ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 29, 2012

Bangladesh head for Caribbean with eye on World T20 success


Bangladesh travel almost 19,000 miles from Dhaka to Port-of-Spain to Colombo over the next two weeks to take on opponents as varied as Barbados, Afghanistan and Trinidad & Tobago in warm-up matches in Colombo and the Caribbean. Their target, though, is further down the line: on September 21, when they take on New Zealand in their World Twenty20 opener.

"The primary objective in the World Cup is to qualify from the first round," Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus said on the eve of the team's departure for the West Indies, where they play in a four-nation Twenty20 tournament as the BCB XI. "We need to play our best game on both days. They [New Zealand and Pakistan, their second opponents] are good sides, we have to respect them."

Pybus called Twenty20 "the most demanding of formats" as it doesn't allow for a single mistake but pointed out how much Bangladesh have progressed as a Twenty20 unit in the past three months.

"We have two games to get it right. This is the most demanding of formats, so we are going there to win our first game. We have to put in a lot of work. We are not going into the tournament as favourites, let's be realistic. Up until a month ago we didn't have a ranking. We beat South Africa, Ireland 3-0; we didn't do well in Holland and there are reasons for that but no excuses.

"To be frank, our goal over time is to develop into a dominant side in the world. It is not going to happen overnight. There is no quick fix. We are going there to play our very best, we intend to win every game," he said.

The match against New Zealand will be the first meeting between the two sides since Bangladesh crushed New Zealand 4-0 in a one-day series nearly two years ago. Since then the performances of the two teams have taken an upward and downward slide respectively. New Zealand have only defeated Zimbabwe in two full series and beaten Pakistan in a Twenty20 series in December 2010, but lost heavily to South Africa, West Indies and India. Though Bangladesh haven't set the world alight, they impressed in the Asia Cup and in a tough Twenty20 series win over Ireland in July this year, besides defeating the South Africans in the unofficial Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe in June.

Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan also pointed out the importance of Bangladesh's immediate schedule to hold on to the momentum the team has built up in the Twenty20 format. "We aren't thinking about the [World Twenty20] now. We are taking it match by match. The next 2-3 weeks will be extremely important for us. If we can improve a bit through these games [in Trinidad &Tobago], then I am sure we can do [well] in the tournament," he said.

"I think we can win both the matches this time if we play our best game. We'll be confident if our build-up [to the World T20] is good. We have a positive mindset. The majority of the players are confident, they are scoring runs," Shakib said.

Vice-captain Mahmudullah too believed that the first game of the tournament is what the team is building towards, saying, "We are not thinking of two matches right now. We want to think about winning one match at a time. The coach said that our first target is to qualify for the Super Eights. We will set our next goals afterwards."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @Apurba Mridha...lol We'll see what happens till World T20 good luck :)

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Actually No chance for bd to qualify 2nd round. there are many more good team than Bd.

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Probably Bangladesh Team is the Dark Horse of this T20 World Cup.Nobody know exactly about Our Players like Ziaur Rahaman,Eliyas Sunny.These Two guys is So Potential All-Rounder of Bangladesh Team for T-20.All ready world knew about Nasir Hossain's Ability.And Shakib & Tamim,waah Masha'ALLAH.Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur now in Great Form.ASH & MURTAZA InShaALLAH recover their-self so Team will be helpful for them also.

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu...There's nothing wrong with being ambitious but realistically, Bangladesh are not even favourites to get past the early group stages even the coach acknowledges that and has put that as his first priority. Yes Bangladesh spin attack is good but you are aware that their first games will be at the Pallekele stadium? a stadium which is now amongst the fastest and bounciest in the world so its going to be even tougher for Bangladesh now and suits a team like New Zealand even more to these wickets.

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @Quddus mamu, let us leave our emotions behind, and see the reality. I would love to see Bangladesh in the finals, but it is very difficult for Bd to even qualify for the 2nd round, considering the fact that NZ are not doing badly against India in the 2nd test(Taylor batted like he was playing T20 against the spinners). Moreover, Bangladesh's team selection was poor, and not having Nazmul puts a lot of pressure on Bd. Still, best of luck tigers, but they must play their best cricket to progress. World T20 is not as easy as a home ODI series-anything might happen here.

  • associate cricket fan on August 30, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    @ Quddus-Mamu- nice joke mate. u should understand sri lankan pitches also assist fast bowlers as well. u dont need quality spinner to win t20s. if u can get a decent seamer who waries his line, length and pace( someone like theron,nannes,southee) and prevent the batsmen from hitting big shots that should be enought to win matches. wickets will automatically come when they try to play big shots. bangladesh would possibly reach the second round but reaching the semi finals will be tough. my money on west indies and south africa(if they dont choke)

  • Javed on August 30, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Bangladesh and India will play final in T20 World cup this year. Only Bangladesh and India has enough quality spinners to play in Sri Lankan condition.

  • Sami on August 30, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    This is how the T20 line-up of Bangladesh should be - 01.Tamim, 02.Ashraful, 03.Sakib, 04.Nasir, 05.Rahim, 06.Rahman, 07.Mahmudullah, 08.Mortaza, 09.Razzak, 10.Sunny, 11.Shafiul.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Waiting for Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan !!!

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @ siddharth1982.....remember the world cup and other tournaments where team India got kicked out from the primary stage and more importantly it was Bangladesh who have actually provided return ticket to go back home and also remember the Asia cup, where india had to depart at the 1st round losing against Bangladesh, even though having a massive score of 292.You can always support your team but remember its not a Test cricket, Its a T20 fever. we hardly know whats waiting for which team.......One thing you better be aware from now on.....Tigers are ready to hunt.....doesn't matter whether you are neighbors or foreigners. All I can say they are hungry.

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