Bangladesh arrive at their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup still looking for their first knockout appearance and they will believe that in 2015 it is a distinct possibility. Although they have Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka in their pool, they will expect to defeat Scotland and Afghanistan in Group A. Just one win against one of the former four heavyweights and a quarter-final berth may well be theirs.
The Tigers reached the 1999 World Cup after winning the 1997 ICC Trophy and shocked Pakistan in their final group match. In 2003 they suffered defeats in all their matches, including a humiliating loss at the hands of Canada. In 2007 they were far better after defeating India to qualify for the Super 8 stage, a virtual quarter-final round.
A few of the key players to watch in this year’s tournament include Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is dangerous in the latter part of the innings when he is well set and also picks up wickets with his left arm spinner. Moshrafe Mortaza is a fast bowler who leads the Bangladesh bowling attack and will relish the Australasian conditions as he looks to pick up wickets upfront with the new ball.
Prediction: Group Stage exit