Bangladesh prepare to take on 'favourites' England in Champions Trophy opener

Bangladesh suffered a dispiriting warm-up for their Champions Trophy opener against England as they crashed to a 240-run defeat against India yesterday.

"Even during the 2013 Champions Trophy, the Indian team was a far better side and this time around, too, we have a complete team which is much better than the Pakistanis at the moment. I just feel that he's a no-nonsense kind of player, doesn't fake it out there, is all about his great skill that he has and ability to win games out of nowhere... it's Lionel Messi". But, if you miss the ball and get clean bowled - a bug which plays the role of an umpire will come out of the ground to declare the decision. He has practised today so we are hoping that by the time the first match comes he will be able to play, " he added.

This match at The Oval is expected to go one way, but there is an injury cloud hanging over one of those men that England rely on heavily. "It will be the same for both teams and I think fans will enjoy the game", he said.

Coming out to bat, though England lost an early wicket of Jason Roy, the partnership between Alex Hales and Joe Root of 159 runs took the game completely away from the Bangla bowlers.

On Monday, across London at Lord's, England collapsed to 20 for six in five overs - the worst start in one-day worldwide history - against the South Africa new-ball duo of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell.

"The other thing also, is that we have some exciting youngsters like Mustafizur and Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, those players are also in our side".

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As a host nation, England will be looking to win the tournament for the first time this year.

He added: "England are a very good side".

The Champions Trophy, back for an eighth edition, begins on Thursday and will go on till June 18, 2017.

He said that the motto of this team was to raise the bar. Images captured by the drone will provide "rich visual data on pitch conditions such as [the amount of] grass cover, grass health and topology, which will be used to generate daily pitch reports leveraged by commentators during broadcasts".

Pakistan opener Azhar Ali sought to play down the hype over their high-profile ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match against arch-rivals India, saying they are treating it as a "normal" game despite the soaring expectations.

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