POST TIME: 15 July, 2019 09:01:42 AM
Important tri-series ahead of U-19 World Cup
Youth Tigers set to fly to London

Important tri-series ahead of U-19 World Cup

Bangladesh U-19 cricket team members attend a photo session yesterday in front of BCB National Cricket Academy ahead of their departure for tri-series in England. Independent photo

Bangladesh U-19 cricket team captain Akbar Ali touted the tri-series in England as important for their World Cup preparation, saying that the series on England condition against the teams likes of India and hosts will benefit for them in their targeted event. The Bangladesh youth will fly to England on wee hours of Monday (BST 4:15am).

The extravaganza event for the youth will be played after just six months in South Africa in between January (17) and February (9).

Akbar also said that their main challenge will be coped up with the pitch and condition of England what they will attempt to dovetail after their arrival.

“Our main target is the next Youth World Cup which will be held in 2020. We’re taking our preparation for that mega-event,” said Akbar Ali.

“This series will help us for our preparation of the World Cup. It’s a big opportunity for us to play such type of tournament with the involvement of the teams likes of England and India ahead of the World Cup,” Akbar told media in front of the national academy of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday following their official photo session.

Considering the number of matches in the series, the youth Tigers’ captain said that they have devised their plan to evolve through the tournament match by match approach.

He also said that it will create huge pressure on them if they think about the overall tournament at a stress.

“We’ve so many games there because we have to play eight games before the final. So, we’ll think to evolve through the tournament match by match not to think about the overall tournament,” he opined.

“We’ve to play against England and India. Hopefully the competition will be better and you all see a good series,” he added.

The 18-year-old captain said that they will try to make their habituation with the track and condition in England as much as possible.

“I think, our main challenge is to cope up with the England condition. We’ll get opportunity to hold four practice sessions. It’ll be better for us because we’re going there some more days ahead. We’ll try to make our adaptation with the pitch and condition in the meantime,” he said.

“We’re yet to talk with the senior players. But we’ve tried to take our best preparation as per the information what we got through our coaching staff,” he also said.

“It’s going to be a different series in England. The team they came here to play against us there are some changes in the team as so far as I know. They will throw a strong challenge to us on their own condition what we know well. And India are also a better side. Hopefully you will get to see a competitive series,” he concluded.

However, head coach Naveed Nawaz also admitted that it’ll also be a challenge for them to play on England condition for the first time. At the same time, it’ll be a big scope of experience for them ahead of their flagship event.  

“We’ve been working for the last six weeks on preparing them. In the long run, we’ve been preparing for both three-four months. In sudden aspects of games, we’ve to adapt after going to England. I think we’re prepared well,” Naveed Nawaz said.

“The team we’ve built that covered the most of aspects. And taking the accounts, all the boys are going to play in England for the first time. It’ll be a big challenge and experience for them ahead of their World Cup. Hope they will do well,” Naveed told media in his pre-tour reaction.