12 March 2007
Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar showed his calmly confidence about Bangladesh's world cup prospect in the ICC media conference. He believes that his side would be more than a match for their group mates from the sub-continent, India and Sri Lanka, when they play the group matches on 17th and 21 respectively.
"In one-day cricket, anything can happen. So we want to take our chances. Let's see what happens," observed Bashar. After beating New Zealand in the warm up match, Bangladesh have put India and Sri Lanka on a high alert. Indian Captain Rahul Darvid echoed Bangladeshi Captain and vowed to play their best to overcome potential challenge from Bangladesh.
Bashar was well aware that both India and Sri Lanka, placed alongside them in Group B, are playing fine cricket and would be difficult to beat. But, he is anticipating that his young side will do everything to propel themselves to the second round.
"They are playing very good cricket, but we have played them often enough to know of their strengths and weaknesses. There is no discernible weakness though but we are quietly confident," he added.
Bashar was keen to point out the factors which are working to his team?s advantage at the moment. "We have some decent spinners and as everyone feels the wickets here are going to be a help to them, I think we have an advantage in that area. We then have quite a few batsmen who have experience and promise and who are determined to do well," said Bashar. He believes the batting line up of Bangladesh with Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Sakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful can produce surprises in the world cup.
- Report from Internet sources by Khondaker Mirazur Rahman