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Bangladesh want to start ODI series with a win

MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Sylhet
Bangladesh want to start ODI series with a win

Bangladesh national cricketers will embark on their ODI mission against the visiting Zimbabwe side after gaining some much-needed momentum from the confidence-boosting victory in Test when they take on the Africans in the first fixture of the three-match ODI series at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) today. The match, a day-night affair, will begin at 1:00pm Bangladesh Standard Time.

Both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe came out on the ground for their respective pre-match day practice sessions at the picturesque, tea garden-girt stadium in Sylhet yesterday.  Recently, a renovation had been carried out in the stadium prior to the special edition of the Bangabandhu-Bangladesh  Premier League (BPL) following which the outlook of the pitches and the outfield of the stadium became greenish altogether.  The grass will be trimmed over the wickets prior to the match.

Winning the encounter however is important for the local boys to end their five-match losing streak that they are carrying from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The Tigers lost their last two encounters in the world cup against India and Pakistan and then conceded a three-match series against Sri Lanka.

But Bangladesh have a good record of winning against Zimbabwe. They won thirteen matches at home against the visitors. Bangladesh skipper for the first two ODIs, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, said that continuing high performance against the tourists will not be easy as they are a better side in shorter formats.

Masharfe said the home side needs to reconsider their team combination and then begin strong against the visitors.

He also said the team wants to march forward without taking any pressure on its shoulder with the ‘match by match approach’.

“Zimbabwe, I think, are better side in shorter formats of the game. They played a lot of matches in this format, especially,” Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said.

“Obviously, we have to take one match at a time and not over think regarding the rest of the series. Let’s see how we can start well and then we will see what to do about the second one and then the third one as well,” Mashrafe told reporters at the pre-match day press conference at the conference room of SICS in Sylhet yesterday.

“It is very difficult to predict the outcome of the game as you know Zimbabwe can beat any side. It’s not like that we can tell right away that we will win all the three matches. Therefore, it is very important to start well tomorrow,” he added.

The management brought some young players in the ODI squad keeping in mind the future of the national side so that these youngsters can learn from the experienced caps in the team. Masharfe said each member of his team knows their role and that there was no problem with the current combination.

“I think those who are in the team were in game-practice therefore they will carry forward their game-day spirit in the first ODI. Everybody is professional and they know their respective roles. I don’t see any problem in the team. I played for a long time with many of these players. So, there is nothing to worry about,” he said.

“Previously we encountered difficulties when there was no one-day games being played for three to four months before an ODI series. But I have captained the team. Therefore, it is nothing new for me. At the same time, I will say that all are professionals and everybody knows their respective jobs,” he further said.

Warning the players not to take the Zimbabwe series lightly, he said they will receive more criticism than praise if they lose any match against Zimbabwe.

“It’s not the same now compared to what happened in the past five years. Each series is important for Bangladesh now. Praises will come to the fore less if we win against Zimbabwe whereas if we lose we will be heavily criticized,” he warned.

“It is not just the ODI series against the Zimbabwean side that I am talking about. The whole team will afterwards travel to Pakistan to play a Test and one-day matches there. We are playing series after series. This year there are a lot more matches than previous years,” he also said.

“Even the top ranked teams feel the heat when they face us. International cricket is so competitive that you will feel the pressure regardless of the might of your opponent. There will be pressure from media and spectators as well. Actually when you wear the red-green jersey, there will be pressure. It is very normal. The team has the ability to handle such a pressure as they have faced similar situations in the past. But bad times also come,” he added.

However, Zimbabwe captain Chamu Chabhabha said they are hopeful to change their fate in this format of games for which they are better suited. “Definitely, this format is different. This is the shorter version of the game, I think, it suits us more,” said Chamu Chabhabha.

“And we will play positive and aggressive cricket. I think one day cricket gives us an opportunity to do that,” Chabhabha told reporters prior to their pre-match day evening session practice in Sylhet.

 

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