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Bangladesh kick-start tri-series campaign against WI today

McKenzie urges Bangladesh to acclimatise to condition
SPORTS REPORTER, DHAKA
Bangladesh kick-start tri-series
campaign against WI today
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza talks to media yesterday during practice session on Avenue Castle ground in Clontarf, Dublin ahead of tri- series match with West Indies today. BCB photo

Bangladesh will face off buoyant West Indies in their first encounter of the Walton Tri-nation series at the Avenue Castle Ground at Clontarf, Dublin in Ireland today.

The match will be day-affair to be live telecast on Gazi TV and Maasranga TV at local time 10:45am (BST 3:45pm).  

Bangladesh played a warm-up match against Ireland Wolves before getting down playing the main match of the series against the new-look West Indies though they lost the match by big margin.

It was different condition for the Tigers, where there was a bit cool that made the players uneasy against the local players. And so, Tigers’ batting consultant Neil McKenzie said that his players need to acclimatise to the wickets more than the prevalent cold in a bid to be successful in Ireland and England as well.

“The experienced guys know whatever it takes to play in different conditions. I don't think it’s the cold, it’s mainly the surfaces,” said Neil McKenzie.

“Your lines change, lengths change and also your scoring opportunities change. So it’s not the weather it’s more the surface, the pitch condition and the various types of bowlers you will be facing,” McKenzie told in Dublin.

“These guys are quality players. If you give them enough time at the crease, they’ll formulise on their own. We’re just trying to fast track that. We just came from New Zealand; we’ve the tri-series now and some of the warm up games to prepare ourselves, so we’ll prepare our best in the next three weeks. Acclimatization is a huge factor. There are some guys who have come from BPL. But at least we’ve come here early. We’re trying to keep the guys fresh. I’m sure we’ll be fine,” he added   

Buoyant West Indies side will look to turn over Bangladesh in the second match of the tri-series after a resounding 196-run win over Ireland in the opening game.

Last time when these two teams met, Bangladesh won the bilateral one-day international series 2-1 in December 2018. However, West Indies have been in a different form altogether since the start of 2019.

The Windies then played against England, where they drew the five-match one-day international series 2-2. Now they enjoyed a strong start to the tri-nation tournament and decimated the hosts with ease – openers Shai Hope and John Campbell setting up the 196-run win with a record opening stand.

While they are not playing their full-strength side, the form of their bench strength bodes well for the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, England and Wales-2019, starting on May 30.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, are coming from a 0-3 ODI series loss against New Zealand. They were the better side when they faced West Indies last year.

Replicating that success will not be easy for them against a confident opposition. They are playing the same squad they will be taking to the World Cup with four additional names – speedster Taskin Ahmed, medium pace all-rounder Forhad Reza, off-spinner Nayeem Hasan and right-handed batsman Yasir Ali. The quartet has been performing well in domestic cricket and provides the Asian team with extra options.

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