World Cup 2023 PAK vs BAN: Bangladesh Eyeing For The Champions Trophy Spot

World Cup 2023, BAN vs PAK

After 5 straight losses in 6 matches, Bangladesh is all but eliminated from the semi-final race in the World Cup 2023. However, captain Shakib Al Hasan told the press that his team is prepared to give it their all in the upcoming match against Pakistan in the Eden Gardens with the Champions Trophy qualification in mind.

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Bangladesh and Pakistan have been one of the most underperforming teams in the World Cup this year. The coming match is going to be crucial for both teams as Pakistan is fishing for a win to keep their semi-final hopes alive while Bangladesh, who is practically eliminated, will be looking for their spot in the Champions Trophy.

Following a strong start against Afghanistan, Bangladesh lost five straight close games, the most agonising of which was an 87-run loss to the Netherlands on Saturday, effectively eliminating them from the semifinal race. But in order for the Tigers to advance to the 2025 Champions Trophy, which Pakistan will host, they must win their final three games: first against Pakistan, then against Sri Lanka in New Delhi, and finally against Australia in Pune.

Pakistan, being a host nation, is readily qualified for the Champions Trophy. To them, this match is crucial for keeping their slimmest chance of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.

The teams have a lot on the line, with Pakistan trying to qualify for the World Cup and Bangladesh hoping to win their spot in the Champions Trophy.

Grant Bradburn, the coach of Pakistan, has acknowledged Bangladesh as a formidable foe and is conscious of the pressure the Tigers may put on his players.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan is also more concerned with enhancing his team’s performance despite their four-game losing streak. The team is also eager to perform better and win for their nation and fans.