Taskin Ahmed has been one of Bangladesh's best bowlers in the recent past © Getty Images
Taskin Ahmed has been one of Bangladesh’s best bowlers in the recent past © Getty Images

Having qualified with three wins out of three in the qualifying round, Bangladesh went into the Super 10 stage with a lot of confidence and a lot to prove. Their Super 10 campaign did not begin well as they were thrashed by Pakistan in their first match. They take on Australia next and will also play New Zealand and India in the latter stages of the tournament. Bangladesh are certainly not one of the favourites to win the T20 World Cup 2016. Their chances of making it to the semi-final took a further setback when their strike bowler Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny were suspended due to illegal action by the ICC. READ: Full Scorecard: Australia vs Bangladesh, Live Score, 22nd T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2

Taskin has been a key figure for Bangladesh in the beginning of the innings. His accurate bowling puts pressure on the batsmen, which eventually leads to a wicket. He is an excellent death bowler as well and with an overall economy of just over six is testament to what an excellent performer he has been. Sunny, on the other hand, has been used very often in the Powerplay overs and more often than not has done the job for his captain.

Bangladesh have a good but inexperienced bench strength. Mashrafe Mortaza, who often bowls first or second change, will have to shoulder the responsibility of picking up wickets. With Mustafizur Rahman having not fully recovered from his injury sustained in the Asia Cup T20, Bangladesh have somewhat of a mini crisis. Shuvagata Hom and Kamrul Islam Rabbi have been included in the squad.  They have another fast bowler in Muktar Ali as well. Muktar made his international debut against Zimbabwe recently. Barring Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mortaza, the bowling does not make a good reading. READ: Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny suspended for illegal bowling actions during T20 World Cup

Part-timers like Sabbir Rahman too can roll his arm around for a couple of overs. But with the absence of Taskin and Sunny, there is a major imbalance in the team. Bangladesh’s batting looks far more stronger than their bowling. Teams like Australia, India and New Zealand will be ruthless in their approach when they face this attack. Neither the Bangladesh coach nor players are happy with the ban of their bowlers, which was made clear by Chandika Hathurusingha, who questioned the timing of the ICC, imposing a suspension during a crucial tournament. But Bangladesh have to move on and cannot use this as an excuse if they perform poorly.

If every player available in the squad gives their 100 per cent, there is no reason why Bangladesh cannot spring a surprise or two in the tournament. They still have three games left and are still very much alive in the tournament.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)