CT Preview: Bangladesh

Qualifying at #7, ahead of Pakistan and West Indies (who did not qualify), Bangladesh will look to leave a lasting impact on the Champions Trophy. They are scheduled to play the likes of Australia, England and New Zealand in the group stages and will have to put in some excellent performances to qualify for the semi-finals. They are a bowling heavy side with some quality batsmen in the scheme of things as well. Their biggest concern will be their fielding, which more often than not lets Bangladesh down.

Kayes and Iqbal at the top of the order are two of Bangladesh’s most successful opening batsmen and are followed by the extremely talented Sarkar and Mahmudullah, who had a memorable ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The middle order includes Rahim and Shakib who could be the difference between a good or bad tournament for Bangladesh. The bowling is strong with skipper Mortaza, Mustafizur, Taskin, Shaiful Islam and Rubel Hossain. Shakib will bowl spin along with Mehedi Hasan and the new name, Sunzamul Islam.

Group:

They are placed in Group A of the tournament with matches against Australia, England and New Zealand.

Squad:

Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shaiful Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

X-Factor:

The form of Mahmudullah will be vital for Bangladesh because he is one of their middle order mainstays and can also be called upon to bowl some spin in the middle overs. If he has a decent tournament with the ball, they have the option of going in with an extra pacer as he can bowl spin with Shakib.

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(Akhil Prakash is a sports writer for The Ring Side View and for more updates, you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter)

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