Kriralok Desk: After three days of practice and an informal warm-up match in Muscat, the venue of the first round of the World Cup, the Bangladesh team has adapted a lot to the conditions there. Now it is the turn of another venue to adapt to the conditions of the United Arab Emirates.
The day after yesterday, the Bangladesh team came to Abu Dhabi and practiced there for the first time. Bangladesh will play its first warm-up match against Sri Lanka today at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Captain Mahmudullah is being rested for the match due to a back injury. Liton Das will lead the team instead.
In a video message sent by the BCB yesterday, he said, “There is not a chance to rest when the main stage of the World Cup begins. I have to play one match after another, which is why I am not taking any risk now. OK (Mahmudullah) maybe he will be rested in tomorrow’s (today’s) match too. As he is an experienced cricketer, I will try to get him ready before the main match with a little rest. ‘
Bangladesh will face Ireland in the second warm-up match on October 14 at the same venue. The Bangladesh team is getting both these matches to prepare before the start of the World Cup journey with the match against Scotland on 16 October in Muscat, Oman. If Bangladesh becomes the group champion in the first round of the World Cup, Bangladesh will face the runners-up of Group A in the main round. The venue of that match is also Abu Dhabi. In that match, Ireland could also be a possible opponent of Bangladesh from ‘A’ group. From there, the experience of the preparation match will be useful for Bangladesh. Habibul Bashar also said, “After playing a warm-up match in Abu Dhabi, I will understand what the wicket will be like here. If we go to the second round, the game will be here. The time I am spending here will be useful then. ‘
Shakib Al Hasan has not yet joined the team to play in the play-offs in the IPL. However, as the IPL mission of Rajasthan Royals is over, Bangladesh is getting Mostafizur Rahman in two warm-up matches. Mostafiz, who has taken 14 wickets in 14 matches in the IPL, has also practiced with the team. ‘Joining Mostafiz’s team is a big deal. He was playing IPL in this condition. He knows very well what the conditions here can be like. Hopefully, Shakib will also join the team very soon. So far everything is going well, ”said Habibul.
The reason for the good times is also clear in Habibul’s words, “When the Bangladesh team travels abroad, the thing we want to see in the team is the positive attitude of the cricketers. Here too, it seems, the boys are very confident. The situation may be different in the main episode. But I can see the confidence that was needed before that in the team. ‘
Usually no one thinks about winning or losing a warm-up match. The preparation there is real. Even then, the confidence of the Bangladesh team will definitely increase if they can go to the World Cup with the taste of winning the two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland.