The team was also a bit worried as their prime batsman Tamim Iqbal and pacer Rubel Hossain were yet to receive their UAE visas
The Bangladesh cricket team reached Dubai on Monday morning and they will get around five days to acclimatise for the forthcoming ACC Asia Cup 2018. The two-time finalists will take on five-time champions Sri Lanka in the tournament opener on Saturday at Dubai International Stadium.
Coping with the hot and dry middle-eastern conditions will be a daunting challenge but it seemed Bangladesh were in no mood to waste any time as the Tigers attended their first practice session in the afternoon at the ICC Academy Ground on Monday, despite arriving in Dubai late at night.
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan joined the squad following a small vacation with family in USA. However, the southpaw is carrying an injury on the little-finger of his left hand that still hinges as a big concern for the Tigers. It is understood that Shakib will be assessed thoroughly by the team physio to ascertain his fitness.
The team was also a bit worried as their prime batsman Tamim Iqbal and pacer Rubel Hossain were yet to receive their UAE visas. The duo, who was eagerly waiting in Dhaka to join the contingent, is supposed to get the papers Tuesday morning and they will fly to Dubai in the evening after receiving them.
A spirited @BCBtigers national team left for Dubai Sunday to play in the forthcoming Asia Cup but they had to fly without opening batsman @TamimOfficial28 and pacer @rubel34official.https://t.co/MU8yMY79eK#BCB #TIGERS #BCBTIGERS #CRICKET #BANGLADESH #BANGLADESHCRICKET #ASIACUP— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 9, 2018
Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud was also waiting to receive his e-visa. In absence of Mahmud, team trainer Mario Villavarayan is currently acting as the team manager.
Bangladesh, who are slotted in Group B, will play their second and the final game of the first phase against Afghanistan on September 20 in Abu Dhabi. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the second round - the super four - in the six-nation tournament.
In Group A, India, Pakistan and Hong Kong will battle it out to move to the second round of the competition. The super four will be played in league format and top two teams of the points table will play the tournament finale on September 28 at Dubai International Stadium.