Bangladesh slipped into T20 World Championship after difficult build-up

Bangladesh are in the main draw of the T20 World Cup this year but face another winless tournament after that if they don’t bounce back from a difficult build-up. The selectors struck a truce with star gambler Shakib Al Hasan and invited him to resume captaincy in August after ending a controversial partnership with an offshore gambling website. But his return changed little at the Asian Cup this month, as the team fell after defeats by Afghanistan and eventual winners Sri Lanka.

And they lost all four games in the three-week warm-up games against New Zealand and Pakistan.

Bangladesh meet India, Pakistan, South Africa and two qualifiers in Group 2 and pundits have already written them off.

“There is no easy game in this type of tournament. With the type of cricket we’ve been playing lately, it’s difficult to expect anything,” said Nazmul Abedin, a highly respected coach and cricket commentator in Bangladesh.

“If we can win just one game, that’s a big win for us.”

Bangladesh’s record at tournaments is bleak, with their only main draw victory in the T20 World Cup coming against the West Indies in the inaugural 2007 edition.

Home wins over Australia and New Zealand last year raised hopes of a turnaround until a winless win at last year’s World Cup and a 3-0 loss to Pakistan followed shortly thereafter.

The double humiliation resulted in an uproar as head coach Russell Domingo was relieved of his T20 duties ahead of this year’s Asian Cup and replaced by Sridharan Sriram.

The team has also gone through captaincy since last year’s World Cup until Shakib returned after bowing to the cricket board’s ultimatum to cancel the deal with the betting site.

“It’s going to be hard”

Former Bangladesh captain and national team coach Habibul Bashar has supported the team as they face the ‘tough’ conditions Down Under but was under no illusions about their chances.

“They should express themselves without worrying about the result and try to play their best cricket,” he said.

“It’s going to be tough because other teams are way ahead of Bangladesh and the conditions are tough too.”

Shakib, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Liton Das and Afif Hossain will carry the team’s batting order, while pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman will lead the bowling.


Shakib and his team open their World Championship season on October 24 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart against the runners-up from qualifying Group A.

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