ICC Champions Trophy Team Preview - Improved Bangladesh raise high expectation

Bangladesh will enter the tournament will a lot of hope and confidence

Bangladesh will enter the tournament will a lot of hope and confidence
©REUTERS

Bangladesh have improved vastly over the years in the limited overs format and will be a force to reckon when they take the field in the upcoming Champions Trophy campaign next month.

The fact that they have made to the tournament over West Indies itself shows the development the team has underwent especially in the 50-over format. Their rise in form was evident since the 2015 World Cup where they defeated England in the group stage to make it to the quarter-finals and since then they won series against India, South Africa, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan to ensure they had enough rating points to make it to the top eight.

Their recent success of a 1-1 draw series in Sri Lanka was followed by their first ever victory over New Zealand in an away game where they finished second in tri-series in Ireland meant they will enter the tournament ranked six - better than Sri Lanka and Pakistan. With 16 wins from 28 games after the 2015 World Cup, they rank third in the win percentage.

The squad has a right composure of senior players like Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim along with some exciting young talents in Mustafiqur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain.

Performances In Past Editions:

This will be the first time, Bangladesh have made it to the Champions Trophy in three years after missing out on 2009 and 2013 editions. In 2002 and 2004, they were eliminated in group stages while in 2000 and 2006, they were out in pre-qualification stage.

Player To Watch Out For:

Mustafizur Rahman will be a key component of their bowling attack

Mustafizur Rahman will be a key component of their bowling attack
©REUTERS

Mustafizur Rahman - He has gone to become the spearhead of the Bangladesh attack despite featuring in just 18 games in which he has snared 43 wickets including three five-wicket hauls. Even though, his career was marred with a series of injuries, he found his form at the right time, picking seven wickets from three games in the tri-series in Ireland.

Fixtures:

Bangladesh will hope to repeat their performance against England from 2015 World Cup

Bangladesh will hope to repeat their performance against England from 2015 World Cup
©REUTERS

Bangladesh will have to combat the challenges of host England, World Champions Australia and New Zealand in Group A.

1st June v England at Kennington Oval
5th June v Australia at Kennington Oval
9th June v New Zealand at Sophia Gardens

Squad:

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

Cricket World Mr Predictor Prediction: Even though, Bangladesh have improved vastly, it will be a challenging task for them to beat England or Australia or even New Zealand in conditions that are more suited for seam bowlers than the spinners. A win in the group stage against any of those three will give them a lot of confidence.

© Cricket World 2017