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Seniors helping Soumya to find T20 rhythm

Update : 09 Jan 2016, 07:31 PM

Nothing short of a drubbing is expected from the home side when they kick off their New Year with the four-match Twenty20 international series against Zimbabwe in Khulna later this month.

After a delightful 2015 – both in terms of results and finding new talents – Bangladesh are a side brimming with confidence and why not? They have dominated at their own backyard throughout the year regardless of who visited and with the recent past in mind, beating Zimbabwe, a team who lost back-to-back bilateral series against Afghanistan, 4-0 should be the expected outcome.

Soumya Sarkar echoed the same sentiment during the first day of practice at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium yesterday. The Bangladesh players, divided into two teams, played two T20 warm-ups between themselves with Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Shakib al Hasan leading the troops. 

“We want to start the year with a win, we are all focused on that. No one goes into the middle with the intention to lose. Wins from last year will keep us motivated and hopefully we will be able to make the best use of that,” said Soumya yesterday.

After 16 ODIs and spending little over a year in the international arena, Soumya averages nearly 50 in the format. However, his time in the shortest format hasn’t been equally attractive. In the last Bangladesh Premier League T20, the Satkhira-born cricketer’s bat remained silent with only one fifty.

“To be honest, yes I am also concerned about my form but these things are part of a professional career. I want to overcome this through hard work in the nets and at the moment I am trying my level best. The team management and the seniors are helping me out, hopefully I will soon be in rhythm,” Soumya explained.

Bangladesh want to make the best use of the T20 series against Zimbabwe which begins this Friday. Former national captain and Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud said the series will serve as the perfect platform for the players to ready themselves for the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20. At the same time, the series will also assist the selectors to assess the players and prepare the best possible squad for the two global events.

“We have planned to prepare the team here in Khulna. There is good competition among the players at the moment to sustain in the team but I do not think any of them are under pressure. All have taken the competition sportingly and as far as I have seen, they are enjoying it,” Mahmud told reporters.

The Tigers shifted their preparation to Khulna due to the unavailability of facilities in Dhaka for the upcoming Under-19 World Cup. 

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