T20 World Cup 2020: Shakib Al Hasan is confident to do well despite qualification snub
Bangladesh failed to earn direct qualification into the T20 World Cup 2020.
Updated - Jan 1, 2019 10:14 pm
Bangladesh has been an improved team in ODIs since 2015 winning 9 out of 13 series in this span of 4 years. The Tigers in the year 2015 had a great run in the home season as they won 5 series on a trot which was against big teams like Pakistan, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe and England. On the other hand, they couldn’t find success in the shortest format of the game. Shakib Al Hasan the team’s T20I skipper is focused on improving themselves in that area.
In the last 10 T20I series Bangladesh has just managed to win one. On the 1st day of 2019, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have not qualified for Super 12 stages of T20 World Cup in 2020 which is set to be held in Australia. The Tigers had an ordinary 2018 having lost to Sri Lanka, West Indies at home and Afghanistan in an away series played in India.
They won only one series against Windies in the USA. As of now, they are not scheduled to play a T20I series this year but are like to play against Australia, India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka as the fixtures are yet to be finalized.
Shakib confident of making it to super 12s
Skipper Shakib is not perturbed and is confident that his side will go to Super 12s despite having their form in T20Is. “We have not secured a direct Super 12s berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament by going through the group stage,” he was quoted as saying by bdcrictime.
The top 10 teams of T20I rankings qualified for the T20 World Cup. Out of them, the top eight teams will get direct qualification after the deadline of December 31, 2018. Looking at the current scenario Pakistan, India, South Africa, England, New Zealand, West Indies and Afghanistan will have a direct entry whereas number 9 Sri Lanka and number 10 Bangladesh will have to compete with six other qualifying teams in the group stage. Top 4 teams of the group stage will feature in super 12s.