20 September 2012 - 03:55pm IST
by in Pallekele
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur
Rahim believes the ICC World Twenty20 2012 is a big opportunity for his
side to move into the top league.
Speaking ahead of his side’s
Group D match against New Zealand at the Pallekele International Cricket
Stadium, Mushfiqur revealed that the entire nation is behind the squad.
the Asia Cup this is our big opportunity. The feeling is really good in
the camp. Not just us, the 160 million Bangladesh people are also
looking forward to it. If we prepare well, then the result will take
care of itself,’’ said Mushfiqur.
The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman believes his side has prepared well and will be buoyed to perform at its best.
are happy with the preparations. Everyone has had a good hit. We have
played in different conditions and against good teams,’’ added
First up for Bangladesh is the challenge of New Zealand. Mushfiqur is confident of his side’s abilities.
think in this format it is difficult to say which team is favourite and
which team is not. If we do the right things in all three departments
then the results will take care of itself.”
Mushfiqur said that the target within the group is not just going through the Group stage, but all the way.
are confident of going through to the Super Eight. We are in a tough
group (Group D). Our team is quite balanced, we need to get the basics
right and execute plans in the middle, then we can beat any team in the
world. We have spent some time together as a team. If we put in a good
team performance then one never knows,’’ reckoned Mushfiqur.
time Bangladesh played New Zealand in 2010-11, it won the ODI series
4-0 at home. But Mushfiqur insisted that there will be no good tidings that
can be carried over to the match on Friday.
we beat New Zealand 4-0 two years ago, it was in the 50-over game and
it was played back home. This (Pallekele) is not a typical subcontinent
pitch. It will aid the quicks as well as the batsmen. It all depends on
the momentum. So it is important to start well and carry it throughout
the match. If we do that then anything is possible.”
The Pallekele pitch has been praised by different quarters, and Mushfiqur too joined the band.
played two matches here during the SLPL. Tamim and Mahmudullah also
played here then. The boys know how the pitch plays here. In the night while
batting second, it might suit the pace bowlers. That’s not bad for us
because our pace attack is good as well. It is not a typical
subcontinent wicket. This venue reminds me of Newlands, Cape Town.
Hopefully we can carry the good memories from there tomorrow as well,’’
other reason for Mushfiqur’s optimism is the quality of players in his
side, especially a certain all-rounder named Shakib Al Hasan.
Al Hasan is our best cricketer. Shakib is now playing more freely than
ever before, not just with the bat and ball but also on the field and
off it as well. His presence means a lot. Not just Shakib, Tamim, Ash
(Mohammad Ashraful) are also doing really well. I am definitely
confident about our chances. In the last two years Nasir Hossain has
also come up. He is doing well. Now I hope we will combine well and play
as a team. If we do that then we can win any game,’’ concluded