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Apart from winning against West Indies in the first match of the first T20 World Cup, Bangladesh has no fond memories of the World Cup. But this time Khaled Mahmud has a big dream about the team.
The BCB director and former national team captain believes that Bangladesh will play in the semi-finals of this year's World Cup.
Bangladesh won 5 out of 25 matches in the T20 World Cup. After that win against the West Indies in the 2007 World Cup, there have been two wins in the 2014 edition against Nepal and Afghanistan, and in 2016 against Oman and the Netherlands. The next four wins were in the preliminary round.
“My expectations are always good. I think Bangladesh will play their own game. I said, I believe Bangladesh will play in the semi-finals. Many may question how we will play in the semi-finals after competing big teams like New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan. I would say, this version is one that anyone can beat anyone here” said the former all-rounder, who has just been elected to the new board of directors Sunday.
“We have lost to India close match in this edition. We will not make the same mistake again and again. We have senior cricketers like Mushfiqur, Shakib, Riyad, Mustafiz. If the top order can ignites… Liton is now very experienced, Naim Sheikh, if they can ignite, it will be difficult to stop us” Sujon added.
Mahmudullah and his troop will face Scotland in their first qualifier on October 17 at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat.
Bangladesh will then face Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 19 and 21 respectively at the same venue in the qualifying stage of the T20 World Cup.