Bangladesh won the SAFF Suzuki Cup in 2003, when they hosted the tournament for the first time. In 2009, however, when the competition returned to Dhaka, they couldn't progress beyond the semi-finals, where they lost to India. They will be seeking to turn that around when they stage the event for the third time this month.

Managed by former Bournemouth and Wellington United midfielder Jamie Day, Bangladesh will kick off the competition at the Bangabandhu National Stadium against Bhutan, before taking on Pakistan and Nepal.

The Tigers arrive at the competition helped by a two-week long training camp in Qatar ― part of their preparation for both the Asian Games and SAFF Suzuki Cup.

The host's will look up to their experienced figures for a successful campaign. With 50 caps, midfielder Mamunul Islam is a key player for Bangladesh while Nasiruddin Chowdhury and Waly Faisal, both in their 30s, will shore up the defence. Another defender, the 23-year-old Topu Barman, will be integral to the team's plans, having racked up 21 caps already and striker Mahbubur Rahman will lead the attack from the front.

Meanwhile new coach Day, who was appointed in May, has also called back 27-year-old striker Shakhawat Hossain Rony to the national fold.

Head to head in SAFF Suzuki Cup
vs Nepal: 4 W, 2L
vs Pakistan: 2W, 2D, 2L
vs Bhutan: 4W, 1D

Match Report: Maldives 2 – 1 India
Maldives defeated defending champions India 2-1 to lift the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Match Preview: Maldives vs India
The 2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup final will be played between two teams who have faced each other more than any other in the competition’s history: Maldives and India.
Match Report: India 3-1 Pakistan
Defending champions India registered a 3-1 victory over Pakistan in a hotly contested SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semi-final.
Final: Maldives vs India (Highlights)
Semi final: India vs Pakistan (Highlights)
Semi final: Nepal vs Maldives (Highlights)