POST TIME: 11 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Bangladesh set to come all guns blazing in youth Asia Cup
Sports Reporter

Bangladesh set to come all guns
blazing in youth Asia Cup

Bangladesh are fully prepared to host the forthcoming Asia Cup for the youths as the venue was shifted to Dhaka from Cox’s Bazar in a bid to give the budding cricketers play their game smoothly on the ground.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Director Khaled Mahmud Sujon revealed this saying, they are trying their best so every ball could roll onto the ground because their future is hiding into this bunch of young players.

“We are well prepared to host the ensuing Under-19 Asia Cup, Bangladesh-2018,” said Khaled Mahmud Sujon, who is also the chairman of BCB Games Development Committee.

“We have meanwhile swapped the venue of the group match from Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka. Another group matches will be played in Chattogram,” Mahmud told media at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

“Basically, problems might be created in Cox’s Bazar due to downpours. The drainage system of the stadiums in Cox’s Bazar is not so good. From those concerns, we have changed the venue. Likewise, everything is okay,” he added.

The Games Development chairman said that it will be a big achievement for them if their budding players could step into the final or near to final of the tournament in Asia Cup.     

“Barring two-three cricketers, the bulk of our team players are new comers, who have come out from Bangladesh Under-17 Cricket Team. Boys are well known to the home condition,” BCB director said.

“If they could storm into the final or go close to it by playing better cricket, it will be a matter of pride and big achievement for us,” he continued.

When asked about their target in U-19 Asia Cup, the former captain said their main target is to do well in the next youth World Cup for what they will start preparing themselves from this youth Asia Cup.

“Actually it is tough to say about our target at this moment. You all know that our main target is the next World Cup (to be held in South Africa in 2020) and we are moving forward to that,” he said.

“Already we have appointed foreign coach for them. The coach works with the team, now in Chattogram. We could understand the real place of their weakness and strength through this Asia Cup. And therefore, we could inform our main target in the world Cup,” he also said.

The eight-nation tournament for the youths will get underway from September 29 this year. Bangladesh have been drawn with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Hong Kong in the same group, who play their group phase matches at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium at the port City.

The rest of the teams including India, Afghanistan, Nepal and United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the other group will play their group games at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothistan (BKSP).

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium will host the semifinals combined with the final of the youth tournament on October 7.