Bangladesh news August 12, 2012

Twenty20 squad looks settled - Pybus

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Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus doesn't expect any major changes to the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka next month. He was also pleased that some of the players had improved their Twenty20 skills after the tours to Zimbabwe and Europe over the last two months.

Barring three players who are participating in the ongoing Sri Lanka Premier League, the rest began training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, though they were forced indoors due to the Dhaka rain. This camp will be the final preparation at home before the World Twenty20, as their next destination is Trinidad and Tobago, where they will play a four-nation Twenty20 tournament as part of the island's 50th independence day celebrations.

"It is important for us that we have a core group of people to work with, as the side is quite settled now and I don't see any major changes in the team when we go forward to Trinidad and the World Cup," Pybus said. "A lot of these players would transfer over to the one-day squad. I have been able to see the attitude and skills of the guys. Now I need to underline it with very specific formats with specific skill-sets.

"I think we have reasonably settled on that, though that doesn't mean we are where we need to be. We have certainly grown. After two months, I have understood what we need to do not just for the [Twenty20] World Cup but even after that. The World Cup is a benchmark which will let you know where you are."

During their tour of Europe, Bangladesh made a clean sweep of Ireland, but in the Netherlands, they were beaten by Scotland and the hosts, ending with four wins out of six.

"We didn't play the way we would have liked to in the three games in Holland. But it was important for us to get that experience and get to the ground after the high of winning the Ireland series and have our focus brought back to the fact that we are still a growing, emerging cricket nation," Pybus said.

Despite the results, Pybus was also happy with the players' accommodating outlook after encountering difficult weather and ordinary facilities.

"I am very happy with their attitude, especially in Ireland where it was not that easy for the touring side as there was rain and the wicket was damp," Pybus said. "There were limited tour facilities but the guys got into it, they did a lot of fielding work and conditioning.

"We even had to go to a school to train but the guys took it as an opportunity and that showed that they wanted to learn and get better. In Ireland and Holland you won't get all the facilities but there was no complaining, they just went about being busy. This was a really positive mindset and we will build a good team."

He also said that Shakib-Al-Hasan was "reasonably happy" with his recovery progress from a knee injury. "We are just going to build him up gradually before bringing him back to play cricket. I chatted with him in the morning and he was confident," Pybus said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • on August 15, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Its amazing that a lot of my fellow Bangladeshi fans are saying Bangladesh will be Number 1, Bangladesh will win World T20 etc please guys I understand you guys are being positive but please be sensible and realistic no wonder the other fans of the other teams are laughing so please a bit more realism and reasonable logic so that you can have a decent case. I'm a real Bangladesh fan who knows a lot about Cricket and only respond to critics with my proofs and reasonable logic nothing else. We should never say never but realistically, Bangladesh will not get to the semi-finals let alone the finals and getting past the group stages and performing well in the super stages should be our main goals. Whether we like it or not, Bangladesh are minnows and have done nothing extraordinary to remove that tag so one step at a time....

  • on August 15, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @W Arun Talukder...lol I don't think you know much about Bangladesh Cricket the order you selected are all juggled up and not their ideal positions for example, Junaid is a batsman that always bats at 1,2 or 3 plus Rubel is not a talented bowler just bowls too short and is expensive. Mithun Ali is too inexperienced and Farhad Reza can't play so that squad will really knock Bangladesh out.

  • bdsmaruf on August 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    @ Rafelgibt, nobody can help you more than yourself. look at aus, sa etc. top teams.

  • on August 15, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Real bd Team for T20 world cup - 01. Tamim 02. ziaur 03.Shakib 04.Musfiqur 05.jahirul reserves junaid 06.Nasir 07. Mahmudullah 08. Razzak 09.Farat Reza reserves Elllius Sunny 10.Mashrafi 11. Shafiul 12.Mithun Alli 14.Rubel (This is best of Bangladesh.)

  • on August 14, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    My 15 man BD T20 squad : 01. Tamim, 02. Ziaur, 03. Nasir, 04. Shakib, 05. Mushfiq, 06. Mahmudullah, 07. Sabbir Rahman, 08. Mashrafe, 09. Razzaq, 10. Elllius Sunny, 11. Shafiul and reserves 12. Ashraful, 13. Naeem Islam, 14. Enamul Jr. and 15. Shahadat

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    But still BD not gonna make it to the next round!

  • on August 14, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Bangladesh will be in Top position in the rankings by 2014...Mark my words

  • FOTO on August 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Bangladesh should make around 150+ runs in T20 consistently. I hope after the Tamim blitz in SLPL will help them to understand some of the SL pitches. After all, we do have 4 BD men on the SLPL.

  • on August 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain - Having Zia Rahman opening with Tamim Iqbal is a brilliant idea and the batting line-up looks solid for T20.The bowling also looks good.

  • Mad_for_Shakib on August 13, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    bd 15 man squad is: Mushi Mahmudullah Tamim Shakib Zia Nasir Razzak Mortoza Shafiul Nazmul Sunny (Jahurul,anamul,imrul,abul)

  • on August 15, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Its amazing that a lot of my fellow Bangladeshi fans are saying Bangladesh will be Number 1, Bangladesh will win World T20 etc please guys I understand you guys are being positive but please be sensible and realistic no wonder the other fans of the other teams are laughing so please a bit more realism and reasonable logic so that you can have a decent case. I'm a real Bangladesh fan who knows a lot about Cricket and only respond to critics with my proofs and reasonable logic nothing else. We should never say never but realistically, Bangladesh will not get to the semi-finals let alone the finals and getting past the group stages and performing well in the super stages should be our main goals. Whether we like it or not, Bangladesh are minnows and have done nothing extraordinary to remove that tag so one step at a time....

  • on August 15, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @W Arun Talukder...lol I don't think you know much about Bangladesh Cricket the order you selected are all juggled up and not their ideal positions for example, Junaid is a batsman that always bats at 1,2 or 3 plus Rubel is not a talented bowler just bowls too short and is expensive. Mithun Ali is too inexperienced and Farhad Reza can't play so that squad will really knock Bangladesh out.

  • bdsmaruf on August 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    @ Rafelgibt, nobody can help you more than yourself. look at aus, sa etc. top teams.

  • on August 15, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Real bd Team for T20 world cup - 01. Tamim 02. ziaur 03.Shakib 04.Musfiqur 05.jahirul reserves junaid 06.Nasir 07. Mahmudullah 08. Razzak 09.Farat Reza reserves Elllius Sunny 10.Mashrafi 11. Shafiul 12.Mithun Alli 14.Rubel (This is best of Bangladesh.)

  • on August 14, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    My 15 man BD T20 squad : 01. Tamim, 02. Ziaur, 03. Nasir, 04. Shakib, 05. Mushfiq, 06. Mahmudullah, 07. Sabbir Rahman, 08. Mashrafe, 09. Razzaq, 10. Elllius Sunny, 11. Shafiul and reserves 12. Ashraful, 13. Naeem Islam, 14. Enamul Jr. and 15. Shahadat

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    But still BD not gonna make it to the next round!

  • on August 14, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Bangladesh will be in Top position in the rankings by 2014...Mark my words

  • FOTO on August 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Bangladesh should make around 150+ runs in T20 consistently. I hope after the Tamim blitz in SLPL will help them to understand some of the SL pitches. After all, we do have 4 BD men on the SLPL.

  • on August 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain - Having Zia Rahman opening with Tamim Iqbal is a brilliant idea and the batting line-up looks solid for T20.The bowling also looks good.

  • Mad_for_Shakib on August 13, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    bd 15 man squad is: Mushi Mahmudullah Tamim Shakib Zia Nasir Razzak Mortoza Shafiul Nazmul Sunny (Jahurul,anamul,imrul,abul)

  • on August 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    This is in my opinion how it should be so that we stand a chance - 01.Tamim, 02.Rahman, 03.Nasir, 04.Shakib, 05.Mahmudullah, 06. Rahim, 07.Jahurul, 08.Mortaza, 09.Razzaq, 10.Sunny, 11.Shafiul and reserves Ashraful, Nazmul, Enamul and Junaid. Also do not take risk early only just find the gaps take 1s and 2s and if granted go for the big one. Its really after the first 10 overs where you should start taking more risks. All about planning and making the best use of your early powerplays. If you can get over 60 runs within the first 10 overs with losing no more than 2 wicket then it should go your way.

  • on August 13, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    I dont think BD's t20 squad settled.There is some place to improvement.Ashraful,definelty Not a T20 batsman..look at his last last 10 t20 innings..all are run a ball innings or Less.I know there is li'l bit time left but BD should re-think about Opening pair......I don know 3 left arm spinner in a XI will be good idea.(Shakib,Razzak,Sunny).BD should know who will be more effective in SL,Razzak or Sunny........ Should play with 8 batsman 3 bowler combo in t20 world cup.not 7 batsman 4 bowler combo.Beacause they have some good allrounders like-Sakib,Nasir,Mahmudullah,Zia.

  • Rafelgibt on August 13, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    QuarterMILE on (August 12 2012, 15:05 PM GMT) I think you missed the point..... Without ALLAH's mercy nobody can do anything.........On the other hand its said that 'ALLAH help those who help themselves'.........So, its very much clear that if you work hard and you are passionate about your task then ALLAH will definitely help you......If you just sit back and do nothing then ALLAH is not going to help you........I hope you understood my points.....ROAR TIGERS ROAR>>>>>

  • Fogu on August 12, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Go Bangladesh. Go Pybus. BD is developing nicely and will cause problems for some of the larger teams in the world cup. Semi final berth should be the expectation of the team. They should prepare that way. They need to have a mindset that they belong and can win every game. Good luck BD.

  • on August 12, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    @Extraz...Yes what you say is true that T20 is anyone's game considering that 1 or 2 bad overs can easily change the outcome of the game but I'm also being sensible because though Bangladesh have improved it still doesn't mean they're the best or anything not by a long way because they still have a lot to do especially in Test Cricket. I'm not really bothered if Bangladesh loses games here and there but what I want to see is competition and fight from them and win this time around 1/3 of their games at the very least instead of 1/6 of their games if you understand what I'm trying to say. The real task for Bangladesh is not this T20 Championship but their coming series against the West Indies and then their tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe which they have to win so we can put to rest that Bangladesh are minnows.

  • Breaking_Point on August 12, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Let's hope that BD can beat NZ if not Pak & make it to the next round!!

  • joynal693 on August 12, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Mr. Ahmed Hussain, you should not hire the word "Minnow" from some of the so called INTLs. Be confident & optimistic which may develop your loving capability towards the BD players.

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Tamim scored a classy 93* in SPL today only from 61 balls with seven 4's and six 6's. OH Dear Pybus you got all amazing players in your team. Hoping an awesome performance in the world cup.

  • Extraz on August 12, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussian...Bro u r too pessimistic about ur team i m not 4rm BD but i think BD do have a potential of reaching the semi finals or even the finals in this t20 world cup,coz u know t20 is anybody's game u don't need the whole team to perform just 1 or 2 players click and u take the game away.May be u r not watching the SLPL where tamim iqbal scored 93 not out in his 1st match hitting the great muralitharan for a 102m six over his head that was great to watch.So he's in good form along with shakib,BD do have a great chance.Best of luck to u guys.

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Attitude has always been a serious problem with Bangladeshi cricketers.They need to distance themselves from social distractions and be more focused in the game with professional attitude like the Australians.In all sports you need absolute discipline and commitment to achieve success like we are witnessing in the Olympic Games.If we do not adhere to these qualities then we will always win some and lose some games and become unpredictable which shows in our shot selections.

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Good Luck Bangladesh Great Coach Pybus ............................................

    Great player Sakib, Tamim .......... & all

  • QuarterMILE on August 12, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @ Aasif Ibrahim ...Pakistanis will also pray to Allah to be with their team..and if i believe God is one, then that one God will get petitions from all countries...i wonder how God handles all this...perhaps time has come to keep such sporting matters to us humans only and not involve God in some stupid game :)

  • cairo on August 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Tamim rocked at the first match in SLP, hope he will fire on World cup.

  • cricket_expart on August 12, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    hope bdesh wil win aganist Nzlnd

  • Mad_for_Shakib on August 12, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    'we will build a good team': pybus, yes u takes bd as a ur team n we love u as a our man. Go go n go ahed

  • Jawwad123 on August 12, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Hats off to Tamim- 93 n.o.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 12, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    now tamim is in form because that 93 not out against the slpl

  • on August 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Good Luck Bangladesh.....May Allah be with you

  • on August 12, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Yeah I agree with Pybus pretty pointless changing the squad unless there are injuries. Very unlikely Bangladesh will get to the final let alone winning it but if we can get past the group stages, that would be great especially for a minnow.

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  • on August 12, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Yeah I agree with Pybus pretty pointless changing the squad unless there are injuries. Very unlikely Bangladesh will get to the final let alone winning it but if we can get past the group stages, that would be great especially for a minnow.

  • on August 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Good Luck Bangladesh.....May Allah be with you

  • on August 12, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    now tamim is in form because that 93 not out against the slpl

  • Jawwad123 on August 12, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Hats off to Tamim- 93 n.o.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mad_for_Shakib on August 12, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    'we will build a good team': pybus, yes u takes bd as a ur team n we love u as a our man. Go go n go ahed

  • cricket_expart on August 12, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    hope bdesh wil win aganist Nzlnd

  • cairo on August 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Tamim rocked at the first match in SLP, hope he will fire on World cup.

  • QuarterMILE on August 12, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @ Aasif Ibrahim ...Pakistanis will also pray to Allah to be with their team..and if i believe God is one, then that one God will get petitions from all countries...i wonder how God handles all this...perhaps time has come to keep such sporting matters to us humans only and not involve God in some stupid game :)

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Good Luck Bangladesh Great Coach Pybus ............................................

    Great player Sakib, Tamim .......... & all

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Attitude has always been a serious problem with Bangladeshi cricketers.They need to distance themselves from social distractions and be more focused in the game with professional attitude like the Australians.In all sports you need absolute discipline and commitment to achieve success like we are witnessing in the Olympic Games.If we do not adhere to these qualities then we will always win some and lose some games and become unpredictable which shows in our shot selections.