Over the years, Bangladesh have done enough to shed the tag of underdogs, showing marked improvement across all formats. At the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, they have a chance to showcase just how far they have come in the shortest format of the game, ICC reports.
Bangladesh come into the tournament with nine T20I wins in the calendar year, only behind South Africa who have 12. In fact, since losing to New Zealand in March away from home, Bangladesh have been close to unstoppable in T20Is, registering series wins over Zimbabwe (2-1), Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (3-2).
With form on their side, Bangladesh are favourites to top Group B in the First Round where they have been drawn alongside Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea.
Ahead of their opening match against Scotland on 17 October, we take a look at their squad and their chances in the tournament.
Mahmud Ullah (Captain), Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain
Reserves: Rubel Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob
17 October – v Scotland
19 October – v Oman
21 October – v Papua New Guinea