Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in which Bangladesh and the hosts England will play in the tournament opener, former England spinner Ashley Giles said the pressure will be more on England against the Tigers. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ চ্যাম্পিয়ন্স ট্রফির সেমিফাইনাল খেলবে বাংলাদেশ-গিলস]
“England are the hosts once again. They have to play in front of huge home crowd, so they will have to deal with a lot of pressure. On the other hand, Bangladesh will be just enjoying their game. They won their last match against New Zealand, that’s why they will be riding high on confidence,” said Giles.
The retired English spinner, who has played 54 Test matches and 62 One Day Internationals for England before being forced to retire due to a recurring hip injury, also believed Bangladesh have good chance to qualify for the semifinals.
“It’s anyone’s game. But I think this time around Bangladesh will have some really good opportunity. My picks for the last four would have to be England, Bangladesh, India and South Africa. But if it’s not Bangladesh, then probably it would be Australia,” he said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com