Mushfiqur Rahim relishing the challenge of ICC World Cup 2015

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The World Cup trophy gets the spotlightBangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim expects the hardest of competitions but is looking forward to the challenge of tackling the likes of Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Mushfiqur Rahim was speaking after the pools and itinerary of the World Cup was announced in Wellington today. The tournament will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015. [Get Photo Album: Shakib Al Hasan and his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir]

Mushfiqur said: “This will probably be the toughest World Cup for us. The conditions will be perfect for Australia, New Zealand and England and it will be totally different to playing those sides in the subcontinent. Sri Lanka also have more experience there. It is extremely important therefore how we prepare.

“I am particularly excited with the prospect of playing in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide for the first time. New Zealand is also a beautiful country and I enjoy going there. We have had some notable performances in Hamilton during our last visit and the weather there also suits us. The game against the hosts could be quite a treat.

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“The Bangladeshi expatriate community has grown over the years in Australia and New Zealand and that is a huge encouragement for us.”

The 14 sides (10 Full Members and four qualifiers), as per their rankings on the Reliance ICC ODI Rankings table on 31 December 2012, have been divided into two pools:

The final match of the World Cup will be held in Melbourne Cricket Ground by which the final thrill of the Cricket’s most popular tournament will be back in Melbourne after a long interval of 24 years. In the 1st final held in Melbourne Pakistan won the most prestigious prize of cricket defeating England. The two semi-finals will be in Sydney and Auckland.

A total of 49 matches will be held in 14 venues of two countries. Each team will play 6 matches in the group section.

Venues in Australia are: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Venues in New Zealand are: Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, Dunedin and Christchurch. ICC got a proposal to transfer the matches of Christchurch into Hugli; if it will get approval then ICC will announce the matter in the press briefing.

The matches of 2015 will be started in 14th of February which will end up in the date of 29th of March. The first match will occur between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the February 14th. Arch rivals India and Pakistan will face each other in the day after that.

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The first match of Bangladesh will be held in 18th of February against the 2nd ranked team of the qualifying round that is yet to be determined. Bangladesh will play their second match in 21st of February against Australia in Brisbane, it will be a day-nighters’. The third encounter will be against Sri Lanka in Melbourne and the fourth will be against the 3rd ranked team of the qualifying round (yet to be determined) in 5th March in Nelson, New Zealand. In 9th March, Bangladesh will play their 5th match against England in Adelaide, New Zealand. Team Bangladesh will face their last match of group section against New Zealand in Hamilton which will occur in 13th March.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 fixtures – country-wise

Group stage

Australia
Sat 14 Feb – v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground (d/n)
Sat 21 Feb – v Bangladesh, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
Sat 28 Feb – v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland (d/n)
Wed 4 Mar – v Qualifier 2, WACA, Perth (d/n)
Sun 8 Mar – v Sri Lanka, SCG, Sydney (d/n)
Sat 14 Mar – v Qualifier 3, Bellerive Oval, Hobart (d/n)

Bangladesh
Wed 18 Feb – v Qualifier 2, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
Sat 21 Feb – v Australia, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
Thurs 26 Feb – v Sri Lanka, MCG, Melbourne (d/n)
Thurs 5 Mar – v Qualifier 3, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
Mon 9 Mar – v England, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (d/n)
Fri 13 Mar – v New Zealand, Seddon Park, Hamilton (d/n)

England
Sat 14 Feb – v Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground (d/n)
Fri 20 Feb – v New Zealand, Wellington Regional Stadium (d/n)
Mon 23 Feb – v Qualifier 3, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (d)
Sun 1 Mar – v Sri Lanka, Wellington Regional Stadium (d)
Mon 9 Mar – v Bangladesh, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (d/n)
Fri 13 Mar – v Qualifier 2, SCG, Sydney (d/n)

India
Sun 15 Feb – v Pakistan, Adelaide Oval (d/n)
Sun 22 Feb – v South Africa, MCG, Melbourne (d/n)
Sat 28 Feb – v Qualifier 4, WACA, Perth (d/n)
Fri 6 Mar – v West Indies, WACA, Perth (d/n)
Tues 10 Mar – v Ireland, Seddon Park, Hamilton (d/n)
Sat 14 Mar – v Zimbabwe, Eden Park, Auckland (d/n)

Ireland
Mon 16 Feb – v West Indies, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
Wed 25 Feb – v Qualifier 4, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
Tues 3 Mar – v South Africa, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
Sat 7 Mar – v Zimbabwe, Bellerive Oval, Hobart (d/n)
Tues 10 Mar – v India, Seddon Park, Hamilton (d/n)
Sun 15 Mar – v Pakistan, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (d/n)

New Zealand
Sat 14 Feb – v Sri Lanka, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (d)
Tues 17 Feb – v Qualifier 3, University Oval, Dunedin (d)
Fri 20 Feb – v New Zealand, Wellington Regional Stadium (d/n)
Sat 28 Feb – v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland (d/n)
Sun 8 Mar – v Qualifier 2, McLean Park, Napier (d)
Fri 13 Mar – v Bangladesh, Seddon Park, Hamilton (d/n)

Pakistan
Sun 15 Feb – v India v Pakistan, Adelaide Oval (d/n)
Sat 21 Feb – v West Indies, Hagley Park, Christchurch (d)
Sun 1 Mar – v Zimbabwe, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
Wed 4 Mar – v Qualifier 4, McLean Park, Napier (d/n)
Sat 7 Mar –v South Africa v Pakistan, Eden Park, Auckland (d/n)
Sun 15 Mar – v Ireland, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (d/n)

Qualifier 2
Wed 18 Feb – v Bangladesh, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
Sun 22 Feb – v Sri Lanka v Qualifier 2, University Oval, Dunedin (d)
Thurs 26 Feb – v Qualifier 3, University Oval, Dunedin (d)
Wed 4 Mar – v Australia, WACA, Perth (d/n)
Sun 8 Mar – v New Zealand, McLean Park, Napier (d)
Fri 13 Mar – v England, SCG, Sydney (d/n)

Qualifier 3
Tues 17 Feb – v New Zealand, University Oval, Dunedin (d)
Mon 23 Feb – v England, Hagley Park, Christchurch (d)
Thurs 26 Feb – v Qualifier 2, University Oval, Dunedin (d)
Thurs 5 Mar – v Bangladesh, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
Wed 11 Mar – v Sri Lanka, Bellerive Oval, Hobart (d/n)
Sat 14 Mar – v Australia, Bellerive Oval, Hobart (d/n)

Qualifier 4
Thurs 19 Feb – v Zimbabwe, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
Wed 25 Feb – v Ireland, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
Sat 28 Feb – v India, WACA, Perth (d/n)
Wed 4 Mar – v Pakistan, McLean Park, Napier (d/n)
Thurs 12 Mar – v South Africa, Wellington Regional Stadium (d/n)
Sun 15 Mar – v West Indies, McLean Park, Napier (d)

South Africa
Sun 15 Feb – v Zimbabwe, Seddon Park, Hamilton (d/n)
Sun 22 Feb – v India, MCG, Melbourne (d/n)
Fri 27 Feb – v West Indies, SCG, Sydney (d/n)
Tues 3 Mar – v Ireland, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
Sat 7 Mar – v Pakistan, Eden Park (d/n)
Thurs 12 Mar – v Qualifier 4, Wellington Regional Stadium (d/n)

Sri Lanka
Sat 14 Feb – v New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (d)
Sun 22 Feb – v Qualifier 2, University Oval, Dunedin (d)
Thurs 26 Feb – v Bangladesh, MCG, Melbourne (d/n)
Sun 1 Mar – v England, Wellington Regional Stadium (d)
Sun 8 Mar – v Australia, SCG, Sydney (d/n)
Wed 11 Mar – v Qualifier 3, Bellerive Oval, Hobart (d/n)

West Indies
Mon 16 Feb – v Ireland, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
Sat 21 Feb – v Pakistan, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (d)
Tues 24 Feb – v Zimbabwe, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
Fri 27 Feb – v South Africa, SCG, Sydney (d/n)
Fri 6 Mar – v India, WACA, Perth (d/n)
Sun 15 Mar –v Qualifier 4, McLean Park, Napier (d)

Zimbabwe
Sun 15 Feb – v South Africa, Seddon Park, Hamilton (d/n)
Thurs 19 Feb – v Qualifier 4, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
Tues 24 Feb – v West Indies, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
Sun 1 Mar – v Pakistan, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
Sat 7 Mar – v Ireland, Bellerive Oval, Hobart (d/n)
Sat 14 Mar – v India, Eden Park, Auckland (d/n)

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