Former Bangladesh skipper and current chief selector Habibul Bashar is ecstatic with his team’s performance in the Champions Trophy and believes that this Bangladesh side has the potential to go all the way and win the tournament.
In a recent interview with a leading Indian newspaper, Bashar labeled qualifying for the Champions Trophy semifinal as the pinnacle of Bangladesh’s cricket history and also pointed out the remarkable progress of the tigers in the past few years.
“This performance has to be the pinnacle of our cricket history. When this tournament was first held in Bangladesh back in 1998, we didn’t even feature in it. But now, we are in the semi-finals and have come a long way. Everyone knows how obsessed we are about cricket in Bangladesh and this performance justifies the faith people have in this team. We have won bilateral series before but doing well in ICC competitions has been our goal,” said Bashar.
Bashar thinks that the current Bangladesh side has tremendous self belief in their abilities, which has enabled them to play a positive brand of cricket. “This side has players who have been playing together for a few years and know each other’s game well. There is a lot of positivity in the team and players believe in themselves a lot. There is a healthy mix of youth and experience in our side,” said the former right hand top order batsman.
Bashar wants the tigers to play with the same positive mindset and not worry about the result when they take on India in the 2nd semifinal of the Champions Trophy on June 15, at Edgbaston.
“This team does have the potential to go the distance. But I don’t want to put any pressure on this side and just hope they keep making us proud as they have done so far.”