POST TIME: 6 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Tigers in good form ahead of Asia Cup, says Akram
Sports Reporter

Tigers in good form ahead of Asia Cup, says Akram

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim catches two balls simultaneously during a practice session in Mirpur in the capital yesterday. BCB PHOTO

Even though Bangladesh will fly to United Arab Emirates (UAE) six days prior to the outset of the Asia Cup, Akram Khan said that they will not play any practice or warm-up match there before starting their Asia Cup campaign against five-time champions Sri Lanka on September 15.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director and its cricket operation chairman Akram also said that they will go there so early to make their habituation with the weather and condition.

“We’re going to UAE on September 9 (7:30pm). Shakib will join the team at Dubai from United States of America (USA). We’ll not play any practice match there in UAE,” said Akram Khan.

“We will go there so early to adjust with the condition. We will directly play the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka on September 15,” Akram told media after holding a meeting at his BCB office of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday..

The meeting was held with the participation of the coaching staffs including head coach Steve Rhodes, batting consultant Neil McKenzie, fielding coach Ryan Cook, fast-bowling coach Courtney Walsh and spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi along with BCB  selection panel-chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu and its member Habibul Bashar Sumon

In this regard, Khan said that they held discussion on different issues, in where the upcoming Asia Cup and the last West Indies series got top priority along with the next home series against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.  

“We have discussed about our future plan. We have talked about our next tournaments as we’ve back-to-back international home series against Zimbabwe and the West Indies just after the end of our Asia Cup campaign,” BCB cricket operation chairman said.

“We have some matters to see our some young players for those tournaments. Selectors were there during the discussion. We’ve also talked with Neil McKenzie. We have held talks with him about the last West Indies series and this Asia Cup coupled with the next home series against Zimbabwe and the West Indies. Actually we held talks about so many issues,” he also said.

“Everything is okay. All are in good form. No more injury in the squad. Shakib might be gone under knife after this tournament (Asia Cup),” he added.

Former captain said that they have discussed not only their coaches but also players to get some sort of idea about the behaviour of the wickets.

According to Akram, there is difference between Sharjah and Dubai or Abu Dhabi wickets that behave different at different times.    

“We have concerns about UAE condition. So we have talked with those players the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Mahmuduallh Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim who all have experience to play on UAE condition beside our coaching staffs,” he informed.

“There are differences between the wickets of Sharjah and Dubai or Abu Dhabi, where wickets behave different at different times that are important what we have already discussed. We have discussed on those issues which will be benefited for the team’s performance,” he continued.

“Everything is good. Now it fully depends on our performance to fare well in Asia Cup,” he added.

When asked about batting consultant for red-ball, BCB director said that they are trying to rope in a batting consultant like the standard of McKenzie what they could inform media after finalizing the deal.

“We sought to keep McKenzie for the full-time. But for his busy schedule, we are getting him only for one-day and T20 formats. We’re lucky enough for this. We all know that he is a high class batting coach. Bringing him in Bangladesh is a great thing for us,” he said of Neil McKenzie.

“Definitely we are thinking to get such type of batting consultant for our Test team. Hopefully someone will come very soon. Discussion is going on. We could inform you all after someone is finalized,” he responded to a query.