Ashraful says Bangladesh is prepared to succeed
Mohammad Ashraful is confident Bangladesh can put up a better showing this time around in ICC World T20
Mohammad Ashraful believes his side is in good shape ahead of ICC World Twenty20 2012.
believes the team is in good shape heading into the ICC World T20.
The Asian nation arrived in Sri Lanka from the Caribbean having taken part in a four-team T20 tournament commemorating Trinidad & Tobago’s 50 years of independence.
With two more warm-up games to follow over the next few days, the Bangladesh squad will be well-tuned by the time of their first WT20 match against New Zealand on September 21.
Ashraful said: “We have played a lot of Twenty20 matches during the past couple of months. If you include the practice games then we will have had around 17-18 matches going into the first encounter of the WT20.This is probably the best preparation we have had before a World T20 event.
"Also, some of us have participated in the Sri Lankan Premier League last month and that experience could be crucial. I believe everyone has a better understanding of the requirements of the shortest version of cricket now.”
Bangladesh have failed to get past the first stage of the ICC World T20 since the inaugural tournament but Ashraful believes the squad is now designed to meet the requirements of the T20 format.
The former Bangladesh captain said: “We have found some ideal cricketers for Twenty20 to compliment the likes of Shakib (Al Hasan), Tamim (Iqbal), Mushfiqur Rahim and Abdur Razzak. Ziaur Rahman is a handy batsman to have as he is a natural big hitter. Mahmudullah is becoming a very useful all-rounder in these conditions and Elias Sunny has proved his worth in this version. The return of Mashrafe (Mortaza) is a big plus and he has got into a nice rhythm. His lower order batting can also change matches.”
The 28-year-old right-hander has found himself in and out of the national team over recent years but will be hoping a role at the top of the order will suit him.
“I have made good starts in recent times as an opener. I feel I am hitting the ball well. I love Sri Lanka. I have some excellent memories of this country and I have been on every tour of this country since my international debut. I am really looking forward to the tournament,” Ashraful concluded.