<i>'It's World Cup, guys'</i>
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise how serious the business of playing the World Cup is. Everyone and everything have only one target in mind and you will get sucked into the mindset as soon as you enter the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
And as the time draws nearer, the anxiety is palpable and even those with nothing to do, seems doubly busy. Among the Tigers, the level of anticipation is similar as they juggle their training schedule alongside several media commitments.
Even the seniormost member of the current squad, Abdur Razzak, has to adhere by team rules so when coach Jamie Siddons wanted to sit with the 15-member squad ahead of yesterday's evening practice session, the left-arm spinner's dash to join his teammates summed up the mood.
"I am hoping to do something good in the India match… Brother, I have to go now," was the last thing Razzak said before he ran off to the centre of the Mirpur ground.
The Tigers were hard in training as they prepare for the big event, but as the countdown gets smaller everyday, focus seemed to be firmly fixed on what the players were targeting at an individual level. But the 28-year-old however refused to make any such predictions.
"We are preparing well, and now that we are working under lights you never know. We might reach the quarterfinals, semifinals or even the final, you can't really tell," said Razzak.
Though he missed a bit of cricket in the last four years, Razzak is considered as the one with most experience as he is one of the six players who were in the 2007 World Cup squad and has 111 one-day internationals under his belt. But he was sure that everyone else in the team knew their responsibility well.
"Everyone has equal responsibility in the team. Of course I will offer my help to them but it is down to the individual to do his own job. I hope the team does well through my contributions.
"That [2007 World Cup team] was the best during that time and this is the best team we've got at the moment. Of course there are differences as cricket in this country is improving day by day," he said.
Razzak was also aware of the added excitement attached to a home World Cup.
"We are playing at home so the excitement is more for everyone including you guys and the countrymen."