ICC World Twenty20: Under-pressure Bangladesh take on upbeat Afghanistan

ICC World Twenty20 hosts Bangladesh, who will be boosted by the return of opener Tamim Iqbal and pacer Mashrafe Mortaza, will look to avenge their Asia Cup defeat when they play Afghanistan in the tournament opener.

updated: March 16, 2014 10:50 IST
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Hosts Bangladesh will take on Afghanistan in the qualifying round of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. After ending their Asia Cup campaign with four straight defeats, Bangladesh will look to come back stronger in the tournament. After a lot of speculation over security concern due to political unrest in the country, Bangladesh held on as the hosts for the ICC event.

Premier batsman Tamim Iqbal along with off-spinner Sohag Gazi and pacer Mashrafe Mortaza will be back to bolster Bangladesh for the World Twenty20. A lot will also rest on the shoulders of skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan, who can make their experience count.

The tournament, which runs until April 6, will be played under heavy security after election violence at the turn of the year raised fears that Bangladesh's biggest sporting event could be moved elsewhere.

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