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Mahmudullah backs all-rounders for World T20 success

ICC World T20 fixtures revealed

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 17th August, 2021 10:37:00 PM
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Mahmudullah backs all-rounders for World T20 success
Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah (left) and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim are seen during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital on Tuesday. – TANVIN TAMIM

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Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah feels that the Tigers have a balanced side to go far in the upcoming ICC World T20 scheduled in UAE and Oman and backed his all-rounders to do the trick in the shortest format.

“It’s a very important tournament for all teams and especially for our team. We are playing a few series before the T20 World Cup and if we can do well, get a bit of confidence, try to win those series before the World Cup starts, it will be a big boost for our team,” Mahmudullah was quoted in the ICC website.

“In a tournament like the T20 World Cup, every match is equally important. Whoever you are playing, you have to be on the top from the first ball, you have to be in the right frame of mind and focus on the team processes so you can win every game.

“Our strength has been our all-rounders and our bowling department. Having said that, our batting is also very good and we have a good balance. We have five or six all-rounders, who can bat and bowl. Our fast bowlers are doing an incredible job at the moment. Our spinners are our strength as well. If they can put up their hand in a few matches, hopefully, we will have some good results,” he added.

 

The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced the fixtures of the showpiece event and Bangladesh will take on Scotland in one of two opening day games of the qualifying round at Oman Cricket Academy ground in Muscat on October 17.

The Tigers will take on Oman on October 19 while they will face Papua New Guinea in their last Group B qualifying round match at the same venue.

Sri Lanka are placed in Group A along with Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia as the top two teams from each qualifying group will advance to the Super 12s.

Australia will play South Africa and holders West Indies meet England in Group 1 matches on October 23 at the start of the Super 12s, which will eventually decide the four semi-finalists.

Incidentally, Mahmudullah also returned to the field on the same day to get prepared for the upcoming international assignment against New Zealand following a one-week break after their historic series win over Australia at home.

 

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo, who along with other coaching staff also returned to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, had a long chat with the T20 skipper during the individual net session.

Mahmudullah was joined also by some of his teammates -- Nurul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das at the SBNS.

The 35-year old also backed the depth of his team and was hopeful of doing well in the tournament.

“Shakib has been the number one all-rounder and the most valuable player in our team. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman are also very important. Others like Afif (Hossain), Shamim (Hossain) and Sohan (Nurul Hasan) are really keen to do well for themselves and the team as well, and those are the youngsters to look out for,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, the spotlight will be on the Group 2 India-Pakistan contest on October 24 in Dubai, with the two rival nations only meeting in multi-nation events due to tensions over Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory.

The two Asian giants last met at the 2019 50-over World Cup in England, where India won -- maintaining their unbeaten record against Pakistan in World Cups.

England, the 2009 winners, will take on Australia in another key clash on October 30 in Dubai.

The tournament, which will be hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was originally meant to take place in Australia at the end of 2020.

But it was called off as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe.

It was meant to be held in India this year but was moved to the United Arab Emirates and Oman after the South Asian giant was hit by a massive surge in virus cases in April and May.

The matches will be held across four venues -- Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium and Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

The final will be in Dubai on November 14 with a reserve day kept aside on November 15.