WT20: Bangladesh meets Oman in crucial match

Bangladesh should be happy with its strong batting line-up and overall balance. However, the lack of enough inputs about a lesser-known Oman may pose a few problems. Oman, which has a disciplined attack and some explosive batsmen, is full of self-belief after its thrilling victory over Ireland. It is keen to replicate its courageous performance here the other night to script history of sorts.

Heath Streak, the Bangladesh bowling coach, is confident that paceman Taskin Ahmed's action will be cleared.   -  PTI

Confidence will be the watchword for favourite Bangladesh and underdog Oman when they lock horns in a do-or-die World T20 qualifier at the HPCA Stadium here on Sunday.

Bangladesh may be the highest-ranked team in the pool but at present — with two of its bowlers, pacer >Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner >Arafat Sunny, reported for suspect bowling action — it is trying to cope with the crisis.

Read: >Sunny to undergo test at the ICC-accredited laboratory

The unavailability of injured left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman has increased Bangladesh’s concern for Taskin. Even as Sunny went to Chennai on Saturday for testing and was expected to join the squad on Sunday, Taskin stayed on with the team.

Bowling coach Heath Streak and other support staff made Taskin watch the video footage of his action and gave the young bowler some confidence ahead of the crucial fixture.

“He (Taskin) and I are 100 per cent confident that he will be cleared. I have looked at the footage from when I had started till now and there is no change in his action...I honestly believe he is fine and is going to play an important part for us in the World Cup,” asserted Streak.

Bangladesh should be happy with its strong batting line-up and overall balance. However, the lack of enough inputs about a lesser-known Oman may pose a few problems.

Oman, which has a disciplined attack and some explosive batsmen, is full of self-belief after its thrilling victory over Ireland. It is keen to replicate its courageous performance here the other night to script history of sorts.

“Bangladesh is a strong side but we are confident of giving our best,” said Oman captain >Sultan Ahmed.