Bangladesh

  • Last Updated: September 19 2012, 11:56 BST

We take a look at Bangladesh's squad, key players and hopes at the ICC World Twenty20.

Tamim Iqbal: Dangerous opening batsman

Group D Fixtures
September 21: New Zealand at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, 1100 BST
September 25: Pakistan at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, 1500 BST

Overview: Bangladesh's build-up to the World Twenty20 demanded momentum on the back of their success in the Asia Cup and the board obliged, organising extensive T20I competition against their 'A' side and a testing tour of Europe.

A 3-0 whitewash over Ireland saw them fly as high as fourth in the ICC Twenty20 rankings, while defeat at the hands of the country's second-stringers brought them back down to earth.

Throughout, they have been picky about their selection, as shown by the axing of fast bowler Nazmul Hossain and their eagerness to see all-rounder Farhad Reza shine on the big stage.

The arrival of the Bangladesh Premier League probably did more to fill the pockets of overseas recruits and the BCB's administration than anything, but also helped with the emergence of homegrown talent - Abul Hasan and Ziaur Rahman - ahead of the WT20.

Strengths: Giant slayers on their day, Bangladesh are no longer considered the whipping boys of international cricket, and in this least predictable format are capable of beating anyone.

They boast a slew of part-time spin options, which in turn makes for the selection of more batting depth. The key, though, will be for the hugely experienced trio of Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim to lead the batting ranks by example.

Pooled in Group D alongside familiar opposition, the Tigers will know they've given Pakistan a decent run in the past and will not fear facing New Zealand, even given the Black Caps' ability to over-achieve at the big events.

Weaknesses: So accustomed to defeat, Bangladesh are quick in their resignation when the chips are down. Once a team gets on top of them, it's often one-way traffic for the duration.

The dynamics of the brains trust hangs in the balance, and while the services of a captain and three former skippers in one XI can be a blessing, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Ashraful and Mashrafe Mortaza need to meet on the same page at every turn.

Six-hitter: Tamim Iqbal. Viewed in England as a sort of mini Sehwag, Tamim hasn't managed to achieve similar success on a regular basis against any other opposition and has a modest T20I record. But he comes into this tournament in good spirit after a successful campaign in the Sri Lankan Premier League, finishing fifth in the tournament run charts as his Wayamba United topped the regular-season table before losing out in the semi-finals.

Strike bowler: Abdur Razzak. He may not have the profile of fellow slow left-armer Shakib Al Hasan, but Razzak has the better record in T20I cricket having bagged 33 wickets in just 21 matches. Either Razzak or Shakib is likely to take the new ball in Sri Lanka as well.

One to watch: Nasir Hossain. A floating 'finisher' in the batting order, the spinning all-rounder also offers his part-time turn should Mushfiqur require it. A real team man, he is happy to take on whatever role the situation demands and could be the man to get Bangladesh over the line if they are to record a victory in Sri Lanka.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt, wk), Abdur Razzak, Abul Hasan, Elias Sunny, Farhad Reza, Jahurul Islam, Junaid Siddique, Mahmadullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Ashraful, Nasir Hussain, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Ziaur Rahman.