Since it was trimmed to eight teams in 2009, this is the first time Bangladesh are playing in the Champions Trophy. They will start their campaign against the hosts and tournament favorites England at The Oval in London on Thursday (June 1).
The last two years or so have been really quite remarkable for Bangladesh, as during this time they have finally removed the ‘minnows’ tag off their shoulder and become a force to be reckoned with.
They qualified through the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings, denying West Indies, and have since climbed to sixth on that list – only one place behind England.
“We have played good cricket over the past two or three years,” said Tigers captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. “Our cricket is moving in the right direction and we have to continue the good things that we are doing.”
Though Bangladesh were humiliated by India just 24 hours ago in the second and last warm-up match at the same ground by 240 runs, Mashrafe believes the match with England will be totally a new day altogether where they have the chance to bring the hosts at bay.
“We know on our day we can beat anybody. Just one thing I believe is very important and that is that we have to start well and bring the momentum in our side,” said the Narail Express.
The pace bowler admitted his side were facing a different England to the one they beat in 2015, but said that more pressure would be on the hosts.
“England are a totally different team. Over the past two years they have won almost everything. At home they are a serious side,” said Mortaza.
“They feel more pressure than us because they want the trophy, especially with this happening in their home.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com