And the choice became quite clear when a young southpaw announced himself on the global stage at the Gymkhana Club Ground in Nairobi.
The playing surface should be friendly to batsmen, though the smart bowler will be able to at least keep the opposition in some check even if it's not a surface on which you can run through sides - keeping with how the pitches have been in the tournament so far. He had finished the tournament as the "Player of the series".
The former Bangladesh captain, who was a key member of the Bangladesh side that had stunned a star-studded India in Port of Spain in a World Cup 2007 fixture, can distinctly connect the two venues, and even comes up with a flawless answer.
But Yuvraj was not one to be intimidated by reputation of the opponent, a trait which has characterised his global career.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza admitted that there will be pressure on his side ahead of their maiden semi-final appearance in a global event but quantum of expectation is manifold from India which has a huge cricket following. There have been ups and downs, and I am proud of myself. Not looking to do anything extraordinary, just contribute to the team's cause.
Bangladesh entered the tournament as sixth ranked team and had achieved a greater win percentage than India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan since the 2015 World Cup. Then we beat Pakistan, India and South Africa at home.
Adding India and Pakistan Only Spells More Trouble for the SCO
Terming the entry of Pakistan and India into the SCO as a historic day, Khalid said it is beginning of a new journey for Pakistan. Ambassadors of India and Pakistan to Uzbekistan also delivered speeches during the event.
"Definitely the knock against Australia in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final is the most memorable knock".
Someone reminded him about the Natwest Trophy final and he nodded in agreement, "Yes, Natwest final was memorable". Bangladesh and India have met 32 times, and India has lost only on five occasions.
"It's not hard to play for India but sustaining is tough". He would have nothing of that sort, especially when he has hit cancer for a "six".
Here is the list of his top 5 performance in ODI.
Imran Khan is hopeful that the squad of 2017 can achieve a victory during the holy month of Ramadan, much like his squad did 25 years ago. Except that the second big win will have to come against a side that has become extremely familiar with big-match atmosphere. I can only tell the youngsters to never back down.
"The turnaround is built on the inclusion of youngsters and it could only be done by a Pakistan team", said Ramiz Raja, an ex-Pakistan captain who now works at a cricket commentator. One thing is very important for Sarfraz. "I'm very happy about how my youngsters are performing". "We created chances in all our matches", said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.