Optimism runs high within the Bangladeshi camp.

Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign has seen promising warm-up games against Sri Lanka and England, building anticipation for their opening match against Afghanistan at Dharamshala’s Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. While concerns loom about their batting performance against Afghanistan’s spin attack, Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s focus is on realistic expectations for the tournament.

“We all want to win the World Cup, but realistically, if we win four to five games, we give ourselves a chance to reach the semifinals in the knockout stage. That’s our first aim,” he stated during a recent press conference.

Hathurusingha also clarified his intention to alleviate the pressure on players after his comments urging people to be pragmatic about World Cup expectations. He emphasized, “We’re trying to have a good World Cup and win matches. Our aim is to get into the semifinal, whether you call it a dream or an aim – it doesn’t matter.

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The outcome of Bangladesh’s matches will be heavily influenced by the game conditions, with Dharamshala known for aiding swing bowling despite not being extremely cold. The team will rely on their resurgent pace unit, but skipper Shakib Al Hasan has shown the effectiveness of slower bowlers like Mahedi Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, and Nasum Ahmed in restricting runs and creating pressure.

Chandika Hathurusingha highlighted the importance of adapting tactics based on the pitch and match situation, leaving decisions on the use of bowling resources to the captain.

Bangladesh boasts a relatively young squad, including four players from the 2020 U-19 World Cup-winning team. While Shoriful Islam and Tawhid Hridoy have consistently performed, Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Tanzim Hasan Sakib may also play vital roles. Hathurusingha believes that the presence of these young talents injects energy and positivity into the team.

With the World Cup being a quadrennial event, excitement and high hopes run through the entire squad and staff. They aspire to make the most of this significant event in the ICC calendar and aim to savor the experience while aiming for success.

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