Shakib believes series wins against Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe will boost Bangladesh's chances at T20 World Cup

ICMD, Oct 16, 2021: Bangladesh's star all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan believes that series wins against Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe will boost their chances at the T20 World Cup despite a record which shows just one victory at the tournament since 2007. Bangladesh will have to take part in the qualifying round at the 2021 event starting in the United Arab Emirates and Oman on Sunday. But Shakib believes the recent wins in Dhaka have toughened the side at the right time. "I think we have a good chance in the World Cup. We had a good preparation. The big reason for this is that we won those three series," said Shakib. "When a team keeps winning, it builds a winning mentality, it takes confidence to a new level." The Tigers go into qualifying against Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea seeking one of two places to take part in the main Super 12 competition. Now sixth in the ICC Twenty20 rankings, they are among the favourites to get through. The team's limited over fortunes have been boosted by the good form of fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman -- a standout performer at the Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals. Bangladesh have also discovered a new generation of batters in Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim to back captain Mahmudullah Riyad. But the wins against Australia and New Zealand were against weakened touring sides on slow pitches that perfectly suited Bangladesh's game. And not everyone is optimistic about Bangladesh's improved showing having an effect at the World Cup. "We have not won a game in the main round since 2007. I can only hope that this situation will change this time," former captain Mohammad Ashraful told AFP. "I am expecting two wins against Afghanistan and Ireland (if they qualify). Anything more than this will be a big achievement," he said. -- AFP