Ahead of the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales, Bangladesh’s former captain Habibul Bashar Sumon has written a special column in ICC’s official website, in which he revealed his personal feelings that the Tigers are now better equipped to do well overseas.
“While it was disappointing to miss out on the next two editions, Bangladesh can take pride from the fact that they qualified for this year’s competition and are currently seventh in the world,” Bashar said.
He further added, “We have had a great run of results in the last two years, winning five One-Day International series at home including against strong sides like Pakistan, India, South Africa and England. There is genuine belief and confidence within the ranks, and I personally feel that we are now better equipped to do well overseas, too.”
Sumon went on to explain that it is the presence of some experienced and quality players that gives Bangladesh the kind of confidence it never had before.
“That confidence stems from the experience and the quality that the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Mashrafe Mortaza bring with them. Most of them have been around for a decade now, have played in all parts of the world and understand what the demands and the nuances of the 50-over game are. Throw in the youthful exuberance and the undisputed skills of Soumya Sarkar and Mustafizur Rahman, and there is a solid core group that Bangladesh can bank on to drive them,” he said.
“Plenty will of course depend on what kind of pitches we get in England, in the first half of June. If they are dry, I expect Bangladesh’s spinners to come into the picture, but even otherwise, we have the pace resources to trouble the best in the world. It will be tough, I am under no illusion; after all, we are clubbed with Australia, England and New Zealand, but I believe the fast-bowling unit of Mashrafe, Mustafizur, Rubel Hossain and the pacy Taskin Ahmed can hold their own against any batting group.
“How well Bangladesh’s batsmen cope with the moving ball remains to be seen. If the batsmen can negotiate the new ball successfully, Bangladesh will be on to a good thing. However, if the middle-order is exposed reasonably early, it could be an issue against high-class pacemen,” Sumon concluded.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com