Sports, Cricket

Papon expects Tigers to reach WC semis

Published : 30 Apr 2024 09:22 PM

The road to T20 World Cup glory promises to be challenging for Bangladesh. The Tigers find themselves in Group D, a group many consider the "group of death" for the upcoming tournament co-hosted by the West Indies and the USA, which commences on June 1st. Sri Lanka, a team with considerable experience in major tournaments, joins Bangladesh. South Africa, known for their explosive batting and potent bowling attack, poses another significant threat. Nepal and Netherlands, though considered underdogs, should not be underestimated, as they have the potential to cause upsets.

BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon recently spoke about Bangladesh's aspirations in the T20 format. He acknowledged the team's historical struggles in World Cups, with their best showing being a quarter-final finish. This time, however, Papon set a more ambitious target: reaching the semi-finals. He recognized the limitations Bangladesh has faced in the past regarding resources and facilities, which may have hindered their championship aspirations.

Addressing the team composition, Papon explained the absence of several veteran players. Tamim Iqbal, a stalwart Bangladeshi opener, and Mushfiqur Rahim, a wicketkeeper-batsman known for his calm demeanor, will not be part of the T20 squad. This decision might raise eyebrows among some fans. Additionally, the all-rounder Mahmudullah has decided to retire from Test cricket, focusing solely on the shorter formats. 

However, there's a silver lining - the dynamic duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim will continue to play together for at least another year, offering much-needed experience and stability to the middle order.

The upcoming T20 World Cup has become a focal point for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Strategic decisions have been made with the tournament in mind. The captain's mantle has been entrusted to Nazmul Hossain Shanto, a young batsman with immense potential. While the BCB president clearly has high hopes for the team, Shanto appears to be adopting a more cautious approach, refraining from making any bold predictions about the World Cup.

This revised version provides additional details about the teams in Bangladesh's group, elaborates on the BCB's challenges, and explores the dynamics within the playing squad. It also highlights the contrasting expectations between the BCB president and the new captain.