Shakib Bullish About Bangladesh’s chances
Despite the criticism that the turning T20I pitches have received at home, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan claims that the triumphs have given the team a much-needed “winning mindset” ahead of the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.
Bangladesh has recently won three consecutive T20I series, including victories over Australia and New Zealand at home after overcoming Zimbabwe in Harare. Mahmudullah’s team has risen to sixth place in the ICC rankings as a result. Although there has been much discussion about winning the home rubbers against Australia and New Zealand on custom-made pitches, Shakib believes that winning is the best way to prepare.
“I think we have a good chance in the World Cup. We had a good preparation. There is lots of criticism regarding wickets and low scores but at the same time, we have to understand that there is nothing that gives you more confidence than a win. A team carries a winning mentality after success and that gives you the confidence to a different level. We want to go to the World Cup with this confidence,” Shakib said.
”We will go there 15-16 days before the World Cup and I feel that will be enough to adapt to those conditions and wickets and I don’t think this pitch and conditions will have an impact over there. We have developed a winning mentality and want to go there with it.”
Bangladesh has the potential to go all the way if all goes according to plan
“It is difficult to say how far we can go, but I feel we can go all the way at the World Cup,” Shakib said. “We have to play match by match and if we can do well in the first round, we will carry that confidence and we can give our best in the main round (Super 12).
Bangladesh is scheduled to fly to Oman for a training camp in early October. The tourists will compete in the qualifications first, then the main tournament if they finish first or second in their group. Bangladesh has been placed in Group B, along with Oman, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland, for the first phase of the competition. Ireland, the Netherlands, Namibia, and Sri Lanka will compete in Group A.