Canada eye World Cup quarters

Dhaka, Feb 10 (AFP) Canada captain Ashish Bagai saidtoday his team was aiming for an upset win to boost theirhopes of qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals.

"We discussed our expectations and goals as a team," theIndia-born Bagai told reporters in the Bangladeshi capital.

"We talked about getting into the second round. Winsagainst Zimbabwe and Kenya and an upset against any of theother four teams is our goal.

"We''re prepared. We have just come from a training campin Dubai and we''re looking forward to two warm-up games beforemeeting Sri Lanka in our first match."

Canada open their campaign at Hambantota in Sri Lanka onFebruary 20. The other teams in group A are Australia,Pakistan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Kenya, with the top fouradvancing to the quarter-finals.

Bagai said the first game against Sri Lanka was crucial.

"It''s a new venue, even they (Sri Lanka) won''t know whatto expect, so it''s going to be tough," he said. "If we can getthrough a couple of their bowlers we have a good chance."

The Canadian captain said his side had a decent bowlingattack with Henry Osinde and Khurram Chohan leading the pack.

The North American cricket minnows first played at theWorld Cup in 1979 and their only win in the showpiece eventhas been against Bangladesh in 2003.

"I think that was a little older Bangladesh team," saidBagai. "Now Bangladesh have a very young side and they can bevery solid in home conditions."

The Canadian team play two warm up matches, againstBangladesh on Saturday and England on February 16, beforeheading to Sri Lanka for the main tournament. (AFP) SHN

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