Taskin confident of winning against SA

Taskin taking heart from recent NZ win before SA tour

Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed emphasized on self-development and the process rather than thinking about the opponent.

The Bangladesh cricket team are set to depart Dhaka Friday night for more than a month-long tour of South Africa involving two Tests and three ODIs.

Bangladesh hold a poor record in South Africa – no win in any format – and the discussion is at large whether they can change their fate.

“It is important to put the focus on the process. It is important to maintain that irrespective you are playing good or bad. I want to be a world-class bowler for which I am always working on my fitness and skills. Even [Thursday] I worked on the work load as because I play Test, I need to know my workload well. Bowled with white old ball to replicate bowling in the mid-overs and then was in the nets with Tamim [Iqbal] bhai with a new ball,” said Taskin to the media in the sidelines of his personal practice session at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Thursday.

Taskin – alike to Bangladesh one-day international captain Tamim – echoed the confidence Bangladesh team will carry to South Africa, to change the course of their record in the African nation.

Bangladesh’s win against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui Test a couple of months ago was their first in New Zealand.

There is belief in the team if it can be done in New Zealand it can be done in South Africa too. 

Bangladesh till date have not won a game in bilateral series against South Africa in South Africa.

The two Tests and three ODIs are part of World Test Championship and ICC Cricket World Cup Super League respectively.

Both the Test and ODI team are travelling together to South Africa.

The series starts with the ODIs and during that time the Test cricketers will camp in Cape Town where they will undergo three days of training under former South Africa cricketer and coach Gary Kirsten.

“No doubt it will be a challenging tour [in South Africa]. Touring New Zealand is tough as well but the Test win has now given us the confidence. We won some tough matches at home against Afghanistan, so that will add to the confidence as well. I believe it will be possible for us to win in South Africa as well, we simply need to play our best cricket,” said the right-arm pacer.

Bangladesh in South Africa will be joined by their newly appointed pace bowling coach Allan Donald. 

Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed the former South African quick bowler Donald as their fast-bowling coach till the 2022 T20 World Cup.

He took over the role from Ottis Gibson, who decided to not renew his contract in January this year.

“We are excited [to work under Donald]. He is a legend of the game. He has a different level of experience and we [Bangladesh pace bowlers] are excited to have him as a coach and the prospect of learning from him,” said Taskin.


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