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Kamrul: Tigers pacers confident ahead of South Africa Tests

  • Published at 09:49 pm September 9th, 2017
Kamrul: Tigers pacers confident ahead of South Africa Tests
Bangladesh pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi informed that the Tigers pacemen are confident ahead of their tour of South Africa later this month. Bangladesh defeated Australia in the first Test in Dhaka last month before losing the second in Chittagong. In March-April this year, Bangladesh also draw their Test series against Sri Lanka 1-1. Now the Tigers’ next Test mission is against South Africa away where they will play two Tests in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein respectively. The Test team are currently resting but the pacers who are not in the squad, like Kamrul, Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe bin Mortaza practised indoor in Mirpur under the supervision of pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh. “As a team Bangladesh are more confident. No one can say they will beat Bangladesh easily. Yes, the condition will be different in South Africa, more pace and bounce, compared to Bangladesh. But in bouncy condition, Shakib [al Hasan] bhai scored 200 and Mushfiqur [Rahim] bhai scored 150. So if the opponent can take wickets or score runs then we can do it also. We have that confidence. If players can remain confident then performance will come,” Rabbi told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. “We have trained under [Mizanur Rahman] Babul sir when the team were in Chittagong. [Saturday] Walsh was present. The players who are outside at the moment are practising with an eye on the South Africa series. We mainly practise with the red ball. Overall the practise was good,” said Kamrul.

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Rabbi, who toured South Africa twice with the Bangladesh A team, believes Bangladesh have plenty of pacers in their rank and that they will perform well in South Africa. “I think spinners had great expectation during the home series as they got help from the condition. Similarly pacers also face expectation when they tour New Zealand or South Africa as the pitches there suit pace bowling more. We have plenty of pace bowlers in the pipeline. Number of pace bowlers was less a few years ago but now the competition has raised. Now almost five-seven pacers are playing for the country in different formats,” he said. “South Africa are a great team. There are lots of quality pacers in their team. But we are also a good bowling unit. Mustafizur [Rahman] picked up four wickets against Australia but there was not much help for the pacers. We the pacers are learning about how to get wickets, so whoever gets the chance, I believe our pacers will perform well in South Africa,” he concluded.