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Five points to know about the 2014 World T20 preliminary stage

Mirpur: ICC 2014 World T20 is about to start from 16th March with its preliminary rounds in which 8 minnows will be competing each other. Top two teams will qualify to super-10 stage of the

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk Updated on: March 15, 2014 6:25 IST

HOME CHALLENGE: Bangladesh is under pressure to perform on home soil. The test-ranked country has been grouped with an up-and-coming team from Afghanistan, Nepal and Hong Kong in Group A. Bangladesh recently lost a one day international to Afghanistan in Asia Cup, so there will be some nervous moments when those teams meet again in T20 format. Only one team advances from each preliminary pool to the Super 10 stage. The Mushfiqur Rahim-led Bangladesh team has been in indifferent form, having lost 2-0 in a recent T20 series against Sri Lanka, as well as seven consecutive defeats in ODIs, including the loss to Afghanistan at the Asia Cup. Bangladesh's record in the World T20 hasn't been impressive; its only win in the competition was against the West Indies in the inaugural edition in South Africa seven years ago.

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