Bangladesh is not content simply being favoured as a side that is capable of pulling off a few upsets in the World Cup. The time around they are setting their sights on a quarter final berth. Their captain Shakib Al Hasan is confident that his team will be able to achieve something special this World Cup. "We have to win at least four matches to win a place in the second round. It is not difficult."
Meanwhile, Bangaldesh's most experienced player Mohammad Ashraful said, "In that (2007) World Cup, we were hoping for an upset or two, but this time around we are firmly aiming for the quarter-finals. There is a significant change in the mentality."
Bangladesh is currently ranked in the top eight teams in ODIs, and have the advantage of playing all their World Cup group games at home. Their No. 8 ICC ranking is testimant to of their recent form - they won two home series in 2010, beating Zimbabwe 3-1 and New Zealand 4-0, and gave England a run for their money in an away series, losing 2-1.
Two of their World Cup matches will be against Associate teams Ireland and Netherlands, in which they will be favourites. They will also be hoping for possible wins against West Indies, who have sunk below them in the ODI rankings, at Mirpur, and England in Chittagong, while upsets against India and South Africa are also possibilities.
Bangladesh have proved that they are definitely no pushovers and can hold their own against, if not dominate, the big boys. The side uspet Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup and India and South Africa inthe 2007 edition, while seperately notching up victories against Australia, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Plus, since Jan 2009, Bangaldesh has a win-loss ratio of 50:50 from 46 matches. Will the side be able to pull off something special this World Cup?