It is the only cricket playing South Asian country, which has not won the coveted trophy.
India has won it twice in 1983 and 2011. Pakistan and Sri Lanka has won it once.
Hasina has asked Bangladeshis to pray for the victory of the Bangladesh team in the World
Cup starting next month in Australia and New Zealand.
The Bangladesh team will leave Dhaka for New Zealand on Saturday to participate in the
11th World Cup.
Hasina told the cricketers, who went to meet her at Ganabhaban on Wednesday: “You have to
“I have the conviction that Bangladesh will certainly win the World Cup one day,” she added.
The prime minister advised the cricketers to boost their mental strength and remain free from
fears and worries.
“There is victory and defeat in sports, but you’ll have to play to win. Confidence and self
belief is the most important thing,” she said, reminding the Tigers of the 1971 Liberation
She said: “We’re the Royal Bengal tigers. We have to keep that in mind.”
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan also spoke on the occasion.
The prime minister unveiled Bangladesh team’s jersey after her speech.