Canada aim to take confidence from Bangla win

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 17:29 PM IST

Mumbai: Bangladesh`s upset victory over England and the absence of rival skipper Daniel Vettori will serve as morale booster for Canada during their Group A clash against New Zealand at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday, skipper Ashish Bagai said on Saturday.

"Yeah that was a great match, a great advertisement for cricket. Bangladesh played a fantastic game, came back well in the end. Yeah it will given us confidence, given that it is a one-day game and anything can happen," Bagai told reporters.

Bagai said though the Kiwis are a dangerous side even without Vettori, who will miss the match following a strain in a ligament of his right knee, the left-arm spinner`s absence will give Canada more confidence.

"Of course (it will gives us confidence). He is one of their better bowlers. He`s got tons of experience. Any team will miss a player like that if you are in his side. But they still have a quality attack as they showed in the game against Pakistan without him. (They) had a great game. But it (Vettori`s absence) does give us a bit of confidence," he said.

The Delhi-born 29-year-old said his team had partly achieved the target it had set for itself for the mega event by defeating Kenya in their previous match.

"The target we had was to win against Zimbabwe and Kenya. We didn`t bat well against Zimbabwe. We had a decent game against Kenya. If we can finish the last few games well that would be good," he remarked.

Stating that the team`s batting had been disappointing in the first three games, the wicket-keeper exhorted the senior members of his squad to take more responsibility.

"First three games and the practices games, it was disappointing with the bat. We talked about having some self-belief for the guys coming in, getting to another level. Yes, we have a few young guys up the order who are struggling.”

"I still feel that senior guys like me, John (Davison) and Rizwan (Cheema) have to take some responsibility. We didn`t do that. Hopefully, for the last two games, we can use the last game (against Kenya) as a confidence booster for us," he said.

To a query, Bagai said senior all-rounder Davison, who was moved down the batting order in the team`s previous game, had been handed a new responsibility, that of guiding the inexperienced lower-order.

"I won`t say we demoted John Davison. He`s got a different role in the side. (He) struggled with the bat up the order. We thought his experience may come in handy down the order. There may be a few guys with different roles as well," he said.

Bagai again urged the ICC, which has decided to have only the top 10 teams for the next edition of the quadrennial event in Australia-New Zealand in 2015, to provide the associate teams with more competitive games ahead of the World Cup.

"Every game for us is very important in the sense that we don`t get to play a lot of competition games. So it`s a time for us to test ourselves what we have achieved in the last four years. We are getting better and better with each game, the performances, if you have noticed, is getting better and better with each game," he said.

"We would like to have more competition in the four years leading up to the World Cup. As a captain and a player I find that`s the more important part. Leading up to the World Cup, if you can get more competition (it`s good).

"After we have qualified for the World Cup, teams like us don`t have regular matches, which is important leading up to the World Cup because World Cup is a finished product. It is more about the process. A couple of matches against the big sides and the smaller teams will help us," he added.

New Zealand`s stand-in captain for the match, Ross Taylor suggested earlier that the way to go for the ICC would be to have a 12-team World Cup four years hence.

"Some of the minnows, so to speak, (like) Ireland upset England, but whether they will make the top-10 teams, I am not sure. But 12 teams may be the way to go. It would be interesting to see the way the minnows are playing. A few more upsets and we may see it them more," he said on the eve of his side`s match against lightweights Canada.