Former England captain and currently active commentator Nasser Hussain siad he considers Bangladesh as a powerhouse of Asian cricket at the moment. He said this during a recent exclusive interview to Dhaka Tribune.
Asked whether or not the Tigers are currently one of the powerhouses of Asia, he said: “I think so. In recent years, Bangladesh have played some exciting cricket. They look like they have to work a little bit more. Sri Lanka are dropping off a little bit. India obviously are still the major powerhouse so there is no reason why Bangladesh should hold their head up high in that company.”
He also said it would no more be a surprise if Bangladesh beat the bigger sides in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, “Bangladesh have got a good chance. It will no longer be a surprise if they beat any of the sides. Every side is now wary of Bangladesh.”
He also added, “I think they have come really well in the last year or two. And some of their results have been incredible. They have played very well recently. They won that Test match (against Sri Lanka) deservedly and could have won the series as well. But they just need to go through those pressure moments. Sometimes you see when Bangladesh are under pressure, they react a bit too much. If they can get the coach and the team to just remain calm, they have got the ability definitely.”
The former England captain specifically pointed out one Bangladesh player who he believes can win the match for Bangladesh, as well as deliver under pressure.
“They have got the players. Some of them are very experienced, which makes them a very experienced team now. You know people have been there for a long time. All they need to do is to keep calm in the pressure moments. And I think they could be successful.
“I love watching the Fizz (Mustafizur Rahman). I hope he stays fit as he delivers under pressure and his death bowling is going to be very, very important.”