Bangladesh in Ireland 2012 July 8, 2012

Bangladesh aim for T20 ranking spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh have a chance of breaking into the ICC Twenty20 team rankings during their upcoming tour of Ireland and Netherlands, where they'll play five T20 internationals. Bangladesh, who have played only six T20Is since August 2009 (the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe was an unofficial series), are not ranked as they need a minimum of eight games in the three-year period. They lost five of their six matches and their only win came against West Indies last year in Dhaka.

"We know our record in T20 cricket is not good. We are still not good in the new format of the game," Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim told the Daily Star. "Due to lack of international matches we are not in the ICC T20 international rankings while even Afghanistan occupy a spot."

Bangladesh are scheduled to play three matches against Ireland in Belfast and a match each against Scotland and Netherlands in The Hague.

"We have a chance to break into the table if we can win matches on this tour. So it's a very good opportunity for us. The result was not as per our expectation on the recent tour of Zimbabwe but we are confident of winning the series against Ireland." Mushfiqur said. "Everybody has the self-confidence, but you know just self-confidence is not enough to win, rather you have to prove your skills. I believe everybody will be able to show their skills on the coming tour."

Bangladesh face a tough challenge in foreign conditions in which their record is poor. During their last tour to Ireland and Scotland in July 2010, Bangladesh lost an ODI each against Ireland and Netherlands. They also lost a match to Ireland during the World Twenty20 in England in 2009.

"Our experience against Ireland was not good at all, so this tour will not be an easy one for us. We don't have a good record away and you know we are going to play in different conditions. And you know in T20 cricket no one can be considered a big team. We may be favourites in the series but I believe Ireland are tough opponents."

The team will leave for the tour on July 11. The first T20I will be played in Belfast on July 18.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Andy on July 11, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @r0ketman: Bro, averages don't matter much, one not out innings is going to boost your average up if you have played min. no.of innings, one example for this is Sachin's Test Record against BD, and even Andy Flower's test record against India. Zaheer is a much better depth bowler than what Irfan Pathan or the Vinay Kumar who bowled lollipop full tosses in the matche against BD in the Asia Cup especially in the depth overs. His wickets might have not mattered but its the runs they gave away that did. Still I reckon BD is only improving is no way close to the standards of the top sides. One good factor is the rise of Shakib-Al-Hasan over the past few years. @jorosacric: So if BD wins a series in IRE u r going to say BD is better than the top sides sir ? Please for god's sake keep yourselves grounded, BD still has a long way to go, to be called as a good contender. SL were given lot of respect in 90's bcoz they were grounded even after their wins against top sides, BD has to learn that.

  • wahid on July 11, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Bored im,maddy20,lord dravid hope u guys will not disappear after the ban-ire series.then see u..

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    @maddy20...I'd be reminding you if you're wrong mark my words because everyone thought Bangladesh will be down as usual at the Asia Cup but turned out that their silly predictions were totally wrong :)

  • V.L on July 10, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Ireland will beat Bangladesh hands down. Netherlands will probably too. I cannot believe that these guys are proud of their team beating India 3 times while losing 20 times. That just about sums up the situation doesn't it?

  • Tanvirul hoque on July 10, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    If BD wins 'em 5-0 as they should,BD will be the 5th ranked t20 team :D & Dear anti-BD ppl-let's wait couple of weeks,shall we?

  • roket on July 10, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @serious-am-i : We would have preffered to have Sehwag on the team, his average against BD prior to the century in Dhaka last year is a paltry 29 from 11 matches. His score of 175 on the 12th match brings his average back to 42, Tamim averages almost that much against India. Zaheer has taken 12 wk against BD from 9 matches, where as Mashrafe took 11 from 8 matches, and surprisingly Mash also averages 42 with the bat against India, almost as much as sehwag does against BD!!! The win against WI mentioned here is from last year in BD, where BD won the only t20 and the last ODI (out of the 3) they played against the official full strength team. I belive Gayle was missing from the team, but that would hardly be BDs fault.

  • Andy on July 10, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @reyme: Some corrections sir. India was not at full strength in ODI for Asia Cup. India was with out services of Sehwag, Zaheer and Yuveraj, its not an excuse but that's a fact if you feel you have beaten first XI. BD beat second string West Indies squad may be you forgot the stand-off between WICA and WICB which resulted in WICB sending a second string side with a first time captain in Darren Sammy, who didn't even represent WI in the past 2 years was directly booted in as a captain. I don't know how you could do such silly mistakes with you so called "stats". Can u kindly explain what is this Asian Olympic Games ? So, you mean to say BD and Afghanistan did better than SriLanka, Pakistan and India in the league games & got to the finals. May god bless you sir.

  • Satish on July 10, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @reyme : All the last time might change next time.. Even if not all of them, most of them WILL change..

  • Suraiya Jannat on July 10, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Before some days of the Asia Cup, I went to the stadium and saw all of them practicing, in the dressing room they talked about only cricket, whereas other times they also bought in other topics, all of them were just too serious about it, I knew and felt that atmosphere in the dressing room was going to make them perform brilliantly. This was the effect of BPL and the premier league cricket. This time as national team's players also played in the premier league, all of them practiced cricket continuously for months and they showed what they can do, they are also going through a lot of practice now and have more matches before the T20 WC, I am pretty confident that they are going to perform extremely well.

  • Suraiya Jannat on July 10, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    We know that BD cric team is yet not strong enough to be compared with teams like Pakistan and India, but the current BD combination has proved to be pretty impressive, before this combination was set up we had no belief in the other players of the team except for Shakib, but even after Asia cup, in the Zimbabwe series the team proved to be as reliable without Shakib..., though they didn't perform well enough in the first match, in all the others they played impressively...., I'm not sure whether they can win the T20 WC, but honestly there is a chance, all of us who watch BD cricket alot like me noticed this atmosphere among them which has changed remarkably, they have united as a team...., and this will contribute a huge amount of strength to the team.

  • No featured comments at the moment.