Video - Bangladesh Ready For WT20 'Pressure'

Bangladesh players Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Nasir Hossain say they are ready for the pressure of playing in front of an expectant home crowd at the ICC World Twenty20.

The first set of group stages, which begins on Sunday, involves the eight lowest ranked teams, including Bangladesh.

They must play Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Nepal in their group, from which only one team will progress to the second stage, where the leading sides await.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was suspended for two of Bangladesh's recent Asia Cup games, and his absence was keenly felt.

He says it is important that Bangladesh concentrate on their own game if they are to progress.

"We would play our own game, without thinking about the opponents," he said.

"As we have a good idea about our opponents, we have to rely naturally on our own skill."

Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak is keen to eliminate the mistakes that have hampered Bangladesh in the past.

In 2007 they won through to the second stage of the competition but underwhelmed when against the likes of Australia and Sri Lanka.

"We may have committed mistakes during the previous tournaments, so we should try and rectify those mistakes and have to find out our strengths and faults.

"If we do this, InshaAllah, we will overcome," he added.

Nasir Hossain spoke about the pressure that the side is under, and he knows that their fans are expecting them to perform well.

"Bangladeshi people wish that we would win 10 out of 10 matches. We are aware of this pressure.

"So we have to play considering this pressure."

Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in the tournament's opening game on Sunday (16th March), play Nepal on Tuesday 18th March and then Hong Kong on Thursday 20th March.

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