Dhaka: Bangladesh might bring in former captain Mohammad Ashraful in the team for their World Cup match against Ireland on Friday.

The decision came after they lost their opening match against India.

Ashraful is Bangladesh's most successful one-day batsman, but was astonishingly left out of the team's inaugural game, which the hosts lost by 87 runs.

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons said there was a good chance of Ashraful coming back in the side for the second match.

"There's a chance, but it's one of a few options we have. We will consider all our options, one of which is also sticking to the same team and give everyone another chance," Siddons said.

Ashraful has scored 3,360 runs in 164 one-dayers but he has often faced criticism for playing rash shots.

Siddons said the match against Ireland is crucial as a loss could spell the end of Bangladesh's World Cup dream.

Interestingly, Ireland had beaten Bangladesh in the previous edition of the event in the West Indies.

(Agencies)