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New-look Bangladesh braces for fresh start

Weather permitting, a win will really kickstart Bangladesh's T20 WC campaign

Update : 26 Oct 2022, 06:02 PM

Bangladesh will look to erase the bitter memories of the recent past as they begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign in Australia taking on the Netherlands in Group 2 at Bellerive Oval Monday morning.

Bangladesh have been part of the tournament since its inception in 2007 but have won just seven – and only one in the main round against the West Indies in 2007 – of their 33 matches.

Before reaching Australia, Bangladesh had travelled to New Zealand for a T20I Tri Nation Series which also involved Pakistan but finished with concerns in various departments, including an unsettled opening slot, as they failed to produce a single victory.

Right after the series, the side made two changes to their T20 World Cup squad bringing in Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam in place of Saifuddin and Sabbir Rahman.

Despite the concerns in the dressing room, T20I captain Shakib al Hasan claimed his charges have the ability to produce results never achieved before by Bangladesh.

“We have come here to play World Cup for Bangladesh. It is important for us. We are playing a format in which we have never played well. But I strongly believe we have the ability to achieve things never done before by us,” said Shakib to the media in the pre-match conference Sunday.

Looking into the combination for the playing XI, Bangladesh's experiments with the opening combination recently have failed to yield results and chances are high the thinktank would look at regular options in Soumya and Liton Das.

And taking the condition in Hobart into account, the side are likely to go with three pacers.

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“We have the best possible 15 participating in the World Cup and I have no doubt of getting the best possible effort from those who will be part of the XI. So there is nothing much to worry if we have to rely on spinners or pacers. I am confident that whoever gets to play will perform for the team,” said Shakib.

Bangladesh till date have faced the Dutch only once in the T20 World Cup 2016 where the former finished with an eight-run win.

Netherlands have come into the main round of the competition after finishing second in Group A of the qualifying round.

The side registered nail-biting wins against United Arab Emirates and Namibia and are now confident looking ahead to the tournament.

“We come into this tournament looking to compete. We snuck through with a bit of luck on that final day. But now that we are here in the Super 12s, we are looking to compete. Hopefully we can start off well against Bangladesh,” said Netherlands batter Tom Cooper to the media.

The weather in Hobart however, might play spoilsport in the Bangladesh-Netherlands affair.

Rain has denied both the teams from multiple training sessions and the forecast shows more showers in the island on matchday.

Bangladesh XI (probable): Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud

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