Iqbal: Bangladesh should not be seen as underdogs

“If we can execute our plans we will be very tough to beat by even the best in the world”

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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has pointed out that people shouldn’t see his side as underdogs going into the Champions Trophy.

Bangladesh will begin their campaign against England, who will be hosting the event, at The Oval on Thursday.

In addition to England, Bangladesh will also go up against Australia and New Zealand on June 5 and 9 respectively.

Even though Bangladesh will have their work cut out for them, Iqbal insisted that his side will fight till the end.

“I don’t like to put a tag or something like that,” he told The Daily Star. “We have been preparing ourselves well for the tournament. We are trying to execute our plans.”

The 28-year-old, who made a spectacular 102 in the warm-up game against Pakistan on Saturday, added that he sees Bangladesh as one of the toughest sides in the competition.

“We have got five to six players who are very experienced,” he said. “We have now got a very talented young batch who have got the experience of 30-40 one-day games. And if we can execute our plans we will be very tough to beat by even the best in the world.”

 

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