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He will be playing his 4th CWC presence next month and believed the format for this edition, in which all 10 participating teams play each other in the round-robin stage, would be challenging.
Though, given BAN have a few experienced players in their 15-man team; he said the side could do well. “It’s a tough format, but every team will get an equal chance to prove their skill through it,” he told reporters on Sunday, 28 April. “I can say the format is more comfortable for Bangladesh.
“Having most experienced players in the team, this is the strongest CWC team that Bangladesh has ever had. We lost many finals in the recent past. Maybe, a big achievement is waiting for us in the future.”
Asked if that meant his side was capable of winning the CWC, he said: “It’s not impossible. It’s tough but possible. I, in my opinion, believe that we have the capability to reach the knockout stages, and anything can happen if we can reach that point.”
Rahim was also confident of showing his best at the biggest stage. “Everyone wants to do well in a big event. I think I’m no exception,” he said. “I have played three CWC and scored runs for my country. It’s going to be my fourth CWC. I’ll try to do something remarkable.
“I’ll be playing in the event to surpass all the previous records of mine. As a batsman, I’ll try to help the team according to my experience.”
Rahim acknowledged it was likely to be Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s last CWC, and said the team was determined to honor him with a “special” performance.
“There are expectations and pressure in every international game as you is representing a nation, and it’s a matter of huge pride and honor,” said Rahim. “This may be our last world cup together if Mashrafe bhai is unable to play the next CWC. We all want to do something unusual, at least for Mashrafe bhai.”
Bangladesh’s CWC training will begin in serious when they leave for Ireland on 1 May to contribute in a tri-nation series, involving the hosts and West Indies. It will be their first series after being blanked 3-0 in New Zealand,
Rahim admitted: “the upcoming Ireland series is very important to regroup as a unit.”
Their CWC campaign begins on 2 June at The Oval against South Africa.
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