EMERGING HERO: At Dhaka on 25 March the 20-year-old Mehrab Hossain became the first batsman to score a century for Bangladesh. The right-handed opener is unlikely to repeat the feat in the World Cup but he could hardly have come to maturity - after only five appearances - with better timing.
ACHILLES' HEEL: The expectation of a nation. Supporters have overestimated the qualities of their side but so far they have simply been denied enough matches against better opposition.
HISTORICAL POINT: Azhar Hossain, Mehrab's uncle, scored the country's first half-century for against New Zealand, in Sharjah on 28 April 1990. Mind you, his 54 came after the Kiwis had scored 338 for 4.
SILLY POINT: Bangladesh will probably suffer from nerves because of the crowds. Chelmsford, where they start, can hold only 5,500 - about 25,000 fewer than they are accustomed to.
RECORD: First appearance.
SQUAD: Aminul Islam (capt), Shahriar Hossain, Mehrab Hossain, Khaled Mahmud, Faruk Ahmed, Akram Khan, Naimur Rahman, Khaled Mashud, Enamul Hoque, Mohammad Rafique, Neeyamur Rashid, Jahangir Alam, Manjural Islam, Shafiuddin Ahmed, Hasibul Hussain.
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