The five-wicket victory against Zimbabwe has increased Bangladesh's confidence
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal believes his side is in good shape going into the ICC World Twenty20.
The left-hander thinks the squad’s solid preparation will boost their chances of progressing when the tournament gets underway.
Tamim said: “I am very hopeful. We have really gelled as a unit and we have been playing a lot of Twenty20 matches. I cannot complain about preparation. The team spirit is excellent and everyone is helping each other. If we can take that camaraderie on to the field and perform to the level we are capable of then I see no reason why we should not get our desired result.”
The big-hitting batsman featured in last month’s Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) - an experience he believes will stand him in good stead at the ICC World T20.
Tamin said: “I believe I am much better prepared. I have played over 20 matches in the Twenty20 format during the last few months and I definitely have a fair idea of what is required.
The best thing is that I have tasted different conditions and playing in Sri Lanka (in the SLPL) was definitely good experience ahead of this competition.
“I think it has raised my confidence level and that of my teammates who played in the competition,” he added. “We have a better understanding of Sri Lankan conditions and know what to expect. It was a well-run tournament and I am happy for the experience.”
Bangladesh gave their prospects a further fillip when they defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets in a warm-up match on Saturday.