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reverse_swing
February 18, 2007, 10:04 AM
Bangladesh believe they can surprise more fancied opponents and reach the World Cup Super Eights stage. The Tigers head for the Caribbean on Monday hoping to improve on 2003, when they failed to win a game. They have only ever won four one-day internationals against the top eight teams - but two were against India and Sri Lanka, who are in their group.
Captain Habibul Bashar said: "Our target is the second round. It will be a tough job but not impossible." <!-- E SF -->
Bashar's optimism has come from eye-catching victories over Sri Lanka last February, world champions Australia in June 2005 and India in December 2004. Before they achieved Test status, Bangladesh stunned Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup with a famous win in Northampton. "We went twice to the World Cup without any expectations," Bashar added. "Previously, when we beat a big side, it was unexpected. But not now - we are a mature side and I am sure we will do better than the last two World Cups.
"Both India and Sri Lanka are very good teams. They are going there to win it but we are confident we can beat either of these sides to book a place in the second round."

BBC>> (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/other_international/bangladesh/6373249.stm)

Farhad
February 18, 2007, 11:47 AM
Bangladesh prepare for the Caribbean

Bashar aiming for World Cup progress

Cricinfo staff

February 18, 2007

Bangladesh believe they have a realistic chance to progress beyond the first round in the World Cup, due to begin from March 13.

Habibul Bashar, captain of the 15-man squad, told reporters that their goal was to upset some of the stronger sides in their group and reach the super eight stages.

"Our target is the second round," Bashar told a news conference as his side prepared to leave for the Caribbean. "Beating Sri Lanka and India will be a tough job, but not impossible."

Bermuda are the other team in their group, but Bangladesh will no doubt draw some confidence from wins over Sri Lanka, India and Australia since the last world cup. In its first world cup appearance, in 1999, Bangladesh beat Scotland and Pakistan, but has failed to win a game since then.

"We went twice to the World Cup without any expectations," Bashar said. "Now, we have beaten big teams. We are a much better and mature side."

Dav Whatmore, the Bangladesh coach, echoed Bashar's sentiment, arguing his side had a "realistic chance" of reaching the second round. Whatmore has been in charge since the last world cup in South Africa and has been widely credited for the improvement since then.

The vice-captain Shahriar Nafees said the team are learning. "Since 2005 we have been beating better sides, like Australia, India and Sri Lanka. We've learned how to beat a big side."

Bangladesh's squad has only four players with previous experience of the game's grandest tournament: Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique and Mashrafe Murtaza. Veteran wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud, who featured in 1999 and 2003, was dropped because of poor form and replaced by Mushfiqur Rahim.

© Cricinfo

TheWatcher
February 18, 2007, 12:47 PM
The vice-captain Shahriar Nafees said the team are learning. "Since 2005 we have been beating better sides, like Australia, India and Sri Lanka. We've learned how to beat a big side."

SN makes it sounds like we are beating big sides on a consistent basis :)

They are giving us the same talk they gave us before the champions trophy. Anway, all the best to Bangladesh.

gatekeeper
February 18, 2007, 02:56 PM
We've been hearing this before every tournament we play. Gotto hack it in the field.

kalpurush
February 18, 2007, 11:44 PM
We've been hearing this before every tournament we play. Gotto hack it in the field.

I want to hear it everyday. The more we say it the more we believe in it.:-D

BD-Shardul
February 19, 2007, 02:55 AM
Before the ICCCT 2006, we have heard the same things.

So, this time kothay noy, kajei proman dite hobe.

cricket_pagol
February 19, 2007, 04:02 AM
Tamim Iqbal is our secret weapon!!! I hope he and SN will give us some great starts. Judging from the NTV clip that Nasif bhai posted, the management is preparing Tamim for the big games.

PoorFan
February 19, 2007, 04:43 AM
Since we failed in CT, I like to see their words come true. At least like to see nail biting game against SL & IND.