Team Combination

Bangladesh make a comeback to the Champions Trophy
after 11 years with a fully fit squad with an eclectic
blend of class, youth and experience. They are likely
to go in with Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rehman
and Rubel Hossain as their pace spearheads, with
Mehedi Hasan and Shakib-al-Hasan as their lead spinners.
They also have part-timers Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain
to complete a plethora of spin options.

Bangladesh's batting has never looked more settled,
with perhaps the best top six in their ODI history.
Tamim Iqbal's extended run of form is a big boost at
the top of the innings, with able support from
Soumya Sarkar,Sabbir Rehman and the experienced trio
of Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah.
For the first time ever, Bangladesh's batting
could be their biggest strength.


Tamim Iqbal's average of 52.08 in the last 12 months is
nearly 20 runs above his career average of 33.15.
Curiously, he averages 68.75 while batting first and
merely 18.75 when batting second in this period.

Opponents and Key Tactics


Bangladesh play the tournament
opener against hosts England,
followed by matches against Australia
and New Zealand.


Bangladesh will want to repeat their heroics
from the last two World Cups where they got the
better of England on each occasion, and a common
theme in both those matches was a disciplined
bowling performance. The tactic will be to bat
first, put runs on the board and let the bowlers
stifle the opponents. Going by recent history,
if England bat first, they can bat any opponent
out of the game and that will be the biggest threat.
England have scored over 300 in five out of last six
games while batting first and letting them bat first
could result in a no contest.


The tactics against Australia won't be too different
from what they might plan for England, and if the pitch
at The Oval takes turn, the spinners could be in business.
Bangladesh will look to put pressure on the Australian
bowling with aggressive batting at the top and hope it
comes off. If they bowl first, the plan should be to
use as much spin as possible and penetrate early into
a shaky middle order. In the last 12 months, Australia
have a win-loss record of 8-5 while batting first and
8-6 while chasing and Bangladesh will be tempted to make
them chase.


Bangladesh are coming off a tri-series involving New Zealand
and while their batting put up decent totals, the bowlers
found it hard to pick up wickets. New Zealand lack the
aggression of the retired Brendon McCullum and have a
circumspect lower-order that can crack under pressure.
But a bowling unit full of quality fast bowlers in swinging
conditons will be a challenging prospect. They will feel
confident after clinically chasing 281 against New Zealand,
their first win against the opponent away from home.
Bangladesh have a 5-5 win-loss record against New Zealand
in the last 10 ODIs which makes this the least difficult
of the three games.

Recent ODI performances


Bangladesh had some preparation in Ireland
where the conditons aren't too different
from England. The batsmen struggled
to put enough runs on the board and
that will be their biggest worry in
England too. A drawn series in Sri Lanka
should offer some inspiration to a team
looking to make its presence felt.


Bangladesh last played an ODI in England
way back in 2010 losing 2-1 to the hosts.
Surprisingly, seven members from the current
squad were part of that tour too.


Predicted Outcome
Bangladesh have found themselves in a very
difficult group with no other subcontinent
side and it will be a surprise if they manage
to bag even one win. Playing fearless cricket
should be the way to go given there will be
pressure on their opponents to not lose.

Probable XI :

1. Tamim Iqbal
2. Soumya Sarkar
3. Sabbir Rehman
4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
5. Shakib-Al-Hasan
6. Mahmudullah Riyadh
7. Mosaddek Hossain
8. Mehedi Hasan Miraz
9. Mashrafe Mortaza (c)
10.Rubel Hossain
11.Mustafizur Rehman

Team Combination
Bangladesh make a comeback to the Champions Trophy after 11 years with a fully fit squad with an eclectic blend of class, youth and experience. They are likely to go in with Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rehman and Rubel Hossain as their pace spearheads, with Mehedi Hasan and Shakib-al-Hasan as their lead spinners. They also have part-timers Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain to complete a plethora of spin options.

Bangladesh's batting has never looked more settled, with perhaps the best top six in their ODI history.

Tamim Iqbal's extended run of form is a big boost at the top of the innings, with able support from Soumya Sarkar,Sabbir Rehman and the experienced trio of Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah. For the first time ever, Bangladesh's batting could be their biggest strength. Tamim Iqbal's average of 52.08 in the last 12 months is nearly 20 runs above his career average of 33.15. Curiously, he averages 68.75 while batting first and merely 18.75 when batting second in this period.

Opponents and Key Tactics
Bangladesh play the tournament opener against hosts England, followed by matches against Australia and New Zealand.

Bangladesh will want to repeat their heroics from the last two World Cups where they got the better of England on each occasion, and a common theme in both those matches was a disciplined bowling performance. The tactic will be to bat first, put runs on the board and let the bowlers stifle the opponents. Going by recent history, if England bat first, they can bat any opponent out of the game and that will be the biggest threat. England have scored over 300 in five out of last six games while batting first and letting them bat first could result in a no contest.

The tactics against Australia won't be too different from what they might plan for England, and if the pitch at The Oval takes turn, the spinners could be in business. Bangladesh will look to put pressure on the Australian bowling with aggressive batting at the top and hope it comes off. If they bowl first, the plan should be to use as much spin as possible and penetrate early into a shaky middle order. In the last 12 months, Australia have a win-loss record of 8-5 while batting first and 8-6 while chasing and Bangladesh will be tempted to make them chase.

Bangladesh are coming off a tri-series involving New Zealand and while their batting put up decent totals, the bowlers found it hard to pick up wickets. New Zealand lack the aggression of the retired Brendon McCullum and have a circumspect lower-order that can crack under pressure. But a bowling unit full of quality fast bowlers in swinging conditons will be a challenging prospect. They will feel confident after clinically chasing 281 against New Zealand, their first win against the opponent away from home. Bangladesh have a 5-5 win-loss record against New Zealand in the last 10 ODIs which makes this the least difficult of the three games.

Recent ODI performances
Bangladesh had some preparation in Ireland where the conditons aren't too different from England. The batsmen struggled to put enough runs on the board and that will be their biggest worry in England too. A drawn series in Sri Lanka should offer some inspiration to a team looking to make its presence felt.

Bangladesh last played an ODI in England way back in 2010 losing 2-1 to the hosts. Surprisingly, seven members from the current squad were part of that tour too.

Predicted Outcome
Bangladesh have found themselves in a very difficult group with no other subcontinent side and it will be a surprise if they manage to bag even one win. Playing fearless cricket should be the way to go given there will be pressure on their opponents to not lose.

Probable XI
1. Tamim Iqbal
2. Soumya Sarkar
3. Sabbir Rehman
4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
5. Shakib Al Hasan
6. Mahmudullah Riyadh
7. Mosaddek Hossain
8. Mehedi Hasan Miraz
10.Mashrafe Mortaza (c)
11.Rubel Hossain
12.Mustafizur Rehman