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Bangladesh in good shape before T20 WC opener

Bangladesh team arrived in Hobart from Brisbane through Melbourne amid overcast weather

Update : 26 Oct 2022, 06:08 PM

Bangladesh T20I team reached Hobart Saturday, the venue of the side's Twenty20 World Cup opener. 

The team arrived in a delayed flight from Brisbane through Melbourne amid overcast weather.

Following the hectic journey, the team cancelled their scheduled training on the day and remained at the hotel.

The team are scheduled to practice at Kingston Twin Ovals Sunday morning before taking on Group A runner-up side from the first round, the Netherlands.

There is however, high chance of rain as the weather forecast in Tasmania, an island located 240 kilometers to the south of the Australian mainland, anticipates inclement weather.

The weather for Sunday forecasts precipitation of 60% while Monday, the matchday against the Dutch, it will be 91.

Earlier Bangladesh had their second official warm-up game, against South Africa followed by two sessions of training, washed off by rain in Brisbane.

Bangladesh Cricket Board's cricket operations committee chairman Jalal Younus while speaking to the media cited grief at missing out on the match and training time but believes the team are in good shape heading into their tournament opener.

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“We couldn't train in Brisbane due to rain but the sessions before that were good. The team are happy. It was sad to miss out on the practice game [against South Africa]. There is no better practice than playing a match. In Hobart the forecast is showing rain so that might hamper training as well,” said Jalal upon reaching Hobart Saturday.

“But still the team think they have done enough preparation starting with the tour of New Zealand for the tri series,” the BCB director added.

Bangladesh had reached Australia conceding four defeats in the tri-series involving Pakistan and hosts New Zealand.

There is a wide discussion in the fraternity that Bangladesh have a good chance to make a turnaround given that they are starting the world event with an easier opponent in the group.

“We are expecting a positive result like everyone else. We want to play good cricket considering that we are playing directly in the main event. We need to stay positive going ahead and play for the win,” said Jalal.

“There is no option to take any team lightly. All teams that have qualified for the main round are capable and strong sides. They have come to the main round by proving themselves. The matches in the first round have been highly competitive. So, there is no room to get complacent. We need to keep our focus,” he added.

Bangladesh in Group 2 have South Africa, Zimbabwe, India and Pakistan as the other opponents.

Following the game in Hobart, Bangladesh team will travel to Sydney to take on the Proteas this Thursday.

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