Bangladesh travel almost 19,000 miles from Dhaka to Port-of-Spain to Colombo over the next two weeks to take on opponents as varied as Barbados, Afghanistan and Trinidad & Tobago in warm-up matches in Colombo and the Caribbean. Their target, though, is further down the line: on September 21, when they take on New Zealand in their World Twenty20 opener.
"The primary objective in the World Cup is to qualify from the first round," Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus said on the eve of the team's departure for the West Indies, where they play in a four-nation Twenty20 tournament as the BCB XI. "We need to play our best game on both days. They [New Zealand and Pakistan, their second opponents] are good sides, we have to respect them."