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POST TIME: 11 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Youngsters ready to make the chances count in Asia Cup
Sports Reporter

Youngsters ready to make the
chances count in Asia Cup

Bangladesh spinner Nazmul Hossain Opu takes a selfie with teammates on the eve of the team’s departure of Dubai on Sunday to take part in the ACC Asia Cup to start on September 15. BCB Photo

 

The young players of the Bangladesh team looked determined to make their first Asia Cup outing a memorable one as they are seeking a chance to get into the first XI.

The likes of Mehidy Hasan Miraj, Abu Haider Rony and Mohammad Mithun who never played the regional tournament said they didn’t feel extra pressure to perform but they are determined to make their opportunity, if given, count.

“I have never played in Asia Cup, so this is the first time for me if I get into the team XI. I will try best,” said Mehidy Hasan Miraj. “We played final of the tournament twice in the last three times. So expectation is high on us. We are also determined to make the tournament memorable.”

Fast bowler Abu Haider Rony is yet to make his ODI debut and chances are slim this time also but that thought didn’t snatch his night sleep.

“As a team, we want to be successful here. We know if we can win the first two matches, we have the ability to go far in the tournament. All members of the team are confident.”

“If I can make the cut in the first XI, then it will be my debut match.  Definitely I want to make that match to remember. I have done well in the last couple of T20 matches so I am confident that if my chance comes, I won’t be over excited. Rather I will be calm and deliver the goods.”

While Mehidy or Rony could be dropped for the sake of team combination, for Mithun, it is certain that he would play at No. 6 or 7 to guide the lower order. Mithun himself knows how important it is to perform since it’s the third time he makes a comeback into the team.

“As an ODI team, we are good enough and can give anyone a tough fight. For us, the first round is important. If we can overcome the hurdle, there will be many more to come. “

Meanwhile Bangladesh left the country on Sunday  for UAE to take part in Asia Cup in which they are pitted in Group A along with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. However all members of the contingent couldn’t board the flight together since there was visa complicacy for Tamim Iqbal, pacer Rubel Hossain, team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon and chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu.

Fitness trainer Mario Villavarayen will act as the acting manager until Mahmud joins the team. However Mahmud along with the other three members are expected to get their passport by September 10 after which they will fly for UAE.