Shakib shrugs off pressure
Shakib Al Hasan is backing Bangladesh to come out firing in their must-win clash with England on Friday.
Last Updated: 10/03/11 11:29am
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan remains confident of beating England on Friday to revive their World Cup campaign.
The co-hosts have just one win from their first three Group B matches and were bowled out for 58 by West Indies in their most recent outing.
Another defeat to England in Chittagong will almost certainly end the Tigers' hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
"The boys are tense, but they are also confident that they can put up a good show," said Shakib.
"We have prepared well for the game. We have worked hard in the last few days. I have tried to take the pressure on myself, so it eases the pressure on them.
"I think we have a very good chance in this match. We have to play good, positive hard cricket. If we play our best cricket, we can beat any side in the world."
Bangladesh's fans reacted angrily to the nine-wicket defeat against West Indies and Shakib's leadership has come in for severe criticism in the local media.
"The good thing is that we try not to read newspapers, or worry what is written in them," added Shakib.
"How do I describe the crowd? When we play well, they cheer us. When we do badly, they abuse us. It will be better not to think of the crowd."
England, with five points from four games, can seal their quarter-final place with a victory.
But they have suffered two injury blows since beating South Africa last Sunday, opening batsman Kevin Pietersen (hernia) and seamer Stuart Broad (side strain) both returning home.
Eoin Morgan and Chris Tremlett have joined the squad as replacements.
"England will obviously miss Pietersen and Broad," noted Shakib. "But Morgan is a very good player who has done very well against us in the past.
"But we have to guard against all the players and do our home work well."