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Bangladesh to focus on opening account in T20 cricket ranking

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Bangladesh to focus on opening account in T20 cricket ranking

Post  Admin on Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:23 am



Bangladesh focused on to put them well in the ICC Twenty20 cricket ranking when they would tour in Europe for playing the five Twenty20 International matches against Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands.

A total of 15 teams so far now are in the ranking of ICC Twenty20, only who have completed at least eight T20 international matches since 1st August between two and three years ago. But Bangladesh only played six qualification matches and therefore could not open their account in the ICC Twenty20 ranking. A successful outing in the Europe tour might give them an opportunity to place them well above some teams and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim had no reservation to reveal that his side would be focused on to winning the series to start the ranking table with good position.

The diminutive skipper was also well aware of their disastrous result at foreign soil, specially at Ireland which were in ninth place at ICC Twenty20 ranking. As Shakib Al Hasan and leading pacer Shafiul Islam returned to the fold, Mushfiqur was confident they could turn the table.

“We are aware that we are not in the ICC ranking when Afghanistan too are in this group. Winning the series in Europe could give us a great opportunity to place us above of some teams and we are focusing on that,” said the skipper after the practice session.

“It will be a very difficult series for Bangladesh, specially against Ireland. Normally we never played good cricket in foreign soil,” he added.

“We have to be equally aware of Scotland and Netherlands. In Twenty20 cricket, you can’t take anything guaranteed. There is nothing small or big team in this shorter version of the cricket rank. So it will not be easy series for us,” he continued.

But the confidence of the captain grew after the return of number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and leading pacer Shafiul Islam.

“The team strength was improved after the return of Shakib and Shafiul. Tamim has been suffering from fever. But every player is quite well except him. The combination of the team is also good at this period,” he disclosed.

Bangladesh have the bitter record of defeating Twenty20 match against Ireland and in addition the country’s Twenty20 record was not bright also. However Bangladesh though lost first two matches in Zimbabwe, bounced back well winning the last two matches. Mushfiqur Rahim said his team would start the Europe tour where they ended in Zimbabwe

“In Zimbabwe, we played well continually in three matches after the shocking defeat in the series opener. We also want to keep our continuity in Ireland,” Mushfiq opined while answering to a query.

“We have the confidence of winning the series against Ireland. This time we have to prove with our skill in the field,” The Bogra-born lad said.

Richard Pybus, the head coach of the team, assembled with the team’s players for a long meeting prior to their practice session on Saturday.

“The head coach discussed with us about the new game plan for the team for the next 10 years. This time around, we’ll work under a specific planning,” the captain revealed without elaborating much.

“The head coach showed us the statistics, where he pointed out our shortcomings, lacking to select shot in the specific time of the match. He discussed with us regarding these matters,” he said.
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