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POST TIME: 23 January, 2020 09:38:53 AM
Tigers on Pakistan mission with positive intent
Coach and players brief reaction before flying to Lahore
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

Tigers on Pakistan mission with positive intent

Bangladesh cricketers gather at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital shortly before flying to Pakistan to play a three-match T20 series. BCB Photo

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said they are thinking about nothing but winning the three-match Twenty20 international series against the hosts Pakistan.

“I am thinking nothing except winning the T20I series against the home side,” said Russell Domingo.

“And that is the only target of our mission in Pakistan,” Domingo told media in his brief reaction at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka before flying to Pakistan.

Bangladesh led by T20 skipper Mahmudullah Riyad are scheduled to play three-match T20I series, slated to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore from January 24-27.

The Tigers were scheduled to fly to Pakistan in a special chartered flight of the Bangladesh Biman Airlines yesterday night (at 8pm).

And so, the players of the T20 squad started arriving on the HSIA premises at around 5.30pm. Pacers Al Amin Hossain and Shafiul Islam reached early at the airport while Mohammad Naim Sheik, Mahadi Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto followed them at the airport by a BCB bus.

Senior players Tamim Iqbal, T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad along with Soumya Sarkar, Liton Kumar Das and Mohammad Mithun all arrived individually.

“Of course, I have to play with more responsibility as an all-rounder. I will try to give my best shots in the series,” Soumya Sarkar said.

“Everyone played well in the BPL and if we can continue to perform like that, it will then be really good for the team,” Sarkar told media in his brief reaction.

Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun echoed the sentiment, saying that he will try to contribute for the team’s winning cause.

“The team’s expectation is to win every single game in the T20I series against Pakistan. They will take one match at a time so that we could be focused more on the games to reach our target,” Mithun said.

“As a player, I want to contribute to the team’s winning cause. And if I can do it, it’d be better for me,” he also said.

“Actually, if you talk about a match situation, it changes in each match. I will try to deliver my best effort wherever I play,” he added.

 However, fast bowler Shafiul Islam said they want to return home with positive result.

“No tension is working in my mind at the moment because the board has taken all the necessary initiatives regarding the tour,” Shafiul Islam said.

“I'm only expecting to get back home with a positive result. Definitely, there will be some challenges but I want to play good cricket what I did in the past. I am really looking forward to deliver for the country,” Islam concluded.

 

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