The eighth ICC Men's T20 World Cup has begun on Sunday with a group-stage match between Sri Lanka and Namibia at Geelong's Simonds Stadium in Australia.
The first of 45 matches at the tournament will see Round 1 get underway in style, with Group A favourites Sri Lankan taking on a Namibia side who have high hopes of progressing to the Super 12 stage.
The match started at 10:00 am as per Bangladesh time.
A total of 16 teams are participating in the T20 World Cup. Eight teams will fight for the Super 12s stage in the first phase where the top four of them will qualify for that. Bangladesh will directly take part in the Super 12s.
The Tigers will start their World Cup campaign by taking on the runners-up of Group A of the first round on October 24 in Hobart.
Ahead of the event, the captains of all the participating teams have a media session in Melbourne where they had a great meeting with each other. Captains took part in photo sessions and answered the questions of the media representatives.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said they are hopeful of doing well in Australia. He also said this is the first time when Bangladesh are going to play T20I matches in Australia. It made surprised most of the present because T20I has been played since 2006 and Bangladesh are going to play their first T20I in Australia.
Bangladesh made two changes to their main T20 World Cup squad adding Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam overlooking underperforming batter Sabbir Rahman and allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin.