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Ranked seventh in the latest ICC ODI Team rankings, Bangladesh are undoubtedly a force to reckon with in limited overs’ format, especially when it comes to 50-over cricket. With an experienced and versatile squad, this is the format the Tigers enjoy the most and it is clearly evident from their performances in ODIs since their first appearance at the knock out stages of the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Bangladesh have arguably picked their strongest ODI squad ever for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Hence, it won’t be a surprise if Bangladesh go on to make a few big boys sweat.
Their 15-member squad for the World Cup primarily revolves around the fab-five of Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, and Mahmudullah. Along with them, there are plenty of talented youngsters who add depth in quality in this line-up. The selectors have packed the squad with a lot of all-round options, which provides flexibility to this team. Overall, the contingent seems to have a perfect blend of youth and experienced cricketers.
Best World Cup finish:
2015 World Cup – It was the 1st time they managed to qualify beyond the group stage when they defeated England and got through to the quarter finals of the World Cup.
Probable Playing XI:
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman
There are several injury concerns in the Bangladeshi camp with the skipper Mortaza having a hamstring strain, Shakib having not recovered fully from a side strain, Tamim down with a thigh strain and Mustafizur nursing a calf injury. The good news is that all these big guns are expected to play in the 1st game.
Soumya Sarkar has perhaps been a very underrated player and lately he has started showing his class all over again. He is technically sound and has fantastic strokeplay.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Mustafizur has found his mojo back and seems like a threat again. Soumya Sarkar has been in top notch form too. Mushfiqur Rahim also was amongst runs against India in the warm-up game. The area they need to address is their inability to polish off chases when they matter.