Bangladesh v Hong Kong, World T20, Group A, Chittagong

'Still a chance for one big scalp' - Atkinson

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

March 19, 2014

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Jamie Atkinson muscles the ball through the off side, Afghanistan v Hong Kong, World T20, Group A, Chittagong, March 18, 2014
Jamie Atkinson says the Bangladesh game represents a chance for Hong Kong to try and take their biggest scalp' © AFP
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The next mission for Jamie Atkinson and his Hong Kong team will be next month's ACC Premier League in Malaysia. Before that, however, the Hong Kong captain would like to leave the World T20 with a big scalp.

"It is the opportunity for Hong Kong to try and take their biggest scalp," Atkinson said. "It would be the biggest win in Hong Kong's history, probably one of the biggest shocks in World Cups. That's what will be driving the team forward in the hope that we can make history and potentially beat Bangladesh."

Despite losing two matches in Group A of the tournament's first round and being on their way out, Hong Kong are still hopeful of upsetting the home side. Atkinson was realistic about his team's performance so far, having been beaten convincingly by Nepal and Afghanistan, but he still doesn't just want to make up the numbers at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Thursday.

"It is pretty disappointing for us to start the tournament so poorly, with two losses," Atkinson said. "The good thing for us is we've got a massive opportunity to play against a very good cricket side in Bangladesh, who are a Test nation and we've only played four games against Test nations in our history.

"So it is a massive opportunity for all our guys to play on the big stage in what will be a big game for Bangladesh as well as they look to qualify from the group. I'm sure all the players will step up on the day in front of a big crowd."

Hong Kong were among three teams - UAE and Papua New Guinea being the others - who joined Ireland, Afghanistan and Scotland as ODI Associate nations for the next four years. Atkinson hopes that the ODI status will give them more exposure against tougher opponents.

"After this tournament we've got the ACC tournament, which is for the top ten Associates in Asia, so that's another big tournament for us to get exposure against teams like Afghanistan, UAE and Nepal again," he said.

"We've got our ODI status as well now, so we're hoping to get some more exposure against high-level teams. The only way that we'll get better is if we keep having that exposure, it's our first world T20 and we feel a bit disappointed with how we performed so we want to start again."

Ahead of their last game, the only thing on Atkinson's mind is an improved performance in all three departments. Their middle-order batting hasn't taken them to a big score and their fielders have dropped a few catches too.

"I think we will regroup and look at the possibility of some changes," Atkinson said. "It is always hard when you're two down early on, which we have been in these last two games. It definitely makes the game more difficult for yourselves. I think it's something we've got to look at.

"Unfortunately I couldn't give an explanation of why those catches went down, maybe it was the pressure got to the lads."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

You got it buddy. "It is the opportunity for Hong Kong to try and take their biggest scalp, It would be the biggest win in Hong Kong's history, probably one of the biggest shocks in World Cups. That's what will be driving the team forward in the hope that we can make history and potentially beat Bangladesh."

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Sorry all the overconfident Bangladesh fans. I hope this teaches you some humility. T-20 is a strange game, on a given day any team can win with some luck.

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (March 20, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

I see some overconfident BD fans underestimating associate teams. Well HK now really have chance to beat BD even-thought BD can qualify from net-run rate but it shows BD gets overconfident.

@ma_maglin Sorry mate but you are over-confident thinking Bangladesh A team can beat HK, but seems like National Team having tough time already against HK.

Posted by scklnka on (March 20, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Bangladesh 85-3and then 108-10 wow this type of performance shows the quality of hk bowlers, best of luck Bangla ,,

Posted by wapuser on (March 20, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Yes faud faruq today u will definitely see a crashing result... HongKong beating bangalis by 10 wkts InshAllah

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

In wct20 ,bd will go for champion or atleast runners...and with hongkong...we will see the crashing result.

Posted by mdrafisaad on (March 20, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

@Kamran85: I don't see them make such absurd statements against other 9 test playing nations, nobody openly declaring win options against Zimbabwe though they are almost out! "It would be the biggest win in Hong Kong's history, probably one of the biggest shocks in World Cups." and that much noise with borrowed feathers ... 10 Pakistani originated cricketers out of their 15 man squad. 1 other cricketer with Indian origin and the 4 others were born in Hong Kong (Jamie Atkinson, Mark Chapman, Roy Lamsam, and Ijaj Khan was born in Hong Kong only). That makes 11 of 15 cricketers of their squad are of Pakistani Origin. Imagine Japan football team with 11 out of 15 men squad players are from Brazilian origin.. Can anyone clarify me the ICC rules for allowing migrated players?

Posted by kamran85 on (March 20, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

@ ma_maglin, Ahsan Newaz Khan, Muhammad Muhtasim Jawad...... You are dreaming of winning WCT20 and they can not dream of winning a match if that is their day. Every big team lose matches against minnow then why not BD who is still not among big teams. I am sure of BD progress in 2nd round but never neglect chance of defeat from Hong Kong

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

Hong Kong can do it very easily. Just try it out.

Posted by ma_maglin on (March 20, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Atkinson!!! sorry to say , Bangladesh will win by a big margin... so no chance... if Bangladesh A plays with hongkong, then i will say "Bangladesh A will win by a big margin".. Hongkong, better luck next time....

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