Bangladesh U-19 captain Saif Hasan believes their experience in the U-19 Asia Cup will act as a motivator in their U-19 Cricket World Cup campaign. The young Tigers are set to depart Dhaka Monday night for the Youth World Cup, scheduled to take place in New Zealand next year. The 15-member squad will get around 11 days to practise where they will play two official warm-up games in order to cope with the New Zealand condition.
The young Tigers in their first warm-up match will face Afghanistan on January 8, followed by a clash against Pakistan in the second practice game. Both the matches will be played in Christchurch.
“Overall I think we have prepared well. We played in the Asia Cup (last month) and performed well as a team. The level of motivation is good at the moment. We have played some good cricket there (in Malaysia). We also have the advantage of travelling to New Zealand early. It is a good opportunity for us to learn the condition there,” said Saif to the media Sunday.
The Bangladesh U-19 cricketers also played two practice matches in Dhaka and many have bagged experience from the recently concluded BPL 2017.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza met the U-19 cricketers at the BCB Academy in Mirpur Sunday. The veteran right-arm pacer shared his views and experiences with the young Bangladesh cricketers and motivated them for the challenges ahead.
“He (Mashrafe) shared his experience on the condition in New Zealand and motivated us. He has always supported us. He is a very good motivator and I hope it will help us,” said the Bangladesh U-19 skipper.
Bangladesh in Group C will start their World Cup campaign taking on Namibia in Christchurch on January 13. The following day, the young Tigers will face Canada at the same venue. For the last group stage game, Bangladesh will travel to Queenstown to lock horn with England on January 17.