Bangladesh news August 12, 2012

Twenty20 squad looks settled - Pybus


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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  • Dummy4 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....

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @W Arun 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.)

  • Dummy4 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

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

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

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2012, 3:34 GMT

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

  • RAHUL 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • srahman 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)

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