o team is a favorite in this format: Mushfiqur Rahim
DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket team Captain Mushfiqur Rahim touched on Bangladesh’s prospects and preparation at the ICC World T20 arrival presser Thursday.
Regarding the confidence in the matches played in the build-up over last three months, he said, “We had good preparation in the last three months. We played against Zimbabwe, South Africa, we went to Ireland and the Netherlands and a few days back we played a couple of T20 matches.”
He added: “Out of twelve we won nine games so it’s a good thing. But in a T20 game you never know and I think the boys are shaping up really well. Hopefully they’ll do well.”
Q: Will good spinners have advantage in the pitches in Sri Lanka?
Mushfiqur: A couple of the guys recently played in the SLPL and did well. We have a couple of great spinners including Shakib. Our group matches are in Pallekele and that’s not a spinning track. Our pace attack is quite balanced so we hope to continue to do well with the spinners and pacers. It will give us a good chance to move to the second round.
Q: Having not beaten Pakistan in T20s, does past record matter?
Mushfiqur: Not really, we have played in Sri Lanka before so we know the conditions. So let’s see how it goes.
Q: Passionate fans will be rooting for you. What is it like?
Mushfiqur: It will be huge. This is our first big tournament after we did well in the Asia Cup. Hopefully we can carry on in the same fashion although it is a different format. If we can do well in the three departments, we can have some good results for the country.
Q: Is this the tournament where Bangladesh graduates from teams that can surprise occasionally to one which can be reckoned with?
Mushfiqur: In Twenty20 formats you never know who the favorite is. On a particular day if you can do well in all three departments you can beat anyone. Also it is very important to play consistent cricket in T20s. We have two warm-up matches against Zimbabwe and Ireland and hopefully we’ll do well there, we will have the momentum with us.
Q: How was important reaching Asia Cup final?
It was a huge tournament for us, especially because we beat India and Sri Lanka and nearly beat Pakistan twice. In these kind of tournaments, you need a bit of luck along with the skills and we missed luck in that final. So if the luck is in our favor in this tournament, we can do anything.
Q: Ireland are the next emerging team…?
Mushfiqur: We are looking forward to this tournament and they’re a pretty strong side. Still I think our side is better than couple of other sides. We need to prove that and that’ll only happen if the boys take the opportunities.
Is momentum a factor in T20s?
Mushfiqur: I think it is important to grab the momentum and get the results at the end of the day.
Q: Are you happy with variety of spin bowlers in your team?
Mushfiqur: There are a few left-arm spinners, all-rounders and off-spinners in the team. I am quite happy with that, let’s see how it goes.
Q: What about group stage opponents?
Mushfiqur: They are a really good, balanced team. They were champions in this tournament in 2009. New Zealand are quite strong in T20s, so if we do well with our skills, probably with some luck anything is possible.