It could possibly be the adolescent stage of another cricketing rivalry when host Bangladesh takes field against Afghanistan in the opening game of World T20. On the very first of this month Afghanistan gave Bangladesh and its fans a harsh moment when they stunned them in the Asia cup game and thus gave birth to new rivalry.
Bangladesh will have that in the back of their mind and will be under immense pressure in front of home crowd as feisty Afghanistan throws at them a stern challenge and tigers will be up for “revenge”. Bangladesh will have the services of opener Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hassan, both of whom missed the Asia Cup game against Afghanistan. T20 format suits Bangladesh well as they play the firebrand form of cricket.
Afghanistan has pretty balanced bowling side, have variety in pace and spin but their batsmen loose the temperament to play long innings they perhaps are not that patient enough to stick around and this could prove blessing in disguise in shorter format of the game. That’s where they can give Bangladesh a head ache. They have drafted two T20 specialist batsmen in their squad Najeeb Tarakai and Shafiqullah.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt, wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Shamsur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mirwais Ashraf, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Shappoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Hamza Hotak, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Stanikzai, Nawroz Mangal, Aftab Alam.