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ICC World Cup, 2007

Bulletin

Bangladesh aiming to progress further

8 April 2007

After answering their critics with a clinical performance, Bangladesh is now looking forward to making more impact in the ICC cricket World Cup. Bangladesh had already created a major upset after ousting India from the group stage and comprehensively defeating top ranked South Africa in a one sided encounter in Guyana yesterday.

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar is not keeping a semi-final berth out of the equation and is determined to continue the good work to achieve the feat. Bangladesh made a remarkable comeback after conceding two heavy defeats against Australia and New Zealand in the first two super eights matches and after winning against South Africa, they are poised to take the challenge to the opposition.

When asked about Bangladesh's chances to make it to the semi-final in the post-match briefing, Bashar showed his optimism but wants to take one game at a time.

 Bangladesh want to raise their flag even higher

Bangladesh want to raise their flag even higher © Cricinfo

"We certainly have a chance but we need to work very hard in the remaining three matches. Our Match against England is crucial and we want to continue our good work against them."

According to Bashar, win against South Africa justified their elevation in the super eights and may set the tone for the rest of the tournament.

"This is a big win for Bangladesh. It is more important because it shows that we are in the Super Eights not just to participate, but to show the world we are capable of pulling off big surprises. Now the tournament is wide open and anything is possible" said a smiling Bashar who was under immense pressure due to his poor show in the tournament.

Bangladesh is getting familiar in their giant killing act and Bashar admitted that the team is quite accustomed with these wins and unlike previous occasions, celebrations are getting confined within the dressing room.

Bangladesh captain urged his players to become consistent to stay alive in the top fight, "We need to be consistent. We don't want to play one good game and then play three bad games. I think we need to be a bit more confident and consistent," he said.

Bangladesh right from the beginning of the world cup showed their discontent about the "minnow tag" but Bashar was diplomatic in answer when asked if Bangladesh had finally shed their minnows' tag after wins over India and South Africa and left it for the spectators to decide.

"Our job is to play the game in the right manner. If we can keep doing like this, keep playing good cricket, I leave it to the people what they call us."

Bangladesh will now face England in their next match at Barbados on April 11, followed by matches against Ireland and the West Indies at the same venue on April 15 and 19.

  • From Internet by Khondaker Mirazur Rahman
 
 

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