably sit sixth on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I staff rankings, forward of the likes of Australia, West Indies and Afghanistan. Their T20I sequence wins over Australia and New Zealand this yr – their maiden sequence wins over both nation – are testomony to how properly they’re taking part in skinny 2021. Nobody can be underestimating Bangladesh this yr, and extra importantly, their perception within the reality they’ll beat anybody can be sky-high.

With a very good mix of youth and expertise, Bangladesh have all of the components to go deep into the event.

Captain Mahmud Ullah, who not too long ago grew to become the nation’s most profitable T20I captain after surpassing  Mashrafe Mortaza within the first T20I towards New Zealand, is considered one of a number of seasoned campaigners within the Bangladesh squad together with Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim. They may type the backbone of the batting line-up. The presence of Afif Hossain decrease down provides extra depth to the batting lineup.

Within the absence of Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh can be hoping that Mohammad Naim and Liton Das can fill the void on the high of the order. In simply 11 video games collectively, the 2 have change into the nation’s third most prolific opening partnership in T20Is and Bangladesh will need them to set the World Cup ablaze.

With the ball, Mustafizur Rahman can be tasked with the duty to guide the assault. The emergence of Nasum Ahmed since making his T20I debut in March has additional strengthened the assault that additionally consists of Taskin Ahmed, and Mohammad Saifuddin amongst others.

Bangladesh are positioned with Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea in Group B of the First Spherical and are favourites to qualify as table-toppers. Nevertheless, The Tigers is not going to be merely pleased with qualifying for the Tremendous 12 and can be aiming to make it to the knockout stage for the primary time within the historical past of the T20 World Cup. 

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The squad

Mahmud Ullah (Captain), Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain

Reserves: Rubel Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob

Their fixtures

17 October – v Scotland

19 October – v Oman

21 October – v Papua New Guinea

Event historical past

Finest end:  Tremendous 8 – 2007, Tremendous 10 – 2014,  2016

Bangladesh have gotten out of the group levels of the primary event twice, which was means again in 2007 within the inaugural version of the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup and in 2016 in the latest version.

Positioned in Group A with South Africa and West Indies, The Tigers certified for the Tremendous 8s after beating Windies in 2017.

Within the three subsequent editions, Bangladesh had a torrid time being knocked out on the first spherical, earlier than reaching the Tremendous 10s in each 2014 and 2016.

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Afif Hossain

Afif Hossain had an inauspicious begin to his worldwide profession when he acquired out for a duck in his very first match towards Sri Lanka in February 2018 and was subsequently dropped from the nationwide staff.

Nevertheless, it didn’t take lengthy for him to show his fortunes round as in his very subsequent match, towards Zimbabwe in September, he scored a match-winning 52 off 26 to information Bangladesh to victory. Hossain displayed large braveness, for somebody who was all of 18, strolling in at 60/6 whereas chasing 145 in 18 overs with veterans Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmud Ullah already again within the hut.

Despite the fact that that’s Hossain’s solely half-century thus far in worldwide cricket, it’s his capacity to provide you with necessary cameos decrease down the order that has made him an necessary cog within the Bangladesh set-up. 

Although he has made a reputation for himself on the worldwide stage as far as a batter, he’s a really in a position bowler as properly. Actually, it was his five-for on debut on the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League that made folks take discover of him on the nationwide stage.

Together with his capacity to drift wherever within the center order and in addition chip in with a few overs, Hossain could possibly be an actual asset for Bangladesh on the upcoming T20 World Cup.

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Mustafizur Rahman

The resurgence of Mustafizur Rahman this yr has been one of many largest positives for Bangladesh cricket heading into the T20 World Cup.

Actually, for the reason that flip of 2020, Rahman has been Bangladesh’s highest T20I wicket-taker and the Eleventh-highest wicket-taker total on the earth. In 15 matches since 2020, Rahman has 24 wickets to his title at a median of 14.70 and a unbelievable financial system of 6.49.

With a complete arsenal of tips in his armoury and now the expertise of dealing with high-pressure conditions, the Fizz goes to be a handful on the tracks in Oman and UAE.

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Oman – 19 October

Favourites to high Group B in Spherical 1 of the T20 World Cup, Bangladesh’s match towards house staff Oman is presumably their largest sport and would possibly even assist The Tigers seal a berth within the Tremendous 12 levels. 

The 2 sides have locked horns solely as soon as earlier than within the shortest format of the sport, the place Bangladesh emerged victorious by 54 runs at Dharamsala within the 2016 T20 World Cup. 

Bangladesh will hope to maintain their100 per cent report towards Oman alive of their second league sport on 19 October on the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat.



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