Bangladesh might have surprised quite a few people by reaching the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy 2017, but someone who isn't shocked by this achievement is chief selector and former captain Habibul Bashar.
Speaking to Times of India, Bashar said, "This performance has to be the pinnacle of our cricket history. When this tournament was first held in Bangladesh back in 1998, we didn't even feature in it. But now, we are in the semi-finals and have come a long way. Everyone knows how obsessed we are about cricket in Bangladesh and this performance justifies the faith people have in this team. We have won bilateral series before but doing well in ICC competitions has been our goal,"
Bashar also said that the self belief shown by the team was the key reason for this performance, "This side has players who have been playing together for a few years and know each other's game well. There is a lot of positivity in the team and players believe in themselves a lot. There is a healthy mix of youth and experience in our side,"
The former captain added that the team should continue to make the nation proud, "This team does have the potential to go the distance. But I don't want to put any pressure on this side and just hope they keep making us proud as they have done so far."