Bangladesh are riding high on confidence after handing major upsets to Australia and New Zealand with home series victories in their lead up to the T20 World Cup that’s scheduled to commence on 17th of October in UAE, Bangladesh have named a 15+2 man squad for the mega ICC event.
Batting for Bangladesh hasn’t been their strength it’s their bowling that’s performed extremely well. Experienced opener, Tamin Iqbal pulled out of the T20 squad selection as he didn’t want to effect hopes of youngsters who performed consistently in his absence. Mohammad Niam and Liton Das are very likely to be the openers, tried and tested formula. There’s a lot of experience in the middle order and is a department that the team will bank on with the bat having Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar. Promising youngsters Afif Hossain and Nural Hasan, the wk-batsmen too haven’t failed to leave an impression.
Spin to win has and is Bangladesh’s formula, spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed and part-timer Mahmudullah have collectively won games for Bangladesh and the team will wish for a few more during the T20 World Cup. Pace bowling for Bangladesh like many others is an area of concern, the bowlers have often lacked control and have looked undisciplined especially bowling at the death, they let momentum slip and will look to work on it, Mustafizur and Saifuddin have been Bangladesh’s only pacers in action lately and will stick to them, there’s a good option in Shoriful.
BANGLADESH’S SQUAD FOR T20 WC : Mahmudullah (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Naim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur, Taskin Ahmed, Saifuddin, Shoriful Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed. TRAVELLING RESERVES : Aminul Islam, Rubel Hossain.
Bangladesh will first have to battle the round 1 fixtures to qualify to the super 12, they are firm favourites to qualify. Bangladesh will meet Scotland on 17th of October to kick-start their T20 World Cup campaign, next on the 19th of October they’ll play Oman and will be up against PNG for their last game of round 1 fixtures on 21st of October, could actually be a cake walk for Bangladesh in round 1 and a good preparation for the super 12 that will have challenges.
Bangladesh are certain to qualify to the super 12, if not isn’t a question but if fail to qualify that will be a massive upset. Bangladesh if qualify to super 12 do have a good squad to perform and a knockouts finish will term their campaign inspiring and impressive.