A confident Bangladesh U-19 team faced the media this morning in their official press conference before leaving for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup at Dubai, UAE. Bangladesh U-19 team is in group B with Afghanistan, Australia and Namibia. Top two teams from each of the four groups will play the Quarterfinals and the bottom two will feature at the Plate Championship.
The previous U-19 teams had shown great potential but unfortunately Bangladesh’s best success so far was securing 5th position in the 2008 edition of the tournament. Mr. NazmulAbedinFahim, the manager & technical advisor of the team, has also been involved with the previous batches of the U-19 and believes the current lot of players are different from past. According to him, the players have gone through a high intensity training program, played against quality teams home and abroad and have shown gradual progress in all three departments of the game. The rapport among the players and team management is also very good.
The head coach, Mr. Mohammad Mizanur Rahman and young tigers’ captain, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, echoed each other in saying that the team’s main strength is their high team spirit. Most of the players have been playing cricket together since the U-17 days and they understand each other’s game really well. The captain believes that Dubai’s pitch will assist the tigers’ main strength, spin. Bangladesh U-19 was unlucky to receive an early exit in U-19 Asia Cup, last month in Dubai. This time the captain is looking forward to become the group champion by winning all three matches of group stage. The team management is very optimistic of a good result from this U-19 World Cup.
Tigercricket asked the team’s head coach about how well prepared the team is to face the tougher oppositions like Australia and Afghanistan in the group stage and in through, one of West Indies and South Africa in the Quarterfinals. He was confident in replying that rigorous analysis of the opposition teams have been done and the strategies have been set accordingly. Also, the team has shown good progress in top order batting in the recent practice matches, which was a worrying factor in U-19 Asia Cup.
Bangladesh U-19 will start for Dubai on 8 February. They will face Papua New Guinea U-19 & England U-19 in two practices matches before facing Afghanistan U-19 in their first match of the tournament on 15th February. The second match is against Namibia U-19 on 17February and the last match is against Australia U-19 on 19 February.
7th February, 2014