Steve Rhodes admitted that not qualifying for the last four is a bit of a disappointment, but also thinks if they can beat Pakistan, then it would be considered as a good campaign
Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes believes the Tigers will have had a good campaign if they can beat Pakistan at Lord’s in London Friday.
The Tigers are out of the tournament with seven points out of eight games, and preparing for their last game of the 2019 World Cup.
With experienced players like Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah and a few young promising players, this team were considered to be the best ever Bangladesh side to have contested in the World Cup, and there was high expectation that the Tigers would get to play in the semi-final.
But the reality is that Bangladesh’s chance ended with the defeat against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham Tuesday.
A narrow defeat against New Zealand, and the point loss in the Sri Lanka game due to washout proved costly for the Tigers in the end.
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Rhodes admitted that not qualifying for the last four is a bit of a disappointment, but also thinks if they can beat Pakistan, then it would be considered as a good campaign.
“We would have loved to have qualified for the latter stages. In that case, that's a disappointment. But the early victories against South Africa and West Indies have been very good. Afghanistan game was tricky for Bangladesh. They have played well against us in recent times. A professional performance against them was needed, and we have done it. So that was a really good victory as well,” said Rhodes during the pre-match press conference at Lord’s Thursday.
“It would have been great to beat Sri Lanka. I'm sure they would have felt the same way of trying to beat us, but it wasn't to be. We can't do anything about that. If we beat Pakistan, I think we've had a very good World Cup, even though we've not qualified,” he added.
Rhodes is of the opinion that no team has beaten Bangladesh in dominant fashion in the tournament so far.
Bangladesh have lost four games, against New Zealand, England, Australia and India, and on every occasion, the Tigers fought hard and the opposition had to work hard to defeat them.
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That’s one thing that Bangladesh have achieved in this World Cup.
“And I say that because the other teams, some of the big teams that we've played against, we've had closed games against them. We've pushed them. Against Australia, India we have pushed them. We did not have a great game against England, apart from the magnificent 100 from Shakib. But generally the games we've played, we've been in the contest, and we've showed a lot of fight. We carry on doing that, then we're going to improve and improve and improve,” he concluded.
The match between Bangladesh and Pakistan will start at 10:30am local time, and 3:30pm Bangladesh time.