Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said on Monday that their next challenge would be doing well in the forthcoming Champions Trophy as it would showcase their potential in global stage.
Nazmul announced their next major goal a day after Bangladesh’s maiden Test win against Sri Lanka in their 100th Test appearances at P. Sara Oval in Colombo.
The four-wicket win not only helped the visitors level the two-Test series but also earned them huge round of applauds from different corner considering it was their rare away Test win against a major cricketing nation playing with their full strength.
Bangladesh will play the Champions Trophy, 50-over tournament, with seven leading teams, scheduled to be held from June 1-18 in England.
The Trophy of the event now is in Dhaka since March 18 as part of its travel to all eight participating nations and the silverware was taken to different iconic locations of the capital on Monday including national parliament premises for an official photo session.
‘Champions Trophy is our next challenge,’ Nazmul told reporters after the photo session. ‘We are concerned about how we would play in England because no one seemed to doing well over there and moreover we are placed in a difficult group,’ said Nazmul.
Bangladesh, however, have job in hand before the Champions Trophy in UK as they are scheduled to play three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka from March 25 to April 6.
Nazmul added that recent success helped them to grow their confidence as they are not afraid to play any nation while their eventual goal is to become the World Champions.
Bangladesh played their maiden ICC World Cup quarter-final during the last edition in Australia-New Zealand where they defeated England among others.
‘Our main aim is to become world champions. It is not an easy job and the best team always doesn’t clinch the trophy,’ said Nazmul.
‘We have the desire and we are preparing accordingly,’ he said.
‘The bonding that has been developed inside the team as well as their self-belief and extreme desire to win made it hopeful. Most importantly we are not afraid to play against any side in the world,’ he said.
‘Earlier they [big teams] did not take us seriously but now we are sure every team would play us with their full strength. They are looking at us is a different manner assessing our strength,’ he said.
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