'Play like a family to win'
Despite the loss against Ireland in the last warm-up game, most Bangladesh ex- cricketers are of the opinion that the current national team have the quality to get through to the Super-8s of the ICC World Twenty20.
Former slow-left-arm bowler Mohammad Rafique stated that the players need to play with a 'cool' head in order to win their games. Once the main weapon in Bangladesh's bowling attack, the veteran stressed upon the need for a good team performance.
"Pakistan and New Zealand are both difficult sides. I don't think an individual can take us over the line. We need to play like a family to win these matches," said Rafique.
He warned that the conditions in Sri Lanka are difficult to play in and that the Tigers should adjust as soon as possible.
Former wicketkeeper-batsman Khaled Mashud reckoned that the Tigers have a good chance of winning their first game against New Zealand. "The Black Caps aren't very comfortable against spin and I think our boys should take full advantage," he said.
Mashud also expects his former colleague Abdul Razzaq to play a vital role in the tournament. "All the teams are thinking about ways to tackle Shakib (Al Hasan). Razzaq is an able bowler and should make use of this situation to spring a few good performances."
Former captain Roquibul Hassan stated that Bangladesh should make it through to the second round. He, however, was of the opinion that the team's batting order lacked 'firepower'.
"We have a good bowling and fielding unit, we just need to strengthen our batting order a bit more," he said.
Terming Mahmudullah Riyad a 'Sleeping Lion' Roquibul believed that apart from Shakib and Tamim, the off-spinning all-rounder will play a major role in the tournament. "I'd put my money on him (Riyad). He's got the ability to change the entire scenario of a game," he said.
Echoing Hassan's views, another former captain, Faruque Ahmed felt that the team's middle-order needed to be more consistent. "I watched the team play in Ireland and the batsmen were looking for big shots even when the required run-rate was quite manageable. We need to concentrate on this area," he said. He also reckoned that left-handed batsman Junaed Siddiqui could do well with the long handle and that he should make it through to the starting eleven.
Faruque's judgement was reflected in the last two warm-up games, where the Bangladesh middle order found it difficult to carry on the momentum set by the top three.