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Bangladesh coach eyes Champions Trophy spot


Bangladesh cricket team’s coach Dav Whatmore is hoping his team can qualify for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in India in October.

“We have a reasonable chance to do well and qualify in the Champions Trophy and that is our number one objective now,” Whatmore told reporters at Dhaka airport on their return from a tour of Africa on Friday.

Bangladesh beat Kenya 3-0 in a One-day International (ODI) series last week after losing 3-2 to Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh will play Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe in the qualifying phase of the Champions Trophy between October 7 and 15. “We are in the playoff and we need to put our best foot forward,” Whatmore said.

The top two teams will qualify for the main competition from October 15 to November 5.

“We have to beat Zimbabwe, preferably Sri Lanka and the West Indies or one of these two and it seems not very unrealistic though we have to work hard,” Whatmore said.
Source:The News

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