Bangladesh

Bangladesh: poor record in T20

Bangladesh: poor record in T20

Bangladesh squad:
Shakib Al Hasan (capt)
Aftab Ahmed
Mohammad Ashraful
Rubel Hossain
Tamim Iqbal
Naeem Islam
Shafiul Islam
Jahurul Islam
Imrul Kayes
Mahmudullah
Mashrafe Mortaza
Mushfiqur Rahim (wkt)
Abdur Razzak
Suhrawadi Shuvo
Syed Rasel

Overview

The draw has not been kind to Bangladesh as they will need to beat one of their Group A rivals, Australia and Pakistan, just to reach the second stage of the competition.

That looks a tough ask given the Tigers' abysmal record in the shortest version of the international game.

They have lost their last 10 matches in the format, dating back to the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007.

Bangladesh's cause is not helped by a distinct lack of T20 experience in their 15-man squad.

Strengths

Man in charge: Shakib

Spin bowling is the strongest area of the squad, both in terms of quantity and variety.

Left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak are the main weapons and both have respectable international records.

They are backed up by off-spinners Naeem Islam and Mahmudullah, plus rookie left-armer Suhrawadi Shuvo. Most of the frontline batsmen, in particular Mohammad Ashraful, can also turn their arms over.

Bangladesh's top order is filled with stroke makers, most notably Tamim Iqbal and Ashraful, and - in theory at least - is better suited to the frenetic pace of 20 overs than ODIs and Tests, where collapses have been a regular feature.

Weaknesses

Mortaza: fitness question marks

Seam bowling has been a weak point ever since Bangladesh's elevation to the ICC's top table in 2000.

Mashrafe Mortaza is the only true international class seamer to have since emerged but his career has been disrupted in the last year by knee problems.

Mortaza has made the squad for the Caribbean despite question marks over his fitness, while the other seam options - Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Syed Rasel - all lack the pace to impose themselves at the top level.

Despite the squad having an average age of 23, fielding is not a strong point and neither is wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim's glovework.

Six-hitter - Mashrafe Mortaza

Power: Mortaza enjoys clearing the ropes

Former captain Mortaza is better known for his seam bowling but also moonlights as a big-hitting lower order batsman.

He uses his broad frame to hit the ball prodigious distances and has an impressive average of a six every 14 balls in T20 internationals.

Strike bowler - Abdur Razzak

Positive spin: Razzak

Razzak has taken a wicket every 12.9 deliveries in T20 internationals and has a respectable ecomony rate of 6.29.

He gives the ball plenty of flight and seems to revel in the tumult of T20, where batsmen are usually looking to dispatch the spinners out of the ground.

Look out for...Mushfiqur Rahim

Rich promise: Mushfiqur

In common with most of his team-mates, Rahim's T20 international record is less-than ordinary, but don't let the raw numbers fool you.

Forget the 21-year-old's wicketkeeping, which remains a work in progress, it is his batting that is sure to catch the eye in the Caribbean.

His high backlift allows for thrilling strokeplay on both sides of the wicket and, although his best T20 international score is just 14, his cause has not been helped by being shifted up and down the order.

Rahim - who already has a Test hundred to his name and is excellent against spin - is likely to put those numbers right before too long.

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