ICC Champions Trophy 2017 ambassador Habibul Bashar believes that if Bangladesh can get better of England in the opening game, it will do wonders for their confidence and morale and will also create a good chance of qualifying for the semifinals.
In an ICC column, Bashar first of all wrote that it is a proud occasion for Bangladesh that they are into the tournament after 11 years. He also mentioned about the victims of Manchester attack which occured last week.
“The ICC Champions Trophy is almost upon us, and as a Bangladeshi, I am proud that our team will be playing the inaugural match of the tournament, against host nation England. It will be a fantastic occasion, though there will also be a sobering moment when the victims of the Manchester bombing will be remembered,” he wrote.
“It has been a hectic last couple of weeks for both teams. Bangladesh is coming off a tri-series tournament in Ireland, while England has rounded off its preparations with a 2-1 series win against South Africa.”
The former captain thinks that it will not be easy for Bangladesh to qualify for the semis as they are in a strong group that also consists of England, Australia and New Zealand. To make the equations easy, he feels the Tigers have to play their best in tomorrow’s Group A game against England at the Oval.
“Being the first game, it is obviously a huge match, and more so for Bangladesh. Given that Australia and New Zealand are the other two opponents in the group, Bangladesh has no option but to start well. If it does not start well, then it will be extremely difficult for it to qualify for the semifinals,” he wrote.
“If Bangladesh can play its best cricket and get the better of England, it will not just help it in its quest for a knockout berth, it will also do wonders for its confidence and morale.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com