According to one of the youngest members in the squad, pacer Abu Jayed, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza has already declared their mission - to emerge as the champion
Two-time Asia Cup finalist Bangladesh will look to hold onto the good run in the multi-nation tournament. The Tigers returned to business Monday as the preliminary squad for the Asia Cup reported at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
According to one of the youngest members in the squad, pacer Abu Jayed, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza has already declared their mission - to emerge as the champion. The six-nation Asia Cup is scheduled to begin on September 15 in Dubai when Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh first played the Asia Cup final in 2012 and lost by only two runs to Pakistan. The second time the Tigers reached the final in 2016 was played in accordance with the T20I format and there, they lost to India by eight wickets.
Both the editions of the tournament were held in Dhaka. Bangladesh since 2012 hosted three consecutive editions of the Asia Cup.
The first day in the camp for the Tigers was split into two sessions - fitness and screening followed by a fielding session in the afternoon. A team meeting was held in between the two sessions where Mashrafe announced Bangladesh's aim in the tournament.
Snaps of the opening day of preliminary camp ahead of the ACC Asia Cup UAE 2018. pic.twitter.com/YlYglrDs8y— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) August 27, 2018
"To be honest we want to be champion. We had a meeting a while ago (yesterday). Mashrafe bhai had set a clear vision for us - to keep the belief and the confidence so that we can meet our ambition of finishing as the champion. We are not going to UAE just to participate," said Jayed to the media Monday at the home of cricket.
Right-arm paceman Jayed's tour of the West Indies was the first-hand experience of having Mashrafe as Tigers captain in the dressing room.
The 25-year old pacer is yet to make his ODI debut but has witnessed Mashrafe's charismatic leadership in pulling the side from the trenches and bounce back, winning the ODI series 2-1 against the Caribbean side.
Bangladesh had started the tour with a 2-0 whitewash in the two-match Test series due to several batting collapses.
"The West Indies tour was my first under Mashrafe bhai. The team got confidence when he joined us in Guyana. He had given us the belief that we can turn around if we want and that happened. We had won not only the ODI series but also the T20I series against the West Indies. We hope the team will be as confident as they were in the West Indies," said Jayed.