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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in a three-match series in July
  • They then beat second-string Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (3-2) sides
  • Shakib and Mustafizur Rahman will be playing in the IPL before the T20 World Cup

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has said that the team has built a “winning mentality” going into the T20 World Cup and wins in their three T20I series will only boost their confidence. Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in a three-match series in July before beating second-string Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (3-2) sides in the following months.

“We have built a winning mentality, which will help us be confident in the World Cup,” Shakib said. “I think we are well prepared, by winning these last three series.

“Such a winning streak takes confidence to a different level. You wouldn’t have it if you played well but lost. We want to go to the World Cup with confidence.”

Shakib and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman are the only Bangladesh players who will play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will take place in the UAE immediately before the World Cup.

“I am hopeful that the IPL will help everyone,” he said. “We will be spending time in those conditions, play matches too. ‘Mustafiz’ (Mustafizur) and I can share the experience with the rest of the team.

“Our team will be in Oman at least 15-16 days before the World Cup, which is enough time for acclimatising with conditions and wickets.”

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