ICC World Twenty20 2012 September 13, 2012

Mushfiqur upbeat despite tough group

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Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said that his team is capable of "doing anything" with luck on their side in the ICC World Twenty20. But the reality of being placed along two dangerous sides in the group stages of a tight format, where one loss could end the campaign within four days, has kept him firmly grounded.

Bangladesh are in Group D alongside New Zealand, a team that often exceeds expectations in global tournaments, and Pakistan, a team which has reached the semi-finals in every World T20 so far.

"They [Pakistan] are a really good, balanced team and they won this tournament in 2009," Mushfiqur said at a press conference in Colombo. "New Zealand are also quite strong in T20s, so we must do well with our skills and probably with some luck, anything is possible."

But not all of Mushfiqur's self-belief in his team is misplaced; he has overseen its most comprehensive build-up for a Twenty20 tournament till date having played 13 games in the last four months in varied conditions against an assortment of teams. Even better was their performance in the Asia Cup in March where they were three runs away from a maiden trophy.

"It [The Asia Cup] was a huge tournament for us, especially because we beat India and Sri Lanka and nearly beat Pakistan twice," Mushfiqur said. "In tournaments like the Asia Cup, you need a bit of luck along with the skills and we missed that luck in the final. So if the luck is in our favor in this tournament, we can do anything.

"In the Twenty20 format you never know who the favorite is. On a particular day if you can do well in all three departments you can beat anyone. Also it is very important to play consistent cricket in T20s.

"We have two warm-up matches against Zimbabwe (on September 15) and Ireland (on September 17) and hopefully we'll do well there and carry on ahead with the momentum."

One of the advantages for the Bangladesh team will be the recent experience of the likes of Mushfiqur, opener Tamim Iqbal and allrounder Mahmudullah of playing in Pallekele during the Sri Lanka Premier League last month. "A couple of us recently played in the SLPL and did well," Mushfiqur said. "Our group matches are in Pallekele and that's not a spinning track. Our pace attack is quite balanced so we hope to continue to do well with the spinners and pacers. It will give us a good chance to move to the second round."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • dummy4fb on September 16, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    @Legaleagle...lool first you praise Bangladesh Cricket and now you're against Bangladesh Cricket you okay bro? Yes its true Pakistan are a far superior team compared to Bangladesh but thats because you first had full membership status in the 1950s whereas Bangladesh in the early 2000s but yeah the fact is Bangladesh have been really close beating Pakistan in the last 3 ODIs and its only a matter of time we start beating you on a regular bases considering the fact that most of your top players are old and going to retire soon whereas our Bangladesh team is the youngest of the lot so yeap good luck in that. 20 years? have you forgotten the recent Under-19 tournament where Bangladesh destroyed Pakistan? a tournament all about the future so :)

  • Legaleagle on September 16, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to wait 20 years or more to even think about challenging Pakistan. You are no where near the talent of Pakistan team. Bangladesh will not stand anywhere if they come in front of Pakistan.

  • dummy4fb on September 15, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    hoping to win......... we think it's not a tough task to win against pak and nz....... our tigers can do it with the bless of Allah

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on September 15, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    @ AsifMaqbool: It's ridiculous feelings mate! BD, NZ, PK r in same grp. So only two of them can progress in 2nd round & then to semis. So ur prediction is wrong. I think BD & PK r favorites in this group as Kiwis r too weak to click in sub-continent. They didn't per4m well against IND. In fact they were whitewashed by BD two years back in sub-continent condition.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 14, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Its funny that 4 of the 10 full members captains are wicket-keepers.

  • Fan_of_bengal on September 14, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Bangladesh should go for the kill from start against New zealand, bcoz on their day new zealand can be very tough team to beat. Tigers should keep in mind the followings 1. Dont lose wickets in pairs(as they always do) and keep up the run rates 2.Dont allow the opponent to go away when they are in pressure. Go tigers go......

  • dummy4fb on September 14, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    bangladeshis r not wise. They knew they will play in a pitch where its for fast bowlers and they dropped a 'fit' and good,in form pacer nazmul where the two selected pacers are just recovered from injury. But ofcourse they have their own plan and i am sure the spinners are going to work as the spin legend saqlain mushtak is their spin coach. Good luck.

  • AsifMaqbool on September 14, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    I feel Bangladesh, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand would play Semi's

  • dummy4fb on September 14, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Best of Luck tigers . We all with you .

  • dummy4fb on September 14, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    i hope team bangladesh will be do something for us

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