Bangladesh v Hong Kong, World T20, Group A, Chittagong March 19, 2014

'Still a chance for one big scalp' - Atkinson

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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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  • 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."

  • 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.

  • _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.

  • 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 ,,

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • on March 20, 2014, 8:10 GMT

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

  • 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....

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • _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.

  • 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 ,,

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • on March 20, 2014, 8:10 GMT

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

  • 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....

  • bouncer709 on March 20, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @Farooq Wafa: First there is 99.9 percent chance that BD win easily, but consider Hong Kong win against BD by 1 run, then Aghanistan need to beat Nepal by 162 runs to get ahead of BD run rate.... and Nepal will need to beat Afg by 63 runs to get ahead of BD run rate......But i think these both team will play for 2nd position. As BD win easily.

  • on March 20, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Mr. Atkinson dreams well!!! I must say, I have enough doubt if he has proper cricket knowledge! How can he dream of snatching a victory against BD with a UN team?

  • on March 20, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    lets see,,what will happens actually ..!!

  • on March 20, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Hope HongKong beats Bangladesh by a huge margin and a storming win of Nepal over Afganistan will book a Place in Second Round of the tournament for the rhinos. :)

  • bouncer709 on March 20, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    @reza_ibazzz: Head to head rule is not applied here, it was only in Asia cup, here it will be decided on run rate, and still BD is far ahead in run rate, so almost have made to the next round.

  • on March 20, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    reza_ibazzz: As per my calculations Afghanistan still has a chance to qualify to the next stage, but this should be a miracle for Afghanistan to qualify.

    Afghanistan should beat Nepal by a margin of 80 runs and or before the 15th over, and meanwhile Hong Kong beat BD hopefully with a good margin.

    In that case Afghanistan can qualify for the next stage.

    even though their Net RR is so down, but still they can make it, if the above miracle occur.

    Fingers Crossed, hope everything happen in accordance with our expectations.

  • on March 20, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    When you hear about World cup, you know it is the 50 over World Cup, but 50 over is not mentioned with it, as 50 over match is the real match, through which you can balance the capacity of a team. but when it is the t20, you have to mention it even with the World cup (World Cup t20), as it is the short format, and not as important as World Cup (50 over).

    So briefly to say that Afghanistan beat BD in 50 over match, which shows the talent and capacity of the Rising Stars, which has already made the history.

    T20 is a short format, Hong Kong beat Zimbabwe, Hong Kong can beat BD, Ireland beat Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh, but those are not that reputable as a 50 over match upset is, and doesn't make a great history, as anything can happen in short format of the game.

    Ireland beating England in World Cup made a history and Ireland got more reputation because of that.

    Afghanistan upsetting BD has made the greatest history and Inshallah they are getting more reputations.

  • Guddling on March 20, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Some of the earliest upsets we pulled off was when opponents underestimated Bangladesh. Hope the tigers treat this match like any other and come out to play their best. Having said that, it might be worthwhile to try include a couple new players and shake up the batting order.

  • on March 20, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    @reza_ibazzz: NRR comes before head-to-head. Check the rules mate.

  • mdrafisaad on March 19, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    And guess what, several decades ago even a Bangladeshi cricketer named Rezwan Faruq played in Hong Kong team.

  • on March 19, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    It will again be one sided match. Hong Kong will not stand for a moment against Bangladesh.

  • i_amVIVA on March 19, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Good luck with that Mr. Atkinson, but that would be a very tall order for you, considering they way the Tigers are playing now, thrashed your siblings Afg and Nep, with whom you lost pretty handily. But, as long as you guys give your best shot in a good competitive game, that would be adequate to cheer for you from a Tiger fan afar from the motherland.

  • reza_ibazzz on March 19, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    @Edris Er: Sorry to let you know that Afganistan won't qualify for the Super 10. This is because they were beaten by Bangladesh. So if (only if) Bangladesh loose to Hong Kong and Afganistan win against Nepal with better run rate, still they don't qualify. As because, on head to head battle Afganistan lost to Bangladesh and hence Bangladesh qualify not Afganistan. So it goes for Nepal, mate.... !!!

    Dont't worry. Better luck next World T20... ... !!! ... :D ... !!!

    Afgans are great... But must to have change their mentality and attitude to move further.... ... !!!

  • Warm_Coffee on March 19, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    lol yeah good luck with that. Hope Hong Kong watched the BD games v Afg and Nep. Probably the worst team in this group as their dismal performance suggests in this tournament.

  • on March 19, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    1st afgans need to win against nepal!!! I think nepal has more skills to pull it off.

  • on March 19, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I'm sorry HK. You're a good side but the only chance you had to beat someone were the 'mighty' Afghans.

  • on March 19, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    I am cheering for u guys in ur next match Hope u win it And Afg Qualify!! Cheers

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  • on March 19, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    I am cheering for u guys in ur next match Hope u win it And Afg Qualify!! Cheers

  • on March 19, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I'm sorry HK. You're a good side but the only chance you had to beat someone were the 'mighty' Afghans.

  • on March 19, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    1st afgans need to win against nepal!!! I think nepal has more skills to pull it off.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 19, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    lol yeah good luck with that. Hope Hong Kong watched the BD games v Afg and Nep. Probably the worst team in this group as their dismal performance suggests in this tournament.

  • reza_ibazzz on March 19, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    @Edris Er: Sorry to let you know that Afganistan won't qualify for the Super 10. This is because they were beaten by Bangladesh. So if (only if) Bangladesh loose to Hong Kong and Afganistan win against Nepal with better run rate, still they don't qualify. As because, on head to head battle Afganistan lost to Bangladesh and hence Bangladesh qualify not Afganistan. So it goes for Nepal, mate.... !!!

    Dont't worry. Better luck next World T20... ... !!! ... :D ... !!!

    Afgans are great... But must to have change their mentality and attitude to move further.... ... !!!

  • i_amVIVA on March 19, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Good luck with that Mr. Atkinson, but that would be a very tall order for you, considering they way the Tigers are playing now, thrashed your siblings Afg and Nep, with whom you lost pretty handily. But, as long as you guys give your best shot in a good competitive game, that would be adequate to cheer for you from a Tiger fan afar from the motherland.

  • on March 19, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    It will again be one sided match. Hong Kong will not stand for a moment against Bangladesh.

  • mdrafisaad on March 19, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    And guess what, several decades ago even a Bangladeshi cricketer named Rezwan Faruq played in Hong Kong team.

  • on March 20, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    @reza_ibazzz: NRR comes before head-to-head. Check the rules mate.

  • Guddling on March 20, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Some of the earliest upsets we pulled off was when opponents underestimated Bangladesh. Hope the tigers treat this match like any other and come out to play their best. Having said that, it might be worthwhile to try include a couple new players and shake up the batting order.