Bangladesh are a lot more rounded and experienced side in recent times, says former national team captain Habibul Bashar.
Bangladesh will take on New Zealand in do-or-die Group A encounter on Friday at Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. To keep the Semi-final hopes alive, a win is a must for Tigers.
“The Bangladesh team of today is a lot more rounded and experienced outfit that has rubbed shoulders with the best in the business on a consistent basis. Therefore, there should be no danger of awe or stage-fright holding it back,” Bashar wrote in his column on ICC site.
Bangladesh defeated New Zealand in a tri-series match last month ahead of Champions Trophy. However, that was slightly a weaker Blackcaps side. But Bashar believes Bangladesh can take some confidence from that game which they won by five wickets at Clontarf Cricket Ground in Dublin.
“For a while now, however, there is this feeling among the other cricketing nations that Bangladesh are tigers only at home. The team went some way towards exploding that theory with its recent win against New Zealand in the tri-series in Ireland.
“Admittedly, this New Zealand side is a lot stronger than the one which played in Ireland, but if Bangladesh can take some of the feel-good from that result and produce its ‘A’ game, we should have quite a contest. Weather permitting, of course,’ he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com