ICC World Twenty20 2012

Bangladesh head for Caribbean with eye on World T20 success

Mohammad Isam

August 29, 2012

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Richard Pybus addressing a press conference, Mirpur, August 29, 2012
Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus: "This [twenty20] is the most demanding of formats" © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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Series/Tournaments: ICC World Twenty20
Teams: Bangladesh

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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Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Htc-Android 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)

Posted by Quddus-Mamu 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.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed 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.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Waiting for Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan !!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (August 30, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

bangladesh is still a weak team. Batting is not consistent at all , not a single consistent batsman. Spin balling is okay, pace balling is bad. I see promising players like nasir hossain , elias sunny , ziaur rahman but they need more players like those and if they get 3/4 more players like them then ban would be a decent team. Shuvagoto Hom looked very promising, very composed batting and thats the type of player who would improve and become a solid batting backbone for the team but what happened to him ? He just came as a new promising player and disappeared right away !

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

@Sanga cricket fan, how are you so sure that South Africa would win it? Remember that they were comprehensively beaten by Zimbabwe twice, and that happened very recently. But I agree with ur point abt. Euro cup and an Asia cup that consists Afg.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 30, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Though I would love to see MSD hold aloft the trophy and bring it back to us, practically I think this is not going to happen. WI are the favourites by a long shot. Go WI go. Good Luck from India.

Posted by Nishan_Akbar on (August 30, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

The Primary Goal set is Very Good in terms of the ability...but to be proactive team should also know what to do next...thats the place where BD lacks...I remember when BD lost 3 Test Matches against Pak, NZ & Aus very closely cos lack of plans in further move...Should be improve there...overall a good fight they do now as a developing nation in this game. Thank You :)

Posted by wiseshah on (August 30, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

bd had great success in recent all series. IN under 19 wc, they were one of best team--beating srilanka, pak and accidentally lost against england and australia. they beat saf, zim, ireland in T20, beat india, srilanka in asia cup, beat NZ 4-0, beat england, west indies recently. every series result is 2-1, BD seems like passing golden time. good luck tigers

Posted by Rafelgibt on (August 30, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

This is really a different BAN team all round (In terms of players, coach, playing ability and mindset)........I really like PYBUS for saying the realistic thoughts.....Our primary target is to qualify for the knock out round then else......And those who are crying about BAN cant beat AFGAN (PAK A team), IRE, NZ and others teams i really doubt about their cricketing sense....Whatever you want to say go for it......We are going to prove you wrong every single time....

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 2:35 GMT)

Bangladesh, Newzealand and Pakistan this group may be called GROUP OF DEATH............... i really can't say for sure which team are going to be eliminated..... but to me the West Indies are the favourites.........They will have to have a bad day to be eliminated....... other wise, i think it is going to be a competitive world cup........ Bangladesh batting power is not bad at all, but big hitters like Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali will be missed...... Vice Captain Mahmudullah and Ashraful,,,,,,...... both of them have the chance of being weak link or strong link in the team, whatever they can do would be seen after world cup..... they r very unpredictable, but watch out for Tamim, Anamul, Shakib, Mushfik, Mortaza, Elias Sunny, Nasir and Ziaur Rahman...... Tamim, Zia will be the destroyers, .........

Posted by mrcricket300 on (August 30, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

New Zealand always does well in major tournaments. So it's going to be tough. But good luck Tigers.

Posted by KFRITZ on (August 30, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

I believe BD wud have a tough time against NZ ...Ross Taylor smashed a terrific century against pak in the 2011 wc at the same place...if het gets going BD will be knocked out. also watch out for oram and McCollum..BD fans mention NZ whitewash but before that they were also whitewashed in NZ..BD has to do well otherwise they don't have any matches in the next one year...

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 29, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

@Shuddha Kibria... there is no point of having an africa cup. you will see SA winning every season. that will be boring. i would prefer a euro cup. Ireland are very much capable of defeating england. i would also like to see AFG in the next asia cup.

Posted by Forgettable on (August 29, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

As a cricket fan, I'm glad to see Bangladesh's progress. They played well in the U-19 World cup and performed better than Pakistan and SL. As far as the T20 WC is concerned, I think Bangladesh will easily get past NZ given the fact its subcontinental spin friendly track. Though I feel Windies, Pak and SL are favourites.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

We should qualify super 8's inshallah.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

@ LEGALEAGLE.....lol its funny how u show respect and talk bout our tigers like tat..it is true we use to play not tat cricket before but if u doo loook into the past two records,am sure u gonna see mad wins and improovment...now..so i wud like to see YOU AND OTHERS TO GIVE SOME RESPECT TO OUR TIGERS...and dont talk big....lol btw, MR.LEGALPIGLE OR EAGLE WATEVER UR NAME IS dude its funny how people talk big first of all ( you or any others who talk big ) are not even playing for ur national team...it isnt tat easy for any national team to perform....cricket isnt a game tat u think it is easy...dude they try der best to play for their national team...so DUDE OPEN UR EYES...and talk like a literate and respectable person..thank you....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

ARYT SO FEW PEOPLE WILL BE HAPPY IF PYBUS SAYS 'ok so we are not looking forward to world cup or beat any teams,We give up' Why people r soo jealous ? Look at pak team, cant even score against Aus. Indians r beating Nz in their ground well,LOL that reminds me of INDIAs condition against Eng lol.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

hello friend just saw indian squad for twenty twenty world cup cant find a weak link can you guyz help me .

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Nz will b blown away by BD tigers!!

Posted by Shajadul on (August 29, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

I hope BD does well. Atleast beat NZ and go to next round. From then on, progress match by match....good luck....

Posted by easy_goer on (August 29, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

ooom, lets wait for a while.bd n nz for super8.sorry for pak.better luck next time with afgan.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (August 29, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

T2020 cricket is so unpredictable , any team can win on any day. I think BD just think positively about their cricket and play like they played in Asia cup and they can beat any side.

BD may not win the WC but there is a chance they can qualify to super 8.

Best of luck to BD team and hope they do something better this time around.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

The tigers will win the wt20. InshAllah nd windies fav to win. how delusional r u big dhoni fan. i would say favourites r Ind nd SL.Plus legaleagle, we r awesome. in recent yrs we beat NZ,SL,WI,IND,IRE as well as Eng quite convincingly. However, i do get ur point about new talents coming up but the horrible ding is ICC dont give dem enuf matches. Remeber this ossom team called KEn who were at 1 point better dan ZIm but due to lack of matches dey suffered or else dey would be as good as tigers or who knows maybe evn better. I also hate dat dere is asia cup but no africa cup. Ken could of benefit from such matches.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (August 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

@Legaleagle: Cricket was not popular at all in "East Pakistan" (before 1971), and it was mostly "West Pakistan" game at that time. Learn the history first mate. Why comparing Afghanistan with BD? BD team consists of 100% Bangladeshi cricketers who are using 100% BD cricketing facilities Afghanistan is using Pakistani cricketing facilities which is way better than BD facilities. This Afghans are playing with Pakistanis,in pakistan soil. They are just carrying name "Afghan", other than that , they are pakistanis. Lets see how many so called "Afghan" talents come from main afghanistan territory once they are out from refugee camp in pakistan. Please let us know one Afghan talent who directly came from main land of Afghanistan, using Afghanistan cricketing facilities..Then talk..

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (August 29, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

I agree with those that say that its about time Bangladesh get good results and one-off results absolutely spot on but I don't think T20 is the right way to go about it because 1 or 2 bad overs can easily change the outcome of the game. Its their series coming up that will show whether Bangladesh are the same, worse or have advanced.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (August 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@Afridynamite - Sorry bro but what's wrong if the coach said Bangladesh should aim to qualify for the knock-outs first? Its not like he said Bangladesh will win it or something. Also a bit premature to predicting results but yes you may be right but if you are wrong then I'll be reminding you with the link. As for the game against Netherlands and Scotland ermm Do you remember England losing to the Netherlands? Exactly! but if you rate Bangladesh highly than England than thanks man appreciate it otherwise like usual a double standard is used. Oh yeah! Bangladesh actually did beat the Netherlands comprehensively in their first match but the second one which they lost was a last ball decider but yeah I agree that Bangladesh should've won them but I doubt Pakistan will ever do such a thing. Also what happened to Pakistan in Under-19? You did beat the minnows didn't you? :)

Posted by Legaleagle on (August 29, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

This is a funny statement from Bangladesh coach- how about trying to stay relevant in world cricket? How long Bangladesh can hang on to 1-2 wins in the past 12 years to justify their sorry existence in world cricket?

There are other amazing cricketing talents coming up like Scotland, Netherlands,and Afghanistan. Bangladesh has been staying behind for far too long.

Any comparison with other South Asian countries points fingers at their own capabilities- Bangladesh players played under unified British India, and then played under Pakistan, and then they came back into cricket fold as Bangladesh. They CANNOT use the lame excuse as any other associate country of being NEW. Grow up and start performing!

Posted by Breaking_Point on (August 29, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Afridynamite-->well for kiwis,I can say>remember 4-0??? & current BD side is better that the current NZ side. . . . . . . .BD can beat NZ. . . But not sure if they'll do well against Pak & hey dude@ u should be thinking bout Aus vs Pak!!!

Posted by Jawwad123 on (August 29, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

@afridynamite don't worry we'll see off pakistan in the first round!

Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 29, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Favorites to win to world cup 1) Windies 2)Pak 3)India 4)South Africa 5)Aussie 6) England 7) NZ

Posted by The-love on (August 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@Afridynamite :- Mate,don't underestimate anyone....Just enjoy the game.Every match is not won by favorite....If Bangladesh play with their full potential,they are equally good side as WI or PAK....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

@Afridynamite--dude hopefully u will prove wrong,,as a realistic bangladeshi supporter i know very well we can go through super 8 n will do well in the world cup t2o..

Posted by SpitFire on (August 29, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

@Afridynamite: "Pakistan and West Indies are the favourites"... so?

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 29, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

@ Afridynamite: BD will face them in Sub-continent conditions. No doubt , Pak & Kiwis r favorites but BD have no way but set that target. In fact an associate nation would set same target. What's ur suggestion mate? To set target to lose both games? lol. Also u should remember Asia Cup as well as 4-0 whitewash of Kiwis in 2010. BD is no doubt-a minnow. But they had beaten Proteus in unofficial T20 last June. So BD have good chances to beat both of them like they lost it to Neth & Scot.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (August 29, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

@Afridynamite: Is Pakistan trying to qualify only for knock out round? Dont forget SA, AUS and specially IND. In recent history you guys failed to beat India. This pakistani team no where to compare with pakistani team 4 years back. So just rely on the past, think about Pakistan present condition, and how they are playing.. Beating team like Bangladesh should not be your target, because BD is not a threat for the CUP, IND,SA, and AUS are..

Posted by i_amVIVA on (August 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

bd came in one shot (boundary) to beat pak last time, don't forget that mr. afri....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

@Afridynamite, yes, Pakistan & west Indies are favorites. Lets see how tigers defeat those teams. You should remember the past performance of Bangladesh. Now-a-days Bangladeshi plaers are really doing better than West Indies & New Zealand. So what is this? It is "Mighty the efforts", mind it.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

phybus first think how to beat afghanistan in carribean tour then think of giong to super8

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Funny! that's what i've been saying as well that the primary goal for a team like Bangladesh is to qualify for the super stages and who knows from there onwards. But the good thing for Bangla fans is that after this T20 campaign is all over for Bangladesh, they won't need to be focusing on T20s as much because they have a lot of ODIs and and Tests coming up in the next 8 months so that's great to see so we can see where Bangladesh truly are now.

Posted by siddharth1982 on (August 29, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Let the rest of the world hope & let India always walk away with the big trophies...........There is something about us "Indians" and "big tournaments"....you can hate us..........but u can't deny that we are always at our peak in big tournaments and just sweep of all other opposition.

Posted by Afridynamite on (August 29, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Mr Pybus, Qualify for the knock outs? How about trying to win against Netherlands and Scotland first? Remember those games yet? Pakistan and New Zealand will go through to the Super 8s from this group - Pakistan and West Indies are the favourites.

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