Bangladesh right-arm spinner Mehidy Hasan believes the conditions will not have to much of an effect on the team that is strongly motivated
Since 2012 Bangladesh has been the host of the ACC Asia Cup. In these seven years Bangladesh hosted three editions of multi-nation tournament. And making use of the condition and backed by home crowds, the Tigers lifted themselves to become tough competitors and play the final twice. Fate however, was not kind for Bangladesh as on both occasions the Tigers finished as runner-up.
In 2012, the Tigers stormed into the final of the Asia Cup to face Pakistan but registered a heart-breaking two run defeat. In 2016 the tournament was played in T20I format, and Bangladesh had another flying campaign to reach the final – this time against India where they lost by eight wickets.
The tournament this year has moved out from Bangladesh and is to be hosted by UAE. The curtain of the six-nation tournament will be raised on September 15 in Dubai as India rejected to host the competition.
The unknown conditions in the UAE have come as a concern to many in the Bangladesh cricket community. Only a few Bangladesh cricketers have bagged experience of playing in the middle-eastern climate, courtesy of the Pakistan Super League T20.
Bangladesh right-arm spinner Mehidy Hasan however believes the conditions will not have to much of an effect on the team that is strongly motivated.
“The condition there is almost similar to sub-continental conditions. Yes, there will be scorching heat but the cricket conditions, the field and the wicket will be almost similar to what we see in sub-continent. We have enough experience in playing under these conditions and thus we are looking to finish with a good result in the Asia Cup this time,” said Mehidy in the sidelimes of the ongoing national fitness camp at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday.
Bangladesh has been performing well away from home in the past few years. The last success came when the side toured West Indies in June-July this year and bagged ODI and T20I series wins over the hosts.
The consistent performances abroad will help Bangladesh be more confident walking into the Asia Cup said Mehidy. Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as opponents in Group B.
“We have been playing some good cricket for the last four years, both at home and abroad. We have performed with authority and won matches and series’. That’s giving us confidence to expect a good result in the Asia Cup. Our seniors have been leading from the front and the juniors are trying their best to contribute. Overall we are a confident side and we know we will be able to achieve a good result if we play to our potential” said Mehidy.