Three man team? Check out how Bangladesh are lining up ahead of the Cricket World Cup next week.
Bangladesh comes into the world cup ranked 7th on the ODI rankings. They rely on their captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s experience, Shakib Al Hasan who is currently the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs, and Tamim Iqbal’s sense of responsibility.
In recent times they have upset big teams including Pakistan and South African in their home conditions. However, they have found the going tough when they played the top 5 ranked teams outside their home conditions. With flat pitches expected during the tournament, Bangladesh will find themselves in unfamiliar conditions having to score excess of 300 runs.
Recent Form: WWWWL
Last Completed ODI series: (Lost 3-0) vs New Zealand
Best World Cup Finish: QF’s (2015)
Predicted Finish: 9th
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Batsman to Watch: Mushfiqur Rahim
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Rahim has featured in three world cups since making his debut in 2005 which will provide useful experience in the Bangladesh squad. He is currently ranked 20th on the ODI batting rankings, the top-ranked batsman in the squad. The 31-year-old has shown his ability to get big scores consistently at a relatively good pace.
Bowler to Watch: Mustafizur Rahman
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Although only 23-years-old, Rahman will be the spearhead of the Bangladesh bowling attack. He has regularly featured in T20 competitions around the world including the IPL in India, PSL in Pakistan and NatWest Blast T20 in England. Rahman is well known for his well executed and deceptive bowling variations.
Bangladesh will begin their campaign at the Oval in London when they take on South Africa on the 2nd of June.