01 January 2011
Bangladesh spirit hailed on the eve of launch of CWC 2011 ticket sale
World Cup Captains have hailed the passion of local fans and the unique atmosphere for playing cricket in this part of the world
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan reckons that the home fans are a source of inspiration and is excited at the prospect of playing at home.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said the home fans are an integral part of the Tigers and always a source of inspirations:
"Our supporters are literally the 12th member on the field. They are our driving force. So many times we have managed to lift our game just by drawing motivation from their unconditional backing.
"I am sure that in the World Cup we will feel the same warmth and blessings of the the home crowd, no matter where they are watching the game from. I have absolutely no doubts that the stands in Dhaka and Chittagong would be packed by our loyal supporters and their every roar would touch us."
South African captain Graeme Smith, who has experienced the Bangladesh spirit first hand on many occasions is looking forward to the match against the much improved hosts on March 19 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur:
"Bangladesh is somewhere that I have always enjoyed visiting as the people are so passionate about their cricket which makes it a fantastic place to play. I can only imagine what the atmosphere will be like in Dhaka when we play against Bangladesh there and I am sure fans will be rushing to get their tickets for the game as soon as they go on sale.
"You saw during the summer how the people of South Africa made the FIFA World Cup such a memorable occasion and I am sure that the fans in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka will be creating a brilliant atmosphere. As a player you always remember and appreciate the matches where you play in front of full houses and I think that is what is going to make the ICC Cricket World Cup next year so special for all of the competing teams.
"I seem to enjoy batting on the wickets in Bangladesh and I have happy memories of my century in Chittagong a couple of years ago and I think I have got a couple of half centuries in Dhaka as well. I just hope that form will continue at the World Cup.
"The recent Bangladesh-New Zealand series showed what a tough proposition facing Bangladesh on home soil will be and we know that we will have to be at the top of our game to beat them in what could be a crucial group match for both teams. They have some world class players and I think they could do well at the event.”
Meanwhile, William Porterfield, the Ireland Captain was excited at the prospect of renewing an interesting rivalry:
"I am looking forward to returning to play in Bangladesh. The atmosphere there is going to be great and the fact that it is a World Cup game will only add to that. It will be a massive challenge for us playing them in Dhaka (on February 25) but it is one that we are very much looking forward to.
"We have beaten them on a few occasions now and we have played some good cricket over the past season so we will take that confidence to the subcontinent."
The ticket sale will be launched simultaneously from MoneyGram outlets at 80 branches of City Bank and Agrani Bank in 64 districts.
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