Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal today said that the format of next year’s ICC World Cup in England would be challenging for the Tigers.
“The format of next year’s World Cup will be challenging for us. We will have to win five to six games if we are to progress into the knockout stage,” Tamim told reporters at the BCB headquarters in Mirpur today.
The next World Cup will feature ten teams and it will be a round robin format where each team will play against each other from where top four finishers will advance into the semifinals. It is a format last featured in the 1992 World Cup.
Tamim however said that consistency would be the key to succeed in such a long schedule where each team will play nine games in the group stage.
The left-hander is currently going through a rehab for his injured left knee.
“It will probably take another two weeks to recover. I’m not having any problem batting in the nets but still started running,” said the experienced batsman.
Bangladesh will play their opening World Cup match against South Africa at The Oval on June 2. Their final group league game is against Pakistan on July 5 at Lord’s.