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Bangladesh Twenty20 prospects

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2009 18:04 IST

Reuters
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Bangladesh factbox for the Twenty20 World Cup opening at Lord's in London on Friday:

Strengths

The shortest format provides Bangladesh with the best opportunity to beat established sides. Possess talented batsmen in skipper Mohammad Ashraful and the 20-year-old Tamim Iqbal.

Weaknesses

Bangladesh have struggled to find their feet in international cricket. Inconsistent players lose confidence in their abilities when put under pressure.

Key Player

Shakib Al Hasan is a fine all-rounder, taking seven for 36 in a test innings against New Zealand last year and scoring 108 in a one-dayer against Pakistan in Multan.

Odds: 40/1

Squad

Mohammad Ashraful (captain), Zunaed Siddique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Roqibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Abdur Razzak, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Naeem Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Syed Rasel.