Several teams in the BPL 2017 are preparing themselves for the upcoming matches of the Sylhet phase as they practised at Sylhet District Stadium and Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Monday.
Defending champion Dhaka Dynamites have ended their Sylhet-leg of the tournament as both of their games were played on day one and two of the money-spinning competition. They have now returned to Dhaka.
Among the other teams, home side Sylhet Sixers, Rajshahi Kings and Comilla Victorians have trained in the north-eastern city ahead of their respective matches.
Rangpur Riders, led by Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, trained at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in the morning.
Khulna Titans, who lost their first game against Dhaka Sunday, rested Monday and did not practise.
Following their first match, Khulna skipper Mahmudullah said the start of their batting and bowling innings should improve in the upcoming matches.
“We have a very good team. We have no deficiency in terms of skill. But we have to make sure that we make a good start in both batting and bowling. Next game is very important for us. We have to win to get a good start in the tournament. One win from the Sylhet phase will give us momentum, which will help our team further in the tournament,” said Mahmudullah.
Khulna will face Sylhet in Wednesday's evening match.
Chittagong Vikings arrived in Sylhet Sunday and started practice at the district stadium Monday. On Tuesday, they will face Comilla, who lost their first match against Rangpur.
Comilla opening batsman Liton Kumar Das informed that they need to execute their plans better in the next game in order to come back to winning ways.
“We lost the first match as we did not execute our plans in the middle. Hopefully we will execute the plans [Tuesday] and win the second game,” informed Liton to the media Monday.
Comilla’s icon player Tamim Iqbal has been injured since Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa and the left-hander needs one more week to recover fully. So he might return to the playing XI after at least one or two matches.
The finalist of last year’s edition, Rajshahi will play their second game against Sylhet Tuesday. Their star all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz believes Rajshahi will turn around soon after losing their opening match against Rangpur.
“We lost the first game, but I think our start was not that bad. We had a competitive game. If you see last year, we won only one match among the first three but still played in the final. Players are excited to perform for their team. We still have 11 games remaining in the tournament. So hopefully we will play better from the next match onwards,” said Miraz.
“We have managed to keep almost the same group of players, compared to last year. It’s an important thing regarding team combination. We have some quality and experienced players in our side. So we are hopeful that we will bring good results in this year’s tournament as well,” he added.
Chittagong will face Comilla Tuesday while Sylhet will take on Rajshahi in the evening game.