The Tigers reached Dehradun Tuesday and underwent practice sessions Wednesday and Thursday and will play a practice game against local opposition Friday evening
Expecting the wickets to be pace-friendly in Dehradun, Bangladesh are preparing their pacers for the contest ahead against Afghanistan. The Tigers reached Dehradun Tuesday and underwent practice sessions Wednesday and Thursday and will play a practice game against local opposition Friday evening. Bangladesh will lock horns with the Afghans in the first of three T20Is Sunday at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
According to the chief of the BCB national selection panel, Minhajul Adebin Nannu, Bangladesh are expecting the wickets to be bouncy and pace-friendly. The inclusion of right-arm pacer Abul Hasan in place of the injured Mustafizur Rahman was an indication of the side’s plans.
The team management had waited for the decision on Mustafizur’s replacement and eventually, Abul was selected. He is set to join the team Friday.
“The players and management are expecting the wicket in Dehradun to be bouncy. Even the Afghanistan team are also not used to the condition there. They have been practising there but have not played any matches,” said Minhajul to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.
“Eventually, the team which will play better cricket will have the most chance of winning the game. I am expecting a positive result, given Bangladesh will go into the series with confidence gained from a good Nidahas T20I tri-nation series outing,” the former Bangladesh captain added.
Explaining the inclusion of Abul in place of Mustafizur, Minhajul informed that the former was kept as standby. Abul last played for Bangladesh in an ODI in January this year during the tri-series at home.
“He was standby and we had plans to include him in case there is an injury to a pacer. Abul is good with slower deliveries. We saw during IPL (T20) matches that the wickets in India have enough grass so Abul can be useful there if he gets the opportunity to play,” Minhajul explained.
Meanwhile, Test and T20I skipper Shakib al Hasan admitted that the first match will be important against the Afghans and that the Tigers are eyeing a positive start to the series. Shakib also believes Mustafizur’s absence means there is a good chance for the other bowlers to shine and stake a place for themselves in the playing XI.
“We will try to focus match by match. First game is important. First match of any tournament is always important. If we can win the first game then it will give us good momentum. Then the remaining matches will be easier,” Shakib said.
“Obviously Mustafizur’s absence will be a loss for us as he is our best T20I bowler. Naturally it will be difficult for us. But at the same time, it’s a good opportunity for the other bowlers. Whoever replaces him in the playing XI, it’s a golden opportunity for him,” he added.